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Old 11-07-2016, 09:21 PM
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Hello,

For starters I have been a solid mono guy my entire life and had been on several cats before. I did not particularly like any of the cats I had ridden on but decided to give the Freeman 34VH a try before settling on my next 32 / 35 center console mono.

Over the last two years I sea trialed the Freeman several times along with a half dozen of the more popular mono hulls on this forum. Unfortunately all the sea trials were on moderate to nice days so all boats were pretty good and making up my mind seemed almost impossible.

Fortunately a few weeks ago I went out on my mono hull on a day with solid four foot seas blowing 18-20 knots and the occasional 6-7 foot rouge waves. The wind was quartering from the port side and the seas were chopped up and nasty. We were taking a beating at 19 mph and were getting soaked. We decided to head back home before we got out too far because the ride was unbearable. It was at this time that I decided to call James from Catchalotoffish Charters in the Florida Keys. Fortunately he was available. We docked our boat and headed out on the Freeman 34VH. In summary we ran out of the same inlet under the exact same conditions and were cruising over the same seas at 38 mph as if running in the bay. The ride could not have been any better and smoother which given our mono experience from before really showed the Freeman ride difference.

I then asked James to push the boat a bit harder so he brought it up to 48 mph. At this speed we were catching a bit of air when hitting those six foot rouge waves here and there. At first I braced for the dreaded mono slam but it never came. The 34VH settled back in as if jumping on a pile of pillows. As if this was not enough James told us to hang on because he was going to make a full hard turn at this speed. I thought for sure one of us would be getting air lifted soon but to my surprise the 34VH made the turn as if on rails and the chopped up seas did not seem to phase it. As we settled back down and headed back home I knew my mind was finally almost made up. I knew I wanted the 34VH but had to give the mono hull one last fair shot.

I proceeded to contact one of the dealers for the boat I had almost bought a few weeks back. This was a center console in the 32/35 foot class from one of the well known and very reputable companies out there. We again headed out of the same inlet and same conditions. Once again we took a similar beating as if in my 25" mono. The only difference was that we were able to run at about 25 mph but I literally felt like I was going to need a knee replacement if we continued to push any faster. I must admit that I was quite upset and disillusioned and knew my choice was down to just one boat.

My deposit is now down on the 34VH and the 30 month wait will be well worth it. If any of you guys are serious about an awesome riding and good looking boat then give Scott, Myles or Billy a call.

You wont regret it.

Albert
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48mph in 4-6 this forum gets better and better...
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48mph in 6-7' rogue waves is a fishermans story.

You sure they weren't a bit smaller?
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You're lucky you didn't pitch pole at that speed. I'm just happy he took you fishing and didn't try to keep your $200 deposit.
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Originally Posted by afa928 View Post
Hello,

For starters I have been a solid mono guy my entire life and had been on several cats before. I did not particularly like any of the cats I had ridden on but decided to give the Freeman 34VH a try before settling on my next 32 / 35 center console mono.

Over the last two years I sea trialed the Freeman several times along with a half dozen of the more popular mono hulls on this forum. Unfortunately all the sea trials were on moderate to nice days so all boats were pretty good and making up my mind seemed almost impossible.

Fortunately a few weeks ago I went out on my mono hull on a day with solid four foot seas blowing 18-20 knots and the occasional 6-7 foot rouge waves. The wind was quartering from the port side and the seas were chopped up and nasty. We were taking a beating at 19 mph and were getting soaked. We decided to head back home before we got out too far because the ride was unbearable. It was at this time that I decided to call James from Catchalotoffish Charters in the Florida Keys. Fortunately he was available. We docked our boat and headed out on the Freeman 34VH. In summary we ran out of the same inlet under the exact same conditions and were cruising over the same seas at 38 mph as if running in the bay. The ride could not have been any better and smoother which given our mono experience from before really showed the Freeman ride difference.

I then asked James to push the boat a bit harder so he brought it up to 48 mph. At this speed we were catching a bit of air when hitting those six foot rouge waves here and there. At first I braced for the dreaded mono slam but it never came. The 34VH settled back in as if jumping on a pile of pillows. As if this was not enough James told us to hang on because he was going to make a full hard turn at this speed. I thought for sure one of us would be getting air lifted soon but to my surprise the 34VH made the turn as if on rails and the chopped up seas did not seem to phase it. As we settled back down and headed back home I knew my mind was finally almost made up. I knew I wanted the 34VH but had to give the mono hull one last fair shot.

I proceeded to contact one of the dealers for the boat I had almost bought a few weeks back. This was a center console in the 32/35 foot class from one of the well known and very reputable companies out there. We again headed out of the same inlet and same conditions. Once again we took a similar beating as if in my 25" mono. The only difference was that we were able to run at about 25 mph but I literally felt like I was going to need a knee replacement if we continued to push any faster. I must admit that I was quite upset and disillusioned and knew my choice was down to just one boat.

My deposit is now down on the 34VH and the 30 month wait will be well worth it. If any of you guys are serious about an awesome riding and good looking boat then give Scott, Myles or Billy a call.

You wont regret it.

Albert
I sure hope so... Good lord. When you get your boat, the next president will have been in office for over two years. I love what Freeman is doing and would love to own one but let's think about that for a second... I wish they could find a way to speed up production and keep up with quality!

Congrats though, nonetheless, OP
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:13 AM
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Old 11-08-2016, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by World Powers View Post
48mph in 6-7' rogue waves is a fishermans story.

You sure they weren't a bit smaller?
Yup this is quite the story. Only if we had a decent video..
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48 in 6-7s!!! That's awesome. i don't see why you only bought one.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:09 AM
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I have no doubt they ride better than my old boat, but if you were doing 48 MPH in 6-7s and able to drink your coffee while landing on pillows, I'd be mighty impressed.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:19 AM
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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.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:25 AM
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You should see what the 42 does. It's funny to here everyone doubt what the Freeman does. So far I have been on 3 wet test rides at the boat shows. All 3 it's been chitty out. All 3 were filled with and I hate to say a name but yes YF owners. All after throttling down offshore have the same funny grin in their face....
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:31 AM
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I have been able to pound my 37vh a few times(falling off big waves, or getting hit by a big beam sea).....but id say it is 5% as often as my previous 36' cc pounded
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:35 AM
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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.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:41 AM
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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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Anyone get a ride at FLIBS on the 37 or 42 this past weekend from Sat. afternoon to Monday? Conditions were pretty sporty down here this weekend. Curious to hear how hard they were pushing them.
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In a hilly condition the 34 Trumped the others
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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.
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Originally Posted by Reel Costa View Post
I sure hope so... Good lord. When you get your boat, the next president will have been in office for over two years...
Yep. Plenty of time for an indictment and impeachment hearings too.

If you look at the videos of how these Freeman's ride I have no doubt it takes the rough stuff much better than a mono hull does. But 48 mph in occasional 6 to 7's seems a bit of a stretch to me. The 30 month wait is beyond the pale.
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