Designed by Bob Perry to be a fast, comfortable all weather cruising boat. She was built in Seattle by a small company of experienced marine professionals to a very high standard. Her hull is hand laid fiberglass with an Airex Foam core. This is not a motorsailor, she is truly a great sailing boat with a pilothouse. The distintion is obvious the first time you take her sailing. With a new Pryde full batten main she doesn't need a gale to get going.
When you come aboard Northern Light you immediately realize that this boat is made for cruising comfortably. With her full complement of controls at the inside helm, plus the ability to sail traditionally from the cockpit, this boat is really comfortable and would be a great passagemaker.
The cockpit is deep and protected with access to all the sailing controls. As you enter the pilothouse (through real doors) you can see how easily you can transition from outside to inside steering. The pilothouse windows are large, made from laminated glass, not plastic and give complete visibility around the vessel, including seeing the sails. To starboard is the wheel, engine controls, chartpotter and full instruments. To port is a full forward facing seat with table that converts to a dinette. Under this arrangement is a "pullman style" berth, which makes an excellent sea berth.
A couple of steps forward and down brings you to the main cabin with the U shaped galley to port and a new dinette starboard. The diesel heater is forward to starboard and the head with shower to port.
Forward of this is the V berth with ample storage.
When you look at the details of how this boat is built, you see that she is a boatbuilders boat. The hull to deck joint is fastened on 3 in centers, then bonded completely over. There is additional structure everywhere. The cockpit lockers are large and deep and offer access to the steering system. All wood throughout is dimensional rather than laminates and she is built to last.