New Boats

From its in­te­rior to the fire pit on the master state­room deck, this model brings new mean­ing to the term Seren­ity.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Michael Ver­don

We span the globe and go from 27 to 100 feet with the lat­est from Chris-Craft, Hy­las, Jean­neau and Nord­havn.

The owner of Seren­ity, the new Nord­havn 100, made the ul­ti­mate shake­down cruise last sum­mer af­ter tak­ing de­liv­ery in early June. Capt. Zach Gal­lagher told

Power & Mo­to­ry­acht that the yacht had jour­neyed from Dana Point, Cal­i­for­nia, down to Mex­ico’s Sea of Cortez for its ini­tial sea tri­als and then re­turned to Cal­i­for­nia for some mod­i­fi­ca­tions and the ad­di­tion of two jet skis to its toy list, be­fore head­ing north to tackle Alaska’s In­side Pas­sage.

“We’ve done 5,700 miles in un­der three months,” said Gal­lagher, the day be­fore he was pre­par­ing to cruise back to Cal­i­for­nia. “Most nights, we’ve been on the hook, of­ten in lo­ca­tions where you wouldn’t see an­other boat for days.”

The num­ber of ex­plorer yachts around 100 feet has been grow­ing fast in the last five years, as some Eu­ro­pean builders have jumped into the ex­pe­di­tion field. But there are yachts that look like ex­pe­di­tion ves­sels and then there is the real deal.

Nord­havn has been build­ing in­trepid, go-any­where trawlers for more than 40 years, so they un­der­stand yachts that wan­der off the grid in search of ad­ven­ture. Seren­ity is one of those yachts. She’s built with wa­ter­tight bulk­heads around the lazarette, crew’s quar­ters, en­gine room, guest cab­ins and a for­ward col­li­sion bulk­head. Ten full-length stringers, in ad­di­tion to the en­gine beds and floor stringers, give the yacht its struc­tural in­tegrity, while the twin 600-hp Cater­pil­lar C18s sit on four vi­bra­tion-ab­sorb­ing mounts. Four main fuel tanks carry 7,000 gal­lons of fuel, with a cen­ter­line 50-gal­lon “day tank.”

Seren­ity’s owner is an avid fish­er­man who added a fish­ing/ swim plat­form to the tran­som, giv­ing her a longer-look­ing pro­file than the Nord­havn 96 she is built on. The fish­ing plat­form in­cludes a fight­ing chair, livewells, fish­box freez­ers, equip­ment lock­ers and ev­ery other amenity an­glers would want on a boat de­signed to fish the world’s most re­mote lo­ca­tions.

“I’ve been thor­oughly impressed by how she han­dles big seas,” says Gal­lagher. “We stayed on the In­side Pas­sage on the way up, cruis­ing around Juneau and Glacier Bay and trav­el­ing around other glaciers. The cur­rents have been dra­matic, rang­ing from three to 16 knots. The boat has han­dled ev­ery­thing with no prob­lems.”

Since the owner trav­els with his large fam­ily, he wanted an in­te­rior that is a bright, spa­cious haven—a com­fort­able coun­ter­point to Seren­ity’s rugged ex­te­rior. Destry Darr, who has de­signed Nord­havn’s most el­e­gant in­te­ri­ors, first vis­ited the owner at his home. “It was clear he ap­pre­ci­ates mod­ern, clean lines and rich, deep­grained woods that con­trast with light ac­cents,” says Darr. “He also likes lux­u­ri­ous fin­ishes and splashes of color.”

Nord­havn re­con­fig­ured the in­te­rior at the owner’s re­quest, turn­ing the sky lounge into the master suite. The state­room that was typ­i­cally the master suite be­came a sec­ond master, used by the owner’s daugh­ters. The gal­ley was also en­larged so the owner’s fam­ily could gather there.

“We were still able to ac­com­mo­date the 12-per­son ta­ble in the ad­join­ing din­ing salon,” says Darr. “We also de­signed whole­fam­ily din­ing and seat­ing up on the fly­bridge deck so they could gather there. On the master aft deck, we in­stalled a fire pit and seat­ing for the owner and his wife.”

The in­te­rior in­cludes a wal­nut base, with ze­brano and maple ac­cents and white fabric wall cov­er­ings that con­trast nicely with the wood. Darr used stain­less-steel ac­cents through­out Seren­ity. In the heads, she in­cor­po­rated mo­saic tiles, pale gray and blue stones and pol­ished chrome hard­ware. “The owner de­manded unique­ness well be­yond Nord­havn’s stan­dard cus­tomiza­tion,” says Darr. “He wanted a yacht with beau­ti­ful aes­thet­ics that is liv­able. He wanted a home away from his home.” –

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