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Nordhavn 43 "Earl R"


Earl R


44’ 6”


38’ 4”


Long Range passage maker


14’ 10” 


4’ 11”


54,540 lbs.




PAE/South Coast

Hull Material: 



Nordhavn 43


Enclosed Pilothouse with flybridge


Jeff Leishman


White with blue stripes

Bottom Paint:

Dark Blue   


Dry Stack/keel cooled 


Lugger L668D 105 HP  

Engine Hours:      

1066 hours


3000 NM @7.5 knots 


Cruise 7.8 knots – Max

Wing Engine:

Yanmar 3YM30V 

Wing hours: 

14.5 hours


Maxwell 3500  


Northern Lights 10 kW  


Naiad 252 MultiSea 2000 fins

Generator Hours:    

678 hours

Climate Control:

Cruise Air (BTU three zones: 16k, 16k, 16k)


Trace 2512SW pure sine wave     

Bow Thruster: 

Side Power 8 HP

Stern Thruster: 

Side Power 8 HP




1200 gals.




50 gallons


50 gallons


300 gallons


Portland, OR

Asking price:



Jeff Merrill, CPYB
email: Jeff Merrill
ph: 949.496.4848



Earl R is owned by a boat builder, who knows trawlers and tugs and has kept the boat in fresh water or in dry dock when not being used.  His crew has done top level professional regular maintenance work keeping her optimally maintained.  She includes the finest combination of factory upgrades and custom equipment added by the original owner, resulting in a vessel that is set up to cross oceans and venture on extended long-range cruises. Each system has been thoroughly tested and used, so she is ready to go at a moments notice.  Earl R has the popular fiberglass stack and davit arrangement.  If you are looking for a marvelous full displacement flybridge trawler you will be quite pleased with Earl R.


The Nordhavn 43 is an outstanding world cruising trawler and her long range heritage is a testament to Jeff Leishman’s design and the “bullet proof” build and engineering that PAE is so famous for.


Originally conceived as the answer to the “What would have worked better?” question we raised during our 2000 – 2001 circumnavigation with a Nordhavn 40, the 43 has proven to be a very popular yacht for cruising couples. Many of her design features take a page from the venerable Nordhavn 46 which she has essentially replaced in the line up.


Earl R is a full displacement trawler type vessel with proven long-range capabilities.  She has a nice entry cockpit with boarding doors on both sides and an access door to her swim step.  Below the cockpit is a large lazarette that gives excellent access to the steering gear, the inverter, hot water tank, heater and watermaker, as well as providing ample space for storage.


The saloon is entered from the cockpit through a robust watertight and double dogged commercial strength Dutch door.  The saloon, a very large room that connects with the galley, has an open feel mostly due to the large sized windows finished with teak trim.  Earl R’s interior is tastefully decorated with Ultraleather upholstery and features beautiful teak and spruce wood floors highlighted throughout the boat by custom two inch reveal carpet.  In the saloon, custom window shades provide the privacy one requires while dock side and helps control temperature inside. To starboard is a comfortable “U” settee and a fixed table.  To port is built in cabinet and Ekornes chair with a 26” LCD TV mounted in the aft port corner.  There is significant storage space beneath both settees. 


The elegant galley is highlighted by a Force 10 propane stove, two Sub Zero refrigerators, a freezer, microwave and trash compactor. Going up a few steps you arrive in the spacious pilothouse that features a Pompanette helm chair forward with an excellent nav/com display arrangement and a bench seat with table and watch berth aft.  There are two robust watertight and double dogged commercial strength Dutch doors on either side of the pilothouse leading to the Portuguese bridge.


The staterooms are forward and below. The guest stateroom has a wide double berth to port (with a custom HMC mattress and fitted sheets), a desk with upgraded swing-out seat to starboard and its own head and shower.  The guest stateroom gets plenty of light from three portholes as well as overhead hatches in the stateroom and head.  The master stateroom is located amidships with a queen size island berth athwartships (that has a custom HMC mattress with fitted sheets) and a separate head with very large shower.  The owners’ stateroom is lighted by two portholes as well as one in the shower area.


The engine room is accessed by a soundproof door from the master (or through the sole of the saloon) and offers an unusually large serviceable area for a boat this size.  The main engine is on centerline, the wing engine aft to port and generator aft to starboard.  An excellent fuel management/filtration system is located on the starboard wall.


The foredeck has two lockable deck boxes for storage as well as an upgrade heavy duty chain stopper for the main rode.  There is a large, accessible, chain locker with two shelves, one on the port side for a second rode and one on the starboard for storage.  Custom hooks have been added above the starboard shelf for line storage. 


The boat deck is accessed from the Portuguese bridge and stores a 10.5’ Avon tender with a 15HP outboard and a large lockable deck box for additional storage.


Earl R is hull number 11 of the series, taking advantage of improvements during the build of those hulls produced before her, and has the added advantage of being “shaken out” providing an excellent value for someone who is ready to go cruising now. Replacement cost for a new Nordhavn 43 with comparable equipment would exceed $1,000,000 and a one year wait.


Several long passages have already been chalked up on 43s including three Pacific Ocean crossings.  A sister ship (4318) left San Diego in 2007 and completed a successful two year circumnavigation.  If you are looking for an excellently maintained, solid passage maker, that is exceptionally equipped, comfortable and secure in all conditions, and a boat that is not only durable and dependable, but also has a luxurious fit and finish that will enhance your enjoyment at sea, then you deserve to learn more about this very special Nordhavn 43, Earl R.


