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NorseBoat News

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

“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

When I sail my NorseBoat 21.5, other sailors swing past to say how beautiful the boat is.  Thank you!

Greg B., Ohio

A VERY COOL CHANGE

ANNOUNCING THE NEW NORSEBOAT 17.5 CLASSIC

With the release of the NorseBoat 17.5 Classic, it may be time for a cool change in your boat repertoire.  One of the loveliest and most versatile small boats on the market just got better...better performance and stability, more comfort and ease of use, same classic lines and signature aesthetic. The boat that twice sailed and rowed through the Northwest Passage maintains its recognizable pedigree.  Using the existing hull shape, the NorseBoat 17.5 was retooled to incorporate some of the best features of the NorseBoat 21.5.   

    The cockpit has more comfortable seating and sailing efficiency. Hatches were upgraded, and a new hatch in the foredeck gives access to a large locker.  A pivoting carbon mast makes for easy trailering. The fully-battened mainsail has an innovative upwardly-curved headboard instead of a gaff yardsame cool look, less work.  A carbon boom, single line reefing, lazy jacks and larger furling headsail are now standard equipment.  An inboard rudder allows easy set-up and improved shallow water steerage, and it means a motor can be mounted on centerline for better stability and balance.  Judicious use of ballast and a heavier centerboard improve stability while maintaining beach-ability.

   Your boating life seem prearranged?  Try the new NorseBoat 17.5 Classic!



NORSEBOAT 21.5 MAKES THE COVER OF SAIL MAGAZINE!   A Photo of a NorseBoat 21.5 was featured on the cover of SAIL Magazine’s August 2015 Small Boats issue.  The photo, taken by photo-journalist John Snyder, illustrates the boat’s lovely classic lines and high performance. 












NORSEBOAT 21.5 HULL #11 SAILING IN OHIO

The owner of NorseBoat 21.5 hull #11 enjoying a single-handed sail near his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.  He told us “When I sail, other sailors swing past and say how beautiful the boat is.”




NORSEBOAT 12.5 BASIC WITH SLIDING SEAT ROWING     Yet another version of the versatile NorseBoat 12.5.  This model has mahogany trim and seats and an efficient sliding-seat rowing rig.  Fantastic to row and very easy on the eye.








NORSEBOAT 12.5 SAILING OFF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

This photo was taken during an afternoon sail along the coast of PEI, Canada.  Former French agent Nicolas Galais and his family were visiting the island. 

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NORSEBOAT 12.5 BASIC ADDED TO NORSEBOAT LINE    
















A basic yet elegant version of the NorseBoat 12.5 has been added to the product line.  The NorseBoat 12.5 Basic has a standard 12.5 hull, seats/flotation fore and aft, and wood thwart, trim, and optional floorboards.  This versatile open boat can be used as a rowing dinghy, yacht tender, fishing boat or daysailer (with the optional sail kit).





SEA TRIALS FOR NORSEBOAT 21.5 OPEN   Sea trials for the first NorseBoat 21.5 Open were conducted May 7, 2013 in Falmouth, Maine.  The owners flew in from Bermuda for the trials.  Also on hand were Kevin Jeffrey, NorseBoat, andRichard Hallett, Hallett Canvas and Sails.

    The boat handled well in the light winds experienced that day.  She was well balanced and responsive.  The signature rig has a carbon mast, furling genoa and fully battened mainsail with curved headboard. 





NORSEBOAT 21.5 ON THE COVER OF SMALL CRAFT ADVISOR!    NorseBoat 21.5 hull #8 was the cover photo for the JAN/FEB 2013 issue of Small Craft Advisor.  The photo was taken during sea trials off the coast of Maine near Rockland harbour.  The photographer was John Snyder of MarineMedia.biz.














NORSEBOAT 17.5 FOR RETIREMENT HOME IN MEXICO

A NorseBoat 17.5 with black hull was recently completed for a couple from Belgium.  The boat will be shipped to their new retirement home in Mexico.  







NORSEBOAT 21.5 SAILS OFF THE COAST OF MAINE! 

A new NorseBoat 21.5 sailed outside Rockland Harbor during a photo shoot by John Snyder of MarineMedia.biz.  The winds were stiff and the sunny morning proved a perfect time to capture the 21.5’s high performance and ease of sailing.




NORSEBOAT RECEIVES NSBA EXPORT AWARD

In July NorseBoat Limited was awarded the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Annual Export Achievement Award for 2012.  Glen Cairns and Kevin Jeffrey were on hand to accept the award, presented by NSBA Board President, David Canning.  





STRONG MARKET FOR NORSEBOAT 12.5
The sassy, smaller sistership to the 17.5 continues to win the hearts and minds of North American sailors.  Customers love its simplicity and versatility.  Sailing and rowing perfomance is great, and fitted with an electric motor it is an ideal “green” tender or motor launch.




NORSEBOAT 21.5 “JAMES BOND  EDITION”  was picked up by her new owner from Bethesda, Maryland.  The hull number is 007, and her name is “Skaken Not Stirred”.   Hallett Sails & Canvas of Falmouth, Maine is now making all canvas and cushions for the NorseBoat 21.5s, and is our production sailmaker of choice for this line.




NORSEBOAT 21.5 #4 MAKES HER DEBUT

NorseBoat 21.5 hull #4 was delivered to her owner who lives in Toronto, Ontario.  His comments after the first season:  “The boat is a real pleasure to sail and lives up to all expectations.  We continue to enjoy the boat, which is performing terrifically.”






