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Freeman Cruisers

Projects & Solutions Freeman Cruiser ideas and information for projects and problems on board - Helping to inspire you.


Cleaning p.6-7

Freeman Woodwork


p.26-27 p.48-49

Hoods & Hardtops



Windows & Window Rubbers p.20-23

Dinghies & Davits p.30-33

Mooring Ropes


Ladders & Bathing Platforms p.28-29

Underwater Fittings

By Phone 01491 652 085





Rubbing Strakes

Deck Fittings p.8-13



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Every care has been taken in the preparation of this parts/projects book. However, the publisher accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any loss, damage, injury or inconvenience sustained or caused as a result of using this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written consent of the publishers and copyright owners. Brand names, logos and trademarks are copyright of their respective owners and have been used with permission. Products are subject to change without notification and subject to availability. Photographs are for illustration purposes only, products may vary and change without notification. All images and diagrams are not necessarily to scale and may not be representative of your particular cruiser and all sizes and specifications are approximate. Copyright Š John Freeman (Sales) Ltd 2009 - E&OE - 2nd Edition 2014


01491 652085 Clocks & Barometers

Engine Room Service Parts

Seating p.40-43

Upholstery p.44-45


In Boat Entertainment p.54-55


Furniture Fittings p.46-47

BSS p.74-75

Heating p.58-59

Bilge Pumps & Bilge Blowers p.66-67

Power p.56-57

Water Systems

Fridges, Cool-boxes & Cookers



Safety Gear Toilet p.92-93 Systems p.64-65

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modernise your classic cruiser and enjoy your boat. Come and enjoy the shop, telephone or buy online - delivered to your door. J-Type S he ridan Marine

Marine Gearbox

WaterMota Petrol Engines

This book should not be deemed as manufacturers instructions. It is for guidance only. It is based on experience of common projects, problems and questions that have arisen over the many years we have been dealing with Freeman Cruisers. It must be understood that each boat was individually made and that there are numerous models and variations. Therefore the information contained should not be used without consideration as to its practicality on your particular cruiser. Professional advice should be sought before undertaking any works or projects. We are assuming standard workshop practices are to be used and that safety requirements are undertaken, including the use of personal protection equipment where required. The engine immobilised and fuel / electrical / water / gas supplies safely turned off and made safe as necessary before any relevant work is undertaken. Only undertake works if you are competent to do so. Upon recommencement of use, a proper inspection of the finished work, especially joints, supply lines and connections, paying close attention to fuel systems for seepage or leaks should be undertaken and re-inspected after initial use. Please remember that all gas work should be undertaken by a gas competent person. Care should be taken that information contained in this book is not taken out of context. This book is written for the Freeman Club members who are free to use the Club Helpline which normally runs at 4pm for further discussion of their individual projects or problems.

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Freeman Cruisers Owners Club Join the Club... Sheridan Marine if you are not already a member - 01491 652085

Classic Boating Freeman Cruiser Badge - IN002 Freeman Cruiser Club Burgee - IN006

Traditional Woodwork



Freeman 22 Mk1, first of the Classic range


Traditional Fittings

Freeman Cruisers Owners Handbook - BK008

50+ Years of Cruising Freeman Cloth Badge - IN009 Freeman Sport Boat Badge - IN003 Freeman Registration Tag - IN005

‘50 Years of Freeman Cruisers’ Book IN017 Freeman Cruiser Cards Classic and New Style Range 4

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Navy Blue Polo


Red Polo


Navy Blue Fleece


Medium Large Extra Large

IN055A IN055B IN055C

Medium Large Extra Large

IN056A IN056B IN056C

Small Medium Large Extra Large

IN060A IN060B IN060C IN060D

Foam Keyring IN010


Navy Blue Sweatshirt


Medium Large Extra Large

IN050A IN050B IN050C

Leather Keyring IN004


Adjustable, IN012 ‘one size fits all!’

Self adhesive vinyl Freeman signs (330mm x 100mm)

Chrome plated self adhesive Freeman insignia - IN001

Silver - IN015A

Blue - IN015B

Brown - IN015C

Freeman 27 New Style range with Freeman Insignia

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Cleaning and Maintenance Regular Cleaning It is obviously necessary to wash the boat regularly but without disturbing the integrity of the fibreglass. It is surprising the amount of damage that can be caused using household cleaners, particularly those containing ammonia. It is advisable to use proprietary boat cleaners which are not even expensive! Easy Scrub CM007B

For an easy basic wash and wax.

An easy to do but more thorough wash, followed by an easy to apply polish coat.

Wash and Wax CM007A

Keep your metal work sparkling!

Marine Polish CM007D

Aluminium Cleaner CM079A

Seasonal Cleaning

Aluminium Polish CM079

Chrome and Stainless Polish CM080

An abrasive wash will shift the winter weathering. A hand compounding will shift light oxidisation and a coat of a hard polish will bring back the shine and protect your boat throughout the season. For your boats superstructure


Boat Wash in a Bottle CM007


A quick wash followed by an abrasive compound.

Rubbing Compound CM005A


Optional - Colour Restorer helps to bring back the gelcoat colour. Colour Restorer CM005B

A tough, long lasting, easy to apply final polish. Buff, stand back and admire!

Teflon Polish CM003A

For your boats - vinyl, plastic and canvas When cleaning the hood, first decide whether it is vinyl or canvas and wash with the appropriate cleaner. Follow up with the finisher; either vinyl protector or canvas waterproofing & protector.

Followed by a protector spray to finish off.



OR Vinyl Cleaner and Polish CM009


Vinyl Shampoo CM009A




Vinyl Protector CM009B

Canvas Cleaner CM049

Waterproofing Spray with Teflon CM6139

01491 652085 Full Cleaning - Using commercial cleaners! Occasionally it is good practice to work hard on the hull and superstructure to help protect the gelcoat, even using a polishing tool rather than elbow grease if at all possible (note: beware of high speed drills and grinders as their speed can burn the plastic, polishers run at a relatively low speed). Firstly, an abrasive wash will shift the dirt. Secondly, apply one or two coats of extra abrasive. Thirdly, use a renovator to restore the colour and lastly apply two coats of a polish to shine and protect your hard work. Easy Scrub CM007B

Fibreglass Restorer CM002

Rubbing Compound CM005A




Wooden Handle Mop - CM010


+ Marine Polish - CM003A

Metal Polish CM006

The things that catch your eye can be the small details: shining the metal work, cleaning the windows and moisturising the rubbing strake and window rubbers complete that desired image.


Marine Polish CM007D

Why two polishes? For longer lasting staying power the hard glaze of Teflon enriched polish will seal in the deep shine of the foundation polish.

Rubber Cleaner CM652

Wooden Handle Deck Brush Small - CM011

Sponges CM125

Chamois Leather CM014AA

Cleaning Cloth CM014B

Wooden Handle Deck Brush Large - CM011A Mix and Match




Classic Mop

Chamois Mop






Brush End

Plastic 122cm

Metal 94cm - 183cm

Extendable Soft Wash Brush CM115

Brush Handle CM012B


How to clean the exterior Download our guide to exterior cleaning of your boat.

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Canvas Cleaner Tool CM313

Wash Bucket CM111

Lay-Flat Water Hose WA990

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Deck Fittings Chrome Fittings Original Freeman Cruiser deck fittings are still being manufactured, originally made in bronze; they are built to last. From fender cleats to fairleads and chain pipe caps to mooring bollards, we try very hard to continue to manufacture these unique fittings. Handrail Bracket

Bow Fittings



Bow Roller Body

Open DF226B

Cleats & Fairleads

Fender Cleat DF245



Bollard Bow Roller Roller

Closed DF226C

DF213E DF246

Mast Base


Bow Roller Pin



DF247 Hatch Fittings



DF220 DF272


Hatch Pin Right Tank Fittings

Early F22’s and F26’s Filler Cap


Water Moon Tag

Petrol Moon Tag

Diesel Moon Tag



Chain Pipe Cap

Hatch Pin Left DF219 Hatch Pin




Later F22’s, F26’s, F28’s and F23 Filler Cap


Hatch Pin Socket Stemhead

Mast Bolt



Freeman 22 & 23 Freeman 22 & 23

DF233 DF233A

Freeman 25 & 26



Flag Staff Socket


Stern Socket TA051

Lacing Hook



DF214 Transom Socket





01491 652085 Footplate

Trailer Eye Bolt


Stainless Steel Footplate replacement

Deck Plug & Socket





Spring Loaded Boat Hook Holder

Footplate Rubber Pads Pair LF036


Pulpit Flag Staff



Boarding Ladder Bracket Chrome







Freeman 22 Mk1 WP011C


Pulpit Flag Staff Socket ST047

Flame Trap


FreemanValue - We have a new method of manufacture which, where volume allows, is bringing down the price of the traditional Freeman fittings.


Chain Pipe Replacements







Freeman 22 Mk2 HT040A

Freeman 23, 24, 27 & 32 Hatch Rubber FW001A

Various Available

Re-chroming Re-chroming can make your existing fittings look like new. The items are cleaned, triple chrome plated and polished. Prices vary depending on the quantity of items. Not every item on your boat may need re-chroming, it is a good idea to look at your boat, flash your eyes like a camera and re-chrome the items that stand out and have caught your eye. These are the highly visible fittings and the ones that will benefit the most from re-chroming.

Deck and furniture fittings before and after re-chroming - they come back looking like new!

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Deck Fittings Aluminium Fittings The New Style Freeman Cruisers such as the Freeman 24’s, 27’s and 33’s were generally fitted with aluminium deck fittings to match the change in design and most of the theses are still manufactured. Mast Base

Chain Pipe Cap



Mooring Cleat 5” DF213A

Tank Top Bow Stemhead

Fender Cleat





Cleats & Fairleads



Mooring Cleat 6”



DF273 TA054B

Fairlead DF216A

Handrails Flag Staff Socket


Transom Socket Mahogany Handrails



Mahogany Handrail 9ft WP028A Open Handrail Bracket DF226B Closed Handrail Bracket DF226C

DF6225 - 48” DF6223 - 12”

DF6224 - 24”

How to fit a deck fitting Download our quick guide to installing a deck fitting.

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1” Stainless Steel Handrails & 3/4” Stainless Steel Handrails

Mastic Tape Mastic tape forms the seal between the fittings and the boat, it is the best solution to help prevent water ingress to the hull or superstructure.

Freeman Cruiser Mastic Tape

The properties in mastic tape allow it to flex with the movement of your boat and when tightened down it leaves a thick flexible membrane. 10

Freeman Mastic Tape Freeman Mastic Tape


15 Metre Roll Per Metre Per Foot

CM018 CM019A CM019

01491 652085 FreemanStyle Fittings FreemanStyle fittings are foreign manufactured parts which are mass produced and whilst are not of an original Freeman pattern, are of a traditional design. These parts do not match Original Freeman fittings or locating screw holes etc., but are useful if running your boat on a strict budget.

Cleats DF1060 - 75mm DF1070 - 100mm DF1080 - 130mm

DF750 Open and DF750A Closed Handrail Brackets

DF700 Eye Plate DF9538 Lacing 53 x 30mm Eye Wide

DF5900A Fairlead Offset

TA178C Water Filler

TA050A Petrol

Chrome and Wooden Cleat 5811073 - 220mm 5801073 - 260mm

Lacing Eye Chrome - DF720 Brass - DF720A

DF920 Cleat

Leather Grip Handrails 280mm to 585mm.

EL342 Plug and Socket 3 Pin

Stainless Steel Fillers Petrol - TA172A Diesel - TA172B Water - TA172C

TA055A Filler

TA051A Water

TT020 Pump Out

DF5800 Fender Eye Plate

Flag Pole and Base - ST046C

Angled Fender Eye Chrome - DF215C Brass - DF215H

Square Shaped Cleat DF909A 150mm DF909B 200mm

TA052A Diesel

TT021 Rinse Out

3/4” Flag Pole Socket Chrome - DF217G Brass - DF954

DF450 25mm Flag Pole Socket

Clam Shell Vent DF314A

1” Flag Pole Socket Chrome - DF217H Brass - DF217M

DF452 Angled Flag Pole Socket

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DF453 32mm Flag Pole Socket 11

Deck Accessories Wiper Motors and Blades

Most original wiper blades are still available, occasionally it is necessary to change the wiper arm to match a current wiper blade attachment. On the classic range the restriction is the diameter of the hole in the windscreen and the depth of the motor in relation to the angle of the windscreen. DF256B (shown right) fulfils most boats requirements. The sea going boats were fitted with the Dudley motors which can now only be repaired, blades and arms are stocked and come in various lengths. Wiper Motors


Freeman Wiper Motor DF256B



Wiper Blades

11” Slide Connection - DF257C

16” Wide Slide Connection DF1001A

14” Slide Connection - DF257B 14” Hook Connection - DF257F

14” Curved Blade DF1012

14” Wide Slide Connection DF1001

Various plastic blades available

Wiper Arms Standard Arm


DF258 Hand Wiper

Pulpit Rail

Pulpit Bracket Rope Holder - SY005

Pulpit rails can often be repaired and straightened. Some popular ones are stocked, others are made to special order.



01491 652085 Ventilation

The original plastic mushroom ventilator fitted to the Classic style boats bearing the “S/L� emblem is now obsolete but the hole can be adapted to suit the look alike replacement DF249A. They are however slightly larger, this is a major benefit, for the BSS which requires more ventilation in the cabin.

Placing a piece of plastic hose or a hose clip on the shaft so the ventilator cannot be fully closed; turns them into a permanently opened ventilator which is a part of the BSS requirement.

Cabin Vent DF249A

An inner liner (DF294AA) can be added as a finishing touch inside. Interior fly screens (FF008A) can restrict flying insects but they also restrict the ventilation, so additional ventilation maybe required to compensate. White Plastic Mushroom Vent

Stainless Steel Vent

Solar Fan Vent

Stainless Steel Vent





Mushroom Vent Inner Lining

Plastic Vent Cap

Stainless Steel Mushroom Vent

Interior Fly Screens White Brass



FF008A 85mm 122mm 147mm


Twin Freeman Horns, DF238A, would appear to be the closest replacement for the original classic range pair, which are easily screwed to the cabin roof or original horn bracket. Horns The New Style small horn (DF239) Twin Freeman is unchanged but a variety of trumpet Replacement horns were fitted to the new style boats and we try to carry an economic range of these too. Trumpet Horn

DF248A DF248D DF248F Horns Code


Single Stainless Steel



DF238A Vetus Single




Single Freeman Replacement

DF238C DF238B Vetus Double

Double DF241

Single Black Plastic


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Hoods The Hood Range For most of the Freeman Cruiser range we have very economical, ready made hoods and covers. Stocked hoods are made from PVC material, blue for the Classic range and stone (cream) for the New Style range boats. However canvas is a popular alternative. Hoods can be made to order in a choice of colours and materials with the option for additional zips, windows, internal/external window blinds or other features as required.

Hoods Include: • Main canopy with rear window and zips either side which allows the window section to roll up • Two side-curtains with windows • Eyelet kit • Fitting Guidance sheet • Telephone Helpline

Freeman Model

Hood and Side Curtains


F22 Mk1

Standard Narrow Beam Standard Side curtain zips - Optional Narrow Beam Type A with Side curtain zips - Optional Type B with Side curtain zips - Optional High Rail Mk1 Mk2 Night Cover High Rail Night Cover High Rail

HF002 HF004 HF006

F22 Mk2 F23

High Rail hoods have additional F26 zips in the side-curtains creating F24 an access door way. F27

HF007A HF010 HF010A HF012 HF014 HF014A HF023 HF024 HF025 HF026

The above hoods are generally available from stock. Hoods made to order can include extra zips, windows and blinds etc.. Colour and material variations can also be selected.

Fitting Your New Hood Standard hoods do need fitting, it is quite simple and well within the means of DIY. It is impossible to match the eyelet fittings with the turn buttons on the stern of your boat as they were originally put on by hand. Leaving out some of the turn buttons and eyelets allows more tolerance for movement and therefore better alignment of the hood on your personal cruiser. A Stanley knife, block of wood and hammer are normally the only tools required. With a bit of care a bespoke look can be achieved for probably under half the price. A fitting guidance sheet comes with the hood and the Freeman Helpline is open to Club Members if required. 14

01491 652085 High Rail Hoods & Slide Kits High rail hoods are another option which allows further space in the cockpit by giving a near vertical back to the hood and separating the cross bars which in turn allows a door way in each side curtain. It is usually possible to convert an existing hood with the Freeman hood slide rail kit. Whilst this adds another stage to raising and lowering the hood it eliminates the cross bar making access to the cockpit considerably easier.

Freeman 23 with slide kit.

Canopy Slide Kit with Chrome Fittings - HF655A

Canopy Slide Kit with Nylon Fittings - HF650A

Stainless Steel Canopy Slide Tracks HF640

HF640 Short Slide Track and HF645 All-in-One Canopy Slide Mount

Functional, Reasonable, Available. Ready made hoods - ‘Flat Pack’! ready to go. Fitting is quite simple but does need some consideration and time, probably best likened to hanging patterned wallpaper!! If you collect from the shop we will be pleased to demonstrate the fitting. A Fitting guidance sheet is included and the Freeman Owners Club Helpline is always available. Freeman 27 with blue canvas hood with zipped side curtains.

We can also fit them at the Sheridan Boatyard.

How to fit a slide kit Download our quick guide to installing a slide kit.

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Hoods and Hardtops The Hardtop Range The hardtop kit allows more usable space and has the effect of enlarging your boat as the cockpit becomes a living area. The side-curtains can be put up or taken down in various formats, for example to form a wheel house by having the two front side curtains up and the back hood and back side curtains down. With a five piece hood there are numerous combinations.

The Hardtop Kit includes: • The double skinned glassfibre hardtop with an insulating core. Standard hardtops are white (colours by special order). • Two stainless steel upright hardtop back supports. • The hood with two back side-curtains and two front side-curtains with windows. Accessories


Freeman Hardtop Kit


F22 Mk1 F22 Mk2 F23 F26

HT000 HT001 HT002 HT004


Hardtop Handrail kit

2x Mahogany Handrails 2x Open Handrail Brackets 4x Closed Handrail Brackets HT062 1x Metre of Mastic Tape 18x Screws For varnish and varnishing tools to finish handrails please see the Woodwork Section

Freeman 23 with Hardtop Kit

How to fit a hardtop

Open Handrail Bracket DF226B

Closed Handrail Bracket DF226C

Download our quick guide hardtop installation.

