Model : Norman 23
Cockpit : Rear
Year : 1974
Engine & Fuel : Outboard
Gas Water Heater : Yes
Calorifier : Yes
Toilet : Portapotti
Two weeks ago I was looking through the local paper for computer
parts and out of the corner of my eye I caught an advert for a Norman canal
cruiser without really looking at the boating column the second time of noticing
was more than just fate. Several telephone calls later and destiny took its
toll. A meeting had been arranged at the festival park marina and I was
wondering if I was still sane or not. What are you going to do with it, where
are you going to put it came the questions from my better half. Without having
any answers to the questions a price was agreed, £400. Obviously this boat needs
some serious work doing for this price and some form of propulsion as some
pirate had previously robbed the Honda outboard. The canopy had been left off
for all the british weather to take its toll but she was still afloat.
"Right now you have bought it what are your plans", plans what plans, I didn't have any.Picking the local LOOT up I noticed a trailer for sale for £550.00, during the telephone conversation it came out that the person selling had 2 Normans and he had transported his 22 foot Norman on this.Booking a day off work I decided to go and have a look at the trailer and if ok to collect the boat from the marina and bring it home to do the work needed. Off to Wigan we set off arriving at 11.30 a.m. a quick look around the trailer sellers Norman and off we set with trailer behind and deal done, now heading to Stoke to collect the ENCHANTRES from out of the marina , arriving home with her on the trailer at 3.15 pm to astonished looks from the neighbours and quips about were we expecting bad weather and of course the animals two by two.
Anyway now the work starts and the hunting for parts and I am still wondering why I ever bothered and what was the attraction, is there something in a name and how was I enchanted without even seeing the boat before, is there something in a name ?