1984 Freedom Cat Ketch

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Havelock, NC

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 1984
Make Freedom
Length 28'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Havelock, NC

Mary Elizabeth has a cat ketch rig.  She has the preferred version of this rig.  Her rig has sail tracks and aluminum booms, as opposed to the earlier "sleeve" sails and wishbones.  The masts are carbon fiber. They are engineered not to need standing rigging.

She is equipped with four sails -- main, mizzen, jib and large, light-air sail between the main and mizzen.  Main and mizzen have full battens. Each has four reef points that can be controlled from the cockpit.  Mack Pack lazy jacks easily drop the sails into Sunbrella covers when not in use.  There is also an awning that fits between the masts to shade the deck when at anchor or docked. This awning allows the overhead vents to remain open in a light rain, for more ventilation.

Tacking is a simple matter of turning the wheel.  There are no sheets that need to be moved, no cranking on winches.


There are double safety lines and stanchions enclosing the deck, with an opening on the starboard side for boarding and egress.

The toe rail is heavy duty aluminum with multiple opening for draining water or attaching hardware.

Teak handholds are located on the cabin top for safety.

There are two large hatches with screens.  The companionway is secured with three hatchboards and a sliding hatch on top.  There are also three hatchboards with screens. When the dodger is up, the companionway may be left open, even in the rain, to provide more ventilation. 

There is room on deck to secure a dinghy of up to 10' without interfering with the main boom while underway.


Mary Elizabeth has four winches.  The largest is a bronze Barient #23 2-speed self-tailing winch located on the cabin top.  This winch is only used to raise the sails. 

There are two smaller winches on the port and starboard side, for use with a small jib or mizzen staysail, if desired.  They are especially helpful in securing the boat when docked.

The fourth winch is installed on the teak stern platform. It can be used of a stern anchor, or hauling in a big fish. 

These four winches are primarily labor-saving devices.  They are not needed while tacking - one of the beauties of the cat ketch rig!


The cockpit is semi enclosed with a Sunbrella cockpit dodger, overhead solar panel and side covers to keep the sun out. It has custom seat cushions for comfort. At the helm is a Ritchie Globemaster Binacle compass, a small folding table and large SS destroyer type wheel for easy control of the rudder.  There is an emergency tiller in the starboard locker.

Electronics include a Garmin GPSMAP 540s chart plotter connected to a Raymarine ST6002 smartpilot and MKII wheel drive system.  At the helm is an Icom VHF marine radio, overhead and within arms reach. A manual whale bilge pump is located on the port side and the engine controls are located on the starboard side down low.

There is a teak helmsman seat at the rear with room for two aluminum propane tanks underneath, though currently only one tank is installed. These tanks can be controlled in the galley through a solenoid on/off switch.

A wind generator is installed high on an aluminum pole on the teak stern platform along with the aft winch. There is also pad to secure and store a small outboard motor. The main sheet is controlled on the port side cabin top and the mizzen sheet is controlled on the stern behind the helmsman.

 There are two lockers port and starboard for storage. A safety/rescue sling is also located in the cockpit at arms length of the helmsman if needed.



The engine is a Yanmar 2GMF liquid cooled with seawater heat exchanger, electric fuel pump with dual primary external fuel filters.  The primary fuel filters are set up for full time fuel polishing, and for quick change-out if needed. There is  one secondary internal fuel filter as well.

The engine features a heavy duty alternator with high-low-off switch.

The driveshaft has a Dripless seal with no stuffing box. The prop is fixed, 2 blade.



The cabin is accessed through the main hatch and three steps with handholds on either side. There is good lighting throughout the cabin.  There are three 12v DC fans. The fans work with the screened companionway and two screened hatches to provide excellent ventilation.

Let's walk through the cabin..

Starting aft, the sturdy hatch steps can be removed to access the engine compartment. The circuit breaker panel is just underneath the companionway opening,

The galley is to starboard.  It has a single SS sink with two foot pumps for either fresh or salt water. The refrigerator is a Technautics Cool Blue DC powered. It is next to the sink. Also next to the sink is the propane two burner stove, with a cabinet for storage above and two compartments underneath the galley countertop.

