Freedom sail boats -Carbon fiber mast

Freedom sail boats -Carbon fiber mast

Post by ingra.. » Sat, 02 Jul 1994 01:33:49


I am looking for information on the Freedom free standing mast.
I have been looking at a purchase of a Freedom 40/40 boat and
I am wondering how strong the mast will be, are there any performance
issues, when you step and unstep the mast are there any handling issues,
are there any sail handling issues, etc.

I am having a hard time over coming the fact that there are no shrouds and stays.

Does any one have a comment on the different style jib that it has ?

Thanks for any information that people may pass my way.

George

PS

I currently have a Sabre 34 and I am looking to go up to a 38 to 40 foot boat.
I am also considering a Sabre 38 and a Tartan 38. Any comments on other boats in this class and price range ?

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Freedom sail boats -Carbon fiber mast

Post by Capn Har » Sun, 03 Jul 1994 00:25:01


writes:

Quote:
> am looking for information on the Freedom free standing mast.
>I have been looking at a purchase of a Freedom 40/40 boat and
>I am wondering how strong the mast will be, are there any
performance
>issues, when you step and unstep the mast are there any handling
issues,
>are there any sail handling issues, etc.

I have owned a Freedom 21 and now own a 25'. The masts are pretty
basic. Put 'em up, use 'em and take them down. They need to be
handled carefully when stepping or unstepping. I think what you are
most concerned about is probably will it snap while I'm sailing?
There are a ton of other things that I think about before I get to
that one worry. They seem to enjoy a pretty good record in that
regard.

 
 
 

Freedom sail boats -Carbon fiber mast

Post by Louis Gerb » Wed, 06 Jul 1994 19:54:32

Quote:


>Subject: Freedom sail boats -Carbon fiber mast
>Date: Thu, 30 Jun 1994 16:33:49 GMT
>I am looking for information on the Freedom free standing mast.
>I have been looking at a purchase of a Freedom 40/40 boat and
>I am wondering how strong the mast will be, are there any performance
>issues, when you step and unstep the mast are there any handling issues,
>are there any sail handling issues, etc.

I've been sailing on a Freedom 35 with two wishbone masts on the
Mediterranean Sea. The boat is a replica of a N. Herreshoff design of about
1910. However, the carbonmasts seem to be pretty strong. The owner of the boat
has crossed the Atlantic from Cran Canaria to Martinique and he said that the
rig is very effective downwind, but it has been a mess to steer it all the
time. (They have made the passage two handed) As the boat behaves very nervous
the autohelm pilot could not stabilize the boat sufficiently (he told
me something like fishmeal,..sorry I meant fishsoup all over the cabin).
This behaviour may be different at other Freedoms, but I would not like
it during long distant passages.
The handling of the sails is like the handling of a combination of a
Laser and an old surf sail. Which means, that the handling is pretty easy.
One disadvantage is that the Freedom 35 has poor upwind properties as there
are almost no tuning possibilities of the mast.
I hope this will help you a little.

Louis Gerber
Institute of Applied Physics
Bern, Switzerland