Jeff Leishman

Nordhavn to Expand Coastal Pilot Series with 59CP

Nordhavn to Expand Coastal Pilot Series with 59CP

Two years after it launched the 52CP, Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) has announced a larger addition to the new semi-displacement lineup of Nordhavn yachts — the 59 Coastal Pilot (59CP).  The Coastal Pilot boats are a little more than half the displacement of  a similar full-displacement boat, and sport top speeds up to 20 knots.  PAE says they represent not only a good way for the company to expand the demographics of its high-end customer base, but as transitional boats for people moving into or out of the full-displacement bluewater ocean-crossers that make up the original Nordhavn line.  Jim Leishman, PAE vice president, said, “This is the perfect type of vessel for anyone with dreams of extended cruising that don’t involve ocean crossings — for instance, an Alaska-to-Maine itinerary.”

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot rendering.  Image courtesy of PAE.

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot rendering. Image courtesy of PAE.


How is the Coastal Pilot series different?

They are lighter. The 59CP has a design displacement of about 71,000 lbs., which compares to the full-displacement Nordhavn 60 at 130,000 lbs. Obviously, the ocean-crossing N60 needs to carry much more in the way of fuel and other consumables.  To be honest, the two yachts are not really that comparable since the N60 is fully 4′ longer and a foot wider in beam.

They are faster.  It’s probably obvious, but with less hull in the water and with two engines standard, cruising and top speeds are going to be higher.  A full-displacement hull is normally limited in top speed mainly by the length of the hull (longer hulls go faster).  The N59CP will reach about 20 knots at top speed, while an N60 is just about 10 knots.

They are designed for coastal cruising.  A number of factors contribute to this quality.  From the captain’s perspective, draft, speed and range all contribute.  The higher cruise speeds mean more destinations within reach during shorter time spans.  The significantly shallower draft — only 4′ 2″ on the 59CP — mean that much more gunkholing and close-in island anchorages are accessible.  The Bahamas, for example, become much more interesting in a luxury yacht with that kind of shallow draft.  The range (at lower cruising speeds) is up to 1,000 miles.

They are sedan and express cruiser designs.  Nordhavn full-displacement yachts are raised pilothouse designs, intended to provide appropriate isolation from the normal distractions of the living spaces, particularly during night time watches on extended passages. In coastal cruising, however, night passagemaking is much less often a requirement and the single-deck design on the main level means the watchstander can be part of the family dinner discussions.  Here’s a link to the Nordhavn 52CP, the first boat announced in this new Coastal Pilot series.

How are the Coastal Pilot Yachts similar to other Nordhavns?

They are the same quality, which is certainly at least equal to the best in the entire industry.  That includes the substantive areas of mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the cosmetics of furnishings, surfaces, cabinetry and household appliances. Nordhavn mechanical and fuel systems are known for their offshore reliability and simple concepts like a sight glass for the fuel tank demonstrates the safety mindset of the designer.

They are as safe.  The N59CP will carry a “CE – Category A” unlimited offshore rating, which ensures the highest levels of seakeeping and strength.  There isn’t a boatbuilder around that knows more (or maybe even as much) about safe cruising as PAE  In fact, 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the famous “Nordhavn Atlantic Rally (NAR),” which saw a fleet of Nordhavns cross the Atlantic non-stop.

General Configuration

The Nordhavn 59CP is an express-style cruiser with a single main deck that includes the raised aft cockpit, salon, galley and helm area. The design features a roomy flybridge with seating for 12 people and plenty of room on the aft portion for a tender.  The lower deck features a VIP guest stateroom forward and a massive master stateroom amidships. There is a three-stateroom option with twin upper and lower bunks that takes a bit of room away from the master.

Also on the lower level, there is a large utility room at the landing of the stairs from above.  It includes the separate Bosch washer and dryer along with a deep freezer chest.  The main stateroom aft of this landing is isolated from the engine room farther aft by two bulkheads, with the fuel tank in between.  There should be no problem of noise and vibration in the master stateroom emanating from the standard twin Cummins QSM11 diesels.

The Specifications

These are the preliminary specifications as provided by PAE:

  • Twin Main engines: Cummins QSM11, 715 BHP ZF335 IV with 2.458: 1 reduction x 2
  • Exhaust system by Marine Exhaust
  • Delta T engine room ventilation including moisture eliminators and raised intake and outlets
  • Bow thruster: Side Power 11 hp, 24 volt
  • Trim tabs: Bennett Premium BXT system
  • AC Generator (located in E/R): 21.5kw Onan with sound shield and gensep exhaust
  • Onan 21 KW generator with sound enclosure
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering system
  • Fresh water pressure pump: 120VAC Headhunter Mach 5
  • Grohe fixtures in all sinks and showers
  • Tecma Silence Plus toilets in heads
  • Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Self contained air conditioning units for each area
  • 110/240 60 hz electrical system with 3,500 watt inverter and by pass system
  • 24 volt electrical with 8×255 amp hour Lifeline (AGM) batteries for house and engine starting with separate generator starting batteries
  • 24 volt battery and DC system
  • Deluxe galley appliances including:
    • Bosch 800 Series stainless refrigerator in galley
    • GE Café Series 30″ electric cook top and oven
    • GE Café Series convection microwave with exhaust blower
    • GE Café Series dishwasher
    • Separate U-Line freezer in laundy room
  • Separate Bosch washer and dryer
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Muir “Jaguar” 3500 lb. windlass 24VDC horizontal
  • Deluxe Imtra self parking windshield wipers
  • Kallenburg horn
  • Tempered glass frameless windows
  • Custom fiberglass exterior doors
  • Thirteen opening ports
  • Steelhead Marine WD Series davit, 800 lb. lifting capacity with 8′ reach

