May 2011 Issue
Boat Review: Norseboat 21.5
New trailer-sailer is a modern take on a classic design.
The Norseboat 21.5 is designed for the small-boat adventurer who likes to travel with as few mechanical encumbrances as possible. Its light weight makes it easy to tow with a mid-size car, and its shallow draft (less than 18 inches) opens up remote coastal cruising areas that bigger boats cant reach. For those who like to explore by backpacking, bicycle, or canoe, the boat is a logical upgrade. But you dont need a $35,000 Norseboat 21.5 to poke around the many outstanding small-boat cruising areas. Some sailors might be happier to have a renovated 38-year-old Venture 21, like the one we reviewed in the April 2011 issue, and put the $30,000 theyd save toward the next adventure. However, several important featuresa contemporary, sea-kindly underbody, high-quality construction, good fit and finish, and a sensible centerboard arrangementput the Norseboat head and shoulders above vintage trailer-sailers.
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