Originally Posted by belizesailor
I've sailed a Freedom 45 before. Good boat. Never had a chance to push it in heavy conditions, but sailed well in 15-20 knots of wind
and modest seas.
rig with camber spar jib
. Very easy to handle.
Years ago when I was looking to buy a 40+ foot boat for live aboard
in San Francisco
Bay, I got aboard a freedom 40 Cat Ketch
. It was an almost new boat
, with to my eyes a new unusual design and quite different from all the other boats I have been looking at so at first it did not appeal to me.
I remember looking at the huge tree trunk like masts that are keel
stepped by the way and thinking how big they were and I also thought that the wishbone blooms look strange and odd.. That was my first impression. But I was ignorant about the boats at that time. I have since learned a lot more about the Freedom line of boats and the designs.
Over the last few years I have learned more about the design concept
and the rig and also began to better appreciate the design of the boat the whole the interior
Consequently today I find the freedom 40 Cat Ketch
with aft cockpit
quite attractive. The aft cockpit
model is designed to be singlehanded, something I find appealing. The lines are led to the cockpit, not so unusual today, but different or more rare in 1980.
However I don't like the design of the center cockpit
model 40. It looks somewhat like a traditional Junk or a variant of a Colvin boat, with the raised poop deck
, which I don't like, in that design. With some boats, a raised poop deck
does not bother me. Just a matter of personal taste there.
Typos due to dictation on my iPad!