The Norfolk Gypsy is a 20’ gunter rigged yacht. Considerable use of traditional brass, bronze and galvanised steel fittings, hardwood for exterior trim, oak and teak for interior trim and spruce spars combine together with the use of best quality resins, glass fibre and gelcoat (all hand laid) to produce a very low maintenance and immensely seaworthy yacht. She is equally suitable for exploring shallow tidal estuaries as for longer coastal passages in testing conditions. Her shallow draught and bilge runners also enable the boat to be beached without excessive heel.
To ensure stability, the Norfolk Gypsy combines heavy construction with internal ballast and a firm turn of the bilge. The modest high peaked gaff (gunter) rig has been designed to give excellent performance in both light airs and stronger winds and is easily handled in rough weather. The simple slab reefing system for the mainsail and the roller reefing system for the genoa provides fast and efficient reefing. The mainsail has been carefully cut to maximise windward performance. The Norfolk Gypsy can also be sailed on either mainsail or jib alone.
The centreboard is lowered and raised with a very high purchase drum winch - the control rope being led into the cockpit for ease of handling by the helmsman.
All deck surfaces have a moulded non-slip surface for safe working and the cabin top is fitted with 'Treadmaster' non-slip material. The forward deck has been lowered to provide a safe working area when handling the anchor. In this area there is a substantial wooden sampson post for mooring.
The cabin employs a conventional V-berth layout with the galley and WC aft., close to the main hatch. The deckhead of the cabin is constructed in balsa sandwich GRP. The cabin interior is fitted out in oak and teak with a white fibreglass cabin liner which incorporates the berths, galley, lockers etc. There are 6 brass port lights at eye height providing light and vision to both sides of the cabin and forward. The two forward port lights are opening to provide excellent ventilation throughout the cabin.
For auxiliary propulsion, the Norfolk Gypsy has the option of either an inboard diesel engine, a Yanmar 10 HP diesel, installed beneath the bridge deck, or an outboard engine mounted in a well at the aft end of the cockpit. Access to the inboard engine is under the hinged step over the engine with space for maintenance when required.
The boat has been designed specifically to be trailable and is very easy to launch and recover.
|19'10" ( 6.10m)
|212 sq ft (19.7 sq m)
|Weight of boat (including all equipment):
All Norfolk Smugglers come with the following as standard:
Heavy duty hand laid hull and deck in GRP
Varnished spruce spars (mast, boom, gaff and bowsprit)
Stainless steel standing rigging
Best quality pre-stretched polyester running rigging
Heavy duty tan terylene mainsail and jib
Slab reefing on mainsail
Roller reefing on jib
All halyards led back to cockpit
Morse single lever gear/throttle control in cockpit
Inboard engine installation flexibly mounted to ensure smooth and quiet running
6 brass portholes
Lowered foredeck well for safe anchor handling
Two mooring cleats on aft deck
Bronze fairleads on foredeck
Adjustable jib tracks
Galvanised tabernacle for easy mast lowering
Non slip surfaces on all deck surfaces
Fixed bilge pump
Hardwood rubbing strakes, cockpit grating, bridge deck, grab rails and external trim.
Two full length adult berths in cabin (with cushions)
4 x 2 gallon water containers
Large stowage lockers and shelves in cabin
Wet oilskin and boot stowage
Galvanised centreboard with winch
Several very spacious cockpit lockers (with sealed lids)
Cockpit seats drain outboard
Bronze stem head roller and bowsprit cap
Sacrificial anodes fitted to protect propeller/shaft and keel skeg
Sheet horse with mainsheet jamming block
Comprehensive Owners Manual with detailed sketches covering rigging, sailing and maintenance.
See Neil Thompson Boats at http://www.neilthompsonboats.co.uk