Nordhavn 60

SeaKits Delivers 100th Yacht with MMS Onboard

SeaKits LogoSeaKits said this week it recently delivered the 100th yacht with its unique Marine Maintenance System (MMS) onboard. The 100th vessel was Marytime, a new Nordhavn 60 being commissioned for owner Victor Murray. SeaKits also provided Marytime with complete spare parts outfitting, including stocking the boat with all service parts to support planned maintenance as well as common repair parts — all carried aboard in special water resistant kits.

Since we first wrote about SeaKits here on OceanLines, President and founder Barry Kallander has expanded the program by convincing several leading builders to include MMS as standard equipment on their new yachts.  Currently, Fleming, Kadey-Krogen, Outer Reef, Sea Spirit, and Selene Annapolis Yachts provide MMS as standard. SeaKits spare parts kits and MMS discounts are also available on yachts sold by Curtis Stokes and Associates.

Nordhavn 60 Marytime has the SeaKits MMS System Aboard

Nordhavn 60 Marytime has the SeaKits MMS System Aboard

Marytime’s owner Victor Murray said this about his experience in outfitting with SeaKits,

“MMS is a critical component to operating my yacht with confidence. No matter where I am on the water I always know what parts I have on board, when my equipment was last serviced, and when regular maintenance intervals are due. I appreciate being able to log all information and data in a central location and SeaKits training and support allows me to easily navigate MMS and use the system to enhance my boat ownership and cruising experience.”

Says Kallander, “Delivering MMS to our 100th yacht was a significant milestone for the company that we are quite proud of. We have great partners in the yachting industry and the product features we will introduce this year will benefit an even wider range of customers.”

SeaKits actually offers the MMS program in two flavors — MMS/Complete and MMS/Lite.  Since the December delivery to Marytime, Seakits has already outfitted another 10 vessels with MMS/Complete. Here’s how Kallander describes the difference between the two programs:

“MMS/Complete is a comprehensive maintenance management system fully populated with all of the maintenance and spare parts requirements as well as electronic documentation specific to the customer’s yacht. This is a major milestone for the company and one we are quite proud. Approximately 70% of our MMS customers purchase the vast majority of their spare parts from SeaKits as well, taking advantage of our unique parts kitting approach and global logistics. Customers can count on us shipping their parts to wherever they may be cruising – worldwide. We have another 93 vessels registered to use our MMS/Lite program which is the same software available in MMS/Complete minus the content. So overall, we have over 200 registered users.”

Kallander said SeaKits will be exhibiting at all of PassageMaker’s Trawler Fest shows throughout the year. MMS and all of SeaKits products and services can be seen at Trawler Fest and other major shows.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Maintenance & DIY, Passagemaking News, People, seamanship, Technology

New Nordhavn Models For Sale

Pacific Asian Enterprises has quietly added two more models to its ever-growing Nordhavn fleet of long-distance trawlers.  The new Nordhavn 60 is a 5-foot stretch of the N55, and the new Nordhavn 52 is a 5-foot stretch of the highly successful N47.  I guess when you’re in this class of boats, “2-foot-itis” becomes “5-foot-itis.”

Artist\'s Rendering of the New Nordhavn 52

PAE says three changes differentiate the new 52 from its smaller sister. First is a cockpit extension, which the company says opens up the rear of the boat and elongates the yacht’s lines. The added waterline gave designers room to add 200 more gallons of fuel to her capacity. The upper level boat deck was also lengthened by 2 feet; which complements the cockpit extension and enables a bigger tender to be carried topsides.  The company says there is also a cosmetic change to the flybridge which is now “more integral with the boat deck and pilothouse roof.”

According to PAE,  the N52 will be slightly faster than the 47 due to the larger engine that will power the bigger boat.  PAE says a brand-new John Deere 6068AFM75, with about 250 HP, will be the main propulsion plant.

Artist\'s Rendering of the New Nordhavn 60

PAE cites aesthetics as a driving force behind the creation of the new N62. The company says the N55 was one of its most popular models but that for some customers, however, “the added height of the 55, while a proven design plus that ensures superior stability by allowing the engine, fuel tanks and water tanks to be positioned very low — kept the look decidedly more trawler-like and slightly out of proportion.”

To fix that problem (is looking “trawler-like” a problem?), PAE’s designers lengthened the decks by five feet. PAE says the length was added without measurable increases in weight, resulting in an N60 that will be one-third of a knot faster than the N55.  The new boat, similar to the N52, will benefit from a larger boat deck and, in a cosmetic change, will offer larger ports for the owner’s stateroom. PAE says the new look is compelling and that eight signed customers for the N55 switched to the bigger boat after seeing the new drawings.

PAE confirmed that both older models are still “very much” offered for sale.  This brings the current Nordhavn brand to 15 boats, from the N40 to the recently announced N120.  Visitors to this weekend’s TrawlerFest in Greenport, NY, on the North Fork of Long Island, can see the N40 and N47 on display.

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Posted by Tom in Boats