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Norfolk Gypsy, Gypsy Roma 

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Gypsy Roma 
Sails and Deck Gear


Build No 97    Click on image for enlarged version in new window

Builder's Comments

The design of the Norfolk Gypsy is based on traditional principles and well proven lines combining excellent sailing performance, easy to handle gunter rig, spacious interior and immensely strong construction using the best of modern and traditional boat building materials. Her bold sheerline and very shapely transom combine to give the Norfolk Gypsy a classic appearance. The Norfolk Gypsy is uncompromising in respect of highest quality workmanship and strength of construction.

Considerable use of traditional brass, bronze and galvanised steel fittings, hardwood for exterior trim and spruce spars combine together with the use of best quality resins, glass fibre and gelcoat (all hand laid) to produce a very low maintenance and immensely seaworthy yacht. She is equally suitable for exploring shallow tidal estuaries as for longer costal passages in testing conditions.

The Norfolk Gypsy’s shoal draught (20” with plate up, 3’11” with plate fully lowered) does not compromise her sailing performance and yet opens up a far greater cruising area as well as easier mooring in tidal areas. Her shallow draught and bilge runners also enable the boat to be beached without excessive heel.

The boat has been designed specifically to be trailable and is very easy to launch and recover.

To ensure good stability, the Norfolk Gypsy combines heavy construction with internal ballast and a firm turn of the bilge. The modest high peaked gaff (gunter) rig has been designed to give excellent performance in both light airs and stronger winds and is easily handled in rough weather. The simple slab reefing system for the mainsail and the roller reefing system for the genoa provides fast and efficient reefing. The mainsail has been carefully cut to maximise windward performance - a quality we consider most important when tacking up restricted estuaries for example.

The Norfolk Gypsy can also be sailed on either a mainsail or jib alone. The rig has the advantage of short spars for convenience when trailing and the substantial tabernacle makes stepping the mast a simple operation. The gooseneck has been mounted on the tabernacle enabling the mast to be lowered quickly. The jib sheets are easily handled with turning blocks and cleats. The centreboard is lowered and raised with a very high purchase drum winch - the control rope being led into the cockpit for ease of handling by the helmsman. All deck surfaces have a moulded non-slip surface for safe working and the cabin top is fitted with ‘Treadmaster’ non-slip  material.

The forward deck has been lowered to provide a safe working area when handling the anchor. In this area there is a substantial wooden sampson post for mooring. Bearing in mind that a yacht of the size of the Norfolk Gypsy is normally used for day or weekend sailing and most of the crew’s time is spent in the cockpit, the cabin space has not been over enlarged at the expense of cockpit space - each takes up half the length of the boat.

Careful consideration has been given to the cabin layout and the end result is a conventional V-berth layout with the galley and WC aft. This arrangement provides the best use of, and maximum impression of space and puts the galley and WC close to the main hatch. Hanging space is provided for oilskins and boots, and there is ample stowage space for crockery and stores. 

The cockpit seats provide full length berths and special berth cushions are available if required. The cockpit seating is very comfortable due to the cambered seat tops and the roomy cockpit is large enough to seat at least 6 adults and has a hardwood grating on the cockpit sole. For auxiliary propulsion, this Norfolk Gypsy has an inboard diesel engine, a Yanmar 10HP diesel, installed beneath the bridge deck. Access to the engine is uncluttered under the hinged step over the engine with ample space for maintenance when required. All engine controls are easily accessible to the helmsman. 

Considerable thought has gone into the layout of the cockpit lockers to make the best use of the available stowage space - a small yacht cannot have too much stowage space! An outboard motor (for a tender) can be stowed securely in a large starboard locker. 

The Norfolk Gypsy is built with adequate buoyancy incorporated in the forward and aft ends to ensure positive buoyancy is achieved in the unlikely event that the vessel becomes flooded. The Norfolk Gypsy is a cruising yacht of uncompromising standards. Her sailing performance, seaworthiness and general design detailing combine to ensure that she will always remain a “classic yacht” for all generations to enjoy.

Owner's Comments

We bought her to sail along the north Norfolk; coast we have never slept on her; she is a very good sea boat because she is so heavy for her size. She is quite happy in a seaway which most 30 footers could not handle. The engine because of the sound deadening is barely audible. We added autohelm and GPS.

For some strange reason she is very fast (as all gypsies are) she will hold her own with most of the sloop rigged 30 footers of today!

On sale she will have a new battery fitted and the trailer wheel bearings will be replaced. 

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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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