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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

Buzzards Bay 34 Cat – Couple’s Expedition Cruiser

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

This might be the perfect boat for a couple looking to cruise the coastline in a boat that puts a premium on comfort — a comfortable ride in seas, comfortable accommodations topside, and a seriously comfortable stateroom. 

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

The comfortable ride is courtesy of the twin displacement catamaran hulls, designed by Chris White, which slice through chop and significantly reduce the pitching and slamming; not to mention damping the rolling motions. In the main cabin, the centerline helm station features two comfy captain’s chairs, and an L-shape settee provides seating and lounging room along the starboard and aft bulkheads. An efficient galley is along the port bulkhead and has everything you need to fix nice meals, including a two-burner Princess propane stove.  When it’s time to retire, the stateroom is down a few steps to starboard and forward, with the bed arranged athwartships. It’s a roomy, memory-foam mattress that lifts easily to reveal massive storage underneath.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

That stateroom also features a unique hanging locker with slide-out rails from both the stateroom side and the port-hull based head. A small fan in the overhead pulls air into the stateroom and it exhausts through the forward anchor locker; keeping the air moving and helping to keep the anchor locker dry and odor-free. That’s a nice touch. The overhead hatch and LED lighting ensure plenty of natural and electric illumination.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Another unique feature of the Buzzards Bay 34 is its outboard propulsion.  The first hull built actually had inboard-outboard diesels, but the advent of newer, high-horsepower outboards offered a chance for more simplicity and convenience and they are the standard offering now. The boat I visited yesterday at the Newport, Rhode Island, International Boat Show, is a pre-owned model (for sale, incidentally) that had the biggest Suzuki’s on it. Standard propulsion is a pair of 225hp Mercury Verados, although the factory can hang any outboard you like.

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

The cats are built right in Pocasset, Massachusetts, in the heart of Buzzards Bay. The company,Multihull Development, Inc., decided from the outset that the cat would be built without compromise.  The hull is balsa cored and resin-infused, while the decks are vacuum-bagged. Both technologies result in light, strong structure.

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

The boat, configured nicely and requiring only electronics and a few optional amenities for most customers, is priced at $405K.  That’s not cheap, but still represents significant value when you consider the construction methods, and level of fit and finish.

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

I’d take a close look at this boat for everything from coastal cruising in the Northeast, to snowbird migrations, to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Inside Passage explorations. It will handle significant seas with comfort, has good range and can pull right up to the beach when it’s time to explore ashore.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats