RUBICON

44 ft / 13.4 m St. Francis - Sleeps 6 guests

From: $7,475 To: $14,893

Chartering in the Bahamas

About RUBICON

Operating in the Bahamas

Come explore the vacation paradise of the Bahamas Exumas and Out Islands! The luxury sailing yacht Rubicon offers the perfect way to enjoy your Bahamas vacation. This spacious 44’ catamaran offers the best of everything that makes a yacht charter vacation great: beautiful, comfortable accommodations, an expert and enjoyable crew, fabulous food, and so many fun things to see and experience.
 
Rubicon’s interior decor is casual elegance with shiny wood paneling. Photographs shot from the owner’s family world cruise enhance the staterooms, creating a wanderlust feeling to sail to remote regions of the globe.
 
There are many enjoyable places on board to enjoy! The main salon, cockpit, and forward trampolines are the main gathering areas for meals and activities. The trampoline area is the optimum spot to hang out while underway, enjoying the salt breeze and luscious scenery of the islands.
 
Cat Rubicon carries a crew of professional captain and chef. It is the perfect yacht for a group or family vacation.  Among her many possible activities are kiteboarding and surfing.  You may also participate in eco adventures including feeding swimming pigs, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking nature trails, sailing and enjoying remote beaches.
 
Please note, the video shows the beautiful Bahamas scenery above and below water as seen from Rubicon, as well as lots of great kite-surfing.
 

Main Salon

Galley

Starboard Queen Stateroom

Aft Small Double Cabin & Bathroom

Bathroom + tub/shower

Rubicon Sailing

Aft Seating and tender

Guests Kiting

Captain Adam

At Anchor

A good catch!

Reeling In!

Rubicon from the Beach

Rubicon in Action!

Crystal clear waters in the Bahamas

Beach Volleyball

Beautiful Beaches

Deserted islands

Exumas

Beautiful Sunset from Rubicon

Sundowners

Ceviche

Dream of blues seas and skies....

Specification

Length

44 ft / 13.4 m

Year Built

1997

Sleeping Guests

6

Cruising Speeds

7 kts / 12.9 km/h

Engines

2x 27hp Yanmar 3GM30

Beam

24 ft 11 in / 7.3 m

Builder

St. Francis

Crew

Captain: Adam Dreffin + 1

Stabilisers

None

VAT Registered

No

Draft

3 ft 11 in / 0.9 m

Designer

Refit

2015

Flag

United States

US Duty Paid

No

Amenities

General

  • BBQ
  • Book library
  • Deck shower
  • Fishing gear - light
  • Hammocks
  • Special diets
  • Swim platform
  • Water maker

Electrical

  • Camcorder
  • CD library
  • Cell phone
  • DVD library
  • DVD player saloon
  • Indoor audio system
  • iPod dock
  • Local TV
  • Satellite phone
  • Satellite radio
  • Wi-Fi

Toys

  • Assorted water toys
  • Beach games
  • Board games
  • Kayak
  • Kite board equipment
  • Paddleboards multiple
  • Surf board
  • Volley ball

Tenders

  • RIB tender 10ft / 3.30m - 25hp engine

Diving

  • Diving by arrangement
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Underwater still camera

Crew Profile

Luxury charter yacht crew for RUBICON
Captain: Adam Dreffin (31)
Captain: Adam Dreffin

CAPTAIN: ADAM DREFFIN

Adam Dreffin holds an MCA Master of Yachts 200 Tons. Adam was born in the Exumas aboard the boat of his parent’s, Peter and Tina Dreffin. At a young age, Adam disappeared into hidden coves with his brother, trolling for fish while handling a sailing dinghy, so he knows the Bahamas islands very well. He shot his first lobster at age 6. His passion for the islands is evident in his very presence.

Adam's parents, along with his younger brother Warren, all set off for a world cruise on their sailing boat once the boys reached teenage years, so Adam is also very widely travelled to many exotic parts of the world. When they reached Australia the boys went to school and college there, whilst their parents continued their cruise back home to the Bahamas.

Summers during school, Adam captained catamarans for Broadreach Sailing School in the French West Indies with high school kids aboard. He's also captained large yachts in New England and delivered vessels from the Mediterranean. He has run charters aboard Rubicon for several years in Exuma.

