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NorseBoat News


The NorseBoat 21.5 has been selected as one of Sail Magazine’s Best Boats of 2011 in their small boats category.  The notice appeared in the September 2010 issue of Sail Magazine. 
The NorseBoat 21.5 will be on display at the Annapolis Sailboat Show October 7-11, 2010.

THE FIRST NORSEBOAT IN SPAIN MAKES HER DEBUT !   The first NorseBoat 17.5 to be owned by a customer in Spain is shown sailing near her home port of Vigo on the Atlantic coast.  The boat was shipped to Spain in August 2010 from our Lunenburg, NS shop where she was built.

    Note the efficient, fully battened boomless main and roller furling jib.  A small outboard motor tucks neatly into the stern. 


The two man team of Kev Oliver and Tony Lancashire returned to Gjoa Haven in the Canadian arctic mid August 2010. They completed their expedition through the NW Passage, ending in the settlement of Resolute (see details below). Another NorseBoat 17.5 went through the arctic this season, this one on the deck of an expedition motor yacht that left Lunenburg, Nova Scotia harbour July 2 heading east to west through the NW Passage.


NorseBoat Limited sponsored the first annual Victoria-By-The-Sea Small Craft Festival, held July 3, 2010 in one of the most picturesque seaside villages on Prince Edward Island, located in eastern Canada.  This celebration of small watercraft drew boat owners and tourists from as far away as Norway.  NorseBoat had one 12.5 and two 17.5 sailing and rowing cruisers, and one of their new Norse Faering 19.5 kit boats.  This informal gathering of small boat enthusiasts had all the classic ingredients for a fun filled day on and near the water: a variety of small craft, good food and drink at the village’s local establishments, good weather, and warm water (PEI has the warmest ocean water north of Virginia),  Make plans to join us next year on PEI!


NorseBoat displayed their new Norse Faering 19.5 Kit Boat at the east coast’s largest wooden boat show, held at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT late June 2010.  The beautiful lines and easy lapstitch construction method drew a geat deal of interest from the crowd of attendees.  The Faering has three rowing stations and an easily handled sail rig.



NorseBoat Limited began construction of their NorseBoat 21.5 Cruiser January 2010.  Naval architect Mark Fitzgerald collaborated with NorseBoat owner Kevin Jeffrey on the design of this high-performance cruiser with classic lines.  The new 21.5 has NorseBoat’s signature fully battened mainsail with curved gaff, a pivoting carbon mast and carbon boom, roller furling jib, and optional lightwind drifter with furler.  The self-draining cockpit seats six comfortably and has abundant storage lockers.  The boat has a ballasted foil-shaped stub keel with centerboard which gives stability, a modest size centerboard, shallow draft and usable cabin space.  Cabin and Open versions available.


Tony Lancashire and Kevin Oliver, Royal Marines from the UK, made a historic voyage through the arctic’s Northwest Passage to raise awareness and funds for the charity Toe In The Water.  Over two seasons they travelled over 1750 miles from Inuvik in the Northwest Territories of Canada to Resolute, the northernmost hamlet in the newly formed Canadian territory of Nunavut. 

On their journey they encountered a wide range of conditions, from beating to windward in choppy conditions in the Beaufort Sea to being becalmed in ice floes to sailing steadily at 6 knots with strong following winds.  They also encountered a wide range of arctic wildlife, including a number of close encounters with polar bears on the voyage from Gjoa Haven to Resolute!

    We are proud to have sponsored Kevin and Tony on their Arctic Mariner Expedition.  You can visit their website for details of their voyage and to make donations to Toe In The Water at   See article in Above & Beyond Magazine.

NORSEBOAT BUILT WHALE BOATS FOR THE REMAKE OF MOBY DICK!  NorseBoat Limited built six traditional whale boats in our Lunenburg, Nova Scotia shop for the remake of the film Moby Dick.  

    The boats were built of spruce strip planking and epoxy, with one layer of glass cloth on the outside of the hull and ash frames and a partial second layer of spruce planking on the inside of the hull.  Movie set designers completed the finish work of the boats to make them look like well worn whaling boats from the nineteenth century.  

    The whale boats were shipped to
the Mediterranean island of Malta where much of the filming of sea scenes took place.  The movie stars William Hurt as captain Ahab and Ethan Hawke as Starbuck. 

    NorseBoat received the contract in July 2009 because of their ability to build high quality small boats with classic lines within tight budget and time constraints.  

TOGETHER in Brittany, France during the “La Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan” sailing event May 20-24, 2009.  The owners and crew of eight NorseBoats and nearly 1000 other small craft took part in four days of sailing, rowing and social activities in the waters and quaint villages of the Golfe du Morbihan.   Kevin Jeffrey and Liza Wendt of NorseBoat travelled to France to join in the fun.  For photos click here
The Golfe du Morbihan is reputed to have the second strongest currents in the world and at times the sailing was challenging, but the event was well run with ample support vessels and staff.  The weather was mostly fair, the scenery and Breton food superb, and the comraderie between NorseBoat owners and crew unforgettable.  Next year’s annual NorseBoat rendezvous in France will be in the St. Malo area of Brittany.

NORSEBOAT SAILORS having fun on a summer outing in Rockland, Maine. 
The six-person crew consists of new NorseBoat 17.5 owner Chris Tessier of New Hampshire, USA (port side aft), a Maine family going for a demo sail, naval architect Mark Fitzgerald (port side forward), and NorseBoat president Kevin Jeffrey (taking the photo).

THE NORSEBOAT 12.5 CRUISER/TENDER released fall 2008 is quickly following in her sistership’s wake as one of the prettiest, most innovative small boats on the market.  Sea trials were conducted in October 2008 in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.  This photo of hull #3  was taken on the south shore of Prince Edward Island, eastern Canada, in August 2009.

IN MARCH 2009 A NORSEBOAT 12.5 was installed as the tender on a 65 ft. power yacht in Aventura, Florida.  The owners wanted a tender that matched the elegant lines of their new yacht, and ideally one that could be sailed, rowed, and motored equally well with a crew of up to four on board.  The NorseBoat 12.5 was a perfect fit.  Sea trials were conducted in the Bahamas February 2009. 

A 1200 MILE NORSEBOAT ODYSSEY was completed in 2007 by NorseBoat 17.5 owners Gary and Connie Hoffman of Idaho.  They navigated the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers during their two month trip.  Their next adventure was bicycling in eastern Australia where they met and sailed with Ian Jackson, NorseBoat’s agent Down Under.


“ looking with a sweet sheerline and a shapely bow profile.”   -Robert Perry, naval architect

NorseBoat 12.5 & 17.5 on a beach in Prince Edward Island

NorseBoat Limited     RR1  Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada     902.659.2790

“I have sailed Whimsy (NorseBoat 17.5) for two days now ...what a rush!  You have designed and engineered a   masterpiece!”

D.  Thayer, Maine

“I have Viking blood in my veins, and the NorseBoat really gets it stirring...this is one of the best small cruising boats I’ve seen in a long time.

Steve Isaac, WaterTribe

She has been our home for six weeks, and she has been superb.  She has been out in big seas, clocked 7.8 knots downwind, is very dry - and we've put her through hell.  Her rig is simple and robust, and she can be rowed at over 3 knots by one person.  

Kevin Oliver and Tony Lancashire, Arctic Mariner Expedition

“The NorseBoat is fantastic - meeting and exceeding my expectations, which were derived solely from the internet!

J. Austin, architect

Cambridge, MA