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Old 02-23-2019, 07:23 PM
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Default Freeman 29vh walk-thru

So I get a lot of questions on our Freeman 29vh( here and social media) particularly the cockpit area. So I made a little video to hopefully answer some of those questions, even though Iím sure theyíre going to generate more. There is not a bunch of info on these boats so hopefully I can answer some.
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:34 PM
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Would like to know performance numbers as well. Speed, mpg. This is the best freeman in my opinion. Not to big can handle decent weather and Is tow friendly. Nice rig!
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
Would like to know performance numbers as well. Speed, mpg. This is the best freeman in my opinion. Not to big can handle decent weather and Is tow friendly. Nice rig!
Thank you. I have Mercury 350ís and she get 1.7ish mpg @ 4200-4500rpm, which puts it around 48mph. 250gallons of fuel 1,000lbs of ice, 3-4 guys, tackle ect. ďLighterĒ Iíve seen 2.0mpg. She tops out 68-69mph. I tow it all over the place and itís really not bad at all. She handles rougher weather w/o a issue. We make 100+ mile runs out in the gulf regularly with it and it does very well even when the weather man is wrong.
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Are there supports under the side coming caps besides the fuel center posts?
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:58 PM
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Are there supports under the side coming caps besides the fuel center posts?
Sorry, but Iím slightly confused on your question.
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:15 PM
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I was wonding how the caps support themselves under your weight when you walk on top of them. But to answer my question you would have to lay on you back to if there are blocks of glass inside the caps that are glassed to the inside of the cap and hull side under its top.
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I was wonding how the caps support themselves under your weight when you walk on top of them. But to answer my question you would have to lay on you back to if there are blocks of glass inside the caps that are glassed to the inside of the cap and hull side under its top.
Oh ok. There is 0 flex when I walk around the cap, very stable. I routinely throw a cast net from on top of the anchor locker doors area w/o a issue. I can peek under there on Monday and take a picture.
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Oh ok. There is 0 flex when I walk around the cap, very stable. I routinely throw a cast net from on top of the anchor locker doors area w/o a issue. I can peek under there on Monday and take a picture.
Thanks a lot Mike. The side and rear seawall supports are my specific interest.

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Old 02-24-2019, 03:21 AM
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Freeman emailed me after I inquired and said the 29 is being dropped. Focusing on the larger hulls. Youíll have a rare beast there.
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:45 AM
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I also wanted to order the 29VH however Freeman is not offering it any longer. The 34VH is currently the smallest Freeman available.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:34 AM
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Bummer. I guess. We will have to wait for prowler to finish their 28’.
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You asked for any questions so I will submit it on this post but it applies to the bigger boats also. When is Freeman going to capitize on another one of the inherent benefits of a Cat and design a walk through transom with a good dive ladder? The lack of that feature ruled out Freemans in my last purchase and I know of many others in that same boat (pun intended). The new side door is an improvement but not the same. Live wells in the corners would still give good bait capacity.
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
You asked for any questions so I will submit it on this post but it applies to the bigger boats also. When is Freeman going to capitize on another one of the inherent benefits of a Cat and design a walk through transom with a good dive ladder? The lack of that feature ruled out Freemans in my last purchase and I know of many others in that same boat (pun intended). The new side door is an improvement but not the same. Live wells in the corners would still give good bait capacity.
Based on their backlog, Iíd guess they will be slow to add any features that divert manpower from production for a while. Even if someone made it worth their while financially, a change that slows production stands to make a line of customers mad.

Hopefully some time down the road the 29 comes back and some additions like you are describing become available.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:27 AM
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I think they did put a rear door on one of their 42s.
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
You asked for any questions so I will submit it on this post but it applies to the bigger boats also. When is Freeman going to capitize on another one of the inherent benefits of a Cat and design a walk through transom with a good dive ladder? The lack of that feature ruled out Freemans in my last purchase and I know of many others in that same boat (pun intended). The new side door is an improvement but not the same. Live wells in the corners would still give good bait capacity.
Iím not in the know about future options that Freeman plans to offer. What I do know is they offer a rear corner transom door and the side diver door, but I can see how that may not meet the needs of some. Our next Freeman will more than likely have the transom door.
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Originally Posted by calicojim2 View Post
I also wanted to order the 29VH however Freeman is not offering it any longer. The 34VH is currently the smallest Freeman available.
I do believe this to be temporary until they get the production wait time down, but thatís going to take years. I can tell you they havenít gotten rid of the mold, so who knows.
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:39 AM
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I ordered the 34vh in October but if the 29vh comes back I will probably opt for the 29.
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I ordered the 34vh in October but if the 29vh comes back I will probably opt for the 29.
You canít go wrong with the 34. Great all around boat! Heck all of their boats are pretty sweet.
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
You asked for any questions so I will submit it on this post but it applies to the bigger boats also. When is Freeman going to capitize on another one of the inherent benefits of a Cat and design a walk through transom with a good dive ladder? The lack of that feature ruled out Freemans in my last purchase and I know of many others in that same boat (pun intended). The new side door is an improvement but not the same. Live wells in the corners would still give good bait capacity.
I used to feel this way but now disagree. I was pretty severely injured getting back in to a cat between the motors while spearfishing. Motors were in neutral. It was rough and the boat came of a wave and the prop hit my right leg. Severe laceration down to the bone. Totally turned me off about about swimming up behind a cat to enter. Side door all the way for me. To each there own.
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Originally Posted by pwrhd View Post
I used to feel this way but now disagree. I was pretty severely injured getting back in to a cat between the motors while spearfishing. Motors were in neutral. It was rough and the boat came of a wave and the prop hit my right leg. Severe laceration down to the bone. Totally turned me off about about swimming up behind a cat to enter. Side door all the way for me. To each there own.
I agree with this. Side ladders and or dive doors are safer. Putting livewells in the corners puts the fisherman a long ways away from the back of his motor and makes the hull heavy on one side when only filling one.
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