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

Nordhavn Offers Flybridge-Less 75 EYF

Nordhavn 75 EYF Without Flybridge

Nordhavn 75 EYF Without Flybridge

Pacific Asian Enterprises said on its website that it has developed a version of its 75 Expedition Yacht Fisher (EYF) without the expansive flybridge common to most sportfishing battlewagons. The change acknowledges the cruising half of this split-personality ocean-going yacht and gives it a more conventional “Norhdavn look.”

I took the liberty of scanning a print of a high-res pdf file of the new profile and layout, which you see here in this article. You can click on the image above for a larger view of it and if you’d like to download the original pdf file, just click here.

According to Chief of Design Jeff Leishman, the design caters to the client who “likes the wide-open layout of the EYF, but doesn’t necessarily need a tower to seek out big game fish.” The boat’s upper deck and huge cockpit provide owners plent of great spaces to sunbathe or entertain al fresco, according to the company.  “And it’s already set up so that if you want to fish, dive, or cruise extensively, all you need to do is pick a destination and go. It’s just a variation of the current Yachtfisher,” says PAE’s vice president Jim Leishman. “I think it will emphasize the versatility of this model.”

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

P.A.E. Announces New Contemporary Look Nordhavn 78

P.A.E. Artist's Rendering of New Nordhavn 78 With Blue Hull

P.A.E. Artist's Rendering of New Nordhavn 78 With Blue Hull

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., today announced that it was building a new 78-foot yacht that fuses traditional Nordhavn passagemaking design with “European” styling.  The project is already underway and the first hull will be complete in 2011, according to P.A.E.  First public reveal of the new project is planned for next week, with a press event at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

Here are the details announced today, taken from the P.A.E. press release:

The N78 will serve to fulfill the needs of the class of boater who wants the proven ocean-crossing capabilities of a Nordhavn combined with the sleek lines comprised by typical European-style yachts. “This design will appeal to a whole faction of clientele who tend not to prefer the traditional expedition-type look of a Nordhavn,” says PAE’s vice president, Jim Leishman. “The N78 will evoke a contemporary European feel without losing the dynamic of being a Nordhavn.”

Key to the design is the emphasis Chief Designer Jeff Leishman has placed on outdoor living, starting with the flybridge. The N78’s flybridge will feature a Jacuzzi, wetbar, barbecue and a large open deck area perfect for entertaining. Meanwhile, the foredeck – a typical lounging hotspot on most European boats – has been designated the ideal outdoor “chilling space.” The cockpit of the N78 has been opened up, too, further enhancing entertaining possibilities.

Another draw of the new 78 is that it better segregates the crew from the owners and their guests. Like the entire Nordhavn product range (with the exception of the N120), the N78 was intended to be operated without a captain. However, Leishman has designed engine room access in the transom so that employed crew can enter the area without impacting company on board.

The new N78 will come equipped with twin engines, have ocean-crossing capabilities with a range of 3,000+ miles and superior fuel efficiency. The interior will feature an updated, modern design aesthetic that includes sumptuous owners’ accommodations and two superb guest rooms all with ensuite heads; crew quarters and off-watch quarters.

Although the lines of the N78 will have a European flair, Nordhavn feels the yacht will appeal to international and American markets alike. “The beauty of this design is that it’s a Nordhavn, so you’ve got comfort and confidence while underway, but the benefits will be realized when you’re not passagemaking,” notes Nordhavn Europe’s Philip Roach. “The added elements will really allow you to enjoy your time on board once you’ve arrived.”



