Nordhavn Yachts is a classic tale about two young mariners who spent their early years crossing oceans in small yachts, but their ambitions and accomplishments grew into an yachting enterprise. Jim Lieshman, crewing on his family’s yacht, had sailed from California to Hawaii. Dan Streech had cruised for a year on his family’s 54’ Alden yawl. Later, they met Joe Meglen and soon after they formed Pacific Asian Enterprises, importing CT boats, and Transpac 49s, from Taiwan. In those early days of Taiwan production, boats needed extra effort to reach Western-world quality standards; so all three men worked with their crews to bring the boats up to par. They raised quality levels; eventually importing and selling 35 Transpacs. By 1977, ready for the next step, they presented a plan to their builders: The developer – PAE – would own the molds and tooling while the Taiwan builder would deal exclusively as their sub-contractor. In spite of popular opinion and rejection by yachting magazines, their direction was a “tugboat” shape reminiscent of North Sea Trawlers. The guys named the new line of yachts… Nordhavn, which is Norwegian for North Harbor. They negotiated with a new builder, Tsai Wan Sheu, South Coast Marine in Tapei, Taiwan for production. While sailing cruisers at first turned up their noses to the new concept, ocean voyagers quickly saw this approach as a promising new concept. After all, most wind-sailors also used diesel power a large percentage of their miles, motor-sailing. That was the beginning of an international marketing effort, and orders began flooding in for Nordhavn Yachts. This led to new models, new worldwide dealerships, and a new builder: SCM Xiamen China, which has delivered the new Nordhavn 55. Other models, like the Nordhavn 40, have made the Around the World trip as a 27-week voyage, with successive crews of company employees. Today, Nordhavn’s line of yachts ranges from 35 to 85 feet, with plans to build a new 50’ trawler-style, motor-sailor. Nordhavn enjoys a growing community of loyal yacht owners and repeat customers.
Nordhavn Yachts New 63' TrawlerThe Evolution of the Expedition Review by Judy Waldman The Nordhavn 63 is the convergence of two yachts; the Nordhavn 55 and Nordhavn 62. Each of these passagemaking yachts share the same purpose and capabilities while offering a different profile and presentation. Nordhavn heard the calling for a yacht with the features of the 55, but with the salty styling that put Nordhavn on the map. The 63 isn't a hybrid, but a trawler with its own identity, and one that carries the Nordhavn birthright. The creation of a new model was not initiated with the 63, as Nordhavn had successfully morphed their 72 to a 76, but more closely replicated was the change from the Nordhavn 64 to the aft wheelhouse 68. The history of the Nordhavn 55 is a significant starting point, but let’s go astern to the beginning of the beginning with the brains behind the brawn. The story is well known by now of Jim Leishman and Dan Streech starting out as partners building Mason sailboats in the 1970s and 80s under the PAE (Pacific Asian Enterprise) nameboard. Jim’s brother Jeff, after completing his naval architecture degree, joined the team in the 80s and helped the partners cross over to what is affectionately known in the sailing world as “the dark side” with the introduction of the Nordhavn 46. The rest of the story is bottom lined by mentioning the trawler manufacturer that has built more trawlers, more models, made more ocean crossings, completed more circumnavigations... and the compass needle only points to Nordhavn. Yes, there are other quality ocean crossing fiberglass trawlers, but Nordhavn holds the records on numbers for sales and aggregate miles. For a more detailed history, read YF's review of the Nordhavn 55.
For many cruisers, a trawler is the ideal yacht. It combines the features of comfort, safety, ease of handling and sea-kindliness, whether long range or simply a weekend outing. Tradition plays a major part in trawler design, for these vessels are patterned after a tried and true formula of centuries. While they may not complete visually -- for some yachting aficionados -- with the ever-sleeker trend in race-boat speed and cat’s-eye windows; for stability, toughness, and brawny good looks, their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Welcome to Nordhavn’s hunky and handsome 55.
Hull number 73 in the Nordhavn N52 model has been launched by the trawler/expedition yacht manufacturer for their new owners. The name is already fitted to the stern and the sides proudly displaying. "Sippican" is her name and she is a N52 featuring a customized three-stateroom layout with a hallway. The forward pilothouse design will allow for the tender and toys to be stored aft on the upper deck and be served by its own crane.
The latest Nordhavn launch is a familiar story, a repeat customer stepping up to a larger boat. In this case the owners are stepping up from an N56 to this lovely N76 which is hull 22 in that particular series. Their past boat, the N56 "Ata Marie" is presently for sale and the new boat is about to be handed over to them. According to the photos, the new N76 is called "Ivanhoe" and sports a gorgeous navy-blue hull.
The first new yacht from Nordhavn has been delivered to Turkey. The yacht representing the momentous occasion is a N52 hull built as #74. N52#74 is a standard layout, with some modifications including the addition of a bunk to allow for 5 people to sleep on board. The boat has the very contemporary feel of all Nordhavns with horizontal-grain throughout the interior while a luxe black and gold marble covers the counter surfaces. She features teak decks in the cockpit and side walkway as well as a functional swim step extension.
The first hull in the new Nordhavn N96 arrived in Florida and was offloaded today after her long journey from China. Hull 11 will be moved from the offload point in Port Everglades to the Nordhavn commissioning dock in North Palm Beach. Nordhavn says she arrived with two other models from their in-production portfolio; the Nordhavn 60 and Nordhavn 68. Delivery of the first N96 is scheduled for March 2016.
The trawler and expedition yacht specialists Nordhavn constantly deliver on yachts to their clients but it is not everyday that you see a motorsailer, even from them. This motor sailer is called "Ata Marie" and just did a delivery cruise to her new home in North Palm Beach. If you are seriously interested in her, this motor sailer is up for sale as the owner is currently building a much larger Nordhavn, an N76. Nordhavn salesman Eric Leishman couldn’t have picked a better day to deliver his client’s motorsailer Ata Marie from Fort Lauderdale to her new residence in North Palm Beach.