An Update from Sea Spirit and the Freedmans

  •  3/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
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It has been 14 months since my last confession blog entry, and a lot has happened. The last time I wrote, we had just returned from our Spring 2011 three month cruise in MV Sea Spirit, our 63 foot Sea Spirit trawler yacht. That trip took us from Ft. Lauderdale across the Gulfstream current to the Bahamas, and down the Exuma island chain to George Town and back, with many pleasant stops along the way. Since then, we've had two major family travel excursions, including a month aboard the 100 foot ...
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End of part 1 - Sneak preview of part 2

  •  7/22/2011 12:00:00 AM
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End of Part One - We have had a phenomenal time on Sea Spirit We have had an absolutely wonderful first year aboard Sea Spirit. For a family's first introduction to cruising, I'm not sure we could have chosen a better boat. We are very grateful to the entire Sea Spirit Yachts crew for everything they have done to make a wonderful, seaworthy, comfortable trawler, and also for building a great, responsive company. In particular, I would like to thank the following Sea Spirit people: Dan Fritz (C...
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Off-season update - and are we trading Sea Spirit for a bigger model?

  •  6/26/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Sea Spirit, being unloaded, before we owned her Sorry to have left some of you hanging after the last blog entry at the end of April. We greatly enjoyed the remainder of our spring cruising season in the Exumas. Sea Spirit is now back in Fort Lauderdale, while the Freedmans are at home in Honolulu until the late Fall. Those of you who have been reading from the beginning will recall that while the boat was fine, we ourselves had a bit of a bumpy start to our cruising career, suffering in the...
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Fuel economy data

  •  4/24/2011 12:00:00 AM
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I thought I'd interject a quick blog entry with some fuel economy numbers for Sea Spirit. As you may recall, she's a very slippery Sparkman & Stephens hull design, so we knew she'd get good fuel economy. But we were so busy learning how to run the boat that it took us a couple of months to get around to truly measuring it. In order to do the measurements, we picked a calm day (of which we had plenty in the Exumas), and made sure that our GPS speed and our speed-thru-the-water numbers were conf...
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Training (and relaxing) in the Exumas

  •  3/29/2011 12:00:00 AM
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The Freedman family has been busy over the last 3 weeks or so, learning a lot about operating our trawler, and getting to know one of the most wonderful cruising grounds in the world -- the Exuma islands of the Bahamas. Truly, I don't think I could have asked for a better training ground.   The narrow West mooring field at Warderick Wells Why is it so good here? Let me give a list: Shallow water -- Moving between destinations here means moving among waters that are in the 10 to 20 feet ran...
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New Providence and a new outlook

  •  3/5/2011 12:00:00 AM
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Winning the mental battles You may recall that in my last couple of entries, I've opened up my heart a little and spoke about some mental battles I was having with regard to boating. I'm happy to report that the last 12 days or so has been so wonderful that I'm feeling considerably more positive. Both my wife and I (and our kids) have had a chance to enjoy Sea Spirit and our surroundings, with friends aboard for a few days, and have 'decompressed' ourselves significantly. I have my own theories...
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Mr. Freedman,
I have come across your Sea Spirit blog and I have really enjoyed reading about your approach to finding and equipping a cruising boat. =C2=A0
Now, your blog ends in 1911 I believe, just when you were considering selling Sea Spirit.  I also see where Sea Spirit is still (or again) for sale in Portland, Maine.
Did you end up selling her?  Or are you still in the process of selling her?  She is quite the boat.  I would really be interested in learning anything more about your adventure with Sea Spirit after your blog ended.,
Thank you for your consideration,
Dennis Dotson

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 Dennis Dotson  9/24/2018

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---Reply posted by Dan Freedman on 9/24/2018

Dennis, it will not surprise you to learn that I sold Sea Spirit several years ago. However, she or one of her sister ships do come on the market from time to time. I don't have anything more to add to my Sea Spirit adventure, but you may want to contact Judy Waldman of JW Yachts.


Glad to hear that you are back on line. I understand from your parents that you have sold your boat. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures where ever they may lead you. Roz Rhodes

 Roslyn Rhodes  1/14/2014

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Like an old friend from out of the past! Glad to see your post again. Like many others I am sure, I appreciate the time you take to share your experiences with boat ownership and enjoyment. Your blog has been a favorite to follow and your analysts of systems and honest reflection on experiences has been informative and enjoyable to read. I looked at your Sea Spirit a couple of times but ended up buying a smaller Marlow for the speed. I never use the extra speed.... and sometimes wonder how much better the ride would be on a true trawler. Maybe there is no perfect boat? Enjoy your travels.

 Jack  1/13/2014

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I deeply enjoy reading your experience from your trawler to the 100 ft magnificient boat. Of course this is something we all can think about, but you live this, and more, you share your point of view with a verry soft and honest manner. In reality this is the experience of life, like from a small appartment to a castlle in France. You get more sensation in a small lotus than in a porsches.....But it´s not common to readreal report and not bla bla bla.....thank you very much. Really, it was a pleasure to read all the implication of your choice. Francois karm, bizjet pilot, and future owner of a trawler with my familly.

 francois karm  1/13/2014

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Thanks for the update, Dan! Very informative. You're a great beta tester. :-) There seems to be an embarrassment of riches in the 75' trawler range. Marlow, Nordhavn, and Fleming have some great boats right in that sweet spot ready to cruise. Doggersbank has a compelling 74' but those are semi-custom. Northwest has some great designs, too. I'd be interested in your analysis of the boats in that range. Thanks again for sharing, All The Best, Ken

 Ken H.  9/20/2012

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This is so fascinating.

 Richard Clark  9/20/2012

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Winter 2011: Training from Lauderdale to Georgetown and back!
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