How would you like to charter Jimmy Buffett’s personal yacht, the Continental Drifter III? Well now you can, albeit it at a deserved steep price. The 124 foot luxury boat goes for $65,000 per week, plus expenses.
The luxurious yacht, can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms, all with their own ensuite bathrooms. With a professional crew of 6, including a first class chef and a full compliment of “toys” – 30’ RIB fishing/diving/waterskiing shore excursion boat, paddleboards, surfboards, fishing gear and lots of memorabilia.
The yacht is small enough to get into small secluded coves and anchorages, where larger vessels can’t go and yet is very sea kindly, in large part due to her “Zero Speed” stabilization system, which also makes “rolly” anchorages a pleasure, so one can watch the sunset and not spill the Margaritas!
She is equipped with the latest equipment, including over 400 movies and thousands of songs on hard drive, satellite TV and high speed internet for those that can’t “un-tether”. She even has a 50” drop down TV on the flybridge with a large “daybed” so you can snuggle up and watch your favorite movies under the stars, while feeling the warm Caribbean breeze!
You can also charter Jimmy’s Cessna Caravan floatplane! One of the cool things that Buffett suggests you can do with the yacht and plane is to motor west through the Panama Canal, play in the Pacific Ocean and then fly over to the Atlantic side… swimming in both oceans in the same day.
Watch Jimmy’s personal pitch for the yacht below:
Head on over to cd3.me for more information and to see a gallery of photos.
Jimmy Buffett was in southern Mississippi on Monday morning where he donated a boat to his alma mater: University of Southern Mississippi.
The world famous singer-songwriter was on hand Monday morning at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs to help dedicate the new boat. The Miss Peetsy B was originally built as a navy boat in 1973 by Uniflite.
The 33-foot vessel will be used to ferry school children through the marshes of South Mississippi and on excursions to Deer Island. USM officials said the boat will also be available to the public for programs like Sea Camp, ecological tours of the Biloxi Bay, and trips to Deer Island.
The boat was donated to the university by Buffett. The man who invented the Margaritaville brand attended USM years ago.
“We’re all here because our mother valued education so much. It was sort of a building block in all of our lives,” said Lucy Buffett.
Uniflite originally built the 33-foot navy vessel in 1973. Jimmy Buffett’s longtime friend, Jimbo Meador, found the boat and shepherded the project.
“We’ve been working with them for a little over year to design and get a boat that meets our needs and allows us to do educational programs cost effectively,” said Chris Snyder, Director of the Marine Education Program.
The Buffetts first got involved with the GCRL following 2010’s oil spill.
“At the time, I was angry but I had to put that anger somewhere,” said Jimmy Buffett, who once considered being a marine biologist. After donating a boat to help the university with oil spill cleanup, the Buffetts spoke with USM President Martha Saunders to see how they could help local children understand the value of the Gulf Coast.
“When you ignite the minds of kids and show them the ocean for the first time, it’s a life-changing experience,” Buffett said.
Buffett graduated from USM in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also helped out the university last year during the Gulf oil spill.
From left, Jimmy Buffett, Lucy Buffett and Laurie Buffett-McGuane christen the boat at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Monday, Dec. 4, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. (The Mississippi Press/Harlan Kirgan)
Discover Boating, the U.S. recreational boating industry’s non-profit awareness program, recently polled its Facebook fans for their top boating songs and Jimmy Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at Forty” topped the list. He also placed at number 5 and 6:
Jimmy Buffett – “A Pirate Looks at Forty”
Styx – “Come Sail Away”
Craig Morgan – “Redneck Yacht Club”
Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Southern Cross”
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett – “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”
Jimmy Buffett’s M36 daysailor is currently undergoing some cosmetic redesign at Morris Yachts in Bass Harbor, Maine:
Singer Jimmy Buffett’s M36 daysailer is undergoing cosmetic redesign at the Morris Yacht service yard in Bass Harbor this winter. The boat will be finished with a new aft-facing navigation station, air conditioning, and a faux-finish paint job on its carbon fiber mast, meant to mimic the look of spruce.
Garden & Gun has an article on Buffett’s “grease experiment.” After running his Green Tomato surf van on used cooking oil for a couple of years, Jimmy came up with the idea to supply oil to commercial fishing boats:
Jimmy Buffett has a vision for his golden years. “My dream,” explains the musician, “is to get a big ole tanker truck, with huge holding capacity, and drive it up and down the Eastern seaboard collecting used cooking oil.” This from a man who’s built a mini-empire of concert tours, best sellers, and restaurants, and who could probably rest on his laurels somewhere besides the cab of a semi. “I want to collect all that used grease and distribute it to commercial fishermen along the coast to use as fuel for their boats.”
Buffett’s food-centric epiphany came from a green tomato. Actually, the Green Tomato, his giant green surf van converted to run on used cooking oil, a process that is actually relatively simple compared with using biodiesel. The van is hard to miss, and driving around the United States in search of swells, Buffett found himself acting like an ambassador for the grease engine movement. “I felt like a teacher because I was giving lectures everywhere I went about the benefits of burning grease,” he says.
Along with the usual suspects—surf bums and eco-hippies—commercial fishermen were anxious to hear his pitch. “These guys are always being screwed by the high cost of diesel,” Buffett says. And among fishermen, no one is more familiar with being screwed by high fuel costs and measly returns than the American shrimper. While shrimp prices have declined due to the flood of farmed shrimp onto the market, most of it imported from Asia, the same cannot be said for fuel.
2009 was another big year for Jimmy Buffett. His summer tour was hugely successful again, he partnered with the Miami Dolphins to rename their home field Landshark Stadium, and a new album dropped in December. And of course there was lots more in between. So here’s our Jimmy Buffett 2009 Year in Review:
In early January Jimmy made a swing through the Caribbean, making stops at his Margaritaville Cafes in Grand Cayman and Cozumel where he, Mac, and Nadirah played surprise shows
Buffett attends Wounded Warriors Project’s Soldier Ride in Key West
Spring and summer tour dates began to trickle out in mid-to-late January
On February 2nd Margaritaville.com confirmed all shows for the Summerzcool Tour
Also on February 2nd, Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber Restaurant opened in Honolulu
Parrothead license plates become available for South Carolina residents
On February 12th, Jimmy played a surprise show at the Margaritaville in Key West
About 2 weeks later, Mailboat Records releases 4 digital downloads from the Key West show
On Tuesday the 24th, Buffett and the Coral Reefers open the 2009 Summerzcool Tour in Maui
On the 26th he plays a private show for the opening of Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber
Jimmy performs at Netscape founder Jim Clark’s wedding in the British Virgin Islands
In late March, we report that Margaritaville Rum is coming soon