Originally Posted by afelgate
Hi, I'm considering purchasing
a Freedom 32 and was curious if anyone on this forum owns or has sailed one.
The F32 is a "cat sloop" with unstayed mast so no standing rigging
. The small jib is self-tending, and the spinnaker
launches from the cockpit with a patented system.
Freedom has a reputation as a solid blue water
boat in addition to being easy to single-hand. They're also very spacious below as they're beamy like other cat boats.
My questions are below - any & all feedback is appreciated!
Capsizing- how is the mast stepped to the keel? How does the carbon fiber mast hold up in a knockdown? Has anyone on the forum actually capsized an F32?
Heaving to - is this possible with a self-tending jib which is much smaller than the mainsail
? If not, how else can an F32 sit tight during a storm?
Reefing - has anyone had - or heard of - issues with the in-boom reefing system? How does it actually work? Does it work well?
Standard vs. deep keel - any comments/feedback/experience other than the obvious 1’1” draft
Jib - is it possible to adjust at all for better performance? Note: I *do* realize this is a self-tending jib!
Halyards - can you raise & lower all sails
from the cockpit?
First, there are some great F32 sailors over on the Freedom website
and there is some great info over there. There is a guy there that is right now cruising his F32 through Indonesia
Yes, I sail a Freedom 32 (Hoyt design), though you are asking questions that on offshore
cruiser would be better able to answer than I can. I absolutely love the Freedom 32. It's quite unusual in that topside it looks like a 32 foot boat, and down below like a 38 footer, or more. With her 12 foot beam she's nearly as roomy in the main salon
as my center cockpit Morgan
41 Classic, that I owned for ten years---I'm not kidding. Also, you will be surprised that the aft cabin
is surprisingly useful and not just a large quarter berth.
As for the questions that I can answer, here goes:
The round based carbon mast is stepped thru-deck on a massive block bonded to the hull
just forward of the main bulkhead in the forward cabin
. The mast does not interfere with the room in the forward cabin at all. The cabin sole
around the base of the mast has access floorboards, that allow access to inspect mast step, wiring
, etc. There you will also see a large "L" bracket that bolts to the side of the mast and bolts to the mast step so it cannot turn or jump off the round "hat" that it fits tightly over.
I sail out of San Diego
, so knockdowns, and heaving to have not yet been experienced and I hope never will. However, were I to heave to with the self-tacking jib, I would think a spare sheet attached to the jib clew then to a toe rail snatch block on the leeward side and lead aft would hold the jib in place and keep it back-winded nicely. Other than that it would just be a matter of putting helm
back to windward and tuning your mainsheet in or out depending on how you wanted to sit to the waves. I have heaved to in all my other boats, just not my Freedom 32.
As far as adjusting the camberspar jib for performance? It's not a performance sail at all, but just functions to give a little 'slot' effect and add a little sail area forward. This boat will not outpoint a conventional rig, but it's not too bad. You just sail it for speed, not for pointing, and you'll be surprised at the weather
mark. You can womp them on the reaching leg! Ha! I have found it important to use the traveler a LOT with this big of a mainsail. You'll figure it out. It's not a sail where you just leave the traveler amidships. It needs to be off a bit on each tack---even with the companionway
opening on each tack is a starting point.
Oh, almost forgot; yes, all halyards, sheets
and reefing lines are lead to the cockpit. There are two speed winches on each side of the companionway
and the various lines go through sheet stoppers to these winches. The only thing you will have to do is go forward to initially take off your sail covers, and also to put your sail ties on the main and camberspar jib.
Does the boat you are considering come with a spinnaker and the Hoyt "Gun Mount" spinnaker pole setup? It's a pretty amazing system that allows one person to raise, lower, and jib the chute. If you haven't seen this in action here is a YouTube clip of it on the baby sister Freedom 21. (This video clip is pretty funny
and made from an old VHS video tape). You won't believe the spinnaker maneuvers this hot dog does in the F21. The gun mount functions exactly the same on the Freedom 32. Check it out here starting at about 1:45 in... >>
I noticed there is a Freedom 32 for sale
now up in Marina del Rey. (Los Angeles). Is that the one you are considering? I thought I was the only F32 on the West Coast! If you buy that one there will be two of us. We can start class racing!
So go on over to the Freedom website and let the questions flow. You'll get some great answers over there.