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Nordhavn 43 "Posada"




44’ 6”


38’ 4”


Long Range passage maker


14’ 10”


4’ 11”



Hull Material:



Nordhavn 43


Enclosed Pilothouse with flybridge


Jeff Leishman


Gray with black stripes


Lugger L1066T 170 HP

Bottom Paint:


Engine Hours:

753 hours


54,540 lbs.


3000 NM @7.5 knots


Dry Stack/keel cooled


Cruise 7.8 knots – Max



Wing Engine:

Yanmar 3GM30FV (installed 2010)

Wing Engine Hours:



Maxwell 3500


Northern Lights 9 kW


ABT TRAC 220’s

Generator Hours:

161 hours


Trace 2512SW pure sine wave

Climate Control:



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


Hurricane Diesel heater (45,000 BTU)

Bow Thruster:

Side Power 8 HP

Stern Thruster:

Side Power 8 HP




1200 gals.


Black: 50 gallons
Gray: 50 gallons
Water: 300 gallons


Seattle, WA




Don Kohlmann (WA)
email: Don Kohlmann
phone: 206.223.3624

Rarely has a couple’s passage maker ever been rendered with such sea keeping purpose as the Nordhavn 43.  The 43 is a live aboard trawler with a classic two stateroom design featuring ensuite heads with showers for the utmost in privacy.  For underway ease of operation her raised pilothouse provides a majestic view of your surroundings, comfortably perched in a custom helm chair with all of the necessary instrumentation in reach.    The galley and saloon are one large room divided by counter space and includes a dinette table for six with additional seating to port.  The galley layout is U-shaped so that cooking underway is simple and efficient, and you are secure in even the roughest seaway.

The on deck layout includes a spacious cockpit with a starboard side deck that provides access from the transom to the Portuguese bridge and then on to the foredeck.   A handful of 43s have opted for the flybridge option, a great place to drive and a wonderful place to relax when at anchor.  Her boat deck provides room for a sizable tender and other water toys.

The 43 was designed with ideas developed during the 2001 world cruise by a Nordhavn 40 and her hull form and standard equipment selection boasts many of the sought after features of her predecessor in this size range, the Nordhavn 46.   The deep freezer in the saloon and port / starboard cockpit boarding doors show just two of the little improvements over her similarly sized predecessors that make the 43 stand out in function and utility.

“Posada” is hull number six of the series and was ordered by an experienced cruising couple who were ready to fold up their sails, but not ready to give up on the lifestyle afforded by traveling on their own to adventurous locations.   Many of the equipment selections were a first for this model and often copies by later orders including Tecma toilets, the Viking range and …

After nearly three years of ownership a change in course is in store and “Posada” has been listed for sale.  She is located in Sidney, BC – poised for travel up to Alaska and for excursions to the Gulf and San Juan Islands – ideally positioned for a Northwest couple seeking to explore these pristine waters.

After construction and while being commissioned a Hurricane diesel heating system was installed to supplement her air conditioning and ensure optimum climate control for both the sunny days of summer and the colder winter times.  Also epoxy barrier coat was applied before bottom paint and Propspeed was added to the running gear during the May 2007 haul out.  “Posada” has been beautifully maintained and regularly used – a vacation escape for weeks at a time before coming home to get refreshed.

If you are interested in a turn-key 43 that has an outstanding equipment selection and is broken in and trouble free this may be the boat you have been waiting for.

Your first impression when approaching “Posada” is her graceful lines highlighted by her flybridge.   “Posada” has a gray hull with contrasting white deck that sparkles. The stainless and gelcoat are shiny and have been regularly polished to perfection.  Entering from either cockpit door you will appreciate her varnished cap rail, a small touch of yachting elegance.  The cockpit is roomy and has a wide hatch that opens to her lazarette.  In the lazarette you will discover the Hurricane heater, hot water heater, batteries and stern thruster, Village Marine water maker, Water Fixer U/V whole boat water purifier, Mastervolt supplemental backup charger, Trace Inverter and inverter bypass.

