Freedom 39


The Freedom 39, also called the Freedom 39 Express, is an American sailboat that was designed by Ron Holland and Gary Hoyt as a cruiser and first built in 1983.[1][2][3]

Freedom 39
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DesignerRon Holland and Gary Hoyt
LocationUnited States
Builder(s)Freedom Yachts
NameFreedom 39
Boat weight18,500 lb (8,391 kg)
Draft5.50 ft (1.68 m)
LOA39.00 ft (11.89 m)
LWL31.00 ft (9.45 m)
Beam12.83 ft (3.91 m)
Engine typePerkins Engines 4-108 50 hp (37 kW) diesel engine
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin keel
Ballast5,300 lb (2,404 kg)
Rudder(s)skeg-mounted rudder
Rig typeCat-rigged ketch
P mainsail luff44.50 ft (13.56 m)
E mainsail foot17.50 ft (5.33 m)
SailplanCat-rigged ketch
Mainsail area389.38 sq ft (36.175 m2)
Other sailsMizzen: 232.44 sq ft (21.594 m2)
Total sail area621.82 sq ft (57.769 m2)

The Freedom 39 was introduced at the same time as the related Freedom 39 PH design, a boat with a similar hull, but a schooner rig and a pilothouse.[1][4][5]


The boat was built by Tillotson Pearson in the United States for Freedom Yachts, starting in 1983.[1][6]


The Freedom 39 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wooden trim. It is a cat-rigged ketch, with carbon-fiber conventional booms and two free-standing carbon-fiber masts. It has an aft cockpit and features a raked stem, a slightly reverse transom, a skeg-mounted rudder controlled by a wheel and a fixed fin keel. The design displaces 18,500 lb (8,391 kg) and carries 5,300 lb (2,404 kg) of lead ballast.[1]

The boat has a draft of 5.50 ft (1.68 m) with the standard keel fitted.[1]

The boat is fitted with a British Perkins Engines 4-108 50 hp (37 kW) for docking and maneuvering. The fuel tank holds 80 U.S. gallons (300 L; 67 imp gal) and the fresh water tank has a capacity of 130 U.S. gallons (490 L; 110 imp gal).[1]

The design has sleeping accommodations for six people. It has a private, aft, double cabin, under the cockpit on the starboard side, two pilot berths in the main cabin and a double berth in the bow cabin. The galley is "U"-shaped and located on the port side, at the foot of the companionway steps. It includes a three-burner stove and double sinks. The head is located just aft of the bow cabin on the starboard side.[1]

See alsoEdit

Related development

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d e f g McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Freedom 39 sailboat". Archived from the original on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  2. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Ron Holland". Archived from the original on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Gary Hoyt". Archived from the original on 6 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  4. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Freedom 39 PH sailboat". Archived from the original on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  5. ^ Sherwood, Richard M.: A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America, Second Edition, pages 332-333. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. ISBN 0-395-65239-1
  6. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Freedom Yachts". Archived from the original on 18 October 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2020.