The Norfolk Urchin is the smallest boat in the Norfolk range and the smaller sister to the 'Norfolk Oyster'. The Urchin is immensely strong throughout, yet light enough to be easily handled on and off a trailer, or pulled up a beach. The Urchin has a 'firm turn' bilge hull ensuring safe sailing even in rough tidal harbours and estuaries.
Her rig is a high peaked gunter mainsail with jib. Her sailing performance is quite remarkable, particularly to windward and she will point almost as high as many racing dinghies. This ensures that the boat can be tacked up narrow creeks and estuaries, against the tide if necessary, without the need to resort to engine power or rowing.
Full 'built-in' buoyancy is incorporated into the Urchin.
The interior of the Urchin is roomy enough to sail safely with up to three adults, or two adults and two children. The internal layout of the boat incorporates adequate seating for crew and helm and a spacious forward stowage locker which is lockable.
The boat has been designed to be powered by a 2hp outboard engine which can be clamped onto the heavily reinforced transom. The boat can be sailed with the engine in-situ if required. The engine is adequate to propel the boat at up to 4 knots. The Urchin can also be rowed very easily.
There is a wide range of additional equipment for this boat including road trailer, covers, oars, engine, etc.
|Length:||13' ( 4.0m)|
|Sail Area:||104 sq ft (9.7 sq m)|
|Weight of boat (including all equipment):||255kgs|
All Norfolk Urchins come with the following as standard:
sturdy simulated clinker glass fibre hull
large water-tight forward locker with brass hinged GRP lid
galvanised fixed sheet horse
hardwood rubbing strakes and gunwale
hardwood centre thwart and centreboard seat
hardwood slatted side seating
spruce spars (mast/boom/gaff)
terylene mainsail and jib (gunter rig) with slab reefing
all running and standing rigging in best quality stainless steel wire and pre-stretched polyester rope
2 sturdy mooring cleats on foredeck with fairleads
Most fittings in bronze or gunmetal to traditional design
Hardwood rudder with lifting blade
Hardwood sole boards
Comprehensive Owners Manual with detailed sketches covering rigging, sailing and maintenance
See Neil Thompson Boats at http://www.neilthompsonboats.co.uk