Nordhavn 40 Nearing
Home After 25,000 Mile Voyage
Dana Point- (June 1, 2002) - After successfully transiting
the Panama Canal on Sunday, May 27, 2002, a Nordhavn 40 powerboat
is nearing the end of its record breaking, 26-week odyssey around
The small but very capable 40-foot vessel embarked on this
voyage from Dana Point on November 3, 2001. After completing
its 2,200 mile, non-stop leg to Hawaii, it played hide and seek
with a Pacific Ocean typhoon throughout the island nation of
Micronesia, braving 20-foot seas and sustained winds of 50 knots
The crew, consisting of employees of Pacific Asian Enterprises
(P.A.E.), spent New Year's Day in Singapore and then continued
heading west, eventually transiting the Red Sea and the Suez
Canal. After experiencing rough conditions throughout the Mediterranean
Sea, the single engine, full displacement cruiser crossed the
Atlantic Ocean without incident.
The purpose of the voyage, conceived by the PAE staff and supported
by the suppliers and equipment manufacturers featured on the
vessel, was to demonstrate the capability and reliability of
this off-the-shelf production boat. Additionally, PAE wanted
to conduct the ultimate sea trial, evaluating the design of
the vessel and its equipment in the most challenging conditions.
"We knew this boat was capable of crossing oceans, and we wanted
to show that it was possible to go anywhere in the world in
relative comfort and safety," comments Jim Leishman, one of
the principals of PAE. "We are extremely pleased that our confidence
in this design has been confirmed by its extraordinary performance."
The boat will make its way back to Dana Point for a June 30th
homecoming celebration, where it will be met by a crowd of fellow
Nordhavn owners, suppliers and supporters of the Around The
World voyage and local and national press.
PAE currently offers eight models of Nordhavns from its 35-foot
coastal cruiser to its magnificent new flagship, the Nordhavn
72. The company's first powerboat, the Nordhavn 46, was introduced
nearly 20 years ago and is still in production. Several Nordhavns
have made successful circumnavigations, but the 40 has set a
record in being the first production boat of its size to circle
The entire voyage is featured on Nordhavn's website, www.nordhavn.com.
For more information, contact Jenny McCauley Stern at 401-682-2902
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.