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Finally Rode on a Freeman- Honest Thoughts

Old 08-29-2019, 08:28 AM
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Had a trip with Nick Stanzcyk last weekend, on his quad powered 37. I never was particularly interested in cats, even the new performance cats, but I was pretty pumped to see how it rode. I always said if someone gave me $700k to buy a boat, I would probably buy a 47 Conch or 42 Invincible based on looks. I still think monohulls look better, btw.

My biggest takeaway from a Freeman is that it rides like a shock absorber, the whole boat kind of lifts and falls with the seas. It was 2-3í and the captain was eating a bowl of oatmeal on autopilot at 30 knots. You donít see that very often in any boat. We launched a time or two and he backed off on the throttle mid air, the boat immediately planted and settled into a nice easy landing. Itís very stable- 5 guys on one side looking at a sword coming up and the boat barely listed.

It does ďsneezeĒ, we sprayed the windshield a couple times. When a wave hits the tunnel at rest, it slaps and shudders the whole boat for a second. To a novice, that makes it hard to detect a deep drop bite, although Nick had no problems seeing them through the shudders. Also on the way home in a following sea, itíll kind of ďwaddleĒ back and forth from sponson to sponson. I thought the small step in the front would be a nuisance, but the cockpit is so big that you really donít have to even fish off the bow.

I was impressed by the boat, but I expected to be. I still think monohulls look better, but I have to say that the cat ride is extremely hard to beat. Iíve never been more comfortable in chop, and if I had the budget for one, that would probably be my deciding factor in making the purchase.

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Old 08-29-2019, 08:31 AM
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by 2_gator View Post
It was 2-3í and the captain was eating a bowl of oatmeal on autopilot at 30 knots. You donít see that very often in any boat.
Had a friend say the same about riding on a Glacier bay - capt was just chilling drinking coffee .

Any fish with Nick or do you have another thread started ?
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Monohull for this old toad....
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Originally Posted by ed d View Post
Had a friend say the same about riding on a Glacier bay - capt was just chilling drinking coffee .

Any fish with Nick or do you have another thread started ?
Didnít do a report post, but we doubled up on a pup and a 130lb fish. Lost the pup at the lead but landed the bigger fish. Tons of mahi, tiles, etc. Awesome trip and it was free since my buddy won it thru Pelagic on Instagram. Canít beat that.

Iíll never be able to afford a Freeman or a boat that size so Iíll prob have a monohull for life and Iím ok with it!
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Nice ... can't beat that
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If you are not afraid of a near 10' beam for good stability, smaller cats in the sub 30 class really ride and fish so nice in chop it harder to make the mono for life commitment, especialy if you can afford one.

The monos are a lower hull that will always look sexier with a long low profile. Have you ever seen a formula one car that didn't look better than a van?

The new Cayo's are a better looking low profile cat as another example.
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I don't know how they ride, but saw one on the highway the other day and I can say this...That is one big sum b!tch
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2-3' you could eat hot gumbo is a freeman
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Originally Posted by critt77matt View Post
2-3' you could eat hot gumbo is a freeman
when did they start putting stoves in the freemans?
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
when did they start putting stoves in the freemans?


i forgot to mention the camp stove on the console.
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It really is a different ride that is hard to explain. Made numerous trips to bahamas on the 42 and every time you brace yourself thinking you are going to slam down after a wave the slam never happens.. You kinda just hop across the top on a cushion of air. They are a game changer for sure. From Port everglades to bimini in 50 minutes is also nice!
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Originally Posted by Cole Henry View Post
It really is a different ride that is hard to explain. Made numerous trips to bahamas on the 42 and every time you brace yourself thinking you are going to slam down after a wave the slam never happens.. You kinda just hop across the top on a cushion of air. They are a game changer for sure. From Port everglades to bimini in 50 minutes is also nice!
A 42' anything worth 850K+ better ride good. If not I'd be pissed that's for sure.
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The shudder feeling of a cat is definitely something you have to get use too. Not a Freeman but fished a 30 WC, first time fishing out of a cat boat and the first shudder was a weird feeling. By the end of the day, you really did not notice it anymore,
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Bowl of oatmeal in 2-3í seas not that impressive, for $700k I was expecting apple jacks, extra milk, no spills
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Nice report, I watch Nickís YouTube videos. Seems like a good guy.
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I can't afford a Freeman, but have fished a 31 Twin Vee and the ride is awesome. I sold my Contender and bought the biggest cat I could afford.
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Cats are awesome. Fishing my entire life on monos made it tough. I love a cat but for some reason still canít get used to the expected lean left and boat goes right. Awesome platform and awesome fishing boats but just havenít got used to that difference. At this point, 8yrs, not sure I will.
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Originally Posted by Reefermadness View Post
Cats are awesome. Fishing my entire life on monos made it tough. I love a cat but for some reason still canít get used to the expected lean left and boat goes right. Awesome platform and awesome fishing boats but just havenít got used to that difference. At this point, 8yrs, not sure I will.
asymetric cats lean like monos

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