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I think from an engineering and reliability standpoint a free standing rig such as the Freedoms', and Nonsuch and others (including Wylie) make sense for the 'stick' itself.
But the need for such a large section to be able to freestand interferes with so many other aspects of sail performance and sailtrim (and rig configuration). If it was the be-all/end-all everyone would be doing it. While there are some free standing rigs with vestigial jibs, they are not much more than a gesture in terms of an effective headsail. (Some Freedoms and the Hunter Vision line)
Aside from all that, the main memory I have from wandering aboard one of these on deck was the total lack of things to grab onto as you walked forward. Think how often you've grabbed into a shroud for stability as the boat gave a lurch.... and what might have happened had you missed it!.. or if it's not even there at all!
To my mind the most intriguing part of the Freedom 25 is the attempt to ''tame" the spinnaker with their 'gun mount' approach.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 01-10-2010 at 04:28 PM.