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NIS 26

Capable cruiser racer The famed Laser Designer, Bruce Kirby has designed a much bigger Laser for grown ups. Comfortable extended coastal passage making ability. Simple construction, sophisticated Cat Ketch design with all the Kirby magic.

Brilliant self steering qualities, coastal sea keeping and performance. Winner of many races including Marlay Point Overnight Classic TWICE!!!

Fully battened Marconi Cat Ketch. Extreme shallow draft. Self tacking, easily reefed. Allow 1900 hours building time.

Plans suited to first time builders, with world wide back up from nisboats.com. Trailable behind larger 4wd.

Inc trailer approx 2500KG

Metric measuring is now the Standard.  All the plans are now of the MK2 versions, except for the NIS 29, 31 and 43. These are now in revision.

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NIS 26 - Kit

Complete NIS 26 hull for ketch, epoxy sealed inside and out, glassed and Cop R Bote Anti Fouled ready for painting and fitting out.

Specs ft mm
LOA: 26 7930
DWL: 22'6" -
Beam: 8' 2440
Draft, Board up: 10" -
Draft, Board Down: 5'10" -
Weight: -  
Head Room: 5'11"
(Curved Hatch Option)
Sail Areas   sq m
Main: 228 -
Mizzen: 74 -
Total: 340 -

Outboard 6/9.9hp Short Shaft in cockpit well aft.


Folding Mast Tabernacle Option.
Plans Available for scratch build or as pre cut (from July 06) 'plywood only' kit through to 'Everything you will ever need, including trailer' kit.

Indicative materials lists and build times. *

Plywood 4mm, 4sheets; 6mm,2 sheets: 9mm, 23sheets: 12mm, 12sheets: 18mm 6Sheets;

Solid timber WRC 20x70mm metres;25x25mm metres; 70x20mm metres; 30x70mm.

Suggested Hours to Build: 1200

* Approximate data; varies depending on experience and individual work rates and care in material useage.

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Special Notice:

Metric measurements are now standard for Norwalk islands Sharpies.  Most American builders seem quite good at using Metric, it is apparently universal in American science.  
Full size template plans and instructions are included in all current models for optimum NACA Foil sections. 
As far as is practical, and with suitable consents, we will endeavor to put plans purchasers in contact with other owners and builders of Norwalk Islands Sharpies in their areas. 

All plans buyers now receive the new generic manual, and the new plans all include bulkhead shaping for the slightly radiused bottoms. 
Most plans buyers are also opting for the precut kits. especially in Australia and Europe.  We are working on an economical kit manufacturing arrangement in the US.