*SOLD* For Sale: 1981 Nor’West 33 – Full Keel Offshore Cruising / Liveaboard Sailboat – Ready For Your Dreams!

*SOLD 3/26* I will leave this up for a while but the sale has closed!

1981 Nor’West 33 – Full keel, proven bluewater cruising boat ready-to-go with a beautiful teak interior, brand-new Beta 25 diesel engine, monitor windvane, and more!

This boat has been across the Pacific to French Polynesia, Hawaii and back to the West Coast, sailed through the Panama Canal and up to Maine, and is now ready and waiting for your cruising dreams in Beaufort, South Carolina!

As big believers of “go small, go now”, we’re confident you won’t find a better boat at this price.

Designed by Chuck Burns and built in Alameda, CA, she’s similar to a Mason 33 or a Cape Dory 33.

You Will Love:

  • Beta 25 Diesel Engine (2017)
  • Monitor windvane self-steering (2013)
  • Harken Mark IV – Unit 1 Furler (2018)
  • B&G Vulcan 9 3G Radar/Chartplotter (2018)
  • Topsides painted in Alexseal ‘Aristo Blue’ (2017)
  • Teak & holly cabinsole (2019)
  • Dodger and bimini with removable windshield (stamoid and makrolon) (2018)
  • 200w flexible solar panels (2018)
  • Huge amount of ventilation, storage and “extras”!



  • Location: Beaufort, SC
  • Design: 1981 Nor’West 33
  • Length: 33′
  • Beam: 10′
  • Draft: 5’3″
  • Airdraft: 42′
  • Headroom: 6’2″
  • Engine: Beta 25hp
  • Cruising speed: 5.5 knots
  • Max motoring speed: 6.7 knots
  • Water: 80 gallons in 2 integral tanks
  • Diesel: 30 gallons in 1 aluminum tank
  • Single berths: 2 (quarterberth and starboard settee)
  • Double berths: 2 (Vberth and port settee that has a foldout)

Engine + Propulsion:

  • Beta 25 Diesel Inboard (2017)
  • Raycor 500 fuel filter (2017)
  • 70-amp alternator with Balmar Maxcharge MC-512 remote regulator
  • Campbell sailor 3-blade prop, stainless (Aquamet 22) prop shaft and coupling (2016)
  • Lasdrop dripless shaft seal with spare seal on shaft (2016)


  • B&G Vulcan9 Multi-Function Display / Chartplotter with 3G Radar (with Navionics+ USA/Canada chart chip)
  • Raymarine EV-100 Autopilot (2016)
  • Standard horizon VHF with AIS receiver (2014)
  • Hawkeye Depth Sounder

AC/DC Power:

  • 2-Carbon Foam Firefly 110-amp Batteries (2016)
  • Inverter with three outlets throughout the cabin
  • Blue Seas Electrical Panel (2018) and all new wiring throughout
  • Victron BMV 700 Battery Link (2018)
  • Victron Energy Smart Solar MPPT charge controller
  • 200w flexible solar panels
  • AC source selector switch allows all electrical outlets to be run off the inverter OR shore power – super convenient
  • Stainless Marinco 30-amp shore power inlet, 50′ cord and Yandina 30-amp galvanic isolator (2017)


  • Full-battened mainsail with 3 reefs (2012)
  • Genoa in good condition
  • Harken Mark IV – Unit 1 Furler (2018)
  • Standing rigging with Hayne Hi-Mod fittings, including insulated backstay (2007)
  • New running rigging (2018)
  • Self-tailing primary winches (Barient 27)
  • Self-tailing main sheet and halyard secondary winches in cockpit (Lewmar 30st + 40st)
  • All lines led aft to the cockpit – great for single-handing or a couple
  • Telescoping whisker pole


  • 33# Spade primary anchor
  • 22# Delta secondary
  • 200′ 1/4″ Hi-test G4 chain (2013)
  • Manual windlass (needs servicing)

Other Exterior:

  • AquaSignal deck-level LED nav lights (2016)
  • AquaSignal 40 anchor/tricolor masthead light
  • Wheel steering with emergency tiller
  • Teak cockpit table on a Lagun Leg (also works as inside table)
  • Dyneema lifelines with gates (2017)
  • Stainless swim ladder
  • Monitor windvane self-steering with spare air paddles (2013)


  • 3-burner propane stove and oven
  • Stainless propane solenoid (2016) and 6-lb aluminum tank
  • Adler-Barbour Cold Machine Refrigerator (2014)
  • Pressure water
  • Deep stainless steel sink with pullout sprayer faucet


  • Beautiful teak interior
  • Teak and holly cabin sole (2019)
  • 8 Bomar opening ports
  • 2 aluminum hatches (boat has excellent ventilation)
  • JVC Stereo
  • Teak table on a Lagun Leg (easy to mount / dismount, and also works as cockpit table)
  • 4-LED red/white lights in main area plus 2 Alpenglow fluorescent fixtures
  • 2 cabin fans
  • Dickinson Newport diesel stove with on demand fuel pump
  • 28k BTU bus heater (great heat when motoring)
  • Huge amount of storage

Head / Plumbing:

  • 4 bronze thruhulls and seacocks (2014)
  • Rule 1100 automatic bilge pump with float switch
  • Large bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump (needs service)
  • Airhead composting toilet (2016) (seacocks and thruhulls are still there if you wanted to go back to a conventional toilet, you’d just need to drop in a holding tank)
  • Shower grate with manual shower pump (also works as emergency bilge pump)
  • No sink in the head (replaced with a huge cupboard instead)

What else should I know?

We don’t want to waste anyone’s time, so here’s the list of things we want you to know upfront:

  • There is one scratch in the topside paint, on the port side. Alexseal is easy to repair if you were inclined.
  • Some of the interior varnish could use a touch-up (especially in the head).
  • The bottom has been recently cleaned by a diver, but should be painted this season (last bottom paint was 2017).
  • There is no sink / plumbed water in the head – we replaced it with a huge cupboard and used a solar shower instead (there is a shower sump that you can pump out, so it works quite nicely).
  • She’s an absolutely beautiful boat, but she’s not a “show boat” — she was intentionally set up for cruising, with simple systems and an eye towards long-term maintenance.
  • You’ll need a dinghy.
  • You can click on any of the photos above to make them bigger.
  • You will not find a better boat for this price!

Price: $29,900 firm.

Location: Beaufort, SC

Contact: listing@withbrio.com or call/text Leah at 207-406-0925 with any questions or to arrange a viewing!

All of the above photos are from March 2020, except the couple taken at anchor (click on any photo to see the full size version). Here are a few additional older images, taken in the last 1-3 years.

Video walkthrough and Yachtworld listing coming soon. Contact listing@withbrio.com or call/text Leah at 207-406-0925 with any questions or to arrange a viewing!