New Boats for 2010

New Nordic Tugs 39 A Nice Update to NT Fleet

New Nordic Tugs 39

New Nordic Tugs 39

In a piece I wrote for YachtWorld.com this week, I said that the new Nordic Tugs 39, an updated replacement for the NT-37, is a worthy successor.  The couple I interviewed in the story, Donna and Kevin Steele, went through a meticulous process that culminated in choosing the new NT-39 and their experience would serve any new boat buyer well.  Have a look at the piece on YachtWorld.com.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Beneteau’s New Sense 50

by Guest Author Zuzana Prochazka

Editor’s Note — Zuzana Prochazka is an award-winning writer and editor and currently serves as the president of the Boating Writers International association. Her website, TalkoftheDock, is “the boater resource for gear, boat reviews and other topics related to cruising and general loafing about on the water. ”  Oh yeah, she’s also a U.S.Coast Guard 100 Ton Master with more than 20 years of boating experience. She recently toured the new Beneteau Sense 50 at the Annapolis Sailboat Show and shared this piece with us.

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Beneteau's new Sense 50 spins in her own length at Annapolis - Photo credit:  Zuzana Prochazka

Beneteau's new Sense 50 spins in her own length at Annapolis - Photo credit: Zuzana Prochazka

There are those who would say that there’s nothing new in sailing – you raise some canvas, pull on some lines, and when there’s no wind, you turn on the engine and go home.  But those people have no imagination.  Imagination that is, like that which created the Beneteau Sense 50. 

It’s really refreshing to see a sailboat manufacturer start thinking about what barriers there are for boaters to get into the cockpit of a 50 foot boat and head out with confidence.  But someone finally started thinking as was proven at this year’s Annapolis boat show where the Sense 50 spun in its own length and generally wow’d audiences all day.

Cockpit real estate aboard the new Beneteau Sense 50 - Photo credit:  Zuzana Prochazka

Cockpit real estate aboard the new Beneteau Sense 50 - Photo credit: Zuzana Prochazka

The boat’s maneuverability comes from Beneteau’s Dock and Go steering system which features a joystick control that synchronizes a 360 degree pivoting propeller with a bowthruster to move the boat forward, aft, or completely sideways.  As the boat spins, the Yanmar 75HP sail drive coordinates with the bowthruster while the Raymarine autopilot manages the rudder. This is very much like what Volvo did with their IPS system for powerboats and the result is total control with a lot less anxiety, especially when docking. 

But boat handling is just the beginning with the Sense 50.  The Sense 50 is fast but still manageable as it is designed to deliver maximum performance at 15 degrees of heel rather than the normal 20 degrees.  From the sleek light displacement hull (31,195 lbs.) and low coachroof with angular windows, to the slippery underbody with a spade rudder and choice of keel drafts (6’ 11” or a bulb with 5’ 10”), this boat is almost more like an ocean racing Open 50 than a traditional cruiser.

The design group of Berret-Racoupeau tossed out any preconceived notions of what a cruising monohull should be and started fresh.  It’s a massive platform with a 49’ LOA and 15’ 11” on the beam that is carried well aft.  This width is what allowed the construction of an almost catamaran-like cockpit with an easy entry off a broad swim platform and one step up to the twin wheels. 

Cockpit table aboard the Beneteau Sense 50 - Photo credit:  Zuzana Prochazka

Cockpit table aboard the Beneteau Sense 50 - Photo credit: Zuzana Prochazka

The seats behind each helm station lift up and out to open the entire transom, creating an inviting terrace with a U-shaped settee on starboard and table that can be folded and lowered to a cocktail table or made into a sun pad or bed for two. The cockpit sole lifts up to reveal access to all the machinery for easy maintenance.  This was done by design to keep all the noise-making equipment well away from the living areas and the space is accessed via a ladder and can even house a washing machine. 

Life aboard the Sense 50 is divided into three areas – the easy outdoor living of the cockpit, the centralized social space of the saloon/galley and the quiet cabins forward.  Sleek, angular and very Euro-chic, the “greatroom” living space is finished in alpi fruitwood with an oak laminated cabin sole and feels very rich and comfortable.