Entering into the saloon through the commercial strength Dutch door you can’t help but smile at the beautiful teak joinery.  “Posada” was ordered with extra teak below cushion height and her teak and spruce wood floors are covered with a nicely patterned edge bound carpet.  To port is the built in settee covered with….tan Ultraleather (the upholstery of choice throughout). The starboard dining area includes a custom ordered teak hi-low table – great for serving meals and equally efficient as a cocktail table.   There is a flat screen television mounted aft to port which can be viewed from the saloon and galley – another first for a 43.  The galley counter has been upgraded to a brown granite and/most all of the galley appliances were ordered with a brushed stainless steel surface.  Entering the galley the epicurean Viking stove will catch your attention – installed outboard for cooking ease she has been the source of many great meals aboard.

Heading forward up a short flight of steps you ascend to the pilothouse.  The navigation and communications electronics have been carefully thought out and appropriately placed for simplicity of operation.  The custom ordered Stidd helm chair looks like it has never been used, but make no mistake about it, the comfort and security it provides has been a pleasurable perch for all who have guided her.   The pilothouse has incredible visibility and also features a watch berth aft.

Going down the stairs to the living area you will pass a storage locker on the way to the stairway landing.  Forward is the guest stateroom which features a double berth with a memory foam top pad to port and desk with swing out stool to starboard. What you won’t see is an example of the thought putting in to the build to maximize efficiency.  Under the mattress is a divided locker and special ordered floor to provide additional storage of gear.  Forward is the guest head and shower.

The master stateroom aft is a great place to sleep.  There is an athwartship island bed with a top quality HMC custom mattress with hanging lockers and bed stands on each side.  Little details like the raised reading lights and a Furuno navigation repeater show the carry over of “things that work” from her owner’s experiences at sea on their offshore cruising sailboat.  The master head and shower are perfectly situated to port and the shower seat lifts up for access to the active fin stabilizer.

At the aft end of the master a large teak paneled door leads to the engine room. “Posada”, again thinking ahead, was built with the upgraded tier II compliant electronic Lugger main engine (L1066T) the first 43 to do so.   The engine is hemmed by a stainless railing and includes a work tray mounted on top.  Aft to port is the Yanmar wing engine and aft to starboard is her 9.0 kW Northern Lights generator.  This is an engine room that has seen regular visits and all routine maintenance has been conducted on time with a log book cataloging the various oil and filter changes that have occurred during ownership.

Back up top the Portuguese bridge deck includes SS custom hand rail the shore power inlets to starboard – at the transition of the walking side deck.  Another smart addition was the installation of a pump out deck fitting for the gray water tank.  Forward up to the foredeck is a 110 lb. Bruce anchor and an additional 35 lb. Delta anchor.  Additionally, taking a tip from the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally boats, “Posada” is fitted with a tether line that is attached to the towing bit mounted just above the waterline which doubles as a scope reduction snubber line at anchor and from which you could deploy a sea anchor. 

The boat deck has a 10ft Caribe tender with 20 HP Honda outboard nicely mounted on Weaver removable chocks (C-1204 multi swivel) with levered tie downs.  The painted aluminum mast supports the dry stack exhaust pipe and her boom is outfitted with electric winches (spooled with spectra line and fitted with launch assist cleats) to make dinghy launch and retrieval simple. 

The flybridge has two matching Pompanette custom seats and is covered with a Trevor Streech designed fixed stainless Bimini top.  One idea suggested by the listing broker is a custom “rumble seat” built into the aft starboard rails – this is a fun place to sit and actually has become an addition to the factory options sheet (as have many other of the innovative ideas selected for the build of “Posada”) .  All of the essentials for navigating are installed and both bow and stern thruster joy sticks are placed for ease in docking.

