Topaz in currently in Camden Harbor.  The current owners have been cruising her for 19 years and have come to the difficult decision to put her up for sale.  Having just recently raced her for the first time ever in the Camden Classics Cup, they were reminded how great of a sailing boat Topaz is and how easy it is to sail.

The center cockpit deck allows for aft and fore state rooms making her a very appealing sailboat for cruisers who regularly have guests.  The classic Robert Perry design built at the well regarded Ta Shing Yacht Building Co. is known for a safe and comfortable blue water sailor, as well as an easy and functional cruiser. 



  • loa 44'7"
  • lwl 37'6"
  • beam 13'
  • draft 6'4"
  • displacement 28,000lbs
  • fuel capacity 2 X 80 gallons
  • water capacity 2 x 120 gallons
  • type Centercockpit
  • designed by Robert Perry
  • builder Ta Shing Yacht Builder
  • model Norseman 447
  • year 1984
  • hull material Fiberglass
  • location Camden, Maine
  • boat engine Lehman Power 4D61
  • horsepower 61 HP



Norseman 447 hulls are single piece layups built in a female mold.  The monolithic form provides the greatest strength and integrity.  Orthophthalic resins are used throughout.  Knytex cloth is used in the outer layer of layup followed by alternating layers of mat and roving. The hull is cored with Airex foam followed by the inner laminate identical to the outer laminate.


The deck is composed of a single piece layup.  All hatches, portholes and windows are built into the mold.  The outer skin is composed of  a layer of orthophthalic polyester gelcoat, backed with alternate layers of fiberglass and mat in a matrix of orthophthalic polyester resin to an average thickness of 5/16″. Bonded to the out skin is a layer of end grain balsa core, averaging 3/4″ thickness.  The inner skin is built up in the same manner as the outer skin, using othophthalic polyester resin, without the use of any gelcoat layer.  It maintains an average thickness of 1/4′

Hull to Deck Joint:

The hull to deck joint is bonded with 3M 5200 as bedding and fastened with 1/4″- 20 bolts every few inches.  The teak toe rail is thrubolted adding additional mechanical fastening.

Teak Deck:

The teak decks are not structural.  They are glued and fastened to the outer fiberglass layer.  Two-part polysulfide compounds are used as the bedding between planks.


Bulkheads are constructed of marine plywood laminated into place by layers of mat and glass to provide structural rigidity and strength.  Where bulkheads meet the hull and deck a layer of Airex foam is laid in to prevent print thru of the bulkhead and to allow for some compression.  Mares tales fiberglass rope strands add extra strength in the layup of these joints

Chain plates:

Where chain plates pass through the deck, the Airex foam core has been eliminated.  A hole is cut through the deck which has slightly larger cross section that the chain plate.  This space is filled with 3M 5200 after insertion of the chain plate. On deck, a cover plate is screwed down to the deck, spreading the bedding compound for a good watertight bond.

Inside the boat, large anchoring ribs are laminated to the hull and deck in the same manner as the bulkhead.  The chain plates are attached to these ribs by thru-bolting 1/2″ stainless steel bolts through the chain plate and rib with large stainless steel backing plates opposite the chain plate and rib.  All chain plates are bonded to prevent electrolysis and provide some lightning protection.


Topaz has an Awlgrip blue paint job with a double red boot strip and a wide upper red cove stripe with a smaller gold cover strip underneath.  The transom is fitted with two opening ports, while port and starboard have three opening ports each.


Topaz has a center cockpit lay out.  She has a teak with a varnished teak toe rail and stainless steel stanchions mounted on deck with stainless steel wire life lines. Nice aft space for a couple chairs and equipped with Simpson Davits.

There are three scuppers on port and starboard mid ship. At the bow, stern and mid ship there are port and starboard chalks built in to the rail with accompanying cast aluminum cleats.

The bow has a double anchor roller mounted with an electric windlass

Additionally, the deck is fitted with two deck prisms on port and two on starboard. 


Topaz has an Forespar one piece aluminum keel stepped mast.  It is a two spreader mast head sail design. Set up with lazy jacks for the main and back stay.  Roller furlering jib.

  • Forespar aluminum boom
  • Vang
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Three Lewmar mast mounted winches
  • Five Lewmar cockpit winches
  • Lewmar main sheet traveler located aft of the cockpit


  • I: 56.00 ft/ 17.07 m
  • J: 18.90 ft/ 5.76 m
  • P: 51.99 ft/ 15.54 m
  • E: 16.00 ft/ 4.88 m
  • S.A. Fore: 529.20 sq/ft / 49.16 sq/m
  • S.A. Main: 408.00 sq/ft / 37.90 sq/m
  • S.A. Total: 937.20 sq/ft / 87.07 sq/m



  • B&G Magnified Apparent Wind Angle display
  • B&G Apparent Wind Angle display
  • B&G H3000 multi display
  • Raymarine SL 70C Chartplotter
  • Simrad AP26 autopilot
  • Ritchie Powerdamp Compass

Nav. Station:

  • Dell monitor
  • Icom IC-M604 VHF
  • B&G H3000 multi display
  • Standard Horizon handheld VHF


Topaz’s galley is located to port at the base of the companionway ladder.  It is loaded with drawers and cabinets made out of solid teak.  The cabin house windows provide a lot of natural light.

  • Hillerange gimballed 3 burner propane stove with oven
  • GE Sensor Microwave Oven
  • White Formica counter tops
  • Drop-in refrigeration with additional cabinet door entry
  • Drop-in freezer
  • Stainless steel double sink with hot and cold mixing faucet
  • Foot pump faucet for drinking water
  • Foot pump faucet for salt water
  • Bulkhead mounted fan
  • Mounted paper towel roller


  • Tan main sail cover
  • Tan bimini with window
  • Tan companionway dodger
  • Teal cockpit cushions
  • Blue forward hatch wind scoop and cover

Safety Gear

  • Lifesling Overboard Rescue System
  • Horseshoe buoy with attached strobe light


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Scott Layton