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  • Sold
  • Sail / Cruisers
  • Freedom / 40/40
  • 1997 / Used
  • 40'5" / 13'6"
  • 1997 Yanmar 3JH2-TE
  • 4021 hrs
  • Diesel

Cruisers 1997 Freedom 40/40

Off Market since Nov 24th 2022

To see full description of this boat from the seller click on the Seller Description tab above.

Waterlily is an excellent example of a timeless Freedom 40/40. Her freestanding rig is not only easy to sail but reduces weight aloft and the stress of sail handling on long passages as well as maintenance. The self tacking jib makes short or single handing an easy reality, along with wide decks for safe passage in and out of the cockpit.

Well equipped for cruising, this 2 stateroom offshore capable sailing yacht is built to Lloyds of London specifications to handle the task. Bow thruster, watermaker, HVAC, solar panels, updated electronics, full cockpit enclosure canvas and fresh sails are just some highlights. Click on Full Specifications or call to see her in Sales Tax free North Kingstown, RI.


Full Specifications


This is the 2 stateroom layout with a single head and spacious stall shower, there is ample room for more storage with the one head layout.

Furthest forward is the V-berth with storage outboard in cabinets and the large storage closet aft to port. Next aft is the main salon with a port dinette, large dining table mounted to the bulkhead and starboard settee with navigation station. Aft to starboard is the head with ample shower stall, to port is the galley and furthest aft is the Master stateroom with a custom Select Comfort air chamber mattress on the large double berth.

The interior is finished with warm teak bulkheads and joinery, teak and holly sole and white laminates. All stainless steel opening ports and overhead hatches provide ventilation. There are interior 12vdc fans to assist.

Galley and Head;

  – Double stainless steel sinks with hot and cold pressure water
  – Foot switches for salt water pump and fridge drain
  – Force 10, 3 burner, LPG stove with oven and broiler
  – Isotherm refrigerator and 12vdc compressor
  – Isotherm freezer and 12vdc compressor
  – 6 gallon 120vac and heat exchanger water heater
  – Village Marine ST400 watermaker, 400gpd
  – Galley water filter
  – 2 LPG tanks
  – Xintex S-2A LPG detector
  – Stainless vanity sink with hot and cold pressure water
  – Jabsco electric head, 1 year old
  – Fresh or salt water flush systems
  – Fresh water tank level gauge
  – Holding tank level gauge
  – Macerator, 1 year old
  – Separate stall shower with sump


  – 3 Lifeline AGM House batteries and 1 AGM Start battery, 2018
  – Shore power connections with cords
  – 120vac and 12vdc circuit breaker panels
  – Blue Seas Systems 7520 battery charger remote
  – Magnum Energy inverter charger with remote control
  – 2 Solar panels providing 650 watts to the batteries
  – Marine Air reverse cycle HVAC
  – High output Balmar alternator with charge controller
  – Wired and plumbed for generator

Electronics and Navigation;

  – Raymarine E120 radar/GPS/plotter
  – Raymarine self leveling closed array antenna on stern pole
  – AIS
  – Raymarine ST60 Wind instrument
  – Raymarine ST60+ Speed Log
  – Raymarine ST60+ Depth Sounder
  – Garmin GPSmap 541
  – Raymarine ST60+ Graphic display
  – Garmin GHS 10 VHF radio
  – Garmin GHS 20 VHF radio
  – Icom IC-M504 VHF radio
  – Standard Horizon VLH-3000 loud hailer
  – Simrad AP28 autopilot, rebuilt 2018
  – 2 Icom and 1 West Marine hand held VHF radios
  – Ritchie binnacle compass
  – Vizio flat screen TV
  – KVH Tracvision 5
  – SeaTel TV antenna control system
  – Kenwood KMR-D562BT AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sirius XM receiver
  – Power Acoustik DVD player

Deck and Hull;

  – Rocna anchor chain and rode
  – Plow style and Fortress secondary anchors
  – Anchor wash down
  – Muir horizontal electric windlass, rebuilt 2019
  – Viking 6 person coastal life raft in canister, inspection due
  – 2 Dorade boxes and vents
  – Dodger, bimini, connector and cockpit enclosure, 2017
  – Cockpit cushions
  – Aluminum arch with deck lights
  – Magma stern rail mount grille
  – Underwater lights
  – Edson stern rail engine mount
  – Engine crane
  – Dinghy davits
  – 2015 Achilles HBI and Yamaha 9.9hp, 4 stroke, electric start
  – Switlick MOM 8
  – Bottom stripped, barrier coats and ablative paint, 2018

Sails and Rigging;

  – Carbon Fiber tapered free standing mast
  – Mainsail with stack pack, 2016
  – Self tending Jib, 2017
  – Furlex roller furler
  – Harken 48, 2 speed electric halyard winch on cabin top
  – Harken 48, self tailing port cabin top
  – 10 cabin top line clutches
  – Rigid boom vang
  – Harken jib boom traveler
  – Harken mainsheet traveler

