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.

 

 

 

This one 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
stick well.


 

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.

              

Interior1
 
I think the cabin, in particular the layout is fairly virgin & untouched. Loo & table with seating on starboard side with sink/cupboards & oven on the port side. The cabin was a bit scruffy when I bought her, but a lick of paint on the roof (this is bare bathroom blue gelcoat that was emulsioned by the previous owner) a carpet shampoo & a trip through the washing machine for the curtains and covers made a big improvement. The turquoise colour, although not actually my first choice, grows on you & does make it quite light & airy. Generally, although not too bad,  the entire woodwork needs redoing. The cupboards under the sink & oven, although sound, are visually in poor condition. I suspect these are original. Around the forward double bunk & table seating area, pine wall cladding has been fitted. It looks a bit strange at present having only been varnished & consequently of light colour, but it is well fitted & would probably respond to staining to match.

    

 
Interior2
 
This shows the cooker & the tiling which runs the full length of the work surface & extends around the oven to protect the woodwork. The 'Number Two' picture is mounted on a panel which is removable to gain access to the fuse board. The curtain which is above the cooker should NOT be there if you wish to be BSS compliant. (for obvious fire reasons)

 
Interior3
 
This shows the dining area. I did replace & enlarge the table top soon after purchase to give a little more room for 2 or 3 people to eat in comfort. This was only extended outwards, retaining the use of the table as the base for the berth.

 

Interior4
 
This clearly shows the pine cladding around the forward berth, although the wood is considerably lighter than appears.

 

Interior5
 
The TV is being replaced by a larger model & the video will probably be tucked away in one of the cupboards. The camera really does lie - the woodwork is nothing like as good as appears!

Cockpit

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.

The seating arrangement was laughable - the helmsman's seat was a home made affair of angle iron, while the co-pilot enjoyed the luxury of a white plastic patio chair. All the woodwork needed stripping, numerous holes were filled, the inadequate dashboard fuse box replaced & relocated, the side panels and rear hatch covers were renewed & the fibreglass around the rear seat painted grey to match the exterior grey stripe. I constructed a new box for underneath the helm which houses batteries, charger & shore power fuse board. The shore power inlet can be seen just to the left of the wheel. Seating is a standard chandlery affair, mounted through the battery box, which removes for access & can be swivelled for fishing over the stern in comfort.
Although not visible, the fridge lives on the starboard side with a substantial wooden top to allow access on & off the boat.
 

    

 
Showing the cockpit rear seat, freshly compliant with fuel sticker & a glimpse of the big block Honda!

    

Batteries
 
'Number Two', only having a hand start Honda outboard has no requirement for separate starting & domestic batteries.
Three 135a/h batteries are looped together with all cabling now hard wired. To the left of the batteries are the shore power consumer unit, battery charging socket & seat swivel base. The battery charger is connected directly to the batteries to allow charging even with the battery isolation switch off. Everything else, including inverter is taken from the isolation switch. Note non compliancy with no restraint for batteries & insufficient ventilation for battery reserve - soon to be rectified!

    

Engine1
 
What can you say? - It looks a bit lost there! Positive thinking leads me to believe I won't need a crane to remove it when I'm wealthy enough to afford a new engine!

Ballast
 
I really did feel sad taking this picture! Just visible in the forward locker are ten 20kg polypropolene sandbags. There are a further six just to the right in the starboard locker to trim the boat

 

 

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.

We've recently bought a Norman and like yourself wanted to know more about them, However no-one seemed to know anything. Then we came across your web-site which made us realise that there where others in the same boat (excuse the pun).
We didn't know there were so many designs as we are new to the boating scene, Ours looks very similar to ian+annes boat in the gallery .At the moment we are trying to make our boat a little more personal with all our finishing touches (it never seems to end).
We purchased ours from a chap in Frodsham, the boat itself was lying on the river weaver, And we live in Southport so the journey home was interesting to say the least. Firstly we had to go up the Anderton boat lift and then negotiate a few tunnels which was quite scary for us being canal virgins.
However three days later after a bit of bother with kids in Manchester we arrived at our reserved moorings at Burscough (leeds to Liverpool) phew!
 
Anyway we think your web-site is great, and now we feel a part of something thanks to you Trevor (keep up the good work).
 
Regards
Luke+Heidi
 
p.s the idea of a club sounds great ,we would love to meet fellow owners. (normans reunited)  :)

 

 

 

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

     

During butchery

     

After the hacking....

     

I know I'm not altogether sane but if nobody was a disturbed grinder maniac nobody else would could claim to be normal!
If you see it about on the Great Ouse say hi.
Cheers...Dave Flint.

 

     

 

Just got my new canopy fitted so I thought I'd better send an update.
Is that the doggy's dangly's of cockpits or wot!!!!   Looks better now with the hardwood topping. I'll get some better piccies together when I'm not dodging thunderclaps. Roll on next spring!

From now on to be known as "Haddocks Revenge".

         

 

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.

"I was beginning to wonder if all inland boating sites concerned themselves with 'trad sterns' or 'sailaways' or 'boatman's cabins' and other such narrowboat terminology. Does a cruiser site exist I asked myself.
The first mate and I have done much work on our Norman and although no longer a youngster it's comfortable and well travelled." was Jim's comment ! So say all of us !!!

      

 

 

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.