Date toured: December 2014
Freedom is a 120-foot Broward motoryacht that was built in 1994, and that underwent a $5 million refit in 2009. The work included not only a whole new interior décor, but also the addition of zero-speed stabilizers, mechanical work, Wi-Fi, satellite television and a cockpit extension (the yacht originally was 108 feet long).
“Our owner was a longtime charter captain,” Capt. Matthew Doudera told me as we stood in the galley. “He did the refit to design and build the boat the way he knew it should be.”
Before becoming Freedom‘s captain, Doudera worked with the owner for two years, as his mate, to learn everything about Freedom as well as the precise way the owner wanted the charter program to run.
“We have a very specific program,” he said. “It’s casual. I’m a dive instructor. We have fun.”
Chef Joseph Stiles, also with us in the galley, said he’s a native of Seattle who has spent a lot of time in Italy. He enjoys not only cooking, but also pairing food with accompanying wines. He also likes using the techniques he learned at Le Cordon Bleu, whether using his culinary degree or his baking and patisserie degree.
“It’s based on the client’s preference,” Stiles told me of his favorite recipes. “I can cater to whatever they enjoy.”
The yacht’s program includes being based year-round in the Virgin Islands, with a homeport of St. Croix. Charters are offered for eight or nine guests in four staterooms, which include a king-bed cabin, two queen-bed cabins and one twin-bed cabin with a bunk-style Pullman berth.
“Families is our main clientele,” Doudera says. “We’ve done some corporate clients, but families are great.”
Freedom is part of the Regency Yacht Vacations charter fleet. There is a dedicated charter yacht Freedom website. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week on board.--Kim Kavin