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1987 Norseman 400

San Pedro, United States


This boat is a turn key Quality World Cruiser. Ready for Tahiti. $80,000 5 year, Complete Refit with the best of everything. She is in immaculate condition and a must see for someone looking for a quality built vessel. She is the more desirable 2 cabin layout. Absolutely tons of storage space all over the boat. Extremely well built, Oversize hardware, Fast, Weatherly, and incredibly Seaworthy. Long Fin Keel with Skeg-hung rudder. The best of all worlds. She is ready to take you where ever your dreams and heart desires in comfort and speed. Bulletproof Hydranet (Kevlar/Dacron) Sails. A Locker full of expensive spare parts. If you are looking for a 447 you owe it to yourself to take a look at Ditto and compare boats. Her layout is roomier and better arranged. There are few, if any, boats that compare to her quality and design.

Basic Boat Info

Price: $148,500
Boat Name: Ditto
Make: Norseman
Model: 400
Year: 1987
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 40 ft
Length Overall: 40 ft
Waterline Length: 35'6 ft
Beam: 13'4 ft
Max Draft: 6'6 ft
Displacement: 18,500 lb
Bridge Clearance: 58'6 ft
Ballast: 7,400 lb
Double Berths: 3
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Drive Type: V
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 46hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 Blade, Bronze, Folding
  • Year: 1987
  • Engine Hours: 1103
Cruising Speed: 7 kn
Propeller RPM: 2100
Maximum Speed: 8 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 90 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Water Tanks: 2
Water Tank Capacity: 120 gal
Water Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 20 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: V
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers


Larry Gagnier
For more information or an appointment to see this fine vessel contact Larry Gagnier at 760-914-0091 or by e-mail at
The Shoreline Yacht Group


The Shoreline Yacht Group
Cabrillo Marina 210 Whaler's Walk, Suite 123
San Pedro, California, US, 90731

Deck And Rigging
  • Electric Maxwell windlass
  • Bow Anchor 290 feet of chain with 60 feet of line and a 55lb Rocna anchor.
  • Stern Anchor 66 feet of chain with 84 feet of rode
  • New uncoated Stainless 32 inch high life lines
  • Oversize self tailing winches
  • All teak plugs and screws removed and sealed. new teak installed bonded to the deck no screws.
  • Mast and boom removed and professionally painted. New tricolor and steaming LED lights, Installed all new standing rigging,  Chainplates examined and re bedded, New Tides Strongtrack slide system for main installed, New Running Rigging 
  • New Hydranet full batten Main
  • New Quantum Hydranet 105% roller jib
  • New Hydrovane windvane
  • All New Canvas including Dodger and Bimini
  • 110 AC/ 12VDC
  • 4 New AGM house batteries for a total of 720 Amp Hours
  • New Starting Battery
  • New 120 Amp Alternator, spare alternator, spare regulator
  • 2000 amp Inverter
  •  All new B & G electronics, Zeus 2, Broadband Radar, New VHF radio with AIS and remote. Go Free wifi which allows use of I pad  or I phone and remote use of chart plotter, radar, and AIS from anywhere on the boat
  • Custom 316 Stainless Steel Radar Pole.
  • 42 inch Flat screen TV with Fusion combination Stereo/DVD player
  • Auto Nav Autopilot commercial grade mounted under the deck
Additional Information

The Gary Grant designed Norseman 400 is one of the largest 40-foot sailboats weve ever boarded. Few vessels of this size combine excellent sailing performance with two comfortable staterooms, a spacious galley and salon and ample storage space with such efficiency. She features excellent sailing performance, a low-maintenance exterior and elegant varnished teak interior, and her construction, systems and equipment are all of the highest quality.

Ditto is an ideal Pacific cruising vessel that will provide a safe and comfortable cruising platform for a couple or family.  Her interior teak woodwork is free of water damage, which degrades so many of these boats. Her canvas is in new condition. Ditto is a two stateroom version with a large separate shower stall in the head and a very large cockpit lazarette to port.

?Descriptions of yachts are like those blind dates - you often learn more from what you aren't told. If, for example, you hear that the yacht has a wonderful interior, then you usually can be assured that she is so fat and tubby she can barely move. On the other hand, a so-called 'high performance cruiser' often means good speed but a dark cramped interior.

