What kind of sailboat is a Freedom 20, and what are the features of this boat?
Freedom 20s are anoter option in the world of adaptive sailing. These 20 foot keelboats can be adapted in many ways, some of which include: chairs that pivot from bench to bench, a jib-boom, and rebound steering for blind sailors. These boats are most common in learn to sail programs and are rarely seen racing. Ideal for a crew of 3-4 people, Freedoms transition well into sonars and other racing boats.
Pivoting chairs allow sailors with limited mobility to switch sides between tacks. A bar extends from the bottom of the seat onto the deck and can be attached with cleats. A harness allows sailors to strap in during heavy wind conditions.
A jib-boom, as seen on the more advanced 2.4mR boat, enables the jib to be self-tacking. Useful for those who have difficulty trimming sails or switching sides, the jib-boom is a simple addition to a Freedom 20 that makes a world of difference.
Rebound steering is another useful addition to the Freedoms that enable blind sailors to steer the boat on a straight course. By attaching a bungee to either side of the tiller, it will always rebound back to centerline. Small “tiller tabs” can also be placed at the base of the rudder where it connects to the tiller so that when the boat enters or exits centerline, a small click is made.
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