In 2015 $150,000 was spent on refitting this Gary Grant design She built at the Shing Sheng boat yard in Taiwan. She features a modern underbody with internal ballasted fin keel and skeg hung rudder. The quality of construction, materials used and joinery is all top quality. The three stateroom layout is very well thought out and accommodating.
Obtaining three staterooms in a forty foot boat sounds crowded but the Norseman 400 achieves this while still keeping an open comfortable feel. Come and view InSieme and see for yourself.
Lon Bubeck, CPYB
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InSieme has the three stateroom layout. All interior upholstery was renewed in 2015.
Starting forward there is a V-berth stateroom. The head/shower are next aft to port. Hanging and storage lockers are to starboard. The salon features a U shaped dinette is to port and settee to starboard. The outboard facing navigation station is next aft to starboard with a fixed swiveling chair. Opposite to port is the U-shaped galley. Aft to starboard of the companionway ladder a comfortable stateroom with double berth. An additional guest/crew cabin with upper and lower berths is to port of the companionway and aft of the galley. Headroom is 6'5" in the salon/galley.
The forward facing U-shaped galley is on port and boasts good counter space, excellent storage in cabinets and lockers and even a dedicated trash receptacle. The galley features include:
In 2015 the mast, standing rigging, and running rigging were replaced with new by SeaTek Marine.
This very well maintained vessel has been in the hands of the same owner for the last 19 years. In 2015 he spent $150,000 on new mast and rigging, upgraded electronics, and new upholstery throughout.
The problem with the Norseman 400, (and a pleasant problem, indeed) is to decide how to describe a yacht that is all-around fantastic. From a sailing standpoint, I can't find a fault: it sails magnificently in light as well as heavy airs. The interior is open, airy, and perfectly laid-out for both offshore work and dockside living. And the builders have obviously spent a considerable amount of time thinking about all the little details that make an already great yacht into an exceptional one. Perhaps you've already broken the code: I really liked this yacht!
The Norseman 400 is the second design (third, if you count two deck layouts on their 44-footer) from Norseman Yachts, a Southern California based builder/importer. President Wally Freeman started the company in the late 1970s when he saw a need for an offshore cruising yacht with higher performance, more usable interior room, and better aesthetics than were available. The first yacht, the 447, started life with an aft cockpit, followed by a center-cockpit version, and now the slightly smaller sister, the 400.
But the Norseman 400 doesn't have to apologize to anyone for being 40 feet long. Not when you get an aft stateroom with enough floor space so that you can actually stand and get dressed normally, or a full-sized navigational station, complete with a comfortable swivel chair, that doesn't intrude on the salon.
Freeman, with naval architect Gary Grant, came up with a clever idea in the arrangement of the forward cabin and head area. By reversing the usual head/shower arrangement, the forward stateroom has its privacy, while the shower is still available to the rest of the crew.
Certainly the most pleasing feature of the Norseman 400 is the visual openness that has been achieved without wasting space. The living areas of the boat offer an airiness that is the result of both layout and some innovative thinking. The protective sea hood for the main hatch slide is a skylight so that there is plenty of light even with the hatch closed. With six opening hatches, seven opening ports, four Dorade vents, and two light prisms in addition to the fixed cabin windows, there's no shortage of either fresh air or sunlight in this yacht.
The hull has Airex coring, while the deck uses end-grain balsa for strength. The keel has internal ballast and the sturdy skeg protects the rudder from any cruising misadventures.
On deck, the non-slip surface covers every area that a crew member might step, and a teak deck is optional. Wheel steering is standard, and the helmsman has an arched seat for comfortable sailing at all angles of heel.
The lazarette areas are truly immense, with sealed space for gas bottles and a cavernous area that easily solves the problem of sail storage as well as providing enough room for a generator.
Power is supplied by a Westerbeke 46-horsepower diesel through a Hurth V-drive to a two-bladed prop. The engine compartment is heavily insulated and, with 70 gallons of fuel, there is good cruising range under power.
Under sail, the Norseman 400 has all the attributes of a thoroughbred with none of the twitchiness of many performance cruisers that can't be left untended for a moment. Steering is light but positive, with enough sensitivity to satisfy the sailor who wants to feel the balance of the yacht. Light air and heavy air performance are equally strong — this is a yacht obviously designed for fast, easy passages.
It's no surprise that Freeman and his team have spent a lot of time offshore, because the entire yacht is engineered for utility. The overhead panels, for example, are easily removable for installation or repairs to wiring and electronics. The galley is supplied not just with pressurized hot and cold water, but with a salt water pump, a water purifier, and even a built-in soap dispenser.
The icebox is better insulated than any I've seen on a production yacht, a block of ice should be a long-term investment even in hot climates. There's even a fiberglass trash bin hidden under the galley counter.
6400 E. Marina Drive
Alamitos Bay Marina
Long Beach, CA 90803