Adam’s specialty is as an avid sportsman on the water. He kite-surfs, windsurfs and relishes catching game fish while trolling between islands. He is also certified as a Sivananda yoga instructor.

The Dreffin family now has three catamarans in the Exumas, as the parents charter with one boat, Adam has Rubicon, and his younger brother has just added the third catamaran to the fleet.....so this family are true sailors with over 35 years experience at sea!

Chef/Hostess: Jennifer 'Jen' Anne Aemilia Iceberg
Chef/Hostess: Jennifer 'Jen' Anne Aemilia Iceberg

Jen grew up in her grandparents' farmhouse with her brother and four cousins in New Rochelle, NY, a small waterfront community located on the WNW coast of Long Island Sound. Sharing and caring are instinctive in an extended family. This Kincaid-esque setting was naturally blessed with the freshest seafood and seasonal produce. Jen lives by the yogi adage:  "Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate." This is in part why Jen receives such glowing testimonials. But it’s even more for her amazing cuisine.

 

Jen’s childhood was idyllic. She recalls, “At home my grandmother taught me to cook and garden at an early age, pursuits I still love to this day. Fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants are my passion, especially growing them. At school, I volunteered to help other kids a lot; team manager, field day coordinator and subject tutor. I found greater pleasure serving quietly than being in the spotlight, but I did win a trophy in a national billiards competition and a youth modeling competition.”

In addition to being kind-hearted and a natural beauty, Jen also achieved a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, majoring in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. Education and talent was rewarded with cooking/management positions at several posh hotels. She specializes in vegan/GF/paleo/raw food and her most popular recipes include zucchini pasta with avocado alfredo sauce, conch fritters and burgers, red snapper, Mahi fish stew, gluten free protein pancakes, and "bullet coffee". She is also a meditation, mantra, pranayama, dance/fitness, yoga and yoga therapy instructor with two 200-hr RYT certifications, and she is certified in adult and infant CPR. 

Jen’s motto:” Life, love, laugh and be happy! Enjoy each moment just as it comes.” Which, she admits, is not a hard thing to do aboard Rubicon in the Exumas, Bahamas.

Layout

Accommodations for up to 6 guests in three private cabins described below.  Each stateroom is equipped with ensuite bath and electric fans in each cabin. 
 
CABIN 1: Port side forward, featuring a queen-sized berth, large opening hatch overhead, 2 large closets, 2 bedside shelves. (Cabins 1 & 2 are equivalent in layout.) A private bath and shower adjoins.
 
CABIN 2: Starboard side forward, featuring a queen-sized berth, large opening hatch overhead, 2 large closets and 2 beside shelves. (Cabins 1 & 2 are equivalent in layout.) A private bath and shower adjoins.
 
CABIN 3: Port side aft, a small double berth 78" x 42"  large opening hatch overhead, dresser and vanity. Adjoining, is a private bath.
 
Dimensions of queen beds: 73”x57”
Headroom in Cabins:  73”
Headroom in Salon:  75.5”
 
The main salon seats 10 guests and crew. The cockpit table seats 8 guests and crew.


RUBICON has a new Honda 2000 watt generator that runs the A/C all night at anchor! However, it really only sufficiently cools the two fwd cabins OR the salon, so we can only offer A/C for two cabins. RUBICON also has a 2kw inverter.

If you wish to "go green" and help the environment you are welcome to turn off the A/C and experience the breezes from the tradewinds as with open hatches and electric fans they are usually quite sufficient to keep you cool.


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.

 

Luxury charter yacht layout diagram for RUBICON

Testimonials

5-12 August, 2017 ~ Fantastic!!

How was your overall experience? Fantastic. Would love to go back.

Did the crew live up to your expectations? I really had no expectations but Adam and Jen were unbelievably welcoming and accommodating. We all made new friends

How would you describe the food and drinks? Fish is good but not at every meal.

Were you involved in planning the itinerary? We just went with the flow, it was great.

What did you like most about your charter? Blue water everywhere and the crew.

Would you recommend this yacht and crew to your friends? Absolutely

Can you give me any hints as to how I can provide my clients with an even better experience? Good sun lotion is a must and a long sleeve shirt is a good idea too. Don’t bring half the clothes you think you need.

