Sorry, my one shot observations were on a boat that was rigged and ready to go. I hadn't owned a Freedom yet and only noticed the ease of usage and the general outlook of the gizmo. The pole was shoved into the gun mount sleeve, lines were attached, and the pole centered. A halyard was pulled and the chute hoisted out of it's bag, when doused a down haul line was pulled as the halyard was relaxed. It was hard to believe.
When one first gets to "crew" on a freedom rigged vessel its all so simple it's almost bewildering.
Are you East coast or west coast?