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dirtdoc1 12-17-2017 04:09 AM

2017 North Pacific 45 Build
 
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Hi Folks,

I've been skulking around this forum for a while enjoying some builds and a lot of great info. Now I'm going to finally post my build since all the documents have been signed and the new North Pacific 45 is officially mine. I hope you enjoy the post. I wish I had done a better job of documenting the build but I'll do my best.

I first contacted Trevor by email in early 2017 and asked him the price of a new NP45. He called me the next day and told me that they had one currently being built and if I was willing to take it as is he would give me a deal on it. It was surprisingly just a little higher than my budget but close enough, so I made the leap! I promised that I wouldn't disclose the price so please don't ask.

They have an agreement with the Ningbo Fuhua factory in China. They have all their tooling and molds. They work very closely with the factory. I got the idea that if Trevor doesn't like something he gives them an earful. Here are a few pics of the factory:

The last picture is of Trevor the owner standing by one of his builds. My next post will have some pics of work being done on my boat. Various stages of construction etc.. It took from early in the year, about April until November that the boat was finally delivered. During that time I got a lot of phone calls and emails from Trevor asking me how I wanted this and that. I thought that I wasn't going to have much input since he said the build was mostly done. It turned out that I did have quite a bit of input and it really felt like I was getting a custom boat. I guess I did to some extent. The overall layout was already determined but I had a lot of input as far as types of counter tops, blinds vs curtains, flexiteak on the swimstep and cockpit, tile in the shower, (he actually added that as a surprise), type of tile in the galley behind the oven, type of stove and a bunch of other stuff. It was fun! More to come.:D

theTopsail 12-17-2017 08:46 AM

It's always interesting to see what various manufacturers' factories look like, especially ones that are in regions such as the Far East.

Gotta admire the phenomenal workmanship that goes into the moulds especially!

Gordon J 12-17-2017 10:02 AM

Must be cool
 
To essentially see your boat being built. You now know how all the wires and plumbing runs and you donít have to necessarily guess if you add things later on.

Genecop 12-17-2017 10:10 AM

Wow, such a nice looking boat..congrats..

dirtdoc1 12-17-2017 09:14 PM

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Here are some pictures of my boat under construction in the China factory. There aren't many. Only what Trevor sent to me when he happened to be there and the boat is almost complete when I put a down payment on it. I wish I had more pictures earlier on in the build.

dirtdoc1 12-17-2017 09:52 PM

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The thing that amazes me is that after multiple craftsmen, crawling in and out of tight places with tools and then shrink wrapping, then loading it on to the ship and sailing for weeks then unloading it and removing the shrink wrap, then having a captain deliver her. There were very few of the tiniest scratches, most of which, were barely visible. Incredible work by seasoned professionals from the builders to the shippers a job well done! Tomorrow I'll post the pictures of the first seatrial in China.

This picture is of Trevor with Mr Yu (Chairman of Ningbo Fuhua Yacht Builders), Carmon (North Pacific Yachts) and far left is Jenny (Explorer Yachts). I'd say Mr. Brice (Trevor) is doing quite well. Here are a few more factory shots:

Sailor of Fortune 12-17-2017 10:20 PM

Love that there is a Niche builder who turns out quality yachts from an off shore builder. He obviously has production expectations down and monitors the product. Really nice boat at a good price point.

Moonfish 12-17-2017 10:49 PM

All that and Trevor is a super nice, honest guy, too!

dirtdoc1 12-18-2017 12:12 AM

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All that and Trevor is a super nice, honest guy, too!

Trevor really is an ethical business man who wants his product to be the best that it can be (for the price) and happy customers are very important to him. He added three high end options for free and without me asking for them. He added tile in the shower. He said my boat is the first to have it. He added some very cool stainless steel tile in the galley and flexiteak on the swimstep and cockpit. For some reason it won't let me post the picture of the stainless steel tile.

dirtdoc1 12-18-2017 12:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Sailor of Fortune (Post 618411)
Love that there is a Niche builder who turns out quality yachts from an off shore builder. He obviously has production expectations down and monitors the product. Really nice boat at a good price point.

Sailor,

I love your picture of the trawlers sitting in the mud.

