Mailport November 2013 Issue

Mailport: November 2013

Freedom Fan

Photos courtesy of Bruce Wasilewski
Photos courtesy of Bruce Wasilewski

Cinereous, reader Bruce Wasilewski's Freedom 36, gleams dockside after an extensive refit.

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.

Bruce Wasilewski
Cinereous, Freedom 36
Lake Charlevoix, Mich.

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Based on the Mailport recommendation of the Batteries Plus store service, I called the closest store (Orange, CT) about rebuilding the N-mH batteries for my Panasonic cordless drills of which I have many. With exact info on the batteries given over the phone, I was quote $36 per battery with a possible discount for quantity. Upon arriving I was then quoted $90, more than new replacements. When I protested the price, I was then quoted between $10 and $20 which seemed more than reasonable. When I proffered a single battery for rebuild, the new estimate came to $60. By that time I had lost confidence and left, though not before noting that they have a wide selection of batteries for sale all of which seemed over-priced.

Posted by: MICHAEL B | November 15, 2013 8:42 AM    Report this comment

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