FOR SALE: 1975 46′ Norman Cross Trimaran Sailboat from Oh Sail Yes

After much (and we do mean MUCH!) consideration and contemplation, we have made the decision to sell our home on the water and transition to living on land in a converted bus to travel North and Central America. As such, our home on the water is soon to be available to take new owners on amazing adventures. You can see our photos & video post HERE. I didn’t want the descriptions to get lost. We’ll be updating with more photos once the boat arrives in the US by the end of May *barring any bad weather*

***The trimaran is currently in the Dominican Republic, waiting for a good weather window to head back to Florida. If you are interested in buying a boat that is ALREADY in the Caribbean, let us know asap.

Here is our family’s first glimpse at our floating home (December 1, 2015)

This Trimaran is priced for a quick sale at $59,000. As stated below the amount of room we have for negotiating will decrease with time as we address the needs listed.You will not find another structurally sound vessel with these design features and level of accommodation for less than twice this price.

She is a 1975 46′ Norman Cross Trimaran with a ketch rig. We have owned her for almost two years, and in that time as liveaboard cruisers we have sailed nearly 2,000 nautical miles, covering the East Coast of Florida, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic. She is soon to be in route to West Palm Beach, FL from Luperon, Dominican Republic where she will be available for purchase. Should a prospective buyer wish to take possession any place between here and the States, arrangements to do so can be accommodated.

I am a firm believer in composing a ‘for sale’ post that covers all of the bases. As such this is a longer listing than most. I’ll start with the main design points.

Being a large trimaran, she is remarkably safe, comfortable, and fast.


SAFE

If you are preparing for a liveaboard lifestyle, then safety and survival in the event of a disaster should be your absolute primary consideration. The design of this vessel makes her a Class 1 Habitable hull. This means that should the absolute worst happen and you find yourself out in a tropical storm or hurricane and the vessel capsizes, the boat will remain afloat and the central hull will remain a habitable space that provides shelter from the elements and access to your provisions and water. In the event that this occurs, an access hatch can be cut through the central hull and the outer hulls will provide adequate buoyancy to keep the vessel afloat. I CANNOT stress how important this design characteristic is, especially if you are traveling with your family. It is extremely rare that a vessel capsizes, even more so for a multihull design. However, we have enjoyed a high degree of satisfaction in knowing that a disaster situation in this vessel would only be a hardship and discomfort instead of a fatal experience. That is not a minor thing.

In addition to capsize livability, submerged obstacles present an inconvenience rather than a sunken vessel. If you were to strike a submerged container, sleeping whale, or other floating debris and rupture one of the hulls, the remaining two hulls will keep the vessel upright and afloat. This is a level of safety that you will find only in a trimaran. Most Catamarans and Monohulls would most likely sink in the event that this occurs. Not so with this vessel.

Again, I must stress that safety should be your first consideration when choosing a floating home. You will not find a safer platform than this. This design is a veteran of many safe circumnavigations. She is designed to safely take you from point A to point B, regardless of where those two points are on the planet (with the exception of the Arctic and Antarctic. But who wants to sail there anyway?)


COMFORTABLE

Like other mulithull designs, this vessel sits very flat in the water and provides a stable platform at anchor, even under very rough conditions. The VAST majority of the time that you are on board, you will experience almost no motion at all. In rare cases we have been anchored in a relatively unsheltered location where 40kt winds were stirring up 3′-4′ waves while we sat comfortably at the table in the salon playing games, our drinks sitting on the table next to us in open glasses with the contents barely moving (much less spilling!).

Underway she stays stable as a rock except for wave action, and even then the motion is much, much less than one would expect under any given conditions. Compared to a monohull, sailing in this vessel is like being on land. Only those with the worst motion sickness will have difficulty. She has very high under-deck clearance between the hulls, so you will experience deck slamming only in the worst of conditions. Indeed, if you experience deck slamming on this boat then you probably should have stayed at anchor waiting for a better weather window. Other multihulls that I have sailed on exhibit deck slamming under even moderate conditions.

In addition to the inherent stability of the design, she provides a huge amount of living space. At 46′ long with a 25′ beam she presents an overall footprint of sightly more than 1,000 square feet on deck and approximately 700 square feet of enclosed living space. Counting the deck space you will enjoy nearly as much living area as an 1,800 square foot house.

Included in this space are FIVE separate enclosed staterooms. Four of the cabins have double beds, with a sink and ample closet and cabinet space. The forward single v-berth includes closet and cabinets but lacks a sink. It is adjacent to the forward head, however, so a sink is three feet away. In total you will have sleeping space for nine people behind closed doors (ten if you have two smaller people or children sharing the v-berth). Try finding that elsewhere for anything less than $150,000 (more likely $250,000+).

In addition to sleeping quarters she provides a 25′ wide and 5′ deep covered pilot house with long bench seats. The four double cabins are accessed from this space, and it contains the helm and the companionway to the main living area. The pilot house has isinglass/sunbrella side panels that can be opened for fresh air or closed up during inclement weather.

