Cruising Area of Swish

Pref. Pick-upGeorgetown, Great Exuma (GGT)
Other Pick-upStaniel Cay
Summer PortGeorgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
Summer OperationsBahamas
Winter PortGeorgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
Winter OperationsBahamas

Swish Description

Enter the realm of peace and tranquility... on board this luxury catamaran Swish, where the main objective of the professional crew is to ensure your idyllic vacation. Sail away to adventures untold... at a relaxed pace - the stability of the twin hulls offers the highest degree of comfort while underway, or while at anchor. An exhilarating sailing experience for novice and professionals - especially when enjoyed between the pontoons - on the oversized trampolines!.. Attention to detail is obvious in the custom designed interior. Elegant appointments in the airy saloon - a room with beautiful views.

Specification

Length50 Feet
Beam28 Feet
Draft3 Feet
Built1996
Refit2018: New Sails, New Engine, New galley appliances, New faux wood paneling main salon floor.
A/CNone
Sun AwningYes
WindsccoopsYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
Sailing InstructionsYes
Nude ChartersInq
Num Hatchlots
Guest Smokeaft deck only
Guest PetsYes
Children AllowedYes
Min Child Agen/a - usual parental control
InverterYes
Voltages110
Water MakerYes
Water Capacity250
Ice MakerYes
Generator1kw
Max Speed14 knots
Cruising Speed8 knots
Fuel Consumption1.2 US Gall/Hr
RangeUnlimited
Turnaround48 hours or TBD
Engines2 x 38 hp Yanmar
Communications
High Speed WIFI wireless

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.

Accommodations

Guests7
Cabins4
Crew2
Queen3
Single1
Showers3
Wash Basins3
Electric Heads3
Accommodation Details
SWISH can accommodate 7 guests in 4 cabins. 3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower, and toilet. A midship center starboard Guest cabin has a single berth (shared head with the starboard forward cabin) which is 1 foot high for easy access.

SWISH has two electric fans in each cabin. Guests find these are quite sufficient to sleep comfortably, along with open hatches to feel the fresh air breezes from the trade winds, and it´s environmentally friendly! There´s also shades for hatches and windows plus two large sun awnings.

The Crew has a separate head and shower.

Swish has a light, airy, spacious salon with comfortable upholstery. The rigid cockpit bimini has side and rear sun/weather screens. Swish has trampoline awnings for the extensive foredeck and large trampolines. Covered cockpit cushions. Icemaker. Dive Platform with a transom shower.

Entertainment

Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
CDs100s
Board GamesYes
BooksYes
Other Entertainment
Fusion Radio.

Cuisine

Din-in7
Special DietsInq

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)11.5 Achilles Rib Dinghy
Dinghy Hp20HP Suzuki outboard
Dinghy Pax6
Snorkel GearYes
1-Man Kayak2
Floating Mats1
Swim Platforms2
Boarding Ladderstern
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear Typespin & troll
Fishing Rods2
Other Toys
12´ Tender with 30 HP, 4 Stroke Yamaha engine
2 kayaks
Fusion Radio
Stereo system, saloon and cockpit
iPod Hook up available
Fishing Equipment
Extensive Snorkel Equipment
Board & Card Games :
Monopoly, Pictionary, Scattergories, Yahtzee, Scrabble, chess, dominoes and cards.

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard

Swish Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Crew PetsYes
Crew Pet TypeSmall friendly dog Bella, a Schipperke (Belguim Water Dog, boarded upon request)
Captain
CaptainPeter Dreffin
NationalityAmerican
Born1951
SpeaksEnglish
Years Sailing25
Years Chartering2
LicenseUSCG Captain, Bahamian Boatmaster license
Crew
CrewRebecca Garcia
NationalityBritish
Years Sailing2
Years Chartering2


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.”

CHEF/HOSTESS REBECCA ´BECKY´ GARCIA

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 aboard SWISH, 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.

Guests enjoy sharing time with little Bella (a Schipperke dog), especially with the dolphin swimming or walks or games on the beach, but equally for clients that are not doggy lovers. In the 1690s, the Schipperke became popular watchdogs on the barges in Belgium and earned its name schipperke, meaning ´little captain´ in Flemish.

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Swish Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Jan 10, 2020Jan 10, 2021Unavailable: TBA to TBA

Swish Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $10,000

High price: $17,000


Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax
2019 Summer$13,000$13,750$14,500$15,250$16,000$17,000
2019/20 Winter$13,000$13,750$14,500$15,250$16,000$17,000
2020 Summer$13,000$13,750$14,500$15,250$16,000$17,000
2020/21 Winter$13,000$13,750$14,500$15,250$16,000$17,000

Yacht terms: All Inclusive

An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, premium beverages or scuba activities. Inquire for more information.

Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for Swish.

Swish Guest Reviews

19-25 July 2019 Exumas – Endless Memories!

Peter, Tori & Bella,
You have changed vacationing as we one knew it. There is no way we can go back….nothing compares. From the sting rays, sharks, islands, pigs, crabs, barracudas to the endless beautiful beaches, sand bars and drift diving. Sleeping under the stars, spending time with family and making endless memories. The fishing, snorkeling, and more importantly, the food! I could go on and on. This was our first charter and definitely not our last. It was a great way to celebrate our daughter’s birthday and son who is going off to college. We felt at home from the moment we boarded the dingy. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us….and the unexpected tour of the Marine Research Center. Scavenging for coconuts will never be the same.
Love the “W” Family

April 20, 2019 - A great family charter!

