This page is to share pictures of your Norman Cruiser. I'll post whatever I get and would also like to hear about any modifications, changes or tips.
I'm getting so many pictures that the page is taking an age to load so I have thumb nailed all of them. Just click on them for the full image.
is from Dave and show's his Norman, "Gypsey", on the slip at Upton on
Severn. As you see she now has a (wooden) hard top to replace the pram hood. Transforms the look don't you think?
And this is Rogers Norman Conquest 23 with a centre cockpit. He's looking for Norman bits as are we all. So any suggestions as to where to look would be welcome!! New set of pictures from Roger. Clearly some work gone into Kirsten. The canopy looks very good.
These pictures are of Andrew's "Water Ratte". There is a good page about its restoration on the site. Andrew has since sold "Water Ratte" and I'm not sure what he has now except I think it floats on salty water rather than fresh !
This handsome craft belongs to Tom. Have to say the inside looks "lived in". A Norman 23 called Halo Too
Very similar to my own with a ford escort diesel and enfield outdrive.
Hard work just doesn't sum it up!!
I've removed a keel cooling system, plugged the holes.
I've replumbed the water feed into the engine.
I've ripped out the freshwater tank from the front of the boat and put a new flexible one and relocated the pump, added a pressure switch into the rear of the boat.
The entire hull has been compounded and then polished 5 times
The outdrive has been rubbed down and repainted - 2 coats of primer and 2 of topcoat, plus a new anode added (which was then painted over by my fiancée!!!!)
Two coats of micron extra antifouling
The water line has been sanded and repainted, and the line at the top of the hull
All the wood rubbing streaks have been scraped, sanded and varnished, as has the nameplate, mast, seat.
New grab handles have been made from wood.
I've made a cover for the old exhaust hole in the transom plate.
I now have noticed an oil leak (and water leak into) my outdrive - there were about 2l of water in the bottom
How's that for a list of jobs??
Here's the latest evidence.....
The headlining you see on the interior shot is the new one - 1 8x4 piece of 5mm ply covered with vinyl from Hawkehouse Marine on 01329 668800. They'll send a catalogue and samples if you phone and ask.
Check out the new mast - my father in law to be and I made it and also the renovated seat and hand rails - fruits of my labour over the winter. Also check out the new windows and the aluminium frames on the front that we made.
Next jobs - headlining for the forward cabin, new curtains and curtain rails, vents to be put into cubby holes...... The list is never endless. We are hoping to try to go to Evesham by boat the weekend after next.
Also I saw a number of people suggested sticking carpet to the walls of the interior. Be careful - our interior had foam backed carpet stuck to the walls, and we took it off, and it was like a sponge. Since doing this the moisture trap has taken a lot less water out
Here are the latest pictures from Tom and Selena
The descriptions are Toms.
shows Halo Too on her
stands next to my father inlaws Lyton 27.
Both boats have had several coats of Micron Extra antifouling,
(expensive, but we antifouled at Christmas in our time off, and we can
leave for a year before re-immersing) and we have repainted our water
lines too. Both boats have had a full hull polish. Note on Halo Too
the paint job on the outdrive. Hammerite smooth works well and seems to
shows a front/side view
on both boats. All of my rubbing strakes
have been scraped and revarnished following our time on the canals last
year. The lower rubbing strakes have had four coats of International
Schooner. The top strakes have had four coats of International
Original. Schooner is about £4 a tin dearer than original so I'll let
you know what the results are in a few years time.
A close up of the
rudder. Note the bolt in the corner of the
rudder where it slips onto the outdrive. We tightened up the rudder
gently and it cracked. We looked at the casting and there was a minute
fault so we welded the crack and tapped and bolted on the top side as we
weren't sure how good the weld was. It lasted a season and is going back
on. Bob recommends knocking the rudder on with a hammer, then doing the
bolts up just tight at that point. This year I put an old inner tube
round the front of the leg where the rudder bolts on as throughout the
season it had worn. Note also the length of thread and Nyloc nuts -
ratchet spanners came in handy here!
This is a close up of
our outdrive. The rudder on it is the standard
item the Bob sells. We had out outdrive refurbished by Bob this year
(Insurance job, we hit a caravan we think near Evesham). It cost £1900
but the case is the only original item left. All the gears and bearings
have been replaced, new prop, new morse cable and anode. I met Bob, he
came out to remove and install the leg and I would recommend his
services to anyone. He did a very thorough job and well and truly knows
what he's talking about. Id quite happy pay for him to do more work on
the boat should we ever need it!
shows the rest of the leg in portrait and the new cable.
A Norman 32 centre cockpit recently spotted on the Calder & Hebble near Horbury Bridge. Can't make out the name so if you recognise it please tell.
