1982 Norseman Yachts 447 AC

  • 44 ft
  • Cutter
  • San Diego, CA, US

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 "Island Time" is perfection. There is no Norseman 447 on the market like her. She has been tended to and impeccably maintained by her owners like no other of her kind, including a total re-fit in 2017. She's traveled to the South Pacific and New Zealand and cruised up and down the West Coast. We are honored to be her listing broker. Visiting "Island Time" and seeing her beauty up close will give you more than reason to consider her for your next (or first!) world cruiser. She is the most turnkey ready to go 45' bluewater yacht you'll ever come across. 


Basic Information

Norseman Yachts
447 AC
San Diego, CA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Island Time
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Dimensions & Weight

44 ft - 13.41 meter
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Robert Perry's Norseman 447 design is widely considered one of his best off shore/ blue water boats, and Island Time is unquestionably one of the finest examples of this beautiful design, having been maintained and continuously upgraded without regard for cost. Unlike most current generation production cruisers, this vessel was not designed and built to meet a market-competitive price point nor to give the impression of a sea-going condo.  Instead, the boat was designed as a no-compromise blue water cruiser capable of safe, comfortable offshore passages while easily making 175 mile days with a short-handed crew. She was built by Ta Shing, considered to be the best boatyard in Asia and one of best in the world.  It carries only the highest quality hardware supplied by well-known manufactures such as Harken, Schaeffer, Forespar, Hayne, Maxwell, Goiot, and Vassen.

The Norseman 447 Island Time represents an incredible value for anyone contemplating offshore voyaging.  She has been owned, maintained, and cruised by the same knowledgeable professional mariner for over 30 years, and has just completed another refit in preparation for a long distance blue water cruise. A change in the owner's plans makes this extraordinary vessel available now at a fraction of her replacement value.  Previously judged as the best-maintained sailboat at San Diego Yacht Club, she now appears as a new boat both above deck and below following refit work totaling over $70,000, and must be seen to fully appreciate her quality and value



LOA 44'7"

DWL 37'6"

Beam 13'

Draft 6'4"

Design Displacement 28,000 Lbs

Ballast 12,000 Lbs

Sail Area 937 Sq Ft

Bridge Clearance 64'

2016-17 Refit

The just-completed 2016-2017 refit encompassed:

  • New topsides (hull) Awlgrip
  • New deck and house Awlgrip
  • Bottom stripped to bare hull, faired, epoxy primed, and painted
  • Mast unstepped, stripped of hardware, and refinished with Awlgrip
  • All teak stripped and refinished with 3 coats of Awlspar 10 coats of Awlbrite
  • All new rigging and turnbuckles (316 compact strand with Hayn Hi-Mod fittings)
  • New Tides Marine Strong Track for mainsail
  • Chain plates removed, inspected, photographed, and re-installed
  • New backstay chain plate
  • New rudder post packing gland hose
  • Staysail deck fitting tied into hull structure via below-deck stay
  • Inspection of all mast tangs, sheaves, bolts, and fittings
  • New Murphy Canvas Dodger with Makrolon windows
  • New Spectra running backstays and most running rigging replaced
  • Engine serviced, heat exchanger overhauled, exhaust elbow replaced
  • Fuel tanks drained and cleaned
  • New OGM LED masthead tricolor light and Shakespear VHF antenna
  • New masthead spinnaker halyard blocks and deck lead blocks

Other upgrades performed during previous refits include:

  • New bronze Groco thru hulls
  • New 316 grade stainless water tanks
  • New chainplates, tangs, mast bolts, and sheaves
  • New leather interior
  • New Force 10 stove
  • New Spectra watermaker
  • New Maxwell anchor windlass
  • New NMEA 2000 B&G instrument system and autopilot
  • New Monitor Windvane self-steering
  • New Harken furlers and adjustable backstay
  • New salon Lexan MR 10 windows and acrylic ports
  • Storm window mounting system system installed
  • Jordan Series Drogue chainplates installed
  • New Lewmar Ocean Series primary, halyard, staysail sheet and mainsheet winches



Island Time's spacious below deck layout is designed to provide both comfort and safety.  Handrails are placed on both sides of the companionway, and are also located within easy reach throughout the boat. 

Aft cabin and main salon bunks have comfortable lee cloths for security.  Full 6' plus standing headroom is provided throughout. Island Time sleeps four in two double cabins located forward and aft, and two additional single berths are available in the salon. Heads with showers are provided forward and aft. 

