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Old 12-13-2007, 04:11 PM   #1
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I'm viewing a 1985 Freedom 35 Cat Ketch this weekend and I'm wondering if there's anybody out there with first hand knowledge of these yachts who may be able to offer some hints on what to look out for structurally, functionally or whatever.

If they can shed any light on the joys of living aboard and/or cruising one, that'd be even better.

Thanks for your help and understanding

See ya!

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Old 12-13-2007, 10:20 PM   #2
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Slow in light airs, not fantastic upwind. Cockpit cluttered. Rig makes it easier to handle in winds below 25 kts, higher windspeeds still require normal careful sailing attention.

From a cruising aspect design is fine for colder climes.

Peter, If the boat if the boat you are looking at has a lifting keel/centre board - check the mechanics of the lifting gear - in fact do a test. Sometimes there are problems with fouling and barnacles in the inside of the board casing because antifouling not applied thoroughly.

Check the sails for wear and aging - and what area, so that you can determine the SA/D ratio to establish likely performance.

Finally , I think we have discussed this before, if you like what you see and intend to go forward, get your own surveyor who knows free standing rigs. Remember that he will not do a

engine survey - other than tell you that it is clean or dirty or rusting. You need to run the engine under load - compression test etc.

Take your time and good hunting!


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Old 12-14-2007, 05:52 PM   #3
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Try the Freedom Forums for more info.



I have a Freedom 39 Cat Ketch that I live and cruise on and I am very happy with. Mine was built in the US by Tillotson Pearson, and I am very happy with the build quality.


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Old 12-15-2007, 06:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for your responses. I've now seen the boat in question and I'm afraid that it didn't do it for me. Firstly cos the condition matched the price which was very low and secondly (but most importantly), it just didn't consider it big for living aboard on a longer term basis.

Still convinced that the freestanding rig is me so it's back to the savings treadmill - difficult on a pension - and the OPYC until something bigger comes up.

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