2008 New Boat

You Need to See the Nord Star Pilothouse Boats

Nord Star 31 Patrol Port Side Running Shot -- Photo:  Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

Nord Star 31 Patrol Port Side Running Shot -- Photo: Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

I figured I might as well just get it out there up front.  These are boats unlike any others you’ve likely seen.  And although that alone would be reason enough to take a look at them, it turns out when you do see them I think you’re going to like what you see.  They are strong, seaworthy, practical cruisers for couples and families who understand where the real value in a boat is.  Yes, I know that sounds like a ringing endorsement.  It is.  And yes, there are a couple of nits I’ll pick but they’re nothing that can’t be easily fixed and some might just be my own opinions.  Right now you’re going to have to do a little work to see one of these boats, which is one reason we’re covering them here on OceanLines.  But if things continue to go well for Nord Star USA, the boat’s importer for the U.S. market, you’ll soon have a dealer near you no matter where you live.

Builder and Brand

First, a little background on the Nord Star brand.  These boats, which comprise a model line known fully as the Nord Star Patrol series, ranging from 24 feet to 40 feet, are built in Finland by parent company Linex-Boat Oy, the Lindkvist family-owned firm that has delivered more than 3,000 recreational, commercial and government-class vessels.  The patriarch of the Lindkvist family started building wooden fishing and workboats in the 1920’s.  Today’s modern fiberglass production facility is certified to the highest ISO 9001-2000 standards and the boats themselves meet the stringent CE Ocean Class B rating for offshore seaworthiness.  That last standard means, among other things, that the boats will safely handle seas up to 13′ and winds in excess of 40 knots.  Suffice it to say the boat can handle more than you can.

The Nord Star Patrol line has a nearly straight sheer from its sharp bow to wide transom, with its lines dominated by the central deckhouse/pilothouse.  The reverse angle on the windshield serves a very practical purpose in reducing glare and shedding spray, but also lends a working trawler look to the boat.  Sturdy sliding doors on either side of the pilothouse add to that look and also make line-handling a snap, with a mid-ships spring cleat within easy reach.  The boats are diesel-powered with modern, electronically controlled Volvo powerplants, all the way up to the IPS pod drives of the Nord Star 40 Patrol.  The diesels drive beefy Duoprop sterndrives which help maximize efficiency and maneuverability.  More about that later.

The interiors of the Nord Star line feature teak and pin soles and oiled teak cabinetry.  The accommodations are somewhat cozy in the deckhouse but when you have to go outside in a rolling seaway along the extra-wide and deep side decks, you understand the value of that small compromise.  Yes, the house could be a couple of inches wider, but those couple of inches serve the boat and owner better on the side decks.  (Read more about the boat, its performance and price after the jump)

Posted by Tom in Boats

New Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Arrives in U.S.

The New Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Upon Arrival in the U.S.

The New Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Upon Arrival in the U.S.

Pacific Asian Enterprises late last week released these photos of its brand new 56 Motorsailer, which has just arrived in Dana Point, California.  The boat was offloaded from the container ship in San Diego, and brought up the coast by Nordhavn salesman Eric Leishman (who sold the boat to owners Susan and John Felton) and PAE commissioning team member Bob Loeffler. “The boat runs smooth and quiet and has the feel of a much bigger boat,” said Leishman.  The photos show the new boat in the water, maneuvering near the docks, minus its sailing rig, which will be installed during the coming weeks as the yacht undergoes its final commissioning process.

Nordhavn designer Jeff Leishman said, “Seeing the Motorsailer sitting here in Dana Point next to the Nordhavn 62 and 55 really reveals her true size. So far everyone who has seen it has been blown away at how sleek it looks and how big it feels.”  P.A.E. said the boat will make its public debut at the San Diego Boat Show in January.

 If you would like to read more about the boat, we have articles here and here.  In the meantime, enjoy this updated photo gallery of the latest pictures of the new 56 motorsailer (all images courtesy of P.A.E.).

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News

First “New” Nordic Tugs 26 to Splash Next Week

Nordic Tugs 26 Almost Ready for Launch.  Photo:  Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

Nordic Tugs 26 Almost Ready for Launch. Photo: Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

Nordic Tugs officials confirmed yesterday that the first “new” Nordic Tugs 26 will leave the factory in Skagit County, Washington, before the end of this month and splash into the cold waters of the San Juan islands for its first sea trials.  The NT-26 was the original Nordic Tug, produced from 1980 until 1997, and the company decided earlier this year to restart production, given customers’ focus on economy and fuel efficiency.  The “new” NT-26 shares enough with its ancestors that Nordic Tugs decided to simply resume hull numbers from the original production run.  Therefore, this first new NT-26 is numbered as hull 173.