The straight-line galley runs up the starboard side and has great storage.  On port is a U-shaped settee that also forms the seat to the sizeable aft-facing nav station, and wraps around a table that will seat 6-8 for dinner or drinks.  The entire space is interrupted only by an island in the middle that serves as extra counter space for the galley but also hides a folding seat and a pop-up flat screen TV both of which face the saloon. The Sense 50 is available in two or three cabin layouts.  The master stateroom is forward with an island queen berth, a small vanity desk and a large, ensuite head with a stall shower. 

Beneteau Sense 50's well-designed anchor windlass dam and locker - Photo credit:  Zuzana Prochazka

Beneteau Sense 50's well-designed anchor windlass dam and locker - Photo credit: Zuzana Prochazka

The base price of the Sense 50 is $398,000 but with all the upgrades available, sailaway can be more like $560,000.  The Sense 50 will undoubtedly revolutionize yacht design inside and out and possibly even re-energize a sluggish sailboat market.  For those who would like all the excitement in a smaller package, Beneteau is planning on introducing a 42 foot version next year.

Beneteau Sense 50
Specifications:

Yacht Design: Berret – Racoupeau
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Hull length: 49’
Max beam: 15’ 11”
Light displacement: 31,195 lbs
Deep draft: 6’ 11”
Shallow draft: 5’ 10”
Engine: 75HP
Fuel capacity: 110 gal
Fresh water capacity: 140 gal

Original article and photos courtesy of and Copyright © 2010 by Zuzana Prochazka at TalkoftheDock

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Sail, Sailboats

New Nordhavn 63 Pictures

Nordhavn 63-01 Sits on Her Lines at the Factory in China

P.A.E. today confirmed that hull #1 of the new Nordhavn 63 is in final preparation for shipment from the factory in China to Florida, where it will be commissioned and available for inspection. The N63 is a development of the N55/N60 series, with new deck and engine room molds. With its beam narrower than the N62, it will fit in places the latter cannot.

Bow-on Shot of the New Nordhavn 63

Bow-on Shot of the New Nordhavn 63

The N63 is described by PAE as an aft-wheelhouse version of the N60, retaining some of the saltiness of the original N62 but with the narrower beam.  In the accompanying photos, you can see it in the “tank” at the factory in China undergoing its first tests and systems checks. P.A.E. President Dan Streech told me yesterday that they hope to ship the boat by mid-September and have it available for viewing by the end of October.

Stern View of the New Nordhavn 63

Stern View of the New Nordhavn 63

Port Bow Photo of New Nordhavn 63

Port Bow Photo of New Nordhavn 63

View of Foredeck on New Nordhavn 63

View of Foredeck on New Nordhavn 63

Port Quarter View of New Nordhavn 63

Port Quarter View of New Nordhavn 63

Starboard Quarter View of New Nordhavn 63

Starboard Quarter View of New Nordhavn 63

Portuguese Bridge on New Nordhavn 63

Portuguese Bridge on New Nordhavn 63

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

More Details on New Krogen 52

Kadey-Krogen 52' Artist's Rendering

Kadey-Krogen 52' Artist's Rendering

Kadey-Krogen yesterday released more details of its newest trawler, the Krogen 52′, which we first reported on here. It’s decidedly a classic Krogen trawler, with its raised pilothouse and 3,000 nm range at about 7 knots. It shares many of the features of its bigger sister, the Krogen 58′. 

Main Deck Layout for the New Krogen 52'

Main Deck Layout for the New Krogen 52'

The main-deck galley is “Iron Chef”-equipped (my term) with a full-size Jennair fridge and a Viking range. It also has a weather-tight Dutch door with direct access to the starboard walkway. The stairs up to the pilothouse are on the portside and feature household-standard size risers and treads. The pilothouse on the 52′ accommodates dual helm chairs.

