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"Small Boat, Long Voyage"
Trial By Sea on a Nordhavn 40
By Staff Writer
January 2002 Yachts International


Last November 3, a stock production Nordhavn 40 left Dana Point, California for Honolulu, the first stop in a voyage that will end when she returns home In May after sailing around the world. Scheduled ports of call include various South Pacific islands, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the Maldives, Djibouti, Suez, Athens, Gibraltar, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, Antigua, Panama, Acapulco, San Diego and Dana Point.

It is expected that it will take 145 days to complete the journey by the scheduled return date. Sailing any boat of any size for a distance of around 26,000 miles represents a considerable challenge to vessel and crew. Such an undertaking in a 40' powerboat with a schedule to meet only increases the pressure on both. At the helm for the first leg is Jim Leishman, Nordhavn founder and company owner, veteran of three Pacific crossings, one transatlantic and many thousands of ocean miles on all Nordhavn models.

YACHTS INTERNATIONAL will publish reports of this remarkable expedition as received during the voyage. The last of these will appear in the July issue to allow for the lag between the boat's ETA at her home port and our publication date. The Nordhavn 40 is the smallest in a series of long-range boats built by Pacific Asian Enterprises of Dana Point, CA. The largest is 62' LOA. The 40 is 39'9" LOA with a WL length of 35'5", 14'6" beam and 4'9" draft. She has a range of around 4,000 nm at a cruising speed of between six and seven knots and is powered by a Lugger six-cylinder diesel backed by a "take-me-home" Yanmar engine. She carries 920 gallons of fuel, 200 gallons of water. Other equipment includes an SSB radio, stabilizers, generator, watermaker, satellite TV, refrigerator/freezer and bow thruster.

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