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Freedom 40
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1 2435 Sat April 12, 1997
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Description: Freedom 40
Keywords: Freedom 40



Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat April 12, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The unstayed carbon fibre rig works very well especially down hill, the ability to oversquare and wing the wishbones makes for relaxed cruising shorthanded. The boat is particularly well built and has crossed the pond several times as well as competing in 2 Around Britain races. The addition of a larger 75HP engine and hydraulic bow prop has significantly improved its handling under motor. However it's still a difficult boat to turn in tight spaces and almost impossible to control in reverse with a cross wind.
The boats ability to take the ground with beaching legs is fantastic. Why arn't more boats designed like this??????
Sailing performance upwind is acceptable, pointing at about 33-38 degrees apparent, but the boat needs a good force 3-4 to get going. Being a long keel design tacking does take longer that a conventional fin and skeg rudder type.
The shallow draft of 4ft 6inches allows one to explore better anchorages and the centre board draft of 10 feet takes care of upwind leeway. All boat designs are a compromise but generally the advantages of this Gary Hoyt desin outways its disadvantages. One of the best boat I have had in 30 years of sailing.!!!!!

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