1986 Norseman 535
Compared to Oyster, Hylas, Baltic, Swan, Amels, at the same size, the Norseman 535 is simply a better boat. |
There are only 7 of them and this is the first of the line and the only one with factory designed and built hard dodger.
More comfortable inside.
Leather seatings, removable laminated supergraphic of owner racing Heineken Cup, flat screens, NHT speakers (4), Polk Sub and better access to everything: engine, genset, fuel filters, aluminum tanks (6), dive compressor, tools.
Much stronger gear like massive Reckman hydraulic furlers (3) and oversized power winches (2) with a fresh Lofrans windlass.
The owner's plan to cruise Bahamas and East from resting out the hurricane season is on hold and she is up for sale to a blue water sailor.
Built by Ta Shing to Gary Grant (Bob Perry influenced) designs for Australian owners who circumnavigated, Spirit and I sailed from Port Sydney, Canada to SF Bay to Puerto Vallarta, to Panama to Cartegena, to Caymans to Key West, to Exumas to Florida, to Abacos to Brunswick and on to Stuart, FL where she was pulled with her mast down at Hinckley.
This is the third time she has had the mast down, surveyed and serviced.
She is a really strong, go anywhere, luxurious, easily handled cutter rigged sloop with a 20,000 hour rated marinized Mercedes OM 352 non-turbo diesel giving her 9 knots at 1500 rpm and a timeless 6.5 KW Onan/Luger Genset.
Her sails are by Hood and North.
She has a fresh Simrad autopilot with spare head. 2012 Raymarine GPS/Chart Plotter and HD Radar with cockpit repeater and I-Pad interface.
Current Platinum Navionics and Garmin Plus Chart sets plus extensive paper charts. recent ICOM VHF with repeater and ICOM SSB.
Granite topped gallery counters, designer stainless sinks with Grohe fixtures, fully enclosed showers with electric Vacu-flush heads, she has a vertically battened Hood mainsail with North jib and stay sail, and unused Spinnaker with sock, Rondo deck lights, deck and anchor wash, twin rollers, Delta, Bruce and 75 lb. yachtsman storm anchor, 150 feet inspected chain, recent Lofrans windlass, and Simpson stainless deck davits.
She has spare starter motor, 12 volt and 24 volt alternators, extensive parts and tools.
She carries her own dive compressor.
She has working Cruiseair and portable AC and non-working Wabasto diesel heat with registers throughout.
She carries 200 gallons fresh water and 120 gallons diesel in 7 aluminum tanks, all her transfer lines are stainless steel.
She has a recent appraisal.
Showings at Hinkley may be arranged.
She is out of the water now.
Her mast and rigging are inspected and being refreshed now.
Splashing in late February in Stuart, if it is time for you to follow a blue water dream, she is the vessel you have been looking for.
She provides a comfortable passage for 6.
With 6.5 feet of draft and your tide chart, she can manage the Bahamas.
Her in and out of the water survey was completed in 2020.
In the meantime, here is a story,
“Entering Cabo San Lucas from Ensenada onboard Spirit at nightfall, we caught a fresh breeze just outside of the port.
I told the crew to settle in below.
I had decided to sail through the night to make Puerto Vallarta at sunrise.
I turned out to sea.
As we sailed, the wind freshened to over 17 knots and 39,000 lbs of Gary Grant/Bob Perry designed hull lifted and accelerated across the water.
On a beam reach, we began to canter across the mouth of the Sea of Cortez.
The knot counter edged up to 10 and then 11.
The autopilot was steering.
I inserted my Etymotic earphones into my ears in order to plug Beethoven’s Ninth into my skull.
It was a warm sea breeze and the night became pitch black as the lights of Cabo sank beneath our stern.
All I could hear at first was the sound of the water parting beneath her along with her sheets straining against their winches.
The first meteor fragment streaked across the sky about 45 degrees above what had been the horizon line some minutes earlier.
Then a second, then hundreds, then thousands, and then tens of thousands.
It was a full-on meteor shower, my first at sea.
I was transfixed.
The entire sky was alive.
Outer space was announcing herself.
Majestic is too humble a word.
That was the beginning?
Now charging forward with her bow cleaving the waves sending spray up and to port and starboard with the bow lights twinkling red and green in the waterfalls a bright spot of white crystal glowed just under the bow rail.
First one, then many, then like the fireworks above there came thousands of them.
They were fluorescent squids, possibly from Japan.
Stars above stars arcing up over the bow stars sliding down the side decks separated from me by the cockpit comings, I stood behind the wheel with "Ode to Joy” rising in my brain.
I looked back over the dinghy hanging on her davits at the transom.
The light “crystals” were rolling down her decks alongside her cockpit to her aft deck and then over her stern and into the sea where her wake had become a trail of blue fire.
I was no longer on a sailboat, I was no longer in charge of a sailboat.
I was no longer just at sea.
Spirit of Australia was now a ship in space.
And, the grandeur was completely unexpected.
My work acquiring her and tending to her many needs was beyond worthwhile.
That night she not only returned my kindness toward her she also freed me from any doubt that choosing a life on the sea might have been unwise.
If you are ready for your bluewater adventure, this sailboat has certainly fulfilled mine.
If she does not sell, she will be bound for Trinidad and crew positions will come up along the way.