Bill Tripp III draws a trailerable racercruiser

Trailerable Sailboats

23' 9" 26' 11" 21' 6" 1' 10"/6' 0" 38' 6"

outboard 4 to 6 hp 42%

Tripp Design Freedom Yachts 1994-1996 302 sq. ft. portable portable

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

23' 9" 26' 11" 21' 6" 1' 10"/6' 0" 38' 6"

outboard 4 to 6 hp 42%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Tripp Design Freedom Yachts 1994-1996 302 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 4,600 lbs.

Freedom Yachts, a marketer of high quality sailboats, wanted to try selling a fast boat of high quality construction that was easy to trailer, launch, and sail, and with a good measure of comfort below. The design is by William H. Tripp, III, son of Bill Tripp, Jr., who designed the Bermuda 40 and the Block Island 40, among other popular craft. Best features: The jib, set on a roller furler, is self-tacking, and all controls are led to the cockpit for easy sailing. Foam flotation makes the boat unsinkable; the retractable rudder and lifting bulb keel (draft 6' down, 1' 10" up, with an intermediate position of 4' 5" for sailing in shallow water) eases launching from a ramp, given the right trailer and ramp. The finish inside and out is very good quality. Worst features: For the short period this boat was sold, her price was at the top end of her comps—but construction quality is also at or near the top end. Yet for some reason this boat did not sell well. Perhaps it was the small forward V-berth, big enough for kids but not adults, or her speed, indicated by her average PHRF of 207—quite a bit higher than most of her comps.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Merit 25 (24)

24' 0"

8' 0"

4' 0"

2,900

1,050

21.7

106

168

6.4

11.9

409

4

4' 1"

Seaward 25 (24)

24' 0"

8' 4"

2' 1"

3,100

1,100

17.7

114

270

6.4

11.7

483

5

5' 3"

Kirby 25

24' 7"

8' 9"

4' 2"

3,150

1,500

21.6

157

174

6.1

12.2

453

4

4' 6"

Dehler 25 (23)

23' 1"

8' 3"

1' 4"

3,245

1,654

20.1

139

186

6.3

13.2

412

4

4' 3"

Freedom 24

23' 9"

8' 3"

1' 10"

3,250

1,350

22.0

146

207

6.2

13.3

428

4

4' 7"

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