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Windrush Hallberg-Rassy 36

Dear Roger, 


A much belated thank you for helping us find new owners for WINDRUSH. it was a real pleasure working with you and Liz when we bought our HR36 in 2012 and all the professionalism and qualities we appreciated in you then were even more evident when we decided to sell our boat in 2019. We could not have been happier. The advice you gave us from listing to the sale was honest and straight forward; your deep knowledge of the boat and all of its systems was invaluable as we dealt with the yard and prepared the boat for sale; and your knowledge of the market was key to the successful sale. We always felt well informed and never pressured.



Kind regards


Edward and Philippe






Now that Endeavour has been put away for the winter, Kathy and I would like to send you this long overdue note of thanks for everything you and Liz did to help us in acquiring Endeavour. From the time you showed her to us in late March, completing the negotiations, advice in upgrades, introducing us to the owner and purchase, through sailing her to her new home port in Greenport NY, the experience has been nothing short of exceptional! She is truly a special boat and having the opportunity to sail Endeavour from Annapolis to the New York Harbor with the previous owner was a unique experience in getting to know the boat in detail and her history back to when she was built in Ellos Sweden.


Acquiring a Hallberg Rassy has been a life event for the past 15 years. Getting to know you personally from previous boat shows, chatting on the phone and your reputation with other Hallberg Rassy owners was probably the single most important factor in actually executing this plan in our lives! Even after the purchase, your continued advice on maintenance and caretaking has been invaluable. I have even learned a few words of Swedish along the way!


We plan to do some upgrades and enhancements over the winter to prepare her for sailing in the North East this coming summer and taking Endeavour South for the following winter. The South East  US coast, the Bahamas, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean are all in the plans. 


Based upon our experience with FreeState Yachts, you honesty and fairness in negotiations, your deep understanding of the boats you represent and your continued support, we would he happy to be a reference for anyone who is considering purchasing a sailing vessel from your firm. We look forward to a continued relationship with you and the team at FreeState.




Dennis and Kathy Patti


s/v Endeavour HR36 #576


Hello Roger,
A warm 'hello' from Belafonte (ex. Mary-Eliza), the 2000 Malo 42 you helped us purchase in Grenada. 
We're writing to let you know that she's been great to us, we've invested quite a bit in retrofitting her (new engine, rigging, sails, electrical components, electronics, thru-hulls, safety gear, +++), which we were able to do given her price (she sure needed lots of love & elbow grease ;-). 
We just made it across the Atlantic with ARC Europe - did not have one issue with her along the way - she sails beautifully, and has been super reliable and a very comfortable home for us, we could not be happier (OK maybe an HR 46 ;-).  We're planning to spend the summer in the Med and come back with ARC + to the Caribbean in November & then onto the Pacific.  Life is good.
So, once again thank you for helping us make our dreams come true.
Tim & Magda
S/V Belafonte
Three reasons why I would purchase another boat from Free State Yachts:

1. Technical Knowledge
Roger Johansson knew the boat I purchased from him very well. I never hesitated to contact Roger during the time I owned my boat for advice before working with another vendor. I know he visits the Hallberg Rassy yard in Sweden annually. Roger has a mechanical and electrical background and this was valuable to me in making my decision to purchase a Hallberg Rassy from him.

2. Trust
Honesty was key to my decision to work with Free State Yachts. Roger and Liz had a good reputation locally, and the references I contacted prior to purchasing my boat spoke highly of Roger and Free State Yachts.

3. Getting the deal done.
Both buying and selling were easy. Liz was organized and informed, and Roger coordinated resources quickly to close both our purchase and sales agreements. He facilitated an enjoyable process and I have become friends with both the person I purchased my boat from and the people I sold my boat to.

I look forward to working with Roger and Free State Yachts again in the future.

David Cranston
Previous owner
Hallberg Rassy 36
New York, NY



"We truly appreciate your support in our sailing efforts. It is hard to believe that we have in less than two years, purchased the HR46 and developed to the point where we can say we sailed in the Caribbean 1500 to Tortola from the Chesapeake Bay and spent weeks sailing around the US and British Virgin Islands. We look with anticipation to sailing back in May with the Atlantic Cup Rally via Bermuda.

We really are comfortable and feel very safe living aboard and sailing Trillium. She catches the attention of other sailors and is well received by volunteer crew who choose sailing with us over others because of the boat. We have also enjoyed connecting with other Hallberg-Rassy owners which your annual owners' party has helped to facilitate.

Your support during the sales process was accurate and very helpful in our decision to purchase. You really helped two novices buy their first sail boat. Then after the sale, to our great benefit, you and your staff worked with us with as much energy, advice and support as you had before the sale. Truly you have made our sailing adventure an outstanding experience.

Thank you for all you have provided to us in friendship, service and support."

Sincerely, Dennis and Sherry Day

S/V Trillium

"The Albin 30FC you sold us made it safely to our dock in NC. Thank you so very much for all your help. You made the transaction and transport so much easier. We would highly recommend you!. We spent the 4th of July weekend on our new boat and had a great time. She is a very sound, comfortable vessel..."

Kathy Long and Peter Gauthier

"The boat is great but we're just as glad that we bought it from you at FSY and we will always let people know that who you buy a boat from is just as important as what you buy..."

Dan & Pam Boney

"I am writing this letter to thank you and commend you for an outstanding job representing Kemosabe. Your advice on everything from pricing to maintenance and care issues made a big difference. Like a lot of sellers, I seriously considered selling her myself. In retrospect, when I look at the myriad of issues you dealt with as part of the sale and delivery process, even with a fair amount of knowledge, I would have been way out of my league.
I also want to thank you for your generous assistance with maintenance and mechanical issues over all the years I owned Kemosabe to help me keep her in bristol condition.

Not only were my 7 years of sailing the Atlantic coast trouble free and unbelievably enjoyable as a result, but the boat's new owner will benefit from that care and another satisfied Hallberg-Rassy owner will have been "commissioned" "...

Pat Lawler

"I wanted to drop you guys a note at Free State Yachts that documents the super customer service I experienced regarding my recent purchase of "Tangent", a Tartan 31. As we proceeded towards closing, Free State Yachts gave me a very competitive bid for de-rigging and prepping Tangent for trucking to Charleston. Two weeks later Tangent arrived in Charleston and I was absolutely ecstatic when I opened her main cabin hatch to find everything inside (rigging, hardware, electrical, instruments, cabinet contents, etc) organized, wrapped, boxed, taped and labeled... the process of de-rigging her, the riggers commented that the de-rigging process was the most detail oriented as they had ever seen on any used or new boat, leaving no mystery as to what went where.
From the beginning of this process to the end, my out of town purchase of Tangent was effortless on my part... when I eventually move up to a larger vessel, I will definitely be giving the guys at Free State Yachts a call!" ... Rick Cone.