Freedom 44 Cat-Ketch for sale. An opportunity to purchase a fabulous Freedom 44 Cat-Ketch cruising yacht. These boats are rarely seen on the market. They provide safe,comfortable, fast and easlily handled passages whether coastal cruising or crossing oceans. This particular example, built in 1984 and in the same ownership for the last 16 years, has been constantly maintained and upgraded with the owners retirement sailing in mind. See full specification. This Freedom 44 Cat-Ketch is currently lying in Vigo, Northern Spain, easily reachable from the UK and Europe, and is available immediately. Please call 0044(0)1803 854242 for further information or to discuss an appointment to view.
Built by Freedom TPI USA in 1984 Designed by Gary Hoyt
Hand-laminated fibreglass construction with end-grain balsa core. Fin and skeg hung rudder. Opening ports and hatches in each cabin. Larger hatches had new “glass” in 2003. Hatches are tinted which together with substantial balsa cored decks, makes for a cool interior in hot climates.
Treadmaster non slip deck replaced in 2014 and decks elsewhere repainted There are 8 substantial bronze through hulls.
New double lifelines 2004 and partially in 2007
In 1994, at a cost of over $20,000, the entire hull below the waterline was stripped of 2 layers of cloth and allowed to dry thoroughly before 2 new layers were applied with epoxy, epoxy barrier coat was applied and the hull refaired.
In the 2000 refit, the hull was again refaired and repainted with dark green Awlgrip, with white bootline and black above the integral rubbing strake.
In 2007 the hull was repainted in Green Awlgrip
In 2012 the hull below the waterline was carefully shot blasted, skimmed with epoxy primer, faired with Hemple epoxy based Profiller, and then 5 coats of Coppercoat applied, with a design lifespan of 10 years.
Forward cabin has large v berth with infill to make a full size double berth. Hanging locker with draws below on port and to starboard large cupboards with a full length shelf above.
Just aft to starboard is forehead heads with new 2004 Jabsco head, shower and basin set in vanity unit with cabinets and drawers. Below basin is day tank for diesel cabin heater,
In 2008 the main salon was remodelled to only 2 berths with lockers above instead of a pilot berth, and a new walnut table which seats 7/8 with extension leaf. A Newport Dickinson diesel cabin heater was fitted which offers sight of the flame.
All cushions and seats throughout boat were replaced and recovered.
L shaped galley aft of dinette on starboard side. Located in middle of vessel which allows comfortable use at sea. Designed with grab bar and bum strap.
Large (ie American size) deepfreeze to starboard with separate fridge above. Both fridges were redesigned with modern “Fridgeboat” 12v compressors in 2015 which use little power and are virtually silent .Thru hull coolers. Space for a generator was made at the back of the engine room by removing old AC/DC compressor( and probably an air conditioning unit.
Aft to port is the navigation station, electic panel and full size quarter berth.
To starboard, is the owner’s stateroom with large double berth, plenty of storage compartments and drawers with access to good sized aft ensuite heads ( Jabsco 2009) with shower, cabinets and shelves.
Cabins have overhead mosquito hatch covers.
Companionway is all the way aft with engine access behind companion way steps.
Attractive solid (ie not laminated) oiled teak and holly sole. Bulkheads and trim are oiled or varnished teak. Visible areas above bunks to cabin roof is predominately varnished light ash. Most overhead panels were replaced with new vinyl panels in 1994.
6’4” headroom throughout.
All berths at least 6’6”
Most lights upgraded to LED bulbs.
Double stainless sink with two equal sized bowls, mixer hot and cold tap, sea water pump (new 2014) , manual freshwater pump (new 2014) and fridge/freezer sump pump.
Hillerange stainless 3 burner propane stove and oven. New propane lines and regulator 2008 New Propane sniffer and alarm.2015.
2 large Calor LITE Cylinders for when in UK waters and 2 x Gaz cylinders when in Europe, plus adaptor
Cabinet and shelf outboard, deep pots and pan cupboard with good work spaces throughout.
Edson Wheel steering. Wires replaced 2000. Autopilot wire replaced 2003 Emergency steering arm to fit quadrant.
Automatic fire extinguisher in Engine room 2000. Various fire extinguishers throughout vessel. Aluminium fuel tank with 3 clean out ports 1995, cleaned 2003. Pressure water system, (New Jabsco pump 2007) wash down at bow, Rule bilge pump with Ultraswitch, 2 whale manual bilge pumps, one in cabin , one operated from cockpit.
Maxprop folding 3 blade propeller 2000, Spurs line cutter
1 holding tank aft with manual pumpout ( replaced 2014).
New Beta 50hp with new hydraulic gearbox fitted 2010. Currently 2016 743 hrs.
New calorifier 2010
Dual Racors fuel filters to allow switching at sea (rebuilt 1993 and 2010) in addition to primary fuel filter.
New Winchard noise insulation in the engine room 2003 and 2010
1 ¼” Stainless prop shaft 2015 New cutlass bearing 2015 New Anti siphon valve 2010
Cat ketch rig with unstayed carbon fibre masts.
Fully battened main and mizzen by Sanders Sail 2011. 1995 Haarstick mizzen staysail (unused until 2000) with running backstays.. Main halyard Kevlar 2005, mizzen 2010. 8 lewmar rope clutches 1994. 2 Barient winches ( 1 spare for manual hoisting of sails, 1 spare as mizzen sheet normally by hand). And one new Pontos Compact (2014) for main sheet, when needed.