10 opening Vassen ports and 5 Goiot hatches provide a bright and airy atmosphere, and additional ventilation is provided by 12v fans located in the galley, nav station, salon, and all berthing areas.

Lighting is all LED and Alpinglow fluorescent fixtures, and red LED night lighting is found along the footways, steps, galley, nav station, and aft head.

All of the cabins are finished in the Herreshoff style using a combination teak and white Formica bulkheads with teak moldings and trim.  Overhead white Formica panels held in place with teak trim allow easy access to deck fittings.  The cabin sole is teak and holly throughout. Upholstery finished in fine grain leather provides a beautiful appearance with little maintenance and easy clean up.  Cabinetry fit and finish is exquisite, and all drawers are constructed with dovetail joints. Counter tops in the galley and both heads are easy-to-maintain Corian.

The companionway is slightly offset to starboard, providing a spacious double cabin to port, with 4 large drawers and a hanging locker with shelves. A large double door cabinet is at the foot of the bed, and bookshelves are found around the bed. A small sitting area is just inside the cabin door. Huge storage areas are accessed under the 6" mattress.

Directly opposite the aft cabin is the aft head and shower, with a fold-down teak grate to use for sitting while showering at sea.  A mirrored medicine cabinet, double door linen cabinet, huge wet locker, and 4 louvered storage cabinets are provided.  Both hot/cold pressure water and foot pump supplied fixtures are at the sink.

Forward of the head is a spacious navigation station with a chart table sized to easily examine full size paper nautical charts or utilize a large screen laptop computer.   The chart table opens to access a deep storage area for laptop computers, navigation tools, manuals, etc.  A wide curved seat faces forward, providing comfortable seating regardless of the angle of heel. The large dedicated chart storage cabinet is integrated into the support for the chart table.  Radar/chart plotter MFD, GPS, depth sounders, wind speed/direction, SSB/Ham and VHF radios, and recording barometer are secured to a wrap-around shelf, within easy reach from the nav seat.  Electrical panels for 12v DC and 120v AC systems, Fusion stereo, and AC generator controls are also within reach.  The Pactor III modem and SSB/Ham chassis are mounted out of sight in ventilated cabinets.

To port, opposite the Navigation Station, is a spacious U-shaped galley with the counter space necessary for meal preparation at sea.  A galley belt provides security during heavy weather.  The galley has a 3 burner Force Ten stove and oven with broiler, two very deep double stainless steel sinks, salt- and fresh- water foot pumps,  and pull out pressure water fixture, built in refuse receptacle,  top-loading double door refrigerator, and microwave oven.  Extensive cabinet and drawer storage is provided for accommodation of large pressure cookers, pots, pans, and other galley essential equipment.  Water maker, refrigeration, and tank level displays are bulkhead mounted within easy view.

Forward of the galley, two shallow steps down, is a beautiful main salon with U-shaped dinette to port and settee to starboard that provides comfortable seating for 7-8. Button-tufted leather upholstery with lumbar support, elegant louvered teak cabinets, teak book shelves, and ample natural lighting provide a comfortable setting for dining or relaxing at sea. The starboard settee makes up into secure upper and lower sea bunks with lee cloths.  Extensive storage is available beneath the seating areas.

Forward of the main salon is a head and shower to port, with a very large double door linen storage, and two mirrored medicine cabinets.  An opening port and overhead hatch provide ventilation.  Opposite the head to starboard is a spacious hanging locker.

The forward cabin has two large drawers beneath the double berth, a hanging locker, and teak cabinets and shelving port and starboard.  The anchor locker is accessed through a louvered door at the foot of the berth.


Island Time-Unique Features

Island Time has many additional unique features not found on most other sister ships which have been added by her owner to enhance her safety and handling offshore:

  • Custom clear Lexan storm windows
  • Massive hull mounted chainplates for attachment of a Jordan series drogue. 
  • Stainless steel strongbacks for all hull mounted ports
  • Reinforced staysail deck fitting tied into hull
  • Large keel-mounted copper lightning ground
  • All below deck floorboards, cabinet doors, and locker lids can be locked in place during heavy weather
  • MRUD emergency rudder system
  • Treadmaster non-skid deck material
  • Heavy pad eyes for harness attachment at the companionway and helm
  • Oversized rigging pad eyes and Lewmar Ocean Series Winches (primaries are ST64)
  • Dedicated stainless steel track for storm trysail
  • Improved cockpit locker lid gasketing to keep lockers dry in heavy weather

