Operating in the Bahamas
Dining on Aft Deck
Lounging on Trampoline
Port Queen Stateroom
Port Queen Stateroom alt view
Starboard Queen Room
Starboard Queen Stateroom alt view
Entrance to Starboard Berth
Large Port Head (shower separate)
Spacious Port Shower Area (twin sinks)
Spacious Main Salaon - Table seats 10
Freebird with Spinnaker
Freebird at anchor for the evening
Sailing with Freebird
CAPTAIN PETER DREFFIN
Captain Peter’s love of sailing is not surprising. Yachting is central to the posh resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where he spent his youth. He describes himself as “the wayward son”, wedged in the middle of five siblings. Summers were spent sailing past storied beaches, bucolic parks and Gilded Age mansions, or racking up awards racing catamarans. After college and a short career in psychology, he bought a little monohull and set out for new horizons. Eventually, he was crewing on ocean going vessels and absorbing the fundamentals of passage making in the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans.
Four decades and a million wonderful memories later, Peter hasn’t lost an ounce of zeal. He has raised and educated two sons, mostly at sea, spending winters in the Bahamas and summers on the U.S. East coast, or in Venezuela. When the boys were capable as helpful crew, the whole family set off on a remarkable circumnavigation. Today, both sons are highly accomplished and among their many talents, experienced captains.
To date, Peter has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean four times, and has been licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Captain since 1982. He has owned eight boats. He has cruised the Bahamas for 35 years, anchoring in every hidden nook and cranny amongst the 2,000 cays and islands. He very much enjoys showing folks the Bahamas, above and below the sea. He is an expert at free-diving and spearfishing, and knows the most amazing reefs and wrecks to snorkel. He says, “My favorite yachting destination is the next one. Truly every place has something that makes it unique and special.”
Guests enjoy sharing time with little Bella (a Skipperke dog), especially with the dolphin swimming or walks or games on the beach. But equally for clients that are not doggy lovers, Peter will arrange to board Bella for the duration of the charter.
Rebecca Garcia’s friends call her Becky, and describe her as good fun, lively and a tireless worker. She’s also an extraordinary cook with an extensive repertoire of recipes. She has run many kitchens, large and small, worked in five-star restaurants and cooked aboard yachts for some 25 years. It all began in the kitchens of her two Grandmothers, one English and one Spanish, when she was so small she couldn’t reach the table without a stool.
Becky spent her childhood in London, her teens and early 20s in Donegal, on Ireland’s rugged, northwest coast, and summers with Dad and his family in Spain. She did a lot of amazing things. Her “very hardy life” on a small Irish island in the North Atlantic required commuting by row boat in very cold, rough water. She worked with the Irish Civil Defense ambulance emergency team. She helped a master boat builder construct a Viking ship. She achieved diplomas in holistic massage, anatomy and physiology, reflexology and courses in Reiki.
Becky says, “I love fresh, healthy food, especially colorful vegetarian dishes with delicious sauces, and Mediterranean cuisine. Guests rave about my homemade bread, tasty pastas, fresh fruit salads, cakes and puddings.” In addition to cooking great meals, Becky might find time to chat about her family’s 1911 50-foot Norwegian gaff-rigged ketch, or her three Atlantic crossings, or the big posh yacht in Guatemala with an owner who accidentally threw himself overboard. With Becky as your chef and hostess, your charter adventure in the Bahamas could include delightful ingredients you never even imagined.
Freebird accommodates 4 adults in two queen cabins, featuring low (for easy access) queen-sized berths, over-sized opening hatch over the berth, windows all along one side, 2 private vanities, a bookshelf, and 2 closets.
A door located inside the cabin opens into a single berth in the forepeak. This cabin is suitable for a child only since entrance is through the queen cabin. Berth size is 8' long x 37" wide. An opening port allows ample fresh air. A fan and light are located overhead. A large space at the head of the berth allows room for personal belongings on the floor, and a large silver hook on the wall is available for hanging clothes.
3 wash basins (2 in port head and 1 in starboard eco-head)
A large head is also located on the port side and is comprised of two rooms: a stand-up fresh-water shower, shower seat and utility sink in one room; and an electric toilet, sink and mirror in the 2nd room.
FREEBIRD has electric fans in all staterooms and main salon.Guests can invest in $30/week for international wifi on their smartphones and iPads. Works great when 4 miles away from a repeater in the Exuma Cays. Each island has a repeater so sailing by or anchored there ensures a good connection.
22 December, 2017 ~ Awesome!
Wow! What a wonderful week on your AWESOME boat Freebird! The food was fantastic,Becky! Memories we have made for a lifetime! We will see you again.
Lynn – Hunstville, AL
You couldn’t have taken better care of us! Thank you for showing us your beautiful part of the world. Fly high Freebird!
2-9 September 2017 ~ Fabulous!
Thank you for a FABULOUS trip aboard the Freebird! Your hospitality and kindness made us feel so welcome and at home here. Thank you forall the adventures, the snorkeling, and the drift dives. This has been the trip of a lifetime! Thanks again for everything!
