1989 Freedom 47 Pilothouse






47 ft (14.33m)



Freebooter was custom-built by Freedom Yachts as a highly capable bluewater cruising yacht, with a Cat Schooner rig ideal for short-handed sailing. She is believed to be the only one of her kind, having been built to a very high specification for her first owner including electric primary winches and windlass, bow thruster,  black and grey water holding tanks, and integrated beaching legs. Featuring a spacious and easily adapted layout ideal for extended or liveaboard cruising, if you are looking for an easily managed offshore capable cruising yacht with huge uncluttered decks she represents a rare opportunity and fantastic value in our opinion!  

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Basic Boat Information




47 Pilothouse









Keel Type

Fin Keel



47 ft

Length Overall

47 ft

Waterline Length

37.42 ft


13.75 ft

Max Draft

6 ft




Engine Make


Engine Model






Engine Power

84 horsepower




Fuel Tanks


Fuel Tank Capacity

520 l

Water Tanks


Water Tank Capacity

450 l

Holding Tanks


Holding Tank Capacity

145 l


The Freedom Pilothouse accommodation offers up to six berths in two cabins, with good headroom and exceptional levels of storage throughout. 

FOREPEAK:   Fitted out as a walk-in workshop and storage area, with built-in work benches, pillar drill, assorted tools, and fitted storage areas, ideal for 'on the go' maintenance and repairs whilst on long passages. A watertight door leads out to the passageway to the main cabin area with further storage to port and starboard.

MAIN CABIN:   A versatile space currently laid out with settee berths to port and starboard (which converts to a double), a range of storage lockers, and two large opening deck hatches. This cabin offers a level of space and comfort rarely found on an aft cockpit yacht, and if preferred, it would be very easy to instate a full-time double berth to starboard.

HEADS COMPARTMENTS:   Separate heads compartments to port and starboard, each fitted with a marine toilet (with holding tank), wash basin, shower area, mirror, and storage. Although useful as currently configured, this also provides the opportunity to create a dedicated laundry and drying area ideal for liveaboard cruising.  

PILOTHOUSE SALOON:   Offering excellent visibility, the saloon has a comprehensively equipped navigation station with internal engine controls and chart table to starboard ahead of the large galley, and a pilot berth and raised seating area to port. Fitted storage is provided throughout with very good access provided to systems. 

GALLEY:    Large linear galley equipped with a Nelson 2-burner gas cooker with oven and grill, microwave, twin stainless steel sinks, fridge, freezer, ample worksurfaces for food prep, and storage in a range of lockers.

GENERAL EQUIPMENT:   Hot and cold pressurised water system via a calorifier. Eberspacher diesel-fired warm air heating system. Pascall Atkey 'Pansy' charcoal stove in main cabin. Two stainless steel water tanks with approx. 450L total capacity and space ready for installing a watermaker. Black (145L), galley (100L), and shower (15L) water tanks with pumping facilities. 

Mechanical Systems

Located in an easily accessed engine compartment under the pilothouse sole, Fiat Iveco 84hp four-cylinder diesel engine. Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger.
Dual single lever controls. Two stainless steel fuel tanks with approx. 520L total capacity. Borg Warner velvet drive gearbox (new 2000). Shaft drive with rope cutter to Brunton 4-bladed feathering propeller. Vetus 3kw bow thruster. 

The engine is in good cosmetic condition and has been regularly serviced. 

Electrical Systems

12 domestic and engine, and 24v winch/windlass/bow thruster, battery banks charged via the engine alternator. Adverc battery management system with Xantrex Link 20 monitoring system. Shorepower system with ring mains, automatic battery charger, and immersion coil for water heating. Zeise 5kva generator (requires investigation/attention - runs but not generating power). Solar panel. Tank Tender tank gauge system. Electrical distribution panel with individual breakers. Full cabin lighting. 

Spars and Sails

Free-standing Cat Schooner rig. Tillotson Pearson unstayed carbon fibre masts with aluminium booms. Terylene running rigging all lead aft via clutches. Single line slab reefing with three reefs, lazyjacks, and stackpack sail covers. 2 x Barient 28 STE 24v electric primary winches and Tufnol snubbing winch at companionway. 2 x Gibb 809 Sheetmaster aft deck mounted ancillary winches. 

  • Fully battened forward mainsail   -   Saunders   -   1999   -   good
  • Fully battened aft mainsail   -   Saunders   -   1999   -   good
Deck Equipment
  • 2 x 60 lb CQR anchors with 100m chain
  • 50lb Belfast kedge anchor with chain & warp
  • 40lb Danforth style anchor
  • Lewmar 1200 Anchorman 24v electric anchor windlass
  • Integrated carbon fiber beaching legs (never used by current owner)
  • Blue sprayhood, sail covers, and cockpit dodgers
  • Canvas halyard organiser
  • Deck wash facility
  • Warps & fenders
Navigation Equipment
  • Suunto steering compass
  • Autohelm digital handheld compass
  • ICOM M330 DSC VHF radio (new 2023)
  • Handheld VHF radio
  • Autohelm ST50 Tri-data combined depth, speed, and log
  • Autohelm ST50 wind instrument
  • Raymarine C120 colour GPS chart plotter
  • Furuno 1830 radar (requires replacement)
  • Autohelm 7000 autopilot with remote controller
  • AIS transponder (new 2023)
  • NASA Navtex Pro
  • Hydrovane windvane self-steering system
  • Navigation lights

Although the VHF radio and AIS transponder are new it will be necessary to replace the VHF cable and possibly upgrade the aerial.

Safety Equipment
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • 2 x Horseshoe lifebuoys
  • 2 x Floating lights
  • Arimar 6-person liferaft (requires servicing/replacement)
  • Danbuoy
  • 2 x Cockpit harness points
  • Deck light
  • Emergency tiller
  • 2 x Manual bilge pumps
  • Electric bilge pump 
  • Engine-mounted emergency bilge/fire pump (CHECK WITH OWNER!)

Freedom 47 Pilothouse Schooner custom built by Freedom Yachts in 1989 for her first owner, and professionally refitted below decks in 1994 by Free Spirit Designs. White GRP hull, superstructure, and light grey decks with painted non-slip surfaces. Long fin keel with wheel steering to skeg hung rudder. Self-draining aft cockpit with teak grating.


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.


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