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Nears Completion.  Photo:  Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Nears Completion. Photo: Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

Standard power on the boat will be a D-3 Volvo Penta diesel, rated at 110 hp, although a Cummins QSD-115 HO diesel, rated at 115 hp, is an option.  Cruise speed for the NT-26 will run from 8 to 12 knots, with an estimated top speed of 15 knots.  More photos of the NT-26 under construction are available at the Great Lakes and Mid-Gulf states regional Nordic Tugs dealer, Bay Breeze Yacht Sales, in Traverse City, Michigan.

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Main Deckhouse Under Construction.  Photo:  Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Main Deckhouse Under Construction. Photo: Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

In other Nordic Tugs news, the company is expected to announce next Monday the executive replacement for former President Jim Cress, who died in a motorcycle accident last month.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by Tom in Boats

Hunter 45DS Features Bright and Roomy Interior

Hunter's sleek new 45DS sails along on a port tack in a gentle breeze.Step down the companionway on the Hunter 45 Deck Salon, a recent offering from the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer, and the impact of a tall and roomy cabin flooded with light is immediate.  It stands in sharp contrast to cave–like interiors that sailors know too well.

The reason for the room is the raised coach roof, a feature that is hardly exaggerated from the exterior – and unlikely to block views forward – but that pays off below, where the extra room combines with oversized deck portals and Hunter’s trademark wrap–around windshield to create an exceptionally light and open space.

The raised roof – taller than found on a traditional sailboat but not quite a full pilothouse – is becoming a more common feature, if production boats like the Hunter 45DS, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey series and Tartan’s new 4400 are any indicator. Manufacturers are taking advantage of modern, lightweight construction materials to create additional space below without adding undue weight topside – a seemingly sensible move in a world where multihulls and trawlers have surged in popularity.

The result, in Hunter’s case, is a big, beautiful boat equipped to take two couples or a family on long and comfortable coastal cruises, or even offshore.

BLUE WATER

The 45 Deck Salon is built exactly the same as the larger Hunter 49 and the new 50CC, with Kevlar-type aramid fibers used in the hull construction from stem to keel sump.  The 49 has solid blue–water credentials after circumnavigator Mike Harker explored the globe on the 49 in a well–publicized passage, which ended in Miami in February this year, and Hunter has been working to brand the larger end of its fleet as true passagemaking vessels.

The 45 Deck Salon is based on – in fact, uses the same hull as – the 44 Deck Salon, but has an entirely more modern look and an improved cockpit.  The 45DS was launched late last year, with an overall length (LOA) of 44 feet and 2 inches and a waterline length (LWL) of 39 feet, two inches. Draft with the winged shoal keel is 5 feet 5 inches, and the available deep keel extends the draft to 6 feet 6 inches. The two keel options are close in total ballast weight at about 7,300 pounds, and the boat’s total displacement is roughly 23,000 pounds.

The hull is built to handle offshore conditions.  All systems are NMMA certified and the boat holds CE A/10 approval, which means it is a solid heavy weather boat.  The hull and deck flanges are fit–mated, then sealed with 3M’s 5200 and through–bolted all the way around. Hunter adds more epoxy around the chainplates for extra strength in these high–stress areas.

The confidence in this technique is evident in a five–year hull warranty against structural problems and blisters.  It is transferrable, not pro–rated and pays for the actual cost of repairs, rather than simply a standard rate. There is also a five–year extended warranty on key systems such as refrigeration, air conditioning, electronics and important engine components.

The standard mast height is 57 feet 4 inches, and a little taller with the optional in–mast furling, which also comes with a solid boom vang.  The rig is the Hunter-typical fractional, swept–spreader Bergstrom & Ridder design and features the Hunter trademark steel traveler arch over the cockpit, with a double–ended mainsheet for convenient sail handling.

The transom of the Hunter 45DS provides easy access to cockpit and shore connections.

The transom of the Hunter 45DS provides easy access to cockpit and shore connections.

