Nordhavn just launched its new 41 entry-level passagemaker, the long-awaited successor to its world-circling 40, in the Aegean Sea off Turkey. Sea trials will start on Monday, and the boat is scheduled to be shipped to its new owner in the Northeastern part of the U.S. in mid-July. “We are very pleased with the way the boat has turned out,” said Drew Leishman, the 41’s project manager.
The 41 is the smallest boat in the Nordhavn fleet, and it’s the only one made in Turkey. It has already found wide acceptance with cruisers around the world. Indeed, 14 of the first 20 hulls have been reserved, sight unseen, with buyers from the U.S., Turkey, Denmark, South Africa and Australia.
Two of the first five boats will cruise right out of Turkey, taking advantage of Nordhavn’s program that lets new owners use their boats in the Med before shipping them to their home ports, with Nordhavn handling all the logistics.
The new 41 has a range of more than 3,000 nm and a cruise speed of about 7 knots. A Nordhavn 40 cruised around the world in 2001 and 2002, setting a record for the fastest circumnavigation in a production powerboat. It was a popular model for the company; 69 hulls were made. “We’re confident that the 41 will enjoy the same, if not greater, success as the 40,” said Leishman.
The company says the 41 is more efficient than the 40. It worked with Vripack, the Dutch design firm, to create a new hull form for the 41. The new boat is designed to cruise anywhere in the world; it has a CE rating of Category A, the highest level of safety.
The 41 is powered by two 75-hp Beta diesels, and they’re protected by a long keel. Twin engines represent a bit of a change for the smaller Norhavns, which usually have a single. The company says each engine can drive the boat to its cruising speed.
Inside, the boat has a large master cabin in the bow. A second cabin can be tucked under the helm on the starboard side. Two more people can sleep on the convertible sofa in the salon. The galley is up, on the port side, opposite a two-person helm seat.
Specs.: LOA: 41’4”; Beam: 13’11”; Draft: 4’6”; Disp.: 43,300 lbs.; Fuel: 900 gals.; Water: 300 gals.; Power: 2×75-hp Beta diesels. Read more: