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Old 11-17-2016, 06:06 PM
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The Freeman ride and design concept is simple. Billy designed his sponsons like a pair of high performance mono hulls that are about 42" wide. The regular mono hull with a 10-11' beam will slap the water on landing because of the increase surface area instead of the narrow hulls which cut and enter without the pounding. What Freeman also accomplished was having the right amount of weight to sponson buoyancy ratio so the tunnel does not bottom out. In addition the round tunnel does not seem to slap due to the round design. Bottom line they got it right. Take a ride in One on a nasty day followed by your favorite V hull. You will change you opinion real quick.



Originally Posted by Twister View Post
Really? So the Freeman ride blows away these "high-end monohull owners" ride? Okay, if you say so. Exaggeration has permeated our society, politics and of course now our boat rides. Bottom line is that an Invincible, YF, Sea Vee, Nortec, etc. monohulls, esp. their 39ft+ boats have amazing rides and if Freeman are so so far superior to these hulls mentioned here than it must literally float above the waves like Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder in 1st Star Wars. Come on!!

The biggest problem is that Cats, yes even a Freeman, are so very ugly...terribly ugly. All this Cat and/or Freeman exaggeration eerily reminds me of that song from my days:

"If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman (monohull) your wife
So from my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you (cat)..."
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by stumprunner View Post
It's not so much the feet it's the wave period.
Agree 100%
I've been out on days when waves were huge but spread apart and no worries. The day we went out waves were not as bad but nasty.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bully View Post
we must be doing something right, people are talking and debating.. Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge
I'm amazed at how much got posted on what I thought was a simple post. Sure Billy is sitting back and enjoying this.
LOL
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Old 11-18-2016, 06:34 AM
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back to the top for another great discussion on opinions.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Drobish View Post
back to the top for another great discussion on opinions.
needs a t top, and you should of seriously cropped that pic
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Old 11-19-2016, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by nodoubt View Post
needs a t top, and you should of seriously cropped that pic
I think this might be missing! Should be back at the factory Monday.
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Old 11-19-2016, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by nodoubt View Post
needs a t top, and you should of seriously cropped that pic
Rome wasn't built in a day.... and I am not that computer literate. Took me 8 tries to get it to post right side up.

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Old 11-20-2016, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Drobish View Post
Rome wasn't built in a day.... and I am not that computer literate. Took me 8 tries to get it to post right side up.

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Old 11-26-2016, 06:26 PM
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What is a ballpark price on a 34 with twin Yamaha 300's?
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:01 PM
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Give me a call regarding price at 786-280-1246.
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Old 12-01-2016, 05:07 AM
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Originally Posted by afa928 View Post
The Freeman ride and design concept is simple. Billy designed his sponsons like a pair of high performance mono hulls that are about 42" wide. The regular mono hull with a 10-11' beam will slap the water on landing because of the increase surface area instead of the narrow hulls which cut and enter without the pounding. What Freeman also accomplished was having the right amount of weight to sponson buoyancy ratio so the tunnel does not bottom out. In addition the round tunnel does not seem to slap due to the round design. Bottom line they got it right. Take a ride in One on a nasty day followed by your favorite V hull. You will change you opinion real quick.

20 yrs ago I remember saying if anyone ever builds a cat right it will do well. They are hard to get right though.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by FusionZ06 View Post
30 month wait might be the most retarded thing I've ever heard. I'd consider one but at 30 months you've got to be kidding. Can't wait for Barker and anyone else to come out with a cat and show Freeman how to run a frigging business.
Yes..Barker will show them..lol rofl.......
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Old 12-04-2016, 06:14 PM
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Freeman is trash compared to this 189 egret it can easily handle TRUE 5-7 BETTER THAN MOST OFFSHORE BOATS as well as draws less than most 16 technical poling skiffs. Also is basically a rolls Royce.This guy has the boat


It is with regret that I must sell my Egret 189. This rig is without an equal when it comes to ride, comfort, efficiency and fishability. It can run wide open in super skinny water and handle 5-7 footers offshore. Truly remarkable. Asking $35,000.
The Egret 189 is the industry leader in flats boat design, construction techniques and materials. Built using carbon fiber and Kevlar® fabrics, foam cored and vacuum bagged using vinylester resin, the Egret is known as the “Rolls Royce of flats boats”. There is no peer in its class, only cheaper boats. The 189 outperforms many 25′ center consoles in rough water and conversely poles shallower than most 16′ skiffs.

