Mailport: November 2013
In response to your boat review of the Freedom 36 (PS, June 2000): I have owned a Freedom 36 for the last 23 years and still would not trade it for anything else I have seen on the market in the 36- to 43-foot range. I often sail single-handed, and the boat lends itself well to short-handed sailing. All lines (halyards, reeling lines, vang, sheets) terminate at line stoppers/winches on the cabintop at the cockpit. The boat has a huge main and needs a power winch to handle it more easily.
I have sailed the boat extensively in the Great Lakes, and I can attest that it handles very rough weather reasonably well. After 22 years of admirable service, I had the stern lengthened by nearly 2 feet, adding a “sugar scoop,” and painted the hull. I also spruced up the interior with a V-berth mattress, new headliner, and new interior cushions, and I finally upgraded all electronics. The boat is now ready for the next 23 years. Tillotson-Pearson did a great job on the Freedom line, and my boat is a testimony to that.
Cinereous, Freedom 36
Lake Charlevoix, Mich.