LISTING OF EQUIPMENT UPGRADES (factory systems options selected and more!):

  • Side Power 12V 8HP Bow Thruster
  • Side Power 12V 8HP Stern Thruster
  • Naiad 252 Multisea 2000 active fin stabilizers
  • Reverso Oil Change System for main and generator
  • Spurs line cutter on main shaft
  • Yanmar Wing Engine with Martec folding prop
  • 10 kW Northern Lights generator
  • Sea-Fire engine room fire system w/auto engine, generator, blower shut down
  • Security lock from engine room for lazarette hatch
  • Trace 2512SW Pure Sine Inverter
  • Link 10 battery monitor
  • Isolation transformers on each shore power lines
  • Lightning ground plate
  • Cruisair Air Conditioning (3 X 16,000 BTU)
  • 11 gallon Hot Water Tank
  • Fireboy lazarette fire suppression system with manual pull cable
  • Fresh wash down both forward and aft
  • Fresh wash down in engine room
  • Hot & cold cockpit show by Scandvik
  • Electric (Sealand pump) on black water tank plus a manual pump
  • Y fitting on Galley sink for direct overboard discharge
  • Rule high water bilge pump
  • Custom swim step extension at transom



  • Furuno 1953C/NT 12KW radar/plotter w/ 6’ open array and 10.4” color display
  • Furuno 1833C/NT 4 KW radar plotter w/ 24” Radome and 10.4” color display
  • CMAP cards
  • Navicomp computer with Max Sea software with 17” monitor
  • Furuno Black Box BBFF1Sounder/Fishfinder
  • Furuno RD 30
  • Furuno RD 30 GPS Waas
  • Furuno GP32 GPS receiver
  • Furuno AIS class A
  • Furuno autopilot with rudder angle indicator
  • Furuno autopilot Jog lever
  • Furuno  HRP 16-12 Reversing Auto Pilot  pump by Accusteer
  • 3  FurunoVHF radios
  • Furuno loud hailer
  • 3 Shakespeare  VHF antennas
  • Airmar Network wind system
  • SeaTel
  • TracVision
  • Video camera in engine room and cockpit (for stern view)
  • Computer data ports connecting laptop to GPS and Satellite Telephone
  • Ritchie compass in pilothouse – SS-2000
  • Weems & Plath barometer & clock
  • Digital antenna
  • Cell phone amp booster



  • KVH TracVision 4 Satellite TV system with RCA receiver
  • Toshiba 26”  LCD TV in saloon
  • Sony DVD in saloon




  • All teak (no Formica)
  • Saloon table with starburst pattern
  • Port side built in cabinetry in lieu of settee



  • Upgraded granite counter tops in galley and heads
  • Sub-zero freezer with Ice Maker 5 cu. Ft.
  • Sub-zero refrigerator 5 cu. ft.
  • Separate GE freezer 5 cu. ft drop in
  • GE Monogram trash compactor
  • Force 10 propane stove and over


  • Pompanette Helm Chair – matching Ultra Leather in pilothouse
  • Splendide 2100 Combination clothes washer/dryer in Pilothouse
  • Red overhead lights
  • Pull out berth
  • Wing engine has double lever controls (not pull sticks)
  • Ritchie compass


  • Custom HMC Mattresses in both cabins
  • Swing out stool at GSR desk
  • Tecma freshwater electric toilet in owner head
  • Groco  manual/electric seawater toilet in guest head
  • Toshiba 26” TV
  • Bi-fold shower door in guest head

Exterior - general

  • Magma propane barbeque with high pressure connection
  • Custom canvas for pilothouse and saloon doors and windows


  • Two Pompanette AS17helm chairs
  • Navigation electronics
  • Furuno radar/plotter and auto pilot
  • Ritchie Compass



  • Coast Guard safety equipment (flares, fire extinguishers, plaques, ship bell, horn, etc., )
  • Sea-fire engine room fire system w/auto engine, generator, blower shut down
  • Sea-fire lazarette fire suppression system with manual pull cable
  • Zodiac A pack 6 person Offshore life raft mounted on PH roof in hard case with hydrostatic release
  •  Fix EPIRB with built-in FPS in hard case with hydrostatic release
  • CCTV Cameras in Engine room and cockpit




Ground tackle and anchoring

  • Maxwell VWC 3500 Windlass
  • Maxwell chain counter in pilothouse
  • 110 lb. Bruce anchor
  • 400 ft. 3/8 BBB Chain
  • Stainless steel heavy duty chain stopper
  • Bow tow eye

Ships tender

  • Avon 10.5’ Rib Inflatable with 15 Nissan outboard, anchor, lines, extra fuel tank
  • Weaver removable Stainless dinghy chocks and tie down system
  • Steelhead davit

Miscellaneous improvements and upgrades

  • 50 Amp splitter
  • 30 Amp shore cords (3)
  • Guest head - Groco Manual Toilet
  •  (2) Flag halyards
  • Extensive spare parts and zinc inventory included
  • Flopper Stopper rig mounted port side
  • Port side exterior handrail
  • Two handrails by engine room vents
  • Extended swim step
  • Stainless steel fender holders on boat deck
  • Scott downrigger
  • Rod holders
  • Sidepower hand held controllers
  • Gray water deck plate pump out
  • Fishing and crabbing gear
  • Additional flood lights on FRP stack



Personal items, tools, clothing, art work.




Earl R is a US Coast Guard Documented Vessel.  All recommended maintenance on machinery and equipment have been completed to manufacturers requirements.  The hull has been cleaned and waxed on a regular basis.  Pride of ownership is evident throughout!


Earl R is loaded and ready to head right back out to sea. The original owner has been meticulous in his care of this fine yacht and all a new owner would need to do is add groceries, top off the fuel tanks and depart for distant shores.  Please contact your Nordhavn sales representative to make arrangements for viewing.  A photo CD with additional detailed shots is available upon request


~~~ LLC Owned! ~~~


Asking:  $695,000
Location:  Portland, OR



The company offers the detail for this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel.  A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated.  This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.