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The Freeman Cruiser 60th Anniversary Burgee

Published: 12 April 2017

The NEW 60th Anniversary Freeman Cruiser BurgeeWelcome to 2017, a year in which Freeman Cruisers celebrates its 60th anniversary.

60 YEARS - 1957 - 2017Freeman Cruisers - 60 Years 1957 - 2017

To help celebrate reaching the huge milestone of our diamond birthday why not fly one of our new Freeman Cruiser Club 60th Anniversary Burgees?

The new burgee features the iconic Freeman insignia crest and "60 Years 1957 - 2017" text in red on a diamond white triangular burgee and is to be hung from the mast with pride!

The new burgee is available to members of the Freeman Owners Club (please have your membership number to hand!).

We have a limited number of Freeman 60th Anniversary Burgees available so get yours today!

Freeman Cruiser Upholstery Cabin Cushions

Published: 12 April 2017

New 2017-2018 Freeman Cruiser Cabin Cushion MaterialsThe Freeman Cruiser upholstery service offers an inspiring way to dramatically change the feel of your boat.

New for 2017-2018: Choose from hundreds of materials, designs & colours for new Cabin Cushions with lots of new materials just launched for 2017-2018, including:
- The New House Collection
- The New Premium Collection
- The New Luxury Collection

The Freeman Cruiser Cabin Cushion page is a great place to start exploring the options that are available and we have recently launched our new 'Economy Base' Cabin Cushion sets too!

Changing the upholstery in your Freeman Cruiser is a simple and enjoyable way to make your boat, and yourselves, feel good for the season. Colour and design says a lot about character so why not bring your own character to your boat? Explore the possibilities and be inspired to create something special with brand new boat cabin cushion sets.

Along with our Classic Look blue, red and beige patterns that suit the Freeman woodwork well and our 'Retro' look materials, we have introduced an even bigger range of materials. Inspiration starts on the Freeman Cabin Cushion page.

Freeman Thames Meet - A fun weekend for all!

Published: 09 October 2016

The BBQ was lit in time for lunch!A great weekend had by all!

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend many Freemans owners, along with their beloved Freeman Cruisers, enjoyed a relaxing weekend on The River Thames. Sailing from a far to get together to enjoy the company of fellow Freeman owners, share their boating tales and enjoy some good food and drink with each other.

Freemans gather and moor up.At the boatyard on the Sunday everyone enjoyed the burgers & sausages from the BBQ and the afternoon tea & scones, and the occasional beer or two seemed to go down well too!

Freemans gathered on the moorings during the day, with everyone welcoming the next Freeman and its owners to join in, meet new people, look at each others boats - taking notes of good ideas along the way - and relaxing by the river.

The Tech Desk was open for discussions & demonstrations.Along with the Freeman Shop, the 'Tech Desk' was open all day with various Freeman equipment on display and available to look at and discuss with the engineers. Project discussions took place with owners preparing for their next Project on board and proved a useful day for many. The Boat Jumble was also a big hit, lots of little knick-knacks and boating items where on offer throughout the day.

More Freemans landing to enjoy the day.

All-in-all a great weekend was had by everyone with talks of doing something similar next year!

You can get more involved and kept up to date with everything Freeman by joining the Freeman Owners Club.

The NEW Freeman Projects & Solutions Book

Published: 21 April 2016

The New Projects & Solutions BookThe new Freeman Projects & Solutions Book is our latests, 124 page, full colour catalogue loaded with products, information and ideas specifically for your Freeman. Designed to showcase a range of our extensive boating equipment and provide you with information, ideas and inspiration for projects on board your boat.

The New Freeman Projects & Solutions Book is now available to order and is currently FREE to Freeman Club Members.

You can also view the latest Projects & Solutions on your mobile, tablet or computer with our online flip-book.

Browse the book and order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

New Collectible Freeman Pin Badge!