There are several cabin ports with teak surrounds, providing good light in the cabin. There is enough headroom for a 6' 2" person to stand upright.  The 9' 3" beam provides a surprisingly large cabin for a 28' boat.

The main battery box and quarter berth are to port, aft. The battery box can hold up to two (2) 8D batteries or four (4) 6 volt GC (golf cart size) batteries. The battery switch and all the electronic controllers are located in this area.

Moving forward, on the port side is a large table for dining and  navigation. It has seating for four. There is a second VHF marine radio next to the table.  The table can be lowered to use it as a bed.

To starboard, across from the nav station is a settee. This settee, with its lee cloth, makes a nice pilot berth when underway.   Behind the settee is yet more storage.

Forward of the main cabin is the head.  The head features a new Lavac vacuum flushing toilet, plumbed to the holding tank. There is also a small sink with a fresh water foot pump.  The shower drains into a sump and the sump is pumped overboard (not into the bilge!) by a 12v pump.  Finally, there are two 12v pumps (fresh and sea water), as well as storage, under the sink.

The V berth forward is large enough to sleep 2.  It has a thick, custom-fit, memory foam mattress and sheets.  



 There are two  water tanks. The main tank (30 gallons) is under the settee. It is pumped to the galley and the head by foot pumps. The secondary tank (25 gallons) is under the V-berth. It provides water to the shower in the head or to the cockpit by an electric pump. There is also a seawater foot pump in the galley and a seawater electric pump for washing down the deck, anchors, chain or bathing in the cockpit.



Seacocks: Four (4) bronze. Three are located in the bilge and one is located in the clothes closet (one for seawater cooling with bronze strainer for the engine heat exchanger, one for the galley sink and head sink water drain, one for salt water intake for the foot and electric salt water pumps and one for overboard dumping of the holding tank when legal to do so.

NOTE: for safety offshore, there are NO seacock drains in the cockpit --  all water drains directly overboard through the stern.


Ground Tackle

Ground Tackle: Two anchors (Danforth and Delta plow) are located on the bow with 150 ft of rode and 30 feet of chain for each anchor located in the chain/rode locker. There is also a small Fortress in thestarboard locker in the cockpit. There is no chain windless.


Additional Information

Flooring: The deep bilge is accessed by removing the flooring boards and there are three (3) seacocks, two electric bilge pumps (one automatic), compartments for additional storage, two depth sounder transducers. This is alsw where the engine and start battery is located.


Other Equipment: Two (2) winch handles, boat hook, 4 fenders, extra rope, miscellaneous hardware, spare parts for the diesel engine.



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee  or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Dry Weight
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fresh Water Tank Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity
Single Berths
Double Berths
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 2GMF
Engine Year 1984
Total Power 15hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
Electrical Equipment
Shore Power Inlet
Mainsail Cover
Cockpit Cover
Spray Hood
Bimini Top
Steering Wheel
Fully Battened Mainsail
Battened Mainsail
Outside Equipment/Extras
Cockpit Table
Wind Generator
Inside Equipment
Sea Water Pump
Marine Head
Hot Water
Manual Bilge Pump
Battery Charger
Electric Bilge Pump
HIN TSP28066M84E
1984 Freedom Cat Ketch

Lovely lines - simple rig.  A go-anywhere shoal-draft boat that just needs a few cosmetics. This boat was equipped by an experienced voyager for safe, long-distance cruising.

The Freedom 28 cat ketch offers a simple, efficient rig with surprising interior space for a 28' boat. The rig consists of 2 carbon-fiber masts with aluminum booms.  MackPacks on both masts make reefing and stowing a snap.  No complex standing rigging -- no stays, no topping lifts. Her rig offers large sail area and easy control.

This Freedom 28 has the fixed, shallow-draft lead keel, outboard rudder, and reliable Yanmar 2GMF fresh-water cooled diesel.  The owner has upgraded the motor with an electric fuel polishing system.  She offers a wind generator and many other features.

Mary Elizabeth has taken her owner to Honduras and back in comfort and safety.  She is ready to go again. 

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