Originally Posted by SaltyMonkey
They have been regarded as being very good and desirable cruisers. Good versions do not last long on the market and can be pricy. That said:
- Rear caddy cabin is sort of a waste of space and difficult to get to stern
- Tends to be wet cockpit in weather
- low freeboard and center of boat.
- Forward cabin is a bit strange. Stowage may be a problem. No fixed chart table.
- Most were delivered as kits and fixed by owners so you get a lot of differences in build quality.
- There were a few aft cockpit models but they are rare and go very quickly on market.
- Engines tend to be underpowered for the boat. Think manufacturer was cutting costs and size. Engine
access is difficult.
- This particular listing has sinks on side rather than centered, so may not do well at sea.
- Watch for blisters
, rotting rudders and tiller, rotting sprits.
This particular listing has been on market some time ago, and I had called about it. Why it hasn't moved I do not know. You will have to check it out yourself.
I'm not longer interested in Nor'sea due to size and interior design.
I have a Nor'Sea and would like to address some of these comments on the Nor'Sea.
-Engine: I have a Yanmar 2GM
and it is not underpowered for the Nor'Sea. Its just the opposite. In fact, I buddy boat a lot and travel with other sailors and she is very fast under power comparatively, and handles well. Very responsive. Under sail, however, they don't point very well. Yes, engine access is difficult, unless you are little and do a lot of yoga like me. I changed the connecting myself and didn't need to remove the engine from the engine room. I do know that there were problems with rotting fuel tanks
in older Nor'Sea. So, if you plan to purchase
an older one, check to see if the fuel tank
was enclosed in fiberglass
. If it wasn't and the tank rots, it is quite a project
to replace it.
- I LOVE THE AFT CABIN! I don't think it is a waste of space at all. In fact, that was my favorite cozy place. I could sleep back there and only needed to sit up to scan the horizon. Its a quiet place to sleep underway. There is room for two in the aft cabin. I often slept athwart ships. Yes, it did make it a little bit of a climb to get to the wind vane
, but it wasn't a big deal and I didn't have to do it often. I highly recommend the aft cabin model. I slept under the stars every night with the hatch
-In my experience traveling aboard other sailboats, there is no stowage problems with the Nor'Sea. The lockers are large and easy to get to. And there are many of them. You can watch my videos on my blog. I take you on a tour of my cabin and show you all the places I stash food
and other stores Teresa Carey's Sailing Simplicity and the Pursuit of Happiness Blog
Just click on the "video" link. There are several good vids of the Nor'Sea. I lived aboard and had a lot of stuff and amazingly it all fit. The official navigation
table is too small for paper charts
. I used the stovetop which had a countertop to place over it. It was no problem at all.
-Yes, certainly find out if it was a kit boat and if a good craftsman finished it.
-My sink was on the starboard side. I had the gunwale in the water
and the sink never filled. Its not a problem at all. I don't understand that comment. You don't need a sink in the head
. You'll never use it. You can't stand up in the head
anyway, so you'll likely use the galley
Overall, I give the Nor'Sea an A+. Its a great small pocket cruiser
and very seaworthy
. And its very pretty. Its good for one or two people and a cat. However, any more than that for a long duration would be difficult. I've heard of families cruising on Nor'Seas, so its possible, but I think my family
would go nuts! I've had my Nor'sea since 2008 when I first moved aboard.
I'm happy to answer any more questions you have.