2016 Fishing Boat Buyers Guide: Freeman Boatworks 37

It’s the savvy angler, the discriminating connoisseur of all things fine, who will see the true beauty and fishability of the Freeman 37.

I promised Billy Freeman I’d only use the term … well, the one you’ll read in the next sentence … once. You buy a catamaran fishing platform because you want the softest ride possible in the roughest of seas. You want a platform that remains remarkably stable, so you’re able to stand up and fish in conditions so nasty, other boats return to port . And you’ll want it to be a Seven Marine-powered Freeman because of the ideal match of head-turning quality and unbeatable top speed — reported at 76 mph.

The Freeman 37 does all that and something else I really didn’t expect in a multihull boat. The harder we pressed the throttle and the farther we turned the helm, the more sweetly it turned, heeling inward, keeping our center of gravity right over our feet. And it was pretty darned rough out there in our tests.

It boasts a racquetball court for a fishing cockpit. No matter the mayhem of multiple mahi hookups or the heft of big tuna, the 37 gave us room to work and the stability to focus on the work instead of on our balance. An enormous livewell flanked by dual tuna tubes each with its own pump kept bait lively, insulated fish boxes were ready to swallow our quarry, and the comfort of the crew was fully covered with Llebroc helm seats and padded coaming bolsters that surround the entire boat.

It’s the savvy angler, the discriminating connoisseur of all things fine, who will see the true beauty and fishability of the Freeman 37.

Freeman Boatworks 37
LOA: 37'2" | Beam: 11'6" | Fuel Capacity: 540 gal. | Dry Weight: 13,500 lb. w/ power | Max Horsepower: 1,350Courtes Freeman Boatworks