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Freedom 30
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Description: Freedom 30
Keywords: Freedom 30
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue August 15, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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(Note - I sold the boat in July 2000 but everything here still rings true....)

Gary Mull designed sloop, TPI built, featuring unstayed carbon fiber spar, full batten main with lazy jacks and CamberSpar(tm) self-tacking jib.

Great ease of handling with good sailing performance and excellent comfort. I expecially like the fact that I can take non-sailors out in any breeze and they don't have to worry about handling anything - I can do it all from the cockpit.

Balsa cored hull, well built and equipped with all top notch gear. Teak and ash interior, could sleep 6 in three cabins but I doubt you'd want to, despite the large and fairly well ventillated aft cabin. 1 head with shower plus cockpit swim ladder and shower. Yanmar 18 HP fwc diesel. Wheel steering. Propane stove, large ice box, nav table, lots of room for instruments.

Mine is the deep keel model; she draws 5'6" with an eliptical fin keel and spade rudder - racy and good upwind but it gives you a boat that doesn't track downwind like a full keel cruiser but has significantly less wetted surface for light air performance. I believe there is a shoal draft model that draws 4'6".

Otherwise, excellent handling and responsive in all weather conditions. All controls lead to cockpit winches. An exceptionally easy to handle boat - turn the wheel to tack - that's all you do.

I've owned sailboats for nearly 40 years. I owned a Freedom 25 for 8 years before the 30 and after five years of ownership of F30 hull #75 am still very happy with the boat and have changed nothing but the tape player and battery charger since I bought her.

I've had the usual Yanmar exhaust mixing elbow carbon build-ups but other than that the engine's fine and now at 12 years of age I've had to pull and reseal leaky cabin ports. But she's a quality product and I would buy one again or a larger sistership.






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