The Norseman 535, designed by Gary Grant, is the largest and newest in the Norseman line of performance cruisers built to the ABS specifications by the Shing Sheng yard in Taiwan.
It is testimony to the versatility of the boat that the first hull was ordered by an Australian couple who plan to sail their Spirit of Australia trans-Atlantic to Europe, then double back through the Panama Canal and ride the South Pacific trade winds to Sydney, where they will enter the competitive Sydney-Hobart race. Her canoe-shaped underbody has a skeg-hung rudder and a long fin keel with internal lead ballast and choice of two draft options. She has a 43-percent ballast/ displacement ratio, a displacement/ length ratio of 180 and a sail area/displacement ratio of 17.7. Thus, she should be both stiff and swift in a variety of wind conditions and capable of 200-mile daily runs.
A double-spreader sloop rig is standard, though shorthanded sailors may wish to opt for a cutter or ketch rig. For night sailing, the foredeck is fitted with two flush-mounted Rondo! lights that illuminate the sails and rigging, in addition to two spreader lights. The double lifelines are 34 inches high. For easy anchoring, the bow features a pressure deck wash, twin anchor rollers that can accept a 65-pound plow or two smaller Bruce anchors and a deep, self-draining anchor locker that can take a 75-pound yachtsman storm anchor. The center cockpit can be fitted with a collapsible fabric dodger or removable hard top mounted with two solar panels. Snorkelers will appreciate the transom-mounted folding swim ladder and freshwater cockpit shower, both standard features.
What is most intriguing about the design concept is that the boat's ample beam, center cockpit and three-cabin layout are ideally suited to charterers who value good performance with luxurious private accommodations for up to three couples·. Two interior layouts are offered, both featuring two heads with separate stall showers, a good navigation station and entertainment center, secure Cshaped galley and space for a washer/ dryer, microwave oven and auxiliary generator. Anticipating that their high-performance 53-footer would fill a void in the charter market, Norseman Yachts has also developed an attractive yacht management program for tax-wise buyers, with a fleet to be based in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
LOA 53'5" (16.3 m.)
LWL 44'8" (13.6 m.)
Beam 14' 10" (4.5 m.)
Draft Standard keel 6'6" (2.0 m.) Shoal keel 5' 4" (1.6 m.)
Sail area 1,208 sq. ft. (112.22 sq. m.)
Ballast 15,500 lbs. (7,031 kg.)
Displacement 36,000 lbs. (16,330 kg.)
Hull Airex-cored fiberglass
Auxiliary 85-hp. Perkins diesel
Standard boat $397,000
This information appeared in Cruising World Magazine, June 1988 by Betsy Holman
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