Mechanical Systems;

  – Vetus Bow Thruster
  – Manual bilge pump
  – 2 auto/manual electric bilge pumps, 2019
  – High water alarm
  – Engine mounts replaced 2019
  – Kanzaki KM35A2, 2.64 to 1 transmission, 2020
  – Dripless shaft seal, 2020
  – Cutlass bearing, 2020
  – Throttle and gear control cables, 2020
  – Raw water sea strainers
  – Racor 75/500MAX fuel water separator
  – Reverso oil change system
  – Emergency tiller
  – 3 blade PYI folding propeller

Owners Comments

"Waterlilly" , my beautiful Freedom 40/40.

When I was looking for a boat in this class, the Freedom 40/40 stood out above all others. I previously owned two other keel sloops (a Sabre 426 and a Sabre 362) and I had personal knowledge experience on many others. I wanted a SAFE, quality boat that was capable comfortable for long passages and was easy to sail (especially short handed). I also wanted the boat to be fun to sail, would be competitive for Yacht Club beer can races and had room for a long term cruising.

Safety: Freedom's quality build process and its Lloyd's of London specification criteria far exceed the Beneteau, Jeanneau, Catalina, and other boats in the 40' category.

I chose the Freedom with the inboard shaft driven propeller over the sail drive models for the safety and maintenance benefits.

The lead wing keel (5'4" draft) allows you to enjoy the Bahamas and other challenging skinny waters and the air draft of 63' (mast height and antennas) provides ICW cruising flexibility. The carbon fiber free standing mast is a huge safety benefit. There are no chain plates to maintain or standing rigging that have to be replaced as time demands. There have never been any Freedoms that have had mast issues (with the exception of one owner who hit a bridge). The Freedom 40/40 completely "checked all the boxes" for me.

"Waterlilly" has more headroom than a Sabre 426. I am 6'4" and I had no issues with headroom clearance on this boat (I had to hunch over on my Saber 426). The salon is far brighter than other sloops of similar vintage offering deck window lights flooding the living area with natural light on both sides of the center hatch. The companionway is stunning. I "forward walk" down from the cockpit like stairs without having to descend backwards. You won't find this on many boats. (Dogs love this by the way).

The walk through sugar scoop transom provides easy and safe unloading of provisions and crew from an inflatable. The custom stainless grab handrails provide a grab assist and also supports the OB motor storage.

Both cabin bunks (the V berth and the aft master stateroom) are large enough to accommodate all sailors and crew regardless of their height!

The "ease of use" factor is very high on the Freedom. The self tacking jib allows you to set it and forget it when underway. Just turn the wheel and tack. The jib sets itself easily.

All control lines run aft for easy management from the cockpit. There are three reef points in the mainsail providing flexibility for all conditions. The jib is on a roller furler and is controlled from the cockpit. I have sailed "Waterlilly" in every condition imaginable, alone or with short crew, and always felt safe. The boat will not let you down.

While I have seen some Freedom 40/40's "pimped out" for beer can races (even with carbon-fiber sails), I chose to set her up for cruising. The full enclosure provides dry and warm sailing day or night and has been a salvation and huge difference for comfort cruising. The enclosure also has full mosquito netting for uncomfortable anchorages in select conditions.

Adding to the "cruise-ability", I installed 650 watts of solar that keeps all batteries topped off and I can run the refrigeration without worry. The refrigeration was upgraded to 12 volt and has two separate compressors and controls for the freezer and the refrigerator. I have always been able to freeze fresh fish and keep provisions frozen for months. I have never purchased ice as the freezer quickly makes tray cubes!

"Waterlilly" has full A/C providing comfort while docked slip side on warm nights. The owner aft berth has a "Select Comfort" mattress with two individual settings individually selectable for each occupant.

The windlass was rebuilt and is an excellent unit, easy to use. The Rocna anchor, chain and rode has been tested in a variety of conditions. The anchor has a stainless steel swivel from Germany that provides additional attributes for solid "resetting" during tide current or wind shift resets.

The dodger provides shade and wind protection and all enclosures are easily zipped onto it including connector. It all rolls up as well.

There is a reason why the past president of Freedom yachts personally, to this day, has a 40/40.

I LOVE this boat and so will you! I have sailed "Waterlilly" from the Bahamas to Maine and enjoyed every nautical mile. Sadly, due to my own health status, I can no longer sail ANY boat and have had to terminate my 60 year sailing career. Due to industrial and sports accidents I have had several (three) prosthetic shoulders and am due for a fourth. I wish my parts were as strong as the boats parts.

"Waterlilly" is loaded with features and accessories and is well worth her asking price.

Best regards, Steve


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