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1980 Freedom 40

Kilada, Greece


Freedom 40, built 1980. From the design boards of Gary Holt comes this immediately recognisable and uniquely designed pioneering sailing yacht from the 80s. To those unfamiliar with the Freedom 40, the lack of standing rigging becomes instantly noticeable as soon as you step onboard, making for a far less cluttered deck. Westerbeke 42Four 39hp diesel engine (1991), Sleeps 4 in 2 cabins plus 3 in saloon. Located and ready for viewings at the Basimakopoulos Shipyard.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Freedom
Model: 40
Year: 1980
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Freedom Yachts on Isle of Man
Designer: Hoyt/Herreshoff
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 40 ft / 12.19 m
Length Overall: 40 ft / 12.19 m
Waterline Length: 35 ft / 10.67 m
Beam: 12 ft / 3.66 m
Max Draft: 4'2 ft / 1.27 m
Displacement: 20,000.34 lb
Ballast: 5,529.19 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Model: 42Four
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 39hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Feathering
  • Year: 1991
  • Engine Hours: 1600


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Ketch


Jonty Stubbs
Williams & Smithells Yacht Brokers


Williams & Smithells UK
Wicormarine Cranleigh Road, Portchester
Fareham, GB, PO16 9DR


Blue GRP hull
White GRP deck with non-slip
White GRP superstructure
Centreboard swing keel
Transom hung rudder
Wheel steering

Owners comments
Purchased as a sail-away yacht in 1980 with interior mouldings fitted. The owner carried out subsequent interior carpentry to a professional standard. Classic layout with two forepeak bunks, toilet and washbasin (and shower) section, saloon, and galley vis-a-vis a large navigation table. Separate aft cabin with double bed.

Solid hull, no osmosis presence since a minor treatment in 1987. The vessel hit a channel marker in 1982, which took out a fist-sized chunk of GRP from the stem above the waterline. Repaired and
invisible now.

The foresail wishbone was replaced in 2007 after sustaining damage during an unplanned gybe in storm conditions off the southern Spanish. No other damage to the vessel.


Westerbeke 42Four 39hp diesel engine (1991)
Estimated 1580 hours
ZF Gearbox
Shaft drive to 3 blade folding prop

Owners comments
An extensive set of spare parts will follow the sale of the vessel, including propeller anodes. Careful service was carried out by the owner, including yearly engine oil changes. Water
pump impellers, diesel filters, belts etc... all changed to the manufacturer's recommendation and logged on the boat.

The wiring harness of the engine was entirely replaced in 2009. The seawater to the primary cooling water heat exchanger was replaced with an OEM part in 2010. A new starter battery will be installed in May 2022 to allow test and demonstration runs of the engine.


12v 24v and 220v onboard voltage
2 x 12v inline (24b) 100amp/h domestic batteries 2016
Engien start battery 2022
CTEK 24v Battery charger
150W solar panels
Charging via

Owners comments
The domestic power supply is 24v. All lamps are retrofitted to LED operation, with the
exception of the steaming light at the top of the mast. 24v is provided by two 12v l00Ah
standard batteries connected in series.

Solar panels are sufficiently sized to run the fridge and pressurised water systems indefinitely.
An Autohelm autopilot was fitted in the late 1980s but this is no longer functional and requires replacement.


300ltrs Aluminium fuel tank
2 x 300ltrs Aluminum water tanks (600ltrs total)
50ltrs Holding tank

Rig and Sails

Freestanding Aluminium masts
Oringal wooden wishbone booms

2x Red Single line reefing Dacron Dolphin sails mainsail 1980
Blue and With striped Dacron Spinnaker 1984
White Dacron storm jib 1984

Owners comments
Currently, Gazella is fitted with the refurbished first set of sails, manufactured by Dolphin Sails UK.
Sails are wrapped around, i.e. double layered and are much less stressed than modern Marconi rigged

A set of newer wrap-around sails will be included in the sale. These are made from slightly heavier fabric and are more suited to windier locations. Mainsails are both equal in size, although not exactly interchangeable, and about 350 sq ft each in size.

They can be reefed by single line slab reefing, reducing sail area by about one-third. Typical reefing is to drop the entire mizzen and just sail by foresail alone.

Gazella can set an asymmetric spinnaker or light weather staysail from the mizzen top, using running
backstays to support the mizzen mast. Spinnaker is pale blue and white ve1tical striped, ca. 800 sq ft in
size. The light weather staysail is about 500 sq ft. A heavy-duty storm sail can also be set from the
mizzen top and requires the foresail boom to be dropped to the deck.

The freestanding rig with wrap-around sails and wishbone booms that are hoisted is an excellent low-effort rig, i.e. can be sailed with minimal winch use. The main winch is only used to pull up the last 25% of the sail. The rig is self-tacking, making upwind passages simple. Beam reach to downwind legs are best. The wishbone booms naturally steady the sails and provide superb stability.


Sleeps 4 in 2 cabins plus 3 in saloon
Cloth upholstery
Wood interior joinery
Chesapeake Bay gravity fed diesel heater
Heads with Lavac W/C
6'3" Average headroom

Owners Comments
Most of the interior woodwork and carpentry were installed by the owner. Varnish is in good condition. Cushions were reupholstered in Turkey ca. 2014 and are in good condition. Lighting is both electric and by an Aladdin paraffin lamp.


Taylor Parafin cooker with oven and 2 hobs
2 x Aluminium sinks
Isotherm fridge
Cutlery and crockery
Pots, pans and cooking utensils

Owners comments
The "classic" Taylor cooker runs on paraffin. There is no gas onboard Gazella. The fridge compressor and cooling system is Isotherm from 2015 (replacing a previous 20-year-old Isotherm system). The pressurised fresh water system, hot and cold. Foot-operated saltwater tap in the galley.


Quick electric windlass
45lb CQR anchor with 70m/10mm chain
35lb CQR anchor
20lb Folding grapnel anchor
Various warps
6 x Fenders
Wooden board pasarelle
Removable swimming ladder
Deck shower
Bimini covering entire cockpit 2015
Sail covers
LED navigation lights
Handheld horn


Binnacle compass
Trailing speed log
Mast-top wind indicator
Handheld Garmin GPS
Depth sounder

Owners Comments
Gazella was intentionally rigged as a "low tech" vessel to avoid digital obsolescence in more remote cruising areas (read: Portugal 1980s and 90's). Navigation is paper-based and by portable GPS plotters. A reliable echosounder and high-quality compass will be included: no AIS, no radar, no anemometers and no onboard wifi.

An Autohelm autopilot was fitted in the late 1980s but this is no longer functional and requires replacement.


3 Person Nest hardshell dinghy
Seagull outboard


Deck mounted 6 person Viking life raft last serviced 2015
3 x Fire extinguishers
2 x Manual bilge pumps
6 x Life jackets
Emergency tiller
No gas alarm

The condition or level of safety equipment on board is not to be negotiated on following survey. It is likely to be listed by most surveyors but is not structural or an integral working part of the vessel and is not to be used to further negotiate the price down after survey. We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide new safety equipment rather than relying on second-hand gear.

Should you become the new owner of this yacht then the responsibility to re-register or update official bodies for items such as EPIRB, VHF, MMSI or AIS becomes yours.

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This Yacht is offered for sale by Williams & Smithells International Ltd

Williams & Smithells International Ltd
Unit 3 Martins Barn,
Birdham Road,
West Sussex,
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