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Nordica 20
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100% of reviewers $6,000.00 9.0

Description: Full keel, fiberglass sloop. LOA 19.5', beam 7.75', draught 3.25'
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Registered: November 2002


Registered: November 2002
Review Date: Mon February 27, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $6,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: seaworthy, good looking, full keel, sturdily built, sails wonderfully, very roomy below

This is a wonderful double-ended, full keel sloop, that sails beautifully in any weather, from ghosting along in next to no wind to surfing through swells in heavy weather. For a 20' boat they have immense amounts of room below, and a very safe feeling cockpit. The hull is wonderfully built, with encapsulated steel ballast, and with the deck-hull joint solidly fiberglassed together. My boat is desperately in need of a new mainsail, but even so she is very nimble under sail, although perhaps not as quick to turn as a fin-keel would be.

My boat has a 6hp outboard on the factory bracket, and this has no problems pushing the boat even into a gale. Somehow the propellor does a remarkable job of staying in the water even in fairly large waves. Some boats had a small diesel inboard, and I think all of the boats have the cutout in the keel for the prop.

On top of all the wonderful sailing qualities, these boats also have a wonderfully unusual and seaworthy look. A proper little ship.

For a boat this size, I cannot imagine a better sailing, better looking boat. The joinery work (what little of it there is) isn't great, but it is solid, and the build quality is there where it counts.

I think that the original deck hardware is bolted through solid fiberglass, rather than through the deck core, so soft decks are probably not as much of a problem as on other boats.
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Review Date: Thu August 30, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: it's all true--sails wonderfully (cruises @ 5.5 k in reasonable conditions!!!), is seaworthy, balancexd, easy to handle. I'm used to mych bigger boats and reluctantly downsized. I couldn't be happier.
Cons: the carrying beam for the mast is just low enough to getcher noggin on your way to the head

the hallman 20 is a proper little ship, great for week-ending for 2, or even a week, in any sane conditions. And she's fun to sail. Pretty, too: why, the Bluenose II went out of her way to have a look at us in Mahone bay the other day! So there. Curiosity got the best of the whales and the seals and the porpii as well.

Having owned some lovely (larger) wooden boats over the last 40 years, I wasn't sure I'd like the descent to the dreaded fiberglass (aka "frozen snot". Well, the only water I pump now is what drips off my oilies in the Nova Scotia fog. This is a very tight and sound little boat with big boat features and feel.
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