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Mahogany Handrail WP028A

Sunroofs and Hatches Small sunroofs and hatches can be added to hardtops. However, because of the hardtop curves, large sunroofs and hatches need a supporting frame and therefore are not such an easy addition. The original folding sunroof as fitted to many Freeman 24’s, 27’s and 33’s often leaks and is un-repairable. One of our original window manufacturers has produced a replacement sunroof for this Freeman special requirement. The sunroof frame is designed with a double curve to suit the hardtop and has an internal opening polycarbonate window tinted in brown to match the general colour scheme of the boat. 16

Freeman Sunroof Sunroof/Hatch


F24 & F27 F27 & F33

FW160A FW160B

01491 652085 Hood Spares and Accessories Hood Spares Eyelet & Base Plate



A variety of hood fittings and accessories are Code available. Please phone or call in for items not listed.

Turn Button & Backing

Split Jaw Clamps HF614A

HF058 Turn Button Screw Base - Double

- Single Push Clip Socket & Backing

Push Clip Peg & Backing




Rubber Guys 80mm (x1) - HF051



Fabsil Hood Seam Sealant CM312

Ball Loops 75mm (x5) RP051A

HF061D & HF061E Interscrew

Ball Loops 115mm (x5) - RP051B 150mm (x5) - RP051C 230mm (x5) - RP051D

HF057 HF063

Fabsil Hood Waterproofing CM310

Hood Bar Fittings



Nylon Thumb Screw Clamps 19mm - HF600A 22mm - HF600B 25mm - HF600C/A

Hood Bars

Popper Spares (x1)

HF601A Nylon Canopy End Plug

19mm - HF603 19mm - HF602 HF601 22mm - HF603A 22mm - HF602A 25mm - HF603B 25mm - HF602B



Nylon Thumb Screws HF641 HF642 6mm - HF604 Canopy Slide Canopy Slide 8mm - HF604A Deck Mount Deck Mount

HF074 Nylon Slide Kit

HF643 Slide Track Stop

HF644 Slide Track End

Hood Bar Accessories

Batten Saddle & Screw HF070A Batten Saddle Screw HF071 Copper Tack HF052

Freeman 22 Mk1 Hood Batten HF065A

Freeman 22 Mk2 Hood Batten HF066A

Freeman 23, 26 & 32 Hood Batten HF067

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Fitted Covers • Easy to fit ashore or afloat

• Easy to put away

• Allows access to boat without removal • Provides protection from the elements • Available in 3 different materials • Specially designed for the Freeman range

Complete with: • Two zipped openings for access into the cockpit • Draw string ties which pull the cover around the bottom of the rubbing strake • Velcro flaps for mooring ropes at the bow and stern • Pull tags all around for additional fixing • Extra durable protection at hard wearing areas Materials: Bale:- Lightweight translucent tarpaulin Silver Odyssey:- Lightweight and hard wearing (shown) Canvas:- Heavy duty, hard wearing and available in a variety of colours. Call in or telephone for details and prices. All styles are designed for particular Freeman models to achieve a better fit. For example F22 Mk2 with hardtop - F22 Mk2 without hardtop - F23 range, F24 and F27 etc and so are made to order.

Standard Covers There are also a wide variety of standard economical covers available to keep your boat protected during the winter months from snow, wind and falling leaves. They come in standard sizes which, unfortunately, are not boat shaped; however they can be moulded with the aid of clip on pull tags (HF502).

Topside Cover 18

Full Cover

Standard Covers


3.5 x 4.5m 5.5 X 7m 4.5 X 9m 7 X 9m 7 X 11m 9 X 14m

HF047A HF047D HF047E HF047F HF047G HF047J

01491 652085 Additional Covers - Made to order Gas Box Covers



F22 Mk1 F22 Mk2 F23 F26

Blue Blue Blue Blue

HF081A HF081B HF081C HF081D

Windscreen Covers



F24 F27 F33

Stone (Cream) HF079A HF079B Made to order HF079C

Window Covers


F24 F27 F33

Stone (Cream) Made to Order

Cover Accessories


Gas Box Covers hide the hood and hood bars when folded down.




Per Metre


Shock Cord - Elasticated Per Metre


Nylon Hook Small



Nylon Hook Large



Pack of 5


Vinyl and Canvas Cleaners

Canvas Cleaner CM049

Vinyl Shampoo CM009A

Vinyl Cleaner and Polish CM009 Seam Sealant CM312

Clip on Pull Tag

Replacement Eyelets

Brass Eyelet Kits 1/2�

HF560 Pack of 20 HF560A HF560B HF560C Pack of 15 HF072

Vinyl Protector CM009B Black Blue Dark Green Green Tarpaulin Holders HF552

Waterproofing Spray with Teflon 650ml - CM6139 3.79L - CM6139A Tarpaulin Zip HF552 Shockcord Balls 6mm - RP262A 8mm - RP263A Eyelet Anchor Guys HF512

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Windows and Window Rubbers The Classic window range A

Freeman 22 Mk1’s were produced with three different types of window, as shown. B

Window Refurbishment Seals Window rubber kits:- Outer surround rubbers come with silver insert as standard, although a black insert is available and slightly cheaper too - but does not look as smart. The window rubber kits have been put together to make it easier for you. However all rubbers and internal seals are sold separately meaning you can repair all your windows or just one window at a time, just let us know your requirement.

C This style of window was produced for the Freeman 22 Mk1’s, 22 Mk2’s and Freeman 23’s.

The most popular kits are shown below, please phone if your model is not listed. Freeman Model

Surround Rubbers (for 6 windows)

Internal Rubbers (for 6 windows)

Surround and Internal Rubbers (for 6 windows)

F22 Mk1 Style A F22 Mk1 Style B F22 Mk1 Style C F22 Mk2 F23 F28

FW300A FW300B FW300C FW301 FW302 FW303

FW320A FW320B FW320C FW321 FW322 FW323

FW340A FW340B FW340C FW341 FW342 FW343

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An example kit includes Outer Rubber Outer Insert Silver or Black

Internal Sliding Window Wiper

Internal Felt Surround

Freeman 23 windows

Surround rubber and silver/black insert 20

Internal ‘U’ Section for Static Glass

Internal Upright Support Rubbers

Internal Nylon Sliding Glass Base

01491 652085 Window refurbishment - A practical approach Classic style windows are held in by a thick rubber and locking insert, or by a series of screws on to mastic tape and covered with a screw cover (FW029). After removing the windows, the second part of the job is to strip the frame down and renew the internal rubbers, nylons and felts. If you wish you can bring us the frame for refurbishment and then reinstall the windows yourself. Universal Rubber Insert Tool FW003B

Freeman Rubber Insert Tool FW003C

Freeman 28 window Freeman 28 windows are similar to that of the Freeman 22 and 23 range but squared off. Freeman Model

Internal Rubbers

F26 & 25 Chrome Brass F32 Chrome Brass F26 & F32 Aluminium

FW325 FW326 Please Telephone

Freeman Model

Screw Cover Kits (for 6 windows) (Also available by the foot / metre)

F26 & 25 F32

FW305 FW306

Freeman 26 with chrome brass windows.

How to fit window rubbers Part 2

Freeman 26 and 32 windows are usually screwed to the boat like the New Style boats on the following Freeman Cruiser Mastic Tape page. They can be aluminium or chrome brass and simply require the mastic tape and screw cover to Freeman Mastic Code refit to the boat. Tape

15 metre Roll 1 metre 1 foot

Freeman 22 Mk2 front facing windows.

CM018 CM019A CM019

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Front Facing polycarbonate windows

Window Catch FW032

It is important to use polycarbonate windows at the front of the Freeman 22’s and 23’s as glass or Perspex is not suitable.

F22 Mk2 FW057

F22 Mk1 FW055 FW056 - O/S

The front windows have to cope with multiple movements and stress levels. It is therefore vital that the material is allowed to move. This may seem strange as you want the window to be water tight! - The properties of polycarbonate mean that F23 movement is absorbed and it is also resistant to cracking and FW058 shattering. FW059 - O/S

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Windows and Window Rubbers The New Style window range

Freeman Model

There are, unfortunately, four manufacturers of the New Style windows resulting in the same pattern but with different seals. Sending in a sample of your requirement is appreciated and a telephone call helps enormously.

Screw Cover Kits (Excluding Windscreen)

F24 F27 F30 & F33

FW308 FW309 Please Telephone

The New Style Freeman Cruiser range was fitted with this angular style of frame. Some glass is laminated and some is toughened, this also makes a difference to the internal rubber thickness. Some hopper windows are within a frame, others are bare glass with an aluminium top rail. All of these variations affect the rubbers we supply to you, so please be prepared to help us too - alternatively you can bring the frames in for us to refurbish. Internal rubber kits include: ‘U’ Section and flat section rubbers, polypile Screw Cover Code and Neoprene sticky backed absorbent strip, Standard (Per Metre) FW029A depending on model. Large (Per Metre) FW028A Plastic Clip In Screw Cover FW022 Right Hand 4 metre lengths FW030

Caring for your windows and frames Aluminium Cleaner CM079A

Aluminium Polish and Protector CM079

The UV light from the sun appears to deteriorate the rubber making it go hard and brittle. When it leaves black streaks down the boats sides and black marks on your fingers and clothes it is time to change the rubbers. Rubber care helps to keep the rubber more supple for a longer period of time and stain removers are designed to remove the ‘black streaks’ from the boat. 22


Left Hand FW031 Rubber Care CM652

Metal Cleaner CM006

Rain View CM092

Y10 Fibreglass Stain Remover CM324

Black Streak Remover CM078

Plastic Scratch Remover CM047

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Glass windows

Technical Tip: Diamond rings! - The most common cause of scratches in glass. When cleaning windows it is a good idea to turn diamonds around to face the palm of your hand so avoiding scratching / cutting into the glass.

Most Freeman windows are toughened glass built to the marine grade standard BS 857 which has now been superseded by ISOE2. This is a higher grade of glass toughening than is readily available for household windows, for example. We try to carry popular spare toughened glass panels, others are made to order (please supply an accurate template).

Glass Panels

Laminated glass was used on a few of the New Style Range boats but moisture absorbs into the plastic with a capillary action making the glass go opaque (milky). We frequently have to change these for toughened glass.

Windscreen Rubber


Static Glass F22/23 large cabin window FW070 Sliding Glass F22/23 large cabin window FW071 Freeman 22 Mk1 Windscreen FW092 Freeman 22 Mk2 Windscreen FW093 Freeman 23 Windscreen FW094 Windscreen quarterlights made to order.

The rubber between the frame and the glass is either a ‘U’ section or a flat section, having taken the shape of the frame, it is available by the foot or metre.

Windscreen Fittings Original Knurled Whitworth Nut FW034C

Windscreen Clamp Foot - FW090B Windscreen Post Right FW046A

Windscreen Post Left FW046

Windscreen Side Clamp FW090A Windscreen Stay Base Bottom FW039B

Windscreen Stay Base Top FW039A Hood Bar Accessories


Batten Saddle & Screw HF070A Batten Saddle Screw HF071 Knurled M6 Metric Nut FW034A

F22 Mk2 - HT039A F23 - HT039B

Windscreen Skirt Rubber

‘T’ Section FW006 ‘Round’ Section FW007 Inspect the slot at the base of the windscreen, it will either be a ‘T’ section or round ‘O’ section.

F24 Rain Gutters

Port - HT041P

F27 Rain Gutters

Port - HT041AP

F26 - HT039C F32 - HT039D

Starboard - HT041S

Starboard - HT041AS

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Rubbing Strakes Upper and Lower Rubbing Strakes Upper rubbing strakes on Freeman Cruisers come in two basic formats, most boats have wood, aluminium and rubber whereas some of the New Style cruisers have a larger aluminium section and corresponding rubber. The wood comes in 12ft sections and requires mastic tape behind it. The aluminium is also in 12ft sections and is specially softened so that it will take the right angle bend at the stern of the boats, and with care, even the vertical drop for the steps in the deck situations. The rubber is then simply inserted into the aluminium section. Rubber Aluminium Wood Mastic Tape Screw Fixing Model

Wood, Rubber & Aluminium

Rubber only Aluminium only Wood only Wood Entire Boat | Per Metre Entire Boat | Per Length Entire Boat | Per Length Curves

F22 Mk1 F22 Mk2 F23 F25 F26 F28 F30 classic and F32

FW600 FW601 FW602 FW603 FW604 FW605

FW620 FW621 FW622 FW623 FW624 FW625


FW640 FW641 FW642 FW643 FW644 FW645


FW660 FW661 FW662 FW663 FW664 FW665


N/A WP032 N/A N/A WP032A N/A

Wood sections made to order. Brass ‘D’ section by request. Mastic tape, brass screws and varnish are all available to complete your rubbing strake.

Rubbing Strake Curves

Pre-formed wood rubbing strake curves for the Freeman 22 Mk2 and the Freeman 26 make fitting the upper rubbing strake to the stepped deck on these models so much easier. Traditional style rubbing strake

How to fit rubbing strake Download our quick guide to installing rubbing strake.

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01491 652085 New Style Aluminium and Rubber Section The rubbers for the New Style aluminium sections are available in coils or by the metre. Unfortunately the aluminium sections are no longer made, we currently have a few piece for section repairs. If a new rubbing strake is required the traditional wood, aluminium and rubber section can be used. Many of the New Style boats had this fitted originally anyway.

New Style rubber and aluminium

Freeman Cruiser

Rubber Entire Boat | Per Foot

F24 F27 F33 F41

FW031A FW031A FW015A FW017A

Aluminium Cleaner CM079A

Lower Rubbing Strake Whilst the full lengths of lower rubbing strake come in approximately 13ft lengths there are 1 metre lengths with opposite tapers so that you can repair the front and back end sections, which are the most vunerable.

Cleaning Cloth CM014B

Freeman Rubbing Strake


Upper Rubbing Strake repair section - Wood only Upper Rubbing Strake Corner repair kit - Wood, Aluminium, Rubber, Mastic Tape and Screws Lower Rubbing Strake Full Length Lower Rubbing Strake Repair Section Freeman 30 & 32 Top Repair Section

WP030C WP030D

Alternative Rubbing Strakes ‘B’ section rubber can be screwed directly to the boat and are then finished with a screw cover insert. There is also a soft plastic insert on a roll which is in two sections. Section one is screwed to the boat and section two is clipped over. It is soft and pliable, easy to fit but may not have the Freeman image.

FW013 FW013 FW015 FW017

Rubber Cleaner CM652

WP033 WP033B WP031

Brass ‘D’ Section ‘B’ Style Section

Brass ‘D’ Section is sometimes used to cap the wood instead of the aluminium and rubber. This is popular on the Freeman 32 Mk1’s and Mk2’s and the Freeman 22 narrow beam boats. Code

Small Large

FW500A FW500B

FreemanValue Rubber Fender

Rubber Per Metre

‘B’ Section ‘Clip On’ Section

FW750 FW700

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Handrails, Masts and Flag Staffs Handrails Traditional 1� Mahogany handrails are in 9 foot lengths to meet the requirement of the Freeman 23 which has the longest handrails in the fleet. Usually we have off cuts that can be used for smaller rails. Most boats such as the F22 Mk1, F30 and F32 simply use multiples of the handrail length so they can be cut to fit (the aft cabin handrails on a F30 for example are 2 x 4ft 6 inches). Closed Handrail Bracket DF226C

Freeman 23 Mahogany Handrails with Freeman Cruiser Handrail Brackets

Open Handrail Bracket DF226B

Freeman 23 cockpit side oval handrail


Original Freeman Masts are still made in mahogany. Your mast might only need to be refurbished. Scrape the mast down to the bare wood and sand all over for a clean look then repair where necessary. It might be worth renewing the internal mast wire during this process. Complete the refurbishment with two coats of thinned varnish and four coats of neat varnish, lightly sanding between coats. New masts are readily available. Mast Lights



LF29043 WP001C Freeman 22 Mast Handrail

Standard Round

F23 Oval

Stainless Steel 26

WP001A Freeman 23 Mast

WP001 Freeman 24, 27 and 33 Mast

WP001B Freeman 26 and 30 Mast





made to order

Mini Chrome Cleat Useful for Masts and Flag Poles - DF232B Replacement Mast Wire per metre EL711

How to repair a mast Download our quick guide to repairing a mast.

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01491 652085 Ensign Staff (Flag Pole) A British registered civilian vessel is allowed to fly a Red Ensign from the stern, but not the Blue or White Ensign unless you have the appropriate warrant. The 1 yard or 1 1/4 yard are the most popular sizes to fit Freeman Cruisers.

Pulpit Flagstaff - ST046A and Pulpit Bracket - ST047

Ensign Staff


Wooden Short 60cm Wooden Standard 80cm Wooden Long 125cm Stainless Flag Poles Pulpit Flagstaff Pulpit Flagstaff Bracket Stainless Pulpit Flagstaff and Pulpit Bracket

DF232C DF232A DF232D DF292B ST046A ST047 ST046k

An attractive and handy addition to the pulpit rail is the short pulpit flagstaff and bracket. This not only looks attractive but gives a good indication of the direction and strength of wind when you are fine manoeuvring. Pulpit Flagstaff and Pulpit Bracket - ST046K

Red Ensigns

Stainless Flag Poles

Wooden Flag Poles

Mini Chrome Cleat Useful for Masts and Flag Poles - DF232B

Technical tip: Have a loose fitting Ensign staff pole in your socket?! If you place a piece of cardboard as a wedge between the pole and the ensign socket, when the wooden pole gets wet and swells up you can still easily pull the flag pole out of the socket! Freeman Club Burgee


Sewn Sewn Economy




3/4 yard 1 yard (Standard) 1 1/4 yard 3/4 yard 1 1/4 yard 1/2 yard 3/4 yard 1 yard (Standard) 1 1/4 yard

FE035B FE035C FE035D FE034B FE034D FE033A FE033B FE033C FE033D

St George’s Cross Flag


The most popular Freeman ensign is 1 Yard. Ensigns are measured across the top of the flag and are approximate. Where to fly your flag?

