The Freeman Cruiser Classic Rubbing Strake is a protective band found around the boat which is designed to help protect your boat from knocks and impacts whilst enhancing the cruiser's appearance. The Upper Rubbing Strake is usually found around the toe rail (on the edge of the deck) and the Freeman Cruiser Lower Rubbing Strake is usually found roughly halfway between the deck and the waterline.
We try to carry in stock most of the original Freeman rubbing strakes including the Upper wood, aluminium and rubber combination and the Lower mahogany strakes. We also carry the Freeman rubber inserts separately including the Freeman Cruiser Classic Rubbing Strake Rubber, and the Freeman 24 and 27 Rubbing Strake Rubber for the aluminium channel found on some of the New Style Freemans. We can also offer repair sections of the larger mahogany rubbing strakes found on many of the bigger boats too.
The traditional Freeman Cruiser Upper Rubbing Strake is situated around the toe rail (near to the deck) and consists of a Mahogany Rubbing Strake Wood, an Aluminium Rubbing Strake Channel and Rubber Section combination which all work together to help disperse any impacts and make the cruiser look smart. Usually found, on many Freeman Cruisers, including the Freeman 22's, 23's, 25's, 26's, 28's and some of the New Style Freeman 24's and 27's.
Full kits of which are available for delivery and collection and individual elements can be ordered by telephone too. Each kit comprises of:
We are also able to provide smaller sections of each element of the Freeman Classic Upper Rubbing Strake for repair work so please contact us with your preferred sizes and we shall see what is currently available.
The long, mahogany Freeman Cruiser Lower Rubbing Strake is still available too and this is usually found halfway up the side of the Classic Freeman Cruisers. It runs from the stern of the boat to the bow where it finishes towards the front side windows.
The lower rubbing strakes feature a tapered design with the widest part towards the stern, for added protection of the stern corners, and is tapered in towards the bow to leave an elegant lower buffer. These strakes are far too long for delivery so will need to be collected in person from our River Thames shop.
We also have Freeman Cruiser Lower Rubbing Strake Repair Sections which are tapered sections, approximately 1 metre in length, designed for the front and the rear ends of the lower rubbing strakes.
Today, many Freeman Cruisers may well have been adapted, changed, enhanced and modified since being manufactured so may have a different rubbing strake design. If you are unsure of the Rubbing Strake that is installed on your boat please contact us.