This is a rare chance to own one of Paul Johnson's Venus 42 gaff-rigged ketches of which there are about ten worldwide. The design is based on that of a Colin Archer adapted for long distance cruising.
'Norn' is a heavy displacment gaff rigged ketch designed by Paul Johnson. Her current owners have lived on board for 11 years. 'Norn' took us safely on many long and short passages in conditions ranging from storms to flat calms with many perfect bits in between. We have moved off her now and she needs a new owner to take her sailing again.
Displacement : 18 tons
Length on Deck : 42 feet
Length Over spars :54 feet
Beam : 14 feet
Draft : 6 foot
Rig: Gaff rigged main and mizzen, 3 reefing points in main and two in mizzen. Main, mizzen, staysail and working jib all in heavy duradon (tan bark colour). Topsail : white dacron.
Jib : white dacron. Light weight genoa : dacron. Assymetric spinnaker with snuffer.
Engine : Kubuto 4 cylinder, 38hp, diesel engine, hurth 2.5 to 1 marine gearbox. Complete overhall in 2007 including heat exchanger, injectors, new gearbox, and all new stern gear.
Two separate 40 gallon s/s fuel tanks
Accommodation: open plan with 1 double and 2 singles in main saloon. One double in forward cabin.
Galley: 4 burner gas stove, fridge, double sink.
Saloon: Sigma diesel stove with oven and hot plate for alternative cooking and heating. Stove also heats two radiators fore and aft.
Water tanks: 4 x 50 gallon under berths and seating
Cockpit: small sea worthy, quick draining with tiller stearing. Aries windvane. Gimballed compass.
Equipment: Simpson Lawrence 555 manual anchor windlass with gypsy. Approx. 100 mts of 1/2" galvanised chain. 601b CQR anchor. Fortress 55 anchor. 30kgs Bruce anchor. Two lengths of 10 mts ½" spare anchor chain. 100 mts of 24mm multiplat nylon anchor rode. A further 60 mts of smaller gage anchor rode. Giving Norn the possibility of laying 3 anchors.
Aries self-steering gear. Garmin GPS, ICS Navtex/weatherfax, VHF radio telephone. Icom M700 SSB radio and antenna tuner (2006). 406 EPIRB. Raymarine ST60 and depth sounder (above and below) Raymarine ST4000 tiller pilot and ST60 multi repeater. Xantrax digital battery monitor. Three grid-type compasses. Avon 6-person Iiferaft. Inflatable dinghy. Orrow RC pack of flares. A selection of approximately 200 charts can be made available together with a large quantity of spares. Green canvas covers by Gowan for the staysail, mainsail and mizzen booms, liferaft and stove chimney. Also a bimini cover and fawn canvas hatch covers for the three deek hatches. Purpose box on deck for gas bottle stowage. a Mercury 3.2 outboard motor, Aerogen 4 wind generator and an Aqua air water generator.
Ground Tackle: four anchours: 65Ib CQR and Fortress FX55 on main anchour cats. 30KG Bruce and spare 65Ib CQR stored down below. Aprox 100 meters of 12mm chain on main windlass. three other anchour chains , one 20 meters and two 10 meters. all 12mm. two 50 meter anchour ropes one (unused) emergency 24mm multiplate for anchour or sea drogue.
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'Norn' is in Brighton Marina.