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Great liveaboard or cruising sailboat!
The Freedom 38 is probably the smartest mid-size cruising sailboat ever designed and built. Simple to sail, simple to maintain, and simply a joy to cruise, this Gary Mull designed, Tillotson-Pearson built boat stands out as a timeless, excellent choice for coastal cruising. Fin keel, spade rudder, huge main, self taking jib, no standing rigging, lines led aft to the cockpit all combine to provide effortless, easy to control sailing performance. Upwind sailing is a breeze. To tack, simply put the helm over. Crash jibes are no issue with the very forgiving carbon fiber unstayed mast. Wide, flat hull sections provide high form stability. This coupled with a flexible mast which bends off in puffs to depower the mainsail for less healing and flatter, more comfortable sailing. Quality of build is excellent with a beautiful, hand fitted and hand crafted teak interior. Most furniture is glassed and tabbed to the hull and deck and there’s minimal use of interior liners. Close examination of details and design will reveal why Ferenc Mate’ included Freedom Yachts and Tillotson-Pearson in “The World’s Best Sailboats".
The Freedom 38 has an amazingly simple and reliable rig. NEW STRONG TRACK sys just installed!!! The freestanding carbon fiber mast has proven itself in over three decades of use including southern ocean storms. In the 1982 BOC singlehanded round the world race “Lady Pepperell” was rolled twice in the Southern Ocean; her Tillotson-Pearson built free standing carbon mast stayed upright and intact. No spreaders, shrouds or backstay eliminates the leaks and numerous failure modes found with conventional stayed rigs. The gooseneck is laminated to the mast rather than screwed and is amazingly strong and reliable. With no backstay, the full battened mainsail has a very large roach as found on newer generation race boats. Lazy jacks and full battens make handling this large sail very easy. Although the boat is very much mainsail powered, a self-tacking, small jib with camberspar boom helps windward performance. All lines are led aft to the cockpit where rope clutches and two self-tailing winches are placed under protection of the dodger and within easy reach of the helmsman.