Freedom Yachts

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Freedom Yachts
IndustrySailboat Builder
FoundedUnited States (1976 (1976))
FounderGarry Hoyt

Freedom Yachts was the maker of the Freedom (sail) and Legacy (power) yacht brands. The Freedom sailboats have unstayed rigs, meaning that the mast is freestanding and not supported by the normal set of wires called standing rigging. Garry Hoyt, a champion sailor and noted maverick, created the unstayed rigs to give "freedom" from the inefficient sail shapes of traditional sloop rigs as well as to give "freedom" from the compression and maintenance issues associated with standing rigging. A known issue with this style of mast, however, is that in rough seas it can break loose, causing a potential holing (pounds through the bottom of the hull). This is commonly due to the tangs that hold it in place failing. The masts are made of carbon fiber and are set well forward on the boat. This means most of the sail area is contained in the mainsail. Jib sails can either be overlapping or self-tending.

Gary Hoyt founded Freedom Yachts in 1976 with the Freedom 40. He sold Freedom Yachts to Tillotson-Pearson in 1985 after some slow years. He used naval architects from the Herreshoff design offices for his early designs and in the early '80s commissioned a 39 feet pilothouse design from Ron Holland. Tillotson-Pearson brought Gary Mull on board as designer for a new series of great sailing but awfully conventional looking boats. David Pedrick designed for the (again) new owners starting in the mid 90's after Tillotson-Pearson Composites sold the yacht division off.


PHRF handicap Based on Southern California Buoy Rating[edit]

  • Freedom 25 - PHRF 204
  • Freedom 21 - PHRF 228
  • Freedom 30 - PHRF 168
  • Freedom 35 - PHRF 135
  • Freedom 35 WK - PHRF 144
  • Freedom 38 - PHRF 132
  • Freedom 39 - PHRF 198
  • Freedom 39 PH - PHRF 138

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