Nord­havn 80

Power & Motor Yacht - - DRAWING BOARD -

Over­all, I want the Nord­havn 80 to have a more yachty, mod­ern feel,” says Nord­havn’s Chief De­signer Jeff Leish­man. “I don’t want her to be as com­mer­cial-look­ing as some of my ear­lier stuff—the 76, for ex­am­ple.” Two de­sign el­e­ments make ob­vi­ous con­tri­bu­tions to Leish­man’s vi­sion for the 80, presently un­der de­vel­op­ment in Xi­a­men, China. First, her sheer­line, which is ar­row-straight—no break, no swoop, no nothin’. And sec­ond, her fore­deck, which is vir­tu­ally par­al­lel to the wa­ter­line. “Mod­ern de­sign,” Leish­man opines, “fa­vors such flat, straight things.”

Although the 80 will have con­ven­tional power (two 375-horse­power John Deere in­board diesels), there’ll be some stand­out propul­sion-re­lated fea­tures as well. Skegs and ground­ing shoes, for ex­am­ple, will pro­tec­tively en­close each pro­pel­ler. And the sec­tions for­ward of the props will be fuller and some­what deeper, thereby of­fer­ing even more pro­tec­tion. Per­for­mance, of course, will fa­vor the long-haul set, with a top speed of about 12 knots, a cruise speed of about 9 knots, and (thanks to a 5,000-gal­lon fuel ca­pac­ity) an ocean-cross­ing range.

The main deck will sport a salon, a dining area, a “huge” (ac­cord­ing to Leish­man) gal­ley, and an owner’s suite up for­ward. And top­side, ei­ther a cap­tain’s cabin, a pent­house-type owner’s suite, or a sky­lounge will be avail­able abaft the bridge area. In­ter­ested? Be pa­tient, friends—the Nord­havn 80 will de­but in 2019. nord­ —Capt. Bill Pike

De­sign de­par­tures help mod­ern­ize the 80’s look.

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