UPDATE: October 22, 2011
Daphne is sold.
See below for specs and info about my Nor’Sea!
When something stands in the way of your dreams, you remove the obstacle or find a way around it. In 2008 the obstacle was lack of a boat and a land-locked job. So, I left the job and purchased Daphne, whom I’m now convinced is by far the best liveaboard and coastal or offshore voyaging boat I could have chosen. I could prattle on and on and never find an end to the reasons why the Nor’Sea was a perfect choice for me. However, plans change and I cannot look back. Instead I must look forward and make headway toward the next horizon in my evolving dream. And so, I return to teaching as I prepare for my next voyage in life. At this point, Daphne will better fulfill someone else’s dreams than she will mine. Therefore, my Nor’Sea Daphne is for sale.
Yes I am, without question, sad to be selling Daphne. I’ve had many great adventures aboard her, and wonder if my future plans will eventuate in something greater than another year sailing solo aboard Daphne. No doubt, if I continue to live restlessly in search of unusual and exciting experiences, then selling Daphne will not prevent me from accomplishing a life full of imagination that I desire.
When I purchased Daphne, although used, she was in mint condition. Not even a scratch, and I made sure to keep her that way. I made many upgrades to her including a new sail, a full winter cover, a monitor wind vane, and solar power. Now, fully ready to liveaboard or cross oceans, Daphne is awaiting her new owner.
If you are interested, please email me directly rather than posting your interest in the comments (firstname.lastname@example.org). Following is a brief listing.
Nor’Sea 27 (aft cabin model) with Trailer For Sale 1991
Current location: Long Island, NY
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More Nor’sea Info at the Nor’Sea website.
Why I love my Nor’Sea 27 Daphne
- The aft-cabin is very comfortable for two people. I slept there often and loved that I could leave the hatch open and see the stars. I could also simply sit up to take a look all the way around the boat when I was underway or at anchor.
- The aft cabin also provides a comfortable backrest while sitting in the cockpit. I never realized how important this was until I sailed on a different boat. When you spend hours in a day, or many days in a row on a passage just sitting in the cockpit its important to be comfortable. The Nor’Sea is the only boat of its size to have an aft cabin, which provides a full backrest and a very comfortable cozy cockpit. Its also more cozy due to the cockpit being centralized and protected by forward and aft cabins therefore keeping the cockpit very dry.
- Daphne is a breeze to sail solo. She handles easily and all the lines lead to the cockpit.
- Daphne is beautiful. I often had visitors because of her beauty and they would claim that she was the prettiest boat in the anchorage.
- Daphne is trailerable, which mean that when I first purchased her I parked her in the backyard where I lived aboard for the first two months I owned her.
- Daphne was very comfortable to liveaboard. I lived aboard for several years and never felt uncomfortable. I had guests stay with me for just a few days up to a few weeks and as many as three other people. There was plenty of sleeping space for them all. I also enjoyed sleeping in the cockpit (which I have boards to use to convert it to a double berth) either under the stars, or under the bimini on a rainy night.
- I always felt safe in an anchorage. This is the truth. This is due to the anchors that I have equipped Daphne with and the length of chain. I’ve seen some wicked wind at anchorage. In one particular gale I watched four boats drag across the anchorage while Daphne didn’t move an inch. It surely helped me sleep at night.
- I had ample power and never felt like I was “roughing it.” Before I installed the solar panel on Daphne I did not use any electricity. That felt more like camping, but I still loved it. In fact, I thought twice before installing the solar panel, but am sure glad I did. The solar panel has provided enough power for me to power the refrigerator, computer, navigation electronics, and charge camera batteries, and even a curling iron. I never worried about power consumption and was happy that it was free and clean and renewable.
- Daphne comes with a full winter cover that was deigned for the Nor’Sea. I lived under this cover during one snowy winter in Massachusetts. I totally felt cozy in my boat and the kerosene heater is enough to heat the small cabin.
The Nor’Sea 27: A Unique Bluewater Pocket-cruiser.
(taken from a review on “Bluewater Boats”)
- The Nor’Sea 27 is a small but rugged pocket-cruiser with live-aboard comfort and seaworthiness at the heart of her design.
- Designed as a heavy weather, long distance cruiser that was still legally trailerable.
- According to designer Lyle Hess “any boat that points her bow out to sea should be designed so that the crew need not worry about a safe return–no matter what tricks the weather may play”. This is the theme paramount to his designs.
- Nor’Sea: 4 circumnavigations and more than 160 Pacific and Atlantic crossings under her hull.
- Since its introduction in 1977, the little cruiser has gained a cult following. In total around 450 have been built and production continues to the present day.
- The Nor’Sea 27 is a heavily-rigged sloop.
- Double-ended profile with a wide curvy canoe stern accentuated by the upward sweep of the lapstrakes and a sweet, springy sheerline. Below the waterline: a full keel with forefoot cutaway that is fast and modern.
