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NIS 29

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

Brilliant self steering qualities, coastal sea keeping and performance. Race winner including Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic 2003, in three categories!!!

Fully battened Marconi Cat Ketch. Allow 2600 hours building time. Extreme shallow draft. Self tacking, easily reefed

Trailable behind biggest 4wd with electric driver initiated braking. Masts re a big task to pull down without DFWB tabernacle set up. Inc trailer allow 3500kg

Plans suited to first time builders, with world wide back up from nisboats.com.

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 29 - 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: 29' -
DWL: 25' -
Beam: 8'6" -
Draft, Board up: 12" -
Draft, Board Down: 6'9" -
Weight: -  
Head Room: -  
Sail Areas   sq m
Main: 314 -
Mizzen: 95 -
Total: 409 -

Outboard 9.9/15hp Short Shaft in cockpit well aft.


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

Indicative materials lists and build times. *

Plywood 4mm, sheets; 6mm, sheets: 9mm, sheets: 12mm, sheets: 18mm 16Sheets;

Solid timber WRC 25x70mm 100metres;25x25mm 200metres; 75x20mm 15metres.

Suggested Hours to Build: 2000

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

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NIS 18 Q-berth

NIS 18 V-berth

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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.