Hunter says the rig doesn’t need a backstay and that the larger main allows for a somewhat smaller – and more controllable – jib. The standard jib is a 110 percent furling rig, with inboard tracks and adjustable cars. The cockpit has dual helm stations with leather–wrapped wheels, and the transom is a walk–through arrangement with a swim platform and standard hot and cold shower.

Auxiliary propulsion is provided by a 54 HP Yanmar diesel with a three–blade prop and a standard 80–amp alternator, fed by a 66–gallon fuel tank. Three 4D house batteries are standard, as is an isolation transformer, which protects against dodgy shorepower systems.

DOWN BELOW

But when you first board the 45DS, it is the interior that shines. The salon is huge, with overhead windows and portals adding abundant natural light. As you step down from the companionway, a large galley is to port, with plenty of room for appliances like a freezer and dishwasher. The full beam width of 14 feet six inches is nearly amidships, which is partly why the galley is so spacious.

The 45DS has a big water tank – 140 gallons – along with 45 gallons of holding–tank capacity and an 11–gallon water heater.  That means plenty of hot water for showers in the twin heads that come standard on all models.

The salon of the Hunter 45DS is far from the cave-like interiors many sailors know too well.

The salon of the Hunter 45DS is far from the cave-like interiors many sailors know too well.

There is a nav station to starboard. Like many newer designs, there is a section of angled bulkhead to mount radar and chartplotter displays.  They don’t face directly at the navigator, but they don’t clutter the space, either.  To port is a wide, u–shaped settee and dinette, with a sofa directly across.

Two basic cabin configurations are available: a standard two–stateroom model and a three–room variant that splits the aft cabin in two.  Forward of the bulkhead is the guest stateroom with an interesting “Pullman style” arrangement that has the bunk to port and a hanging locker and vanity to starboard. The guest head is all the way forward.  In the two stateroom model, the master stateroom aft has storage to either side of the centered queen bed, and a small chair built into the port bulkhead. The cabin features private access to the aft head.

Hunter has packaged some of the most popular cruising options into what it calls the Mariner Package.  Included are an upgrade to electric rigging winches; a front–opening stainless freezer; in–mast furling system with vertical battens for the mainsail; an inverter; an upgrade to memory foam for the mattresses; a Quiet Flush head; a Raymarine ST–60 Wind system (the ST–60 Speed and Depth are standard); an upgraded shade package; Bose 3–2–1 entertainment system in the main cabin; a three–burner LPG stove (two–burner is standard) and a 15 inch flat panel TV for the main salon.  The only thing missing is the optional generator, a 6–kilowatt unit from Fischer Panda.

Base price on the 45DS is about $263,000, although most will have a sail–away price closer to $370,000, with the typical options.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by Tom in Boats

The New Outer Reef 63

The New Outer Reef 63 Pilothouse Yacht

The New Outer Reef 63 Pilothouse Yacht

When Outer Reef Yachts introduced its new 63–foot pilothouse yacht at this year’s Newport International Boat Show, it had no shortage of interest.  A steady stream of couples boarded to have a look. And why not? The 63 has features and finish standards at the top of its class. And with a sophisticated, ship–like profile, the boat is likely to gain its share of the larger, semi–displacement market.

Outer Reef Yachts is a unit of American Global Yacht Group, which also sells the Molokai Strait series of full–displacement steel–hull vessels and the Newport Sport Motor Yachts line of large, semi–custom yachts. The Molokai Strait series are intended as true blue–water voyagers, while the Outer Reef boats are aimed more at coastal cruising. The 63 has a wide range of features that will appeal to cruisers, from spacious cabins and abundant storage to standard features that include stabilization and a bow thruster.  The new boat has an overall length of 63 feet and 1 inch and a beam of 16 feet, 9 inches. With a displacement of 73,000 pounds, the 63 draws about 4 feet, 10 inches, which means shallower destinations can stay on the itinerary. Equipped with the standard C-9 ACERT diesels from Caterpillar, developing 503 horsepower, the 63 will cruise comfortably at any speed, from a long-range cruise of 7 knots all the way up to 15.4 knots (speeds north of 20 knots are attainable with the optional C-12 engines). At the lower speed, the 63 can cruise 2,500 miles (no reserve) on a single tank of fuel, and at the top end, it will burn about 48 gallons per hour

The Outer Reef 63 has a base price of $1.7 million, which includes a basic allowance for appliances and decorating but not for electronics. Hull number one, which was equipped with a full electronics suite and tender, was listed at $1.95 million.

