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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

NORDHAVN 120

After the much-heralded, and well-deserved fanfare, Hull #1, christened Aurora, begins her journeys by setting out on a crossing from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

When last we checked in with Nordhavn, builder of the kind of cruising yachts that are designed to travel oceans, it had completed comprehensive and exhaustive tank testing on a 120-footer, its largest build to date. The massive yacht culminates five years of concept and construction by Pacific Asian Enterprises. Its VP, Jim Leishman, served as captain along with co-captain brother Jeff, the company’s chief of design on the shakedown trip. Also along were engineers from the factory.

openThe company has come a long way since its inception in 1973 in Dana Point, California, beginning first as a dealership and then, a year later, evolving into a small brokerage. In the first years, the business was comprised of general yacht brokerage and the importation of the venerable CT boats from Taiwan. In 1976, the now PAE began importing another line of boats from Taiwan called the Transpac 49. Over an eight-year period, the company imported, sold and delivered 35 Transpacs.

By 1977, a trend had emerged that saw two classes of boats coming out of Taiwan. The better boats were being provided by the yacht developers whose talent, skills and fortitude would enable them to control a yacht from conception to design, marketing, sales and service. The developer would own the all-important molds and tooling while the Taiwan builder would act as a sub-contractor and builder only to the yacht developer. This allowed the developer to set and control the specifications, quality, pricing and marketing program.

In 1978, Jeff Leishman, Jim’s younger brother, joined PAE’s sailboat business as a part-time employee. Still in high school, Jeff helped with new boat commissioning, deliveries and with the occasional drawing and sketch needed for the factory. Jeff’s natural talent for drawing and drafting was already apparent and was further developed in his high school and college drafting and design courses.

A Nordhavn 46, just like the one that started it all.

A Nordhavn 46, just like the one that started it all.

By 1988, the demographics were changing away from the cruising sailboat market and towards powerboats. As baby boomers were aging, they were becoming intolerant of the rigors of sailing, and PAE was thinking about importing powerboats and was even considering becoming a dealer for the products of others. It was then a discussion was undertaken to introduce Jeff’s school design, a 46-foot long-range cruiser as PAE’s next project, and soon Jim became convinced that building the powerboat was the right decision.

Since PAE was founded, nearly 850 new boats have been delivered, and about twice as many brokerage boats to customers of all ranges of experience, age, background and nationality.  And now, the Nordhavn 120.

Aurora begins her world travels by setting out for Vancouver, Canada from Hong Kong waters.

Aurora begins her world travels by setting out for Vancouver, Canada from Hong Kong waters.

She comes equipped with an impressive ships complement of outstanding features including a full-displacement hull for efficiency and seakindliness, standard bulbous bow, solid fiberglass bottom with a network of full-length, longitudinal and transverse stringers, a custom designed and engineered electrical system to suit all the boat’s requirements, hydraulic power for the windlass, bow and stern thrusters, active fin stabilizers and high-capacity bilge pump operations, as well as a host of redundant and safety items that any serious long-range passage making vessel must  have.

Her specifications are as follows:

LOA: 120’7″/36.75m
LWL: 108’4″/33.02m
BEAM: 27’11″/8.51m
DRAFT: 9’0″/2.74m (full load)
DISPLACEMENT: 848,994 lbs./385.07 LT (full load)
FUEL: 17,500 gal./66,244.7L
WATER: 2,8000 gal./10,599.2L
POWER: 2 x 965-hp MTU Series 2000/M72

All things are possible with Nordhavn's custom craftsmanship as typified by the main salon.

All things are possible with Nordhavn’s custom craftsmanship as typified in the main salon.

Aurora's well-equipped galley care easily take care of all dining requirements no matter how long her travels take her owners and their guests.

Aurora‘s well-equipped galley can easily take care of all dining requirements no matter how far and wide her travels take her owners, family and friends.

Working closely with the owners, Nordhavn delivered just what they wanted in the master stateroom.

Working closely with the owners, Nordhavn delivered just what they wanted in the master stateroom.

A view from the top takes on a new meaning from Aurora's pilothouse.

A view from the top takes on a new meaning from Aurora‘s pilothouse.

Aurora arrived in Vancouver on August 30, 2013, 44 days after setting out from Hong Kong and making a stop in the Aleutian Islands. And this is just the beginning.

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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Nordhavn 120 Launched Into Test Tank

One step closer to delivery this summer

The Nordhavn 120 completed a crucial step today after it was launched into the test tank at South Coast Marine in Xiamen, China. Dan Streech, president of Nordhavn’s parent company Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (P.A.E.) noted that so far the future queenship of the Nordhavn fleet has functioned in the water exactly as expected. “She floats perfectly,” Streech said. “All 800,000 lbs. of fiberglass, steel, wood, stone and glass have been brilliantly engineered and managed to float exactly as predicted.”

The awesome Nordhavn 120 gets ready for tank testing. Like all her sisterships, she has been designed to cross oceans in safety and comfort.

The awesome Nordhavn 120 gets ready for tank testing. Like all her sisterships, she has been designed to cross oceans in safety and comfort.

The tank test is the penultimate stage for the N120 prior to being delivered to her new owner in July. She will remain in the tank for approximately one month as systems are fired up and tested. Upon completion, she’ll undergo final ocean trials and ABS certification assessment in preparation for delivery – via her own bottom – to Vancouver, Canada.

Due to logistics, the sheer mass of the vessel as well as economic factors, it’s been concluded that N120 hull #1 will be delivered on her own bottom. With a non-stop range from China to Vancouver at a speed of within 3 knots of what freighters typically travel, the decision to “drive” her home was made thoughtfully, however, confidently. The current plan has the yacht departing the factory July 1 by a delivery crew led by P.A.E. vice president Jim Leishman. The goal is to make a quick and efficient passage running as fast as possible using the same classic fuel management practices utilized by the crews on board the Nordhavn 40 during the Around The World (ATW) voyage (as well as by hundreds of other Nordhavn owners during their own long passages). The non-stop passage from China to Vancouver is expected to take 24-28 days.

After nearly five years from concept to construction, P.A.E. is thrilled with anticipation at the impending unveiling of the Nordhavn 120. Our architecture and design team, together with the craftsmen at South Coast, engineering, contractors, the phenomenal interior design staff at Destry Darr and countless vendors have cultivated a world-class yacht that is second to none. At the surface, the N120 is a naval engineering feat; as capable as it is luxurious. But the yacht also proves to be a symbol of P.A.E., persevering at a time when the yacht/superyacht market was in a virtual tailspin. With the business of boats having apparently stabilized, the time is perfect to present the Nordhavn 120 to the world, a design prepared to rival any superyacht built by anyone, anywhere.

For more information about the Nordhavn 120, ATW, or any of the other ships this builder has to offer, contact them at http://www.nordhavn.com

 
 

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