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Old 09-24-2010, 07:34 AM
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Default McKee Freedom 24? Is it a good boat?

Looking at a used 2006 Freedom 24. Anyone have any experience with this boat. How does it ride, is it a dry ride and what are the problems with this hull? Thanks
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PM Vettman. He has one and loves it. He can give you more info on it.
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PM Vettman. He has one and loves it. He can give you more info on it.
x2, vettman has a beautiful freedom 24
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Looking at a used 2006 Freedom 24. Anyone have any experience with this boat. How does it ride, is it a dry ride and what are the problems with this hull? Thanks










One "problem" might be that the MFG went/is belly-up. Just in case you didn't know...

Some buyers won't touch an extinct boat brand. It's buyer beware when doing so. Certainly no "factory" support... (warranty, OEM parts, etc...)

No matter what the pricing guides (BUC, NADA, etc...) value a McKee at these days, they are truly only worth what someone is willing to pay for them...
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mckee is a great boat i have the 19.6 and is pretty dry and handles great also fished a 23 t and that boat was bullet proof if its a deal i would buy it.. just my 2 cents
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One "problem" might be that the MFG went/is belly-up. Just in case you didn't know...

Some buyers won't touch an extinct boat brand. It's buyer beware when doing so. Certainly no "factory" support... (warranty, OEM parts, etc...)

No matter what the pricing guides (BUC, NADA, etc...) value a McKee at these days, they are truly only worth what someone is willing to pay for them...

Makes em more valuable = limited availability. Seriously tho, how many manufs. honor any warranty beyond the first buyer anyway? I'd buy one in a heartbeat,, in fact I have two.
Ride? - As good as it gets for a boat its size and performs like a larger boat. Has some layout features found in very few other 24s.. Yep, I'm biased, and rightfully so.
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McKee, (IMO) as good as it gets.
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No factory support should not even be a worry, McKee didn't make a single part bolted to that hull and sure didn't make the engine.
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Great Boat. Buy it!! I have a friend with one, and only have great things to say about it.
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Absolutely love it. Great hull for running offshore. I usually fish anywhere from 40-60 miles offshore on mine. 24.5 degree deadrise, yet the chine comes far enough farward that it makes for a fairly stable platform on the anchor. Very well laid out with plenty of storage and fish boxes below decks, and tackle storage in the leaning post and console. It's a 24' boat, yet feels more along the lines of a 26 or 27'er. The hull is foam filled, so that makes for a quieter, more solid ride IMO. As far as no factory support, I've never needed it, but if a situation comes up in the future where I do, I'll have it pretty soon. A new company bought the McKee molds and will soon be building them under the name Aegis Boats. Until then, as far as parts go, you can pretty much buy any parts to work on the boat. The only thing I've had to replace is a macerator pump, and that's not a Mckee part. Let me know if I can be of farther help. Good luck
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One "problem" might be that the MFG went/is belly-up. Just in case you didn't know...

Some buyers won't touch an extinct boat brand. It's buyer beware when doing so. Certainly no "factory" support... (warranty, OEM parts, etc...)

No matter what the pricing guides (BUC, NADA, etc...) value a McKee at these days, they are truly only worth what someone is willing to pay for them...

The OP asked for any experience with a Mckee hull. Where again is your experience?? Any why do you always feel the need to take a crap on a good boat name?? Glass always half empty for you
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They are oustanding boats. I had a 24 and then 2 28's. Tons of storage and a great ride. Being foam cored they will hold ice for days!!! I hate McKee is gone. I wish someone would put them back in buisness. I begged them to build a 32-34 footer. Buy it and don't look back.

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They are oustanding boats. I had a 24 and then 2 28's. Tons of storage and a great ride. Being foam cored they will hold ice for days!!! I hate McKee is gone. I wish someone would put them back in buisness. I begged them to build a 32-34 footer. Buy it and don't look back.

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No matter what the pricing guides (BUC, NADA, etc...) value a McKee at these days, they are truly only worth what someone is willing to pay for them...
ABoater - Since the McKee is no longer built, does that drive the price down or up? It's not rocket science to know that anything is only worth what the market will bear.
Most if not all of us that own the Freedon 24/Tournament 23 are extremely pleased with the boat and the only ones for sale are the ones that aren't being used, or finances dictate. Do you own one? I'm sure the OP would like your input to his original question ref ride, performance, hull. Whats been your experience??

Seems that the market for McKees has held pretty strong. Maybe you were inferring that the OP should expect to pay more than the BUC, NADA, etc.??
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I don't know if you are looking at my 2006 Mckee Freedom 24 which is for sale or another one. I can tell you that what Vettnman, Libra, and others say about this boat are absolutely the facts. It is the finest 23-24 boat I have ridden on and I could have purchased any of them < Regulator, Hydra Sports, Contender, Grady White , and on down the list >. I have friends that have these brands and I have ridden on all of them. I did a lot of research and listened to what other owners said before investing in this boat. And no, I don't have to sell it and probably will eventually regret it. But my needs have changed and I am going in another direction. As for parts for the boat, I have replaced the macerator pump, one of the hydraulic arms on the fishbox < son stepped on it > and have had absolutely no problems getting replacement parts. I really like the level floor for fishing and would not want a boat with the step up in the front, but that is because I use the boat 100% of the time for fishing. You have a lot of choices today and spending the kind of money that these boats cost is a major decision. I can tell you that I have not regretted a day purchasing the McKee Craft and would buy another one, new or used, tomorrow with no concerns. Also, my hull has 650+ hours on it and there are zero stress cracks or signs of hull degradation. I don't see many boats, even with 200 hours on them, that don't have some stress cracks or fractures. Good luck with your decision, and if you want to ask me a question offline, feel free to send me a pm.
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