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by Castaway
Sat Mar 16, 2024 2:01 pm
Forum: Manuals and Documentation
Topic: F32/F33 UK documentation (Alloy spar cat sloop)
Replies: 2
Views: 1983

Re: F32/F33 UK documentation (Alloy spar cat sloop)

Hi, Loïc. None of the UK built Freedom yachts will be CE marked, since that requirement post-dated the model being discontinued. It might be possible to have Category A recognised on the basis of the performance of other, identical boats; for instance, the previous owner of 'Castaway' raced it to th...
by Castaway
Fri Mar 01, 2024 11:06 am
Forum: Random Chatter
Topic: Moving F38 US to UK
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: Moving F38 US to UK

Though you would have to pay VAT if you imported the boat to the UK, I don't think there would be other import duties; but I'm not certain. You only need CE certification or the UK equivalent, if you sell the boat soon after import, but if that model was previously sold in the UK, demonstration of e...
by Castaway
Fri Mar 01, 2024 10:46 am
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Rounding Pt Conception
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Rounding Pt Conception

The 33 Cat Ketch is an awesome off-wind sailing boat, despite its unfashionably high displacement, and comfortable in a seaway, too!
Fabulous trip, though I bet there were a few thoughts about diesel advantages in the last few hours.
Gerald
by Castaway
Wed Oct 04, 2023 3:49 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Freedom 35 CK foredeck rope locker
Replies: 7
Views: 2325

Re: Freedom 35 CK foredeck rope locker

" Quick update, there is a crack in the bottom of the rope locker causing the coring to rot probably froze and split the interior fiberglass. In the process of re-coring and glassing. Thanks for the heads up about the drains otherwise I may have accidentally covered them. " Cannot imagine why anyone...
by Castaway
Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:37 am
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Advice sought on Freedom 35 Cat Ketch as bluewater boat
Replies: 5
Views: 2737

Re: Advice sought on Freedom 35 Cat Ketch as bluewater boat

Search this site for .pdf file "Castaway's Knockdown", and also look at comments about 'Offset Companionway'. The PO of Castaway used to race it across the Atlantic, and sometimes won. Not my choice of pastime, but we've always felt safe in the boat. We have had no problem with wetting of the balsa ...
by Castaway
Thu Sep 21, 2023 6:11 am
Forum: Random Chatter
Topic: New (to me) Freedom 33
Replies: 5
Views: 4677

Re: New (to me) Freedom 33

Great looking restoration! The tan sails are especially attractive on a ketch. Does she have a fixed keel, and is it original? UK versions have a long keel running right aft, or else a centreboard, about in the position of your keel. Interesting to see that you have quite tightly made up running sta...
by Castaway
Wed Sep 20, 2023 1:29 pm
Forum: General Sailing
Topic: Cat Ketch Mainsail forward of Mast
Replies: 2
Views: 5385

Re: Cat Ketch Mainsail forward of Mast

main ahead of bow 718.jpg Yes, yes, yes and yes, to each of your questions. Make sure you have long enough sheets, and, if the winds are light or flukey, rig preventers. You can take a preventer to the tip of the bowsprit for the main, and the toerail amidships for the mizzen. Gybing is not so much...
by Castaway
Sun Sep 17, 2023 5:23 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Cat ketch heave to
Replies: 5
Views: 5603

Re: Cat ketch heave to

Hi, Mike. That was a quick reply! We had the centreboard half raised, which was not optimal, but the PO had recommended that, in heavy weather, as a precaution in case of a knockdown. The seas were very violent that night; wind over current crossing the Norwegian trench, and it was that, rather than...
by Castaway
Sun Sep 17, 2023 1:17 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Cat ketch heave to
Replies: 5
Views: 5603

Re: Cat ketch heave to

Heaving-to is just as Mike has said, though, on a night with Force 7 – 8 winds and rough seas, we dropped the main except for the foot beneath the wishbone. Sheeting that to the windward side of the coachroof gave the effect of a backed jib on a sloop, and a reefed mizzen sheeted a little to leeward...
by Castaway
Sun Sep 17, 2023 12:49 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Mold!!
Replies: 1
Views: 2712

Re: Mold!!

Keeping a boat in the North of Scotland has been a recipe for mould at times. Two possibilities have been fairly successful:– 1) leave a dehumidifier inside, connected to power, with an overboard drain (e.g. into a sink) 2) a solar/battery powered vent. One of these lasted for several years of effec...