|Start with a generous beam of 14' 6," add a relatively high
profile with lots of hull below the waterline and mix in P.A.E.'s
twenty years of experience building the ever-popular line of Mason
sailboats, and it becomes easier to understand how the Nordhavn 40
can provide such spacious accommodations. Her overall interior volume
is, in fact, similar to that of many boats in the 45 to 50 foot range.
A large, luxurious owner's cabin with a center island berth measuring
58" x 79" is located forward. A guest stateroom features
an upper berth and a lower that pulls out into a double. It has
room for a washer and dryer and offers abundant stowage. The conveniently
located head features a separate stall shower. The cozy main saloon
seats four or more at the dining table with built-in settee, and
there's room for two comfortable reading chairs, or one very large
reclining chair, a built-in cabinet for books, a TV, stereo and
During extended cruising, the fully- equipped galley provides the
chef with all the conveniences of home, including a full-size refrigerator,
an optional freezer and trash compactor,
a microwave oven, 3-burner stove and a double stainless steel sink.
Adjacent to the dining area and near the steps to the wheelhouse,
the galley is conveniently located for easy serving.
The area that truly separates the Nordhavn 40 from so many "coastal
cruisers" is her commercial-like wheelhouse. Up three steps
from the main saloon, the captain has a full view of his ship with
all instruments, controls and navigation equipment within easy reach.
High-quality tempered safety glass is used throughout, and the forward
facing windows are 3/8" thick. Two of the windows have opening
lower panels for ventilation. The "Dutch-Doors" that open
to the port and starboard side decks are an especially nice touch.
Cruising along in a bit of weather, the bottom sections can be closed
to provide protection while the top sections remain open for better
visibility and air flow. A raised settee with a dinette table provides
the crew with the perfect spot to enjoy the voyage. An overhead
hatch is included for added light and ventilation. For overnight
passages or that extra guest, a pilot berth aft of the settee comes
in very handy. Many guests actually prefer this area for sleeping.
Waking up to a panoramic view of the open ocean or a beautiful anchorage
is an experience Nordhavn 40 owners seldom forget.
The spacious feeling one gets on the Nordhavn 40 is partly due
to the generous dimensions allotted to passageways and overhead
clearances. Headroom in the main saloon is 6' 3" and all passageways
measure 24" in width. The door to the head is a decent 20"
wide, and the shower boasts 6' 4" of headroom, as does the
Innovative space design is only part of the Nordhavn 40's magic.
Beyond the imaginative layouts are a level of workmanship and choice
of materials that put this little ship in the quality category of
today's finest mega-yachts. Satin-finished teak cabinets, bulkheads
and trim are used throughout, and to maintain a cheery sense of
brightness on those dark and dreary days, light-colored laminates
are used on selected bulkheads and paneling. Corian® countertops
are used in the galley and head, and teak fiddles are an integral
part of all counters and tables. Cabin soles are finished with high-quality
carpeting and extremely durable, attractive vinyls, although teak
and holly flooring can be ordered if desired. Attractive overhead
lighting fixtures utilize convenient wall switches that control
lighting in each cabin, and additional reading lamps are installed
over berths and settees.
Overall, the interior construction details and high-quality materials
used in the Nordhavn 40 clearly represent a luxurious level of fit
and finish. But more importantly, these details follow the theme
of sensible, offshore functionality. When one has the opportunity
of closely looking at the way the interior of this capable ship
has been built, they will understand why Nordhavns have the reputation
for being "oceans apart from all the rest."