The main interior living area is comprised of the salon and galley, and is approximately 10′ x 13′. The galley includes a double stainless sink with both pressurized water from your ample tank space and a pressurized sea water sprayer for rinsing dishes. This feature turned out to be far more valuable than we expected, and saved tons and tons of fresh water storage that would have otherwise been used just rinsing off dishes before washing. There is also a double burner propane stove with solenoid safety system, a large insulated cold-plate refrigerator compartment (accessed through the counter top), and vast amounts of cabinet space.

The dining and seating area features a U-shaped dinette that easily seats six at a 4’x2 ½’ teak table. Across from the dinette is a couch that will comfortably seat three. There is storage under each seat, providing enough space to store many months worth of provisions and dry goods.

In addition to these accommodations there are two full heads with showers. The main head forward of the salon has an electrical toilet with macerator pump and the rear head between the two aft cabins has a manual pump toilet. The aft head does not include a sink, but as stated above the two adjoining staterooms each have an independent sink.

Each living space has a large overhead Bomar hatch with removable sunbrealla covers that provide ample ventilation to keep you cool on warm days.

110v electrical outlets are wired throughout the boat, which run off the 2000 watt Xantrex inverter. With massive solar and wind generation and storage capacity you will not find yourself wanting for power.

The large swim platform on the stern includes a boarding ladder and fresh water pressurized swim shower.

One of the largest problems a new owner will have with this vessel is the truly humongous amount of storage space. This is not usually a problem on board a sailing vessel, but this design provides more than enough room to store far, far more than you would ever need. We ended up bringing with us more belongings than we have ever needed or used, simply because we could. There are SIX large storage compartments accessed from deck hatches. Each storage compartment is approximately six feet deep, three feet wide, and six feet long, with the forward two being significantly larger than that. In addition, there is storage under the v-berth, under every seat, and between the hulls. Enclosed cabinets with doors are featured throughout, including:

Eight in the v-berth
Six in the main head
Twelve in the salon/galley
Eight in each of the forward staterooms
Four in each of the aft staterooms
Four hanging closets in total (one per stateroom, with the exception of the V-berth)

You will never ever ever ever find yourself saying, “I wish we had more storage space.”



FAST

Aside from truly radical designs, the fastest sailing vessels in the world are trimarans. This design is no exception. Being a heavily built cruising hull she will not carry you to world record speeds, but she does move much faster than most other designs. You can expect to travel at approximately 2 knots for every three knots of wind. In other words, a 15 knot wind will drive you through the water at 10 knots and a 20 knot wind provides about 13 knots of travel speed. Our best speed to date is 17.3 knots, though I would encourage the new owner to avoid the conditions that create such speeds unless you are racing and the boat is adequately prepared. Above 13 knots this vessel becomes a much different beast and is not for the faint of heart or the typical liveaboard family. Stay in port and wait for more settled conditions.

Be aware though that if one is seeking an adrenaline rush, this hull and rig will serve it up gladly.

Keep in mind that the 17.3 knots was accomplished with a fully laden cruising family load. I would guess that between our provisions, belongings, tools, spares, water, etc, that we have several tons of cargo on board. Should one desire to race her, she could be stripped down and made to REALLY move. We have never had her in this configuration because we loaded her up on day one when we moved aboard, but I would expect that speeds in excess of 25 knots would be easily attainable without placing undue stress on the hull or rig. And that, ladies and gentleman, would be quite the experience.

Now for all the technical stuff, listed in no particular order. This vessel includes:

  • Perkins 4.236 inboard diesel motor
  • New (2017) 14′ inflatable dinghy with new (Dec. 2016) 30 HP Yamaha 2-stroke outboard and good running Yamaha 5HP outboard. The 30HP motor is currently missing at the time of this writing as it was stolen in Luperon, but the authorities are in the process of recovering it from a known location and we hope to have it back before leaving Luperon for the States.
  • 750 Watts of solar generation capacity, in three separate 250W arrays coupled to two independent MPPT solar charge controllers and one PWM controller for redundancy.
  • 400 Watt wind generator.
  • Brand new 675 amp hour house battery bank comprised of six 225 Amp Hour 6-volt batteries wired in series/parallel.
  • Brand new independent starting battery.
  • Xantrex 2000 watt inverter/charger
  • Large, heavy duty manual windlass
  • Lewmar electric windlass (this came with the boat when we bought it but we never installed it)
  • 65lb Delta anchor
  • 80lb Bruce anchor
  • 120 Ft of chain
  • Stainless rigging with Sta-Locks
  • Pressurized 12V water system throughout serving two showers and six sinks.
  • Fresh water storage in four separate tanks comprising almost 200 gallons of water storage. Four people can live aboard for nearly two months without needing to refill the tanks.
  • Separate exterior propane locker with two standard propane tanks. We cook on board almost every day and can go for months at a time without running out of propane.
  • Roller furling jib
  • Mainsail Lazy jacks with stack-pack and sunbrella sail bag
  • Sunbrella Mizzen cover
  • Ample stock of bumpers and dock lines
  • Teak rub rail
  • 2000 watt stereo system that provides audio independently to either the salon or outside in the pilot house
  • 27” LCD TV/DVD player
  • 12V lighting throughout, a combination of LED, Fluorescent, and Incandescent
  • 12V fans in all cabins and the salon
  • 110V Ice maker that spits out ice all day long
  • Newly rebuilt (2017) mizzen mast and mizzen mast step. The previous inadequate design resulted in the fall of the mizzen between Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic. The newly built design is far superior to the previous version.

While we continue to live aboard and travel in her, access to materials and service providers has led to some deferred maintenance that will need to be addressed. While she is not a project boat, there are definitely some things that a new owner will need to consider as necessary checklist items.
Here are the known issues as of the time of this writing, in no particular order. Be aware that once we hit the States we will be working diligently on this punch list and that as we address these items the monetary and time investment will reduce our ability to negotiate on price. An experienced person could easily purchase this vessel in as-is condition and build in a large amount of additional value in the form of sweat equity. It is because of the following list that she is available for less than $100,000.

  • All three sails are in serviceable condition, though the mainsail is missing one batten and the sunbrella UV cover on the roller furling jib is in need of stitching in a few places. Once in the States I will address these issues.
  • The entire structure would benefit from a new topside paint job. While the decks and structure are rock solid, cosmetically there are numerous places where the paint is chipped, faded, scratched, or stained. Frankly, she needed paint when we bought her but we were never that concerned with cosmetics.
  • The main diesel is in need of attention. In January 2016 I rebuilt the entire motor due to a blown head gasket, spending nearly $5,000 on the rebuild. At that time I had the heads machined, new valves, valve train, and valve guides installed, professionally rebuilt the high pressure injector pump, professionally rebuilt the four injectors, new fresh water pump, new raw water pump, new starter, and new oil pump. All lines and hoses were taken to a service provider and acid washed. Hydraulic hoses were replaced as needed. It ran like a top. Unfortunately, due to a failed bilge pump and improper placement of the through-hull for said pump, the engine compartment filled partially with sea water while we were underway. The compartment is sealed, so water ingress was limited to the engine compartment only, but it was enough to partially submerge the starter. This resulted in us being unable to start the motor until we reached a location to purchase a new starter, and once a new starter was installed the motor did fire right back up. It has since stopped running entirely, and I suspect a fuel problem. This is the main issue that I will be addressing once we return to the US and the motor will likely be in running condition for the new owners. Contact us for information on the current state of the motor.
  • The running rigging is in need of an overhaul. There are numerous blocks that need to be replaced and some of the lines need to be replaced. The mizzen needs to have the rigging redesigned. When we purchased her the mizzen rigging had all been removed for reasons unknown, and I installed a makeshift functional rig. It needs to be redone properly and I will be doing so once we hit the States.
  • She is in need of a haul-out and bottom paint. We had her hauled and applied one barrier coat and two coats of bottom paint in Jan 2016, but the boat yard that sold us the paint provided incompatible types of paint to us. As a result, the bottom paint did not adhere properly to the barrier coat and in the year since application most of the bottom paint has come off.
  • Included with the boat is an older Raymarine chart plotter, depth sounder, and ST6002 autopilot. As of the time of this writing none of these electronics are operable due to an electrical short that took out the system (entirely my fault while I was working on replacing the batteries). We have navigated nearly our entire journey using an iPad and Garmin BlueCharts as a chart plotter with multiple phones and computers serving as backups. A typical new owner will likely desire to have a new electronics suite installed, though the bones of a complete system (including the flux gate compass for the autopilot and transducer for depth sounder) are in place. It is my belief that the autopilot is easily recomissioned, though we have never once used it.
  • The pumpout connection for the forward head holding tank needs to be redesigned and new hoses installed.
  • The rear head is currently not pumping for reasons unknown. I suspect a blocked supply line and will be addressing this once we hit the States.
  • Numerous minor cosmetic issues throughout the salon and cabins need to be addressed. Mostly paint and polish only, though the hinges on many of the cabinets are not stainless and as such are in need of replacement after many years of exposure to the marine air. They work, but they are not pretty.
  • The wind generator really should be relocated from the top of the pilot house to the mizzen mast. It works just fine where it is, but it is low enough that it is a safety hazard and it creates a noisy environment in the cabin it is mounted above.
  • The refrigerator is currently inoperable. Indeed, it has never worked since we purchased the boat. This will be left for the new owner to address so that they can make their own decisions regarding refrigeration types. The original design is an engine-driven compressor that cooled the cold-plate fridge. This compressor is seized and the belt has been removed. My recommendation would be to install a good 12V compressor.
  • The sunbrella sail covers and pilot house walls are in need of replacement. They are functional as is, but most people will want to have new ones made (or make them themselves).



That is about as comprehensive as I can be. I’m sure that I have forgotten some things (both good and bad) but it is my hope that this provides enough information for the prospective new owner to know whether she will be a good fit for your family. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me via on facebook through our Oh Sail Yes page or via email at patrick.leffel@gmail.com and I will do my best to answer in a timely fashion.

You can see more videos from our life aboard on our YouTube Channel Oh Sail Yes

 

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