ON BOARD

You can board the 63 three different ways, depending on how it is moored. Stern–to, you simply step onto the teak swim platform and walk through a transom door into an open cockpit, one of the visible differences from the Outer Reef 58. This cockpit is perfect for fishing, watersports or sunning. A hatch in the sole leads to an enormous lazarette. As with all hatches on the 63, this one is fully finished, with gaskets and dual gas struts. At the forward bulkhead of the cockpit is a fully dogged hatch to an inner chamber that can be used as crew quarters, extra storage or work space. On hull number one, a small amount of the space was taken up by two 150–gallon supplemental fuel tanks.

The open saloon features plenty of room.

The open saloon features plenty of room.

From the outer cockpit you step up to the main deck, which is protected by an overhang from the boat deck above. Nicely cushioned benches lined the aft bulkhead, and there was enough room to install a small dining table here, too. Along the forward bulkhead, which is the entrance to the salon, a stainless steel ladder to starboard runs up to the boat deck, and to port there is room for a wet bar or cabinets. Wide, covered side decks lead forward to the wing doors of the pilothouse and then forward to the Portuguese bridge.

DOWN BELOW

Step through double doors into the salon, and you can settle down in the warm, teak–finished atmosphere, maybe in one of the leather armchairs to starboard or stretched out on the L–shape settee to port. Either way, they’re positioned so you can enjoy watching a movie on the large, flat–panel TV built into the bulkhead that separates the salon from the raised galley forward.

The galley is on the pilothouse level and features full-size appliances and granite counters.

The galley is on the pilothouse level and features full-size appliances and granite counters.

The teak woodwork is finely crafted and hand–rubbed to a light finish. Large windows on both sides and aft further brighten and balance the salon. Overhead handholds ensure security in a seaway. A few steps up the starboard passageway take you to the galley, where the honey–finished teak is complemented by dark marble surfaces and stainless steel appliances. Although the 63 isn’t intended for ocean crossings, the galley has the capability to let owners be fully self–sufficient for long periods of time, with lots of storage and prep space, in addition to a dishwasher, trash compactor, a large range and oven and a full–size refrigerator. A wide, deep stainless steel sink against the port bulkhead has a large window right above it. While the galley is on the same level as the pilothouse and a fully separate space, the two could be further isolated with the fitting of a door – perhaps a slider – between them.

Inside the pilothouse, there is the usual settee and table aft and to port and the helm centered forward, with a Stidd chair and a large, teak, destroyer–style wheel. Three large windows forward and large windows to either side give the helmsman tremendous visibility. The dash panel has room for several large screens, and there are flat surfaces on both sides for laptops and printers, along with storage for charts and room for computers below the helm.

A tight spiral staircase forward to starboard leads to the staterooms below. A central passageway below connects all three cabins. Forward is a guest stateroom, with a queen pedestal bed, hanging lockers and private access to a shared head. There’s a twin–bunked stateroom between the queen guest quarters and the master stateroom aft, certainly appropriate for children but also usable as an office for a couple who doesn’t anticipate young guests. Lockers, including one containing a stacked washer and dryer, line the passageway.

The spacious pilothouse has room for the whole family and exceptional visibility for the helmsman.

The spacious pilothouse has room for the whole family and exceptional visibility for the helmsman.

The midships master stateroom has a king–size bed positioned athwartships. This is one area where the extra hull length over Outer Reef’s 58 was put to good use. The additional five feet allows for deep storage lockers on the aft bulkhead, large enough that man–sized jackets and shirts will actually hang, unlike many “hanging” lockers. The extra length here also means more room in the head to starboard, along with another full walk–in closet. It additionally affords more separation from the engine room aft.

THE ENGINE ROOM

This compartment on the Outer Reef 63 is decidedly user–friendly. Accessed via a watertight hatch and a few steps down from the master stateroom, it is home to the two standard Caterpillar C–9 ACERT diesels and twin 17-kilowatt Northern Lights generators. The engine room has six feet of standing headroom, and all the systems and plumbing are clearly labeled and expertly loomed. The fuel tanks are on the outboard bulkheads and have easy–to–read sight gauges.

Whether you keep the standard engines or choose optional C–12s, they will be easy to care for. Dual Racor filters, switchable and with vacuum gauges installed, are right along the central passageway. The oil–changing system is immediately at hand, as is a hydraulic control system, which supplies power for the windlass and stabilizers. The air handlers are above the fuel tanks and are linked to the fire–suppression system. There is a well–insulated underwater exhaust system with an idle–flow diverter installed for the mains. Also visible is a drain manifold for the scuppers on the upper decks. All that water collects and runs down through a manifold to a single thru–hull.

