One of the largest new yachts of the year, and one of the 20 largest yachts in the world, Nord is on her maiden voyage. Having departed the shipyard in Germany in mid-February, she has enjoyed balmier weather in Spain so far. While preserving her owner’s privacy, Lürssen is providing a look back at how she got to this significant point.
Nord is 464’6” (141.6 meters) in length. She went by two different code names during her long construction, Project Opus and Project Redwood. Additionally, she came from the drawing boards of Nuvolari-Lenard, which had an abundantly clear directive from the owner. “Nord was designed with one idea in mind: She must cause strong emotions in every observer,” Dan Lenard explains. Additionally, these strong emotions should come not only from her magnitude, he says. The owner wanted the design itself to be compelling. In fact, he continues, “No one should be left indifferent.”
From her unexpectedly horizontal bow, further prominently emblazoned with her name, Nord is without question striking. That was of utmost importance, Lenard explains. It’s immaterial as to whether observers like or dislike her looks. “Nord is a serious ship first and foremost, but she also transcends the traditional language of yacht design,” he asserts. “She is a warship wearing a tuxedo, an explorer with the elegance of a gentleman’s yacht.”
Indeed, make no mistake that she is a yacht. Lürssen and Nuvolari-Lenard confirm that she contains 20 staterooms for 36 passengers. Furthermore, she carries significant-size tenders, some as large as 49 feet (15 meters) LOA, and some dedicated to diving.
“We are looking forward to Nord finding her place amongst her peers as a remarkable statement in large-yacht construction,” says Peter Lürssen, managing partner of the shipyard.