Introduction: New Freedom 40' C/K Owner

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Introduction: New Freedom 40' C/K Owner

Postby betelgeuserdude » Mon May 01, 2017 11:10 pm

Greetings, one and all.

I just completed my purchase of the last Freedom 40' built in the US. This boat was initially known as "Maggiemiluv", owned recently by Rick Wright, who evidently had laudable intentions for her refit before he fell ill and subsequently passed, leaving too soon a beloved wife and daughter. What little I've come to know of Rick has prompted my deep respect, and I hope that my own efforts to breathe new life into his old boat might earn his nod.

I've long admired the Freedom 40' and Garry Hoyt. I'm a lifelong sailor, student of naval architecture, and former professional boatbuilder and rigger. Before I became a teenager, Garry's work served as a dissenting view on stodgy tradition, and effectively provided impetus to my own exploration of design, construction, and real world implementation. Because some small craft designers took a decidedly different path from tradition, namely wholesale abandonment of accumulated wisdom, I knew as a kid to avoid fads and gimmicks. That said, I cringed once years later upon overhearing a fellow yacht joiner at Hinckleys, and an old-timer at that, say, 'good 'nough,' as he completed a task.

I've arranged my new/old boat to be transported overland from the Chesapeake to my home waters near the mouth of the Columbia River where I'll personally work to reverse some of the more egregious ravages of time, and hurriedly refit in an attempt to introduce my critically ill fiancee to the pleasures of sail, north to/in the Salish Sea this summer. Unfortunately, the old wrap-around sails couldn't be located while I was purchasing the boat. I understand that Rick's widow, assisted by yacht broker Pepper Gilbert worked tirelessly though ultimately unsuccessfully to locate the old main and mizzen. If anyone knows of any old suit of Freedom 40' wrap around sails that I may either borrow for a single season or purchase reasonably, I'd very much appreciate a conversation. Ultimately, like Rick decided, I'll probably re-rig the boat within a year, though I favor cambered-panel junk rigs to goosenecks, boom vangs, and sail tracks.

Then again, given an opportunity to sail the original wrap-around sails (blown-out or not) and geometry, I might be persuaded to tip my hat yet again to Garry's brainchild. :D
Sincerely,
David (Dave) Smith
~Eyrie of Astoria~ Freedom 40' AC CK (#63)
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Re: Introduction: New Freedom 40' C/K Owner

Postby Hans » Tue May 02, 2017 9:20 am

David,

Congrats on your purchase of your Freedom 40. Wish you luck in finding the sails and for you planned trip to the Salish Sea. I also hope you will keep us posted on your re rig efforts. I am especially interested in your experience with the cambered panel junk rig in case you re rig boat with the junk rig.
Hans Hansen, Amsterdam,The Netherlands.
Freedom 45AC #47 "Scherezade".
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Re: Introduction: New Freedom 40' C/K Owner

Postby bad » Tue May 02, 2017 11:45 am

Dave - congrats, too. Certain you will enjoy the boat. You already joined the JRA, which is a great group of people with a vast knowledge base.

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Re: Introduction: New Freedom 40' C/K Owner

Postby betelgeuserdude » Tue May 02, 2017 4:19 pm

Greetings, Hans and Erik.

I'm pretty excited about this boat and my plans for her.

Ultimately, she'll be converted to cambered panel junk rig, along the style developed by Arne Kverneland of Stavanger, Norway. I admire his proclivity toward simplicity within his pursuit of elegant solutions. He had very kind words regarding you and Evi, Erik. It's nice to know that I'm in good company.

Hans, have you explored the Junk Rig Association? There's a plethora of knowledge within its hallowed, though virtual halls, much as a result of dedicated, blue water experimenting, and all seemingly documented for the good of the association, whether or not the grafting of ideas bore fruit. It's all rather refreshing. None of the dogmatic ideology of the committed Bermudian rig crowd.

Thanks for the welcome. :)
Sincerely,
David (Dave) Smith
~Eyrie of Astoria~ Freedom 40' AC CK (#63)
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