Neil Thompson Boats Ltd
Manor Farm, Glandford, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7JP, UK
Agents for:Norfolk
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Norfolk Smuggler

The Norfolk Smuggler 25 has been carefully designed to ensure a single-handed sailing ability when required. The cockpit is as large as the Gypsy's to allow comfortable sailing for up to six adults and to provide ample stowage space in the cockpit lockers. The cabin trunk provides standing headroom through the yacht without looking cumbersome, and ahead of this there is a safe foredeck to provide security for the foredeck hand.

This vessel has been designed to be shoal draught with a centreboard increasing draught from 2'9" with plate up to 4'11" with plate down. The centreboard is raised and lowered with an easy to operate manual winch.

The Smuggler has a heavy displacement hull with a good ballast ratio to provide power under sail and good internal volume. Due to her firm turn of the bilge hull form, her stability is exceptionally good.

The high peaked gaff rig, used to such good effect on the Norfolk Gypsy, has again been used on this boat but this time cutter rigged to break down the larger sail area and to provide different permutations when the time comes to reduce sail. The rig will provide excellent sailing performance in all points of sail with exceptionally good windward performance.

The deck stepped mast is housed in a large tabernacle (with fixed gooseneck to simplify mast lowering). The Smuggler 25 is, therefore, eminently suitable for canal sailing, for example, when mast lowering and raising is necessary on a frequent basis.

Headroom in the interior is 5'10" (1.79m) on the centreline over a level sole (the centreboard being located under the cabin sole).

The heads are outfitted to a high standard incorporating a flushing toilet with an optional holding tank facility.


Length:25' ( 7.69m)
Beam:8'9" (2.69m)
Draft:2'9"/4'11" (0.85m/1.51m)
Sail Area:404 sq ft (38.3 sq m)
Weight of boat (including all equipment):4.25 tonnes

All Norfolk Smugglers come with the following as standard:

Heavy duty hand laid hull and deck
Varnished Columbian pine spars
Stainless steel standing rigging
Best quality pre-stretched polyester running rigging
Heavy duty tan terylene mainsail, jib and staysail
Slab reefing on main
Roller reefing for jib
Furling gear for staysail
Main halyards led back to cockpit
Mainsheet jamming block
Four bronze sheet winches for staysail and jib
Topping lift/lazy jacks for mainsail
Yanmar twin cylinder inboard diesel engine (flexible mounted to ensure smooth and quiet running)
Easy access to engine for maintenance
Fuel capacity sufficient for 40hrs running
Single lever gear/throttle control
75amp power battery
Guard rails and stainless steel stanchions
Gas locker drained in aft deck
Self draining cockpit
Teak slated seating in cockpit and on bridge deck
2 very spacious cockpit lockers with sealed lids
4 cave lockers in cockpit combings
Freshwater tank (approx 30 gallons)
Fixed bilge pump with strum box filter
Non-slip surfaces on all deck areas
2 sturdy mooring cleats on foredeck
2 sturdy spring cleats
2 sturdy mooring cleats on aft deck
Bronze fairleads on foredeck and aft deck
Galvanized tabernacle for easy mast lowering
Teak rubbing strakes, cockpit sole, bridge deck, grab rails and external trim
Hardwood rudder with stainless stock
Hardwood tiller with bronze tiller head
Bronze stem head roller with bowsprit cap
Bronze shroud plates
Retractable bowsprit
Galvanised centreboard with winch
Sacrificial anodes fitted to protect the propeller/shaft and keel skeg
5 safety harness eye plates fitted in cockpit and on coach roof
Brass through deck ventilators fitted over heads and in galley
8 brass porthole, two of them opening
Cabin layout incorporating 4 full length berths
Minimum 5ft 10” headroom in cabin
Spacious cabin table
Cushions and upholstered seatbacks in cabin
Fitted double berth forward
Basin in heads compartment with pump
Spacious gallery with two burner stove with grill (gimballed)
Galley sink with pump
Spacious stowage locker in cabin
Wet oil-skin and boot stowage in separate locker
5 electric cabin lights
Owners manual

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