IN006 The priority flag is positioned on the starboard yard arm (right hand side!) or at the top of the mast.

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Boarding Ladders & Bathing Platforms Boarding Ladders Boarding ladders make it easier to climb on and off the boat when swimming or boarding a dinghy. Obviously they are a safety feature too as it is harder than you think to re-board a boat if you have the misfortune of falling in. When trying to re-board there is nothing to put your feet against to push yourself up whilst others are helping you out of the water. They also help to give access to the water line for any maintenance such as cleaning or in the event of an emergency, such as removing a rope from around the propeller. There are basically two styles of ladder, fixed or portable.

Fixed Position Ladders

Removable Boarding Ladder Brackets - ST275

Boarding Ladder Bracket WP011C or WP011B

WP009 Freeman Boarding Ladder

Fixed ladders can be attached to the transom (back) or side of the boat or in some cases attached to a bathing platform. Stainless Steel with Wooden Steps


3 Step 5 Step

ST022A ST022AA

ST022C Foldable Stainless Steel with Wooden Step Ladder

Portable Ladders

Stainless Steel with Plastic Steps 180째


4 Step 5 Step

ST210A ST210B

Stainless Steel with Plastic Steps 90째


4 Step 5 Step

ST205A ST205B

Wooden Steps


4 Step


Portable ladders can be stowed aboard out of the way and then easily deployed at various stations around the boat. They are very economical to purchase but as they do not have a permanent securing fixture on the deck they are less stable when climbing aboard.

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Economy Ladders


3 Steps 4 Step

FE7802 FE7803





Stainless Steel


3 Step 5 Step

ST240A ST240C

01491 652085 Bathing Platforms Bathing platforms are available in two popular sizes and can be fitted in a variety of ways. Single bathing platforms can be fitted individually or in pairs, double bathing platforms span the width of the boat. Platforms are usually set fairly close to the water for swimming or boarding a dinghy. They can also be raised slightly higher so that they can be used for storing a dinghy on its side or even storing mountain bikes, generators, outboard engines or spare fuel and gas bottles. Possible bathing platform, boarding and swimming ladder layout options.

Two Single Bathing Platforms with Boarding Ladder and Swimming Ladder

Single Bathing Platform with Boarding Ladder

Wash Down Shower

Single Bathing Platform ST020A

Double Bathing Platform ST020

Double Bathing Platform with Swimming Ladder and Wash Down Shower

Two Single Bathing Platforms with centre Boarding Ladder

Bathing Platform Accessories There are a number of accessories available to complement your bathing platform. For example, swimming ladders attach to the platform and make access to and from the water easier.

Swimming Ladder ST021A

Boarding Step ST270

Swimming Ladder ST021 Wash down showers can be fitted into the stern of the boat and connected to your fresh water system. You can then have a nice clean fresh shower after you have been for a swim.

Freeman 24 fitted bathing platform

Freeman 23 featuring two single bathing platforms and a swimming ladder

Wash Down Shower WA47701

Freeman 24’s, 27’s and 30’s were pre-fitted with support pads in the stern to take the Freeman Bathing Platform and Ladder (ST016A).

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Davits & Outboard Brackets Davits - for your tender Davits are the ‘arms’ usually hung from the back of the boat, on which you haul your dinghy up the stern of the cruiser out of the water - a convenient way to carry your tender. Mr Freeman made specific davits for fitting to the various models of Freeman Cruisers. For the Classic Range boats these davits are made to recess on the transom walk way and can be connected in such a manner that the bearing load can be spread across the transom. The davits for the New Range craft fit vertically on the transom and can be recessed to fit snugly around the distinctive shape of the hull.

Freeman 22 and 23 (HT011) davits have right angle stern fixings - this keeps the height (as shown above). If you put davits on the flat transom you will lose height, as you pull the dinghy up it pulls the boat down, resulting in very little clearance between the boat and the water when raised; an unstable situation can arise. The Freeman 26 and 30 (HT012) davits also fit on the flat deck of the transom but as there is more space on these models the davit base is flat.

Freeman 24, 27 and 33 (HT013) davits are transom mounted with recess so that they can be fitted at the top of the transom around the moulding line (as shown above). These boats are generally already built with internal supports ready to secure Freeman davits.

Non Freeman Davits

It is advisable to place ply wood reinforcements, preferably fibreglassed over, on the interior of the fixing area to spread the load across a wider area. Stainless steel fixing bolts are also available.

Davit Accessories

Stainless steel davits can occasionally be successfully fitted to Freeman’s. They can be folding which is useful if your marina charges extra for the additional length davits make, there is therefore a clear advantage for folding davits as they can be stored away when not in use. Note: Before purchasing, ensure they are a practical solution for your boat. They are often unsuitable, this is why Mr Freeman designed specific davits for specific models.

8M Falls HT021

Davit U Bolt HT024

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01491 652085 Outboard Brackets These can be used to store an outboard engine for your tender and if positioned correctly can be used as an auxiliary engine to push your boat in a limited manner to safety if the main engine fails.

OB210 OB205 Outboard Brackets


Rail Mounted Spring Loaded Spring Loaded Removable Bracket Bracket Fixing Kit

OB205 OB200 OB210 320 320A

320 OB200

Auxilary & Tender Outboards Often a 4 HP engine is a useful size motor for both pushing your tender but may also have sufficient power to manoeuvre a small cruiser to safety.

Gear Oil


SAE 140 EP 90 Gear Lube

ACC19000 ACC17000 CM701

Electric outboards are becoming more popular and more efficient for use within marinas and harbours which do not allow 2 stroke or 4 stroke engines for environmental reasons. They are also handy for fishing and silent cruising. Outboard Engine Oil Code

2 Stroke

1 Litre CM037A 4 Litre CM037B

4 Stroke

Mercury Outboard 2.5hp OB005 Mercury Outboard 3.5hp OB015 Mercury Outboard 4hp OB016 Various others available, please telephone


Electric Outboards Code

Sevylor SBM30


Batteries are available in various sizes and some are more convenient for carrying. Battery Box Complete with built in battery switch, battery condition gauge and a 12v plug socket. BB005

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Dinghies & Accessories Tenders


BF050 Tenders



1.8m Inflatable Dinghy 2.2m Inflatable Dinghy 2.69m Inflatable Dinghy 2.6m Inflatable Dinghy 2.45m Rigid Dinghy 2.55m Rigid Dinghy 2.85m Rigid Dinghy

Grey Grey Grey Red Green Grey Green

BF050 BF052 BF064 BF071 BF005A BF010 BF015A

Inflatable Boat and Fender Cleaner & Protector CM301


Inflatable Dinghies come with: Oars, Seat, Floor Boards and Foot Pump Inflator. Some also include a Carry Bag.

Inflators / Deflators


Foot Pump Inflator Kit

5 Litre BF502 6.5 Litre BF603

High Speed Inflator / Deflator for Dinghies


These rigid dinghies are very low maintenance, double skinned, have rowing and sculling position and can take a small outboard. They are designed to allow you to sit centrally for fishing or swivel around for rowing, with wheels in the stern for transportation; there is even a drinks holder in most models! Available in four sizes from 2.10m to 2.85m and two colours Green or Grey. Paddles



Kayak Paddle

150cm Alloy Paddle

150cm 125cm 200cm Alloy Canadian Alloy two part Paddle








Stirrup Pump BF501A




01491 652085 Electric Tender Outboard Kit


Lower your carbon footprint with this electric outboard and dinghy combination. With the new battery connection box setup is easier than ever. A Typical Kit Includes (As Shown)

- A dinghy ( BF071) of your choice - An Electric Outboard (OB030) - A Deluxe Battery Box (BB005) - A Battery (BB008) Tender Accessories

- Battery Charger (EQ251) - Dinghy Tether (FE350) for mooring - Mooring Rope (RP016) - Foot Pump Inflator (BF502)

For tender fenders see the mooring section.


8mm 3 Strand Rope per metre

RP016 Trailer Bar - EL820


Dinghy Mooring Tether

FE350 Fuel Lines

Hand Bailer BF120 Grapple Anchor 1.5kg 2.5kg 3.2kg 4kg 6kg

FE661 FE662 FE663 FE664 FE665

Universal Engine Stop Key OB190 Fuel line primers are available in various nozzle sizes.

Diesel Cans 10 Litre - TA9148A 20 Litre - TA9148B Fuel Tanks

Refuelling Accessories

Propeller Bag



Small - upto 6hp OB105A Medium - upto 40hp OB105B Large - 40hp and up OB105C

Petrol Can 5L Diesel Can 5L

TA9147 TA9148

Funnel with gauze



22 Litres approx. 12 Litres approx.

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OB115B OB117A


Living & Dining On Board Cockpit Tables Cockpit tables are a handy extra; a comfortable refinement for entertaining and relaxing. The original Freeman cockpit table was a small version of the cabin dinette table which slotted into the cockpit side. These can still be handmade on a bespoke basis. To create your cockpit table you will require: 1. A table top 2. A table top support 3. A table pole 4. A table pole Base

There are also very economic table sets. Pedestals in varying heights are available; on to which the Freeman tables or the non FreemanStyle round or square tops can be mounted.

1. Table Tops

3. Table Pole

Freeman Deluxe Wooden Table Top WP061B

Table Poles

2. Table Top Support Table Top Support


Freeman Wooden Table Top WP061A



60cm Chrome 70cm Chrome 66cm Stainless 70cm Stainless 76cm Stainless

UP014C UP014 UP016A UP016B UP016C

Note, that table pedestal poles are NOT SUITABLE for seating applications. Please find seat pedestals in the seating section. UP601 Table Top Square 60cm x 60cm

How to install a table. Download our quick guide to a new table.

UP602 Table Top Round 60cm

4. Table Pole Base

Folding Tripod Table Stand UP570A

Raised Base

Useful for picnics Recessed and barbecues on Base the river bank Recessed Base Cap

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Table Bases





01491 652085 Dining Ware Place Mats - Non-Slip Table Mats

(450mm x 300mm approx.)

Nautical Dinning Wear



Dinner Plates

1 Plate 6 Plate Set 1 Plate 6 Plate Set

GW840 GW840A GW842 GW842A

1 Bowl 6 Bowl Set 1 Mug 6 Mugs Set

GW844 GW844A GW846 GW846A

Soup Plates 2 Litre Compact Stainless Steel FE204


Almond Black Electric Blue Forest Green Indigo Taupe Burgundy

GW309 GW304 GW306 GW302 GW300 GW305 GW310

Kitchen Appliances

2.7 Litre Stainless Steel - FE205

2 Litre Red FE201A

Washing Up Bowl WA570

2 Litre Blue FE201

Dish Drainer WA560

Aqua Filter WA028A Aqua Filter Refill WA028

Puriclean WA029B


Stackable Glass 1 Glass 12 Glasses Set Beverage 1 Glass Glasses 6 Glasses Set Wine Glasses 1 Glass 6 Glasses Set Champagne 1 Glass Glasses 6 Glasses Set

GW820 GW820A GW822 GW822A GW824 GW824A GW826 GW826A

Folding Dish Drainer WA565

Fresh Water Containment and Treatment Aqua Clean Tabs WA031

Square Bowl

Aqua Source Clear Water Filter WA030

Aquaflow Water Tanks 34 Litre - TA7715 45 Litre - TA7720 25L Water Container WA910

Elsil Water Purifier - CM570 Water Tank Cleaner - CM572

15L Foldable Water Container WA905

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Living On Board Handy small scale items for the galley. These items are boat size not household size and the crockery has a nautical flavour.

Whirligig Dryer BE500 Folding Toaster Rack GW260

Classic Toaster GW261

Hook on Clothes Airer BE501 Hood Bar Hanger BE502

‘Welcome On Board’ Mat GW030

Flag Code Mug GW200

5L Solar Shower WA997

Folding Trolley FE906

Gas Level Indicator GC210

Auto Focus Binoculars GW430 Sailing Gloves Small - CL101A Medium - CL101B Large - CL101C Extra Large - CL101D

Gas Spanners Light - GC101A Brass - GC101B

Sea Searcher High Strength Magnet FE903

Fingerless Sailing Gloves Small - CL102A Medium - CL102B Large - CL102C Extra Large - CL102D 36

Log Book BK5305

River Thames Mug GW200

Solar Trickle Charger 1.5w - EQ261 2.4w - EQ262 4.8w - EQ263

Hand Crank Torch Blue - GW400A Clear - GW400B Purple - GW400C

01491 652085 12v Accessories

Twelve volt accessories are a handy addition to your on board living standards, however heat and 12v are a difficult combination. Do not expect anything like the performance you get from mains supply units. The hair-dryers are good value but not as strong or warm as your one at home.

Recessed Dual USB Socket - EL055

Hair-Dryer EL924B

14cm Static Fan EL5005

3 Way Adapter EL501

Dual USB Charger Plug - EL057

Single Cork Keyring GW021

Double Cork Keyring GW021A

Vacuum Cleaner FE255

4 Way Adapter EL502

Oscillating Fan 15cm - EL5002 20cm - EL5001

Decorative Code Flag Pennants GW910

Tube Heaters 45w - BC001A 80w - BC001B 135w - BC001C

Flo-Up Keyring available in Red, Blue, Black and Clear - GW023

Pirate Flag GW901

Skull & Crossbones Cap GW102 Caps


Captain Ancient Mariner First Mate Dangerous Cargo Knackered Sailor This Way Up Skipper

GW100 GW100A GW100B GW100C GW100D GW100H GW100F

Leather Deck Shoes Various Colours Sizes 3.5 - 12

Sharx Shoes Light Weight and Versatile Sizes 2-13

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Fridges, Cool-boxes & Cookers Fridge or Cool-box? Cool-boxes are good value, portable but do not have thermostats and generally only keep food a few degrees below ambient temperature - it is only going to chill the beer and milk but not preserve the food. A fridge is thermostatically controlled and operates in much the same way as a household fridge. As they are thermostatically controlled they are much more economic on battery usage. This is very important on a boat, particularly on a hot day, when the fridge maybe working over time but you may not feel like cruising to recharge the batteries! D C B A

12 volt Travel Cooler - RF011 E

Top Loading and Portable - RF003

Compact Freeman Fridge - RF008

Freeman Fridge RF006


H Freeman Fridge Large RF002A

G Compact Freeman Fridge & Box - RF008A


A Travel Cooler B Top Loading C Freeman Compact Fridge Suitable for Freeman Fridge Box (WP034B) D Freeman Fridge Suitable for Freeman Fridge box (WP034A) E Freeman Large Fridge F Compact Freeman Fridge & Mahogany Fridge Box G Freeman Fridge & Mahogany Fridge Box 38


Power Supply


25 Litres 14 Litres 42 Litres

12v 12v 12/24v

RF011 RF003 RF008

50 Litres



63 Litres 42 Litres

12/24/230v 12/24v

RF002A RF008A

50 Litres



Freeman Fridge & Box - RF006A

UP004 Helmsman Seat Blue mounted on Freeman Fridge Box with & Freeman Fridge RF006A

240v to 12v power Transformer RF950

01491 652085 Cookers and Grills The most popular Freeman replacement cookers have two burners and a grill (GC054) or two burners, a grill and an oven (GC053). GC053A is a larger version and can generally be fitted to the Freeman 27’s upwards. Whereas the Mini Cooker (GC951) has two burners, internal grill and an oven but can be fitted to a more confined space. Cookers have flame failure devices so that they comply with the BSS and usually can be fitted in the Freeman Range. Hotplate Hob & Grill - GC052

Grill, Hob and Oven - GC053

Hob and Grill - GC054

Grill, Hob and Oven - GC053A

Mini Cooker with Hob - GC951

Spare Grill Pans, Oven Shelfs and Pan Clamps


Spare Oven Shelf GC059A


Oven Glove HW202

Electric Ceramic Griddle - GC080

Pan Clamp for cooker or Hobs GC057A

Some of the most popular pipe work and fittings can be found on the Compression Fittings page. Please note that all gas work should only be undertaken by a gas competent person.

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Seating Hand made in England from high quality materials, the Freeman Seat Range combines classic styling, comfort and quality.

The hard wearing material is finished with edge piping and robust brackets or hinges depending on the chosen seat.

The Freeman Seat range is designed to compliment the styling of all Freeman Cruisers whilst providing exceptional comfort.

Freeman Helmsman Seating The Freeman Seats are available in several varieties and many different colours, the most popular of which are available from stock. Helmsman Seat Blue UP004 Helmsman Seat Large Marble - UP007A

Helmsman Seat Marble UP005

The helmsman seats can be mounted on pedestals, folding frames or even a Freeman Fridge box.

Freeman Navigator Seating The Freeman Navigator Seat is a smaller version of the Helmsman seat and folds very neatly making it practical to pass by down through the cabin doors.

FW013 1� Grip



Blue Marble Marble Large

UP004 UP005 UP007A

Navigator Seat


Blue Marble

UP002 UP003

Freeman Navigator Seat and Folding Side Mounting Frame

UP002 Navigator Seat Blue and UP003 Navigator Seat Marble FW013A 7/8� Flat

Helmsman Seat

Rubber End Feet for seat frame legs

Original Freeman Cockpit Seat on a Freeman 22/23

01491 652085 Mounting your Seat The Freeman seat range can be mounted in many ways including: • On the Freeman Fridge Box • On a Pedestal Mount • Using the Foldable Side Mounting Frame Freeman Fridge Box The Freeman Helmsman seat and Freeman Fridge Box is the perfect combination as it provides a sturdy seating frame in the traditional Freeman Woodwork with space for a Fridge too (available separately). Hand crafted in England and designed in the classic Freeman style the fridge box stands proudly in the cockpit of your Freeman Cruiser. Fixed Height Seat Mounting Ideas


Freeman Fridge Box 70cm Pedestal Pole Raised Base

WP034 UP009

Recessed Base


UP004 Helmsman Seat Blue mounted on the Freeman Fridge Box with fridge

Pedestal Mounting The Freeman Seat range can also be mounted to a pedestal mount. A pedestal mount usually features a base, pedestal and seat support and allows the seat and frame to be completely removed from the boat if required.


There are several designs for pedestals, ranging from fixed height to adjustable and rotating.

