Sunday, September 11, 2011
North Sea 127
Only three GRP North Sea 127s have been built, which is a shame, because from all accounts they are excellent long-distance cruising yachts. The prototype was built from wood, and the first GRP yacht built in 1998 could accommodate a crew of six, but she could have been managed by two.
These double-ended vessels from the drawing board of David Cannell are similar in shape and size to the famous Norwegian lifeboats designed by Colin Archer, which are renowned for their excellent sea-keeping qualities. With an overall length of 43’ 3”, North Sea 127s have a good turn of speed, regularly clocking 6 or more knots under sail. Their voluminous hulls are well-fitted out with comfortable furnishings and loads of locker space for stowing gear and provisions necessary for blue water cruising. Her ketch rig makes it easy for her crew to reef her sails because none of them are too large, and with a beam of 12’ 9” she presents a stable platform for those working on deck.
In addition to building North Sea 127s, North Sea Craft of Colchester also produced Tamarisk Cutters and Samphire sloops.
LOA 43’ 3”
LWL 34’ 2”
Beam 12’ 9”
Draught 6’ 10”
Displacement 7,400 Kilograms
Ballast 3,500 Kilograms
North Sea 127
North Sea 127 for Sale 98,000 Euros (£84,263)
David M. Cannell and Associates
Colin Archer Sailing Lifeboats