Flexible shaft couplings are standard on the Outer Reef 63. They go a long way toward eliminating vibration–induced sound throughout the boat and eliminate the need for adjustments to align the engine shafts.

The engine room features stand-up headroom and easy access to powerplants and systems.

The engine room features stand-up headroom and easy access to powerplants and systems.

TOPSIDE

Back in the pilothouse, a beautiful teak stairway leads up to the flybridge, which is a two–level, self–contained space. You arrive on the starboard side of the upper portion, which is covered by a hard top and features a centered helm and an L–shaped settee to port and aft, with a good–sized table at which to sit and enjoy both a meal and the view.

From the helm, visibility is excellent, though you cannot see the swim platform. Owners may want an aft camera wired into one of the screens on the dash. Since the bridge deck is full–beam, it shouldn’t be hard to judge side clearances from the helm, so a wing control station – common on boats this size – is not necessary.

Two steps down and aft from the helm area puts you on the boat deck. On hull number one, this was fitted with a davit and a 13–foot Novurania RIB tender, centered on chocks so that the tilted outboard doesn’t overhang the aft edge of the deck. An ingenious opening safety rail allows the davit to extend farther outboard with the dinghy. The stainless steel rails throughout the boat exhibit an excellent finish; they were welded, but the welds were invisible. Forward to port is a propane–fueled grill, with lockers below. In fact, there are lockers everywhere on the flybridge. There were also large water–drain channels in the boat deck, with the scuppers plumbed to the drainage manifold.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

The bridge deck is one of three fully complete molds that make up the Outer Reef 63. Company president and CEO Jeff Druek says this integrated construction approach gives the boat greater structural rigidity, as well as consistency of fit and finish. Druek says the Outer Reef lineup is currently being built on three basic sets of tooling. The company’s construction partner, Tania Yacht Company, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has three open–ended molds. Druek says the “58 tool,” which has a molded beam of 17 feet 2 inches, is used for the 58, the 63 and 65. The “65 tool,” with a beam of 18 feet 6 inches, can be dammed for a 60–footer. The largest of the molds has a beam of 21 feet and can be used for yachts from 73 feet to 90 feet, with a monolithic structure and no add–ons.

On the 63, subtle details in the lines draw the eye. The stem has a nice rake, with a slight reverse curve up to the pulpit. The lines of Portuguese bridge, the pilothouse windows and the eyebrow overhang are similar but not quite identical. They are echoed by the rake of the mast and complemented by the reverse angles of the transom, cockpit and bridge–deck support arches, the latter of which frame the side decks. None of the angles is exactly the same, which would be an overdose of symmetry.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines
Posted by Tom in Boats

New Hunter 50 CC Designed to Appeal to Liveaboards, Bluewater Cruisers

The 50 CC's standard sloop ring has a sail area of 1,277 square feet. It can be configured as a cutter, with 1,316 square feet of sail.

The 50 CC

At the recent Annapolis sail show, Hunter Marine debuted the new flagship in its growing line of sailboats; the 50 CC.  (Editor’s Note — A version of this story of mine appeared on Mad Mariner, a daily online boating magazine. If you haven’t visited Mad Mariner, stop by and sign up for a free trial; or take my word for the fantastic breadth and depth of the stories there and buy a year’s subscription; it’s less than many print magazines and gives you access to an unmatched archive of how-to’s, features and boat reviews.)

The 50 CC is built on the same hull as the company’s successful 49 aft cockpit model, but with a dramatic new deck plan and interior that is designed to appeal to liveaboards and bluewater passagemakers.

I got a sneak peek at the boat the night before it left for Annapolis from a dock in St. Augustine, Florida. And from what I saw, the 50 CC will be an attractive choice for couples or small families looking for serious, long-term liveaboard comfort. Its upgraded master stateroom, larger galley and bright, open interior will raise the standard of living aboard modern sailboats.

While sporting some innovations, this sailboat is undeniably a Hunter. The three-point B&R sailing rig, the stainless cockpit arch, wide side decks and wraparound-windshield styling on the coach-roof windows are all hallmarks of the Hunter keelboats.