Recessed Base Cap


The pedestal kit can also be used for a table stand, installing a flush base to the cockpit floor and using a pedestal and table mount to transform your cockpit into a dinning room! - For further table dining options see the Living On Board page.

Seat Top Mount


Adjustable Seat Mounting Ideas

Seat Clamp Top

Swivel Plate



Slide and Swivel Seat Clamp Top

Height Adjustable Pedestal

Useful for Freeman Cruisers with raised Seating areas such as Freeman 23’s and 26’s.



Fixed Height Pedestal Tube and Base 13” - UP550 15” - UP550A 18” - UP550B

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Seating Foldable Side Mounting Frame

The most popular way for Freeman’s:-

The Foldable Side Mounting frame attaches to the side panel and provides space underneath for a cool-box or other items. When not in use the seat can be folded down against the side panel making this the most suitable option for the navigator’s seat where it is close to the entrance of the cabin doors.

The lightweight nature of the frame kit makes it very easy to fold away; opening up the cockpit and doorway. The frame legs tuck behind the stowed seat.

Navigator Seat stowed away using the Foldable Side Mounting Frame Kit

Freeman Frame Mounting Block UP008A

Foldable Side Mounting Frame


Navigator Seat Blue Navigator Seat Marble Side Mounting Frame Frame Mounting Block

UP002 UP003 UP008 UP008A

The Freeman Frame Mounting Block is used to strengthen the support when the seat and frame is fastened to the side panel. This allows the seat frame to be bolted to the Mounting Block which in turn is screwed to the side panel, thus spreading the load, securing it to the relatively thin 9mm Freeman side panel.

UP002 Navigator Seat Blue and UP008 Foldable Side Mounting Frame Kit

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How to install a Folding Seat. Download our quick guide to installing a new folding seat.

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01491 652085 Recovering Existing Seats

Recovered Freeman 30 Cockpit Seats White and Black

Your existing seats can also be recovered in a wide selection of colours. The seat comes back as good as new, using your existing frame work. Please telephone or call in for details. This is the most effective method for the Freeman 30 and 32 Mk1 seats and the Freeman 26 folding seat as the original hinges are no longer made, the internal woodwork can also be replaced. Please telephone or call in for bespoke colour options which are made to order.

Recovered Custom Cockpit Seats

FreemanValue Seating Mass produced economy seats are available in blue, white or grey. Whilst these are cheaper than the Freeman Seating Range they are made with much thinner materials and hinges. These seats can be mounted in either of the ways previously mentioned - with a bit of extra work!

Optional additional armrests

Economy Seat


Blue Seat Blue Seat Grey Seat White Seat Armrests Blue (Pair) Armrests Grey (Pair)

UP500A UP505A UP505B UP505C UP520A UP520B

Cockpit Cushions and Covers Complete cockpit cushion sets are available (covers & foam), consisting of the seat and the backrest, finished in a fluted material as the original cushion sets were. Covers are also available separately for your existing foam in the fluted material. Please telephone for colour options and patterning as they vary from model to model and are made to order. A set of Stone Cream Cockpit seats (Left) and in traditional Blue (Right).

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Upholstery Cushions Freeman Cruisers were originally made with 5 inch thick foam which is much thicker than other boat manufacturers. Just one of the quality things you paid for when you bought a Freeman but probably did not realise. There are three recovering services available as well as a full bespoke service by arrangement. All three recovering services include the fluted side panels and plain side panels (where appropriate) and piping & zips on each cushion.

View our latest upholstery style guide. Get the latest look onboard from the seasons new trends.

Scan me 1. An economic way of tidying your Freeman is with a Standard Cover Set which consists of sleeves that go over your existing cushions. 2. Recover your existing cushions and side panels in your choice of material. It is useful if you can take note of any ill fitting or misshapen cushions so that the foam can be padded a little before recovering. 3. New 5 inch foam, covered, piped and zipped in your chosen material. It is helpful if you can provide your old base cushions or at least a paper/plastic template of the ‘V’ berth area as the boats were hand made, variations regularly occur. This will allow us to check your pattern against our standard patterns. There are a good number of Freeman materials, textures, patterns and colours which fall in to the set pricing scheme and plenty of other materials that can be used where a price adjustment will be made.

Curtains Curtains are traditionally made of the same material as the upholstery because of the relatively confined area. Of course this is all personal taste but generally, curtain material is too thin for boat windows and the area too small for the contrasts to look smart. Curtains can be lined to keep the sun from fading the material but when drawn make the outside of the boat look dull. We can supply material or produce new curtains as we have most of the Freeman Range sizes. You choose whether they are lined and whether curtain ties are required. 44

Curtain Accessories


Curtain Track Kit Curtain Track Down Curtain Track Side Curtain Track Runners Curtain Hooks Curtain Track End Stops Curtain Wire Curtain Wire Hook/Eye

UP036A UP036 UP036B UP035 UP034B UP035A UP033 UP034A

A new FreemanValue upholstery range is now available as a sleeve set or re-covering existing cushions; they have canvas undersides and no piping.

01491 652085 Bespoke Items There is a vast choice of colours and materials available for roof lining, curtains, ‘V’ berths and cockpit cushions. ‘V’ berth cushions are normally 5” deep, piped and zipped which can match your newly refurbished cruiser. However, if you are adding a ‘V’ berth cushion to an existing boat colour scheme, a plain colour can normally be found to complement your existing interior design. From Sheridan Marine a fully bespoke service for all upholstery can be undertaken, including a complete re-design of the internal layout

Roof Lining Many of the new style range boats are lined with marble vinyl around the window frames, which has a tendency to shrink. They also have a marble foam backed vinyl on the cabin roof which tends to drop. Others boats have the same vinyl mounted to ply wood boards which are connected to the roof with ‘Fir Tree’ Head Lining clips. Unfortunately over time the foam deteriorates and the weight of the vinyl causes it to droop. Do not remove the covering completely before referring to the handbook or phoning the helpline as it is far harder to repair if the vinyl becomes completely detached from the boat’s roof. Vinyl - Linear Metre


Chocolate Brown Marble Marble Foam Backed White White Foam Backed Vinyl Adhesive

UP023A UP023B UP024B UP023C UP024D UP060

Upholstery Maintenance

Mildew Stain Remover - CM321

Upholstery Adhesive - UP060

Head lining clips Small - UP053 Large - UP054

Cabin Winterisation Removing your upholstery from the boat in the winter months helps to eliminate mould and mildew staining your material. Boats are inevitably damp and should be left ventilated if possible to cut down condensation. If it is not practical to remove the cushions, at least stand the large ones on their sides to allow air circulation.

Leaving ‘No Damp’ crystals (CM045A), strategically placed in the cabin to absorb Carpet Cleaner the moisture, helps control the damp CM547 ‘No Damp’ Dehumidifier situation, too. CM045A Odour eliminator helps to remove unpleasant smells without scenting the air. Mildew stain remover can sometimes eliminate stains from upholstery and roof linings.

Interior Shampoo CM655

Odour Eliminator CM330

‘No Damp’ Crystals CM045B

It is surprising how an occasional clean with interior shampoo revitalises the cabin - Do try a test area first.

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Furniture Fittings Original Freeman furniture fittings are still available where practical, a few of the designs have changed slightly over the years and even during the manufacture of Freeman Cruisers! Catches Throwover Catch Right



Door Handles Classic Door Handle


Throwover Catch Left



FF194B Replacement Drawer Handle



Appropriate stay FF192 Throwover Stay




Appropriate stay FF192

Appropriate stay FF192 Throwover Catch Mk1

Budget Locks Right


Throwover Catch and Stay

FF195 Replacement Cupboard Handle Only

Cupboard Handle Kit


T Key

Freeman 32 Mk2 Replacement Door Handle




Keyhole Covers Round


FF193A Pear


Gravely Catch and Plate

FF187 Lifting Rings Rectangle

Door Retaining Catch


The Freeman ‘Special’ Sink Plug


FF210A FF190



FF209C Door Retaining Catch Push Button Catch

FF240 Cabin Hooks 2” Silent Bonnet Fastener and Stay

FF742 & FF233





Throttle Lever


3” Silent





01491 652085 Spring Loaded Hook

Chrome 2.5” Spring Bolt



Chrome Push in Door Knob


Hatch Fastener Freeman 26



Chrome Hinge




Chrome Magazine Rack


2” FF199A 2 1/2” FF199B


Hatch Fastener Screw Type


Chrome Cabin Switch and Back Plate



Horn Push Button


EL005 DF223B

LF047 EL005A


FF9581 Toggle Fastener Angled

FF190B Door Retainer

FF339 Lifting Ring 65x55x10mm

Cabin Tidy

FF9222 Cabin Hook 60mm

FF730 Hatch Fastener

LF047A Switch


300 x 200mm 400 x 260mm

FF901A FF901B

FF801 Hinge 95mmx60mm FF337 Lifting Handle 55x75x10mm FF701 Double Hook Cabin Hook Silent FF300A - 65mm FF300B - 80mm FF300C - 100mm

FF340 Lifting Ring 38x45x9mm

FF335 Lifting 48x63x8mm

FF702 Thin Profile Hook

FF9580 Toggle Fastener

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Freeman Woodwork Cockpit Side Panels and Bulkheads Freeman Ply is available for the refurbishment of your cockpit side panels. If your side panels seem to have faded it might be possible to sand back to the original veneer and re-varnish, on the other hand fresh new boards can be cut and freshly varnished to replace the old ones. Boards are available in 4mm, 9mm or as a veneer on a thin gasket type material which can easily be stuck over damaged sections of woodwork.

Helm Wheels

Replacement helm wheels





Square Foot cut sizes

5mm Veneered Ply 10mm Veneered Ply Veneer Flexisheet

WP012 WP014 WP055

WP012A WP014A WP056

Freeman Elm Ply


Square Foot cut sizes

4mm 9mm

WP020 WP021

WP020A WP021A

Before ordering a helm wheel it is important to check the boss size and taper.

Freeman Step Box

Freeman Fridge Box

Freeman Woodwork


Helm Wheel End Caps


Small - 3/4” od Medium - 7/8” od Large - 1” od

SA120 SA121 SA122

Step Box


Diamond Fawn Top Diamond Grey Top Smooth Grey Top Cabin Hook Cabin Hook Silent

WP003 WP003A WP004A FF9222 FF300B

Flag Poles

Helm wheel end caps come in three sizes! Please check before ordering. Freeman Step Boxes allow easier access to the cockpit and have storage space within. These can also be made in different sizes to order.

Veneer Sheets

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There are a number of varnish types available, some of the most popular are listed below. Favourite varnish is most popular for handrails and rubbing strakes, etc.. Whereas Classic varnish would normally be used for cockpit sides and interior panels. Varnish - Blakes


Favourite 375ml Favourite 750ml Classic 375ml Classic 750ml Dura-Satin 375ml Dura-Satin 750ml Dura-Gloss 375ml Dura-Gloss 750ml

BP010 BP010A BP011 BP011A BP012 BP012A BP013 BP013A

Thinners No.1 Thinners No.2 Thinners No.3 Thinners No.5 Thinners No.6

Surface Cleaner 1L

Original Varnish 375ml Original Varnish 750ml Compass Varnish 375ml Compass Varnish 750ml Schooner Varnish 375ml Schooner Varnish 750ml Goldspar Varnish 375ml Goldspar Varnish 750ml

PA071 PA071A PA078 PA078A PA075 PA075A PA077 PA077A

Varnish - Epifanes

Deks Olje Paint Brushes



Scraper with blade CM016

CM016A CM9114 CM9114A CM9115 CM9115A CM864 CM866 CM867 CM868 CM8311


Gloss Varnish 500ml PA300A Gloss Varnish 1L PA300B Brush Thinners PA350A


Spare Blades (x5) Scraper 30mm 2 x 30mm Blades 50mm 2 x 50mm Blades Wet or Dry Paper P100 P180 P240 P400 Sanding Block


BP021A BP021B BP021C BP021D BP021E

Varnish Accessories Preparation Tools

Varnish - International


D1 (1L) - CM040A D2 (1L) - CM040B


1/2” 1” 1 1/2” 2” 2 1/2” 1/2” 1” 1 1/2” 2” 2 1/2” 3”

PA170 PA171 PA172 PA173 PA174 PA161 PA162 PA163 PA164 PA165 PA166

1” 2” 3” 4”

PA110 PA111 PA112 PA113


White Spirit CM020

Owatrol Paint Conditioner

500ml - CM041 1L - CM041A Rollers & Trays


Roller Handle Short PA200A Long PA200 Rollers 10cm Mini Felt 10cm Foam 10cm Mini Mohair 15cm Felt 15cm Foam 15cm Mini Mohair

PA201A PA202A PA203A PA201B PA202B PA203B

Paint Tray Inserts

Masking tape CM017A

5x 14cm PA250A 5x 18cm PA251A

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Lighting Cockpit Lighting Bringing the classic look into the 21st century; low level cockpit lighting creates ambience and style! - Perfect for cocktails with friends. Add in speakers connected to the boats media system and dreams of the Mediterranean are not so far away!

Dashboard Switch LF046A

Push/Pull Switch EL100

Inline Fuse Holder EL2002

Cockpit lighting - Chrome halogen lights bring additional evening flare to Freeman Cruisers traditional woodwork and chrome fittings.

Lighting Setup Cockpit lighting is simple to install using a switch and an appropriate fuse. Small holes are drilled into the various panels selected for the light fittings, the wires are threaded behind the panels and clipped up where practical. Ambience is the end result, as the halogen lamp rays hit the classic varnish work the warmth of the wood and the depth of the quality workmanship truly shines and impresses your guests. Low level lighting should not affect your view from the helm as you cruise in the twilight. Possible layout of a basic cockpit lighting setup fitted to a Freeman 23 Bow

Stern Light

Step Box Light

Water Tank




Fuse Light

Steering wheel

Fuel Tank

Chrome complete with bulb LF226A 50

Mat Chrome complete with bulb LF227A

Chrome Brass complete with bulb LF225A

01491 652085 Cabin Lighting Original light fittings are available in many cases. We also carefully source look alike classic fittings. Changing the lighting is one of the methods of modernising your cruiser whilst also keeping that traditional comfort on board.

Freeman 22 and 23 Cabin Light - LF001

Freeman 22 and 23 Cabin Light Replacement - LF001A

Cabin Lights Stainless Steel - LF600 Brass - LF210

Wooden Base Light Small - LF1278 Large - LF1280

Countersunk Waterproof Light - LF202 Switched Light Small - LF1008 Large - LF1014 Labcraft Trilite LF204A

LED Cabin Lighting

LED Recessed Nickel Plated Light - LF240 LED Spot Light LF245 LED White Plastic Light LF235

Freeman 22 and 23 LED Cabin Light Replacement - LF001B

Spare Bulbs over leaf

LED Strip Light - LF266

LED Recessed White Plastic Light - LF240

Replacement bulbs are available on the next page.

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Lighting Spare Light Bulbs Incandescent Festoon Bulbs - LF120

Freeman LED Bulb - LF164A

Freeman Halogen Bulb - LF103

Halogen bulbs (LF103) or LED bulbs (LF164A) are easily installed bringing a modern level of lighting into the cabin without having to replace the traditional light fitting.


Incandescent Bulbs LF104A

LED Festoon Bulb - LF133 LED G4 Bulb - LF360A LED Festoon Bulb - LF131A Aqua Signal Navigation Bulb LF497

Freeman Switch LF047


Dashboard Switch LF046A

Fluorescent Tube Bulbs LF170

Classic Navigation Lights During the 1970’s the navigation light regulations changed, some of the original navigation lights became obsolete. We endeavour to carry spares and second hand parts where practical.

Navigation Light Stern LF026

Navigation Light Lens LF027

Navigation Light Spares

Screw LF045

Bulb Holder LF039


Mastic Tape for Gasket

Starboard Lens Port Lens LF056B LF056A

Navigation Bulb LF105

Navigation Light Ring LF028A

Lamp Holder for Mast LF060

Cabin Long Light Replacement Lens LF008

Replacement Lens for Mast Riding Light LF013A

01491 652085 Search Lights

Search Light on top a F23 Rechargeable Handheld Search Light SY008

Stainless Steel Search Light DF244

Remote Control Search Light DF355

Navigation Lights

Classic Deck Plug and Socket LF034 LF080 Port

LF083 Masthead

LF081 Starboard

Classic style chrome plated light set also available in brass

LF019 Port

LF020 Starboard

LF018 Masthead

LF1005 Stern

LF082 Stern

LF014B Masthead

Detachable LED Pulpit Light CH212

LF021 Stern

These navigation lights were generally fitted to the New Style Freemans. If you break a lens, the cheapest option is to buy a black light and swap the lens. Traditional Navigation Light Layout

Emergency Lighting LF023 Port

LF022 Masthead

LF024 Starboard

LF025 Stern

Navigation Lights


Port Masthead Starboard Stern BiColour

LF29049 LF29043 LF29047 LF29045 LF29050

‘Torch battery’ handheld /mountable navigation light set - LF6956.


Stern Starboard

Portable magnetic Tri-colour LED navigation light; ideal for small dinghies - SY261 Also all round White light - SY260

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In Boat Entertainment & Navigation On board entertainment can now include all of the comforts of home from audio systems to television and DVD players.


Relaxing to your favourite music on board whilst sipping a glass of wine in the evening is very pleasant. There are now several easy ways to enhance your cruiser; Radio, CD and even iPod players can easily be listened to on board. The iPod player adapter can be added to the Radio/CD player if required, or supplied already built in to the main unit of your media system. Possible layout of a 2 zone audio system fitted to a Freeman 23 Stern

Bow Speaker Speaker



Radio/CD or Radio/iPod Player

1 Zone System Example


Marine Speakers

Speakers can be mounted in the cockpit or cabin, or indeed both, for personal preference! Modern audio systems have ‘zoned’ speaker areas so that you can select where and how loud music is heard in the various ‘zones’ of your cruiser (cockpit, forward cabin, dinette area and aft cabin - each individually controlled!).

Secondary Control Panel

Remote Control EQ335




Dash Board

Marine Audio Players: • Waterproof • True Zones • Dust/Weather Cover • iPod Dock • CD Player • Radio

A secondary control panel can be added to the system so that the main unit (radio/CD/ iPod) can be controlled from a separate area of the boat i.e. if the primary control unit is in the cockpit the secondary unit can be used to control the system from your sleeping quarters as well!

