Nordhavn customers don’t shy away from challenges, like open-ocean crossings or circumnavigations. Neither does the builder. Some clients didn’t feel comfortable stepping up to the Nordhavn 86. Yet, the builder didn’t want to leave its 76 as the entry-level model to megayacht territory. It’s therefore creating the tooling for the Nordhavn 80.
“For some, an 86 is just too big,” explains Jim Leishman, Nordhavn’s vice president. To be clear, the 86 has strong attraction, such as accommodations for eight. In addition, she has a crew cabin and captain’s cabin. Still, the yard determined that the Nordhavn 80 could provide the same owner and guest total, along with two crew. Beam is a healthy 23’4″ (nearly 7.11 meters), within an LOA of 80 feet (24.38 meters).
In addition, the Nordhavn design team, led by Leishman himself, has a few general arrangements to entice customers. For example, in one, the captain’s cabin goes aft of the wheelhouse. In another, the master suite replaces the sky lounge. (The standard Nordhavn 80 layout puts the stateroom forward on the main deck.) Surely, at least one client will want to wake up to the vistas this provides. Further choices include a hot tub nestled amid sunpads on the open-air upper deck. Whatever clients choose, they get three guest staterooms below decks. For convenience, a walk-in laundry room is off the guest hallway. Cherrywood soles and cabinetry as well as carpeting appear throughout as well. Another nice touch: a wine chiller in the dining room.
Though Nordhavn has not disclosed performance data, the Nordhavn 80 will feature a pair of 375-hp John Deere diesels. Long range will definitely be a priority, since it is for every Nordhavn regardless of size. In fact, 10 Nordhavn owners have circumnavigated the world, aboard yachts ranging from the 46 to the 76. Now-25-year-old Dalton DeVos is the newest to have done so, completing the journey last month aboard his 76, Reliance.
Currently, Nordhavn is completing the tooling for the all-fiberglass megayacht at its shipyard in China. The builder expects it to be done before summertime of 2018. Construction on hull number one will follow, with a 2019 launch expected.