Nor’Sea 27 “Daphne” is for sale!

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 (teresa@sailingsimplicity.com). Following is a brief listing.

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Nor’Sea 27 (aft cabin model) with Trailer For Sale 1991
Current location: Long Island, NY

Click here to view Photos

Click to view the following videos:
» Life aboard SV Daphne
» Liveaboard Life
» A Tiny Home at Sea

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.

Specs

Dimensions
LOA: 27′
Beam: 8′
Maximum Draft: 3′ 6″
Displacement: 9000
Ballast: 3500
Bridge Clearance: 40′

Engine
Engine Brand: Yanmar, approx. 850 hrs
Engine Model: 2GM20F
Racor fuel filter (New 2009)
Graco raw water strainer
Dripless prop shaft seal – PSS

Tanks
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

Steering
2009 Monitor Windvane
Navico tiller pilot

Power
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
Spreader lights
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
Garmin GPS
Raytheon VHF
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
Propane sniffer
Awesome canvas gear hammock in aft cabin.
Wood burned nautical details on main cabin shelf and aft cabin step
Railings added to book shelves

On Deck
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

Dodger
Winter (or summer) canvas cover. Its huge, covers the entire boat, including the mast!

Ground Tackle
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

Sails
All in good condition:
90% jib
110% jib
140% drifter, multicolor + beautiful!
Full batten main w/ 3 reefs
Storm jib
Colorful riding sail (2009)

Extras
Life jackets
Fenders
Rig tuner
Brass bell
Extra paint, varnish, etc
Spare lines
Engine spares
MOB Lifesling
Boatswains chair
Bedroll as a mattress topper for v-berth
Port (window) curtains
Boat hook
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
Navigation triangles
DVD: How to step the mast on a Nor’Sea
Solar lantern
Flares, horn, etc.

And some other things…

Trailer
EZ Loader Trailer
heavy duty
1991
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
3 axels

 

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39 Responses to Nor’Sea 27 “Daphne” is for sale!

  1. Karen August 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I must be losing what’s left of my mind, but I sent you an email, Teresa. If the stars align just so maybe we can continue Daphne’s journey. As for you.. I wish you all the best in your future path. Will talk soon :)

  2. Douglas August 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I will put on my (low power) prediction hat and say that you and Ben will be in the market for something good for 2 or more. I look forward to seeing what else comes up in the near future. I know that the decision to sell either boat was not easy. Keep us up with what you are up to now. Best wishes and smooth sailing ahead to you and yours.

    • Teresa August 19, 2011 at 8:09 am #

      Douglas! Everyone is making predictions and I wish I could spill the details, but I don’t even know them yet. And Daphne is totally good for 2+kitty cat. It will be very hard to sell Daphne. I’m already sad about it.

  3. Gus August 19, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I know how you feel. I am selling my Caraway after thousands of miles cruising in her.

    http://www.flicka20.com/Brokerage/Flickas-For-Sale.aspx

    We’ve been through a lot together and it’s been nearly ten years of adventures. I’m selling her because of the absurd costs of keeping a boat in the UK, the vandalism by thieves and the persistent accidental damage from other boat owners. Oh and also the fact that wherever I seem to go the sea is ruined by power boats and idiots on jet skis.

    I will buy a cruising dinghy and go up shallow creeks where nobody else goes and then charter or crew when I need a proper ocean fix.

    good luck on the next leg of your story

    gus

  4. Courtney August 19, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Daphne is a beautiful boat, so well loved and looked after. I’m sure it’s sad for you to give her up, as it is for Ben to sell Elizabeth, but it also sounds like the next adventure in your lives contains excitement and love. I wish I had the money to purchase Daphne, as I can see she’s just gorgeous, and a great sailing vessel, but I just bought my new home, a 30′ Islander.

    Both boats will find caring, loving owners, and you’ll make your new ship a wonderful home! I look forward to reading more about your sailing adventures. New life chapters are always a little scary and nerve-wracking, but that’s what makes them worth living. Good luck, Teresa!

  5. Mid-Life Cruising! August 19, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Best of luck to you in your new adventures. Being willing to make a change and venture into the unknown is what makes life exciting!

