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.
On March 17th, Nordhavn announced two new models, the N625 and the N71. The N625 is seen here: https://www.yachtforums.com/threads/news-nordhavn-announces-the-n625.34366/ . The N71 is a modern option for those owners and buyers in the 65-75-foot market. There has always been a thrust on the part of Nordhavn to keep their model line-up fresh and by listening to customer feedback this helps guide the implementation of new features on new models too. The N71 is partly a result of this but it is also a new boat entirely, in fact it is a new hull according to the yard.
Back in January 2020, Trawler and pocket explorer specialist Nordhavn updated the industry on the third N80 that has been under construction for its owner. The first photo below is a look at the first N80 but this feature is about the third hull in this line and emphasis on why this one is so different from the others. The difference mainly is showcased on the interior where Nordhavn teamed-up with Vripack -a design company with vast expertise designing of explorer type yachts-. This collaboration resulted in a European oriented type of interior; different from the typical American-styling. The buyers of Nordhavn 80, hull #3, liked what they saw and opted to go with a Vripack-designed interior.
Known as a builder of practical go-anywhere exploring yachts, Nordhavn has an extensive range of vessels. One of them is the N80 of which they are currently working at producing the third hull in this model. The Third N80 has design by Nordhavn with a collaboration with Vripack on the interior. Nordhavn has released renderings focused on the interior of the vessel and how the interior should be represented when completed in 2021.
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.
Trawler pocket yacht specialist Nordhavn have been keeping their product offering fresh in recent years with the introduction of several new models. Most notable have been the new entry-level N41 which has been built and brought stateside since introduction. Nordhavn is at it again with the release of two new models in their famous passage-making line, the N625 and the N71. In this article YF will focus on the N625. The N625 form factor may appear familiar but it is targeted at those in the 60 to 65-foot market while offering a twist in design to keep a fresh appeal. The new model is based on the very popular Nordhavn 60 and will employ some of the same bulk production techniques being used with the N41 and 51 builds.
Fresh for 2021 is news from Pacific Asian Enterprises (Nordhavn) of the introduction of the Nordhavn N51. You can see this as the slightly larger sister of the already well-received N41. The Nordhavn N51 will be built CE Certified Category A. It will mimic the same production-like structure, which places emphasis on a set, streamlined build order instead of individual customization. Already tooling is underway for the new N51 and layup for the first hull is expected by March this year.
The first hull in the new N41 model has finally been launched. On the 17th of June the vessel was taken to the water in Turkey. Yesterday the vessel was earmarked to commence sea trials according to the builder. She will undergo seatrials and other testing over the coming weeks before she is prepared for shipping to the U.S. in mid-July. The original timeline for launching was to be in April but clearly that slipped likely due to Corona Virus restrictions.
Nordhavn and Vripack announced a partnership for a new Nordhavn explorer yacht called the N148. The new N148 was announced at the ongoing 2019 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). This is indeed a new direction for Nordhavn in-terms of styling, deck arrangement and simply the overall look of the design. It is designed to Class with Ice capability allowing the adventures into colder regions of the world with less of a worry. Also, it is the first metal yacht for Nordhavn!