Tuesday, October 3

Nordhavn Planning Versatile New 112 Yacht

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Nordhavn just announced that it’s planning a new, versatile, 112-footer that will have all the amenities of a superyacht but at a size that’s manageable for a large group of owners.

In a sense, the new Nordhavn is the Goldilocks of yachts, not too big; not too small. And just right for Nordhavn owners who look to the builder to fulfill their dreams of adventure and cruising the world.

Nordhavn says the idea for the new 112 came Jeff Leishman, the company’s design director, when he saw a Nordhavn 120, the largest yacht in the Nordhavn fleet, docked next to a Nordhavn 96, the next largest. There was, he thought, a big difference between the 96 and the 120. “It was evident that we needed something in between,” he said.

The company realized that the size of the 120 could be intimidating to some potential buyers who might not want to deal with a full crew to operate the yacht. Nordhavn buyers tend to be a loyal group, often moving up in size to the next model in the Nordhavn fleet when they want a new boat. But a jump from the 96 to the 120 might just be one leap too far.

Leishman saw two groups of potential buyers for the 112. “I think this design would be a perfect for anyone who has owned a large yacht with lots of crew and is looking to simplify things,” he said, “or anyone looking to upsize from something smaller and wants a true expedition yacht. She’ll be versatile enough to be ideal for a number of different buyers.”

The 112 will have a full displacement hull carrying enough fuel for transoceanic voyages. Leishman said he’s focused on creating outside lounging and entertaining areas with balcony-like deck spaces often found on large superyachts with fold-out bulwarks. The 112 will have a large spa tub on the flybridge and a luxurious lounging area forward of the pilothouse. The aft deck behind the pilothouse will have room for a 26-foot tender, a RIB, and jet skis. The yacht also will have a gym and a beach-style swim platform.

The accommodations include four queen-size guest cabins, a large owner’s suite, and room for up to six crew. In total, there will be 10 heads.

The new 112 will be built from steel to eliminate a long lead time. Leishman also pointed out that design changes are easier to accomplish with steel hulls, although the superstructure could be built with aluminum or fiberglass.

The Nordhavn design team is currently searching for a yard to build the 112, concentrating on European yards that specialize in steel construction.

Read more: http://nordhavn.com


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