Secondary Control Panel Speaker

2 Zone System Example

Media System


Fusion Radio/CD Player Fusion Radio/iPod Player Fusion iPod Dock - Addition for CD Player Secondary Control Panel Fusion 4” Marine Speakers Fusion 6” Marine Speakers Sony Radio/CD Player

EQ320 EQ321 EQ320A

EQ335 EQ330 EQ331 EQ300

01491 652085 Televisions What’s different? • Extremely low amp draw - saves your 12v battery! • Built in DVD Player • Carry Case (optional) - completes its true portability! • Computer VGA input • Plays photo DVD’s • Freeview - Digital TV • Wall Mounting Brackets • Available in four sizes 15”/17”/19”/22” EQ435B TV Wall

Aerials, Antennas and Accessories

15” 12v Television - EQ400 and Carry Bag - EQ430

Mounting Bracket

Omnimax TV Aerial - FE011

New age compact Digital TV Antenna - EQ480 New age Digital TV Antenna with Suction Mount - EQ485

Speed & Distance and Depth Logs and Accessories Replacement VHF Aerials and mounting brackets, also complete kits including whip aerials Depth Sounder EQ540 Lowrance X-4 Fishfinder EQ700

Lowrance Elite4X Fishfinder EQ705

Fishfinder with Floating Transducer EQ807

Fishfinder with Handheld Transducer EQ808

Speed & Depth Log EQ520

VHF Radio EQ612

Speed Log EQ521

Speed Log EQ530

Spare Transducers

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Power Batteries Battery power is a problem on any boat as we are generally taking out more than we are putting in! Therefore the first observation is to try and balance your output with your input. Simply checking your wiring and connections will ensure you are making the most of your engine charging system i.e. that the maximum power generated from the engine is getting to the battery. Additional batteries will give you a larger ‘tank’ but this is only advantageous if you are able to keep them topped up. A basic battery switching system will enable some manual control, a split relay will take the manual element out of the equation and an alternator booster will maximise the power produced from your alternator to your battery. A shore power system could allow you to charge the batteries and even run the on board systems whilst you are at the marina or not even on board - only practical of course if your regular mooring has access to a 230v mains power supply. Shore side and on board generators are an additional source of top up power (do ensure these are earthed to manufacturers instructions when in use).

Leisure batteries in various amperage are available

Heavy duty starting batteries in various amperage are available

Very basically, for our practical use, batteries fall into categories. Petrol Start, Diesel Start, Leisure Batteries and Multipurpose. A typical petrol engine start battery would be around 85-90ah, a diesel start 110ah and a leisure battery, which is ideal for draining right down and then charging right back up, are useful for fridges and other domestic purposes. Multipurpose batteries can be used for light engine cranking as well as leisure products. Batteries need to be secured from movement, ventilated, the terminals need to be covered. Preferably batteries should be stored in an acid proof container. Ready made battery boxes are available to meet these criteria. Battery Boxes


Small Large Battery Straps Positive Terminal Cover Negative Terminal Cover

BB003 BB003A BB140 BB221A



‘The 12 Volt Bible for Boats’ Book BK5501


Inverters are an easy and inexpensive method of obtaining limited mains power on your boat from the existing battery source.

Pro Power Inverter EE506 Can Inverter EE505 Portable Power Pack - Jump Starting! 580120

Battery Charger EQ253C

01491 652085 Battery Chargers Built in Chargers (EE560 and EE550) Single Battery Switch with removable key for security EL010


A range of fittings and terminals, cables, fuses and fuse boxes together with battery split relays are also available.

EQ250 Portable trickle chargers EQ251

Dual Battery Switch with multiple selection EL013

Solar Power Solar power is beginning to make a practical headway for boating. Small panels are now very economical and will trickle charge your battery constantly. Larger panels are now able to create a more useful contribution to running appliances, such as fridges, but do have to be run through a regulator.

Fuse Panel EL402

Solar Trickle Charger - EQ261

Shore Power

An input socket is connected to the fused control board with integral RCD and is then subdivided into one or more circuits. This can then run conventional mains power sockets, a battery charger, fridge, a hot water immersion heater, on board background heaters or media systems. Do remember that a normal boat supply will be limited to 1 or 2 kilowatt, you are not going to achieve all the comforts of home at one time! Typical Freeman shore power accessories are shown below.

Mains Multi Adapter - EL226

Mains Leads 10m - EL215 25m - EL216

Mains Trailing Socket - EL220

Mains Hook Up Adapter - EL221

Mains Angled Socket - EL222

RCD - EL200A

Mains 3 Pin Socket - EL223A

Mains 3 Pin Plug - EL223

Mobile Mains Kit with RCD EL201

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Heating A heating system in a boat not only increases the comfort on the summer evenings but also effectively extends your boating season. There is nothing more exhilarating than cruising along the river admiring the frosty banks and viewing the wildlife on a winters day. All of this can be achieved by adding a heating source into the cabins and cockpit. Nowadays heaters are fully controllable on a thermostat and powerful enough to make a difference. Unfortunately there are limited methods available to us, as catalytic heaters and portable appliances are not recommended. Note that lighting the gas oven or burners as heating is also not to be recommended as dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up. On a practical note we are faced with diesel or gas powered heating. The two well known makes of diesel heaters are Eberspacher and Webasto, both of which we can offer at a discount. If you have a diesel engine these should be considered as the fuel supply is simple, although they do need to be started very regularly even in the summer months as most problems occur due to under use.

Gas Heating Possible layout of a Propex gas heating system fitted to a Freeman 23 Bow

Stern Hot Air Venting Hose for First Outlet

Additional Closing Vents can be added

and Subsequent Outlets Constantly Open Air Outlet

Constantly Open Air Outlet

Steering wheel

Flue Pipe Exhaust Skin Fitting

Optional Route for Inlet Air - Vent and Hose


Cabin Thermostat

Water Tank


Gas Box Housing

Must be suitably sited away from gas vent

Fuel Tank

People have often been cautious of gas, particularly on a boat or caravan. Whilst we should not be complacent with any of the fuels, the relatively new regulations regarding gas mean that manufacturers have brought out good balanced flue (self contained) heating and water systems. These are self contained within their own compartment, sucking fresh air in and exhausting fumes directly outside the boat and therefore are as safe as any other heat source. Gas heaters have the advantage of relatively easy installation. Particularly on petrol engine boats where there is no diesel supply and you already have a gas system. If you were to fit a diesel powered heater on a petrol engine vessel you would have to build a complicated and expensive fuel tank and supply system to meet the current regulations. A gas heating system is also very economic to run; low levels of gas are consumed. Often overlooked the 12/24v draw on a gas heater is lower than with a diesel heater and with limited battery power available on a boat this is very important. Some of the most popular pipe work and fittings can be found on the Compression Fittings page. Please note that all gas work should only be undertaken by a gas competent person.


01491 652085 Freeman Cruiser heating packages

Hot air vent hose, outlets and splitter. Thermostat

Exhaust Pipe

Heater Unit




Heating System

2000 - 1 Outlet 2000 - 2 Outlets 2000 - 3 Outlets E N G I N E E R E D F O R 2800 - 1 Outlet C O M F O R T & R E L I A B I L I T Y 2800 - 2 Outlets 2800 - 3 Outlets





Heat Input:


Heat Output:



12V or 24V versions

Current Consumption: 1.9A continuous running Air Throughput:

85 C.F.M.


Butane or Propane Gas


12v Code

24v Code

BC100A BC105A BC110A BC115A BC120A BC125A

BC100B BC105B BC110B BC115B BC120B BC125B HS2000



Propex reserve the right to change or modify features and specifications without notice.

HS2000 Average consumption 3.9kg propane cylinder 4.5kg butane 13kg propane 15kg butane 19kg butane 47kg butane 904 Camping gaz (1.81kg) 907 Camping gaz (2.72kg)

Exhaust Skin Fitting



Heat Input: 2,1kW Heat Output: 1.9kW Voltage: 12V or 24V versions Current Consumption: 1.4A continuous running Air Throughput: 60 C.F.M. Fuel: Butane or Propane Gas



142 grams/hour 27.5 hours 31.7 hours 91.5 hours 105.6 hours 133.8 hours 331.0 hours 12.75 hours 19.0 hours


Average consumption Gas3.9kg & Electric propane cylinder 4.5kg butane 13kg propane 15kg butane 19kg butane 47kg butane 904 Camping gaz (1.81kg) 907 Camping gaz (2.72kg)


142 grams/hour 27.5 hours 31.7 hours 91.5 hours 105.6 hours 133.8 hours 331.0 hours 12.75 hours 19.0 hours

2000E - 1 Outlet 2000E - 2 Outlet 2000E - 3 Outlet

BC100C BC105C BC110C

Additional Outlet Kit


HS2800 225 grams/hour 17.5 hours 20.0 hours 58.0 hours 67.0 hours 84.5 hours 209.0 hours 8.0 hours 12.0 hours

225 grams/hour 17.5 hours 20.0 hours 58.0 hours 67.0 hours 84.5 hours 209.0 hours 8.0 hours 12.0 hours

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Water Systems It is surprising just how many boats do not have hot water, it was taken to be a real luxury until the late 70’s. It was not until the 80’s that it began to become a standard feature. Technology is such that it is quite easy to retrofit a hot water system - the parts are even cheaper than they were! As it makes for more comfortable cruising why not consider it? Firstly, assess what you already have. You may be able to use some of your existing fittings, the pump and pipe work for example. Possible layout of a basic hot water system fitted to a Freeman 23 Hot and cold taps or mixer tap option

Fresh cold water

Water pump

Water Tank

‘Y’ connector

Pressure relief valve


Non-return valve



Preheated water from the engine


Skin fitting

Fresh hot water

Steering wheel

Fuel Tank

Assuming you are following the layout above (there are other methods) you will need a calorifier as the heart of the project - this is available as a set with fittings or as a basic tank. The taps are the second consideration as these affect the choice of pump. Some taps have micro switches installed in them which switch the pump on and off as you open and close the tap, while others rely on the tap being opened, the pressure in the system drops and this activates the pressure switch which runs the pump. Having decided on a method that suits you, the engine connections are the next consideration. Then it is simply a matter of connecting the system together with the relevant piping, wiring, junctions, fixings & fastenings.

Mains Electric Supply Most calorifiers can have or sometimes come with an immersion heater and if you have shore power this can allow you to warm the water via the electric supply whilst you are moored up, much like your immersion heater at home. 60

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At the heart of the operation is the calorifier, it is the source of your hot water. The calorifier is a tank through which your heated engine water circulates, transferring heat and producing hot water for your fresh water system. The complete calorifier (WA040) is probably the simplest one to fit on a new installation from Freeman 22’s through to Freeman 28’s.

WA042 and WA042A




18L Tank Complete

- Electric Immersion Heater - Pressure and Temperature Safety Valve - Fresh Water Pipe Fittings - Foot Mounting Brackets Tank Only, Fittings will be required Tank Only, Replacement for F24’s & F27’s Tank Only, Replacement for F30’s - F33’s - Electric Immersion Heater - Pressure Safety Valve - Foot Mounting Brackets


18L Tank Only 8 Gallon Tank 20 Gallon Tank 15L Tank Complete 20L Tank Complete

WA040A WA036 WA038 WA042 WA042A



Hot, Cold and Mixer Taps Not surprisingly, as with everything in life, there is a choice! - There are various styles of single hot and cold taps, but you might find a mixer tap more convenient. Most faucets can swivel, so they can be moved out of the way as the sink flap is raised or lowered. Pressure Taps Information Code Classic Single Tap - Folding faucet Taps can basically be separated between those - Swivel faucet that are electrically operated and those which are Classic Mixer Tap Modern Curve Single Tap - Chrome finish pressure operated. Modern Round Single Tap Modern Round Mixer Tap WA066B



WA065B WA066B WA060 WA060A WA061A

Traditional Hand Pump WA061A

WA065B Electric/Pressure Taps

Contents (includes micro switch)


Single Elegance Tap Mixer Elegance Tap

Cold or Hot - White plastic finish Standard neck - White plastic finish Long neck - White plastic finish Extendable pipe for shower use Folding faucet

WA050B WA051B WA052B WA053B WA075A WA075B

Mixer Shower Tap Single Micro Switch Tap Double Micro Switch Tap WA050B



Pump Service Kit Body Kit

WA001 WA003 WA003A


WA075A Single and WA075B Double Micro Switch Taps

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Water Systems Pumps The water pump pressurises the system, drawing water from the water tank and forces the water directly to the cold taps and through the calorifier to the hot taps. For a smaller boat system electrically operated taps are a popular choice. The Nile, Amazon or Aquaflow pumps might be considered to operate this. For a larger system (pressurised) the Par Max or Shurflo ranges which vary in power and pressure, are suitable. Interestingly there is now a pump (WA295) which makes it more economically practical to fit a pressurised system on smaller boats.


In-line Pump WA007A

In-line Whale In-line Pump Pump WA280 WA006A

In-line Pump WA008B



Niagra Inline Nile Inline Amazon Inline Whale Inline Par-Max 1.9 Par-Max 2.9 Par-Max 3 Par-Max 3.5 Par-Max 4 Low Pressure

WA007A WA008B WA006A WA280 WA295 WA296 WA293 WA294 WA297 WA200

Low Pressure Pump - WA200 Par Max Pumps 1.9 - WA295 2.9 - WA296 3 -WA293 3.5 - WA294 4 - WA297

Various connections will be required when fittings the system, these are largely standard but pipe lengths will need to be calculated depending on the routes chosen.

‘Y’ Connector, Non-return Valve and Skin Fitting




Water Hose

Cold (Blue) per metre Hot (Red) per metre Engine (Black) per metre ‘Y’ piece Stainless Steel

JB061A JB061B JB065A PF682 WA100 WA048A PF822 PF823 Various JB025A

‘Y’ Directional Pipe Non-return Valve Pressure Relief Valve Skin Fitting Hose Clip Hose Clip Rubber Caps

Hose Clips and Rubber Caps

Water Hose

Connecting the Engine

1/2” 3/4” Stainless Steel

More advanced and larger systems may include an accumulator tank which evens the water pressure as the tap is opened & closed and reducing the risk of hot water splashing.

The inlet and outlet pipes from the calorifier carry the hot engine water. These pipes will need to be connected to the engine (see manufacturers instructions). They are normally arranged in such a way that the hottest water is harnessed from the outlet of the thermostat and then fed back in on the cold side of the internal water pump, if the engine has one (indirect system), or towards the exhaust outlet if it is a direct cooled system. Some direct cooled engines do not have thermostats, this maybe worth adding to increase the temperature of the water available to the calorifier in order to heat your fresh water more successfully but this should only be done if there is a bypass relief valve (which can easily be added to most engines). 62

Accumulator Tank and WA292 Pump - WA9269

WaterMota Crossflow Engine Relief Valve Kit W3200

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With the introduction of hot water to your Freeman it is quite easy to transform the toilet compartment into a shower room with a wash basin. A sink tucks neatly into the corner of the room and it is simple to extend the water supply from the galley. The waste water can be directed through a skin fitting in the side of the boat. The corner sink can be incased by using Freeman Ply to construct an attractive vanity shelf and even a mirror can be installed. If you choose a combination shower head you can further enhance the project by installing a shower. Although there is sometimes limited practical space, it is often quite adequate for an all over body wash. If you have a chemical toilet this could be temporarily moved into the cabin to allow a more practical space for a full shower area.

Shower and sink basin conversion in a Freeman 23 using WA020 Corner Sink White and WA053B Elegance Shower Mixer Tap

A shower tray can be built quite easily by using the shape of the bottom of the boat as the basic mould for constructing a suitable base from fibreglass, and finishing off with gelcoat (simpler than it sounds!). Using Freeman rubbing strake wood, a foot platform can be simply made to raise your feet out of the waste water. The waste water is then pumped out (whilst you are showering) through a skin fitting on the side of the boat. The last remaining task is to waterproof the splash zone. You can, of course, re-panel the bathroom area with a choice of laminated board but an easier and cheaper way is to run some corner beading around the joints and then paint the area with clear epoxy resin/varnish. This allows you to keep the Freeman traditional colour but the area now becomes wipe clean and it also helps to protect the wood from water ingress.

Corner Sink White - WA020

Freeman 22 to 26 Rectangle Sink - WA024 ‘Special’ size Freeman Sink Plug WA027

Shower Mixer Tap - WA053B

Sink Waste Plug Chain - WA549

Sink Waste and Plugs

Gas and Diesel Systems

Stainless Steel Sink WA022A

There are two further possibilities of heating your water, one is through a diesel heating system (a wet system), this is best suited to narrow boats and very large cruisers and is not usually the first choice for the Freeman range.

Fibreglass Kit - HT032 Trummer Gas Water Heater

Secondly, a balanced flue gas boiler is now available which complies with the current regulations. They are, realistically, the only choice for an outboard driven boat. They can be considered on a Freeman as they are very efficient and you do not need to run the engine previously to generate heat to warm the water, however a calorifier utilises free energy and is virtually maintenance free.

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Toilet Systems There are basically three popular toilet systems available for a Freeman Cruiser.

Chemical Toilets Toilet

Porta Potti Qube 335 with Hold Down Kit

Information Code -Waste Hold Capacity: 10L -Flush Water Capacity: 10L


-Dimensions: A = 315mm B = 382mm C = 342mm

1. Firstly, the basic chemical toilet such as the Porta Potti, Elsan or Dometic which can, in a few Freeman models, extend into a cassette system. 2. Secondly, the new vacuum toilet system. 3. Thirdly, a traditional pump out system. The Porta Potti 365 has the largest holding tank and therefore is the most popular. The Porta Potti 345 and the Dometic are a little smaller and are good for Freeman 22’s and A 23’s - they give a bit more leg room! Toilet



Porta Potti Qube 365


Porta Potti Qube 345 -Waste Hold

Capacity: 12L -Flush Water Capacity: 15L

Porta Potti Excellence Elsan Blue 2L - CM050A 4L - CM050B

A wide range of Porta Potti’s are available including electrical flush and cassette toilets - please phone for details.

