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2023 Freeman 28 Review

If you are someone who seeks an offshore fishing adventure with a desire to have a boat that not only meets your needs but is an extension of your adventure, then the 2023 Freeman 28 may be the perfect boat for you.

This new build has been manufactured with the best and highest-quality parts to ensure that your boat not only lasts but will provide you with hours of fun on the water. For over a decade, Freeman Boatworks has been producing their coveted fishing boats and their fan base is loyal.

Freeman Boatworks was founded in the year 2007 by Billy Freeman, hence the name. The company prides itself on making sure that all boats are built to perform and crank up the speed while maximizing fuel efficiency so that you can focus on fishing and not how much you put into the tank.

The Freeman 28 has been dubbed as a boat that is dependable and can get you to more of the places you actually want to go. This means no more sacrifices when it comes to your favorite fishing spot.

Wondering if the new 2023 Freeman 28 is the right fishing boat for you? You are in the right place! Below, we will dive into a review of what the Freeman 28 has to offer you. We are confident that you will find this boat quite desirable.

Interior and Accessories

When you first lay eyes on the Freeman 28, you may be instantly shocked – in a good way. The boat is absolutely ready to take you out on your fishing adventure and is properly equipped to do so at the same time.

The body of the Freeman 28 is sleek yet pretty aggressive looking for a fishing boat. You can expect this boat to take off in the water and you will look like a king doing so.

One of the things that many people complain about with other fishing boats is that they do not have some of the creature comforts that they want. The Freeman 28 does not skimp when it comes to comfort. You can expect to sit down in comfortable seating that feels luxurious and holds up to the use that you plan to put it through.

At the front of the boat, you will find seating options for your guests, which include two chairs and a lounger. The lounger is wrapped around the front of the boat for U-shaped seating which ensures your guests are always comfortable and never cramped.

The captain can look forward to a nice cockpit area that is outfitted just for him/her. This area includes a captain’s chair and a first mate’s chair, both of which are plush and include armrests. The console is large and ready for you to look at and control your boat. You will find the steering wheel is not too oversized and placed comfortably so that you do not have to strain to reach or maneuver your boat around on the water. All gears, switches, lights, and information about the boat is easily accessed right from the cockpit.

As we mentioned, this boat is made for your upcoming fishing excursion, and you will find plenty of storage on the boat for your dry items and safety gear. You will also find plenty of live wells and bait wells on board as well.

Standard storage and fishing features include:

  • Transom livewell
  • Bow storage box
  • Baitwell
  • Aft storage
  • Aft fish box
  • Midship storage box
  • Floor livewell

One of the things that Freeman Boatworks did not forget about is where your fishing rods will go. Throughout the boat, you will find rod holders and a rod storage box.

At the console and at the leaning post, you will find a cooler box where you can keep your cold items, refreshments, and drinks.

If you are looking for some additional upgrades to your boat, the Freeman 28 allows you to customize yours a bit. Below, you will find some of the optional upgrades you can choose from:

  • Night vision camera
  • Dome radar
  • Performance engines
  • Curved light bar
  • Underwater lights

Engine

The 2023 Freeman 28 comes standard with twin Mercury 300 HP Mercury Verado engines. The Verado line of engines is well-known for their performance, design, and power. They are best suited for fishing boats, so it makes sense that they would come standard on the Freeman 28.

These engines are going to get you where you want to go both quickly and efficiently. You will find the sweet spot for a typical cruise is 40 miles per hour at 2.0 miles per gallon.

Pros

  • Underwater lights upgrade to enhance the look of the boat on the water
  • Multiple storage options across the boat
  • Comfortable and plush seating for captain and passengers
  • Modest price point

Pricing and Specifications

Pricing information for the 2023 Freeman 28 is not readily available or listed on the manufacturer’s website. However, research shows that the MSRP for this boat starts somewhere in the $300,000s. Of course, the actual cost of your Freeman 28 will depend on any upgrades and additional features you choose. If you are interested in a Freeman 28, it is recommended that you speak with an authorized dealer to determine the exact cost.

2023 Freeman 28 Specifications

  • Length: 28 feet
  • Beam: 10 feet
  • Dry Weight (with engines): 6,500 pounds
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 13 gallons
  • Fuel Capacity: 250 gallons
  • Max Power: 600 HP
  • Dash Display: 34 inches x 20.5 inches
  • Typical Cruising: 40 miles per hour at 2.0 miles per gallon

Warranty

Freeman Boatworks does provide a warranty on all of their new boats. There is not much data available about the specifics of the warranty itself or the length of said warranty. With that said, the warranty does cover the following:

  • Steering system
  • Electrical system
  • Engines
  • Defects
  • Plumbing system
  • Hull
  • Overall build

Final Thoughts

The 2023 Freeman 28 is an excellent choice of boat for anyone who wants to fish offshore. It comes equipped with the many storage and comfort options you desire and look for in your fishing boat. We think this boat will make many fishermen happy and at a modest price point, you won’t feel guilty splurging a little bit to make it your own.

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