James Douglas of Friday Harbor, WA, asks:

At what speed could the 40 achieve 4000 nm or so? (i.e. going from the Panama Canal to Tahiti)

Jim Leishman responds:

I'm sorry to say - that I don't think you could make a 4,000 mile run in the NORDHAVN 40. Most people will make the run from Mexico. Running from Cabo San Lucas to the Marqueses is about 2,559 miles. If you could stop in the Galapagos (I think it's no problem to stop there for fuel) you could run Panama to Galapagos at 881 miles then on to the Marquesses which would be another 2,850 miles. 2,850 would be a push - you'd have to run real slow and be very careful about your fuel. I'd probably suggest about a 200 gallon bladder which we've done before on our 46. The bladder can safely sit in front of the wheelhouse inside of the Portuguese bridge and then gravity feed when necessary - aft to the fuel fills on the port and starboard side (you'd just drain it into one tank and then transfer it internally). You probably could do it without the bladder but it would be cutting it too close if the weather didn't cooperate.


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