The Barnegat Witch is a spacious 39' Halvorsen Freya, with an extensive history.
The Halvorsen Freya is a double-ended offshore cruiser designed by Trygve Halvorsen who comes from the well-known Halvorsen yachting family in Australia. She’s a proven passagemaker and is built to handle circumnavigation.
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 fiberglass in the hull and the deck is generally fiberglass 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. 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 a tiller.
Below the deck, her 11ft beam allows a fairly spacious and comfortable interior. She was also sold as a kit boat, so 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 navigation station opposite.
All USCG (United States Coast Guard) safety equipment compliances are met on the Barnegat Witch.