The Boat

Værbitt is a Baltic 37 CR from 1980. She’s a classic performance cruiser, and the only one of its kind in Norway. The boat is made to deal with tough conditions, and handles heavy seas very well.

As most of cruiser/racer boats from the 80’s, she’s equiped with an enormous masthead genoa, and a slab reefing main. She also carry a spinnaker, and in Portsmouth she got a cutter stay. The boat is powered by a 33 hp Vetus via a Volvo Penta saildrive and a two-bladed folding propeller.

We bought the boat in 2009 with a circumnavigation in mind. She was in a sorry state, and we’ve spent houndreds of hours repairing, updating and modifying the boat.  But we’ve had plenty of fun with her too, cruising the fjords on the west coast of Norway, and as far as Shetland during the 2011 Tall Ships Race. The boat sails like a dream in the roughest conditions, and there is no boat we’d rather cross oceans in.

In preparation of the trip Værbitt has been upgraded to make sailing and living aboard as safe, practical and comfortable as the budget allows. The main new features include:
– Radar arch
– 3 x 85w solar cell panels
– 3 x 100Ah AGM batteries
– VHF radio with AIS reciever
– Chart plotter and radar
– EPIRB with GPS
– Inflatable life raft
– Main sail with 3 reefs
– Storm jib
– Sea anchor
– Delta anchor, 20kg
– Bruce anchor, 15kg
– Sprayhood
– Satellite phone
– Wind vane – Windpilot Pacific Plus

Værbitt’s (now late) propeller in action



  1. Can I ask where did you got the radar arc/Gantry ? I need to do one for my boats and the prices in UK seems a bit high.


    • Hi Clive,
      It was home made using stainless steel pipes and sheets. Total cost of materials was less than 500 pounds, but it was a bit laborious.

      • Well, I’m getting quotes in UK for something similar at around 3 to 5,000 pounds.

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