Accommodations Layout for the New Krogen 52'

Accommodations Layout for the New Krogen 52'

The yacht offers either a two- or three-cabin arrangement, with the master stateroom forward or amidships. Kadey-Krogen says those opting for a two-cabin arrangement will enjoy the utility of a large, dedicated office space. Both configurations include two heads with enclosed stall shower.

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 3SR Version of New Krogen 52'

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 3SR Version of New Krogen 52'

The company says the boat is being offered in both single- and twin-engine configurations. The hull design will feature Kadey-Krogen’s counter-faired keel, pioneered on the Krogen 58′, which imparts a counter-rotation to water flowing into the propeller, canceling some of the propeller-induced water rotation and resulting in straighter water outflow and improved forward thrust, which implies better fuel economy than that of conventional keel designs, according to Kadey-Krogen.

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 2SR Version of New Krogen 52'

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 2SR Version of New Krogen 52'

In the specs table below you can see that the engine options are from John Deere, with the single 6068AFM75 offering a continuous duty (M1) rating of 231 hp.  The company said tooling will be complete by late fall this year and first delivery is planned for summer 2011. The companysays it took a “more grassroots approach and contacted current owners to see if they were interested in the project,” says Larry Polster, vice president of Kadey-Krogen Yachts. “We also took a set of plans to Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale and within ten days of initial exposure, the first five hulls were reserved.”

Krogen 52’
Preliminary Specifications

Length on Deck:                                                 52’-2”
LOA (including swim platform):                       54’-4”                                                    
LOA (including swim platform & pulpit):        57’-0”
LWL:                                                                  47’-0”
Beam (molded):                                                  17’-3”
Beam (over rubrail):                                            17-9”
Beam (waterline):                                   16’-0”
Draft at Keel (half load, single eng): 5’-3”
Displacement (half load):                                    70,000 lb approx.
Fuel Capacity:                                                 1400 gal.
Water Capacity:                                               400 gal.
Top Speed (estimated):                                       9.5 knots (at Half Load)
Cruising Speed (estimated):                               8 knots (at Half Load)
Main Engine (single):                                          John Deere 6068AFM75 M1, Tier 2, 231hp @ 2300RPM
Main Engines (twin):                                          John Deere 4045TFM75 M2, Tier 2, 121hp @ 2500RPM
Reduction Gear (single engine):                        ZF Marine model ZF286 with 2.917:1 reduction
Reduction Gears (twin engine):                         ZF Marine model ZF220 with 3:1 reduction
Range at 7 knots (w/ 10% reserve)                    3000 nautical miles
Generator:                                                               (1) Northern Lights 12 kW, with sound shield
Ballast:                                                                   5300 lb approx.     
Base Price $1.295 million
   
Hydrostatic Data  
Displacement-to-length ratio                              301
Prismatic coefficient                                            .64
Pounds per Inch Immersion                               2700
Moment to Trim an Inch                                     7500 ft. lbs.

 

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

Kadey-Krogen Offering New Krogen 52′ Trawler

New Kadey-Krogen 52' Trawler Rendering

New Kadey-Krogen 52' Trawler Rendering

Kadey-Krogen Yachts today, in a monthly newsletter to clients and interested followers, casually mentions that it is offering an entirely new model, the Krogen 52′. As you can see from the profile rendering above, the new trawler is definitely a Kadey-Krogen, with the tall, ship-like bow, classic pilothouse amidships, and rectangular portholes in the hull. In size, the new model fits nearly in the middle between the 48′ and 55′ Expedition.

In the newsletter, Kadey-Krogen says that it began discussing the boat with potential customers at the recent Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale, and that five hulls are already reserved. That should mean that construction on hull #1 should begin soon. I have heard from industry sources that the company will likely announce more details of the new Krogen 52′ soon, perhaps as early as the end of this week. I expect at that time we’ll have the initial specs for our readers, as well as some more light shed on the design particulars and features of the yacht.

