"The Freedom 32 is an intriguing option as a small but capable bluewater cruiser. The boat is deceptively big, well built and cleverly designed. It is an easy boat to handle and well proven at sea. A couple planning to take a year off should take a good hard look at the Freedom 32." ~ Sailing Magazine
Esprit has been boat yard maintained and the current owners have owned her since 2008. Well maintained and cared for, this yacht presents well for her age and build quality. Currently in outdoor storage under shrink-wrap Esprit is well protected yet still accessible to be seen. Arrange a showing, you will not be disappointed.
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The Freedom 32 was a bit unusual for its time in that it provided two separate sleeping cabins, the V-berth forward (about 6-1/2'), and an aft cabin with double berth under the cockpit (also about 6-1/2'). To port of the companionway ladder (with tool chest under two of the steps) is a hanging locker and some drawers with the L-shaped galley forward of it. To starboard is the head with shower and wet locker. Just forward of it is a sit-down navigation station with batteries underneath. In the main cabin are the headliner has been replaced in 2018. With settees to port and starboard, there is a swing-down bulkhead table for comfortable eating for 6. Forward of the salon is the head which was replaced in 2011 with all new hoses.
The Freedom 32 was built by TPI in Warren, Rhode Island. When balsa coring is done well it creates a very strong and light hull. TPI's original construction was excellent and there have been few reported problems.It is important to make every effort to keep the core material dry. The deck is also balsa-cored. On the positive side, TPI was one of the first builders to use vinylester resins in the outer laminate to limit blisters and the builder's attention to detail is superb.
The ballast is lead and the tapered carbon fiber spar is stepped on the keel. The mast was guaranteed for life for the original owner, which of course doesn't do used boat buyers much good. The balanced fiberglass rudder has a stainless post. The bulkheads are stout plywood with teak veneers and securely bonded to the hull. The interior workmanship is solid if not overly showy, just the way I like it.
The cockpit is control central for the 32 and all sail controls, including the spinnaker, are led aft. There are clutches to port and starboard on the aft end of the trunkhouse and usually No. 23 Barient self-tailing winches. A molding is provided for a spray dodger. The cockpit is large and comfortable with nicely shaped seats and seatbacks. Freedom was one of the first builders to incorporate proper ergonomics in its designs. There is a serious bridgedeck and the mainsheet traveler is forward of the companionway, freeing up cockpit space. The Edson wheel and pedestal is located well aft with a raised and curved helmsman seat. There are small cubbies to port and starboard and a decent-size locker to starboard. The aft cabin has a portlight that opens into the cockpit.
If you are not used to a free-standing rig you'll notice the absence of stays and shrouds the first time you make your way forward-there is nothing to hold on to. You will get used to it and the 32 does have long grab rails along the trunkhouse and well supported stanchions and lifelines. The nonskid may be worn and the boat I looked at in Ft. Lauderdale had added treadmaster in select places. Freedom didn't cut corners and used good quality deck hardware. The bow pulpit, which houses the gun-mount spinnaker pole, is especially robust, although the tube itself is a large contraption on deck." ~ Sail Magazine
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