First Nordhavn 86 Delivered

First Nordhavn 86 Ready to Go 

Pacific Asian Enterprises reported that it has delivered the first of its current flagship model, the Nordhavn 86. Cari Ali was just delivered to an undisclosed owner in Dana Point, California and is currently undergoing a shakedown cruise.

The N86 is truly a massive boat (ship?).  At nearly 400,000 pounds of displacement, the N86 will carry opulence to the farthest corners of the globe.  According to PAE, an N86 could leave the East Coast of the U.S., pass the Axores, push on through to Gibraltar into the Mediterranean, and travel up the coast of Spain to the Balearics and then go on to Italy. “If you watch your fuel management, you could arrive using less than the total fuel capacity of 7,000 gallons, said Dan Streech, PAE president.

As one might expect, everything on this boat is big — from the twin MTU Series 60 engines, spinning 48-inch propellers through 3.43-to-1 reduction gears, to the 20-swuare-foot stabilizers and 50 HP bow and stern thrusters.

PAE had a new, 21-acre South Coast China shipyard purpose-built for the N86 program and the boat was designed to be easily certified to ABS +A1 Yachting Service rating for the hull and AMS rating for machinery and installation as an option.

The N86 features its master stateroom forward on the main deck.  The guest staterooms are below, with one each to port, starboard and on centerline, each also with its own head.  Crew quarters are aft.  The list of standard equipment goes on and on, leaving a prospective owner to have to choose only electronics and tenders to complete the outfitting. 

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Just saw this yacht tie up in the inner harbour in Victoria BC. It is quite a spectacular ship for sure, however I have to say I question the choice of color for the lower hull. It is actually a sort of tan with perhaps gold flake color, however at certain angles in bright sunlight it appears to be flat black, and is almost cheap looking until you get right up close and see it’s true rich color.

I agree that it is a very unusual color. I’ll ask the Nordhavn folks about it to see what it’s called. Thanks for the comment. Let us know what other interesting boats you see up there.
— Tom

George – According to Nordhavn, the color is Awlgrip Titanium Metallic; a standard color from Awlgrip.

Thought people might be interested to know that this Nordhavn 86 has recently been introduced to the Luxury Charter Market. You can learn more about her features by visiting

Hi Tom,
Nordhavn 86′ hull#2, M/Y Aurora is getting ‘Krill’d’ (Krill Systems yacht monitoring installation). Here’s the first post:

Second post:

Looks like you’re doing well! great site!

Cari Ali looked great in May sitting at the dock. I saw her in Newport, RI at Forty1 North Marina. There is a constant influx of great yachts in Newport and Cari Ali held her own. Her sturdy design qualifies her as a world traveler. She has all the function of a work horse expedition boat, but with a closer look you can see a lot of thought went into her finer points. She has all the yacht qualities any one could want and all the function any captain or crew could wish for. I wish they would have had me aboard when she pulled off the dock. I have had some inquieries by the marina guests as to her actual performance. I would love to hear more.