Fred, Melissa, Justin & Rachel
P.S. Give Bella some extra cuddles for us!
|29th March - 2nd April, 2017 ~ The Most Beautiful Place! |
Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday/anniversary celebration. This is the most beautiful place we have ever seen. Ya'll have been the most gracious hosts. Thank you for turning your boat over to us. We have made so many memories: from the slow ride on the water, relaxing, to the entertaining people at the Flip Flop beach. The food was absolutely amazing! We will be back, anxiously awaiting a cook book! Maybe one day we will meet you on our own boats and sail together! Lots of love to you!
Jere and Laurie, Clay and Judy
February 18-25, 2017 ~ Honeymoon Dreams!
We have had a most wonderful time with you and Bella and your Freebird. Our honeymoon could not have been more fitting to our dreams and desires. The sailing, the snorkeling, the amazing waters! Who knew that there were so many shades of blue? What incredible creatures we have seen! The sea turtles, the lobster, the conch, the rays, the iguanas, and swimming pigs!?! And way too many fishes to keep count. And amazing little Bella on board!
We had every confidence in Peter's captaining skills. And he always had us anchored in the right place for each new adventure. What a great dive guide!
What fantastic meals we have had!! Fresh caught lobster and conch, ribs, lamb, and seafood quesadillas. And always a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a Dark and Stormy at the right moment.
What a dream come true for us! Thank you for sharing your life stories. Thank you for introducing us to the spirit of the Bahamas and the cruising way of life.
We will be back! No doubts! We will be back!
Michelle & Bob , Canandaigua, New York
August 6-12, 2016 ~ Exumas ~ Amazing Adventures!
Our daughter's fascination with the swimming pigs brought us to the Exumas. From the moment we set foot on Freebird, it was like we were staying with family. Our kids were entertained the entire week from sting rays to exciting drift dives to afternoon naps on the trampoline. We had a week full of amazing adventures and much-needed family time. Your knowledge of the area is second to none! We loved eating fresh caught conch and lobster. And the swimming pigs were SO MUCH FUN!
Thank you for a week full of adventure and fun!
Steve, Wendy, Talya, and Landon
Our adventures and itinerary:
Day 1, Fed tame stingrays and free-dived the blue hole in Georgetown.
Day 2: Feeding of the swimming pigs at Glass Cay, free-dived 2 blue holes at Sugar Cay, cast-line fishing off stern of Freebird.
Day 3: Caught a big fish while trolling en route offshore. Drift-dived Rat Cay, collected conch and sea biscuits off the bottom, Williams Cay paddle-boarding.
Day 4: Rudder Cut drift-dived grotto (3 turtles, 2 sharks, 1 cuda sighting!), speared 2 lobsters, and free-dived underwater piano with mermaid at David Copperfield's island.
Day 5: Lee Stocking drift dive, speared 2 lobsters, fed wild iguanas, snorkeled reef.
Day 6: Children's Bay overnight, beach time at Boysey Cay geyser, snorkeled wreck in shallow water and Square Rock (1 turtle, 3 stingrays)
June 28 - July 5, 2016 ~ Educational Dive research in remote Exumas
I want to formally thank you for your can-do enthusiasm, excellent meals, and for your calm.
We hope to be able to complete essential parts of Clay's thesis project at some future date.
Thanks and best wishes,
Paul and Co.
March 30 - April 6, 2016
Words cannot express how wonderful this week has been. You are truly beautiful people in every sense. The knowledge you have of sailing is so very impressive. We have felt safe and comfortable the entire time. I am a drift diver for the rest of my life! I really could get used to this. So many things will be in our minds for years to come. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Love, Ray, Tammie and Bensyn
|March 20-26, 2016|
Thank you for a wonderful week of adventure and relaxation aboard Freebird! You all made us feel welcome, at home and completely spoiled. We enjoyed too many thrilling and unique experiences to fully recount - one drift dive after another over glorious fish filled reefs, snorkeling in caves, watching the nurse sharks at Staniel Cay Yacht club, feeding the wild pigs and iguanas, walking isolated beaches, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, quiet anchorages, delicious cooking, watching Bella balance atop the bow of the dinghy as we sped across the water and hearing of your inspiring excursions around the globe.
Spending this week with you has changed our definition of what is possible to expect from 'quality of life'. What a beautiful life you have here. Thank you so very much for sharing it and yourselves with us!
Love, Heidi, Peter and PD
|Jan. 27 - Feb. 5, 2016 - Exumas|
Relaxing, carefree, adventurous, fun, interesting, so many positive words are needed to describe our fantastic week aboard Freebird with Peter.
Peter's attention to safety and knowledge of his boat & seas made us feel at ease and without concern the whole trip. The healthy and yummie food was a real surprise .. cracked conch, coconut cream pie, salads galore ...
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for sharing passion and enthusiasm for the life on the seas and a little glimpse of how the Happy People live!
Janine and Dave