As I have been very actively looking for my ideal boat, I try to keep an open mind but stay within the limited criteria for what would best suit my needs.
I am looking for a seaworthy
boat that is also a capable liveaboard
. My ideal size is between 27-33 feet, I restrict my search to boats of this size for a number of reasons, including, cost of ongoing maintenance
, cost of refitting/repairs, slip costs, and ease of single
I have looked at several boats ranging from C&C's, Beneteau
, Westerly, Rhodes Chesapeake, Alberg
, Cape Dory
, Com-Pac, Island Pacific, and others.
Now, I am off to look at a Freedom 28 Cat Ketch
. This really intrigues me as I initially wanted a Cat Rig because it is so easy to sail and the rigging
allows for extra cabin
room since the mast
However, I only know that Freedom yachts generally carry a good name and a good reputation for well built boats. But, I can find nothing that offers information about the 28 foot Cat Ketch
Like any other boat that old, I know I should pay attention to potential core rot
but are the boats good sailers? Are they bluewater seaworthy
or only coastal/weekend/day sailers?
If anyone has any experience, I would greatly appreciate their stories and opinions.