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Old 07-07-2018, 05:28 PM   #1
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Toured a Nordhavn 55 yesterday

Goodness, it's only 11 feet longer than my boat but felt like a small ship in comparison. Just a massive boat built like an absolute tank. Super impressive.

We went into the engine room (four of us) and actually had a conversation in there.

Boat was in great condition. Definitely didn't look 10 years old inside or out, which speaks to the build quality.

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Old 07-07-2018, 05:31 PM   #2
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The freeboard is amazing. How high is it actually?

Why did you tour it? Im assuming its for sale?
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Old 07-07-2018, 05:34 PM   #3
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Run away... Nordhavn's are the boating equivalent to crack.. highly addictive.
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Old 07-07-2018, 05:46 PM   #4
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I am jealous, damned so much jealous I am

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We toured a couple before we bought Sonas. They are fine boats, but with one pretty major drawback. The guest cabin is marketed as a double but is really only suitable for a single, unless you have two really small people who don't mind their feet being together at the bottom of the bed!
We really needed a full queen guest bunk, the small second bunk was a show stopper for us.
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That's how the 55 Nordy owner feels when he sees a Nordy 120!!
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:46 PM   #7
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The freeboard is amazing. How high is it actually?

Why did you tour it? Im assuming its for sale?


Yup, it is for sale (although under contract I believe). We are a little ways out from seriously considering a purchase, but I was in Dana Point for the holiday so wanted to take the opportunity to swing by and see this boat as it's in the size range we'd be looking at. There was a 63 here a few weeks ago that would have been great to see as well, but it's up in Seattle now.
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:51 PM   #8
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We toured a couple before we bought Sonas. They are fine boats, but with one pretty major drawback. The guest cabin is marketed as a double but is really only suitable for a single, unless you have two really small people who don't mind their feet being together at the bottom of the bed!
We really needed a full queen guest bunk, the small second bunk was a show stopper for us.


True. For it's size the bedrooms aren't super spacious. Your comment made me think of a question. Do most people sleep in a v-berth need with their head toward the bow, or feet towards the bow?

I've always assumed heads toward the bow, but when the mattress is cut at an angle, having feet together might provide more room.
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I met the owner of Long Time Dead in Cartagena Colombia a year or two ago. I was headed to Puerto Rico and he was headed to Dominican Republic. I was onboard for a bit, the headroom was amazing. He was very tall, like 6’6” or more. He was/is a member here.
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What is the slip availability for a boat that size in the Bay Area? If you walked in to most marinas in SoCal and told them you needed a slip for a 55 ft. boat, you would be on the wait list a long time, ie, many years.
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They are relegated to side ties (end of dock). But such boats must consider shallow, silting marinas. Vallejo may be able to accommodate.

http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/one.aspx?pageId=21880

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Old 07-07-2018, 08:42 PM   #12
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What is the slip availability for a boat that size in the Bay Area? If you walked in to most marinas in SoCal and told them you needed a slip for a 55 ft. boat, you would be on the wait list a long time, ie, many years.


I believe there are slips that size available in Alameda.
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I though our boat was tall but we have nothing on a nordy.
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Toured a Nordhavn 55 yesterday

We looked at an N62 in Anacortes earlier this year. Not as a serious buyer, more as a curious, depending on life and future decisions, potential buyer. Impressive boats but you definitely give up accommodations and a bit of luxury for fuel, systems and seaworthiness. I suppose thatís the point of a Nordhavn. They are little ships which is appealing.

The newer models (N55, N63) seem to have a better balance between form and function than the older (N46, N62) but Iím a sucker for rugged, salty looks so the N62 really appeals to me on many levels.

I also love the classic lines and roomy accommodations of a Cheoy Lee 65 or a fantail Feadship so clearly I need two boats and a winning lotto ticket
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If your looking for a better guest cabin bed look at the 57's, they have a great guest cabin berth with a big skylight directly overhead. They also are faster and quite fuel efficient and have a great overall layout. I have a lot of sea miles in a N57 and it will be on my short list in the future.

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Michael B,

If your looking for a better guest cabin bed look at the 57's, they have a great guest cabin berth with a big skylight directly overhead. They also are faster and quite fuel efficient and have a great overall layout. I have a lot of sea miles in a N57 and it will be on my short list in the future.

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Thanks Hollywood, will do..if there are any around when we're ready to purchase!
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We toured a couple before we bought Sonas. They are fine boats, but with one pretty major drawback. The guest cabin is marketed as a double but is really only suitable for a single, unless you have two really small people who don't mind their feet being together at the bottom of the bed!
We really needed a full queen guest bunk, the small second bunk was a show stopper for us.


There are a number of them with a centerline queen for the guest quarters. We currently own one of them.
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Just a guess but, I suspect the office can be converted into at least a single berth stateroom or perhaps bunk beds.
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What's the deal with the vessels name?? "Long time dead"?
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:21 PM   #20
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What's the deal with the vessels name?? "Long time dead"?


Grateful Dead fan I believe.
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