NP is truly a small quality niche builder. I was recently offered substantially more than I paid for my NP45. The gentleman didn't want to wait for a build so he offered to buy mine. With new quality boats like Selene, Kadey-Krogen etc. currently available on the market he chose to pay substantially more than the new price for my NP45. I think that says something for the brand.

dirtdoc1 12-18-2017 11:33 PM

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Here are some pics of the first sea trial in China. I only have been on the boat once. It's in Bellingham Washington being commissioned and I'm in Palo Alto CA. Doing this at least lets me look at it.

dirtdoc1 12-18-2017 11:39 PM

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And getting it ready to ship.

dirtdoc1 12-18-2017 11:50 PM

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Loading and getting ready for the long trip to Washington from China. It's amazing how small it looks deep in the bowels of the ship.

GFC 12-18-2017 11:53 PM

Congratulations on getting your biggest Christmas present yet. I would bet you are like a little kid awaiting Christmas morning!

dirtdoc1 12-19-2017 12:15 AM

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Congratulations on getting your biggest Christmas present yet. I would bet you are like a little kid awaiting Christmas morning!

Hi GFC,

It's really hard to keep from bothering the fellow doing the work on the boat everyday. Asking him for pictures and texting questions. He has been very patient.

I recognize your boat. Did you post a trip to San Francisco? I think it was a delivery. Quite a long post with video. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was it you and a couple of other guys aboard?

Thanks,

dhays 12-19-2017 12:57 AM

Congratulations. Great photos of a very nice boat. If I could buy any new production boat in that size regardless of price, it would be the NP45.

dirtdoc1 12-19-2017 02:32 AM

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Originally Posted by dhays (Post 618721)
Congratulations. Great photos of a very nice boat. If I could buy any new production boat in that size regardless of price, it would be the NP45.

Dhays,

It looks like you already have a beautiful boat! The interior is almost identical to mine and so is the exterior except for the reversed raked windows. The RR windows are what sold me. I love the look.

Cheers!

dirtdoc1 12-19-2017 02:55 AM

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After waiting for a few weeks while the AALSingapore was delivering things on the way here, I was busy tracking it online. And then - it finally arrived! Here is the only pic I have of them unloading it. They had taken all of the shrink-wrap off and were lowering it in to the waters of Seattle, Washington, for the last leg of it's voyage to Bellingham, WA. :dance::smitten:

Thank You Trevor for taking and sending me all of the great pictures.

dirtdoc1 12-20-2017 12:31 AM

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By the way, this is my retirement present. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to sit in the house watching TV. After starting my small business 30 years ago and working for over 40 in total I decided it was time. My last working day will be the last day of 2017. This new year is going to be pretty special for me. Early next year I'm going to run the boat down to Mexico.:nonono:

Before I do that, next comes Commissioning. Now the boat gets torn up again. The boat came pretty well equipped with electronics, Garmin 7612 multi display, radar, auto pilot and IAS with a smaller Garmin and duplicate controls up on the flybridge.

I decided to add a couple more things, another Garmin 7612, two 13" Maretron displays one for FLIR night vision and the other for cameras. Two cameras at the back for docking and two in the engine room. Four 4" displays to show important things - at a glance - like depth, engine temp etc.. Intellian i5 for TV, KVH V7 Tracphone for communication, email, and internet so I can communicate with the office if they need me (OK, yes I kept the business going). I'm broke after buying this boat and I've got to pay for fuel somehow. FLIR M625sc for night vision and one Panasonic Tough Book all on IMEA 2000 network. It's getting a little crowded up on the hardtop with antennas but it's going to be sweet. And for the tender - a Grand G340 with a 30 hp outboard. That's for my need for speed.

JustBob 12-20-2017 08:33 AM

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First, congrats on your business, your (pending) retirement, and your boat! I have met two very happy NP owners, happy with their boat and their experience with Trevor.

I'm interested in what's up with all the plywood in these pictures. In all the modern builds I have seen the deck/house are a single FRP structure made in a mold. The deck is then joined to the hull structure.

In the finished pictures, the deck area looks just like every other boat. So what happens after the plywood is completed?

SaltyDawg86 12-20-2017 08:57 AM

Congratulations! I hope you get years of pleasure and enjoyment out of it!

stubones99 12-20-2017 09:28 AM

The plywood plug is usually cut up after the mold is made, sometimes to get it out of the mold.

dirtdoc1 12-20-2017 04:18 PM

I think those are just molds. You would have to ask Trevor. Call North Pacific Yachts and ask for Trevor Brice. If you look at the ceiling of my wheel house it's all aluminum beams.