Sharing the same proven hull as the 49, with its Kevlar-type armor and specially-designed structural grid reinforcements, the 50 CC moves the sailing cockpit forward and up, and uses dual curved steps to lead down to the transom. Back there, storage lockers abound (including a propane locker), and there is room to easily transition to waterborne activities.

The result is that, while the 49 has a single large gathering area in its aft cockpit, the 50 CC really has two different areas for crew to congregate. It’s easy to imagine the adults enjoying a conversation in the cockpit while the kids swim and play farther aft.

HULL AND RIG

The new 50 CC has an overall length of 49 feet, 11 inches, with a waterline length of 43 feet, 10 inches. The beam, without rubrail, is 14 feet, 9 inches. As with other Hunter boats, there is an option for a shoal-draft keel or deep-draft keel. The shoal draft is 5 feet, 6 inches, while the deep draft is 7 feet.

Displacement varies, depending on whether a shoal keel is used. The shallower keel requires a bit more ballast – 12,500 pounds, instead of the 11,216 pounds on the deep-draft keel. Total displacement for the shoal-keel 50 CC is 36,945 pounds, and 35,661 pounds for the deep-keel boat.

The boat carries a standard fuel load of 162 gallons and 194 gallons of fresh water. Eliminating one of the two standard 38-gallon water heaters increases fuel capacity to 229 gallons. The 50 CC also has a 52-gallon holding tank.

The boat comes standard as a sloop, with a sail area of 1,277 square feet, though it can be configured as a cutter with 1,316 square feet of sail. The B&R rig carries a relatively large standard main sail and fractional jib. This rig is known for its ability to sheet the jib tightly for closer upwind sailing, while carrying a main with a bigger roach. The sharply swept-back spreaders obviate the need for a backstay, but do require some vigilance running downwind to ensure the main doesn’t chafe.

The single steering station in the cockpit is on a pedestal, providing plenty of visibility, given that the boom is above the overhead arch and the mainsheet traveler is on the arch itself. The standard winches are directly at hand.

There’s plenty of seating in the main cockpit area, and there are corner seats aft, bolted to the railings. Walking around the 50 CC is also easy and safe. The side decks are wide, and the standing rigging design keeps both the inner and outer stays out of the way. There are a total of 10 opening hatches on deck, all with screens, yet there’s still room for the sun-seekers to stretch out.

DOWN BELOW

The steps in the centered main companionway are steep but sure-footed, and they curve gently to port, steering visitors away from the expanded galley to starboard. The 50 CC’s interior is a surprisingly large, open and bright space – a function of both the beam and low sole – but also the daylight that streams in through the raised coach roof windows, which are larger on the 50 CC than on the 49. The natural (light) cherry finish adds to the effect.

A large navigation station is immediately to port and has lots of desk space and angled vertical surfaces for chartplotters, instruments and radios. The U-shaped galley to starboard is huge, with plenty of storage and room for liveaboard conveniences. In addition, there’s an exceptional amount of counter space, along with a standard stainless steel double sink and three-burner propane stove. In fact, the galley gains an aft counter as a result of the new master stateroom arrangement. The 49 had two aft staterooms, and one entry was through the back of the galley. The 50 CC has a single entry to port, allowing for more galley storage.

The 50 CC has two exterior gathering areas fore and aft, versus just one aft aboard the 49.

The 50 CC has two exterior gathering areas fore and aft, versus just one aft aboard the 49.

The headroom in the salon is also exceptional: My six-foot, five-inch host had no trouble standing here. But equally important, the way the room is arranged will make long-term cruisers feel comfortable. The U-shaped settee to starboard is paired with a table, while a sofa sits opposite, forward of the nav station. If extra guests are onboard, the table can lower so that the settee becomes a berth.

The standard two-stateroom layout includes a VIP forward, fitted with a large queen bed. A reasonably sized head is to starboard, while a separate shower compartment and hanging lockers are to port. In an alternate configuration, two cozy staterooms with slim, full-size beds and individual heads replace the VIP stateroom. In this arrangement, the port guest cabin gets a bigger hanging locker, but the starboard cabin has the larger head.

This huge, new master stateroom is one of the major differences between the 50 CC and the 49 and one of the changes that make it more suited for long-term cruising and living aboard. The 49’s twin aft staterooms are better suited for shorter cruises with a larger group.

