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1989 Custom Perry 46 Norseman - 46'

Year 1989
Length 46ft.
Price USD $245,000
Type: Pre-owned
Location Bainbridge Island, WA, United States
Hull Material Aluminum
Engine type Single
Contact Information
Builder: Custom Norseman
Designer: Bob Perry
Beam: 12 ft 11 in
Max Bridge Clearance: 64 ft 0 in
Max Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 29000 lbs
Engine(s): Perkins
Engine Model: Perkins 4236
Hours: 3600
Cruising Speed: 6 mph

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Builder: Custom Norseman
Designer: Bob Perry
LOA: 45 ft 10 in
Beam: 12 ft 11 in
LWL: 40 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 29000 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 64 ft 0 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Perkins
Engine Model: Perkins 4236
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 3600
Cruising Speed: 6 mph


Forward there is a large v-berth with plenty of length and foot room. The overhead hatch and two opening ports in the hull provide excellent ventilation. There is generous storage under the v-berth for sails and 8 opening lockers and 2 large drawers provide more storage for personal items. There is also a small seat with storage underneath.

Forward Head
Just aft of the v-berth is a head. Ventilation is provided through a small overhead hatch. There is a small sink and vanity and manual head. Plumbing is all exposed for easy access to Y-valve. There is a 110V outlet. Just outside the head and before you go into the v-berth is a large hanging locker.

The main salon has a large u-shaped dinette to port and a settee to starboard. The starboard settee has storage both under it as well as behind. There is a bookshelf surrounded by four lockers. Just forward of the settee is a diesel Dickinson stove. Fuel is supplied from a day tank and warm air is distributed throughout the boat with a unique fan and duct work arrangement. On the port side is a u-shaped dinette with seating for 6 people. There is storage under and behind the dinette. Above the dinette are 4 lockers and a bookshelf. Ventilation is provided by a large overhead hatch and two opening ports in the hull.

Navigation Station
The navigation station is located to starboard as you come down the companionway. There is storage under the table for charts and miscellaneous navigation tools. Two deck prisms provide nice natural lighting during the day. A set of drawers contain tools. There are 110V/12V and phone outlets.

Heading aft from the nav station on the starboard side of the boat is a long passageway with 6 foot headroom. There is a very large hanging locker as well as storage locker. Engine access is also provided here with two large removable doors giving excellent access to the machinery spaces. Above the engine room access are three more lockers for spare parts, etc.

Master Cabin
The focal point of the master cabin is the centerline queen berth. There are two opening hull ports on the transom of the boat offering ventilation as well as a nice view. There is ample storage both to port and starboard of the queen sized berth.

Aft Head
The aft head which is accessed via the master stateroom has a large separate shower stall, head and sink with storage over and under. Ventilation is provided by two opening ports.


The cook in the family will love the galley on "Habitude". There is generous storage for food and galleyware and lots of counter space to prepare meals on. For cold storage there is a top loading freezer and separate refrigerator with top and side access. The refrigeration system was built by Anacortes Refrigeration and is engine driven or 110V. The freezer and refrigeration or powered by two separate compressors to a dual core.

  • Large double basin sink
  • Filtered water
  • 3-Burner Force 10 stove and oven
  • Electric vent over cooktop
  • Top loading freezer
  • Temp gauges and controls for freezer and refer
  • Top and side loading refrigeration
  • Microwave
  • Automatic switching between propane tanks, with the control in the propane locker
  • Xintex propane control
  • 110V outlets
  • Generous storage in lockers and drawers


Perkins 4-236 85HP

3600 engine hours

3 bladed 22" fixed prop

Fuel consumption approx. 1.1 gal/hr @ 7 kts (1600rpm)

Max speed >10kts

There is a wonderful fresh water rinse (salt neutralization) system for the engine's raw water heat exchange and exhaust system

Halon fire suppression system



Fuel: 150 gallons in 2 tanks
Fresh Water: 150 gallons in 3 tanks
Holding: 30 gallons


All of the original electronics are still in good working order on "Habitude", although the next owner will want to update. There is radar, GPS, VHF,  and speed and depth instruments. The autopilot was built for the commercial fishing industry and has no problem steering the boat in the worst sea conditions.

  • Raytheon R10 16 mile radar
  • Shipmate RS5800 GPS
  • Shipmate VHF
  • Benmar Autopilot
  • Raynav-570 Loran C
  • B&G Focus speed and Depth
  • (2) Quad Kenwood/JBL  Stereo/CD/USB systems (salon & aft cabin)

  • Heart 1800w Inverter with remote panel at nav station
  • APC Battery bank monitor
  • Dual alternators 40 amp & 220 amp
  • 8 group 31 Lifeline glass-mat batteries totaling 1100 amp/hrs (new 2013)
  • Hospital grade Isolation Transformer (essential on an aluminum boat)
  • 60 amp Guest Galvanic Isolator
  • All A/C outlets and breakers replaced in 2012
  • Most lighting LED
  • Rule 2000, Whale Gulper 220 as well as manual

Sails & Rigging
  • Custom Spartech mast
  • Harken roller furling
  • North full batten mainsail (original, will need re-cut)
  • Lazy Jacks
  • North 100%
  • North Staysail
  • Cruising spinaker
  • Whisker pole
  • Mast track for pole
  • Mast track for storm trysail
  • Hydraulic backstay
  • Quickvang
  • Harken mainsheet track
  • Lewmar selftailing winches (2)43's
  • Lewmar selftailing winches (3)40's
  • Lewmar primary selftailing winches (2)52's

  • Maxwell Windlass
  • 60lbs CQR anchor 250 ft of 3/8' chain
  • Aluminum windscreen with canvas dodger extension
  • Two large storage lockers aft
  • One large storage locker midships on starboard side

Additional Details of Construction

 Habitude was custom built in Oregon with a "no expense spared" attitude. The world famous Robert Perry was fully involved in modifying the original Norseman 447 plans to aluminum ( 5086 marine grade) construction. She was lengthened, the rudder modified and increased in size, ballast added to compensate for the lighter weight of the aluminum hull and the mast moved a foot forward to compensate for weather helm found on some production models. She performs as well as or better than the production Norsemans, which are great sailing boats with many ocean passages to her credit. Robert Perry was quoted as saying this was "one of the finest fabrication assembly jobs he's ever seen".

She received new Port-Lights in 2012 and Hatches in 2013.

The hull was epoxy coated and won the "Best New Metal Sailboat" award in 1990 at the NW Metal Boat Show.

The paint is LPU and shows some blistering at the cap-rail that is easily repaired. The current owner lives out of state and is ready to offer Habitude to her next adventure.

She would be a terrific candidate to do a trip through Alaska and the NW Passage.

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.
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