Lying: North Norfolk Marine Centre, Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1QB

As all details are supplied by the owner, we are not responsible for any mistakes in the inventory listing.

This beautiful Norfolk Smuggler is of exceptional quality having been lovingly looked after by her owners and sailed on both the Norfolk Coast and the Norfolk Broads.

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The Norfolk Smuggler 25 has been carefully designed to ensure a single-handed sailing ability when required. The cockpit is as large as the Gypsy’s to allow comfortable sailing for up to six adults and to provide ample stowage space in the cockpit lockers. The cabin trunk provides standing headroom through the yacht without looking cumbersome, and ahead of this there is a safe foredeck to provide security for the foredeck hand.

This vessel has been designed to be shoal draught with a centreboard increasing draught from 2’9″ with plate up to 4’11” with plate down. The centreboard is raised and lowered with an easy to operate manual winch.

The Smuggler has a heavy displacement hull with a good ballast ratio to provide power under sail and good internal volume. Due to her firm turn of the bilge hull form, her stability is exceptionally good.

The high peaked gaff rig, used to such good effect on the Norfolk Gypsy, has again been used on this boat but this time cutter rigged to break down the larger sail area and to provide different permutations when the time comes to reduce sail. The rig will provide excellent sailing performance in all points of sail with exceptionally good windward performance.

The use of the high-peaked gaff is so the spars are short for ease of transporting and storing. The added benefits of the light weight and flexible gaff is that it tends to bow around the halyard attachment point when the wind gusts, automatically flattening the sail at the right time. Also, by tweaking the peak halyard, you can (although you don’t have to) produce very effective sail shape adjustments when changing point-of-sail, or during varying wind conditions. (To flatten the sail in strong winds or to loosen the leach in light aires) High-tech racing boats spend hundreds of thousands doing this with carbon-fibre and stainless steel – here we do it (in a cruder, but effective way) using douglas spars and polyester line.

The deck stepped mast is housed in a large tabernacle (with fixed gooseneck to simplify mast lowering). The Smuggler 25 is, therefore, eminently suitable for canal sailing, for example, when mast lowering and raising is necessary on a frequent basis.

Headroom in the interior is 5’10” (1.79m) on the centreline over a level sole (the centreboard being located under the cabin sole).

The heads are outfitted to a high standard incorporating a flushing toilet with an optional holding tank facility.



Additional Equipment fitted to Boat (all these items would be charged at extra cost on an equivalent new boat)

Coloured hull – Midnight Blue (in lieu of standard white)
Red antifouling and white boot top
10kg Delta anchor with anchor launch on bowsprit and 9mm anchor chain
10m of 9mm chain 30m 12mm warp
Anchorman manual winch on foredeck with hawse pipe and handle
Two jack stays fitted full length
New mainsail cover
New cockpit cover
Sign writing on transom
Sockets on hull for removable legs (legs not included)
Hardwood boom gallows and chocks fitted on aft deck
Telescopic boat hook/whisker pole
Six fenders with lanyards
Special bronze finish on all stainless deck Inc. stanchion’s and pushpit.
Various mooring warps
Two camping gas bottles stowed in gas locker under aft deck
Main hatch lock
Roller reefing for both staysail and jib
Twin lifelines with stainless stanchions
One Brass oil lamp fitted in cabin
Teak edged mirror
Teak soap dish and glass holder
Freshwater engine cooling with calorifier and hot and cold water system
Holding tank
Brass clock and barometer fitted in cabin
Fire extinguisher fitted in engine space
Battery charger including shore main socket
1×13 amp/240 volt socket in cabin
Twin 75 A/H batteries with changeover switch (batteries new 2006/7)
Navigation lights wired through water-tight deck plug and socket
Water-tight electric plug and socket fitted in cockpit
VHF radio fitted with aerial on mast top and water-tight deck plug and socket
Compass fitted through bulkhead including light
Bi-colour bow lamp fitted on stern
Autohelm ST50 Tri-data unit fitted (speed/log/depth/temperature)
Autohelm self sterring equipment
Autohelm wind direction/speed unit fitted
Eagle GPS
Webasto heating system
Two-ring gas stove with grill and grill pan fitted in galley
Spray hood
Two halyard bags
Life raft with stowage under aft seat in cockpit
Copper band on mast at reefing point
Boat registry certificate

As all details are supplied by the owner, we are not responsible for any mistakes in the inventory listing.

Neil Thompson Boats

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