expedition yacht

PAE Reports Build Progress on First Nordhavn 120

Latest exterior rendering of the new Nordhavn 120 under construction -- Courtesy of P.A.E.

Latest exterior rendering of the new Nordhavn 120 under construction -- Courtesy of P.A.E.

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., said last night that progress continues with the build process on its first true superyacht, the Nordhavn 120.  According to the company, the hull and deck are joined, while the engine beds have been made and are ready for installation of the main engines (twin MTU 8V 2000 M72’s, rated at 965 HP at 2,250 RPM).  The company also provided these new renderings of the exterior and stateroom and salon.

Updated rendering of stateroom on the new Nordhavn 120 - Courtesy of P.A.E.

Updated rendering of stateroom on the new Nordhavn 120 - Courtesy of P.A.E.

Delivery is scheduled for mid-2012, which is about as specific as you can be more than a year out from the milestone.  A new interior designer has been chosen for hull number one.  PAE said,

Destry Darr has been commissioned to develop a high-end custom interior for hull one. The look will be simple and elegant yet contemporary in its styling. African cherry has been selected as the primary hardwood to be used throughout.

Updated rendering of the salon on the new Nordhavn 120 - Courtesy of P.A.E.

Updated rendering of the salon on the new Nordhavn 120 - Courtesy of P.A.E.

The N120, when delivered, will supplant the N86 as the queen of the 16-yacht Nordhavn fleet, with a cool 80 feet between the smallest and largest member.  The N120 is ABS-classed and designed and built to be certified to any international classification chosen by a buyer.  Classification decisions by an owner normally depend on the intended use of the yacht (charter vs. private use) and may be dictated in some cases by an owner’s insurance company.  Formal classification can involve a relatively significant expense to an owner, mainly due to the constant inspections and reviews required during the construction process, but as the size of the yacht increases, the cost as a percentage of the overall build declines and may be worthwhile in any event if the yacht is to be chartered.

You can read our earlier coverage of the Nordhavn 120 here.

A quick reminder of the N120 specs:

LOA:                                                   120’ 7”
LWL:                                                   108’ 4”
BEAM:                                                27’ 11”
BWL:                                                  27’ 10 ½”
DRAFT (FULL LD):                          9’
DISPLACEMENT (HALF):              740,992 lbs.
DISPLACEMENT (FULL):              848,994 lbs.
DISPLACEMENT (EMPTY):          668,890 lbs.
CP:                                                     .57
D/L (HALF)                                        251
A/B:                                                     2.25/1
WATER:                                             2,800 GALS.
FUEL:                                                 17,500 GALS.
BLACK WATER:                              300 GALS.
GRAY WATER                                 300 GALS.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, Powerboats

Pacific Expedition Offers Zeus Pod Drives for PE60 Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE60 Expedition Power Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE60 Expedition Power Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts will offer Cummins Mercruiser Diesel Zeus pod drives on its PE60 Expedition Class Power Catamaran. The first hull with Zeus drives is already under construction at Pacific Expedition’s Astoria, Oregon shipyard, with delivery expected later this year.

Here’s how Pacific Expedition describes the decision to offer the Zeus drives:

The PE60, equipped with twin Zeus 3000 series pods coupled to QSC8.3-liter 600-hp engines, uses the intuitive joystick for docking and other slow-speed maneuvers, fundamentally changing the ability to control the large power catamaran with safety and confidence in the most challenging conditions. From offshore running to slow speed docking in crowded marinas, the Zeus system provides tremendous confidence and control to the owners of these large luxury yachts. It all but eliminates the fear and potential for damage that often accompanies operating a yacht with conventional inboard engines in tight quarters. The system also offers unmatched speed and economy in a vessel of its size.

CMD is “very happy to have partnered with a leading innovator in the emerging expedition power catamaran market,” said Richard Newman, CMD’s director of sales. “The Zeus system is a great match for the PE60. We believe this combination will be a game-changer in this category.”

“We are excited to work with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel in offering this kind of revolutionary technology to our clients on what we feel is one of the most exciting boating platforms to come along in some time,” said Patrick Meyer, partner with Pacific Expedition Yachts. “At over 60 feet long and 25 feet wide, a PE60 cuts an intimidating path. However, the Zeus system from CMD offers a new level of sophistication and control to our expedition power catamarans. This results in very comfortable and safe operation of our large yachts with little stress or anxiety by the owners,” he added.

Meyer told OceanLines he believes shaft drives are still a valid option for the PE cats because of the inherent maneuverability of a twin-engine boat with such wide spacing between the engines. Although PE did not disclose the price of the Zeus option, it’s safe to assume that the Zeus drives are more expensive than a standard shaft and prop arrangement.

New Model Lineup at PE

Pacific Expedition also recently announced a re-focusing of its model lineup, with the main offerings the PE50 and PE60. When the company first started, it was offering a 45, 55 and 65. The customer feedback has been such that the most demand was for a PE50 and a PE60. A smaller “Coastal Expedition” (CE) 47 is also offered for those who don’t need the room or extreme range of the PE series.

The current PE60 was derived from the original PE55 as a result of customer interest in having more space available aft of the salon bulkhead. The PE50, however, was a fresh design that took the basic beam and layout of the PE60 and put it into a smaller form. PE said it didn’t want to stretch the original PE45, because it was designed with a beam a couple of feet narrower than the new PE50 and PE60.

You can download the specs for the PE50 here.

