Wondering what a Nor’West 33 cruising sailboat looks like?
When I first saw the listing for a Nor’West 33 for sale, in Mexico, I thought “A 33′ boat almost in our price range? That’s interesting. But what the heck is a Nor’West 33?”
Putting my google-sleuthing-skills to use, I set about tracking down every reference to Nor’Wests that I could find. If you’re interested, here’s a page I compiled of any links & references that are at all useful! Nor’West 33.
If you would rather let the pictures do the talking, turn up the volume, embrace the cheese factor, ignore the slightly fuzzy quality, and enjoy a very** quick walkthrough of Brio:
**The crazy part is I actually slowed this video down by 50%… note to self: don’t zip around with a camera, it makes everyone seasick later**
A Few More Pictures
What does Brio mean anyways?
[bree-oh] -noun 1. quality of being spirited; alive; vigorous
As someone commented, “that suits you much better than something like Serenity“.
I’m not exactly known for my patience, so when Jon & I found this word, Brio, that seemed to sum up all the passion and excitement we have for sailing and cruising and life, in ONLY FOUR LETTERS, it seemed perfect.
Why does the letter-count matter, you ask?
I grew up on ‘Synchronicity’. 13 letters. Just try to spell that phonetically a few times…Sierra, Yankee, November, etc… Now try spelling it phonetically over a HAM radio to an official in Egypt and see how much fun it is! Hence the requirement that our boat have a short, easy to spell, and easy to pronounce name that somehow represented our philosophy at the same time!
*For a long time I wanted to name my boat “Lil Sync”, but someone suggested that might be tempting fates a little too much 😉
**Other random factoids? “Brio” is also the name of a Honda car model, primarily sold in India, and of a cute kids toy train set 🙂