Propulsion System

Lehman Peugeot 61 hp normally aspirated 4 cylinder diesel engine, 2182 hours

1.25" propshaft with PSS shaft seal (replaced 2016)

3 blade 18" Max Prop

Borg-Warner 71 series transmission and V drive

Complete inventory of engine spares including starter, alternator, fuel injection pump, fuel lift pump, electric fuel priming pump, complete engine gasket kit with head gasket, injectors and injector tips, raw water pump, fresh water cooling pump, exhaust elbow, heat exchanger, oil and transmission coolers, hoses, fuel and oil filters, special tools,  and numerous internal engine parts.  Maintenance and overhaul manuals for engine and transmission are aboard, and all maintenance records are available. 

Electrical System:

Entec 4.2KW diesel generator, 312 hours (complete spares inventory aboard)

Magnum Energy 3,000 watt inverter/140 amp charger with remote control and display

Engine Starting Bank is two parallel group 24 12 v East Penn gel cell batteries with ACR starting battery charge relay

House Bank is eight 6 v East Penn gel cell batteries, 720 AH total, with 4/0 cabling to inverter/charger and main switch

Balmar 100 amp alternator with Max Charge programmable regulator, analog ammeter, and dedicated blower to control temperature (spare alternator and regulator)

Hamilton Ferris Windpower 200 wind generator with multi-source regulator

Hamilton Ferris Waterpower 200 towed generator with regulator

Cockpit solar panel wiring connector plugs in cockpit

Link 200 battery monitoring system

12 v charger outlets located throughout boat

600 amp continuous rated Blue Sea Systems main battery switch

All loads protected by appropriately rated resettable circuit breakers


Electronics/Navigation Equipment:

Raymarine E80 36 mile radar/chart plotter with Navionics electronic charts for the U.S. west coast, Mexico, and all Pacific Islands including New Zealand and Australia.

Raymarine DSM 300 5,000 ft depth sounder

Raymarine Smart Heading Sensor

Raymarine AIS 650 class B transceiver with dedicated antenna

Raymarine Raystar 125 GPS

Raymarine  RC 400 Handheld Chartplotter/GPS with cockpit mount, uses electronic charts listed above

B&G/Simrad NMEA 2000 AP24 Hydraulic Autopilot with four Triton Instrument Displays

B&G wind speed/direction, RC 42 rate compass, depth sounder, and knotmeter

Furuno GP33 GPS and Repeater Display

Ritchie Globemaster Compass

Iridium Satellite Phone

ICOM 710 SSB/HAM radio with Pactor III modem( grounded with copper foil to fuel tanks, rudder, thru hulls, and self-steering gear, reported to be the strongest broadcast signal heard in the South Pacific by Pacific Maritime Net)

ICOM 604 commercial grade VHF with loud hailer and auto fog signals

Fusion MS-700 Marine Stereo with salon and cockpit speakers, blue tooth control

Weems and Plath electronic recording barometer

Wempe analog barometer, chronometer, and thermometer

WEMA electronic tank monitors for fuel and water tanks

Tankage and Plumbing

Four 316L stainless steel water tanks, total capacity 120 gal

Two black iron diesel fuel tanks, total capacity 100 gal

One FRP 30 gal holding tank

Spectra 12v Ventura 6 GPH water maker with MPC 5000 controller

6 gallon stainless steel 1200 watt hot water heater with engine heat exchanger

Groco Paragon Jr. 7GPM FW pump with 1gal accumulator

Two Jabsco 8 gpm electric bilge pumps

Two Whale Mark V manual bilge pumps

Johnson 70 psi 5 gpm salt water wash down pump with bow and cockpit outlets

Jabsco macerator pump

Whale Gulper electric shower sump pump

Whale FW foot pumps in both heads

Separate Groco sea strainers for engine and generator

Separate Racor filters for engine and generator

Electric fuel pump for ease in bleeding main engine

Bronze Groco ball valve thru hulls and bronze tailpieces

All original rubber hoses replaced, including rudder stern tube


Force Ten 3-burner propane stove with oven and broiler

Propane locker for two 5gallon propane tanks

Double stainless steel sinks

Saltwater and freshwater foot pumps and taps

12 volt Glacier Bay cold plate refrigeration with top-loading doors

GE microwave (110 v AC)

Stove safety rail with attachment points for galley safety strap

Corian counter tops

Ventilation fan

Kuma stainless steel stern-mounted barbecue

Extensive pantry, drawer, and cabinet storage


Deck Equipment:

Deck Equipment:

