North Pacific Yachts 28 Ready for Sea Trials

We've got exclusive photos of the new North Pacific Yachts 28 as it undergoes final prep for sea trials later this week. Have a look here and read about the current schedule for shipping.
North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

The new North Pacific Yachts 28 pocket trawler will splash for the first time and begin its builder’s sea trials as early as this week, according to Trevor Brice, company president.  New photos from the factory show the boat undergoing final installation of trim and finish pieces before clean-up and launch.  In the photo above you can see the overall lines of the boat, with the sheer mirrored by the rubrail.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

A number of key design features are evident in these photos.  In the photo immediately above, you can see the significant room on top of the deckhouse available for storing kayaks, a small dinghy or other cruising gear and toys.  The aft cockpit, with its transom-centered door is also visible here, as is the open hatch to the lazarette.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

In this view, you can see the tall transom, rudder and keel of the NPY 28.  Note the hawse holes for ease of line handling.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull, Overhead Stbd Bow  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull, Overhead Stbd Bow -- Photo: NPY

The photo above shows a nice overhead view of the entire boat.  Features visible in this shot include the forward cabin overhead hatchway (temporary hatchcover in place), sliding pilothouse doors, forward railings and anchor pulpit.  Harder to see but key for inland waterway cruisers is the folding antenna mast, here show folded down as it would be to minimize air draft.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

In this final photo, we see the helm station undergoing final systems installation.  There will be plenty of room on the flat just ahead of the instrument cluster for a pod-mounted chartplotter.

Hull #1 of the NPY 28 shown in these photographs will begin its sea trials this week and is scheduled to leave the factory in China on August 20.  By sometime in early September, potential customers should be able to get aboard in the Seattle-Vancouver area.  OceanLines will have more photos of the sea trial shortly.  In the meantime, we’ve added some more exclusive construction photos of the NPY 28 to its photo gallery here on OceanLines.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .