"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