Cheers

dirtdoc1 12-22-2017 11:27 PM

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Got all the hardware up on the flybridge roof, the tender canvas and the name on the transom. She's looking pretty good. No list either!

Rebel112r 12-23-2017 12:05 PM

Looking god Doc, I am surprised that the radar was not mounted higher. Sunny an chilly here today..

sunchaser 12-23-2017 12:08 PM

DD

Is vessel stabilized for those thousands of miles of offshore work?

FlyWright 12-23-2017 02:49 PM

What a beaut, David! Looking fwd to some interior and ER pics.

Congrats on your successes and retirement! Nice reward.

Holler if you see us on the water or are planning a delta excursion and would like an accompanying vessel on an anchor out.

dirtdoc1 12-24-2017 05:07 PM

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I don't have many interior shots. I only have what has been texted to me. The one time that I went up to Bellingham to visit the boat it was full of boxes. Here are a couple.

Comodave 12-24-2017 08:28 PM

Very nice. Iím jealous...

dirtdoc1 12-27-2017 12:26 AM

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This is the salon as it was setup for a show. It's the only picture I have of the salon. The TV is a promo pic that I found. Mine does the same. It pops up from a cabinet so you don't have to see it all of the time. Pretty cool. I wonder how long it will take for the motor that raises it to break. No TV on that day.

dirtdoc1 12-27-2017 01:04 AM

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Here are some more assorted pics:

dirtdoc1 01-01-2018 08:15 PM

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The electronics have been taking some time. A lot of wires to be pulled! Here are a few more helm and solon pics. The solon is still a mess. Dave sent me a pic of one of the recliners that I'm looking forward to trying since they are message chairs.

dirtdoc1 01-01-2018 11:18 PM

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Here's a better pic of the helm screens. It's starting to look more like the cockpit of a passenger jet. I love technology.

Cheers!

FlyWright 01-02-2018 11:10 AM

:thumb: Looking great!

Stabi 01-02-2018 02:18 PM

boat show
 
DD, I have always wondered, since your boat is obviously not for sale, are you compensated for having the manufacturer use your boat as a sales tool in a boat show, or are you doing this out of the goodness of your heart?

dirtdoc1 01-02-2018 02:46 PM

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DD, I have always wondered, since your boat is obviously not for sale, are you compensated for having the manufacturer use your boat as a sales tool in a boat show, or are you doing this out of the goodness of your heart?

Hi Stabi,

Trevor has been more than fair with me by throwing in niceties here and there. Upgrading equipment for free etc. It also is not uncommon for boat mfg to ask the owners of new boats if they would mind letting them show the boat even bringing potential buyers aboard to look at the boat. I did the same thing with my last boat, which was a Carver. When I first started looking at NP there was no inventory to look at so we met down in San Diego and looked at a boat that was privately owned. The owner even asked me if I wanted to have him take it out.

It's very common. I'm sure there are people who don't show their boats. It doesn't hurt to be on the MFG's good side either!

Cheers!

dirtdoc1 02-15-2018 03:09 AM

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I just spent almost 4 weeks on the boat. 10 days at the Seattle boat show which, was an experience. 4 days getting there and back and 3 days at the dock before and after and 4 days driving so that's actually 3 weeks on the boat. A few of you Trawler Forum folks stopped by and said hello. That was an unexpected pleasure, Hi Reb, Bob and Dan. I apologize if I forgot someone. My memory these days is not what it used to be. It was fun getting to know Trevor. He has more energy and I found out that he is a big game bow hunter - in the snow for days! He is a bad ass! The bilge keels performed very well on the way from Bellingham to Seattle. We got in to some 3-5' chop, some beam seas etc. and she acted like it was a fairly calm day. I couldn't be more pleased with the boat. I still want to see how she does in following seas. The trip and the boat show gave me plenty of time to crawl around the engine compartment, pull all of the floor hatches and generally take a good look under the covers. I didn't discover anything that was questionable as far as quality of the fit and finish. As a matter of fact I became more impressed with the boat the closer I looked and the more that I used it. I even tried out the washer/drier and it worked fine. I've heard complaints about the drying time. Since the washing and drying is done in the same machine the drier is of course the same size as the washing machine. Separate dryers are typically twice the size as the washer so they dry faster. You gain space but loose drying time. Ya gain something and you loose something else. Such is life. I ran three loads of laundry and it worked like a charm. Someone at the show asked me if I could redo anything about the boat what would it be? It was a great question and I was truly stumped for a while but I did think of one thing. I would like a bigger cockpit. The answer to that issue is buy the NP49. Everything is bigger but I don't want a bigger boat so I guess I wouldn't change anything. Oh, the two recliners that you see in the picture were the hit of the show. I had several people declare the NP45 the nicest boat at the show. So many people just said Wow when they walked in. No kidding. I can't take credit for that. That's all Trevor.

