- Overall length: 20' 6"
- Beam: 8'
- Draft: 3' 9"
- Displacement: 2080 lbs.
- Sail area: 230 sq. ft.
- Crew: 2-3 persons
The Freedom Independence has been designed for extraordinary accessibility: freeboard is low and sidedecks are uncluttered to facilitate getting aboard. The Independence was designed by Gary Mull, a noted America's Cup naval architect and designer of the Freedom Yachts fleet which includes the Freedom 28, 30 and 36.
The Independence cockpit is equipped with two pivoting seats for helmsmen and one crew person. The specially-designed seats are counterweighted beneath the cockpit sole. Two wheelchairs may be accommodated in the cabin and there is adequate room for sails and gear.
The Freedom Independence has added stability due to the ballast ratio and vertical center of gravity. The mainsail is fully battened for quiet, aerodynamic efficiency and the jib is self-tending. The unstayed Freedom spar eliminates troublesome standing rigging and the danger usually associated with an uncontrolled jibe.
Though safety and accessibility were foremost in the design parameters for the Freedom Independence, lively performance was not to be compromised. This 20-footer combines an excellent sail area-to-wetted surface ratio
Freedom Independence is being built by Catalina Yachts in California.
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