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What ever happened to all the hoop-la over Freeman's center mounted motor?

Old 06-19-2017, 01:08 PM
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Default What ever happened to all the hoop-la over Freeman's center mounted motor?

I seem to remember that Freeman had some kind of break-through on how he could add a center motor to his boats... (or one model in particular)?...

But it seems to have died out or at least I haven't seen anything.

What's up with all that?
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:38 PM
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popcorn please.
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Was a center engine just too high ? I was curious. There's one for sale here - a 37 vh
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The third engine worked fine.
There are quite few tripleengine freemans running around Venice.
Seems that most just went with quad engines instead of trips.
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The water is very turbulent in between the two hulls making it difficult for the prop to have clean water.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:55 PM
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u can do trips cuz there is plenty of strength/room on the transom......it just isnt the factory's preference anymore
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Old 06-20-2017, 04:08 AM
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Quad 300 Yamahas / 350 Verados / 400 Verados are a better speed/performance package and Twin 350 Yamahas are a better efficiency package.
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I saw one in key largo on son day with trips and it was sick!

I was hoping it was my fathers day present, but no. We were just having lunch at sundowners. 🤣
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Having that 3rd skeg in the water creates additional drag in the ceniter section of ANY CAT and does not produce the optimum goal of speed and efficiency of a twin or quad application. When I ran a few 32' Skaters this was the norm.

On heavier cats the quad application could be better by adding more weight in the stern area creating additional lift at the pivot point of the step creating more of a freed up surface with substantial benefits.
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So... some people say it's still being done and fine.

And other people say it creates issues?
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Originally Posted by Saltymiami View Post
I saw one in key largo on son day with trips and it was sick!

I was hoping it was my fathers day present, but no. We were just having lunch at sundowners. 🤣
I was right next door to you at The big Chill in Key largo and saw that freemen go by mid afternoon. There a few really nice Freemans in the keys now. The one at offshore angler (BassPRO) is awesome and the one at Robbies is really nice too. And Stanzyk has one at Bud N Marys too All have full towers and look awesome
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
So... some people say it's still being done and fine.

And other people say it creates issues?
I don't think it is still being done, but more than one boat was done in the past.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
So... some people say it's still being done and fine.

And other people say it creates issues?
It's not being done any longer.
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i thought it was a great setup speed / efficiency and redundancy wise. the center motor did move around a lot. when i inquired it was no longer an option for trips on a 37'.
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I asked a simple question on one of the threads and was quickly beat down. But what do I know?
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if you really want trips you can have someone else rig it....add a third F350 to my 37 and it will fly
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Originally Posted by Rod27 View Post
if you really want trips you can have someone else rig it....add a third F350 to my 37 and it will fly
i don't think it's that easy - and if the guys that built the boat don't do it any longer i'd think it's for good reason. and for the price, your boat should have quads already imho - or twin 7s
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I prefer quads or twins on a cat too.....but I've been asked about trips in case an engine goes down. Lots of options. Twin v8's push her fine.....I cruise at 45-53 medium to light at 4500-5300rpms still getting good economy. The hull is what matters. Engines are easily changed.
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Originally Posted by oldbrowndog View Post
i don't think it's that easy - and if the guys that built the boat don't do it any longer i'd think it's for good reason. and for the price, your boat should have quads already imho - or twin 7s
Flexible mounting place and a ton of turbulent wash in the middle,every boat has it's issues. I'll bet Rod goes with the new Invincible ! 550K for a 350K boat ?
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Originally Posted by Rod27 View Post
Your estimate is off.....and also don't forget 2-3 years of my life.
So if you buy one you live longer ? Curious, why did you go back and delete all your Invincible posts ?
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