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Northsea 127


Northsea Craft, Essex

Brief details


41' 9"

(LOD 37' 3")

Sail area

784 sq ft working sail

Designed by David Cannell - who owns one of these yachts - the Northsea 127 is a modern interpretation of the heavy-displacement double-ender. Designed for comfortable long-distance cruisng with a small crew, she has an en-suite owners cabin aft, with another two-berth cabin forward, with a second heads compartment. On deck she has a deep centre cockpit and substantial bulwarks and high guardwires around the deck area.


31' 2"




12' 3"


2 plus saloon


6' 0"


up to 8


12.8 tonnes


inboard diesel


4.5 tonnes



Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated ballast

Northsea 127 sailplan

The design concept and general hull form clearly owes much to the Colin Archer Redningskoites, sailing lifeboats which worked only in the arctic winter off the Norwegian coast and had to be able beat to windward towing another smaller vessel, and sometimes more than one, in full winter storm conditions.


Many of the original redningskoites from the 1890s to the 1920s are still sailing, but their design is very much geared towards survival in extreme conditions, and the limitations of traditional wooden contruction and gaff rig. Although extremely seaworthy, the original 'Colin Archers' do not make especially good yachts, being under-rigged for normal sailing, and having most of their ballast inside, with fairly slack bilges.

The design of the Northsea 127 is however a very much updated double-ender, as it can be with modern materials, giving her a bigger yet much more easily handled rig for better light wind performance, higher ballast ratio and firmer bilges to make more interior volume, and of course far lower maintenance.

Nortsea 127 for sale
Hull lines based on Colin Archer designs

The Northsea 127 is one of a few modern GRP examples of the heavy displacement cruising double-ender. She is heavier, narrower and deeper draught than the Bill Crealock designed Westsail 39, and whilst of similar general size and weight to the Alan Pape Saltram Saga 40s, has a centre-cockpit layout with more accommodation. She also has some similarities with the Hans Christian range of yachts, although whilst the Far East built Hans Christians are consciously "retro" in style, the Northsea 127 is a much more modern boat in style of fit-out. The interiors are to an extent customisable to choice.

Northsea 127 saloon

Northsea 127 accommodation plan

Accommodation plan from builders,
showing one layout option

The forecabin of the yacht illustrated has a vee-double berth,
washbasin, and marine WC, though this is a slightly unusual option chosen by the first owner

In the walkthrough to the aft cabin from aft of the chart table is a single passage berth,
with the main engine room access opposite

The aft cabin has an en-suite heads compartment

Northsea 127 hull form based on Colin Archer designs

Photographs Yachtsnet

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