Dual stainless/bronze anchor roller

Maxwell VWC 2200 anchor windlass with custom chain fairlead and integral chain stopper; spare windlass motor, solenoids, and foot switches

New custom bow pulpit with LED running lights

330' 5/16" G4 high test galvanized chain

Separate 5/16" G4 chain in 50' and 30' lengths

250' of ¾" 3-strand rode

250' of 1" braided rode

66 lbs galvanized Bruce anchor

66 lbs galvanized Spade anchor

Fortress FX-125 storm anchor

Fortress FX-23 stern anchor with stainless hawse and dedicated chain/rope rode

Two stern mounted roller fairleads for stern anchor

Custom 1/2'" thick 316 grade stainless steel chain plate attachment points for Jordon Series Drogue

Jordon Series Drogue with bridle (over 300' including bridle)

Viking 4 man life raft (requires re-certification)

Dingy anchor

Yacht Specialties Pedestal with Edson Quadrant and sheaves (spare steering cables aboard)

Monitor self steering vane with complete spares kit

Emergency rudder (mounts to transom using Monitor frame)

Folding cockpit table

Closed cell cockpit cushions

Emergency tiller

Kato stainless steel davit for outboard motor handling

Forespar outboard motor mount

Custom Garhauer 3" diameter schedule 80 stainless radar pole with angle adjustment carries loudhailer speaker, radome, AIS antenna, GPS antennas, and LED cockpit flood light

Spreader mounted LED deck lighting and mast mounted LED foredeck light

Murphy Canvas dodger with Makrolon windows

Cockpit sailing awning

Deck awning

Covers for all hatches, winches, windows, cap rail, hand rails, and transom

Avon 10' inflatable floor hypalon dingy with 6hp Mercury outboard motor

Interior Features

Leather interior with high quality commercial grade foam cushions

LED and Alpinglow fluorescent lighting throughout

Night lighting throughout

Extensive storage lockers

Nine Hella 12 v 2-speed fans

Ten opening Vassen ports and 5 opening Goiot hatches

Snap-in bug screens for all hatches and ports

Sails and Rigging

Elliot Pattison full batten mainsail with 3 reefs

Elliot Pattison 95% roller furling yankee (jib top) with foam luff

Elliot Pattison 125% roller furling genoa with foam luff

Elliot Pattison asymmetrical tri-radial cruising spinnaker with sock

Elliot Pattison storm jib and storm trysail (uses a separate stainless steel track)

Ullman roller furling staysail

Forte carbon fiber spinnaker pole

All standing rigging is 316 grade stainless steel compact strand 1x19 wire with Hayn Hi-Mod terminals (including fail safe backstay insulators) and Hayn turnbuckles, installed 11/17

316 grade stainless steel chain plates replaced 2005, removed and inspected 2017

Tides Marine Strong track system for mainsail, track replaced 11/17

Harken Mark IV furling systems on jib and staysail

Oversize Lewmar Ocean Series winches (two ST 64 primaries, two ST 48 wave spring secondaries, two ST 40 staysail sheet winches, ST 44 mainsheet winch, ST 40 wave spring reefing winch, two ST 46 halyard winches, two ST 40 halyard winches)

Harken B503 mechanical backstay adjuster

Harken Big Boat 4:1 traveler system

Forespar Yacht Rod/Vang

Schaefer Series 10 mast collar lead blocks and mainsheet blocks

Lewmar Ocean T Track cars (6 total)

Lewmar Synchro runner blocks

Lewmar HTX Spinnaker halyard blocks

Lewmar D2 rope clutches for jib halyard, staysail halyard, mainsheet, vang, and spinnaker topping lift

Antal rope clutches for furling lines

Spectra 1/4" running backstays with Sampson XLS Extra T runner tails

NER VPC staysail halyard and spare main halyard (doubles as topping lift)

NER V-100 Vectran main halyard

NER T-900 Dyneema jib halyard

Spinnaker halyards, spinnaker toping lift, spinnaker sheets, mainsheet, jib sheets, vang, and traveler lines are NER Sta-Set

Spinnaker guy is NER Sta-Set X

All original mast and boom sheaves replaced by Zephyrwerks delrin sheaves with bronze bushings


If you are contemplating spending in the neighborhood of $2-300,000 for a "modern" production boat that you may want to take offshore someday, consider doing some research to learn how offshore-capable boats should be designed and built in order to handle the rigors of blue water cruising.  "Island Time"  meets and rises above every standard for these requirements.


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