Northern Marine has just launched its latest 57 pilothouse long-range expedition yacht, designed for an owner-operator to cruise anywhere in the world.
Stuart Archer, the general manager of Northern Marine in Anacortes, Washington, wrote me that the 57, powered by a single 325-hp John Deere, has a range of 5,000 nm at 8.75 knots. The boat holds 2,600 gallons of fuel and burns 4.2 gph at that speed. Top speed is over 10 knots.
Northern Marine has a rich heritage of making commercial fishing boats, working trawlers and long-range expedition yachts. It was bought by Seattle Yachts in 2019, with a fleet now going from the 57 up to 100 feet.
The new 57 is the sixth hull in that line, and it has a two-stateroom, three-head layout, with an additional sleeping area in the settee in the pilothouse. Built for global travel, the 57 has two 17kW generators. An emergency get-home drive powered by one of them will deliver a 5-knot speed. The boat also has bow and stern thrusters.
The large engine room provides easy access to the machinery and also houses a sea-chest, replacing a series of through-hull fittings, to provide water throughout the boat. The sea-chest has a clear Lexan cover on top, above the waterline, for easy inspection and cleaning.
Two overhead cameras monitor all the gauges and systems in the engine room. The fuel filters are mounted above deck on the starboard side for an easy change underway.
The yacht’s aft deck is full width and protected by the overhang from the boat deck. It has a sink and fridge. A weather-tight door leads to the salon, with an L-shaped lounge to starboard, twin chairs and a high-gloss table to port. A flat-screen TV between the chairs can be raised on a power lift to face the galley with a white quartz stone countertop. Extra-large side windows let in lots of natural light.
The gourmet galley is up a step from the salon, and is equipped for a long cruise, with a trash compactor, dishwasher, fridge and other appliances, all with walnut veneer panels. A large pantry is on the port side.
Up two steps, the pilothouse has a four-person, L-shaped settee and a table that convert to a double berth behind the Stidd helm chair. Five fixed windows in front are at a reverse angle to reduce glare and shed water. An on-deck head is on the port side, just aft of a watertight door leading up to the flybridge.
Up top, the flybridge has two Stidd helm chairs, an ice-maker, fridge/freezer, sink and barbeque and unobstructed views forward. The flybridge is protected by a hardtop. The boat deck aft has a 1,500-pound hydraulic Steelhead crane.
The master stateroom is on the main deck under the pilothouse, with a centerline king-sized bed and large en suite head. You reach the guest stateroom via a separate stairway from the pilothouse. It has a walk-around queen bed and an en suite head.
Specs.: LOA: 57’0”; Beam: 17’6”; Draft: 5’10”; Disp.: 135,000 lbs.; Fuel: 2,600 gals.; Water: 420 gals.; Power: 1×325-hp John Deere. Read more: