The Norfolk Oyster is a 17' gunter rigged centreboard dayboat, with simulated clinker hull, spruce spars and tan sails.
Her simple efficient rig ensures excellent performance under sail in light or strong winds whilst her deep bow and
ample freeboard make her immensely seaworthy. Both mainsail and jib have fixed reefing points (2 positions in mainsail, 1 in jib)
so that reducing sail is easily accomplished.
A small cut-out in the transom enables an outboard motor to be fitted with ease. When not in use, this can be stowed in chocks
in the large forward locker. A 4 or 3.5 HP longshaft engine is recommended. We have found that this provides ample power to
make good headway against strong currents.
The separately moulded internal layout is uncluttered and roomy allowing 4 - 6 adults and accompanying children, dogs etc.
to be comfortably seated without hampering the efficient sailing of the boat. A cambered lowered foredeck houses 2 large
lockers (one for the outboard engine) which have separately moulded bins and watertight lids to ensure that picnic, spare
clothes etc. remain dry.
Sealed compartments under the cambered side benches ensure that the boat is positively buoyant in the unlikely event of her flooding.
Teak slats are fitted over the seating to provide an especially safe non-slip surface.
This complements the larch sole boards and wide teak capping over the centreboard case.
The boat can be rowed - a useful ability in calm weather.