Mini Toilet Brush TT908

Vacuum Toilets

-Dimensions: A = 414mm B = 427mm C = 383mm


-Dimensions A = 338mm B = 419mm C = 379mm

Aqua Kem Blue 1L - CM510A 2L - CM511 1L Dosage - CM510B

Information Code -Waste Hold Capacity: 21L -Flush Water Capacity: 15L

-Waste Hold Capacity: 21L -Flush Water Capacity: 15L


-Dimensions A = 458mm B = 419mm C = 450mm

Aqua Rinse 1.5L - CM520B

Thetford Bathroom and Toilet Cleaner for plastics - CM551

Porta Potti Excellence For use with Thetford Hold Down Kit Porta Potti Excellence Toilets Only

Rapidly Dissolving Toilet Paper CM051B


Galley Shower Cleaner CM500

These have a china toilet bowl with an effluent pipe going to a conveniently positioned tank (cassette), under the cockpit floor boards for example. The toilet is flushed using a vacuum, with the waste being sucked into the removable cassette. Spare cassettes can be carried on board and emptied at general sanitary stations. A 12v supply is required to run the vacuum pump. 64

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Pump out toilets are a more luxurious convenience. The project starts with the toilet, of which there are four basic varieties: • Hand pumping toilet with ceramic bowl (most popular) • Electric pumping toilet system • Vacuum suction toilet system • Electric pumping toilet system with macerator - Space is as much of a controlling factor as cash flow!

Jabsco Regular Bowl Toilet

Jabsco Lite Flush Toilet with foot operated flush

The effluent (Black Water) is pumped into a holding tank which is usually situated under the starboard forward berth. Sometimes the tank can be situated under the cockpit floor, however this means running the pipe for a long distance behind the galley. The fresh rinse water is supplied via the toilet seacock, which was generally factory fitted and is usually located under the forward ‘V’ berth or in the bilge under the cabin floor, depending on the model. If this was not pre-installed they can easily be fitted, the boat does however have to be out of the water.


Useful additions to the basic system

Pump Out System Parts & Spares Hose 1 1/2” Waste and 3/4” Rinse


Toilet spares, including seals, pump assemblies and hoses are available, including for most obsolete models - ‘S/L’, ‘RM’, Lavac and Blakes - please telephone.

A pump out deck fitting will also be necessary for the shoreside suction emptying facility. If you are considering a pump out system it is essential to ensure that there is a sufficient number of pump out facilities on your waterway so that you don’t get caught short!

Pump Out Deck Fitting

Information Code Jabsco Compact Bowl Toilet TT010

Micro Vent Filter TT055

• Micro vent to filter odours over board • Rinse deck fitting which aids flushing the tank and creates a vacuum break • Vent loop to prevent siphoning • Basic depth gauge to notify you before a tank becomes too full for use! • ‘Y’ valve to allow discharge at sea in permitted waters. Tank Level Indicator

Holding Tank Plastic or Stainless Steel made to order

Deck Filler Key



Filter Element TT055A Toilet Spares

Rinse Deck Fitting TT057

Vent Loops 3/4” TT059



1 1/2” TT059A

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Bilge Blowers & Bilge Pumps How to install a bilge blower

A bilge blower is a useful safety device that sits neatly below deck and vents out engine fumes that can build up beneath your feet!

Download our quick guide to installing a bilge blower.

The easiest way to try and prevent the build up of these fumes is to install a bilge blower with adequate vent hose and a skin fitting which will allow the fumes to escape from your boat.

Possible Installation

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Bilge Blower - EC016

Possible layout of a bilge blower and bilge pump fitted to a Freeman 23


Water Tank

Bilge Blower fused Switch

Engine Tray


Bilge Pump


Skin fitting vent suggestions Venting Hose

Steering wheel

Bilge Blower

• The inlet for the bilge blower ducting can be positioned in a relevant location in your engine compartment. • The bilge blower can be positioned in the most suitable location, either for easy access or hidden away for aesthetics. Bilge blowers can also be used to draw fresh air in, usually by inverting the motor. Note: All bilge blowers should be ignition protected. • The external cowl vent and the switch should also be positioned in the most suitable location. It is important to keep within the BSS guidelines during installation. The bilge blower wiring and ducting should be well clear of the bilge water level, of the fuel lines and should be appropriately insulated, switched and fused.


Fuel Tank

Must be suitably sited away from gas vents or heating induction

Typical Bilge Blower Kit Bilge Blower Kit


1x Bilge Blower 2x Bilge Blower S/S Screws 1x Cowl Vent 4x Cowl Vent S/S Screws 1x Metre of Mastic Tape EC015 4x Metre of Ducting 3x Cable Ties 1x Push/Pull Switch 2x Metres of Wire 1x Electric Connection Block 6x Ducting Fixing Kit

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Cowl Low Profile DF310 Bilge Blower - EC016




Bilge Blower Ducting

12v Semi Rigid - Clear Flexible - Black Low Profile - Chrome Wide Profile - Chrome Freeman Switch Push/Pull Switch Twin Core High grade mastic sealant for Cowl Vent for Bilge Blower

1 EC016 per metre EC017 per metre EC017B 1 DF310 1 DF9289 1 LF047 1 EL100 per metre EL710 per metre CM019A roll CM018 Dependent on purpose

Cowl Vent Switch Wire Mastic Tape Stainless Steel Screws


Flexible Ducting EC017B

Semi Rigid Ducting EC017

Freeman Switch LF047

Bilge Pumps Rule-Mate Bilge Pumps

Rule Bilge Pump and Float Switch

Whale SuperSub Smart 650 Bilge Pumps EC362

Whale Orca Bilge Pumps


Rule 360 Rule 500 Manual Pump Rule-Mate 500 Automatic WA624 Rechargeable Rule-Mate 750 Automatic Portable Pump EC330 Rule-Mate 1100 Automatic Float Switch Hand Bilge Pumps Short - EC002 Long - EC002A

Whale Orca 500 Whale Orca 950 Whale Orca 1300

2-Way Bilge Pump Switch - WA753

3-Way Bilge Pump Switch - WA752



12v 360GPH 12v 500GPH 12v 500GPH 12v 750GPH 12v 1100GPH 12v, 24 & 36v

WA3551 WA37555 EC306A EC306B EC305C WA750

12v 500GPH 12v 950GPH 12v 1300GPH

EC355A EC355B EC355C

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Engine Room


How to do a basic service

Crossflow or Pre-Crossflow, that is the question! Both types of engine carry the names Sea Wolf and Sea Tiger. Many of the service parts are slightly different for the Crossflow and Pre-Crossflow engines and therefore it is important to have a basic check.

Download our quick guide to a basic engine service.

The Sea Wolf name is used on the 997 Pre-Crossflow and the 1100 Crossflow engines and the Sea Tiger name is used on the 1500 Pre-Crossflow and 1600 Crossflow engines. How to tell the difference - The Pre-Crossflow engine has the carburettor on the Port side of the boat, on top of the exhaust manifold. The Crossflow engine has the exhaust manifold on the port side of the boat and the carburettor ‘across’ on the starboard side of the boat.

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Popular Petrol Engine Servicing Kits WaterMota Crossflow Engine Service Kit WM505

Basic Petrol Contents Engine Service Kit

Sea Wolf Sea Tiger

Additional regular service items

Oil Filter Fan Belt

- Points - Spark Plugs - Condenser - Oil Filter - Rotor Arm - Water Pump Impeller / - Service Kit - Rocker Cover Gasket - Exhaust Bend Gasket - Carburettor Service Kit

WaterMota PreCrossflow Engine Service Kit WM505A

Spark Plugs Rotor Arm


Contact Set

On the Pre-Crossflow engines of both versions the carburettor is directly on top of the exhaust manifold. On the Crossflow version the exhaust is on one side, the carburettor the other, hence the gases cross the head and the term ‘crossflow’ becomes apparent.

WaterMota Crossflow Service Manual BK002

Shown here is the easily removable side panel to give access for engine service on Freeman 22’s and 23’s. The panel is usually held in place by a handful of screws. Most Freeman’s have something similar to aid access for servicing. 68

WaterMota Pre-Crossflow Service Manual BK001

Perkins, Nanni, Ford, BMC, Thornycroft Engine Service Kit


Pre-Crossflow Crossflow Perkins 4107 Perkins 4108 JGM Thornycroft 4 Cyl Thornycroft 6 Cyl Sabre 80 Sabre 120 Sabre 180

WM505A WM505 EP100 EP105 EJ100 EG500 EG505 EG520 EG523 EG526

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Reference should always be made to the engine manufacturers handbook for specific servicing details. A general engine service would include an oil and oil filter change. Petrol engines may also require new spark plugs, together with the high wear elements in the distributor; the contact set and condenser. Check the belt for tightness and wear, and change the water pump impeller. Check the batteries. Check all fuel and water pipes and joints for signs of wear or seepage. You may wish to clean the fuel filter and change the element (if fitted), clean the carburettor and the air filter. Adjusting the tappets and timing is also a good idea as this helps the smooth running of the engine. A basic diesel engine service might include an oil and filter change, fuel filter change, cleaning the air filter and changing the water pump impeller and as with the petrol engine service checking all other ancillary items. Occasionally the fuel injection pump and injectors should be serviced.

Most diesel engines have a fuel filter similar to the one shown, the centre part should be regularly replaced.

Oil Change

Oil Filters - 2 Types

An annual engine oil change is best achieved by sucking the oil from the sump using an oil sump pump. Oil residue in the bilge can be absorbed with a drip pad or small oil absorbers.

Disposable spin off filter Paper Element Filter is housed in a metal canister

WaterMota Oil Filler Cap WM050

Economy Oil Sump Pump EC011B

WaterMota Oil Sump Pump W1470

General Oil 15W 40

Classic Oil 30



Diesel Oil Common Oil Filters 15W 40 Perkins 4107 CM034C Perkins 4108 BMC - JGM Thornycroft 6 Cyl Sea Panther

Oil Absorbers


Small Absorber


Large Boom Absorber


EC047 EC048 EC045 EC052 EC041

Siphon Pump Kit EC394

Oil Extractor EC860

Drip Pad

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Engine Room Engine Bay Makeover What a difference a clean bilge makes. It looks smart, makes the boat look cared for and helps to identify early symptoms of leaks, etc.. Most Freeman Cruisers came Hempel Bilge Paint with mid grey bilge paint and white is used in some other White - BP025A areas. It is a very robust paint that can be easily applied. Mid Grey - BP025B The best way to clean the bilge before painting is with a proprietary bilge cleaner, de-greasing as far as practical. How to maintain The paint is specially designed for this purpose and will the bilges cover greasy parts that other paints will not stick to! Download our quick guide to basic bilge For the BSS it is usually necessary to have an enclosed maintenance. engine tray. This can often be achieved by simply International building a small dam behind the gearbox coupling, it just Danboline Bilge Paint requires a GRP kit (HT032) and a piece of ply wood. Scan Grey - PA030A me Red - PA030B Sound Proofing

EC150 Sound Proofing Mat Sound Proofing


Full Sheet Half Sheet

EC150 EC149

There is a selection of sound proofing available, a mid range (as shown) is a practical quality for general Freeman use. It is easily applied with its self adhesive backing. Remember engines need air to run, so be sure to leave enough natural ventilation.

Traditional Gauges Chrome bezel traditional gauges are generally 2� (51mm) with the exception of the Rev Counter at 3 1/2� (90mm).


Formula One Bilge Cleaner CM340

Sea Safe Bilge Cleaner CM004

Bilgex Degreaser CM046

Electrical Gauges



Amp meter Amp meter Volt meter Fuel Gauge Fuel Tank Sender Oil Gauge Oil Sender Oil Gauge Temperature Gauge Temperature Sender Temperature Sender Temperature Gauge with Sender Rev Counter Clock

-30a +30a -60a +60a 12v - Earth - Earth

Glass Fibre Kit HT032

EC024 EC025 EC026 EC021 EC021A EC028 Various Mechanical EC027 Electric EC023 Popular EC023B Various Mechanical EC022 Petrol Engine EC032 EC029

01491 652085 Winterisation - Lay up

It is essential to protect your engine and sea cock prior to any winter freeze. Details are found in the relevant boat engine manuals and the Freeman helpline maybe useful to you. Storage Seal CM025

Crystal Dehumidifier CM045A

Antifreeze 1L CM027 5L CM027A

Crystal Refil CM045B

Fuel Additive and Protection

Unleaded & Petrol Additive:

Fight Diesel Bug:

Star Tron Diesel Additive CM029A

Ez-to-Store Diesel Additive CM024B

De-ionised Water 1L CM028

Diesel Water Absorber CM024C

Morris Lead Substitute CM039A

Star Tron Petrol Additive CM029

Ez-to-Store Petrol Additive CM024

Freeze & Release Spray CM390

Millers Lead Substitute CM039

WaterMota Petrol Engines


Steering cables need to be monitored regularly, especially where they run around the pulley wheels and these should be greased (Freeman 22, 23 and 26). Occasionally this cable will need replacing (SA101). Freeman 24, 27 and 28 cables have, unfortunately, now changed in manufacturing style It is usually necessary to change the cable, the head and rudder end bracket if a major problem occurs - Parts are available. The steering boxes on the rod and pinion mechanism used on the Freeman 30’s upwards can usually be serviced by special order.

Foot Mounts A variety of foot mounts are used in the Freeman range, generally these are changed in pairs. Usually the aft ones wear first, especially if oil or bilge water has contaminated them. Bilge water also deteriorates exhaust and log hoses.



Exhaust Hose As the engines are water cooled, a rubber flexible exhaust hose connects the engine to the transom exhaust outlet allowing a mixture of cooling water and exhaust gasses to be dispersed overboard. This mixture deteriorates the hose internally Exhaust Hose Code / m in the same way as 1 1/2” id JB051 bilge water affects 1 3/4” id JB052 the outside. Regular 2” id JB053 visual inspection is required, the log hose Other sizes by request in particular should be exchanged on a regular basis.

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Engine Room Gearbox, Water Pumps & Engine Spares J-Type Full parts and servicing is available at Sheridan Marine and many problems can be discussed on the helpline - it is helpful if you have a copy of the J-Type Handbook (BK003) to hand to cross reference the same schematic. The only regular maintenance on a J-Type gearbox is to check the oil level and change the oil using engine oil, NEVER EP90.

BK003 J-Type Handbook

Occasionally the clutch plates will need adjusting as over the years they wear slowly and the reverse band may need tightening. Most common service parts are the bell housing seal (N7010), rear seal (Direct Drive - L220, Reduction L601) and top gasket (L090). When you can no longer successfully adjust the clutch plates a new set of clutch plates and a split cone will be required.

Waterpumps A full range of Jabsco and Johnson pumps and spares are available. The pump number can be found on the face plate of your pump which is a useful confirmation when ordering parts. Engine

Service Kit


New Pump

WaterMota Pre-Crossflow WaterMota Crossflow Perkins 4107 / 4108 Vedette JGM Thornycroft 4 Cyl Thornycroft 6 Cyl Sabre 80 Sabre 120 Sabre 160 Sabre 212

J001 J051 J101 J151 J201 J251 J301 J351 J401 J451 J501

J002A J052A J102 J152 J202 J252 J302 J352 J402 J452 J502

J040 J090 J140 J190 J240 J290 J340 J390 J440 J490 J540

Water in the oil? Water pumps (cam driven) are the biggest source of water getting into your oil sump, do not automatically assume the head gasket has blown if this occurs. You generally need to change the pump seals and O ring which come in the service kit or can be supplied separately. 72

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WaterMota Petrol Engines

W2420 Crossflow Manifold


W0851 Air Filter

W0130 Pre Crossflow Manifold W1890 Exhaust Bend Gasket

Comprehensive Range of

W1980 Thermostat

Service Parts

N3580 Block Drain Tap

W1080 Thermostat Cover

N1500 Manifold Gaskets N3921M Core Plug

W1900 Exhaust Bend Cranked

S78T Exhaust Bend Short Turned Down

N3021M Core Plug

S78 Exhaust Bend Short W0170D Double Flange

N1710 Manifold Drain Tap

W0170 Single flange

W1051 Crossflow Cover Gasket

W3030 Pre Crossflow Cover Gasket

W1720 Pipe Connector

Plugs, Points and Condenser

Most Freeman Cruisers were fitted with a Jabsco water pump, a few have Johnson water pumps. Looking at the face plate will give you the make and the pump number which will help us to send you the right parts first time! New Pumps:- Eventually after several service changes the water pump bodies and/or shafts become worn and a new pump is required. Replacement pumps are stocked, please be sure to give us as much information regarding the pump and engine as possible.

Impellers - Carry a spare! As impellers go around continuously at half the speed of the engine they can disintegrate at any time, particularly if they run dry; for example if the sea cock becomes blocked or restricted. It is a job that can easily be undertaken by yourself or another boat owner and carrying a spare could save you calling out an engineer on a Sunday afternoon!

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Boat Safety Scheme Popular items required to complete the adjustment of Freeman Cruisers to comply with the Boat Safety Scheme are listed below. You do not need to change any of the major features of a Freeman to comply, the helpline is available for members. Unfortunately, every Freeman Cruiser was individually made and has subsequently been individually maintained and ‘modernised’ so it will have to be inspected on its own merit.

Fuel hose

Fuel Pipe

Flexible fuel pipes generally have to be changed to the ISO7840 standard or an accepted equivalent. The end fittings are the problem, being imperial sizes and often of a different size at one end to the other.

The fuel filler hoses generally needs to be changed. We do have suitable hoses in most imperial sizes to fit Freemans. When changing a hose do check both ends, they are not always equal. 2 1/4” both ends is most popular however some are 2 1/4” at the tank end and 2” at the filler end. Shown above is a standard fuel Larger sizes are also available. pipe with straight even ends, usually in 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8”.

Shown below are two of the range of pipes made particularly for Freeman Cruiser requirements.

