A 1987 article in the Chicago Tribune was frank in its assessment: “The E.C. Collier is dying.” The 52-footer is a two-sail bateau, a vee-bottom deadrise type of centerboard sloop known as a skipjack.
Sweet Freedom is a boat of a different color.
This is a Down Easter with workboat roots as a platform for commercial fishing and lobstering, but she can be set up several ways for cruising — for example, with a galley-up or galley-down, and with a combination head and shower or a head with a separate shower.
What makes a great fishing boat? I’ve fished all my life — mostly aboard center consoles and walkarounds from 20 to 35 feet, but also from express fishing boats, pilothouse vessels and convertibles.
Regulator builds larger T-tops for its boats these days, as anglers are more aware of skin damage from the sun. The 28’s extends all the way to the gunwales, and over the leaning post and forward console seat. For weight savings, the builder cores the top with a composite foam in a vacuum-bagged resin-infusion process. The Lee outriggers have integral levers under the hardtop to easily position them.
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