P.A.E. Artist's Rendering of New Nordhavn 78 With Gray Hull

P.A.E. Artist's Rendering of New Nordhavn 78 With Gray Hull

Nordhavn 78

Preliminary Specifications

LOA:                                       78′-1 1/4″ (23.8m)
LWL:                                       69′ 0″   (21.03 m)
BEAM:                                    21′ 0″   (6.4 m)
DRAFT:                                  7′ 8″   (2.34 m)
DISPLACEMENT:                252,000 LBS   (114.3 METRIC TONS)
WATER:                                 600 GALLONS  (2,271 LITERS)
FUEL:                                     5700 GALLONS  (21,575 LITERS)
HOLDING TANK:                 300 GALLONS  (1,135 LITERS)
GRAY WATER:                    300 GALLONS   (1,135 LITERS)
PROPULSION:                     Twin  Cummins QSM11DM-425 Engines
HORSEPOWER:                 425 [email protected] RPM

Material taken from P.A.E. press release

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Passagemaking News, Powerboats

First Nordhavn 120 Sold

New Artist Rendering of First Nordhavn 120 Aurora

New Artist Rendering of First Nordhavn 120 Aurora

 Pacific Asian Enterprises has confirmed to OceanLines that it has sold its first N120, a true megayacht with a pricetag nearly three times the next biggest Nordhavn, the N86.  PAE President Dan Streech confirmed the purchase to OceanLines and said the buyer is a long-time Nordhavn owner, now purchasing his fourth vessel from the brand.  For a look at some of the design details of the N120, see our original article about the program launch here.

Construction of N120-01 will begin in January 2010 and delivery is scheduled for August of 2012.  The relatively modest construction time for the first of a new model is the result of the fact that all the molds and plugs are already finished at PAE’s Xiamen II factory in southern China.  Designer Dee Robinson is working with the owner to finalize the interior design details.  Since the hull is to be painted, final decision on hull color will wait until construction is well along.  The megayacht will be ABS-certified.

The N120 has to be considered the ultimate achievement so far for company Chief Designer Jeff Leishman.  Although 50 percent larger than the next-largest Nordhavn, the N120 will be recognizable to fans of the Nordhavn brand.  Leishman and his deep and talented engineering staff have translated many of the traditional Nordhavn lines and design details into a megayacht that will weigh nearly as much as a  Boeing 747-400; some 800,000 pounds.  Even the factory itself, the Xiamen II facility, was designed with this vessel in mind, with everything from the footprint, to ceilings to overhead crane capacity intended to be capable of handling something this size.

The owner of N120-01 has previously owned an N62, N76, and N86, and, according to Streech, is “a joy to work with; knowledgeable and experienced with the new-build process.”  Streech said, “We are very appreciative and excited to receive the order on Nordhavn 120 #1, which will be this owner’s fourth Nordhavn, so there is comfort and experience on both sides which will help elevate the N120 project to a spectacular megayacht level. Our new factory in Xiamen China was expressly designed to accommodate the N120 production line and our 35 years of experience in designing and building over 800 ocean going yachts has prepared us for this exciting moment.”

The price of the Nordhavn 120 is approximately $19 million.  For reference, the typical price of a Norhavn 86 is less than $7 million.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News

Boat Design: A “Maintenance Strake” on the Nordhavn 63

N6301 Hull With Maintenance Strake Highlighted -- Original Photo Courtesy of PAE

N6301 Hull With Maintenance Strake Highlighted -- Original Photo Courtesy of PAE

We ran a story yesterday with some new photos of the Nordhavn 63 debut hull in construction at the factory in China.  As many of our readers know, part of the Nordhavn “mystique” is a result of the reputation of its full-displacement, bluewater hull designs.  These are the products of PAE’s chief designer Jeff Leishman, younger brother of one of the company’s co-founders and design contributors, Jim Leishman.  Over the years, the basic hull designs have been continually refined and have benefited from tank testing and analysis.  If you look closely at one of the photos from yesterday’s article, which I have marked up here with a black oval and arrow, you will see a somewhat unusual appendage on the bottom of the hull where the keel fairs into the flatter line of the hull bottom.  It looks in this angle to be a kind of bulbous addition to the hull.  Being a reporter and not afraid of my own naiveté, I decided to ask PAE’s Dan Streech about it.

“We call those ‘maintenance strakes’,” says Streech.  “They provide the room inside of the boat to walk around the engine.”  It sounds like an interesting way to add depth to the engine room.  Obviously, it would slightly increase the displacement of the hull, but I wondered how they came up with this idea and what the effect is, hydrodynamically speaking that is.  The answer Streech provided sheds a little light on the nearly unlimited sources of imagination and inspiration of the Leishmans.  According to Streech, “Jeff and Jim conceived and invented those while sitting on a turbo-prop plane and noticing all of the bumps, bulges and nacelles which didn’t seem to prevent the plane from flying.”  Streech adds, “We tank-tested them and actually found a reduction in drag (for reasons which were never fully explained).”

Cessna Caravan with Baggage Fairing -- Photo: Wikipedia Common License

Cessna Caravan with Baggage Fairing -- Photo: Wikipedia Common License

In the photo above, you see a Cessna Caravan, a turbo-prop-powered passenger and utility plane which uses a large faired extension on its fuselage (the “hull” of an airplane) to achieve a similar capacity increase.  Given that the aircraft is not designed for speeds higher than a couple of hundred miles per hour (relatively slow in commercial aviation terms) the drag penalty is negligible.  It would probably be somewhat different if the Caravan were intended to fly supersonically, but that’s a different kettle of fish.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Technology