godfather 02-15-2018 10:18 AM

Didnít know bilge keels were an option on NPís Did you have them installed at the factory?

cardude01 02-15-2018 01:45 PM

Beautiful boat! Happy for you!

Comodave 02-15-2018 02:09 PM

Looks very nice. I would not own a boat that did not have space for 2 recliners. I am also curious about the bilge keels.

dirtdoc1 02-15-2018 04:11 PM

Yes, North Pacific does offer bilge keels. They are about $6k. They are of course passive stabilizers, about 8' long and 18" wide. They are attached to the hull in such a way as to not cause damage to the hull if they are damaged.

After the bilge keels were installed I noticed that the boat felt like a much heavier and bigger boat. Not that they are heavy, just by the way the boat reacted to the waves. Before I had them installed I could feel the hard chines resist beam seas. After installation I didn't feel the resistance, the boat just didn't seem to be bothered. In larger beam seas the boat would start to roll then would slowly come back and stop rolling. Then it would repeat that behavior periodically. Start to roll then stop and slowly come back. I would imagine that active stabilizers would not allow it to start a roll. The bilge keels also work at rest where most active systems don't unless you get in to big dollar systems from what I've heard.

The captain that took the boat up to Canada from Bellingham to have them installed is now going to put them on his NP42.

I highly recommend them!

Cheers,

Airstream345 02-15-2018 04:32 PM

I had the pleasure of touring your boat at the Seattle Boat Show. Although we didnít meet I did meet Trevor and enjoyed all of the detail and work that went into yours. A highlight of the show for me. Congratulations!

dirtdoc1 02-15-2018 05:34 PM

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I had the pleasure of touring your boat at the Seattle Boat Show. Although we didnít meet I did meet Trevor and enjoyed all of the detail and work that went into yours. A highlight of the show for me. Congratulations!

Thanks, Trevor will love to hear that. I hope to meet you sometime.

Cheers!

dhays 02-15-2018 06:57 PM

Great pictures.

Bilge keels (rolling chocks) are something that I want to install on my 43. I've heard good things from the owners that have installed them.

What dinghy chocks were installed on your boat deck for your rib and who did the installation?

I agree with a larger cockpit. I would like an additional foot. However, not enough to want a foot shorter saloon or a foot longer boat.

dirtdoc1 02-15-2018 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by dhays (Post 636710)
Great pictures.

Bilge keels (rolling chocks) are something that I want to install on my 43. I've heard good things from the owners that have installed them.

What dinghy chocks were installed on your boat deck for your rib and who did the installation?

I agree with a larger cockpit. I would like an additional foot. However, not enough to want a foot shorter saloon or a foot longer boat.

Dave Rasmussen installed soft chocks. Rolling chocks sound good to me. I haven't had a chance to move the tender off of the fly bridge. I'm anxious to try it out.

dhays 02-15-2018 11:03 PM

Thanks. Soft chocks are what I have been using but would like to move to something more robust.

dirtdoc1 02-16-2018 01:10 AM

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Thanks. Soft chocks are what I have been using but would like to move to something more robust.

Please let me know what you get and how they work.

NewbieFromNJ 02-17-2018 09:46 AM

This may be of interest:

https://seagrant.uaf.edu/bookstore/b...ilge-keels.pdf

Fletcher500 02-17-2018 10:11 AM

In an earlier thread you had mentioned the boat getting stabilizers for the trips up and down the west coast. I have seen bilge keels on boats but didn't know much about them. I suppose the definition is open to interpretation, but I didn't think BK's were technically defined as stabilizers. Are there any other technical articles available that show roll rdxn?

Stickman 02-17-2018 10:39 AM

Congrats. Beautiful boat and build. Enjoy!


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