APRIL LAUNCH OF NORSEBOAT 21.5

NorseBoat 21.5 hull #6 was launched late April 2012 in Rockland, Maine.  The new owners from Philadelphia, PA travelled to Rockland for sea trials and to trailer their new boat home.  How did they like it?  “Our NorseBoat 21.5 is great...it far exceeds our expectations”.

    Professional photo-journalist John Snyder of Marine Media took photos and video during the sea trials. 

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NORSEBOAT 21.5 IN THE BAHAMAS


The first NorseBoat 21.5 made in Maine was delivered to The Abacos, Bahamas in February 2012.  NorseBoat owner Kevin Jeffrey and his wife Liza travelled to Man-O-War Cay to perform sea trials with the new owners of “Clementine”.

    The NorseBoat 21.5 lived up to expectations with its well balanced, easily handled rig.   Clementine’s sleek hull design and custom Bahamian colour scheme drew a great deal of interest from locals and visiting sailors. 

   
The NorseBoat 21.5 combines classic downeast lines, NorseBoat Swiss army knife features, and truly exhilarating performance.  It has a versatile cutter rig or simple sloop rig, with pivoting carbon mast, fully battened mainsail, and furling headsail(s).  A ballasted foil-shaped stub keel and
modest-size pivoting centerboard provide good stability and shallow draft.   The NorseBoat 21.5 is relatively lightweight and easily trailerable with a modest-size vehicle.  The spacious cockpit seats eight and has five large storage lockers.  The cabin provides sheltered sleeping in a full size V-berth with storage under.  For more information or to place an order for the 2012 or 2013 season, please contact us.




NEW NORSEBOAT 17.5 HEADING TO DUBLIN, IRELAND!


Ireland joins the growing list of countries to have a NorseBoat sailing and rowing craft plying their waters.   The new owner is taking delivery of his NorseBoat 17.5 early May, 2012.  NorseBoats are shipped overseas in ocean freight containers.  A 20 ft container can handle two NorseBoat 12.5s or 17.5s, and a 40 ft. container can handle one or two NorseBoat 21.5s, one 21.5 and several smaller boats, or up to four smaller boats.




NORSEBOAT 17.5 COMPETES IN 2012 EVERGLADES CHALLENGE

In March 2012 Phil and Hoa McLean (NB 17.5 hull #48) competed in the Everglades Challenge, a 300 mile adventure race from near St. Petersburg, FL to Key Largo.  Despite prevailing strong winds, which kept many competitors from finishing the race, they had great fun taking part in the event. 

    An excerpt from their blog:  “...just had the most incredible broad reach. 17-20mph winds well aft of the beam for about four hours under spinny and full main. Started hitting sustained 7.5-8.2 mph surfs by GPS that were so much fun! Spray shooting out left and right. ...a fantastic adventure.”




NORSEBOAT 17.5 COMBINATION SAILBOAT, ROWING BOAT, AND ELECTRIC LAUNCH!


NorseBoat customers in Long Beach, California recently took possession of their new NorseBoat 17.5 Electric Launch. 
This particular craft is a standard NorseBoat 17.5 sailing and rowing boat combined with our Electric Launch package, which includes a built-in electric motor with solar charger, double bimini, cockpit table, and stereo system.  




NEW NORSEBOAT 17.5 ROWER MAKES HER DEBUT ON PEI!


The first NorseBoat 17.5 Recreational Rower was launched on Prince Edward Island summer 2011.  The new owner and NorseBoat president Kevin Jeffrey performed sea trails during a NorseBoat Rendezvous held in Victoria-By-The-Sea.  The rower, equipped with two sliding seat rowing units, handled stiff winds and moderate

chop with ease. 

  
The NorseBoat 17.5 Recreational Rower is based on a lower profile of the high performance, classic hull shape of the NorseBoat 17.5 Cruiser.  This seaworthy rowing craft has single or dual sliding seat rowing positions, and the capacity to carry gear for a day outing or overnight trip as well as a passenger or pet.



VIDEO CLIPS OF THE NORSEBOAT 21.5 ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!

Follow this link to a series of YouTube video clips of the NorseBoat 21.5.  This video footage was taken winter 2011 in Florida, shortly after the Strictly Sail Miami show.  They illustrate the classic lines, high performance, and ease of trailering and launching and retrieval at a boat ramp.







SAIL MAGAZINE AND PRACTICAL SAILOR REVIEW NORSEBOAT 21.5   SAIL Magazine editor Adam Cort and Practical Sailor editor Darrell Nicholson went for test sails on the new NorseBoat 21.5 following the 2011 Miami Boat Show.  With Darrell were his two sons and a friend.  The editors were able to experience the quick set-up and launching made easy by the 19 lb pivoting carbon mast.  With a well balanced helm the kids were able to polish their sailing skills, and the cabin proved to be a fun place for them to hang out. 



NORSEBOAT 12.5 SERVES AS TENDER FOR AUSTRALIAN SCHOONER!

A NorseBoat 12.5 is now serving as the tender for a classic schooner (in the background) along the north coast of Australia.  The schooner’s skipper loves the versatility, sailing and rowing performance, and load carrying capacity of the NorseBoat, and how his NorseBoat 12.5 complements his larger vessel.   



NEW NORSEBOAT 21.5 CHOSEN FOR SAIL MAGAZINE’S BEST BOATS OF 2011 !  

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 Strictly Sail Miami 2011.



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. 





TWO NORSEBOATS GO THROUGH NW PASSAGE IN 2010!

The two man team of Kev Oliver and Tony Lancashire returned to Gjoa Haven in the Canadian arctic mid August 2010. They completed their 2000 mile 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.




EIGHT NORSEBOATS SAILED
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.
 
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