Thursday, July 25, 2013

Video: Aurora departs Hong Kong

Click here for live tracking of the voyage.

You'll find a voyage overview, route, blog, photos, videos and other information at the Nordhavn 120 Delivery section of Nordhavn's website.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nordhavn 120 maiden voyage begins

Aurora, the first Nordhavn 120 built, has begun her maiden voyage from Xiamen, China, to Vancouver, Canada.

She departed the Coast Marine factory in Xiamen on July 16 for a 276-nautical-mile hop south to Honk Kong to shake down systems and to pick up 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel. From there, the plan is to run 6,000 nautical miles non-stop to Vancouver, her home port, arriving in about 25 days in the latter part of August. Weather permitting.

Weather has already been a factor when Typhoon Solik tore across Taiwan to Xiamen, delaying the departure for Hong Kong. Now, Tropical Storm Cimaron is bearing down on Aurora at the Gold Coast Marina in Hong Kong.

If Mother Nature doesn't permit a non-stop run across the Pacific, here is Aurora's alternate routing:

• Run from Hong Kong up to Tokyo – 1,500 nautical miles • Tokyo to Dutch Harbor – 2,675 nautical miles • Dutch Harbor to Vancouver – 1,619 nautical miles.

Click here for live tracking of the voyage.

You'll find a voyage overview, route, blog, photos, videos and other information at the Nordhavn 120 Delivery section of Nordhavn's website.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New design: Nordhavn 56

What a perfect passagemaker!

All Nordhavns are designed to cross oceans but this all-new design places an even greater emphasis on ocean-crossing capability while maximizing interior accommodations that are well suited for offshore conditions as well as dockside living. At 56 feet and with a displacement of 126,000 pounds, this new trawler yacht is ready to tackle the toughest and longest ocean passages.

Standard propulsion will include the venerable 4.5 liter John Deere engines in a twin configuration and a fuel capacity of 2,335 gallons. This package combined with an efficient hull design will allow for a very comfortable transoceanic range and will retain the ability to maintain near normal cruising speed and positive direction control even if one of the two engines fail.

Add paravanes and we're off!

Click here for drawings and more information.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nordhavn 43 Earl R for sale

The Nordhavn 43 Earl R is the latest addition to brokerage listings at Pacific Asian Enterprises.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nordhavn 64 B4 for sale

The Nordhavn 64 B4 is the latest addition to brokerage listings at Pacific Asian Enterprises.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

N43 Indian Summer for sale

The Nordhavn 43 Indian Summer is the latest addition to brokerage listings at Pacific Asian Enterprises. Click here for a video of Nordhavn sales rep Jeff Merrill guiding a tour of Island Magic, another Nordhavn 43 that's for sale.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Final passage aboard Oso Blanco

Passagemakers Eric and Ann Bloomquist with son Bear.

One of the most pleasant jobs at Circumnavigator magazine is keeping an eye on the blogs of Nordhavns out there are voyaging the world. There are many excellent blogs maintained by Nordhavn owners but one of our favorites is Cruising with Oso Blanco written by Eric and Ann Bloomquist about cruising with young son Bear.

Eric and Annie have a way with words, and a sense of humor, that has us looking forward to each new post about life aboard Oso Blanco. We first encountered the Bloomquists when Bear was a toddler. Then the first Oso Blanco was a Nordhavn 40. As Bear grew, so did the Nordhavn, with the second being a 47. Bear now is 10 and the third Nordhavn is a 64.

After a full decade of voyaging, including thousands of miles meandering around the Pacific, the Bloomquists are moving back to life on land in the U.S.A. Last night, on their last overnight passage, Annie posted this blog entry:

Final Overnight

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 04:07 AM PDT

Sitting in the darkened pilot house on our last overnight passage aboard Oso Blanco, moving south along the coast of Australia. We left the Great Barrier Reef a few days ago and have had perfect weather: winds at 5-10 knots, not a cloud in the sky, unbelievably calm seas.

Dozens of humpbacks whales have poked their heads up to say good-bye and entertain us during the day. Newborns splashing and playing around lumbering moms and spunky males throwing themselves out of the water and crashing back into the sea. It never gets old. We even had a dolphin escort for a while; as they rode the bow wave, I swear they made eye contact. Are they just as curious about us as we are about them?

Tonight the Milky Way is so vivid in the dark sky it looks as if the stars are trailing smoke. The rising moon startled me as it suddenly appeared over the horizon where a minute ago it was complete darkness. The orange glow looked like a threatening fireball but quickly emerged into a beautiful, yellow, almost full moon. Somehow you don’t feel quite as alone out here with it watching over you. The hum of the engine combines with the gentle sound of the ebb and flow of the water to offer a soothing atmosphere, making music all its own.

I know Bear and Eric are safe and sound, asleep together in the big bed of our stateroom. Bear pulled me outside to see the Southern Cross before bed and I hugged him as we were in awe of the night sky. “Look Mom! A shooting star! Make a wish!”

My wish is that we never forget nights like this . . .