“Posada” has provided a wonderful platform for enjoying the power cruising lifestyle.  Putting her up for sale is something that these original owners admit is bittersweet, but the opportunity to purchase her and take off to pursue your own dreams is available.  Seeing “Posada” in person will surely confirm for you that she is an impeccable representative of an ideal Nordhavn 43.

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

  • Flybridge with upgraded seating and stainless steel Bimini cover

  • Lugger L1066T – electronic engine

  • Remote Lugger electronic display (Murphy gauges) mounted in wheelhouse and engine room.

  • Lugger display in pilothouse has auxiliary control panel – oil temp, oil pressure and boost pressure

  • Stainless steel rail around engine with tool tray on top

  • Mathers electronic controls (single lever throttle and shift) on flybridge and in pilothouse

  • Side Power 12V 8HP Bow Thruster

  • Side Power 12V 8HP Stern Thruster

  • Wireless remote for bow and stern thrusters

  • American Bow Thruster TRAC 220 active fin stabilizers – keel cooled

  • Reverso Oil Change System for main, main transmission, generator and coiled for wing engine

  • Spurs line cutter on main shaft

  • Yanmar Wing Engine 3YM30FV with Martec 3 blade feathering propeller         (note: special request on exhaust run that was emulated on following hulls)

  • Morse controls in lieu of pull sticks for wing engine operation

  • Fuel valves added to wing engine day tank to be able to polish or return to fuel manifold

  • Racor fuel filters have metal pet cocks for draining on bottom of bowl

  • Upgrade, oversize fuel polishing system with higher capacity Oberdorfer 180 gallon/hour pump with larger Racor 1000 filter and capability and valves to transfer out fuel from 10 gal wing tank

  • 9 kW Northern Lights generator with sound enclosure

  • Fireboy engine room fire system with auto engine, generator, blower shut down

  • Fireboy lazarette fire suppression system with manual pull cable

  • Security lock from engine room for lazarette hatch

  • Trace 2512SW Pure Sine Inverter

  • Link 10 battery monitor

  • 2 Extra 8D house batteries

  • Isolation transformers on each shore power line

  • Lightning ground plate wired to masthead

  • SSB and copper tape from hull mounted Dynaplate to wheelhouse

  • Extra outlets (12v in pilothouse, 120v on boat deck)

  • (5) Hella fans throughout the boat

  • Cruisair Air Conditioning (3 X 16,000 BTU) reverse cycle with SMX digital controls

  • Hurricane 45,000 BTU diesel powered heating system (6 zones and PH defrost)

  • Village Marine STW-800 800gallon/day Watermaker and UV WaterFixer sterilizer with 2 additional pre-filters (charcoal and 5 micron pleated)

  • 11 gallon Hot Water Tank

  • Larger fresh water system accumulator tank – SP1

  • Fresh water wash down both forward and aft

  • Fresh water spigot in engine room

  • Saltwater wash down in cockpit and foredeck – Sureflo Pro Blaster

  • Electric (Sealand pump) on black water tank plus a manual pump

  • Y fitting on Galley sink for direct overboard discharge



  • Furuno 1953C/NT 6 kW radar/plotter w/ 4’ open array and 10.4” color display

  • Furuno 1833C/NT 4 kW radar plotter w/ 24” closed array Radome and 10.4” color display

  • Nobletec AIS receiver

  • Flybridge Furuno GP1900 10.4” color display

  • Navionics cards (Mexico to Alaska )

  • Includes Furuno Sounder/Fish finder

  • Furuno RD 30 remote display in Pilot House

  • Furuno GP32 GPS receiver

  • Furuno Nav Pilot 500

  • Remote tether control for Simrad Robertson autopilot

  • Accusteer HRP 13 Reversing Auto Pilot with two pumps

  • Icom SSB M802 single side band with Icom tuner

  • 17’ Galaxy antenna for SSB

  • (1) Icom M-602VHF radio with hailer

  • (1) Icom M-604VHF radio

  • (2) Shakespeare  VHF antennas

  • B&G Network wind system

  • Raymarine Network Quad display with ultrasonic speed sensor

  • Globalstar Satellite Telephone w/ marine docking station, handset and data port

