I have an internal debate raging, and want some opinions of these 2 boats.
The Admiral and I plan to live aboard full time within the next 5 years and want a multihull
, but the whole "Go Small Go Now" argument keeps me looking at monohuls. Berthing is cheaper and more readily available for monohull
boats. Staying under 40 feet is cheaper in the Bahamas
boats cost less to own and operate, easier to insure, etc, etc, etc....... so the 2 boats that I keep coming back to are the Gulf 32, and the Freedom 39 Pilothouse. I like Pilothouse boats for the protection and comfort in rough weather
. The improved visibility and light from the pilothouse windows is nice. So we need a good solid blue water
boat, comfortable for 2, easy to singlehand, separate shower
stall, and capability to cross oceans without having to strap a dozen Jerry cans to the deck
I think it looks great! The big pilot house with overhangs shading the windows and flush deck
just make the thing a beauty!. Great headroom
inside the pilothouse, a true pilothouse. Deep aft cockpit
, well protected. Modest sloop
rig should be easy to handle. Seakindly ride due to the full keel
. Most people don't seem to question the blue water
ability of this boat. Its a little small, doesn't have a separate shower
stall, but otherwise seems to fit all of our requirements. The biggest pro for this boat is the price
, nicely equipped boats range from $30-$40k. That is very appealing.
Freedom 39 Pilothouse:
Bigger and nicer interior
, separate shower, and the Cat Schooner rig is something I very much like. The freedoms caught my eye many years ago because of the free standing rigs. Simple, no stays, with the Cat Schooner rig there are no headsails, so less cost to replace sails
, most rigging
is duplicated between the foremast and mainmast so spare parts
are interchangeable. I absolutely LOVE the cat schooner rig. The boat is much more of a performer than the Gulf. Cored hull
, wing keel
, much more sail area. Larger tankage and the much nicer interior
make this more comfortable to live in one would think. It has a rear berth, so sleeping in not so smooth conditions would be a little nicer than in the Gulf's forward V berth. The downside is that it costs $20-30k MORE, than the Gulf.
Even though the Freedom would be a much better sailing boat, with its modern lines, modern materials, wing keel, and great Cat Schooner rig, the Gulf just looks so great to me. The Freedom has a rear berth, and is 7 feet longer, but with that added berth, and second head
in there, i wonder how the interior actually "Feels" compared to the smaller Gulf without the second berth and head
. Most opinions I have read indicate the Freedom is a questionable blue water boat, the Gulf seems to have a much better reputation for its blue water ability, even with 7 fewer feet overall.
If you had to choose one of these boats to live on and sail around the world, which would it be and why, or why not?