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Freedom 35 Review, Yachting magazine

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:29 pm
by Belanich
Happy New Year,
I found a review of the Freedom 35 in Yachting magazine. If you want to see it search google books: Yachting Freedom 35 March 1993. The review has a polar diagram! First one I have seen for a Freedom yacht.

Michael Belanich
s/v Dolcetto (F38 #65)

Re: Freedom 35 Review, Yachting magazine

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:16 pm
by bobr
Michael,

Thanks for posting this. I'm having trouble getting the polar diagram in a readable format, but I note that in the text the author claims 6 knots of boat speed in 10 knots of breeze. That is a little better than I do, but I'm definitely in family cruiser mode (wing keel, camberspar, half a package store on board). I can say that the boat sails much better than I expected for a "wide body," and I attribute that to the mainsail which is quite powerful.

There is some "puffing" in the piece but overall it is pretty fair. For instance, everyone says it has 6-2 of headroom but I'm a bit shy of that and still scrape my head even barefoot. It only took 2 or 3 knocks on my head to adjust. And the storage in the cockpit suffers from having a full width aft cabin and a shower stall intruding on that space. Access to plumbing is not as good as in a more traditional layout. The galley lacks storage and counter space. Those are all minor quibbles, the boat is perfect for vacation length coastal cruising.

We love our Pedrick 35.

Re: Freedom 35 Review, Yachting magazine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:23 pm
by hotstonp
The May 2016 edition of Yachting Monthly has a review of the Freedom 35 in it. A nice write up that is encouraging for those who have never tried an unstayed mast.