The following pictures are from Ian and Anne and shows their Norman Conquest. I have to say they look far roomier than first impressions! Nice boat you two, keep coming back please!!
These photo's are of "White Elephant" from Mike who seems to have bagged a bargain at less than £1000 !! Mike promises to send more as he completes working on her.
Frank sent these two pictures of "Albatross", his Norman 25 built around 1968. Looks bloody good for 34 !! This is not a model I'm familiar with but it looks an ideal size
This is Graham's boat "Montoro" which he has been told is a Norman 18 1/2 ! Looks good so far, new windows all round!
This is David's Norman endearingly called "In A Pickle". It looks in superb condition and is a credit to David I reckon you will agree. I was puzzled by the window layout. David tells me it was supplied to the previous owner as a bare hull and superstructure and completely fitted out by the owner. It's a basic design with galley down one side + loo with a bench seat and storage cupboards along the other. The bow has seating and table which converts to a double. She is powered by 9.9 outboard. The 5hp that you can see in the picture sits on the back - just in case.
There is also a bit of a tale to go with this. I hope Dave does not mind me posting this.
We have had
our boat for 3 yrs now. She is our first. We are on her as much as we can and
although most of our experiences have been good. We had to have a police escort
(2 standing in back of boat) up the Farmers Bridge flight in Birmingham due to
yobs up to no good and more recently were awoken at 1am by the sound of the
canopy zip while moored at Tewkesbury. I let off a compressed air horn hoping to
scare off whoever it was. But when I opened the door to the cockpit I was
confronted by our intruder. The sound of the
zip that I heard was him closing it after getting in! Anyway I was able to get him off the boat and we later found out that he was hiding from the police. Notwithstanding these experiences, we haven't been put off boating and couldn't have asked for a better boat to begin with.
This is Oliver's second Norman. His first was a "20" but he kept banging his head!! Called "Number Two", it is obviously a later model 23 - '78/'79, powered by a tiny 7.5hp Honda 4 stroke outboard - 6 mph flat out but 3 hours to the gallon. Oliver lives in the South East/Fens and use the boat on the River Great Ouse and tributaries. This is the most obvious picture I've seen that demonstrates where "Atlanta" got their moulds from! Once again, a boat in cracking condition and one to be proud of. Oliver has now sent me some interior and cockpit pictures with some comments.
Finally a couple of cockpit pics. When purchased, this area was an absolute disgrace. The zips had broken on the canopy & the previous owner had simply sown them up - very useful for easy access! Unfortunately a new canopy was required. Although the single biggest expenditure on the boat so far, this really was worth every penny.
Terry has a bit of a job on!! He is starting to restore this Norman 18 ! He would like to know if anyone has any info as to what the inside typically looks like. If you can help I will forward anything you have.
Mark has sent me this picture of His Norman 32 "Sweet Briar". An old picture apparently as she is undergoing a total refit. Mark has promised to send me further pictures as the work proceeds.
Brian has just purchased this fine looking Norman 23, "Harbet" and has already tried it out. Mooring it on the Great Ouse, He is looking forward to some fun! We know exactly what he means I think.
Thanks Brian for the inside pictures.
This is a first !! Fred has taken his Norman "Rock -N- Roll" to Germany where he is refurbishing her. He will hopefully send some more pictures. Meanwhile he would like any information at all about Norman 32's. Can anyone help??
Fred has sent me a CD full of pictures of both work on the boat and the engine. I'm still trying to work out how to best use these but if anyone wants to see any of them let me know.
And this latest addition to Fred's family is his "Dolphin"
Chris has had his Norman Conquest for only 3 months. We don't have to break our brains to know where it is in the picture !! Chris is considering a hard top and would like to get in touch with Dave who sent the pic of "Gypsey" right at the top of the page. So if you know Dave or are indeed Dave, please get in touch.
This is "Reggie ll" from Luke and Heidi and I've taken the liberty of reproducing the message that came with the picture.
Now I just love this sequence from Dave Flint !! Its entitled "Norman 25 v Angle Grinder"
Norman 25 rear cabins are too small for any real purpose (other than kids, eek!) and it's such a climb to get in I decided to do this over a pint or two, I'm still waiting for my new canopy at the moment
After the hacking....
Simon sent me this picture of his Norman 23 "Snapdragon". I reckon its almost the first Norman I've seen without a white hull?
Looks good with the blue. Have a look at the entry in the Norman Register for "Snapdragon", there are a few extra pictures of internal fittings and equipment.
This is Mick's Norman 23 "Enchantress" Have a look on the Norman Register page to see how he came about owning her!!!
Richard has a Norman 20 which he moors very close to myself. You can read of some of his experiences and work done so far on the register page.