Here is the link to his for sale thread no affiliation what so ever http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...ml#post9725201
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by pathfinder2200sarasota View Post
Freeman is trash compared to this 189 egret it can easily handle TRUE 5-7 BETTER THAN MOST OFFSHORE BOATS as well as draws less than most 16 technical poling skiffs. Also is basically a rolls Royce.This guy has the boat


It is with regret that I must sell my Egret 189. This rig is without an equal when it comes to ride, comfort, efficiency and fishability. It can run wide open in super skinny water and handle 5-7 footers offshore. Truly remarkable. Asking $35,000.
The Egret 189 is the industry leader in flats boat design, construction techniques and materials. Built using carbon fiber and Kevlar® fabrics, foam cored and vacuum bagged using vinylester resin, the Egret is known as the “Rolls Royce of flats boats”. There is no peer in its class, only cheaper boats. The 189 outperforms many 25′ center consoles in rough water and conversely poles shallower than most 16′ skiffs.

Here is the link to his for sale thread no affiliation what so ever http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...ml#post9725201

sure hope you get those meds refilled soon........
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:52 AM
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My neighbor took delivery of a new 34VH this past weekend. All white, no t-top (yet). Getting bottom paint, wrap and top here in the Keys. The deck looks absolutely massive without the top and the beam is really impressive. Makes the Yamaha 300s look small. Beautiful rig for sure.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by ECKeys View Post
My neighbor took delivery of a new 34VH this past weekend. All white, no t-top (yet). Getting bottom paint, wrap and top here in the Keys. The deck looks absolutely massive without the top and the beam is really impressive. Makes the Yamaha 300s look small. Beautiful rig for sure.
I passed this rig leaving islamorada. I wonder why they choose to have the t top done elsewhere. I think nick out of Bud n Mary's already cracked his tower- this is hearsay btw.
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Old 01-02-2017, 02:32 PM
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Chartered Catchalotoffishing Charters out of Islamorada a few weeks back. Impressive boat and performance with twin 300 Yamahas. I'll dispel the "not a drop of water hit us myth." Although it was a calm day, I did get hit by spray a few times. This is not meant as a knock on the boat (believe me, if I win the lottery, I'm forking down a deposit for one), it's just meant to show the boat doesn't walk on water (I know, bad pun).
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:31 AM
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I was reading this old post and could not help to re post, love this forum. :-)

You are 100% correct on estimating wave heights here. I used solid 4' as my average because the forecast that day called for 3 to 4 foot seas with ocasional waves that could be significantly higher and 20 know winds. The shallow water of the inlet also stirs things up and made for some very crappy conditions this given day.

At the end of the day what mattered to me was the back to back comparison from my 25 to a 32 and 35 heavy mono compared the the 34VH. On the same day, same inlet and same wind and wave conditions the 34VH was a totally different and comfortable ride with zero pounding. All three monos pounded the daylights out of us and we were soaked.










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Estimating wave height here is usually a losing situation. Perhaps if the OP would have said " I am not very good at estimating wave height, but it was a rough ride at 19 mph in my 25, a rough ride in the 30 something at 25, much better ride in the 34 at 48."
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:16 AM
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Hard to believe anyone that claims they were running 48 in 6-7' rouge waves in a 34' boat.
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Old 06-08-2017, 08:35 AM
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afa928 If I remember you were 30 months out on your build at the beginning , then latter I understand Freeman was expanding their shop - are you still sitting at 20 months or so now ?
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