Harken electric winch for raising sails and reefing 1995
2 Performance hard vangs thus not requiring topping lifts.
Mizzen boom gallows (wood arch replaced 2012)
Main boom replaced 2003 with a Seldon incorporating patented single line reefing, for 3 reefs in main. Mizzen boom Awlgripped 2000 with single line reefs for 2 reefs and stripped and repowdercoated in 2014.
Stackpack system with new sailcovers 2011.
Antal slider system with Battslides 1994. New sliders from Antal 2015. Lazyjacks.
12 DC system. 240 volt AC. 4 x 100 amp hr gel batteries new 2015. Engine cranking battery 2015.. 2004 50a Sterling battery charger for 240 shorepower.
When re-engining in 2010 the larger Beta domestic alternator of 150 amps was specified with a separate engine battery alternator.
Aquasignal 40 series tricolour 2004, separate nav lights on bow pulpit, mizzen deck light 1998.
12v fans in each cabin. LED Cockpit lights incorporated into mizzen boom crutch.
1994 Brooks and Gatehouse Network with integrated depth, speed & log, wind, repeaters at nav station and in cockpit. Garmini GPS 2002. A newstyle Raymarine Hybrid chartplotter with Raymarine AIS was fitted in 2015 to steering pedestal ( still under warranty) Navionic charts of UK and Europe to Italy. 1991 Raytheon R-10x radar with 2004 alarm fitted. B&G 1996 rotary drive autopilot through wires to steering quadrant (rebuilt 2015 with new clutch). Controls on steering column. 2007 ICOM DSC VHF in companionway . NASA navtex engine 2016. ICOM 710 SSB receiver and transmitter with automatic antenna tuner and grounding plane. New arial 2005. (Not used)
2009 dark green Sunbrella dodger and 2 section bimini to cover the whole cockpit. Avon 6 person liferaft 2003 in canister on deck. Serviced 2012 and 2015 but not warranted.. Inflatable danbuoy.
45lb Delta 2000 with 75 mtrs 3/8” BBB chain (regalvanised 2009). Anchor platform to keep chain off hull. Mounting connector for passerelle. Vetus Tiger Electric Windlass with handheld controller (2015) which allows the anchor to be dropped from cockpit when “Med” mooring.
Kedge : 600’ 5/8 nylon rode with chain lead with Fortress kedge anchor ( F37 2000). Second anchor rode from bow anchor locker :600’ (?) 5/8 rode. Polypropylene kedge mooring line of approx. 100 metres on spool for speedy Med mooring.
Mooring lines x 6 2004 and 2010, 4 fenders 2004/2005, and 4 2016. Fenderstep 2015 . custom SS boarding ladder, horseshoe buoy with strobe, man overboard recovery system, Off shore flare pack 2005 out of date.
Avon 380 solid floor rib 2010 with Tohatsu 9.8 Bought new Alderney 2010, (hens teeth) Mariner 2.3 hp .ebay 2014. I went to great lengths to source 2 stroke engines which are lighter per HP than four stroke.
2 windscoops.1 solar shower.
Windex on mizzen, Jacklines, cockpit cushions 1999 and the most fantastic teak cockpit table.(sits 8 easily) SS BBQ
Aluminium Passerelle with handrails for Med mooring with special connectors for bow to or stern to mooring.
There are 2 huge lazarettes in the cockpit, which absorb cruising essentials and allow additional access to either side of the engine room. Various treasurers including angel and lots of spare ropes and cockpit cover..
Monitor self steering system.
Honda petrol generator 2000kw 2004
I purchased the boat in Maine USA in 1999/2000. Previously she had been cruised in the Caribbean and East Coast of America. I was attracted by the simple and easy to handle rig as I was to be short handed for a lot of the time. There was also plenty of space below for a large family which coupled with her very stable characteristics and a good sized deep and well protected cockpit, gave confidence to all.
I brought her over with 2 friends in 2000 where she showed her pedigree in some difficult weather: We cruised her as a family in the Azores in 2000 and more recently in 2006: the Spanish Rias for 4 seasons and also France and the Argarve. In between we also cruised extensively the UK South West Coast from her home port near Plymouth and in 2009 to West Coast of Scotland for 10 weeks and South and West Ireland 2011. Most of the family cruises were with friends of the children; In 2006 we cruised the Azores with 8 onboard for 3 weeks which sounds testing but with the fantastic cockpit, large tankage and gentle sea motion, even the novices had a good time.
The reason for sale is anno domino. The timing could not have been worse, as over the last few years considerable efforts (and money!!!) have been invested to upgrade her for our sailing retirement but now due to ill health we have to consider the unthinkable. The goodnews for a prospective purchaser is that she is in fantastic condition with an inventory to cover most cruising grounds.
HOW DOES SHE GO TO WINDWARD?
This is a common question after someone has made sufficiently appreciative noises about the boat that they think they can now ask the slightly pointed question which they have been dying to ask from the beginning.
To be truthful, it is OK. It is not up to a modern fast cruiser but is quite acceptable. I have “raced” against others and hard on the wind she achieves a similar track to a cruising ketch of a similar age.
But where the fun starts, is anything slightly off the wind. Here the combination of the unstayed masts, fully battened sails and a hull shape which compliments her ability make her invincible. We won a well contested cross channel race much to the disgust of the second place, a brand new Dufor 40 in full racing trim and hairy arsed crew. Very satisfying!
It is not just how well she goes, but also the lack of fuss it takes. The only sheet which needs to be winched is the main and then only on the wind. The mizzen can be done by hand. All sheets are to the helmsman’s hand. Going about is as simple as putting the wheel over. Rarely does any water find itself aboard.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.