Nordhavn 120

New Nordhavn 120 Construction Photos

Construction Update photo of new Nordhavn 120 Megayacht

Construction Update photo of new Nordhavn 120 Megayacht

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., today passed along a new collection of informal photos updating the construction progress of the new Nordhavn 120.  The new-design megayacht will become the new queen of the Nordhavn fleet sometime late this year.  According to PAE,

“Work continues on the first hull of the future queenship of the Nordhavn line: the Nordhavn 120. The latest photos released by the South Coast factory last week illustrate progress on various interior sections of the N120. Evident are the glossy build-up coats of varnish on the cherry wood which will serve to prime the satin finish that the owners have chosen for the woodwork. ‘Even in its unfinished state, the boat is so impressive,’ notes Project Manager Trever Smith.”

Check out the updated Nordhavn 120 photo gallery below.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, Powerboats

Nordhavn 120 Passes Construction Milestone — Photos

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., reports the joining of pilothouse and deck to the hull of N120-01, a major milestone in the assembly of the first Nordhavn megayacht.  There is still a long way to go as the company and its construction partner begin to stuff the hull with systems and accommodations, but for the first time you get a real sense of the actual yacht.  Herewith, the photos, courtesy of P.A.E.

First Photo of the Nordhavn 120 with hull, deck and pilothouse joined.  Photo: P.A.E.

First Photo of the Nordhavn 120 with hull, deck and pilothouse joined. Photo: P.A.E.

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First Photos of the Nordhavn 120 with hull, deck and pilothouse joined.  Photo: P.A.E.

First Photos of the Nordhavn 120 with hull, deck and pilothouse joined. Photo: P.A.E.

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First Photos of the Nordhavn 120 with hull, deck and pilothouse joined.  Photo: P.A.E.

First Photos of the Nordhavn 120 with hull, deck and pilothouse joined. Photo: P.A.E.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, megayachts

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

First Photos — Nordhavn 120 Megayacht

Well, they don’t come any hotter than this.  These photos were taken overnight when the future queen of the Nordhavn fleet was released from her molds at the factory in China.  I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves, but I think you can get from them a couple of things — first, this is a big yacht. It looks like a Nordhavn but bigger and more powerful; like a professional baseball player on the “juice.” (Just kidding, PAE, really!).

You can also see how gorgeous the hull surfaces look, even before they’ve been finished and painted.  There really is nothing like a composite mold to ensure the perfect finish.  Also note the overall scale of the thing by the fellow walking down into the bulbous bow extension. Looks like there might be room in there for crew quarters!  Updated specs and program info available from P.A.E. here.

Starboard Quarter View of the First Nordhavn 120 - Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Starboard Quarter View of the First Nordhavn 120 - Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Bow of the New Nordhavn 120 as Yacht is Pulled From Mold -- Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Bow of the New Nordhavn 120 as Yacht is Pulled From Mold -- Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Starboard Bow of the New Nordhavn 120 Half-in, Half-out of Her Mold - Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Starboard Bow of the New Nordhavn 120 Half-in, Half-out of Her Mold - Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Starboard Hull View of the New Nordhavn 120 - Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Starboard Hull View of the New Nordhavn 120 - Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Forward Interior Hull View of the New Nordhavn 120 -- Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Forward Interior Hull View of the New Nordhavn 120 -- Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Transom View of New Nordhavn 120 -- Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

Transom View of New Nordhavn 120 -- Photo Courtesy of P.A.E.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, 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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