'Norn' is 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' was a liveaboard for 11 years until 2017, seven of these years were spent cruising abroad with a young daughter, covering over 30,000 nautical miles from London to Cape Verdes across to the Caribbean. 'Norn' has sailed as far south as Columbia and the Grenadines and as far north as Nova Scotia, Canada, before returning to the UK via the Azores.
Her previous owners sailed with their two children to New Zealand with a return trip around the Horn to the Falklands, and a trans-equatorial passage from there to the Azores.
'Norn' is a very heavy, safe boat that is fun to sail and is admired greatly whereever she goes. A massively strong gaff ketch designed for short handed long distance cruising, her sail plan along with her equipment is easily handled by a crew of two or even one.
The huge amount of glassfibre that has gone into the hull's construction makes her a strong but low maintenance vessel. The hull was re-epoxied in 2005.
The deck is two layers of marine ply over traditional laminated wooden deck beams. The deck was finished in 6mm glassfible with non-slip in 2006.