Is there anything in particular you wish you had known in advance? August is off season in the Bahamas so restaurants are not well stocked. Georgetown is a rather impoverished area (Friendly people but not much to do)

Is there anything else I should know? Adam was raised on the water and grew up in the Exumas, his knowledge of the area is outstanding.

Would you recommend chartering a yacht or boat to others, now that you have done it yourself? Yes

Brian

5-11 August,2017 – Life Changing!

My dearest Adam,

 To say this trip was AMAZING would be an understatement!  It was life changing!  Every part of my being has been touched and my life is altered forever. Thank you is not enough.  I am forever grateful that we made this trip. You hold a place in my heart forever!

God Bless you always, with love,

Nancy Z

P.S.  Thank you for Jennifer.

Dear Adam,

Words can’t express our gratitude for all you did to make this an unforgettable 50th birthday for me.  It is on that will be fondly remembered for the rest of my life.

We enjoyed talking, laughing, and learning with and from you.  Your knowledge is appreciated as well as your kind demeanor.  We are so fortunate to have been able to meet such a wonderful and kind soul.

Sincerely your friends,

Dale & Ed

Bristol, CT


July 24 - 31, 2016 ~ Extraordinary Adventure!

Guestbook entry: Many thanks to Adam and Tina for a fabulous week in paradise!! The food was extraordinary as was the snorkeling, sailing, adventures, and the weather! We loved hearing their stories of sailing the world and getting to know their whole wonderful family! Their adventures may leave a small footprint behind, but they left a large footprint on our hearts! Happy sailing!
Love, Jill and Ernie

Feedback to Broker: The crew was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and accommodating. I cannot sing my praises high enough for Adam and Tina. Adam was a highly skilled captain with excellent knowledge of the area we cruised. He knew when and where to go for drift snorkeling, and as a result our snorkeling experience was better than any previous trip. Tina was a friendly and joyful host.

The Rubicon was comfortable, clean and well ventilated. I liked the fact that each cabin had its own head. The Rubicon was the perfect mix of performance and comfort.

Tina was a great hostess and cook. I ate better on the boat than I eat at home. Tina manages the difficult mix of preparing food the tastes, great but is healthy as well. I usually put on weight during vacation and did not on this one, but I ate like a king. Fresh baked bread,muffins and much more.

The Exumas this time of year is just amazing. I have traveled the Caribbean for many years and the best beaches and water is in the Exumas. The crew has cruised these waters for many years and they have extensive knowledge of where to go and what to do. Adams was well connected with the local people and this made for a great experience. A real bonus of going this time of year (July) is that no one is there. We had all the beaches and anchorages to ourselves.

July 15 – 19, 2016- Bahamas – Amazing & Wonderful!
Bahamas Days at Rubicon: It was amazing and wonderful because we felt the nature experience. We loved swimming and exploring the islands.
Adam was a wonderful captain and Tina...oh, Tina!!!! Super Tina. We loved her. She cooks so well and made us feel comfortable. She was so sweet with us, and funny too. Both made us remember this trip...

This was the best vacation we had all year! Thanks for all!
Josephina

May 1 - 9, 2016 - Exumas - A Great Time
We had a great time. Adam's great local knowledge is a major advantage in finding snorkeling spots. I'm happy to say that we have never had a bad snorkel on Rubicon. His mate, Val, is lovely and a very good cook. They were very accommodating with our desire for a late dinner hour. Overall a great week in the Exumas. Adam was even able to procure some additional Conch for us so we had several opportunities to enjoy it during the cruise.Mike and Kathy

April 10 - 18, 2016 - Best Ever!