  • Video camera in engine room and cockpit (for stern view)

  • Computer data ports connecting laptop to GPS and Satellite Telephone

  • Ritchie compass in pilothouse and flybridge – SS-2000

  • Weathertech STX 7000 weather monitor

  • Digital Antenna for cell phone amplification

  • Wi-fi set up with router and antenna for wireless connection to Broadband Express

  • Ships library includes 30 plus Pacific Northwest cruising travel and guide books


  • Seatel Satellite TV system with Tivo/Direct TV receiver/recorder

  • Sharp 26” Aquos LCD TV in saloon

  • Sharp 20” Aquos LCD TV in master stateroom

  • Sharp 13” Aquos LCD TV in pilothouse

  • Bose Lifestyle Surround Sound Entertainment System with built in hard drive in saloon

  • Alpine XM/FM/AM iPod stereo system

  • TV/phone inlet shore connection


Interior - general

  • Teak and holly floors throughout

  • Upgraded interior décor with custom carpeting throughout

  • Custom Ultra Leather upholstery throughout boat  in “Champagne” color

  • Numerous custom overhead  and side stainless steel rails for interior safety

  • Upgraded granite counter tops in galley and heads


  • Added teak hand rail in overhead

  • Custom teak inlaid Scott Boyle dinette high low table

  • White Formica on saloon below cushion faces upgraded to varnished teak

  • Overhead lights on dimmer switch

  • Additional 12v outlets mounted for portable spot light

  • All saloon windows are sliding type for maximum natural air flow

  • Custom Duette blinds in main saloon

  • Custom screen on saloon door

  • Custom mounting for TV and cabinet for components in saloon

  • Upgrade door for access from saloon to storage area in galley

  • Custom overhead teak rail in saloon for safety


  • Upgraded granite counter tops in galley (and heads)

  • Sub-zero refrigerator/freezer with Ice Maker

  • Sub-zero refrigerator

  • Separate GE freezer

  • Viking V6iC24 24” 4 burner stove and oven

  • Stainless steel door on microwave oven

  • Trash Compactor

  • Quality Denby dishware

  • All cookware, glasses and utensils are brand name high quality and included


  • Stidd Helm Chair – matching Ultra Leather in pilothouse with cup holder

  • Combination washer/dryer in Pilothouse (Splendide vented – larger model #2100, 1.92 cu. ft.)

  • Overhead lights on dimmer switch

  • Deleted fiddles on pilothouse table (easier on forearms)

  • Added stainless steel overhead handrail centerline in pilothouse

  • (2) additional 120 V outlets installed

  • (2) additional 12V outlets installed

  • Custom screens on pilothouse doors

  • Two red lights in overhead with separate circuit and wall switch


  • Master stateroom overhead lights are directional with switches

  • Bulkhead lights in Master are raised and on a separate circuit

  • Custom HMC Mattress in owners’ cabin

  • Furuno 1710 installed in MSR with 7” color display

  • Three Additional  110v outlets installed a) above existing wall switch on forward hanging locker, b) near mirror in Master head, c) in Master head near standard outlet

  • Upgraded Ultra Leather covered swing out stool at Guest stateroom desk

  • GSR mattress covered with Royal Blue fabric and with memory foam top pad

  • Custom storage arrangement under GSR berth to make area more efficient

  • Tecma Silence Plus freshwater electric toilets in owners and guest heads

Exterior - general

  • Additional locker door in cockpit added for more storage

  • Port side stainless steel rail above saloon windows

  • Two stainless steel handrails installed by engine room vents in cockpit

  • Custom canvas for pilothouse and saloon doors and windows

  • Custom canvas covers for dinghy,  hatches and windlass

  • Deck box on boat deck with lock

  • Fixed stainless frame and fiberglass container for 6 person Winslow life raft


  • life vests (total of 8 – 4 inflatable, 4 jackets)