Published: 07 October 2015

New Freeman Collectible Pin Badge Introducing the new Freeman Cruiser Collectible Pin Badge for Freeman Owners and admirers alike which is now available online HERE

The Freeman Pin Badge is the classic silver laurel Freeman Cruiser wreath with blue and red enamel insert and 'Freeman Cruisers' lettering.

This Freeman Pin Badge is formed from metal with enamel inserts and has a single pin with a butterfly fastener on the rear of the pin for attaching to boating clothes or your Freeman Club Cap!

This collectible boating pin badge is an ideal gift idea for birthdays or Christmas etc. and is perfect for Freeman Cruiser owners and admirers a like!

The NEW Freeman Club Cap is here!

Published: 19 July 2015

The NEW Freeman Cruiser Club Cap is here! The NEW Freeman Club Cap has just landed and is now available online HERE

The Freeman Club Cap is a navy blue and red, 100% cotton baseball cap with white trim that features the Freeman Logo and a 'one size fits all' velcro fastener.

The Freeman Club Cap can be proudly worn by all Freeman Cruiser Club members. If you are a Freeman Owner and wish to join the Freeman Owners Club to be kept up-to-date and receive member benefits, including the Sheridan Liner Newsletter, contact us with your details for an application form - best of all, it is FREE to join!

All new Freeman Fridge & Mahogany Fridge Box

Published: 01 April 2015

We are constantly trying to develop and redevelop products for our beloved Freeman Cruisers so that you can install the most up-to-date equipment on board your classic cruiser and get the most enjoyment out of your Freeman.

One of the latest developments is the introduction of the all new Freeman Compact Fridge & Fridge Box and the redevelopment of the original Freeman Fridge & Fridge Box which now incorporates the latest 12 volt fridge freezers available to us.

New Freeman Fridges & Fridge Boxes

If you are considering a fridge on board, installing a Freeman Fridge box into the cockpit not only conceals the fridge freezer it ensures good use of space and also provides a pedestal for the helm seat.

Mr John Freeman, 1917 - 2013

Published: 31 July 2013

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Mr John Freeman one of the pioneers of the modern marine industry. He passed away peacefully at home in Devon on Friday 26th July 2013 - two days before his 96th birthday.

Mr Freeman who led an interesting life and sparkled with energy and enthusiasm was one of the paramount leisure craft manufacturers from the 1950's to the 1980's. He manufactured over 6500 cruisers from 22ft to 41ft with a range of 27 models.

Mr Freeman was born into a farming family in 1917; he was very keen on woodwork and by the age of 12 was making poultry houses to help sustain his family. At 17 he built his first caravan - it had a wooden frame and 'deck chair' canvas for the sides! He spent the war years in the RAF continuing the caravan construction while on leave and after his de-mob in 1946.

At this time polyester resin was an unknown quantity but he experimented with it during the development of his caravans. GRP caravans were very heavy and not so successful however the idea of a boat led to the first GRP production line for family cruisers with the 'birth' of the iconic Freeman 22 in 1957.

Mr Freeman with a Freeman Caravan

The introduction of the Freeman brand was at Olympia during the London Motor Show. Mr Freeman, at this time, revolutionised the industry by producing a ready to go, all the comforts of home, user friendly boat you could just order. There was no longer any need to commission an architect to design or a boat-builder to construct your individual vessel.

Mr Freeman testing a Freeman 22 Mk2

The highest quality craftsmanship and materials were used in production to the degree of buying a tree and using the same grained veneer throughout each cruiser. As there were very few wholesalers at this time Mr Freeman designed and manufactured his own fittings. The continued success of the Freeman brand is owing to the fact that we are able to continue to supply virtually all of the original fittings and through the Freeman Owners Club we expect to be able to secure their future.

Mr Freeman will be greatly missed but his inspiration will live on.

Mr & Mrs Freeman on Freeman 22 Mk2 in 2007

Read more about Mr Freeman

The History of Freeman Cruisers

The 50th Anniversary of Freeman Cruisers & Mr Freemans 90th Birthday in 2007