That is one of my favorite models from Freedom. I like the layout. But then I have a strong liking for pilothouse boats and deck
saloons are almost that.
If I bought the boat for coastal cruising I would like it as is.
If I wanted to take it on a circ to remote
places and high latitudes, I would cover those large deadlights or "picture windows."
UNCIVILIZED gave some great advice (as usual) and Salty Monkeys reference to the Freedom forum is very appropriate too.
I have read a lot about the masts, over the years. I would not be worried about them. Like anything, condition is boat specific.
As Uncivilized pointed out, Eric Sponberg has written a very nice PDF document that gives his advice about the masts
. Go here to read that PDF you can download for free:
Freedom Yacht Mast
FreedomYachts.org â€¢ View topic - FREEDOM YACHT MAST REPAIR
Some short statements (my view):
Yes, the masts can break. Yes, they can be relatively expensive to replace in Carbon. Yes there are some maintenance issues (as with any mast or rig) and yes one can replace the masts with new carbon sticks or even with aluminum
. I recently saw a pair of used Carbon Fiber Freedom 36 masts advertised for $12,000 with booms etc. I once thought of buying
a Freedom that needed a new mast, and so I did some reading on the mast issues. You can find plenty to read online.
What about the issue of cored hulls?
BARNAKIEL brings up a good point. Cored hulls were not solely produced by Freedom.
Here is an excerpt from another respected (but also opinioned) professional surveyor
on the subject of cored hulls.
DAVID PASCOE marine
Cored Hull Bottoms
"People usually think that a balsa cored bottom would be far worse because of the wood's ability to absorb water
. So far, the evidence at hand does not support that idea. Foam, because it is much softer, and not at all fibrous, breaks down much faster under hydraulic pressure.
Unfortunately, core problems are often undetectable during surveys unless the problems are far advanced. That is particularly true when the outer skins are particularly thick and neither sounding nor moisture meters are likely to give an indication of trouble.
And in the case of (MANY BOATS) extremely little of the internal hull is visually accessible, so not much of the internal hull can even be inspected.
Thus, when buying a used boat with a cored hull, even a survey is not going to prove a reasonable probability of a defect-free hull.
Surveyors ought to be shivering in their shoes anytime they approach a cored bottom, so how much more trepidation should a buyer bring to the table?
So there you have it. The history
of cored bottom performance is poor. Surveys that don't involve destructive testing can (sic) prove soundness. Buying a cored bottom boat, in my opinion, is little more than a roll of the dice. The odds are not in your favor.
How About Cored Hull Sides?
No problem. Hull sides are not submerged and are far less likely to become water
saturated. The potential for hydraulic erosion is far lessened even if it does. And because the sides are vertical, water will collect at the bottom near the chine. Water saturation in sides is fairly easy to detect: All you have to do is drill a small pilot hole on the inside and see if water runs out."