Any way you look at it, this is a good sign for the industry. It means there are buyers out there for the right products.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, 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

PAE Launches the Nordhavn 63

Artist's Rendering of the New Nordhavn 63 Luxury Trawler

Artist's Rendering of the New Nordhavn 63 Luxury Trawler

Pacific Asian Enterprises has announced the latest of the 4th generation Nordhavns, the Nordhavn 63.  This new model builds on the successful 55 hull but uses new deck and engine room molds for a roomier, more efficient layout.  The 63 has a narrower hull than the famous Nordhavn 62, which together with the 46 represents the first generation of Nordhavns.  The new 63 will appeal to people who want the roominess and overall size of the 62 but can’t find a slip for the 20 foot 4-inch beam of the earlier model.  The beam on the 63 is 18 feet yet the engine room and some interior spaces will feel much roomier than on the 62.

If you take a look at the Nordhavn line, there is a very interesting crossover point, a couple of them actually, in the mid-size models.  We’ve put some of the key measurements in the table below.  The 55 is the starting point, as it’s the hull for both the 60 and 63.  The 55 has a forward (mid) pilothouse; the 60 keeps the same deckhouse but adds five feet in the aft cockpit, and finally the 63 moves the pilothouse aft and has the same measurements as the 60, except that it draws more water.  In the midst of all these new, fourth-generation models, is the staunch veteran of the fleet — the 62; a first-generation Nordhavn that the company just can’t seem to kill.  People still want to buy it because of its unequaled reputation as a tough, tried-and-true bluewater boat.  The 62 is almost a foot-and-a-half wider than the newer 50/60/63 models and displaces almost 50 percent more.  Only when you move up to the 64 and 68 do you get back into that weight class.

Comparative Specifications for Norhavn Mid-Size Yachts 

 —— N55 60 62 63 64 68
LOA   59′-0″ 65′-3″  62′-8″  65′-3″  64′-0.5″  68′-0.5″
LWL  50′-1″ 57′-3″  55′-6″  57′-3″  59′-2″  63′-2″ 
Beam 18″-0″  18′-0″  19′-4″  18′-0″  20′-4″  20′-4″ 
Draft 5′-9″  5′-9″  6′-5″  6′-6″  6′-0″  6′-2″ 
Disp. 97,360  102,860  155,000  102,860  146,075  156,075 

Source:  Nordhavn Website

One of the driving forces for the 63 was customer demand for an aft-pilothouse boat like the 62, but with more room and less beam.  Sounds like a tough design challenge; except that Nordhavn had the 55 hull to work with.  In fact the launch customer for the 63, a couple from the mid-west, couldn’t find a 20-foot slip in their desired homeport, which forced the narrower beam requirement.  It won’t be much of a compromise, however.  The 63 has nearly two more feet of length at the waterline than the 62 and nearly three feet more length overall.  Combine those with the new interior molds, enabling the larger engine room and better layout, and you have the reason Nordhavn agreed to do the boat.

Among the new features enabled by the interior mold changes are the crew quarters just forward of the engine room, with both a fixed and pipe berth.  There is also a standard centerline guest stateroom and four large, opening port lights.  The 63 will also feature a standard raised-panel cherry, first seen on hull #1 of the 75 Expedition Yachtfisher.  The galley will have two V700 series Subzero refrigerators and one freezer.  The main salon on the 63 is larger than that on both the 55 and 60 and offers two wrapping settees for entertaining, with the galley on the same level.

The 63 will be powered by the John Deere 6081AFM w/M3 rating of 330 HP @ 2,300 rpm, which is keel cooled to enable a dry stack exhaust. The transmission is an equally bullet proof ZF ZFW320 with a 4 to1 reduction gear. The Nordhavn 63 has a projected fuel capacity of 2,250 gallons contained in four main tanks and one aluminum “day tank” holding 31 gallons which will gravity feed from main wing tanks and center tank.  As with all Nordhavns a range of at least 3,000 nm is projected.

The large open foredeck can support a tender as large as 17 feet and it comes standard with a Steelhead ES 1500 telescoping yacht crane with a 1500-lb. safe working load.  Another design cue taken from the N75 EYF is the updated dry stack which trails aft of the radar platform and forms the support for the dual tracking domes atop the pilot house.

Delivery of hull #1 is expected in late 2010.

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Posted by Tom in Boats