You are looking at a true pioneer. There were boats before this and boats after this, but this boat will be remembered as a defining line in boating history.
The Freedom 56′ topped out at almost 42 knots turning 2,400 rpm and burning 102 gph through the three 670 hp diesels. When cruising at a perfectly respectable 27 knots (1,800 rpm), that fuel consumption dropped to 53.7 gph – that’s just 17.9 gph per engine!
But the handling around the dock and fish-fighting ability truly sets any pod-propelled vessel apart from all others. There’s literally nothing you can’t do with this boat – go sideways or diagonally, back down straight as an arrow and change direction like an adolescent female’s fashion sense.
Sport-fish mode on this boat locks the wheel and amps up the fish-fighting performance. I dare say that no fish will outmaneuver this boat. And there’s dynamic positioning too. At the press of a button, the propulsion system automatically keeps you in position and on the same heading. Imagine how easy it will be to bottom-fish in deep water now that you never have to drop anchor again!
One aspect of the Freedom 56′ I found particularly impressive: Throughout the boat, craftsmen made every effort to provide traditional elegance. However, none of it comes at the expense of functionality. The stainless-steel boxes in the cockpit should last forever, and the Amtico flooring throughout the interior looks like solid cherry, yet you can drop a cinder block on it with impunity.
Freedom Boatworks cold-molded the hull over a male jig built to very exacting standards thanks to the design and lofting expertise of Applied Concepts Unleashed CNC jig system. The execution shows pleasing radius curves and compound rounding in every direction.
Dean Travis Clarke, Marlin Magazine