The problem with the Norseman 400 (and a pleasant problem, indeed) is to decide how to describe a yacht with fine attributes all-round. From a sailing standpoint, I can't find a fault: she sails magnificently in heavy as well as light breezes. The interior is open, airy and perfectly laid out for both offshore work and dockside living. And the builders have obviously spent a considerable amount of time thinking about all of the little details that make an exceptional yacht. Perhaps you've already broken the code: I liked this yacht.? ? Chris Caswell, Yachting Magazine review July, 1987


The Norseman 400 is a very well-conceived and executed cruising vessel. After examining her modern lines and deck layout, one is surprised to find such a spacious and elegant interior. Her builder, Shing Shang is located adjacent the renowned Ta Shing yard and workmanship is equal to the Mason and Taswell lines of sailboats.

 "Ditto" is one of the roomiest 40 footers we’ve seen, with a spacious salon, well-appointed galley, two comfortable staterooms and Tremendous storage space. Her interior is finished in teak with generous use of solid wood in louvered locker doors and trim. Her cabin sole is teak and headliner is white laminate with teak trim. Hull ceilings are trimmed with teak battens. Solid handholds and laminated teak fiddles and doorframes create a feeling of comfort in the strength of her construction.  Reading LED spot lights (red/and white are located throughout and teak framed Alpenglow compact fluorescent lights are surface mounted in each space on the overhead.

Starting forward is the master stateroom with Huge V-berth. There is a new Custom forepeak mattress.There is generous storage space in lockers outboard along the hull side, drawers beneath the berth and aft to starboard. An opening hatch and one opening port in the hull side provides ventilation. Cedar lined hanging locker. A pocket door adds to easy access. 

The head and shower are next aft to port. The head compartment is finished in easily maintained white molded fiberglass with white laminate and teak trim. A shower stall is aft with its own door to the salon.  A smoked acrylic door separates the shower from the head. There's an adjustable height shower wand mounted on the forward bulkhead.  A double door storage locker is outboard, beneath the deck edge. The head is located at the forward end of the compartment facing aft.  Another door, inboard leads to the forward cabin. There are a number of lockers outboard and beneath the sink including a teak-trimmed mirror door medicine cabinet above the sink.  The stainless steel oval sink is fitted with a single lever faucet and manual foot pump (with a dedicated faucet).  A deck prism, hull side port, and small overhead hatch help ventilate and illuminate this space.

"Ditto's" comfortable salon is made more spacious by large fixed  windows and two opening hull side ports. To port is a U-shaped dinette with finely constructed teak table with drop leaves and removable fiddles. There is a straight settee to starboard. The upholstery is a tasteful light blue fabric.  The seat bottom and back cushions are sculpted for comfort. Extensive lockers outboard of the settees to port and starboard provide excellent storage space.

Aft and to starboard in the salon is the  nav station. There is a large nav table and good access to "Ditto's" instrumentation. The table lifts to reveal storage below and there is additional storage forward below the chart table in two drawers and outboard of the bench seat.  Navigation and communications electronics and electrical system breakers, meters, and controls are flush mounted in a cabinet outboard, beneath the deck edge.

"Ditto's" U-shaped galley is as big as one might conceive on a boat 45 feet or larger. Finished in white laminate with white laminate counters and teak trim and locker doors, the space is easily wiped down. A tall teak fiddle surrounds the large counter space. At the aft outboard end of the counter is the top loading access to the Sea Frost refrigeration and freezer compartments – there is also a front loading access to the fridge. There are a number of large lockers above and outboard – perfect for pantry and dish storage.  Proceeding forward a bank of four drawers is beneath the counter while a knife block and cupboards are above the counter.  The three burner stove/oven is next forward, a stainless crash bar running across the inboard end. There is a locker for pots and pans beneath the stove. Forward and outboard there is a dry storage locker beneath the counter, a large double door locker above the counter.  A deep double stainless steel sink with fresh and salt water foot pumps, hot/cold pressure water, filtered water and soap dispenser is forward.  There is a large locker beneath the sink.  An elegantly curved peninsula counter is inboard.  A built in trash bin is located inside the aft curved door while a spirits locker with acrylic bottle and glass holders is inside the forward curved door.

Aft and to starboard is the guest stateroom with quarterberth. There is a tall cedar lined hanging locker and three drawers outboard and forward of the berth. Additional lockers are above and aft of berth.


Spare Parts
  • There are numerous filters both oil and Fuel
  • Spare Water Pressure pump
  • life Jackets, horn, flares, and throw able MOB
  • New starter for the engine
  • Full original manuals for the boat engine and all of the equipement
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

Call Larry 760 914-0091 or email to make an appointment to view this vessel.

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