Petrol fuel tanks need to be top fed. We offer a modification service which blanks off the bottom feed and converts the supply to top feed, a bonding lug Vent hoses were normally is added and the tank is pressure provided on a Freeman but they now need to be as high as the tested and certificated. filler. The most practical method maybe to ‘goose neck’ a hose by connecting a new, longer hose to the existing fittings and supporting it correctly. Bonding wire earth strap generally needs to be upgraded providing a connection between the fuel filler, tank and suitable earthing point, usually the rudder stock. 74


Freeman gas systems were originally fitted to the standards of the time on which the current rules are based. So assuming there is no deterioration or modifications it is generally a case of changing the flexible hose to BS3212-2 and providing a test point (now allowed in the gas locker) and then testing the system.

Bubble testers are also acceptable but can only be successfully fitted in limited situations. They are more expensive than a test point but do allow the owner to carry out basic leak tests frequently. Often the original cookers are past their ‘sell-by-date’. As most parts are no longer available a new cooker with flame failure device may have to be installed.

Please note that all gas work should only be undertaken by a gas competent person.



Whilst most Freeman Cruisers met the ventilation requirements of the day, usually with a mushroom vent in the roof, this almost certainly needs increasing. The amount of ventilation required is directly related to the kilo-wattage of the appliances, the number of people on the boat and whether appliances are of a balanced flue type. Therefore each boat needs it’s own calculation (Suitable permanent ventilation already present can of course be included).

Batteries should be installed, preferably in an acid proof container, such as a ready made battery box. Battery boxes come with a lid to cover the terminals, as required by the BSS, and can be strapped down to prevent movement too. Whilst battery boxes are ventilated you may need to add a suitable grid to allow any hydrogen to escape from the boats battery enclosure. As hydrogen rises, grids should be at the top of the enclosure to aid the gases escape.

As a very general rule of thumb, the average Freeman requires two newer style mushroom vents (DF249A), and suitable lower vents. The lower vents should be installed lower than the lowest burner. On many Freeman Cruisers they can be fitted into the lower part of the cabin door (taking into account any canopy / cockpit restriction to the fresh air supply).

Boats where you step down into the cabin (i.e. Freeman 27, 32, 33) may need to duct in fresh air, possibly from the ‘Freeman’ side air vents, into the cabin space. Do remember aft cabins, even without appliances installed, should have suitable ventilation related to the number of berths.

Each battery should, ideally, have an isolating switch suitable in amperage for the draw demand. Many boats have the simple ‘red key’ switch (EL010 as shown above). Freeman 27’s and 33’s were generally supplied with the metal butterfly switch; which is still available. Many owners like to install a rotary switch with multiple positions, this allows easier control of your battery system for both charging and usage. It is common to see overloaded fuse boxes as gadgets are added. Often it is necessary to provide a new fuse box to allow one circuit to each fuse. Cables need to be suitable for their demand and secured away from fuel and gas lines and generally clipped and tidied. Occasionally on the very early F22 Mk1’s we still find cloth covered wiring which should be replaced.

01491 652085 Fire Extinguishers These need replacing or servicing, they need to be of the designated size, relevant to the length of the boat and suitable for both A and B fires to the prescribed definition of the BSS. They also now need to be in current date.

Fire Blankets

A fire blanket to BSEN1869 is also required if there are cooking facilities aboard. This should not be positioned directly over the cooker as it would be difficult to get to in the event of a cooker fire.

Engine Tray

To contain dirty bilge water contaminated with oil and any engine residues an engine tray is required. On most Freemans this is easily obtained by constructing a small bilge dividing wall between the gearbox and stern gland using GRP Kit HT032. Bilge pumps should also be removed from the engine tray if effluent can be directly discharged overboard.

Labelling Battery, gas and fuel turn off points should be visible or well labelled.

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Skin Fittings & Compression Fittings Compression pipe fittings are available in a vast array of sizes, many of which are stocked in the shop. We specialise in imperial sizes, generally found on the Freeman Cruisers. Listed here are just some of the most popular fittings.

Straight Joints Skin Fittings

Test Points Copper Pipe

Fibre Washers Hose Connectors


Olives - Brass - Copper

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Taps Bubble Tester

Pressure Relief Vale

End Plugs

Gas Lockers


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Fixings & Fastenings Screws Code Stainless Steel Countersunk Head

4 x 1/2 4 x 3/4 6 x 1/2 6 x 3/4 6 x 5/8 6x1 8 x 1/2 8 x 3/4 8x1 8 x 1 1/4 8 x 1 1/2 8x2 10 x 3/4 10 x 1 10 x 1 1/2 12 x 1 1/2 14 x 3/4

560018 560020 560022 560026 560027 560028 560031 560032 560036 560045 560046 560063 560039 560041 560044 560048 560050

Self Tapping Screws

Screws Code Stainless Steel Raised Head

Screws Code Stainless Steel Pan Head

4 x 1/2 6 x 1/2 8 x 3/4 8x1 10 x 1 12 x 1 14 x 3/4

560019 560023 560034 560037 560042 560047 560049

Wood Screws Screws Brass Countersunk

4 x 1/2 4 x 5/8 6 x 3/4 6x1 6 x 1 1/2 8 x 1/2 8 x 3/4 8x1 8 x 1 1/2 8x2 10 x 2 10 x 2 1/2 10 x 3 Split Pins - Stainless Steel

560017 560021 560024 560025 560029 560030 560033 560035 560038 560040 560043 560055

Screw Cup


6 Stainless Steel 8 Stainless Steel 8 Brass 10 Stainless Steel

560051 560052 560053 560056


560001 560002 560003 560004 560011 560005 560006 560007 560008 560060 560010 560054 560009 Code

1/8 x 2 SS019A 5/8 x 2 1/2 SS019B 1/4 x 4 SS019C Various others available 78

4 x 1/2 4x1 6 x 1/2 6 x 3/4 6x1 8 x 1/2 8 x 3/4 8x1 10 x 3/4 10 x 1 10 x 1 1/4 12 x 1

Ideal for holding boat hooks!

Brass Cable Clips


5mm 10mm 15mm 20mm 22mm

56439 56440 56441 56442 56443

Nylon Cable Clips


4 - 6mm 6 - 9mm 9 - 14mm 14 - 22mm 22 - 30mm

56277 56278 56279 56280 56281

Maclow Clips


12mm 15mm 19mm 25mm 32mm 35mm

583670 583671 583672 583673 583674 583675

01491 652085 Machine Screw Code Stainless Steel Pan Head

M3 x 12 M3 x 25 M4 x 25 M5 x 50 M6 x 25 M6 x 40 M8 x 40 M8 x 50 M8 x 60 M8 x 70 M8 x 75

560101 560102 560160 560107 560166 560112 560115 560116 560118 560165 560119

Bolts - UNC Steel

M5 x 25 M5 x 40 M5 x 50 M5 x 65 M6 x 25 M6 x 40 M6 x 50 M8 x 25 M8 x 35 M8 x 50 M8 x 60 M8 x 65 M10 x 25 M10 x 40 M10 x 50 M10 x 65

Machine Screw Code Stainless Steel Raised Head

M4 x 12 M4 x 25 M5 x 25 M5 x 40

560103 560104 560106 560161

Washers Stainless Steel


M3 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10 M12 M16

560202 560204 560206 560208 560210 560212 560214 560309

1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 1/4 x 2 5/16 x 1 5/16 x 1 1/2 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/2 3/8 x 2

Machine Screw Code Stainless Steel Countersunk

560105 560109 560108 560130 560162 560111 561111 560113 560114 560163 560117 560164 560121 560122 560123 560124

Bolts - UNF Steel

1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 1/4 x 2 5/16 x 1 5/16 x 1 1/2 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 1/4 3/8 x 1 1/2 3/8 x 2


56500 56501 56502 56503 56504 56505 56506 56507 56508 Code

56600 56601 56602 56603 56604 56605 56606 56607 56608

Nylon Lock Nut Stainless Steel


M6 M8 M10 M12

560222 560215 560217 560216

Wing Nut




Nut Stainless Steel


M3 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10 M12

560201 560203 560205 560207 560209 560211 560213


Studding - per metre Stainless Steel


560950 560960 560951 560952 560953

M3 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10

560301 560302 560303 560304 560305 560306

Penny Washers Stainless Steel


Dome Nut Stainless Steel

M6 x 25 M10 x 30 M10 x 35 M12 x 35

560313 560220 560221 560311

M3 M4 M5 M6 M8

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Hoses, Fixings, Sealants & Bulbs We carry many more fixings and electrical fittings than displayed, including: spade connectors, switches, fuse boxes, wire and pipe connectors.

Hose Clips Stainless Steel and BSS Certified


9.5 - 12mm 11 - 16mm 13 - 20mm 14 - 22mm 17 - 25mm 22 - 30mm 25 - 35mm 30 - 40mm 35 - 45mm 35 - 50mm 40 - 55mm 45 - 60mm 50 - 70mm 60 - 80mm 70 - 90mm 80 - 100mm 100 - 120mm 120 - 140mm 140 - 160mm

JB001 JB002 JB003 JB004 JB005 JB006 JB007 JB008 JB009 JB010 JB011 JB012 JB013 JB014 JB015 JB016 JB017 JB018 JB019 Hose Clip Rubber End Caps


6.8mm 11.5mm 12.6mm 16.5mm 23mm 26mm

EE0331 EE0332 EE0333 EE0334 EE0335 EE0336

Cable Ties (Each)


100 x 2.5mm 140 x 3.6mm 200 x 4.8mm 300 x 4.8mm 370 x 4.8mm 510 x 9mm 80

3/4” Blue Braided 3/4” Red Braided 3/4” Clear Braided 5/16” Clear Braided 3/8” Clear Braided 1/2” Clear Braided 1” Clear Braided 1 1/4” Clear Braided 1 1/2” Clear Braided

JB061A JB061B JB060D JB060A JB060B JB060C JB060E JB060F JB060G

Hose Clip Band Stainless Steel


Per metre Connector Starter Kit • 1 metre of Band • 1 Connector

JB020A JB020

U Bolt


Stainless Steel


6mm 8mm 10mm

561073 561072 561074


5mm s/s 5mm 6mm 8mm 10mm 11mm 12mm 13mm 16mm 19mm

56200 56220 56221A 56222A 56223A 56225 56224 56226 56227 56228

Carbine Hook

Stainless Steel

Code Snap Shackle

561001 561002 561003 561004 561005 561006




Cable Conduit

Hose (per metre)

Stainless Steel


87mm 128mm

56253 56255

50mm 60mm 70mm 80mm 100mm 120mm

HT048 HT048A HT048B HT048C HT048D HT048E

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Mastic Tape

Roll (15m) Per Foot Per Metre Sikaflex 290DC 300ml Black Sikaflex 291i 300ml Black Sikaflex 291i 300ml White Sikaflex 291i 300ml Brown Marine Silicone 78g Handy Pack Sealant Clear 310ml Refill Marine Silicone 78g Handy Pack Sealant White 310ml Refill Marine Silicone 78g Handy Pack Sealant Black 310 Refill Creeping Crack Cure Hylomar Red


CM018 CM019 CM019A CM200 CM201A CM201B CM201C CM023A CM022A CM023B CM022B CM023C CM022C CM915 CM074



12v 2w Bayonet 12v 5w Bayonet 12v 10w Bayonet 12v 12w Bayonet 12v 20w Large Bayonet 12v 10w Aqua Signal Bayonet

LF107 LF106 LF105A LF105 LF104 LF495

12v 10w Festoon 12v 21w Festoon 12v 10w Aqau Signal Festoon (x2)

LF120 LF126 LF497

Fluorescent Tube 6w Fluorescent Tube 8w Fluorescent Tube 13w

LF170 LF171 LF172

12v 10w Halogen Bayonet 12v 5w Halogen G4 12v 55w Halogen 10-30v 10w - Warm White LED MR11 - Soft White

LF103 LF155 LF159 LF160A LF160B Many other bulbs are available.

CM018 Freeman Cruiser Mastic Tape Roll

78g Sealant Handy Pack and 310ml Refill

Fuses - Ceramic


5 amp 8 amp 16 amp 25 amp

EL1305 EL1308 EL1316 EL1325

Fuses - Blade


5 amp 10 amp 15 amp 20 amp 25 amp

EL1405 EL1410 EL1415 EL1420 EL1425

Fuses - Glass


1 amp 2 amp 3 amp 5 amp 7 amp 8 amp 10 amp 15 amp 20 amp 25 amp 35 amp 17amp Cont. 35 amp Blow

EL1001 EL1002 EL1003 EL1005 EL1007 EL1008 EL1010 EL1015 EL1020 EL1025 EL1035 EL1017A

Fuse Box


2 Way 4 Way 6 Way 8 Way

EL030 EL031 EL032 EL033

Fuses Glass Small


2 amp 3 amp 5 amp 10 amp

EL1102 EL1103 EL1105 EL1110

In-line Fuse Holder EL2001

In-line Fuse Holder EL2002

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Underwater Fittings Inspection When the boat is out of the water for its winter lay up it is a good opportunity to check its underwater gear. If replacements are required, refer to the Freeman Owners Handbook. If you are uncertain call the Freeman Owners Helpline.


Propeller Shaft

Look at the propeller, Check that the propeller small chips and nicks shaft is running true. can easily be filled and cleaned. Anything worse than this and the propeller should be removed and sent to us for refurbishing A simple visual check and re-balancing; they by placing a sharp usually come back looking point (nail, pen point, like new. etc.) on the centre of the shaft and revolving the propeller by hand (with the engine disabled to avoid any chance of starting!) will highlight any bad oscillation. Normally a new propeller is only Skin Fittings required if the old one Skin fittings, is seriously damaged, particularly the bolts particularly at the boss should be monitored (the centre point where the for corrosion. blades meet), or electrolysis has set in. Look for signs of ‘pinkness’ and tap the propeller blade to see if it has an unfortunate dull thud or a healthy ‘ring’.

Rudders Rudder stocks can split at the fork where the blade joins and should be examined. Sometimes the rivets loosen and the blades need to be tightened. The Gaco seal lies at the top of the rudder shaft. It does not normally need changing unless water is permeating through. However, the rudder should be greased regularly using the grease cap on top of the shaft. 82

Cutlass Bearing & ‘P’ Bracket

Propeller Nut & Pin The propeller nut and split pin should be checked for corrosion, tightness and condition.

Check for excessive movement on the cutlass bearing. On average this needs to be changed every 10 years or so. The rubber wears allowing excessive movement of the shaft, which could eventually cause expensive damage to the shaft and gearbox.


Anodes should also be monitored as their function is to wear away; they may need replacing.

Zinc anodes in fresh water often become covered in calcium and should be wire brushed so that they will work again in salt water.

Keel Inspect the keel for damage. Especially examine any fibreglass sheathing which maybe pulling away from the wooden keel underneath. This may need repairing. (Some boats do not have a GRP sheathed keel).

Magnesium anodes are best for fresh water. Aluminium anodes are a relatively new product and can solve the corrosion protection problem if you are frequently sailing in brackish waters.

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Freemans were generally manufactured with bronze underwater fittings, this helps to limit electrolysis and corrosion. It is when you mix the metals, for example when introducing stainless steel or aluminium to the underwater gear that problems are greatly accelerated. There are a number of different types and shapes of anodes. Boats moored in salt water are usually fitted with zinc anodes and magnesium anodes are usually best in fresh water. Aluminium anodes are becoming increasingly popular as they are suitable for use in brackish water and often a good compromise. Shaft Anodes Code Hull Anodes Code Anodes need to be exchanged regularly and common replacements are listed here. Shaft and rudder anodes are very easy to fit and can give peace of mind to those boats not kept in a seriously corrosive area. If you are installing a completely new anode system please telephone the helpline for information.

1” Magnesium 1” Zinc 1 1/4” Mag 1 1/4” Zinc 1 3/4” Zinc 1” Ally 1 1/4” Ally

Log Hoses & Gland Packing

Magnesium Zinc

SG040A SG040B

Rudder Anodes


Magnesium Zinc

SG041A SG041B

Shaft Knife SS023

Log Hose

Gland Packing

SG036A SG036B SG037C SG037B SG039B SG036D SG037D

Locking Wire

Sea Cocks

Stern Gland Grease


Freeman Thick K99 Thin

CM031 CM031B

Gland Packing & Locking Wire


1/4” Gland Packing 5/16” Gland Packing Locking Wire

SG028A SG028B SG026

Replacing Gland Packing is one of the most common jobs to be undertaken, please refer to the Freeman Owners Handbook (BK008).

Sea Cock Parts


Filter - Short Petrol Engine Filter - Long Diesel Engine Sea Cock Cap Sea Cock Cork Washer Gate Valve Petrol Engine Diesel Engine


GV072A GV072B GV070 GV071 GV077A GV077B

Log hoses age, particularly when covered in bilge water, and should be changed when they become too soft or start showing signs of deterioration. This job must be done whilst the boat is out of the water. Log Hose Diameter




2” 2 1/4” 2 1/4” 2 1/2”

4” 6” 4” 10”

22 Mk1 22 - 28 26 30’s

SG025A SG025B SG025C SG025D

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Painting - Antifouling Antifouling, or bottom painting, is an important task that helps maintain your boat and can aid in the prevention of osmosis. Antifoul paint is specially designed to erode away gradually while the boat is moving through the water washing away foul matter like algae and mussels that attach themselves to your boat whilst it is moored up. It is generally a good idea to wash off the boats bottom, prepare the surface and re-paint with a coat of antifoul every year. However some people tend to do this every other year as a financial compromise. Whilst this can be done during the season it is more economic to undertake as part of the scheduled winter storage out of the water.

Pre-antifouling Routines A Freeman 24 after a season afloat, algae and calcium has built up.

Underwater Primer

After washing the foreign matter from the bottom it maybe necessary to scrape off any calcium deposits using a bottom cleaner (CM082); this will also help to remove stubborn dirt and algae. Some gelcoat may be showing through the old antifoul so it is important to prime these bare patches using Underwater Primer (BP031).

