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A friend of mine had one of these. His was a centercockpit version. A centercockpit on a 27 foot boat makes for a tight forward cabin, but if you are single-handling it, it may be just right. He loved his boat but his wife thought of better plans for the money and she didn't like to heel.....
The Nor'sea has a moderately low freeboard and if you heel beyond a certain point, the cockpit will ship water (centercockpit version)
Some Nor'seas were owner finished, so be on the lookout for those.....
They are robustly built and sail fairly well once you get used to tacking thru the slot in the cutter rig (rolling up the genny, tack, unroll the genny). I would make the staysail stay removeable for ease of tacking/sailing in light airs.
Good luck, I love the lines Lyle Hess drew on this one. One way to justify the expense is that it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the Bristol Channel Cutter!!!!
Last edited by ehmanta; 02-04-2008 at 07:38 PM.