July 29, 2020. Jimmy Buffett wanted a fast, smooth-riding, fishing machine — which is precisely what Billy Freeman builds. Making Buffett’s dream a reality started right here in the Lowcountry.
Billy Freeman does not build boats with a wheelhouse, but a wheelhouse makes Last Mango a lot more comfortable for Captain Vinnie LaSorsa to cruise between Jimmy’s favorite fishing holes. Jimmy Buffett wanted the Freeman ride and performance, but with a “house.” Last Mango is a collaboration of two great companies — our hometown hero’s company, Freeman Boat Works and Merritt Boat & Engine Works, of Pompano Beach, FL. Soundings Magazine, Power and Motoryacht Magazine, and Billy and Sally Freeman can tell the story much better than me, so I hope you enjoy the videos linked below. Last, but not least, in the videos, watch for the incredible artistry of Fort Lauderdale maritime artist Monique Richter, who transformed the interior of the Last Mango’s cabin into beautiful faux teak finish.
As for me, I can’t wait until our son-in-law, a good friend of Billy and Sally’s, takes delivery of his new Freeman 37 next spring!
Power and Motoryacht Magazine interview about Jimmy Buffett’s Freeman, Last Mango.
Only in America could a young visionary start from scratch, teach himself boatbuilding, and achieve the success of Billy Freeman.
I will never forget one Sunday afternoon, a few years ago, when Carolyn and I stopped by stopped by Billy and Sally’s home, while cycling. Billy took us into the garage shown in the video, to see the progress on his very first Freeman.
He is a Mount Pleasant “boy” that has done something incredible. It’s the American dream!
“You’re never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work at it, however.”
From Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
By Richard Bach