The Norseman 447 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Norseman 447, a centre-cockpit cutter, was designed by Bob Perry and built in Taiwan by the Ta Shing Yacht Building Company.

Published Specification for the Norseman 447

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP

Length Overall: 44.58 ft (13.59 m)

Waterline Length: 37.50 ft (11.43 m)

Beam: 13.00 ft (3.96 m)

Draft: 6.33 ft (1.93 m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 28,000 lb (12,701 kg)

Designer: Robert Perry

Builder: Ta Shing

Year First Built: 1980

Year Last Built: 1986

Number Built: 55

Owners Association: Norseman Owner’s Facebook Group

Published Design Ratios for the Norseman 447

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 42.9

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 237

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 35.9

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Norseman 447

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.3 suggests that the Norseman 447 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 42.9 means that the Norseman 447 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 237, tells us the Norseman 447 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 35.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Norseman 447 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.7 tells us that a Norseman 447 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

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