On the 50 CC, the master stateroom aft benefits tremendously from the raised cockpit and seems especially bright and airy. Hatches overhead, combined with side port lights and extensive LED lighting, keep it well lit. The innerspring queen mattress should ensure a good night’s sleep, and the jetted tub in the head, which also features a shower stall, is another nice touch. The rest of the room is also well appointed, with a reclining settee to port, a curved settee to starboard, and an unusually large, walk-in, cedar-lined hanging locker on the same side. A cushioned bench/cedar chest forward is against the centerline engine compartment and can be moved to enhance engine and generator access.

MAJOR SYSTEMS

Aft of the galley and on centerline is the engine compartment, with the standard 75-horsepower Yanmar diesel with an 80-amp alternator (a 110-horsepower engine is also an option, as is a 120-amp alternator). Stacked above the standard engine on hull #1 was an optional 11-killowatt Mastervolt generator, and access to both seemed easy for daily maintenance tasks. Also simplifying maintenance is the standard X-Change-R oil-change system.

The 12-volt DC electrical system features three 8D batteries in boxes, with a separate battery to crank the engine. Hunter includes a standard isolation transformer to protect the boat’s systems from flaky shore power. The shore-power system is 240 volts AC, plenty to run all the refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, and even a load of laundry while at the dock.

Hunter also provides a standard Raymarine ST-60 speed and depth meter, along with a DSC-equipped VHF and stainless steel antenna. Offshore sailors can order a special ground-plane system for use with an SSB radio.

The main salon aboard the Hunter 50 CC is bright and airy with headroom to spare.

The main salon aboard the Hunter 50 CC is bright and airy with headroom to spare.

BUYING THE 50 CC

Hunter’s philosophy is to provide a basic boat that can be outfitted simply for day sailing or with redundant systems and safety equipment for true ocean passages. The 50 CC is available for a base MSRP of about $400,000, but most dealers will order it with options that can increase the cost by 20 percent or more. Look for sale prices closer to $500,000.

One technique Hunter adopts is bundling options together. The “Mariner Package” is a good example, combining several popular options for one price. On the 50 CC, the Mariner Package includes the upgraded alternator; a bow thruster; an electric rigging winch; a 110-horsepower engine; an additional top-opening freezer; an in-mast furling system with a rigid vang and vertical battens; a special inverter with battery-monitoring system; a Quiet-Flush head system; Raymarine ST-70 package with autopilot and remote; three color display heads for speed, depth and wind; a bimini; upgraded memory-foam mattresses; a cushion for the aft bench; an upgraded Bose Lifestyle 28 entertainment system for the salon; a cockpit stereo with CD with speakers in the arch; and a larger flat-panel TV in the salon.

Buyers can deck out the 50 CC even further by adding different sails, including an overlapping jib with a special sheeting system, or a staysail, with inner forestay, furler and tacking system. A taller mast is also an option, as are such things as a watermaker and upgraded winch systems.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by Tom in Boats

Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Ready for Launch

The exquisite torture that is having to wait for something you just know is going to be really good was the inspiration for Carly Simon’s 1971 hit “Anticipation.” That song was also the theme music for an advertisement for a well-loved tomato ketchup brand.  I think we should play it now as Pacific Asian Enterprises puts the finishing touches on its brand new Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.

Credit:  Nordhavn - Rendering of the new Nordhavn 56 MS Under Sail

Credit: PAE- Rendering of the new Nordhavn 56 MS Under Sail

Sources familiar with the schedule say the new boat, a kind of “Back to the Future” design from the builders of the venerated Mason line of bluewater sailboats, will slide down the ways in An Ping Harbor in Taiwan on September 20.  Initial sea trials will follow — powered because the sail rig won’t be installed until the boat arrives by ship in Dana Point, Californaia.  The new boat will then be movied to Kaohsiung for shipping to the States.  The exact shipping date hasn’t been set yet, but is expected to come fairly quickly.  One surmises the boat could be on this side of the Pacific by early to mid-November if all goes well.

Credit: PAE -  Portside Rendering of Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Sail

Credit: PAE - Portside Rendering of Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Sail

There is extreme interest in the new Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.  I wrote about it here on OceanLines and the story has been one of the top three on this site since it went up.  Clearly, people are interested in whether the new technology motorsailer will be able to satisfy voyagers looking for a less fuel-dependent vessel.  With its diesel propulsion system optimized for fuel efficiency, and the potential to extend range inifinitely by hoisting the sails, the 56MS might be just the boat for the Green Revolution.  It certainly doesn’t forego the luxury interior of the rest of the Nordhavn line and with a well-ballasted, full-displacement hull, travelers won’t have to live their entire life at a ten degree heel angle.