  6. Fran August 22, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    I opened this on this morning, prepared to ask you to clarify to your readers, followers, supporters, as to what is going on, as I (as in me!) have been receiving lots of emails asking ME, like I would know and tell me your vagueness on why you are selling Daphne, was leaving them mystified…after reading this post, I dont know why they are so mystified….while I think I understand you are not exactly sure which path(s) you are about to take, I see some in the plans and thoughts in the works…..but people are wanting specifics….just delivering a message(s)! love you P.S. So many people have been reading and following, living their dreams thru you….I think they might of forgotten that you too have all the same challenges life holds for many of us, you were just able to do more than so many…………….hope you are safe and rested….miss you

  7. Mark August 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Teresa,

    Do you enjoy the aft cabin? Do you use it mainly for storage or have you ever actually slept in it?

    • Teresa August 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Mark,
      I absolutely love the aft cabin. I did not use it for storage, but used it as my bedroom. It was perfect. I could sleep with the hatch open and look at the stars. If I was sailing, all I had to do to look outside was to sit up. Perfect design!
      Sincerely,
      Teresa

  8. Dave Hazen August 26, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Sad to see the girl up for sale. Would buy her myself and move back to So.Cal.,but things have been a little tough here in Joplin, since the tornado. Best of luck in your future. Daphne, is now my screen saver Fair winds and calm seas Dave

  9. Samer September 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Teresa,

    Please inform on the year of make of the boatband the asking price?

  10. Mike September 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Price Please

  11. Dow September 7, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Price?

  12. Deb linnell September 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Price?

  13. Mike September 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Hi Teresa,

    I am new to your blog so please excuse me if I am re-asking a questions already asked and answered. Would you care to share what your liveabaord budget is like aboard Daphne…docking fees, gas, kerosene and the like? Budgets reported by liveaboards tend to vary widely according to lifestyle. I would like to capture the budgets of persons living on the minimalist end of the spectrum. I had a kidney transplant a few years ago and medication costs for my anti-rejection drugs eat up a huge hunk of my budget. After meds costs are covered I would have to be able to swing total basic liveaboard costs in the $550-600 a month range.

    • Teresa September 15, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      Mike,
      Its hard to describe the budget. Usually people spend what they can afford. I was the same way, although I added in “savings” as a necessity for each month. You mentioned gas, kerosene, and docking fees. You can manage without all three of these things. You could sail, bundle up, or anchor instead. It depends on your priorities and what you are willing to do without.
      People have asked me this question before and I have tried to give a clear answer in the past. Now I keep it vague. My budget has fluctuated a lot during my years aboard Daphne for various reasons including the region I was sailing in, the season, and whether I was sailing or stationary. The one thing that remained true, however, is that whatever budget you plan for you need to double it. With boats, you never know when you’ll need extra cash. Maybe its hauling out for a hurricane, or fixing the stove, or adding a battery monitor. It always cost more than what I expected, even when I did all the work myself.
      Good luck in your adventure. Please keep me posted.
      Sincerely,
      Teresa

  14. Mike September 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    PS. I forgot to say this: YOU ROCK!

  15. Mike September 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Teresa,

    Thanks for your frank answer. Much excitement in your new adventures!

  16. Scott September 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Love the youtube vids. Doing the same thing in a few years. I have a power boat right now but changing to sail. The power boat was nice ( I put in over by Tawas Mi. ) stayed on it all summer and loved it., but fuel is going up and sailing is more fun. Looking forward to more vids, later.

  17. Roy September 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Came across your site while checking on the Nor’sea 27s and other small boats on the market. Enjoyed your videos and commentaries. Lost my well loved, well cruised, Flicka in a storm off Bahia Honda Key (insurance total) last March, and have started a slow (unhurried) search for my next boat. The Nor’sea 27 is on the short list of possibles. Please send the listing info including your asking price to my email. Good luck with your future plans.

  18. Nial McInerney September 21, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I have only two questions: what is the price and where can she be inspected? Thanks
    nial

  19. Joseph from Malta September 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Hi Theresa. I love your boat and your Blog. However we are literally oceans apart so it is difficult for me to come to see ‘Daphne’ but I am interested all the same to know your asking price. E-mail me please. Good luck.
    PS. I had a Hunter Medina 20 three years ago which I had to sell.so I know all about being in love with your boat and having to part with it.

  20. Ben Evans October 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I am certainly interested in this beautiful vessel. Love the design and everything about these wonders. I don’t care about speed; I care about seaworthiness and old fashioned reality. HOW MUCH ARE YOU ASKING?
    --Ben

  21. John October 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    price??????????????????

  22. Daniel October 29, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    Great to see Daphne is sold. Very nice you didn’t have to wait too long although I’m sure any waiting feels long.

