I've decided that I want to go voyaging in a Freedom F25 if the one I want is available or comes on the market in the next couple of months.
This may come as a surprise to the few who've read my handful of postings here. Those folks probably think I'm inclined toward more traditional, more or less full-keeled, boats especially those designed by Carl Alberg
in the '60's... and they're right. I love those boats. I love classic designs in general. Hell, I even like John Hanna's Tahiti ketch
, saints and ministers of mercy preserve me.
I know it's a heretical thing to say in this sub-forum, but I actually like multihulls too. I've owned a Piver
25' Mariner and I love what John Marples and Jim Brown have done with trimarans. I dearly love Jim Wharram's catamarans and if I were going to build a boat, that's whart I'd build; especiallty his more recent stitch-and-glue designs.
But, here's the thing: I'll be 64 in April and I've wanted to go voyaging for at least thirty years. Why I haven't yet is a subject for another thread in another sub-forum when I'm at least as nearly drunk as I am now
What I want:
A boat easily singlehanded. I don't have an "Admiral" and probably never will. I'm old and ugly and gay
; therefore, I'm a singlehander
I'm a New Englander ( I'm a descendant of a Mayflower family) so I like catboats.
I've read Jeff_H's posts denouncing the designs of the 60's and he has a point, even if he is more of a racer
than a cruiser :P
Unstayed masts are attractive to me (junk rigs intrigue me) as is Gary Hoyts gun mount spinnaker
What I like about the F25:
The round mast
#'s later than 100 (I think}. I definitely don't think I'd like the rotating wing mast
of earlier versions.
All, and I do mean all, lines lead to the cockpit
. Never any need to go out on the foredeck.
is actually quite voluminous for such a small LOA
to buy and very cheap
Excellent performance downwind or on a reach. Not so great when beating but what cruiser is? Anyway, gentlemen don't go to windward
What I don't like:
While I loved my Catalina
30', I'm not a huge fan of fin keel/spade rudder
boats for cruising beyond the 100 fathom line. The F25 and F21 have transom hung rudders, and that's a plus in my book, and the fin keel
has a draft
of less than 4' which is another plus. I guess I'll just have to be very careful about running into things or tangling fish
nets and crab pots
The B/D ratio is just over 30% BUT there's a deep bilge
over the keel
for storing heavy stuff like ground tackle...which is a good thing since there's no foredeck access to a chain locker!
is awfully large for offshore
sailing but it's very comfortable, ergonomically and the bathtub-like footwell my make a useful rain catchment...an important consideration given the limited tankage
...and the likes and dislike lists go on.
Bottom line, if a suitable F25 shows up on rthe market soon, it's mine. Otherwise I'll buy an F21 and go camper/coastal cruising for awhile until one does