Here is Eileen and Ray's Norman 18, "Free Spirit" on the Lancaster Canal. The other pictures show "Free Spirit" working down the locks to Glasson basin.
This has to be one of the best examples of a Norman 32 afloat. Looks very impressive from the photo. "The First Lady" is the pride of Vince and Laura. This boat has the classic Norman combination of the Mercedes OM636 diesel engine and the Enfield outdrive.
This is "Freedom", a Norman 23 belonging to Ralph and Sarah.
Danny has sent this picture of his Norman Conquest. He has had his boat for over a year now and has the same experience as many of us in that it is difficult to find anything about Normans !
This is Roy's Norman 23, "Persephone", Not sure about the origin of the name but the boat is very similar to my own.
"Bought 3 years ago, despite what you say about petrol that's what ours is, old ford 1ltr side valve, very little trouble, more expensive than diesel but on the Lancaster canal you can't go that far (you've got to be seriously committed to use the new Ribble Link) outside was painted by me 2years ago out of the water when we antifouled it, interior was completely re fit by previous owner, a very good job, I'll sort out a photo and send as it is unlike any other of this model that I have seen."
NB. "Persephone" is from "The Iliad" and if you click this link you will read a piece that very definitely is reflective of our pastime !!
Here we have Jim and Margaret's Norman 23, "White Queen". They are now well into producing their own page on this site. Have a look in "Your Pages" and if you fancy your own let me know.
This Norman 20, "Gabrielle ll" has been sent in by Bruce. I'm hoping he'll tell me some more about her.
I have to admit I had to look twice before I believed this was a Norman! I'm still surprised to see one looking as "modern" as this. This being Ian's Norman 266, "Current Liability", which comes as no surprise to me when I think of the hoover effect this hobby has on your pockets!
This is John's Norman 21 "Alibongo". It seems there are some pictures of her looking even smarter about to arrive.
Alan's Norman 20, "Rhapsody is clearly a favourite possession and is threatening to escape the Lancaster Canal and bump into us ! He has totally refurbished the interior and is about to start on the hull and superstructure. Look forward to seeing some more pictures, hopefully inside too.
This is Ashley's Norman 20, "Overwater" which he has moored on Kielder Water. Much more detail and Ashley's thoughts in the Register entry for this good looking craft.
(nb. Some of these picture files are a fair size although well worth looking at)
Here we see Nigel's Norman 23 "Wavelength". Looks in great nick too. Nobody can accuse us Norman folk of not looking after our craft. Nigel is looking for a second hand canopy to tide him over while he saves up like me. If you have any suggestions have a look at the for sale and wanted page.
Both these pictures are a fair size to preserve the detail !!
Northbound for lunch at Alrewas On the Trent & Mersey at Fradley Junction mooring
This is Brian's Norman 23. A lot of work is planned and hopefully Brian will tell us about this. He needs to beg, borrow or hire a trailer to move it. If anyone can help have a look at the "For Sale/Wanted" page.
As you can see we have a lot to do, but generally the boat is sound and the engine appears to be fine. We have three batteries on board (better than ballast) and at least 10 bags of ballast in the bow. There are solar charges in the windscreen area topping up the batteries. Rubbing strakes have to be renewed and a good rubbing down with abrasive compound should bring her hull back to life without too much problem. The canopy is new, but not well fitted, a few tweaks here and there with the tie downs will solve that.
Will keep you informed of progress through the winter. The moorings are great as you can see and not overcrowded.
This is Mike's Norman 20 "Microlyn. A very sleek looking conversion to the wheelhouse. Two of these pictures are "computer enhanced".
"I have a Norman 20 I bought some 5 years ago, since that time I have totally refurbished her and fitted a new wheel house, I have sent a couple of pictures below if you want to put them on your site, I bought her with an 18hp Johnson outboard, since, I have bought a Mercury 90 which is 1,100cc, I use her mainly in open sea and she performs beautifully even in rough seas, with the heavier engine she just cuts through the waves as stable as a rock."
I have had my boat 'MAI TAI' for
nearly six years, she is kept on a swinging mooring in Hadliegh Ray and is used
in the Thames Estuary for fishing and pleasure. I have a Yamaha 60 hp outboard
fitted and found similar results to your member with the 90 hp - they are great
sea boats and very stable when planing. I get about 24 knots when planing and
have a 4 hp mariner from my inflatable on board as a back up I have refitted
the interior and have made a wheelhouse from Marine ply to keep out the
elements. I had a custom made canopy to cover the rear deck. Being used in the
estuary off Southend with many shallows, I have fitted a depth sounder/fish
finder, VHF, GPS and a Fluxgate compass.