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Old 08-14-2016, 08:57 AM
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Now a days nothing can be said negative about a Freeman. It's like 2010 on the Hull Truth and Freeman is the new Yellowfin. Has anyone actually gone from a Freeman to a Yellowfin, Sea Vee, or Invincible and thought it to be better? Ive seen a lot of guys on here moving over to Freeman's.

I was out fishing yesterday in 5ft seas trucking along at about 20 mph daydreaming about a Freeman or a bigger boat. Can't imagine how anything could have done much better in the less than 2ft seas forecast that was called for.
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Intrepids make a great boat. I don't see how any other monohull can do a whole lot better than your boat in that size range. Always remember that the boat can take more than your body can. My comments are solely based on how the boat transmits impact to my body. That is my most important concern at my age of 46 with a very bad lumbar spine.
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Originally Posted by houlester View Post
Now a days nothing can be said negative about a Freeman. It's like 2010 on the Hull Truth and Freeman is the new Yellowfin. Has anyone actually gone from a Freeman to a Yellowfin, Sea Vee, or Invincible and thought it to be better? Ive seen a lot of guys on here moving over to Freeman's.

I was out fishing yesterday in 5ft seas trucking along at about 20 mph daydreaming about a Freeman or a bigger boat. Can't imagine how anything could have done much better in the less than 2ft seas forecast that was called for.
I'm with you.
Anyone saying they where doing 35knts in what was going on today, I'm calling------.
Unless they where in a navy destroyer or bigger.
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yesterday's forecast for the Sanibel area out to 20nm was 2ft seas and SE wind at 10kt...

...they got that way wrong.
wind was blowing at least 15-20 and seas were 3-4' with occasional 5-6'
ran out 35 miles and managed a decent box of fish but were 5-6'+ all day out there
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Where can u get old buoy data?
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Someone on here did sell his Freeman and brought a Yellowfin. Turned around and sold the Yellowfin and brought another Freeman. Can't remember his name
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Nothing can even compare, come close or be considered in the same class as freeman. End of story
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Originally Posted by Angler Managemnt View Post
Nothing can even compare, come close or be considered in the same class as freeman. End of story
So that's a yes to the OP?


If I had my whole salary again in play money for boat payments, gas, and all the rest (at least my whole salary again, maybe more...) I'd be really interested in test riding a freeman. But I'd look at the new Prowler, and the Compmillenia, and an array of monohulls. Funny enough I probably wouldn't look at Yellowfin though. I don't know if nothing compares but it's a great boat.
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Originally Posted by Angler Managemnt View Post
Nothing can even compare, come close or be considered in the same class as freeman. End of story

You might have gotten drunk on too much kool-aid...LOL...

but there are 2 other cats to consider... Compmillennia and Prowler
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I have to ask why not a Yellowfin? I have a fair amount of time fishing on a Freeman 37VH (80 hours) yet I run a Yellowfin 42, I can do anything the Freeman can seas wise. I have a cabin with bunks, a/c, head, shower, and a Seakeeper. The slowest I have ever had to run is 30 mph I was on a Freeman 37vh last March and we could only run 18 knots. Freeman's are great boats but mono hulls will always have a niche. Cats get great MPG but if you are spending 400k plus on a boat and worrying about fuel cost you bought the wrong boat. As for range I put a 200 gallon bladder on and it gives me a safe 400 mile round trip range. Even Freeman acknowledges the need for range, why else build a 42 with a 800 gallon tank. I KNOW I can leave dock with 771 gallons of fuel, 600 lbs of ice ++ est 24000 lbs gross and average .76 MPG. That said don't knock a Yellowfin.
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I think Billy at freeman has refined his boat really well with the fit and finish, boat rides really well from whati have heard. The problem i see is no storage or shelter in a 42'is a huge negative in my opinion. Seavee, yellowfin, invincible and contender all have the option as a fisharound with bathroom and day bed.
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[QUOTE=davy1959;9352486 I was on a Freeman 37vh last March and we could only run 18 knots. .[/QUOTE]


Only 18 knts ? What kind of sea was that ? Seems unconscionable .
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Capt. Mike Ellis in Venice went from Freeman to Yellowfin.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
Capt. Mike Ellis in Venice went from Freeman to Yellowfin.
That's cuz it was given to him! 😃
I'm only joking of course. I don't know and I really don't care. It's like politics. Everyone will have their opinion and hardly anyone will convert
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What's yellowfins warranty like now adays?
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Freeman makes a great boat. However, being in South Florida, I think SeaVee, Intrepid and perhaps Invincible all offer better post purchase customer service in South Florida. To me that is a huge factor.
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Called for 3-4's was more like 3-5's. This was on the Pale Horse spring break 2016. Maybe our GOM seas are a little different than what others are used to.
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Originally Posted by davy1959 View Post
Called for 3-4's was more like 3-5's. This was on the Pale Horse spring break 2016. Maybe our GOM seas are a little different than what others are used to.
GOM chop is a lot different then the east coast or west coast. When its 3-4 or 3-5 its usually stacked in gom and it isn't fun but being in a Freeman its a lot softer landing then any mono hull i've fished in(Contender 33T, Grady 33, YF39, or Sea Vee 37z). The YF39 is the softest mono hull of all the boat i've fished in but still have that pound that happens in all mono hull.

I think when guys that refer to Freeman doing 50mph in 5' seas it usually in the east coast when its swells. I can see a Freeman doing that but I'm 100% sure no Freeman or any other boat doing 50mph in 5' seas. Usually when weather is kicked up to 3-4' seas or larger I'm cruising comfortably between 30-35mph with a soft landing. This is in the Freeman 33 and Freeman 37vh.

The mono hull interior space can't even be comparable to a cat hull or Freeman. We do a lot of casting for topwater tuna and the bow of a Freeman is a dream to cast from.

All the monohull i've fished in is wet some is wetter then others and Freeman is bone dry.

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At 18 knots I am sure it was a soft landing,but he stated he could run 30 MPH in the same seas with his Yellowfin.When you have a NE wind off Florida's east coast it is not swells. It is down right nasty, It can become a washing machine from evey direction.

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