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What are common problems or weakness in F40' center cockpit?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:24 am
by fourlyons
Hello All,
My daughter is thinking of buying a F40 CC. We are going to look at it next week. What are the common problems and weaknesses particular to look for in the Freedom 40 center cockpit boats? This is a mid '80's boat, she was built by Freedom Yachts UK, not TPI in the USA. I am an experienced shipwright and sailor so know broadly what to look for, but would love to know of the issues particular to these boats. I can't find much in my searches on line specific to these early, UK built, F40 center cockpits.

Thanks, Mike

Re: What are common problems or weakness in F40' center cock

PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:25 am
by bad
Generic... check the masts for cracks and how deep they may be. There is into on this board on the issue.

Put the centerboard through its paces if it has one. Not all UK boats came with one.

Balsa cored hull so check around all through hulls, deck penetrations for water ingress. I had better luck with a moisture meter.

The boat has great space. Hope she enjoys it.