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 has always lived near the water and first started sailing as a teenager, racking up awards and experience in racing catamarans. He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean four times and has been licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Captain since 1982.
He met Tina in 1980 in Ft Lauderdale. Tina was aiming for a musical career being a former college classical pianist and violinist and she had already performed in a symphony orchestra...But Peter swept Tina off her feet, and as a couple they sought a simple, more adventurous lifestyle in the great outdoors to rear a family. They soon moved aboard a sailboat to cruise the world. Their journey began in 1982 and their two sons arrived soon after. Initially Peter and Tina reared the two boys aboard a catamaran, and their home base during the winter season was Georgetown, Exumas, located in the Bahamas.
Their family dream had always been to cruise the South Pacific. One day they decided it was time. It would be magnificent finale to their sons’ Huckleberry-Finn boyhood, spent on boats and in the water. Suddenly, they were off and running before the wind, following big waves and starting another adventure. Once they reached Australia, their sons launched into college and careers, while Peter and Tina continued on around the world. Adam and Warren would join them at some exotic port, located at various places around the world, wherever they happened to be during college holidays.
Tina and Peter say their world cruise forever transformed their lives. They now look at the world and its peoples differently, having become better people because of it.
They are still cruising today 35 years later, this time with a charter catamaran called Freebird in the beautiful Exumas in the Bahamas, and they invite you to share time with them on charter in this beautiful part of the world. Their two sons, Adam and Warren, now have charter catamarans of their own, so for this family sailing is a way of life!!
Together Captain Peter and Tina have cruised the Bahamas for 35 years, anchoring in every hidden nook and cranny amongst the 2,000 cays and islands. Their island specialty is free-diving and spearfishing. You are bound to have an amazing experience in the hands of this lively couple!
Chef Tina relishes creating a master performance in the galley and entertaining. Her specialty lies in international cuisine, having gathered exotic recipes while circumnavigating the globe with husband Peter. Recently she completed the Chef Harvey Culinary Art program and attended The Naked Bite Culinary Classes in Coconut Grove, Miami. Tina is also a freelance writer in her spare time!!
A highlight for Tina and Peter recently was being featured in the TV program Distant Shores late in 2014, although the main focus was on their little Belgium Schipperke dog called Bella, as she regularly swims with a couple of dolphins in the Georgetown area, often for many hours!! The TV cameras were in luck and managed to get some great footage of Bella and a Dolphin swimming with each other around the bay!!
Capt. Peter and Tina warmly welcome families and children. As their two sons were reared aboard their catamaran they know what kids love in these islands! Cruising with kids is a delightful way of teaching them about adventure and nature: learning the sea life, flora and fauna, local Bahamian culture, bonfires on the beach, beach games – they will certainly take home some wonderful memories!!
FREEBIRD accommodates up to 5 passengers in 2 double cabins and 1 single cabin. The single cabin is only suitable for a child as the berth leads into the portside queen cabin. FREEBIRD has electric fans in all staterooms and main salon.
CABIN 1: Port side, featuring a low (for easy access) queen-sized berth, over-sized opening hatch over the berth, windows all along one side, 2 private vanities, a bookshelf, and 2 closets. (Cabins 1 & 3 are equivalent in layout.)
CABIN 2: A door located next to the berth of CABIN 1 opens into a single berth. This cabin is suitable for a child since entry is through CABIN 1. 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.
CABIN 3: (Cabins 1 & 3 are equivalent in layout.) Starboard side, featuring a queen-sized berth, over-sized opening hatch over the berth, windows all along one side, 2 private vanities, a bookshelf, and 2 closets. A door opens into a half-head: a compost toilet and sink.
There is an additional full-sized head located on the port side, which is very large. Two rooms encompass the head suite: 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. This head is suitable for wheelchair access.
|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
Dear Tina and Peter: We arrived home without incident I want to formally thank you both for your support during our various struggles, in particular, Tina, for your can-do enthusiasm and excellent meals, and, Peter, for your calm and practical approach to the several obstacles to our goals. 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.
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|
|Dear Peter, Tina and Bella,|
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, Tina's 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 Exumas|
|To Tina and Peter,|
Relaxing, carefree, adventurous, fun, interesting, so many positive words are needed to describe our fantastic week aboard Freebird with Tina and Peter.
From the moment we met Tina with her open arms and welcoming smile, we appreciated her warmth and enthusiasm. 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 ... Tina, you are a magician in your galley!
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