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Freeman Mk1

Freeman 22 Mark 1 - (1957 - 1963)

The Freeman 22 was the first ever production Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) boat and became the foundation of the modern boat industry. It was known as the “22” as it was 22 foot long (approx 6.7m).

The hull of the boat was a one piece moulding designed for fast coastal and inland water cruising, with the superstructure and deck consisting of another single piece moulding. These two mouldings incorporated a “sandwich” construction principle, in conjunction with glass fibre ribs for maximum strength and rigidity. The outer skin was pigmented in the customer’s choice of colour, and all of the interior woodwork was of selected mahogany.

freeman 22 mk1

The Freeman 22 offered luxury classic cruising for its time and was loosely based on the Freeman Caravans, boasting such luxuries as a flush toilet, foam mattress, fitted carpet, gas griller and a helmsman’s seat.

freeman 22 mk1

The typical factory specification for the Freeman 22 Mk 1 was:

Construction: Fibreglass Weight: 25cwt
Length: 22' Berths: 4
Draft: 2'-0" Fuel Capacity: 15 Gallons
Beam: 7'-6" Water Capacity: 15 Gallons

Each boat was individually made and sometimes owners chose particular specifications for their home away from home. A narrow beam (6’-10” wide) version could also be ordered for use on the canals.

  Freeman 22 Mark 1
Production 1964 - 1970:
Approx 1500 Built
Mk 2)
Bodystyle 22' Long - 4 Berth
Engine Various
Ford 93A side valve engine
Ford 100E side valve engine
BMC Vedette
WaterMota Sea Wolf pre-crossflow with J-Type Gearbox or Vedette Gearbox
Engine position Below Deck
Driven Propeller Rear

Approximately 1500 examples of the Freeman 22 (Mk 1 and
Mk 2) were built.

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freeman book
Freeman Cruisers

Printed by John Baxter & Sons (Hinckley)
Printed in February 1973

A four page fold out brochure about the Freeman Cruiser showing some photos of the inside and some specifications.

You can download a copy of this Brochure in PDF format opposite.
Approx size 2.73mb
PDF Download

(Brochure Copyright www.freemancruisers.com)