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Old 28-04-2010, 05:17   #1
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Freedom 45 Center Cockpit

Anyone have any experience with these boats?
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Old 29-04-2010, 13:38   #2
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At the risk of offending anyone here, go to SA and ask for Ryley, maybe just PM him. I'm pretty sure he has one and likes it.
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Old 29-04-2010, 14:51   #3
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Used to charter F 45s when CYA was still in the business in BVI. It is one of the greats and I've been around enough to have some basis for this statement. One of the easiest to handle, sails like a race boat and built to the highest standards. They were a semi-custom boat so what you are looking at could have been made for their charter fleet or an individualized boat custom built to the owners specs but in either case, the build quality is excellent.
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Old 29-04-2010, 15:24   #4
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Thanks for the reply. The boat I am looking at was built for the current owner. It has never been in charter.
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Try freedomyachts.org , a few owners there.
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I've heard some discusion of late that the spars glass/carbon are failing due to age. Maybe do a little digging regarding that? Other then that good boats.
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You've heard more than I have. I am constantly on the Freedom forums and there have been no issues with them whatsoever of late. Could be that it is more the racing fraternity, lightweight pushed to hard mob that are having them break? I know my mast was overbuilt, because 1983 was fairly early on to be building carbon fibre masts. It came with a lifetime warranty for the original owner.
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Old 09-05-2010, 19:34   #8
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They are awesome boats. I had one for about 6 years, sailed her to Bermuda and back, among a lot of other sailing. Incredibly comfortable, very good performance. Possibly the easiest and most forgiving boat I've ever sailed (simply impossible to make her pound, and she carries her sail very well, even at higher winds). Likewise, the build quality is very very good. Built at the same factory and by the exact same people as the Aldens. I've not heard of any problems with the rig, as someone else suggested. The early hull numbers (I had number 2) were more undercanvassed than the later ones, as the company was more conservative with the freestanding rig at that point. Many owners increased the sail area by raising the hoist for the jib and/or adding a stainless steel sprit to get a larger fore-triangle.

I really can't speak highly enough of the boat, and often question whether we made the right call moving to a different one (we just needed/wanted something with three cabins).

Good luck with your search, but you certainly would not be unhappy with an F45.
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