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1982 Gannon Freya 39

Anacortes, Washington, United States
$47,000 USD
Condition: Good

The Freya 39 is an excellent blue water cruising sailboat. I acquired Liberty in 2009. After significant re-fitting and additional gear, I sailed her from Galveston, Texas to the East end of the Med and back. After that I sailed her, with one or two crew members through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos, the Marquesas, Hawaii, Alaska then down to Anacortes. Two years ago I took the Inside Passage to SE Alaska and back. She is more boat than I need now for local sailing in Texas.

Equipment: Yanmar 3QM30 diesel Radar Furuno Model 1724C SSB ICOM IC-718, with antenna coupler Satellite phone Irdiuim Model 9500 with data adapter, external antenna Depth meter, Horizon DS45 Knot meter, Raymarine ST60 Xantrex Battery Monitor House-starting battery isolator, Blue Sea SI-ACR Boom vang McMurdo 406 GPS EPIRB (Battery expired Aug. 2020) Tiller pilot, Raymarine ST1000 , connects to windvane for motoring Wind generator, Eclectic Energy 400 w/ charge controller Alternator, Balmar Model 60-100-SR-IG Voltage Regulator Balmar ARS-5-H AIS receiver (and spare!) GPSs, Garmin 162 (connects to AIS) and 176C (at helm) Stereo Solar panel, 130 watts, w/ controller VHFs, 1 ICOM and 1 Standard Horizons HH 700 watt inverter, and new spare Jib roller furling, Harken, 3/8 inch headstay Self-steering vane: South Atlantic brand Manual anchor windless Anchor chain, 180 ft. BBB 3/8 inch, with add’l rope rode attached Delta anchor, 3 others Compass, Ritchie 4 inch w/ SS binnacle Mainsail, heavy material, 3 reef points Life Sling Overboard Rescue System Water maker, PUR Powersurvivor-35 Washdown pump w/ hose 2-burner galley stove w/ oven and propane control system 2 new 105 amp hour house batteries Emergency life raft, Revere Offshore Comander, needs certification Propane grill 4 propane tanks,2 aluminum, 2 steel SS stern-mounted fold-down boarding ladder Spreader deck lights Whisker pole Cruising Spinnaker Parachute sea anchor (never used!) Dodger (Sailrite kit) Boom vang Smoke/carbon monoxide detector AC unit, 110 v ac, worked when removed, in storage, will ship to new owner Avon dinghy w’ 2 hp Honda 4c ob

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Halverson Bros.
Gannon Yachts
# Built


Length Overall
39 0 / 11.9 m
Waterline Length
33 9 / 10.3 m
11 3 / 3.4 m
6 0 / 1.8 m
26,000 lb / 11,793 kg
11,000 lb / 4,990 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
744′² / 69.1 m²
Total Sail Area
700′² / 65 m²
Sail Area
320′² / 29.7 m²
40 5 / 12.3 m
15 9 / 4.8 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
380′² / 35.3 m²
45 6 / 13.9 m
16 8 / 5.1 m
Forestay Length
48 5 / 14.8 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.1 kn
Classic: 7.79 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

8.13 knots
Classic formula: 7.79 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
40-50: heavy bluewater boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

The Freya 39 is a double-ended offshore cruiser designed by Trygve Halvorsen who comes from the well known Halvorson yachting family in Australia. She’s a proven passagemaker with a number of circumnavigations to her credit. The original yacht Freya, on which the Freya 39 was modelled, is famous as the three time consecutive winner of the notoriously difficult Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race (1963-1965), until recently the only yacht ever to do so.

The Freya 39 is a handsome boat with an upstanding bow, flush foredeck and a small trunk cabin aft. She was designed as a cutter with a large sail area and hull-stepped mast. She’s heavily constructed with thick layers of fibreglass in the hull and the deck is generally fibreglass with a plywood coring. Displacement is a moderately heavy 26,000 lbs. The Halvorsens were not believers in modern racing hulls or the practice of using crew as ballast so below the waterline she has a long flat-bottomed fin keel with a substantially cutaway forefoot and a keel hung rudder. She’s a dry boat with a small cockpit suitable for cruising offshore and is more commonly found with wheel steering rather than tiller.

Below decks her 11ft beam allows a fairly spacious and comfortable interior but as she was also sold as a kit boat, the interiors can be variable, particularly in regards to the finish quality. The interior arrangement usually has a main saloon with enclosed V-berth up forward, double quarter berth aft to starboard and a single quarter berth or work area aft to port. The U-shaped galley is to port under the trunk cabin with the nav station opposite.

As well as being a secure and seaworthy cruiser the Freya 39 is no slouch. Owners report that she is capable of 200 miles per day and can sail at a consistent 8 knots and above. This is borne out by the original Freya’s racing results. In Randi Svensens book about the Halvorsens Wooden Boats, Iron Men: The Halvorsen Story Magnus Halvorsen states that the Freya had the feeling of a much bigger boat and had an incredibly responsive helm. He reports that she could carry a shy spinnaker longer than any other boat and carry full sail up until 30 knots of wind.


The Halvorsen family were Norwegian immigrants and skilled sailors who designed a long series of swift, seaworthy double ended yachts that achieved great success on the Australian racing scene. Freya was one of their most successful boats as the three time Sydney-Hobart winner. The original Freya was a wooden boat and later versions were built in steel but in the 1970’s and 1980’s the Freya 39 was produced in fibreglass by Gannon Yachts in Petaluma, California. Jim Gannon was the boatyard owner and one of the original racing crew on Freya. He later went on to take second place overall, and first place in the large boat division, in the single-handed Transpac race in his own Freya 39 Golden Egg. Information on how many Freya 39’s were produced is difficult to find and she is no longer in production. The Australian National Maritime Museum holds the line drawings for the original Freya and these can be viewed online (see link below)

Buyers Notes

The Freya 39 is not easy to come by on the second-hand boat market, their reputation as a performance bluewater cruiser means that they are in demand but when they do come on the market they are generally considered good value for money. Depending on age and condition, as at 2010 the asking price is roughly between $50k to $100k USD.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Through the Cracks by John Kretschmer
» Freya 39 Owner’s blog Hot Shot Kaskelot
» Freya 39 Owner’s Blog The Voyage of Foxglove =======



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