Dear Peter & Becky,
What a special week we’ve had! This trip was everything we were looking for and so much more. Becky, thank you for the amazing meals! You are so talented in the kitchen and we all loved trying new things and learning your tips and tricks. Thank you, too, for taking such great care of us. Our crew is a lot to take on and you made us feel so welcome and comfortable. Peter, thank you for all your planning and our fun itinerary. We loved all of the different adventures. Thank you for planning around the boys different ages and abilities, there was always something fun for everyone.
We absolutely loved being aboard Swish and hope to return. Please keep in touch.
With Love,
The “T” Family

23-30 March 2019 – A Wonderful Adventure!

Dear Peter & Becky,
Thank you so much for the amazing time. Absolutely fabulous vacation. It was sop nice getting to know both of you, and of course Bella.
Becky, your meals were absolutely fabulous, I can’t even tell you. You are a lovely lady and I hope to remain friend into the future.
Peter, thank you so much for all the wonderful adventures. It was great getting to know you. You have a wonderful personality. Hopefully one day we make it back to paradise again. Thank you so much for everything, it was wonderful.
The F Family

4-11 February, 2019 in Bahamas – Fantastic!

Peter & Becky,
We had a delightful time aboard Swish! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and showing us your piece of paradise. Becky’s skill in the kitchen made our visit healthy and delicious. Peter’s skill in navigating the islands and currents was legendary. Love exploring the caves, the reefs and appreciated the way you motivated us to see the sights, and also relax. Best wishes, until next time!
Tim & Destiny, San Diego, CA

Where to begin? You showed us a g,reat time. Thank you!
Becky, your cooking is amazing. You are an absolute sweetheart, wish I lived closer, I’d love to be your friend. The boat was so much fun and I loved our room – cozy.
I just can’t say enough about the fantastic time we had, you are both such wonderful hosts. And friends!
Thank you, thank you, we’ll be back! Hugs!
Joe & Sharon, Hawthorn Woods, IL

8-15 April, 2018 - Captain only charter ~ A beautiful Adventure!

Thank you for touring us through this beautiful adventure. We cannot believe the endless shades of blue and the purity of the land. Your knowledge and patience and kindness ads a priceless feature to our journey. What incredible memories we are taking home with us.
Mahalo,
The M Family

29 March - 3 April, 2018 ~ Amazing & Relaxing

Dear Peter, Becky & Bella,
What a trip! Endless clear waters to the end of the earth and just us!! The pics, the iguanas, the sting rays! Everything was amazing and relaxing. Thank you for making your best our home for 6 days. We will be back!
P.S. The food was delicious and light!
E & S

Comments to the Broker:
Very professional captain and crew. They were very courteous and pro-active, super attentive and knowledgeable. The meals were healthy, super breakfast and they make their own bread! All good. The catamaran is clean, well maintained. Cabins were clean and comfortable. The itinerary was amazing and perfect!
The S Family

21-27 March,2018 ~ A Life Adventure!

Dear Peter and Becky,
There are family vacations, and then there are life adventures that are etched to memory forever. This week has been both. From the moment we set sail on Freebird, to the incredible sea life, bluest waters ever, kayaking to sand bars, and much savored meals, we thank you both for this life event.
The L Family
P.S. Thank you Becky for getting the boys to eat new foods!

June 28 - July 5, 2016 ~ Educational Dive research in remote Exumas

Dear Peter,
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.

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!
John

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 for all 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!

Dear Peter,
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)

March 30 - April 6, 2016 - with Guest´s pup too!

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,
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!

Warm Hugs,
Janine and Dave

Captain Warren´s Guest Comments

Swish was previously owned and operated by Peter´s son Warren, so the comments below are related to Captain Warren.

April 24-29, 2016 Incredible Experience

From travel agent:
They had an AMAZING time and I think a few of their moments on the catamaran will be seared into their travel memory bank as such. They were so impressed with the captain and crews attention, the quality of the food, and especially the unique experience of eating conch for the first time).

It was an incredible experience for them. Please extend my personal thanks to the crew for attending to their needs and for showing them such a good time.

30th Wedding Anniversary Charter - Nov 2015 - Exumas

Overall, how would you describe your charter?
Very Good.
Was the crew professional, congenial, and accommodating? Absolutely. Warren was knowledgeable and focused on trying to accommodate. Louise was almost always cooking up first rate meals while also navigating the nuances of our personal likes and dis-likes.
Was the yacht clean and well maintained?
Yes, Swish was beautiful boat and the Staterooms, the Galley and the Saloon were all clean and ready for their new guests when we arrived.
How did you find the quality and presentation of the meals? Outstanding, the food and the presentation showed pride and skill.
Additional comments
The boat was very nice...Warren and Louise were great. Louise is a very good cook..No reason to be worried about her culinary skills. Her meals were excellent right down to the presentation of the food.

18-25 August 2015 Exumas

Warren, I´d like to share with you the fact that my client called me today gushing about his time with you guys on Swish.
He went on about how I had made the perfect match...that their time on board was the best EVER.
I so want to thank you for taking such good care of this very nice family
You are a credit to our industry as is the rest of your charming family
Thank you so very much. Broker M.R.

10-17 May family charter in Exumas

Note from broker:
Thank you so much for the update on the charter (they swam with a wild dolphin, hand fed a hawksbill turtle, caught 2 fish offshore under sail, engaged with 11 swimming pigs and 25 sharks at Staniel and dove the Thunderball Grotto).

I emailed Rosie half way through the charter to see how it was going and this was her reply ´Amazing!!!!!!!!!´

We love to get those replies when our charter guests are onboard.
Thank you so much for taking care of them!

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