We purchased NWS 3 years ago. She was in a slightly delapidated state The previous owner had her for about 10 years and as far as I am aware didnt use her much. He kept her and lived aboard in London for a few years not moving the fenders consequently the paint was worn on one side . He then transferred her to Ramsgate and lived on her for another few years with the fenders on the opposite side consequently the paint was damaged on both sides the deck was unloved, rigging was tatty etc etc. but the price was right
Previous to that she has cruised extensively by her first and second owners We have all the charts of her voyages which include the east coast of USA, Carribean, Azores, western Med round the Uk and parts of Germany and Denmark.
This must have taken place in the early 70's as every noon site is recorded on the Atlantic crossing. Before the days of GPS
It would be nice to have had the log books as well but just looking at the charts is enough to keep you romantising of what is must have been like in those days without the help and contacts we have today.
Her original name was Gay Gannet lV.That was changed in 1971 to Mornish and then to Norwestsailer in 1981 (Im quite pleased they changed it cant imagine being called Gay Gannet on this forum)
We have done quite a bit of work on her and she is slowly coming along.
The first year was spent trying to make things work.
The second year we had new sails so we tried to sail her, and new cockpit floor and locker lids
The third year we had the Osmosis sorted and respray along with new engine and prop
The fourth year we will be tiidying up down below
The fifth year I dont know either sailing off somewhere or starting over again
I havent any photos of what she was like when we first purchased her but you should get some idea
Thanks for looking