And you can download the specs for the PE60 here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Engines, Industry News, Passagemaking News, Powerboats, Technology

Sunreef Catamarans Take Serious Luxury To Sea

Sunreef 62' Classic design exterior

Sunreef 62' Classic design exterior

Built at one of the most famous shipyards in the world, Sunreef Yachts’ power and sailing catamarans are luxurious, yet tough ocean-going boats designed and built to the highest standards and with some of the latest technology available.  The famous Gdansk shipyards in Poland — former home of Lech Walessa and his revolutionary union mates — now produce Sunreef catamarans in hulls from 60 to more than 150 feet in length.  The boats are built in both aluminum and high-tech composites in a facility that keeps nearly all the skilled craftsmanship in-house.


Sunreef is a young company, started in 2000 by entrepreneur Francis Lapp.  Since then, more than 40 vessels have been delivered and are in service around the world as liveaboards, vacation yachts and charter boats.  In fact, many of the yachts have three different standard configurations — owner, semi-owner, and charter — acknowledging the specific design requirements of each type of usage. 

The company has benefitted from the availability of experienced shipbuilders and craftsmen in the local economy and recently acquired an additional large tract of land on the nearby Vistula River which will feature a 25,000 square meter production facility capable of building yachts longer than 50 meters.  Naval architecture, engineering and interior design are all handled internally.

Sunreef 114 - turning of the hull successfully completed

Sunreef 114 - turning of the hull successfully completed


Sunreef began building sailing catamarans and has recently expanded into the power cat arena as well.  The Sunreef 62 Sailing has been the most popular model to date, although the company has several much larger yachts in construction and has delivered several larger models.  A 114′ aluminum sailing cat is currently under final construction in the yard.  Here’s a brief rundown on the models currently available from Sunreef:

Sailing Catamarans – Single Deck

Sunreef 62 classic
Sunreef 62 modern
Sunreef 70
Sunreef 80
Sunreef 90
Sunreef 100
Sunreef 114
Sunreef 130


Sailing Catamarans – Double Deck

Sunreef 82
Sunreef 92
Sunreef 102
Sunreef 116
Sunreef 132
Sunreef 146

Power Catamarans

60 Sunreef Power
70 Sunreef Power
80 Sunreef Power

Sunreef also has designs in-hand for a custom 130-foot day catamaran suited for entertaining large groups on the water.  Sunreef will also undertake full custom design  Here’s a closer look at two of the current models, the 62 Sailing and the 70 Power.

Sunreef 62' Classic design exterior

Sunreef 62' Classic design exterior

Sunreef 62 Sailing Catamaran


Construction Composite or Aluminium
Length 18.9 m / 62.00 Ft
Maximum Beam 9.2 m / 30.18 Ft
Displacement 22 T / 26 T
Draft 1.52 m / 5.00 Ft
Mast Length 24.99 m / 82.00 Ft
Main Engines 2 x 110 HP
Fuel Capacity 2 x 700 l / 2 x 184.92 US gal
Fresh Water Tank 780 l / 206.05 US gal
Main Sail 117.99 m² / 1270.00 Ft²
Genoa 62.99 m² / 678.00 Ft²
Staysail 31.96 m² / 344.00 Ft²

The 62 Sailing Cat (classic model) was derived from the larger Sunreef 74 and features the same spacious central flybridge.  This centralizes the sailing controls at this upper helm station and also offers room for all the guests to enjoy an unobstructed view while sailing.  A “modern” version of this same boat offers an interior with avant-garde decor and design, while this model features a more conventional interior finish.  The 62 in a typical owner version would likely have four luxury cabins, while a boat designed for charter work would have more beds.  While exact prices will vary significantly depending on outfitting and trim, a new 2009 Sunreef 62 would likely have a list price in the neighborhood of EURO 1.33 million ($1.78 million).  These prices reflect the premium quality not only of the interiors but the epoxy resin, vacuum-infused and carbon-reinforced hulls.  All Sunreef yachts are classified CE A Ocean Category, which is the highest seaworthiness rating available.

Sunreef 70 Power Cat in Patagonia

Sunreef 70 Power Cat in Patagonia

70 Sunreef Power Catamaran


Construction Composite
Length 21.03 m / 69.00 Ft
Maximum Beam 9.3 m / 30.50 Ft
Displacement 33 T
Draft 1.22 m / 4.00 Ft
Fuel Capacity 2 x 4500 l / 2 x 1188.77 US gal
Fresh Water Tank 1000 l / 264.17 US gal
Naval Architecture Sunreef Yachts
Interior Design Sunreef Yachts


The 70 Sunreef Power, with its dramatic lines and powerful look, applies the same luxury standards of the sailing cats to the powerboat realm.  Powered by twin 870 HP diesels,  the boat will reach a speed of 30 knots.  The hull is built using a resin-infusion process, which results in a greater strength-to-weight ratio.  Sunreef announced today the launch of hull #2 in the line — an expedition version of the boat, which takes advantage of the slippery cat hull and uses smaller, 370 HP engines, will cruise at 12 knots, with an astounding 8,000 nautical miles range at 10 knots.  Even at 15 knots, the boat will exceed 3,000 nautical miles.

The first Sunreef 70 Power, JAMBO,  made its public debut In Cannes last June.  The boat spent this past winter on an Atlantic crossing and in late February and early March passed through the Strait of Magellan, making port in Puerto Mont, Chile.  With the first part of a family circumnavigation complete, the boat is now being provisioned for its trip across the Pacific, with first stops at Robinson Crusoe and Easter Islands, enroute to French Polynesia for a longer stay.

SEABASS, known as the “Exclusive” version, has two owner suites and two guest cabins, a fully equipped flybridge with second helm station and jacuzzi.  The boat also features an innovative diving platform.

In a few short years, Sunreef has built an impressive portfolio of both aluminum and high-end composite yachts.  The firm takes advantage of the relatively economical yet extremely experienced labor of the Gdansk maritime workforce and has made significant progress establishing itself as the premium builder of luxury, ocean-going catamarans.

Copyright © 2009 OceanLines LLC

Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News