First, thank you so for your input. Much appreciated!
Now, the boat I'm looking at came from Philadelphia PA and the PO had apparently left it there unpaid where it got repo'd. So PPO has got the sails
, etc etc etc. Does anyone in the Philly area remember a boat like this or..long shot here...maybe the PO is a CF regular? If we could get the sails
back to the current
owner then me or someone would buy the boat, but with the missing equipment
, it's gonna probably get cut into little pieces and scrapped, and that would be a shame, even for an unusual boat such as this. The tiller is another missing piece...probably the easiest one to replace.
The boat was named Seagull when it was in Philly. I've sent a link of this thread to the current
owner, David R. If the missing equipment
does possibly, miraculously get located, he owns it, and I'll have to pay more for the boat!
Like I wrote to David in a text...
Where's Robert Stack from Unsolved Mysteries when we need him, I can just hear him now "the owner of the sailing vessel SeaGull dis..appeared without a trace, and with him went the tiller, the sails, the engine
and it's mount. Foul play cannot be ruled out due to the missing gas tank, it is rumored to have been full at the time of his disappearance and his friends do notice the smell of gasoline when they speak of him and a ghostly apparition appears."
Here's a text from the current owner. Seems a rather interesting man and very much into sailing/racing. Her knew/knows the designer
of this boat. The picture he's referring to I had sent to him with some comments, it's the stock photo
off the sailboat data site for this boat..
Yes that is a picture of Gary Hoyt, the designer
. He is an interesting man, smart as can be. He was an abuse yachtsman and an accomplished racer
. I know/knew him well. I lived in the British Virgin Islands
at the time of that photo
and when the freedom 25 was introduced to the public. It was ahead of its time. They were built at tillotson Pearson
in Rhode Island
who made the j24 and all the j boats at the time. Boat for boat the freedom 25 was faster downwind than the j24. Upwind the j24 was faster. The example I have is as described in the ad. It has just been sitting at the farm for going on three years now. It name on the transom is sea gull. It's dirty and needs some cleaning
/ restoring. The hull and deck
are strong and proper. I don't have sails, tiller or motor
. Those things would have been taken home by the previous owner before abandonment in the boatyard.