Norwalk Island Sharpie Price: Offers

Norwalk Island Sharpies are a well-known design in the US and continental Europe, although quite rare in the UK. Designed by Bruce Kirby, they are fast, light and manoevrable boats, based on 18th Century fishing boats from the Norwalk Island area. This boat was built by John Colvin boatbuilders as the 'demonstrator' for this class, and my father (an accomplished boatbuilder) bought her in the 1990s, refitted the interior, built new masts and made many other adaptions (including many clever little ideas for ease of use). Then he got ill, and the boat stayed covered in a barn for ten years, although she's been at Medway Cruising Club for the last 5 years.

Easy and comfortable to sail - shallow draft (she floats in 9" of water!) with a drop keel for added stability. She has two berths, gas cooker, 2 sinks, a coolbox and a sea toilet so she's great for a long weekend away - launching and recovery from her bespoke trailer is simple as it has a winch and guide poles. The wooden masts can be raised and lowered by one person (though it's easier with two) and rigging is simple (she is a 'cat ketch' - i.e. she has two, unstayed masts, with no jib or foresail). She is 'hard-chined', so under sail she leans easily, but once 'in the groove' she's very stable.

Equiment includes: DSC VHF radio, compass, log (speed) & echo sounder. Fortress FX-11 anchor with 11.00m (36'1") of chain and 33.00m (108'3") of rode. Plus, stern anchor line 4m chain + 36m of warp. 2 water tanks. Yamaha 4hp Outboard engine with intenral and external fuel tanks.
LOA 22'9", LWL 18'9", Beam 7'0", Draught 0'9" to 4'6" with drop keel.

The road trailer is roadworthy (new damper, wheel bearings regularly greased etc), but has sat outside for 5 years, so would benefit from a service. (Total weight on the tow hitch - i.e. boat and trailer - is approx 1,250kg) Some of the woodwork is due for re-varnishing, if I don't get round to it over the winter.

Feel free to ask any questions, or make me an offer. This is a reluctant sale, but I've now inherited my father's other boat, and can't keep both!



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