Choosing Your Antifouling Having prepared the bottom, choosing the antifoul best suited for your boating area and pocket is the next task. Whilst there are many special antifoul paints, the most popular on Freemans is a high grade paint. The most popular Freeman colours are True Blue, Red and Souvenirs Blue. High Grade Colour

Code 2.5L

Code 750ml

True Blue Dark Blue Souvenirs Blue Red Black White Grey Green

BP044B BP044H BP044A BP044C BP044D BP044G BP044E BP044F

BP043C N/A BP043A BP043B BP043E BP043D N/A N/A




Bottom Cleaner


Underwater Primer


Underwater Primer 750 ml 2.5L


BP031 BP031A

Boat Bottom Cleaner - CM082

There is also a lighter grade antifoul which is kinder to your pocket but not as hard wearing or strong and a new range of very economic antifoul in a small range of colours. Medium Grade Colour

Code 2.5L

Red True Blue Souvenirs Blue Black

BP070A BP070B BP070C BP070D

Economy Classic

Code 2.5L

True Blue Black Souvenirs Blue Red Brown

BP075A BP075B BP075C BP075D

01491 652085 Average Freeman Re-Antifouling Requirements • 750ml Antifoul Primer (BP031) • 2.5L Tiger True Blue Antifoul (BP044B) or Tiger Red Antifoul (BP044C) OR a cheaper version, • 2.5L Broads True Blue Antifoul (BP042A) or Red/Brown Antifoul (BP042B) • Masking Tape (CM017A)

How to apply antifoul paint

Masking Tape CM017A

Download our quick guide to the basics of antifouling.

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Freeman Cruiser Bottom Painting If a boats bottom is left in the water too long mussels and algae build up uncontrollably making the boat less efficient to run in both speed and fuel economy. The wildlife becomes established, especially when you are not using the boat.

Boottop (Waterline) Boottop paint is specially formulated to be a cosmetic finishing line which lies on the very high wearing area (the waterline) of your boat. It is a highly scrub-able paint and therefore more resistant to wearing away. Boottop

Code 375ml

Red True Blue Black Volvo Grey White

BP040A BP040B BP040C BP040D BP040E

Initially as you run the boat the mussels and weed will be swept away, but this thins the antifoul coat hence the bottom should be washed and re-coated regularly. As well as becoming inefficient, a coating of algae, such as above, induces moisture into the hull structure. Here we have a boat which is covered with not only wildlife but calcium too. The only remedy is to wash, scrape, prime and antifoul.

Freeman 27 freshly washed and coated.

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Painting - Hull, Superstructure & Deck Deck Painting Originally Freeman Cruiser decks had a non-slip finish which was achieved by mixing granite grit under the gelcoat finish, this however wears flat over the years. It is not practical to re-surface this with gelcoat, it is generally covered with deck coating mixed with anti-slip granules. You can personalise your boat by choosing from the range of ‘deck coating’ colours. For the classic boats white is traditional but grey or blue is a frequent alternative. The Stone Cream Deck Paint, which is the traditional colour of the New Style Range of Freemans, is manufactured especially for us. Surface Cleaner BP023

How to apply deck paint

Deck painted Freeman 26 with Antislip Granules.

Download our quick guide to the basics of deck painting.

Non-Slip Deck Coating BP080A

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White Light Grey Mid Grey Pale Cream Navy Blue

BP080A BP080B BP080C BP080D BP080E

Freeman Stone HT046 Granules


Anti-slip Granules BP009


Multicoat Paint BP037E

Cockpit and Deck Covering

New Style Freeman Cruisers used Fawn Diamond Treadmaster in the cockpit area which is still available and can be renovated using Treadmaster’s Treadcote, a specially formulated paint which regenerates discoloured Treadmaster flooring. The Grey Flat Treadmaster is ideal for recovering Classic Style Freeman Cruiser Cockpit flooring. Self adhesive step pads make a useful, easy to apply, foot step and are in a range of colours: however the original Freeman Black Step Pads, to fit in the chrome plated Foot Plates are FW009. Treadmaster

275x135mm 550x135mm 412x203mm 1200x900mm

Fawn Diamond Grey Diamond Grey Flat Blue Diamond Black Diamond White Sand Diamond Light Blue Diamond

FW101A FW101B FW101C FW101D FW101E FW101F

FW111A FW111B FW111C FW111D FW111E FW111F

FW110A FW110B FW110C FW110D FW110E FW110F

FW100A FW100B FW099A FW100D FW100E FW100F





01491 652085 Painting the Hull and Topside



Hand painting a hull or superstructure can easily give you a similar finish to spraying these days. Rolling and laying off using Brilliant Enamel paint with a paint conditioner is far cheaper than using two pack paint and with far fewer complications!

White Off White Polar White Cream Pale Grey Black Britannia Blue Souvenirs Blue Bordeaux Red

BP007A BP007C BP007D BP007E BP007F BP007J BP007K BP007L BP007S

As with deck painting, preparation is everything, particularly if the boat has previously been painted. Sanding back to a firm foundation, de-greasing and cleaning with Surface Cleaner should provide a suitably keyed surface for the application of two coats of Primer Undercoat and two coats of Brilliant Enamel; sanding and cleaning between coats as required. Once complete, the final touch is a set of adhesive names and a coat of polish.

Gelcoat Repairs Original Freeman Gelcoat colours are available in: Gelcoat Colour


Stone Cream Light Cream Bronze Sheen Mid Buff Navy White Catalyst

HT026 HT028 HT030 (Trade) HT029 HT031 (Trade) HT027 HT031A

The most popular colour scheme for the New Style Range Freeman’s is a combination of Stone Cream for the hull and Bronze Sheen for the dark brown line.

Thinners Freeman Gloss


Brown Stone Cream

HT047A HT047B

It is important to use good quality thinners and the correct thinners, even standing your brushes in poor quality thinners can adversely affect your final finish.

GRP Repairs and Projects Gelcoat Tip: Clean and prepare the surface. It is best to mix small amounts of gelcoat, building up two or three layers if necessary and lightly sanding between coats. All too often people try to fill a large area in one go, resulting in a major sanding project which tends to damage a wider area and make more work.

Gelcoat Filler (HT036) is a very handy product for those corner chips and knocks on the bow which seem to occur regularly.

Glass Fibre Filler HT036A

Glass Fibre Filler is useful for light fibreglass repairs and for filling drill holes, for example after refoaming the internal roof.

Epoxy Resin (HT901A) is useful for underwater, as well as topside repairs. The Glass Fibre Kit has a multitude of uses, small repairs, bilge dividers and re-attaching bow lockers; to name a Glass Fibre Kit - HT032 few.

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Fenders Bow Fenders

H 28cm x W 15cm x D 13cm White - FR9184 Blue - FR9185

H 38cm x W 28cm x D 10cm Blue - FR005 White - FR005A

H 56cm x W 38cm x D 13cm Blue - FR006 White - FR006A

Straight Fenders

FR007A Medium and FR006A Large White Bow Fenders on a Freeman 23






Economy Straight Colour Fenders with rope

Small Medium Large

Size (cm)





(L x Dia.)

Blue 13x50 White Blue 15x60 White Blue 21x62 White

The average Freeman has three long fenders down each side. If further protection is required, two or four round fenders hanging from the pulpit rail to protect the flare of the bow and corner fenders are a popular addition. Bow fenders protect the nose, particularly when mooring close to other vessels.


D Straight Fenders


H 48cm x W 31cm x D 20cm Blue - FR007 White - FR007A

FR001B FR001C FR002B FR002C FR011 FR011A



Size (cm)

F Code

(L x Dia.)

Blue White Blue White Blue White Blue White Blue White Blue White White White White

Blue Top Fenders 46cm x 14cm - FR620 57cm x 18cm - FR630 66cm x 20cm - FR640

25 x 9 (Pair) 43 x 11 46 x 14 57 x 13 57 x 18 66 x 20 74 x 22 76 x 23 91 x 33

FR016 FR016A FR017 FR017A FR014 FR014A FR012 FR012A FR013 FR013A FR018 FR018A FR457A FR459A FR301A

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H 28cm x D 18cm Blue - FR015 White - FR015A

H 40cm x D 36cm Blue - FR009 White - FR009A

H 52cm x D 40cm White - FR431

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Corner Fenders

H 30cm x D 23cm Blue - FR008 White - FR008A

H 36cm x D 20cm Blue - FR420 White - FR420A

H 67cm x D 56cm White - FR432

135 x 145 x 90mm Blue - FR004 White - FR004A

150 x 100 x 53mm White - FR490 Blue - FR490A

Fender Accessories

Information Code

Economy Fender Rope - White (Pair)

6mm 8mm

FR025A FR025B

Short Fender Ropes 8mm

White Black Navy

FR029A FR029B FR029C

Long Fender Ropes 8mm

White Black Navy

FR030A FR030B FR030C

Rope Sealing Ends

4mm 8mm 10mm

RP352 RP353 RP354 FR900

Fender Inflator Kit

Applying a new set of names is an easy task these days. We can provide laser cut vinyl adhesive names in a variety of colours, with or without shading, in a extensive range of type settings.

Fender Rope

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Mooring Ropes & Accessories Mooring ropes Whilst there is no set standard as to the lengths of ropes required on a cruiser. As a practical rule of thumb for inland cruising it is helpful to have a pair of 8m ropes at the stern (back) and one or two 10m ropes at the bow (front). Regarding the thickness, 10mm is convenient for boats up to about 30ft and 12mm from 30ft upwards. If the rope is too thick it does not allow space on the cleats to double tie for instance. Advice should be sought from your local waterways for your particular area requirements.

Popular Ropes - Per Metre


8mm Braid on Braid White 10mm Braid on Braid White 12mm Braid on Braid White 8mm 3 Strand Navy 10mm 3 Strand Navy

RP020 RP021 RP022 RP012 RP025

A comprehensive range of ropes supplied by the metre can be found on our rope stand.

3 Strand Ropes

White 3 Strand Rope 10mm x 8m - FR050 10mm x 10m - FR051

Navy Blue 3 Strand Rope 10mm x 8m - FR050A 10mm x 10m - FR051A

Black 3 Strand Rope 10mm x 10m - FR051B 14mm x 10m - FR071B

White Braid on Braid Rope 10mm x 8m FR039 10mm x 12m - FR040 12mm x 14m - FR041

Navy Braid on Braid Rope 12mm x 8m - FR031B 12mm x 10m - FR032B

Navy Braid on Braid Rope 10mm x 10m - FR044A 12mm x 10m - FR046A

Black Braid on Braid Rope 10mm x 10m - FR044B 12mm x 10m - FR046B

Braid on Braid

White Braid on Braid Rope 12mm x 8m - FR031 12mm x 10m - FR032

Pulpit Bracket Rope Holder - SY005

Rope Accessories


Whipping Twine RP397


8mm Nylon RP500B 10mm Nylon RP500C 8mm Aluminium RP510B

Heat shrink rope ends Place these over the ends of your rope, warm them up and they will shrink wrap your rope ends to stop them fraying. 90

Splicing Nuts


8mm 9mm

RP380A RP380B

01491 652085 Anchors and Accessories Anchors


8lbs 13lbs 18lbs 22lbs

FE001B FE001C FE001D FE001E



1.5kg 2.5kg 3.2kg 4kg 6kg

FE661 FE662 FE663 FE664 FE665



1/4” Chain Per Metre 5/16” Chain Per Metre Anchor Chocks Plastic Anchor Chain Rope

FE004 FE005 FE006 RP023

Folding Pad Eyes 1500kg Break Load - 56100 2200kg Break Load - 56101

Quayside Accessories Mooring Hammer

Mooring Stakes

FE024A Galvanised Cleats



Galvanised Bollards

Lump Hammer

Mooring Stake High Visibility Cover

Lock Key

Three Head - FE304

FE345 600mm 750mm

FR400 Quayside Fender

Dog / Dinghy Tether




Rhond Anchor FE003


Two Head - FE303 FE025 FE025A

100mm 50mm


43cm Stainless Steel Mooring Ring and Base - 56037


Mooring Rings


Steel 75mm internal diameter Zinc 50mm internal diameter Zinc 75mm internal diameter Stainless Steel 78mm internal diameter

56031A 56030 56031 56032

75mm Zinc Mooring Ring and Base - 56034

50mm Galvanised Mooring Ring and Base - 56036

U Bolts M6 - FX520A M8 - FX520B M10 - FX520C Ring Bolt 140mm - DF550 110mm - DF1050

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Safety Gear The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and local authorities give advice and indeed run courses regarding safety procedures. Below are a few thoughts of common sense!

Life Jackets and Buoyancy Aids Do have a safety procedure on the boat that all the crew and friends are aware of, do also have trial drills, as quick action can turn a potentially serious situation into a controlled ‘memorable’ experience! Why not try reclaiming a fender or lemonade bottle from the water, it is harder than you think but it gives you good experience with boat handling and understanding how difficult it is to retrieve someone from the water. Automatic Life Jackets

Waveline ISO Automatic Waveline ISO Automatic

Black SY038A Red SY038B

Challenger ISO Automatic Challenger ISO Automatic Life Jackets


Blue SY036A Red SY036B Code

Some points to consider: Automatic Blue SY037A • Carry a life ring and/or horseshoe life buoy Automatic Red SY037B with a line so that it can be retrieved. Automatic Blue SY032E • Carry a boat hook which aids many Automatic Red SY032F situations. Manual Blue SY032A • Ensure the anchor and chain is functional. Manual Red SY032B • Make sure the horn or whistle is easily Child Yellow SY040 usable to attract attention. Triple Gibb • Wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid whilst Junior Red SY041 Safety Hook cruising. SY054 Crotch Strap • Remember that fenders and most cockpit cushions can make good floats. SY038 • Ensure that the fire extinguishers and fire blankets are in good condition and readily accessible and that everybody knows where the turn off points are, particularly the fuel, gas, engine water and electric systems. Regular checks of these systems is suggested, especially before starting to make sure all is well.

SpongeBob Square Pants

Baby Buoyancy Life Jacket SY026


Child Buoyancy Life Jacket 10-15kg - SY026A 10-20kg - SY026B

Buoyancy Aids

Approximate Age Code

3-10Kg 10-20Kg 20-30Kg 30-40Kg 30-50Kg 50-70Kg 70-90Kg 90Kg +

1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 Small Medium Large Extra Large

SY024 SY028A SY028B SY028C SY025A SY025B SY025C SY025D

Boats going in more open waters should be guided by the RYA and the local harbour authority. Additions such as radios, flares, auxiliary means of power (outboard and bracket) etc. should be considered.

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B Horseshoe Life Buoy with Pulpit Bracket & Floating Light Yellow - SY016A White - SY016B

Classic Red and White Life Ring SY001

Rescue Line SY049

Yellow Horseshoe Life Buoy SY012A

Safety Ladder SY051

Navi Light Glo Safety Floating Light - SY007A

Navi Light Glo Safety Floating Light SY260

A Varnished Wood 210cm B Varnished Wood 180cm D Blue 120-200cm Adjustable C Red 120-200cm Adjustable E Aluminium 117207mm Adjustable E Aluminium 166mm


Extra Small Small Medium Large

Various fire extinguisher sizes and types are available Various Life Jacket Replacement Gas Canisters


FE020A FE021 FE021A FE022 FE023

Pet Buoyancy Aid Code

Air Horn SY006B

Fire Blanket SY010

Boat Hooks

Fire Alarm SY075

SY200 SY200A SY200B SY200C

Carbon Monoxide Detector SY070 Safety Gear


Fire Blanket Air Horn Carbon Monoxide Detector Fire Extinguisher 8A 34BC 1kg Fire Extinguisher 13A 70BC 2kg

SY010 SY006B SY070 SY104 SY103A

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Clocks, Barometers & Bells Clocks, Barometers and Hygrometers B


Brass Rivet

A Clock B Barometer


FE875 FE876

Clock & Barometer Mahogany Plaque - WP057


62mm 98mm Height 34mm

262mm Width 22mm

C Traditional Range


C Clock - Chrome D Barometer - Chrome Hygrometer - Chrome Clock - Brass Barometer - Brass Hygrometer - Brass 65mm 95mm Height 40mm Bells

Small - Chrome A = 75mm B = 95mm Medium - Chrome A = 85mm B = 115mm Large - Chrome A = 105mm B = 125mm Small - Brass A = 53mm B = 75mm Large - Brass A = 105mm B = 125mm 94

FE028 FE028A FE028B FE029 FE029A FE029B


Clinometer FE889


FE031A B

FE031 85mm 110mm Height 19mm


Chrome Magazine Rack FF902

FE030 FE032

Clinometer FE889B


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Port Hole Range


Clock - Chrome Barometer - Chrome Clock - Polished Brass Barometer - Polished Brass

FE882A FE882B FE883A FE883B


Replacement Clock Glass - FE892A


85mm 119mm Height 47mm


Replacement Barometer Glass - FE892B

Plastimo Port Hole Range


Clock - Mat Chrome Barometer - Mat Chrome Clock - Brass Barometer - Brass

FE880A FE880B FE881A FE881B

Replacement Clock Glass FE890A L

Replacement Barometer Glass FE890B

Stainless Steel Weather Station FE870

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Sheridan Marine, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9HU S he ridan Marine


We are a traditional classic style chandlery and working boatyard on the waterfront of the River Thames in a classic setting next to the village church and manor house. Come and browse around the chandlery, discuss your Freeman projects and enjoy a coffee or ice cream; even bring a picnic. Grab a bar snack in one of the local country pubs and stroll along the Thames path - make a day of it!

Come and visit us... Have a day out along the banks of Old Father Thames



idan Marine



Tel: 01491 652085

Freeman Cruisers Owners Handbook - BK008 General Opening Times Open daily but closed Friday - in Summer months Open Monday to Friday - in Winter months Shopping Hours: 9:30 - 5:00

Cholsey R


To: Wallingford Oxford M40


How to Find Us


Moulsford lies on the A329 between Goring and Wallingford. Look for the sign to the BOATYARD or CHURCH, the boathouse lies to the left of the village church.

If you are making a special journey it maybe worth telephoning to ensure the chandlery and technical assistance will be available.

To: Goring Reading

River Thames

By River:- Sheridan Marine lies up stream of the Beetle & Wedge Restaurant and down stream of Brunel’s railway bridge; between Benson and Cleeve/Goring Locks.

Moulsford Village A329

Within easy reach of M40 and M4 between Oxford and Reading. Buses stop in the village. The nearest train station is Cholsey on the London (Paddington) - Oxford and West Country lines.

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Freeman Cruisers Projects Solutions  
Freeman Cruisers Projects Solutions  

The Freeman Projects & Solutions Book aims to help you solve your boating problems and be creative, it contains some inspiring ideas to mode...