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North Pacific Yachts 43 is a Value Leader in Pilothouse Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse at Annapolis Powerboat Show 2010

North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse at Annapolis Powerboat Show 2010

When I first wrote about the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse in March of 2009, I thought the model represented a good value for families looking for a roomier vessel to cruise on with the kids. On seeing the boat again at this year’s Annapolis Powerboat Show, I’d like to expand that view to mark the 43 as one of the best values around for anyone looking to cruise coastal waters on a yacht roomy enough to spend a summer aboard. I took the photos you see here at Annapolis and there’s a link below to some more expansive photo galleries of the boat.

Click on Picture for Larger view of Dual Capstan Anchor Windlass Standard on North Pacific 43

Dual Capstan Anchor Windlass Standard on North Pacific 43

An enormous amount of first-rate equipment is standard on the NP 43; everything from the 5kW Northern Lights generator to Racor filters for engines and gennies. The boat comes with a single Cummins 230 QSB, but will take up to a single Cummins 435 QSB or twin Cummins 380 QSB engines. Frankly, the standard engine will drive the boat nicely in the 8.5 knot range, topping out around 10 knots.  If you are in a warmer climate, you’ll want to install A/C and upsize the genny to a 9kW Northern Lights model.  See the rest of the options here.

Click on Picture for Larger View of Helm Aboard the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Helm Aboard the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

With a base price of $399K, you are getting a boat that is well-made, with a lot of normally optional equipment standard. The beautiful teak interior is standard. All you really need to do is add the appropriate climate-control capabilities if you will be in extremely hot or cold locales. The boat has a standard Espar D5LC diesel forced-air furnace for heat, and two 16K BTU air conditioning/heat units good for everywhere north and south of say, 30 degrees of latitude.

Click Here for Larger view of Salon of North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Salon of North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Electronic equipment represents about the only major group of items that need to be added to the standard equipment. The factory can install Raymarine equipment; other brands can be installed aftermarket. Trevor Brice, the president of NPY, says East Coast U.S. deliveries involve a higher delivery charge, but you will get the full attention of an NPY commissioning crew for your new yacht.

Here are a couple of extensive photo galleries of the NP 43 that you might like to peruse.

North Pacific Yachts 43 Galley 3

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North Pacific Yachts 43 Galley 3

North Pacific Yachts 43

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North Pacific Yachts 43

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats
Northern Lights Shrinks Genny, Adds WaveNet NMEA 2000 Monitoring

Northern Lights Shrinks Genny, Adds WaveNet NMEA 2000 Monitoring

Northern Lights is basking in the southern sunshine this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with a new skinny genny and a NMEA 2000-certified digital monitoring system called WaveNet.

Northern Lights M773LW3 Diesel Generator with WaveNet Digital Monitoring System

Northern Lights M773LW3 Diesel Generator with WaveNet Digital Monitoring System

The newly shrunk generator, the M773LW3, is a 9kW model and is almost 30% smaller than its predecessor.  “The overall size of smaller diesel generators and integration with vessel monitoring systems are two increasingly important issues with builders and boaters today,” said NLI sales and marketing manager, Colin Puckett. “We are looking forward to carrying this design philosophy throughout our power generation lineup. The smaller enclosure design and digital monitoring options further exemplify our commitment to keeping NLI at the forefront as a single-source supplier of marine systems.” 

According to NLI, the WaveNet system gives the user a digital window into the operation and output of the generator, including important parameters such as the generator output current, frequency and voltage that is being used at any given time. It also provides comprehensive data logging of generator-related events. WaveNet is NMEA 2000-certified allowing output to any number of NMEA 2000-compatible displays and can be retrofitted into existing NLI applications, the company said.

If you’re going to FLIBS this weekend, you can check out both new systems at the NLI booth, 1421.

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Posted by Tom in Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Electronics, Engines, Powerboats, Sailboats, Technology

A Closer Look at the New Krogen 52′

Stateroom with Office Accommodation Layout of new Kadey-Krogen 52"

Stateroom with Office Accommodation Layout of new Kadey-Krogen 52"

Kadey-Krogen’s recently announced 52′ is a classic example of a builder filling out a product line in specific response to customer demand. In this case, the company already had on offer its well-established 48′ and the new 55′ Expedition. The 55′ Expedition, however, is not really the “other” boat in this comparison — it’s the Krogen 58′ which was more of a model for the new 52′. In a recent interview, Kadey-Krogen Vice President Larry Polster talked about the boat itself and what kind of customer is the target for the new 52′.

With the first signs of the economic recovery beginning to emerge in the recreational boating industry, Kadey-Krogen is optimistic about the market for the new boat. “There’s clearly a market for bigger boats — upper 40s to mid-50s,” says Polster. He says the company originally had a hole in its lineup that stretched from the 48′ to the 58′ and originally started out designing a 53′. But input from the early customers on that design turned it into the 55′ Expedition, a significantly different design that the traditional Krogen. And the price wasn’t between the two original yachts, either.

Polster says the 52′ is better understood as a smaller 58′, rather than a larger 48′. And of course, he emphasizes, the new boat is designed fresh from the keel up. “It’s a purpose-built boat; not a stretched hull,” says Polster. The familial resemblance to the 58′ can be seen in details such as the Portuguese bridge, the Dutch door in the starboard-side galley, and the open office space below. So, the 52′ will appeal to those who like the design of the 58′ but might be intimidated either by the size or the price. And yet, it is substantially roomier than the 48′, not least because of the extra foot of beam (17′-9″).

