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"Nordhavn Introduces a new 47-foot Passagemaker"


There is a new Nordhavn on the horizon, a 47-foot passagemaker that will be big sister to the Nordhavn 40 launched two years ago. Both share the same rugged, tenacious look.

The newest Nordhavn full-displacement voyager has been designed to fill the gap between the Nordhavn 40 and the more luxurious Nordhavn 50--although the venerable 46 will continue.

With Hull #1 still one year from launch, Pacific Asian Enterprises already has taken six orders for the 47. Introductory pricing varies according to the slot on the production schedule, with $680,000 being the price for #10.

Inspired by the success of the Nordhavn 40, which is starting a circumnavigation of the world this fall, the 47 reflects the latest thinking on voyaging under power at PAE. The 47 has a range of more than 3,000 nautical miles and cruises efficiently at between 8 and 9 knots. She displaces 55,000 lbs. and will carry enough stores, water and fuel for weeks of self-sufficient cruising.

Two interior layouts have been designed, one with three staterooms, the other with two staterooms plus an owner's "den." Two heads are standard. The pilothouse also provides a pilot berth above the settee, which is the ideal place for off-watch crew.

As with all Nordhavn full-displacement models, the new 47 is built to cross oceans. Heavily constructed without undue concern for weight, she should provide a comfortable, stable platform at sea.

The 40 has been one of PAE's most successful new models. PAE has sold up to hull #35 and delivered 24 boats so far.

Jim Leishman of PAE says sales of the venerable 46, the first production motorboat to circumnavigate, are still strong: "We currently have a good back log of orders; however, we anticipate that new interest will focus over to the 47. Nevertheless, there is no substitute for the unprecedented success of the 46 and its proven track record. With almost 80 boats delivered thus far, we feel there will still be significant demand for this classic passagemaker."

The 47 will be built in mainland China at Xiamen in a yard being opened by PAE's long-time partner in Taiwan, South Coast Marine. South Coast has built all Nordhavn 46s and 50s and the relationship dates from 1987. The new factory will be suitable for building vessels up to 95 feet and includes a marine ways for launching into the new industrial harbor of Xiamen. This will allow sea-trialing of each vessel prior to shipment. The new factory is only 150 nautical miles from the existing factory, just across the Straits of Taiwan.

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