Brought to the UK from Den Helder, North Holland, in 1993, Vrijheid was first converted for residential use in 1952 by the previous owners, the de Weerd family, with further extensive restoration by current owners, Bruce and Caroline Le Gros.
Main entry is through either the port or starboard doors, leading into the wheelhouse (Collapsible if required). The wheelhouse affords a 360 degree vista. The room also features fitted upholstered seating with cupboards below.
The wheelhouse also includes: a wooden lockable helm; uncomplicated engine controls and instrumentation; VHF radio; depth sounder; air horn; and 24DC/12DC inverter. The mechanical transmission components of the English patent steering gear is contained in a steel casing below the wheelhouse console.
Descending the stairway, you come to a modern 3.65 x 4.5m galley equipped with an oil-fueled Stanley combination cooker/CH/HW range. The design and fitments of this room tastefully reflect the traditional character of the vessel whilst offering a modern kitchen facility including dishwasher, large American style fridge/freezer, combo microwave/thermowave oven and twin gas hob.
The galley features hand-laid dark teak parquet floors, deep shelved cupboards with mahogany-framed leaded glass sliding doors the full length of the starboard side, and open shelves on sliders on the portside. There is also a hidden two burner gas hob, solid granite work surface and Belfast sink and mixer unit. The Vrijheid’s original hand pump has been lovingly restored and re-positioned over the sink.
This room is bathed in natural light from the large double-glazed mahogany-framed butterfly skylight. There is also a heavy hardwood six-seater dining table with cutlery drawer, and, at the head of the table, a built-in upholstered 2-seater bench seat that makes this an ideal day room for day-to-day living.
From here, a starboard side companionway leads to a tasteful fully-tiled wetroom/toilet. This includes a shower, hand basin and flush toilet as well as a sizable storage cupboard under the gunnels.
The next room off the companionway is the first double bedroom with deep under gunnels cupboards and opening window. Next you enter the spacious midships lounge, a bright and comfortably appointed reception room some 20 feet long, with an abundance of storage cupboards under the gunnels and large windows to the sides. The second double bedroom follows the lounge, offering the same deep storage cupboards and an opening window.
Continuing forward is a spare room featuring a ceiling of original bargeboards, supporting by a curved steel beam. The walls are lined and floor fully carpeted. This room would be ideal as a children’s indoor play area or could easily be converted into further sleeping accommodation. Alternatively, the bargeboards could be replaced with clear polycarbonate sheeting to create a bright conservatory effect or covered in steel to carry a small car for extensive cruises. The bargeboard ceiling is easily removable for access to and from the exterior deck. This area is currently used for storage and houses a washing machine, condenser dryer, hand basin and workshop.
The foredeck bedroom has been converted into a home office, but can be easily be converted into a cosy den or single sleeping bedroom with little expense.
The interior design of this vessel is such that the floor of all the internal accommodation to the spare room area is some 3 feet above the hull base. The resulting under-floor area is dry, well lit and carpeted, offering a huge expanse for storage. This area currently holds heating oil, black-water and potable water tanks, and the two domestic battery banks.
The engine room, located beneath the wheelhouse and aft deck, is entered from the starboard side deck. Besides the engine, the compartment contains two
cylindrical diesel fuel tanks, crank/starting batteries, 24V DC electrical panel, electric deckwash/bilge pump, engine spares, engine lubricants and miscellaneous parts, bespoke tools, a double radiator fed from the ship’s central heating system and a remote greaser for the stern gland.
The for’ard deck features the original anchor and mast raising windlass, two large lockers for working ropes, wire warps, outboard engine, light fuels, spare prop, aft anchors, window shutters and BBQ equipment.
On the portside of the wheelhouse, a deck hatch leads to the gas storage locker (space for two 15kg bottles) with auto-change gas valve.