    What’s your next boat going to be? Where does your adventures take you next?

    ~Dan

  23. Ger November 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    T

    I am sorry, I have been busy for the past while, falling in love and beginning a new life…… i see Daphne is in the hands of a new adventurer. i wish her strong winds and fair seas.

    I hope to be in Anguilla by Dec 15th for 10 weeks aboard my boat….. Will you and Ben be in the neighbourhood? If so, drop a note and lets tear up some laughs.

    Ger (iPod guy)

  24. Ger November 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Oh…. i forgot to say, my sister lived in Mowat’s cottage on the shore of Barcovan Beach in 1978…..

    • Teresa November 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

      Thats really cool!!

      Unfortunately we aren’t going that far south this winter. Take some pics and go snorkeling for us!!

  25. Wendy November 9, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Very nice post.Can you tell me the price please.

    • Teresa November 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      Wendy,

      Daphne is sold. However, please check the links at the top of this post for other great boats for sale. They are all Lyle Hess designs, like Daphne. Some Nor’seas, and a Bristol Channel Cutter.

      Good luck with your boat search.

      Sincerely,
      Teresa

  26. julius November 25, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Your blog is very encouraging. I, too, hope to retire on a sailboat someday. Keep up the good work on your blog. You’re definitely living the adventurouis life. Godspeed and Following Seas.

  27. Dana November 25, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Hi, Ran across your blog and vid’s accidentally…and loved them. Wish you had more. Sorry to see you sold the boat as I was hoping you’d be sailing more and producing more videos. But nothing stays the same. I sincerely wish you the best in your furture adventures (and also hope they are aboard another sailboat!). I’m presently on my Cape Dory 25 sloop in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico waiting to finish up a few last minute items before casting off for Baja, then to La Paz, over to Mazatlan and eventually to Puerto Villarta. . .
    Love your smile! Best wishes…..
    Dana

    • Teresa November 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

      Thanks, Dana! Good luck on your adventures as well. I am aboard another boat. I’m living on SV Elizabeth, a 28ft Bristol Channel Cutter.
      Teresa

  28. Connie January 17, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    ….sleepless in landlocked Tennessee, I fell across you on You Tube while I was looking at “Tiny Houses”…..I have dreamed on living on a boat~ a bit bigger than your beauty but needless to say ~ continue to search my soul to answer…”Where is Home”.

    Until then….
    I wish you the best and hope to read more of your adventures…
    for I know Adventure Calls (I was a Pan Am Stewardess) so I know something about Adventure

    Best,
    Connie

  29. Shesails.net January 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi Teresa! Just found your blog through a post of yours on the Women and Cruising blog. I’m on a sailing journey too…in Tasmania right now on a tall-ship, but hoping to toss my plane ticket back and catch a boat across the Pacific to get back to the states instead. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about cruising lately, and my dream to live that lifestyle just keeps growing. It’s very inspiring to read about your adventures, including the one of selling Daphne. It’s clear that you are a true optimist, and that you’ll find what you’re looking for wherever you go! Thanks for the great blog!

  30. Keith October 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Sorry to hear u not got the boat enymore well good luck and thanks for the insight to living aboard

  31. Bart Blankenship November 2, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Teressa,
    I just got a lead on a Nor’sea 27 that had been demasted and has no engine for $1000. I’m pretty tempted even though I already have a boat. It has been stripped of winches etc, but seems like I could fix her up. What do you think?

  32. Jim May 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Bart, It sounds like you’re looking at a boat hull, not a boat. I’ve got that T-shirt and my experience suggest it is better to just buy one that is close to what you want and avoid the time and risks to build a boat from a boat hull. Surprises in boat building is generally expensive. IMO, Jim

  33. Joe September 27, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Howdy, I’m new at sailing and was wondering how come water gets into the bildge? Do all pocket sailboats leak? I’m 6’3″ 287lbs and was thinking I may need a bigger boat? I live in a 17 ft travel trailer and have been called a Rubber Tramp, is live on life about the same as RVing? Can one live cheaper if one leaves the USA? I was thinking of sailing off to central america and living close to shore on the hook, eating fish and local fresh fruit mostly? Do I need a passport for this way of life?

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