A beautifully maintained classic tall ship available for private and public sails on the San Francisco Bay and the magnificent California Coast.
Gaff-Rigged Topsail Coastal Schooner
Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Sausalito, CA
Length Overall: 80 ft
Beam: 17 ft
Displacement: 43 T
United State Coast Guard certified for up to 49 guests
Flat screen TV/iPhone compatible stereo system
Local, epicurean catering and beverage program
Sausalito, San Francisco (Pier 40) and Angel Island
Freda B is the flagship for SF Bay Adventures, the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2013 winner. Freda B is a member: Master Mariners Benevolent Association, Tall Ships America, Passenger Vessel Association, a celebrated partner and accredited vessel during America’s Cup 34, Golden Gate Tall Ship Society, 2X winner of the Master Mariners Regatta, 2nd and 3rd place winner of the Great San Francisco Schooner Race, sweepstakes winner of the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade. Freda B has been seen on the Travel Channel and Eye on the Bay and in Sea Magazine, Latitude 38, Cruising World and Sports Illustrated.
Originally commissioned as the Spirit of St. Augustine, she was designed by legendary East Coast naval architect, Charles Wittholtz. She was built in steel by Treworgy Yachts of Florida and launched in 1991. Her traditional gaff rigged design was intended for comfortable offshore passage-making between New England and Key West with well-appointed accommodations.
Renowned for their grace and elegance, the gaff schooner has inspired artists, poets and sailors for almost two centuries. Called Liberty during many of her eighteen years of service, scores of guests enjoyed her before she was purchased by Marina O’Neill and Paul Dines of SF Bay Adventures and brought to the Pacific Ocean.
The transit from Miami, Florida to Sausalito, California was accomplished in two steps; first on the deck of a huge freighter, taking only two weeks to arrive in Ensenada, Mexico. After which, it took just three days to sail her through the beautiful Golden Gate and to her new home port.
Liberty has since been christened Freda B, lovingly restored and is every inch a yacht. Once onboard, guests may relax and let the experienced crew take you sailing on the San Francisco Bay and beyond. For the more engaged groups, we always welcome our guests to join in, hoist sails and take a turn at the helm. Our crew is enthusiastic about what they do and love to share sailing on the San Francisco Bay.
Schooners originated in the late 1600’s from smaller, two-masted gaff-rigged vessels used on the shallow coast of low-land countries in Northern Europe. Originally employed for the Atlantic merchant trade, they quickly became indispensable to the European colonies in North America.
A typical schooner is gaff-rigged and has two masts, with the foremast shorter than the mainmast. Schooner sails follow the deck lengthwise, enabling them to catch the wind at a close angle. The positioning of the sails allows the ship superior maneuverability.