Join Date: Apr 2007
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Re: Free standing rig
Like Gamayun, I have a Freedom as well. Mine just happens to be a ketch with two freestanding masts. I really enjoy sailing my boat. Upwind is not where it's very happy but it tacks so easily that I find myself doing it on every header which helps make up for windward performance. On a conventional boat in the same situation, daysailing/cruising, there's no way I'd be tacking that much! Off the wind and especially down wind, having the ability to put the booms out without limitation of rigging makes a huge difference.
As mentioned above, the Freedom rigs will bend to depower in puffs making for a great ride in gusty conditions. I assume the Hunter will do the same.
About the only downside I'm still getting used to is not having shrouds to grab on to when going forward. It's silly but I'm just used to grabbing them at midships on every other sailboat...