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I own an early Freeman 30, circa 1961-1969, with the wooden superstructure, I not not moor her on the broads, but would like to know more about my beloved vessel. I've owned for for just 1 year, after many years with previous boats, spending this time stuck into my restoration. I was just curious if anybody else knew anything about the certain model. She has an aft cabin, and have not another boat the same. I've researched information, on the centre cockpit, and NYB versions of this craft but not one the same as mine. She is complete with twin diesel parsons porbeagle/ford trader engines, as original spec, and parsons gearboxes. Believed built in 1969. Im currently, trying to get back to factory stock glory, and tackling, the problems of rotten wood, but enjoying every minute of it, even though, the harsh winter, has wasted my previous 4-6 months work completed. If you know anything, but really good to know.
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You may already know this but you can contact John Freeman (sales)ltd 01491 622085, they run a Freeman owners club (free to register). They are based on the Thames in Oxfordshire. They are very helpful and friendly, and keep a good supply of most things you could need. They will always help if they can but do ask that general chat calls are made late in the day.
web address www.freemancruisers.com

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Hi Oakieboy

We have a Parsons Pike and Parsons box in Star Premiere. I have been in touch with Parsons and they still service and repair their boxes, a very pleasant helpful bunch, our engine is basically a Fordson tractor engine and spares seem to be plentiful, but the marinised parts I don't know.

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I have a limited knowledge of these models, but I wonder if your boat is a little older. The GRP 26 models were in production from 65 to 72 with a revamp around 68.

I've seen a few wooden ones in my time, and have often wondered when they were made.

I'd call Andy at Sheridan Marine for a chat if I were you. 01491 652085

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Hi, we also own a Freeman 30 aft cockpit which was built in 1963.She is currently out of the water in York awaiting cosmetic work.A lovely boat but the wood needs some looking after.

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Would love to see any pictures of her, if you wouldn't
mind?
What engines has she got in her?
Would love to hear any additional information about her,
in interest if you don't mind.
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Oakie

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Hello Oakieboy, We bought a Freeman 30, 3 yrs.ago,but with aft cockpit,(looks identical to your photo.)We were told it was 1969, but Andrew at Sheridan Marine informed us it was 1965.We have since fitted new toilet & shower,rewired c/w. new switchboard & battery management system. Fitted new twin morse controls,(which would have been VERY difficult had i not been able to machine various parts myself in my workshop) an absolute must as we were unable to locate neutral on either engine, new dash, new s/s. pulpit & pushpit rails.
Performance with the porbeagle/parsons is restricted to approx.9 knots,(in ideal conditions) on enquiring at sheridan,about poss.y increasing prop. size we were told that the 1 1/4" shafts would not withstand it.
The engines are raw-water cooled(not ideal).
Ihave engine & gearbox manuals, if you need information or help with parts, please contact me.
We are moored on the southern broads!
                       mike.

CAN YOU CHECK THE ANTIFOULING WHILE YOUR DOWN THERE!!!!

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I too also have problems with the morse
controls/gearbox, since I have owned the boat, I have
always struggled to find the neutral gear, and it's
more so, on the starboard engine, in comparison, to the
port side. Even though, when both engines are in so
called neutral, they do travel, and becomes a pain when
mooring. I would love to other-come this problem. At
first, and still haven't checked, wondered if the
clutch-plate had collapsed? If you could help me out, I
would be ever so grateful.
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Oakie

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I sent a photo of my gear box and engine to these people and received this reply. I hope it is of some help.

Re: Parsons Pike
Monday, 23 February, 2009 11:12 AM
From:
"parsons mathway marine" ?
Dear Sir
Thank you for your email, your gearbox is our Parsons HG4 model which is a good box however these boxes are goverened by its own internal oil pump. these boxes must not run below 120psi as there is a white metal bush inside the clutch system which also governes the astern and forward operations of the box.
A good gide to how the box is doing is at tickover the shaft may have a creep motion if it does as most do hold it still by hand if this cannot be done then there is a clutch problem.
As for the engine it is basically a standard ford 490/2700 series ford engine marinised by parsons, most parts will be of ford manufacture and still on the shelfs of most tractor/lorry spares people the marinisation side can be obtained through replacement parts from us or other companies.
Hope this is of help
regards
Mark Jenkins
Marine Manager


Barry

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If yours are the original controls,they are a single cable fastened at a pivot point on a bracket attatched to the bell housing.This then pulls or pushes (forward or reverse) a lever attatched to a spline shaft, which then in turn moves a second lever connected to the throttle contols.
Due to age & wear,the play was excessive,& despite machining new linkages,I was still unable to repeatedly engage neutral.
I solved the problem by fitting new morse(ebay)dual cable controls which gave me very fine screw adjustment. The added bonus,was being able to rev the engine without having to pull the cold start knob.
If you wish to discuss any issues,I will give you my email address to exchange tel. nos.

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