As soon as we have new photos of the boat, we’ll get them posted here.  In the meantime, tell us what you think about the potential of motorsailers.

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Northwest Trawlers Adds 55 to Model Lineup

Northwest Trawlers Founder Peter Whiting has announced that his company is adding a new flagship to the company’s fleet — the NW 55. Designed by Steve Seaton, the NW 55 keeps the look of the Northwest 45 and 50, but adds a newer, more streamlined flybridge that will eventually make its way to the 45 and 50 as well.

New Northwest Trawlers 55

New Northwest Trawlers 55

The NW 55 has a basic 2-stateroom layout, with a queen berth athwartship in the forepeak and another queen athwartship in a mid-hull cabin. Northwest says the company is flexible about final configurations and is more than happy to work with clients to customize the layouts and finish.

Northwest Trawlers 55 Main Deck Layout

Northwest Trawlers 55 Main Deck Layout

The preliminary main deck layout has an L-shaped settee aft and to port in the salon, with free-standing chairs to starboard. The gourmet galley is forward, to port and features a pantry.

Northwest Trawlers Pilothouse Layout

Northwest Trawlers Pilothouse Layout

Northwest says the 55 will come standard with a John Deere 6125, with 610 HP. A preliminary fuel load of 1,400 gallons should give the yacht a range of approximately 2,800 NM at 8 knots. The boat will hold 400 gallons of water and Whiting says preliminary specifications call for black and gray water tankage of about 200 gallons.

Northwest Trawlers 55 Flybridge Layout

Northwest Trawlers 55 Flybridge Layout

Northwest plans to have its debut model, the NW 45 at the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, beginning October 16.

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First Photos: Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU

One of the most anxiously awaited boats of the fall season is Grand Banks’ new 41 Heritage EU, powered by CumminsMerCruiser Diesel Zeus azimuthing drive pods.  Grand Banks dealers from around the world met last week in Singapore and were treated to the first look at the new boat.  I first wrote about the new 41 Heritage EU last September.  You can read that review here.

Grand Banks' new 41 Heritage EU Shot from Above

Grand Banks' new 41 Heritage EU Shot from Above

Here are the photos of that boat, the first, to my knowledge, to be published.  Each photo is a thumbnail; click on it to get the full-size picture which I’ve uploaded here without reducing in file size. If you have a slow connection, stick with the thumbnails.  If you have a good connection, look at the originals to appreciate the amazing cabinetry, finishes and overall Grand Banks build quality.  A summary of the boat’s specifications is at the bottom of this post.  Let’s hear what you think of this boat — leave a comment.

View Forward Through the Salon

View Forward Through the Salon

Grand Banks' New 41 Heritage EU Running

Grand Banks' New 41 Heritage EU Running

Raymarine-equipped Lower Helm on the GB41 Heritage EU

Raymarine-equipped Lower Helm on the GB41 Heritage EU

Looking Aft Through the Salon

Looking Aft Through the Salon

Galley Up to Port Aboard GB41 Heritage EU

Galley Up to Port Aboard GB41 Heritage EU

The Queen's Bed in the Master's Stateroom

The Queen's Bed in the Master's Stateroom

Nicely Finished Helm on Flybridge

Nicely Finished Helm on Flybridge

No chafing for these lines

No chafing for these lines

Aft Cockpit Hatches aboard the new GB41 Heritage EU

Aft Cockpit Hatches aboard the new GB41 Heritage EU

Stern View of New GB41 Heritage EU at Anchor

Stern View of New GB41 Heritage EU at Anchor

The latest specifications on the Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU:

Max Length                    46′ 5″             14.15 m
LOA                                41′ 5″             12.62 m
LWL                                37′ 11″           11.56 m
Beam                              15′ 3″               4.65 m
Draft:                               3′ 10″             1.17 m
Height to bridge top      14′ 1″               4.29 m
Height to mast top        21′ 6″               6.55 m
Displacement
(half load)                   37,000 lbs.       16, 783 kg.
Water                            200 US gals.        757 liters
Fuel                              500 US gals.      1,893 liters
Waste                             55 US gals.         208 liters
All specifications subject to change, please see Grand Banks for current information
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Posted by Tom in Boats