NorseBoat Sailing & Rowing Cruisers is recognized as a marine industry leader with an international reputation for quality.  We build innovative trailerable sailing and rowing boats with high performance and classic lines.  We are also building a community of like-minded small craft enthusiasts who can connect with each other around the world.   

    NorseBoat founder and president Kevin Jeffrey, a design engineer and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the sailing industry, developed the concept for the NorseBoat in 2002.  His boat concept was simple: seaworthy, high-performance sailing and rowing boats with classic lines that could be sailed and rowed equally well, and used as comfortable camp-cruisers or motorized launches.   

    Form and function were both important, so early in 2003 Kevin collaborated with Mark Fitzgerald, then working with Chuck Paine & Associates in Camden, Maine and currently working as Fitzgerald Marine Architecture, to design the hull shape for the NorseBoat 17.5 Sailing & Rowing Cruiser.  The result of that collaboration is a boat with a true pedigree, one with stunningly beautiful lines and enough innovative details and features to earn the reputation of the “Swiss army knife of small sailboats.”

    The first NorseBoat 17.5 was on display at the 2004 Miami Boat Show.  Initial launching and sea trials were held in the Florida Keys in late February.  Her performance exceeded expectations on all points of sail as well as in the rowing mode.

    As if to illustrate her abilities and potential, in March 2004 NorseBoat 17.5 hull #1 came in “first in class” (sailboats) in the WaterTribe Everglades Challenge, a gruelling 300-mile coastal expedition race from St. Petersburg, Florida to Key Largo.  In 2005 the NorseBoat team again won the Everglades Challenge, this time first overall and setting a new course record.   

   The NorseBoat reputation for adventure sailing & rowing has steadily grown.  In 2007 a retired couple from Idaho travelled over 1200 miles on their NorseBoat 17.5 down US river systems from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama.  In the summer of 2009 a 2-man team of Royal Marines from the UK sailed, rowed and when necessary dragged their NorseBoat 17.5 1400 miles through the arctic’s legendary Northwest Passage.  A team of Aussie’s once again sailed and rowed a NorseBoat 17.5 through the arctic in 2013. 

   
NorseBoats have also received high praise from the boating industry.  In 2004 Sail Magazine chose the NorseBoat 17.5 for their prestigous Best Boats award. 
The following year Practical Sailor included the NorseBoat 17.5 in their “Gear of the Year – Top Products for 2005” issue.  In 2006 the NorseBoat 17.5 won Most Innovative Boat at the Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival, and was featured in the Wooden Boat Magazine’s Small Boats Dec 2006 Issue. 

In 2008 the newly released NorseBoat 12.5 Cruiser/Tender was chosen for Sail Magazine’s Best Boats award.  And the innovative NorseBoat 21.5 was chosen for Sail Magazine’s Best Boats 2011. 

    In May 2009 eight NorseBoats participated in La Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan in Brittany, France, a four day festival-style event with over 1000 small boats.  This event was organized by NorseBoat agent in France Nicolas Galais.  The number of NorseBoats attending and the camaraderie of the owners and crew was evidence that a NorseBoat community was indeed forming.

    Kevin Jeffrey and his wife Liza live on Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes.  That is where NorseBoat business and all sales/marketing activities are based, and where NorseBoats were built and fitted out until the beginning of 2008. 

    In 2008 a new NorseBoat production facility and showroom was created near the waterfront in historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  To illustrate the company’s versatility, in July 2009 NorseBoat Limited received the contract to build six whale boats for the remake of the movie Moby Dick.  In two months the NorseBoat crew built and detailed five 23 ft. whale boats and one motorized 28 ft. whale boat.  The boats were taken to Malta for filming.   

    Other NorseBoat models recently introduced include the NorseBoat 21.5 Cabin and Open models, the sleek 12.5 and 17.5 Recreational Rowers, and the elegant NorseBoat Basic models.  Our ambitious product development program has ensured that NorseBoat Limited remain a marine industry leader in the construction and marketing of innovative, traditional watercraft.  

    In 2013 NorseBoat formed a joint venture with Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding and Hallett Canvas and Sails.  In the joint venture NorseBoat oversees product development and directs the sales and marketing effort from their head office in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Lyman-Morse builds composite parts and completed NorseBoats at their facility in Thomaston, Maine, and Hallett Canvas & Sails outfits the boats with carbon rigs, sails, canvas and cushions from their shop in Falmouth, Maine.    

 

OUR SAGA         The NorseBoat Story

Liza Wendt, first mate

Kevin Jeffrey, founder & president

Launching of 17.5 hull #1

1200 Mile NorseBoat Odyssey

NorseBoat shop in Lunenburg, NS

The NorseBoat line

NorseBoat head office, PEI, Canada

NorseBoat rendezvous in Brittany, France

NorseBoat 21.5 Open model

NorseBoat in the arctic’s NW Passage

New NorseBoat 17.5 Recreational Rower

NorseBoat 21.5 Cabin model

Lyman-Morse facility in Thomaston, Maine

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