Originally Posted by Baggiolini
Don't do it offline, do it here so we can all learn. She or the 42 is my next boat...at this point...I'd love to hear the conversation.
I had the recent opportunity to board two KK 39's and take one out for a short sea trial on the SF Bay. Having owned two Nordhavn 40's I was excited to compare the two great boats. The following is a summary of my observations:
Boat looked larger then a 39'.
Bow height is a good 2' taller then the N40.
Overall quality of both boats (13 and 15 years old) was amazingly very good. While it was obvious the owners took care of their boats the boat itself had to start out being a high quality boat to look as good as they did. Not blisters, discoloring, stress cracks or corrosion.
Nice engine room entry with 6' headroom upon entering them down to crawl space as you move aft.
Large pilothouse for seating but not set up as well as N40 for displays
Dual side decks (one would be better to allow for a larger salon)
Large aft deck for chairs
Exterior teak flooring limited to the aft and side decks.
The biggest advantage I noticed was the ride. When compared to the N40 the KK 39 felt smoother and lighter in the water. The N40 pushes more water. She was a good 1/2 Knott quicker at 1750RPM with the JD versus N40 Lugger. Their claims that their hull design was superior has merit. No wake at any speed. I would like to have had her in rough seas but what I noticed on flat calm was positive.
Larger top deck and flybridge compared to the N40
Missing Portuguese Bridge for safety watches outside the Pilothouse
Smaller fuel tanks
A few items that did not work for us include:
Older styling both in and out
View from Pilothouse was partially blocked due to bow rise
Salon and galley about half the size of the N40
OSR bathroom was a little smaller compared to the N40
Shower was half the size and did not offer a seat compared to the N40
Boarding the KK was very poor. A small side gate is not functional and the aft swim platform is very far from the side deck.
Aft engine room was to small
While no boat is perfect I don't think anyone could go wrong with either the KK 39 or N40. We are not sure where we are going from here but we have decided to pass on a KK at this time.