Best ever Bahama boat trip. Thanks for so many memories (and sand dollars). Jackie


This was such a blast, couldn’t have been a better time. Thanks for making it into one of my top vacations! Fun drinks, fun yoga, fun everything. K


I can’t really put into words how enjoyable this trip has been. Thank you for making it so special (and for all the delicious food – especially the fish! Stan
A perfect trip for us – than you both for putting together an outstanding experience for our family. Bryan


You were a very intuitive host, we all got to do what we all wanted each day of our trip, be it swim, kayak, flyfish, jog and snorkel. Not to mention, eat gluten free and plenty of fish! 
Susan

Dec 12-19, 2014 - Staniel Cay

Was the yacht ready at the appointed time & place? YES
Was the yacht clean and well maintained throughout your stay? YES
Were the cabins comfortable & well stocked with linens/bedding? YES
Were the crew friendly & personable hosts? YES, EXTRA
How would you rate the meals/beverages? VERY GOOD
Were the listed watersport toys in good condition & available? YES
Did you enjoy the area you cruised? VERY MUCH
What ONE THING stands out as the most memorable part of your charter? ADAM KNOWS THE BEST SPOTS WHETHER ON OR OFF SHORE. PERIOD. ONE OF THE BEST CAPTAINS I HAVE SAILED WITH.
How would you rate your crew? VERY GOOD
Would you charter this boat again or recommend it to friends? YES
Any suggestions on how to improve your charter experience? NONE

May, 2013
Capt. Adam & Sarah were engaging & interesting. Adam’s life experience aboard boats was impressive. Everything on the boat worked perfectly. Though we arrived with no particular agenda, we appreciated the suggestions of Capt. Adam. We hadn’t taken much time to research the endless possibilities of destinations in the Exumas and Out Islands. We were lucky to come upon Rubicon. The opportunity really feel the islands seemed personal and passionate to Capt. Adam. His knowledge and kindness was especially appreciated. Sarah’s good sense of humor was grand in all ways too! Overall, such a fantastic week! Thanks for the fun times!
J.&D.

May, 2013
We had never been to the Bahamas before, so we were astounded at the abundant sealife and beauty of the Exumas. The remote anchorages were calm and scenic, and nature walks ashore introduced us to the incredible bird life. Our favorite adventure was taking the dinghy ride through the mangrove creeks. I never knew there could be so many turtles up there. The clarity of the water was just amazing.The best part was feeling the enthusiasm and love that Captain Adam had for the Exumas. We loved hearing island stories over Sarah’s fantastic meals in the cockpit at night. Everything was wonderful, clean and more than we expected. Thanks for sharing your world with us!
Ed, UK

April 23-May 4, 2014
We went into the trip a little hesitant to stay on a boat for that long of a time.  I will tell you it was an enjoyable experience.  The sailing, food, conversation were all wonderful.  Adam and Sarah do their best to let you enjoy the views God provides.  One of the best parts was spear fishing in the morning and then having dinner that night.  You talk about fresh fish.  My first statement is blown out of the water (no pun intended) with our trip. 
Matt and G. Family

April, 2013
When you said we might be able to swim with dolphins, turtles, sharks and rays, I wasn’t sure you could pull it off. But whoa! Watch out what you ask for! Good thing I have the photos you took with your underwater camera to show jy family and friends back home. They didn’t believe me until I pulled out the one with the big turtle. What a wild day that was! The snorkeling was our favorite part of the trip, next to Sarah’s excellent meals. The reefs were colorful, fish were in good numbers and the anchorages pristine. When they say Bahamians are some of the friendliest people in the world, it’s true! We really liked the bar and food at Staniel and Chat n’ Chill.
Greg

Feb. 2012
The crew on Rubicon were engaging & interesting. Adam's life experience aboard boats was impressive. Everything on the boat worked perfectly. Though we arrived with no particular agenda, we appreciated the suggestions of Capt. Adam. We hadn't taken much time to research the endless possibilities of destinations in the Exumas and Out Islands. We were lucky to come upon Rubicon. The opportunity really feel the islands seemed personal and passionate to Capt. Adam. His knowledge and kindness was especially appreciated. The crew's good sense of humor was grand in all ways too! Overall, such a fantastic week! Thanks for the fun times!
J.&D.

Nov. 2011
My wife petting a shark. Thought I'd never see the day for that to happen! So, thanks for all the wild and fun adventures aboard Rubicon. Capt. Adam's knowledge of the Exumas made our charter week very special. His enthusiasm was evident. We liked his flexibility and sweet disposition. The crew kept us laughing at our hesitation to get out there and really play with sharks, stingrays. We're pasting the photo in our office cubicle at work. Just to remind us where we want to go next year. Take us to another Out Island! We want to see more of the Bahamas!
Cheers, A.J.
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