"Absolutely delightful sail...she performs beautifully to weather in pounding if she’s driven correctly, plenty of momentum to power through waves, surfs on a broad reach with the drifter up!”  D. Majoros,

NorseBoat 21.5 sea trials

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The NorseBoat 21.5

Cabin and Open models

The new NorseBoat 21.5 Cabin and Open models have classic downeast lines, distinctly NorseBoat “Swiss army knife” features and truly exhilarating performance.   

    The standard sailplan is a simple, easy-to-handle sloop rig.  It has a fully battened mainsail with signature curved headboard, pivoting carbon mast and furling genoa mounted on a bowsprit.

    The ballasted foil-shaped stub keel provides good stability while maintaining shallow draft.  It keeps the cabin clear of a centerboard trunk and allows the centerboard to be modest in size and weight.

    The NorseBoat 21.5 Cabin and Open models are strong yet lightweight, and have a seaworthy, innovative hull shape with smooth bottom and lapstrake topsides.  The boat has a large cockpit with abundant storage, shallow draft and is trailerable and able to be towed with a mid-size vehicle.

     Pricing & Features  

    NorseBoat 21.5 Press Release


Cabin Model

Large cockpit, cuddy cabin with ample V-berth, storage, and space for a porta-potti.

Open Model

Partial deck with varnished wood coaming, similar to NorseBoat 17.5.  Canvas enclosure creates comfortable camping accommodations.

Motor Launch (electric or gas propulsion)

Either Cabin or Open models can be used as a versatile, efficient motor launch.

Construction Options


High quality fibreglass hull, deck and interior


We can help you create a semi-custom version of the NorseBoat 21.5 to meet your specifications.

Hull Colour:

White hull standard, black hull optional

(other semi-custom colours available)


LOA                                               21’-10”           6.35m

LWL                                               19’-7”           5.97m

Beam                                              7’-1”             2.16m

Draft (board up)                            1’-6”            0.46m

Draft (board down)                        3’-10”           1.17m

Mainsail area                               152 sq.ft.     14.12sm

Self-tacking jib area                     54 sq.ft.      5.02sm

Optional drifter area                    120 sq.ft.    11.15sm

Mast height off WL                       22’-0”          6.71m

Mast weight                                                19lbs, 9kg

Rowing stations (optional)                                    2

Berths                                              1 double V-berth

Cockpit storage compartments                            5

Motor hp min/max                                            4/8hp

CE design category  (proposed)                            C

Positive flotation                                                 yes

Max persons                                                         8                                       

Trailering weight                                 1900lbs,  862kg

Sailing displacement                            2600lbs, 1180kg  

Standard Features

Deck Hardware

(2) bow chocks

(4) deck cleats

(1) deck hatch (optional - on foredeck, doubles as escape hatch)

(5) watertight cockpit hatches

(1) bow eye

Cabin Features

• V-berth with storage compartments under

• Location for porta-potti

Sailing Kit

• Pivoting carbon mast w/ track, carbon boom

• Fully battened mainsail, 5oz Dacron, 2 sets of reefs

  1. Signature curved mainsail head

  2. Roller furling genoa on a bowsprit

• Harken Carbo blocks and camcleats

• High quality dacron running rigging

• Composite centerboard and rudder

  1. Handcrafted wood tiller


• Porta-potti with holding tank and pump-out capacity

  1. Electrical system

  2. Plastimo Mini-Contest bulkhead mount compass

  3. Cushion packages

  4. Options as for all NorseBoats (click below)

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             NB12.5     NB17.5  

"We had our NorseBoat 21.5 out in Buzzard’s Bay today in 3-4 ft swells...whoa, what a great sailing craft.”

J. Taylor, Rochester, Mass

Photo: John  Snyder, Marine Media

Photo: John  Snyder, Marine Media

"Our NorseBoat 21.5 is a real pleasure to sail and has lived up to all expections...the boat really came alive as the wind came up.”

J. Tory,

Toronto, ON

Photo: John  Snyder, Marine Media

Photo: John  Snyder, Marine Media

Photo: John  Snyder, Marine Media

Photo: John  Snyder, Marine Media

NorseBoat 21.5 Open

NorseBoat 21.5 Open

NorseBoat 21.5 Open

12.5      17.5

NorseBoat Limited      902.659.2790