- Nor’Sea Yachts maintain a “super heavy duty” philosophy in construction. The hull is of solid hand-laid one piece laminate with up to 22 layers of mat and woven roving, and molded in lapstrakes which provides extra stiffness and strength as well as traditional looks and a drier boat. Interior plywood bulkheads and a partial molded fiberglass liner provide further structural reinforcement resulting in an extremely strong hull.
- The plywood-cored deck is fixed to an inward flange with adhesive sealant and stainless steel bolts spaced at 6-inch intervals. Deck fittings and hardware are oversized and through-bolted to stainless steel backing plates. This build quality gives the Nor’Sea 27 the strength of a larger boat.
- The Nor’Sea 27 has held their values well and have remained highly sought after so tend not to linger long on the used boat market.
Things to know when buying a Nor’Sea:
- The biggest problem has been in early models of the Nor’Sea with corrosion in the aluminum fuel tank, which is buried in the keel directly under the engine. It needs to be fully glassed over to protect it, or excavated and replaced if already corroded. Its good to know that this problem was alleviated in later models, and Daphne’s fuel tank is appropriately glass over and has had no problems.
- Most Nor’Seas on the market do not come with a trailer. Having a trailer increases the value of the boat as the trailer required is specialized (designed and constructed for the Nor’Sea) and can cost up to $12,000 new.
- The Nor’sea has two modes: aft-cabin and aft-cockpit. Daphne is an aft-cabin model and is the main reason she was so appealing to me. The aft-cabin model is preferred 9:1.
- Consider storage of your boat when your not using it. Will it stay in a marina? At a boatyard? Nor’Seas are trailerable so you can easily change locations, or store it in your back yard. And you can do all the work yourself in a day! You can take the mast down and trailer her yourself. I did it, with only one person helping me. Daphne comes with a DVD that explains how to step the mast.
- The custom made winter cover that Daphne comes with is unique. Most boats do not come with this and therefore owners spend a lot of money on shrink-wrap during the winter months.
Maximum Draft: 3′ 6″
Bridge Clearance: 40′
Engine Brand: Yanmar, approx. 850 hrs
Engine Model: 2GM20F
Racor fuel filter (New 2009)
Graco raw water strainer
Dripless prop shaft seal – PSS
Fresh Water Tank: 40 gals in (2) 20 gal poly tanks
Fuel Tank: 25 gals w/two inspection + clean out ports on fuel tank
Holding tank for waste
2009 Monitor Windvane
Navico tiller pilot
110 volt shore power with ground fault outlets
110v battery charger
2 group 27 batteries
130 watt Kyocera solar panel mounted above aft cabin (2009)
Link 10 battery monitor (2009)
Balmar high output alternator w/ external regulator
Lights and Electronics
All LED bulbs in cabin and tricolor/anchor
Tricolor/anchor, and masthead light with strobe
Lightning protection all rigging, chain plates, stantions, and pulpit grounded to 2 dyna-plates
Copper grounding system for SSB
C Plath compass
Wind, depth and speed gauges
Navico tiller pilot
Galley and Cabin
Force 10 Two burner propane stove and broiler
Force 10 Kerosene Cozy Cabin Heater
Refrigeration, 12v holding plate
Additional cushions to convert salon to v-berth and aft cabin to a larger berth
Awesome canvas gear hammock in aft cabin.
Wood burned nautical details on main cabin shelf and aft cabin step
Railings added to book shelves
C-Cushions for cockpit
Cockpit fill for converting to a double cockpit berth
Sunbrella-sail covers: jib bag, covers for tiller, boom gallows, winches, front and aft cabin hatches, handrails, weather cloths, bimini with additional side panels for a fully enclosed cockpit
Winter (or summer) canvas cover. Its huge, covers the entire boat, including the mast!
Bow pulpit and bowsprit with manual windlass
35# Delta w/ 30′ chain and 200′ nylon rode
35# Bruce with 100ft of chain and 100′ nylon rode (2009)
14# Fortress with rode
Split anchor chain locker with two deck caps
All in good condition:
140% drifter, multicolor + beautiful!
Full batten main w/ 3 reefs
Colorful riding sail (2009)
Extra paint, varnish, etc
Bedroll as a mattress topper for v-berth
Port (window) curtains
All manuals for engine, electronics, anything
Straps, mast crutch, etc for trailering
New, never-been-opened can of bottom paint
Electrical and rigging spares
Navigation rules book
DVD: How to step the mast on a Nor’Sea
Flares, horn, etc.
And some other things…
EZ Loader Trailer
max load 9500
number of pins on the connector: 4
built for sling or ramp launch. Daphne was always launched from a sling so I never submerged the trailer in salt water.
Ball size: 2 5/16 in