  • Coast Guard safety equipment (flares, fire extinguishers, plaques, ship bell, horn, etc., )

  • Fireboy engine room and lazarette fire suppression systems

  • Four storm plates for saloon windows

  • Winslow 6 person Super-Light Offshore life raft mounted on stainless frame in hard case


  • For safety, extra outside handrails

  • radar reflector mounted to mast

  • Guest Beamer searchlight with remote control in pilothouse and at flybridge

  • Cameras in Engine room and cockpit

  • high water bilge pump – Rule 3700

  • Safety throw ring

  • Lifesling

  • Galvanic isolators

  • (2) Fireboy carbon monoxide detectors

  • Tri-Lens radar reflector


Ground tackle and anchoring

  • Maxwell VWC 3500 Windlass

  • Maxwell chain counter at flybridge and pilothouse

  • 110 lb. Bruce anchor with snubber system

  • 400 ft. 3/8” Hi- Test Chain

  • Stainless steel heavy duty chain stopper

  • Stainless steel bow tow eye installed on lower stem above waterline

  • Divided chain locker with second deck pipe for secondary rode

  • Second rode (250’  ¾” nylon?? with 35’ chain??) and anchor (Delta 35)

  • Third rode  (100’ 5/8” line)

  • Stern line/tie 630’ 3/8” yellow polypropylene

  • Anchor retrieval system

  • Dinghy tow line with float

  • Custom Flopper Stopper rig with stainless steel folding plate

  • Misc top quality braided lines

  • Mooring line – 40ft+

  • Additional Custom anchoring bridle

  • Piling pole line hook

  • Easy Docker Hook and line for docking


  • Extra fenders (total of 8) and dock lines

  • 12’ Telescoping boat hook

Ships tender

  • Caribe 10’3” C10 RIB with Honda 20 HP outboard, lines, extra fuel tank

  • Weaver removable stainless steel dinghy chocks and tie down system

  • Custom boom controls to facilitate dinghy launching

  • Boom winches re-spooled with high strength Spectra line


  • Two Pompanette helm chairs

  • Custom Stainless steel fixed Bimini top

  • Maxwell chain counter

  • Furuno Chart plotter/radar

  • 2-Icom VHF radios w/access to PH base station radios

  • Side Power Thruster controls B&S

  • Searchlight controls

  • Simrad A/P controls

  • Raymarine multi-display repeater (wind/depth/speed etc)

  •  2-Bose speakers w/volume control

  • 12 volt plug

  • Trac Stabilizer controls

  • Horn

  • Ritchie compass

  • Custom “rumble seat” aft to starboard built into stainless steel rails

Miscellaneous improvements and upgrades

  • 50 Amp splitter

  • 30 Amp shore cords (2)

  • Stainless steel handrail atop Portuguese bridge coaming

  • Upgrade Guest head to Tecma fresh water electric flush

  • Hoover “Fair” Bag less with Power Nozzle Vacuum cleaner

  • Shop Vac 1 gal/1 HP

  • US flag with stainless steel pennant

  • Deck plate added for pump out of gray water waste

  • Non-skid added to outboard hull to deck top surface port side of Portuguese bridge for safely walking out to saloon side windows for cleaning

  • Extensive spare parts included

  • Stainless cockpit coat rack for hanging foul weather gear

  • Scandvik hot and cold freshwater cockpit shower

  • Backing plates were glassed in to the boat deck recesses for the possible future addition of paravanes

Nordhavn 43 posada
Interior Drawing



Personal items, tools, clothing.


Additional photos are available soon, please request them.  “Posada” is a US Coast Guard Documented Vessel. The sellers are meticulous in their care and have been careful to stay well ahead on all maintenance and servicing of equipment.

“Posada” is a beautiful Nordhavn 43 flybridge that has been well looked after and will provide her new owners with a turn-key experience.  Please contact your Nordhavn sales representative to make arrangements for viewing.

Location: Seattle, WA


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.


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