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Old 02-26-2021, 06:01 PM   #1
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Nordhavn 53MS

When the Nordhavn 53 Motor Sailor first came out, I thought that was a very nice boat. But, for whatever reason(s) it just didn't catch on.
I guess someone has to be particular to that kind of sailing/motoring. On the other hand, the interior woodwork was really nice, the engine room seemed to have plenty of room, and the overall creature comforts seem to be a nice fit.
I was browsing and couldn't find those with any appreciable YouTube action, nor do I find them here on this forum.
Is there any reason for their lack of popularity? I do remember screen an interview by one of the principles of Nordhavn, saying that the Nordhavn trawler owners, didn't want to be tripping over sail lines ... or something like that.
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Old 02-26-2021, 06:35 PM   #2
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Motor Sailor

Had to look that one up.

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Old 02-26-2021, 07:41 PM   #3
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Good motor boat + good sail boat = crappy boat
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Old 02-26-2021, 08:43 PM   #4
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This is a 56, and they haven't posted in a year (caveat city, I know), but I thought you might find it interesting if you haven't seen it:

They went from, IIRC, a Nordhavn 40 to the 56 motorsailor.
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Old 02-26-2021, 09:37 PM   #5
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You could post this on the Nordhavn Dreamers Facebook page, as well as the Nordhavn Dreamers mailing list at

I suspect current and former owners are monitoring and would be delighted to share.

Jeff Merrill at posted one or more youtube videos on this boat also. He would be a wealth of information, and he is a fine gentleman.

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