Interestingly, all of the launch customers have chosen the same layout — master stateroom forward, twins to starboard, and a convertible open office to port. Kadey-Krogen has converted several of the initial letters of intent to firm contracts and construction is on schedule.

Starboard Profile Rendering of the new Krogen 52'

Starboard Profile Rendering of the new Krogen 52'

As a clean-sheet-of-paper design, the new 52′ is one of the few boats of her size that was designed from the outset for the baby boomers who started retiring last year. Manufacturers today — from the boat builders themselves to systems providers like KVH — understand that liveability aboard is key to success with the boomers. That liveability issue is directly related to keeping household standards. Not only do you see household-standard appliances and near-shore size beds and head fixtures, but even minor details like stair steps. “We’ve taken great pains to make all risers and treads house-standard,” says Polster. “The magic ratio is about 17 — rise plus run — but a tread of only 7″ is hard to stand on.”

Kadey-Krogen expects high efficiency from the 52’s hull. Predicted performance at a speed/length (s/l) ratio of 1.1 shows the requirement for 70 hp, moving the boat at 7.6 knots. The boat will displace 70,000 lbs at half-load. Standard engine is a 231 hp John Deere (all Krogens have JD power), and the genny will be a 12kW Northern Lights set.

The new 52′ has a competitive base price right now of $1.295 million. That compares to a base of $949K for the 48′ and $1.595 million for the 55′ Expedition.

One interesting side note: the question often arises — how big a boat do I need to live aboard? Obviously, there can’t be only one answer to that question, but in Kadey-Krogen’s experience, the answer is — “somewhere in the 40’s.” “We built 50 of the 39’s and as far as I know, only one couple lived aboard full-time,” says Polster. One size up, however, and it’s a different story. “The 42′ is a little bit longer, but a full 18″ wider in beam and tons of owners are full-time liveaboards.”

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

New Northern Lights M944T 38 kW Generator is Model for Full Line Upgrades

Northern Lights M944T

Northern Lights M944T 38 kW Generator


Northern Lights recently announced the availability of a new high power-density 38 kW generator, the M944T.  This new generator sports features that will soon become standard on the entire 5 kW-38 kW product line.  The new features include a “revolutionary new frame design,” in which the sound enclosure shares a base frame with the generator set, creating a compact power and sound-attenuation package that reduces both noise and vibration while maximizing engine room space.  Northern Lights says the new design also allows for easy installation of an additional set of vibration mounts for an even smoother, quieter package, with only minimal increase in height.

Other convenience features on the new generator include fuel and oil drains located outside of the sound enclosure for easy connections, as well as both forward and rear exhaust exit options.  The company announced the new generator at the recent Miami International Boat Show and said avaiability for delivery would be in “spring 2009.”

The total package is 60 inches long, by 32 inches high and 29 inches wide.  It will produce 38 kW of 60 Hz power at 1,800 RPM.  Optionally, it can be configured to product 32 kW at 50 Hz, at 1,500 RPM.  At 1,800 RPM, under full load, the generator can be expected to burn about 2.8 GPH; approximately 1.5 GPH at half-load.  Dry weight of the generator is 1,499 pounds.  The M944T is based on a heavy duty Lugger 4 cylinder, vertical inline diesel, with Bosch fuel injection and liquid cooling.

You can see the M944T specis and drawings here.

“The new design of the M944T is a very important step forward for Northern Lights,” said Colin Puckett, Northern Lights manager of marketing and sales administration.  “The configureation of the base frame and sound enclosure leads to numerous benefits, including ease of installation in both new-build and re-power applications, and improved overall access in a clean, compact, powerful package.”  Puckett added that the “increasing power requirements of today’s yachts call for a power solution that can reliably power complex systems at full load, without dominating the engine room.”

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Posted by Tom in Technology

First Leopard 37 Powercat on the Way to U.S.

Leopard Catamarans is preparing the first 37 Powercat for shipment to the United States, following the first hull’s initial sea trials at builder Robertson and Caine, in Cape Town, South Africa. Making the journey aboard a freighter, she is expected to arrive in Baltimore early next month.

OceanLines is the first, as far as we know, to publish photos (see gallery below) of the new 37 Powercat making her initial sea trials off Cape Town last week. The boat will make her public debut in Annapolis and the Trawlerfest at Solomons Island, Maryland in early September.

The Morrelli and Melvin design features two staterooms and two heads, with the traditional roomy catamaran salon between hulls. There is a relatively large main-deck cockpit aft, shaded by the extended flybridge above. The flybridge features a large, centered helm station, with an L-shaped sette behind and a lounger to port. A stairway leads below to the main deck cockpit, through which the salon is entered.

In the salon, the galley is to starboard, with a navigation station to port.  A large U-shaped dinette is centered forward, facing aft. The boat is powered by two Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110 HP engines, with a total of 253 gallons of fuel available in two aluminum fuel tanks. Given the typical fuel efficiency of the catamaran design and the Yanmar diesels, range should be significant, although exact numbers weren’t yet available at press time.

Among the options, are a Northern Lights 6 kW generator and dual-zone air conditioning. The boat displaces approximately 8, 500 pounds and has a fresh water capacity of 113 gallons.  A specification chart follows the photo gallery.




36 Ft. 6 In.


35 Ft. 11 In.


14 Ft. 8 In.


3 Ft. 2 In.

2Yanmar Diesel

110 HP each


253 Gal.


113 Gal.






For latest specifications, be sure to contact manufacturer.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats, Industry News