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Old 06-26-2018, 08:40 AM
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Great Review . Thank you for taking the Time and effort - that was a lot of writing that I enjoyed , good details . That's a lot of rods you can stuff into one compartment and was not aware you can use the ballast system selectively - that's a Slick boat , what can you say , Good job Billy .
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Great write up. No better knowledge than firsthand, you loved your 35ST ( Great Boat), but the Freeman has opened more avenues. Awesome job again!
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:33 AM
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Great write up, thorough.....agreed on everything u said....the most important to my back and neck is no chine pounding. And after long trips on my other boats I would feel like I was still rocking and moving the next day. No longer.

and yes the speed is wicked fast
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Originally Posted by scoob View Post
That's a great write up! We stay one canal over from you at OIB, looking forward to seeing that beast as we head in and out.

Dont feel bad about those pilings, I have a gel coat scar due to the same ones on a windy day. And I have considerably more room to maneuver in there due to my smaller boat, a Freeman in there leaves no room for error.
Stop over and say hello anytime. Sometimes the best lessons learned come from small mistakes that prevent huge mistakes. That's the way I look at the damaged cowling / pilings.
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Great write up and review. Love my 34 but can't wait for whats next!!!
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Old 06-26-2018, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
Stop over and say hello anytime. Sometimes the best lessons learned come from small mistakes that prevent huge mistakes. That's the way I look at the damaged cowling / pilings.
​​​​​​​indeed I will if I see you out. Name's Matt, I'll be in a Kencraft.
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Great post! Congratulations!
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Old 06-27-2018, 05:16 AM
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As one of the 4 men sitting in the bean bag I can tell you when you get to the fishing area you are fresh and ready to fish!!! Again thank you Kendall for the Big Rock invite. By far the best week I have ever had on the water. Not to mention meeting 6 of my BEST friends now. God Blessed us with His creation called Sailfish and White Marlin can not wait until next year and put the winning Blue Marlin on the Freeman. Thank You again, Richard
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Originally Posted by toes-up View Post
As one of the 4 men sitting in the bean bag I can tell you when you get to the fishing area you are fresh and ready to fish!!! Again thank you Kendall for the Big Rock invite. By far the best week I have ever had on the water. Not to mention meeting 6 of my BEST friends now. God Blessed us with His creation called Sailfish and White Marlin can not wait until next year and put the winning Blue Marlin on the Freeman. Thank You again, Richard
Same here my friends!!


In addition the storage on the boat is insane. We kept multiple dredges, tackle, lures, come-a-longs, block and tackle, Folgers can, dry food, teasers, life jackets, etc. with plenty of room. I was able to store and lock up 6 - 50 wides, 2 -80 wides, 2 -30 wides, 3 spinners Rods and Reels in ONE box on the boat overnight- 13 Big Rods and reels!

I saw that!!!


Here's Chris in the crows nest....

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Great pics, write up, and mindset. Thanks for letting us enjoy part of the Big Rock Tournament through you, your team, and one hell of a battlewagon! Those who don't understand may never want the opportunity to hold a rod and reel with a freight training Blue on the hook... But those who know, are part of a club, a brotherhood, and all infected with the same disease. Carry on
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Originally Posted by Jzv27 View Post
Great write up and review. Love my 34 but can't wait for whats next!!!
You peaked my interest now, especially considering you are local!
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Doctor,

Just curious, do you actually use the FLIR? If so, for what. I find it useless running at night. Might be useful if there was a MOB at night but otherwise I can't find a use for mine.
Congrats on the tourney and the nice boat.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by CapeFisher85 View Post
Good read and inspiring. No trouble getting out of 8 1/2 in that beast of a boat?
No problem even with the exceptionally low new moon tides. The dock pilings are cut too low there, which is an issue on my boat with a really high bow. The pilings can get caught underneath the rubrail at high tide.
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Doctor,

Just curious, do you actually use the FLIR? If so, for what. I find it useless running at night. Might be useful if there was a MOB at night but otherwise I can't find a use for mine.
Congrats on the tourney and the nice boat.
I have the FLIR MD625 which is 4 times the resolution of the MD 324/325 projecting on my Garmin 8617 big screen or half screen (radar on the other half). Where I find it to be especially useful is to show the Buoys in Shallotte Inlet, for example, in the pitch black of 4:00 a.m. It does, of course, show pilings and buoys in unfamiliar waters but, this is at slow cruise and not on plane where it is useful. I did keep the FLIR on when running in the ocean to spot any floating objects until Nautical sunrise occurred as well.
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Originally Posted by captainmarknc View Post
Great write up and an excellent read - thanks! I've followed Freeman builds and always thought if I entered one into the Big Rock, I would run fast and hard to the far side of the stream. That's where they get the big yellowfin why not big blues? Anyhow, you have a big advantage with a Freeman.

Heck of a first effort - congratulations!
Definitely will consider the east side of the stream in the right conditions. This year was not with the right conditions. I definitely have the speed when that situation arises in future tournaments.
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That's a really cool picture - nice conditions also. Is there actually a removable crows nest on your Freeman? Do you think you will try to find a way to get even more height for future tournaments? Keep the pictures of the boat in action coming!!
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Excellent write up!!!

Hope to see you next year.
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Excellent write up!!!

Hope to see you next year.
Congratulations on a super job with all your releases. We thought you guys might win the Fabulous Fisherman! Great job on your big payday.
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Originally Posted by influcx View Post
That's a really cool picture - nice conditions also. Is there actually a removable crows nest on your Freeman? Do you think you will try to find a way to get even more height for future tournaments? Keep the pictures of the boat in action coming!!
Sam, No removable Crows Nest. Chris just climbed up there for the view.

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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
Same here my friends!!


In addition the storage on the boat is insane. We kept multiple dredges, tackle, lures, come-a-longs, block and tackle, Folgers can, dry food, teasers, life jackets, etc. with plenty of room. I was able to store and lock up 6 - 50 wides, 2 -80 wides, 2 -30 wides, 3 spinners Rods and Reels in ONE box on the boat overnight- 13 Big Rods and reels!

I saw that!!!


Here's Chris in the crows nest....

David's photo which obviously he took from the bow, shows Chris on the top, and our very attentive team watching the dredges and the teasers and the baits. This is on the final day, the great team was still energized and alert. The photo also shows how much room there is in the cockpit. There is Brian driving and four other men in the cockpit tending baits, and all that room in the bow which is unoccupied including the comfortable coffin box chaisse lounger which my alert team used very little.

There are 7 men fishing on the boat and it is not crowded!
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