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Nordhavn 55 - "Starfish"








Long range passage maker


18’ DRAFT: 6’4”


P.A.E./South Coast China








Enclosed pilothouse


Gray gelcoat 






Jeff Leishman


Solid Fiberglass


8,500 lbs.


Dry stack, keel cooled   


Lugger 1276A 340BHP




Twin Disc MG5091SC  2.95:1 reduction gear


2,761 @ 8.5 knots 


Cruise 8.5, Top 10.0 knots


Lugger L984D 70 hp   (225 hours)      


25 Hp ABT hydraulic


ABT TRAC 250 digital active fins, anchor flopper stoppers on both sides


Cruisair Air conditioning  


Maxwell 3500 Hydraulic    


(2) Xantrex SW series  


Northern Lights 20 kW (Generator hours: 3391) 


Northern Lights 12 kW (Generator hours: 5922)


Steelhead  1500 lb.

TANKAGE: (approx.)



2,350 gals.


120 gals.


120 gals. 


600 gals


Dana Point, CA




Paul Hutton
email: paul.hutton@nordhavn.com
ph: 949.496.4848


Starfish is a well traveled Nordhavn 55 that has been meticulously cared for and shows very well. She is hull number 16 of the series and benefitted greatly from those hulls that  preceded her. She is among the first 55s to get the FRP hard top over the flybridge. Her original owners (from Europe), had her delivered to FL then had a SCUBA diving focused  trip traveling through the Bahamas, Caribbean on through the Panama Canal and then up the  west coast of Central America and Mexico visiting many of the remote and isolated offshore  islands. Starfish is equipped with the majority of the popular factory options and each system  has been thoroughly exercised and ‘broken in’ so she should be relatively trouble free from the  moment you take off.

With over sixty Nordhavn 55s now launched and our order book for new builds approaching  hulls numbering in the seventies, Starfish represents a unique opportunity where you can buy an extremely well outfitted trawler with an asking price well below the starting base price  for a new boat, and have no waiting time at all.  Her Southern California location makes her  superbly positioned for a tour on north to Alaska, south to Mexico or west to the South Pacific.  Think of the possibilities, a well founded boat, ready to cruise, just add diesel, provisions and your sense of adventure!

The popularity of this magnificent couple’s cruising trawler is as impressive as Starfish is to behold in person. The 55 design has already accomplished Atlantic and Pacific crossings (sisterships) and there are Nordhavn 55s literally spread all over the world. The Nordhavn 55 is an ideal platform for adventurous cruisers who seek the ultimate in a proven passage maker.  

Starfish is available for viewing at our sales docks in Dana Point (world headquarters for  PAE/Nordhavn) and has had new batteries, bottom paint, stabilizer seals, wifi booster and flat screen TV within the last 12 months. Please contact your Nordhavn Sales associate for more details.  


The Nordhavn 55 design is a very large yacht.  Measuring nearly 62' overall she is a hefty yacht with a lot of headroom and a large freeboard balanced by appropriate ballast to keep her on her feet underway. Her systems engineering benefits from the hundreds of ocean crossing 

Nordhavns who precede her and you will be hard pressed to find a better built boat than a Nordhavn anywhere.  And speaking of anywhere, that’s exactly where she is built to take you…comfortably and economically. There is something to say about the advantages of buying  a proven boat that has already been out exploring. Her original owners have kept her active and fully embraced the cruising lifestyle, focusing on SCUBA diving trips and visiting isolated slices of paradise.

If you were to order a new 55 similar to Starfish, your waiting time from now until taking off would easily be longer than one year and the retail comparable pricing would approach or exceed $2,000,000!  Starfish is offered exclusively by Nordhavn, so if you are in the market for a Nordhavn 55 you deserve to give her a very close look. We are the designers, marketers and builders of the Nordhavn line and our depth of knowledge and experience with these fabulous long range cruisers is something that can only be tapped into by working directly with our team  of experienced sales people. Your ultimate satisfaction will be greatly enhanced by your association with PAE/Nordhavn, so please let us show you how we can make all the difference in the world on such an important purchase.



You can board the Nordhavn 55 from the wide swim platform which leads to a centered cockpit door or from her starboard side deck.  When you enter the saloon you will be impressed by the amount of space and luxurious appointments.  The teak joinery is beautiful and includes all teak countertops as well as teak and spruce soles.  You will appreciate her leisure comforts and upon close inspection see that the built-in 46" flat screen television is concealed forward in the galley counter with a custom flush electric lift.  This makes the saloon larger as the port settee is pushed outboard and allows for a larger dining table.  This large saloon is great for relaxing and dining seated on comfortable cushions wrapped with ultra leather.  Forward to port is a bar countertop at the aft end of the galley with three custom teak chairs which also complement the dining table.  The saloon features an extra large permanent teak dinette table to port with L-shaped settee (abundant storage beneath the seating).  To starboard a built-in settee with storage below fronts a custom built-in tall counter height cabinet aft that is ideal for storing underwater scooters and dive camera equipment.  Indirect rope lighting concealed in the valances provides great ambient light. There are nice pull string blinds to provide more privacy. The saloon area, like most of the rooms in the boat, is covered with custom edge-bound carpeting to protect the flooring and give a more comfortable feel.

The saloon transitions into an elegant galley that is a barely noticeable two steps down and features all of the essential galley appliances.  One notable feature is the double basin stainless steel sink.  There is excellent ventilation in the galley provided by an opening port light outboard.  There are plenty of overhead and under counter lockers and drawers for storing everything you need in a proper seagoing galley.   This is a working galley where two people can share the counter space and the subtle tile floor provides a practical touch, one of many little well thought out delights you will find as you continue to learn more about Starfish

At the forward end of the saloon you ascend a flight of steps to arrive in the wheelhouse, or you can open a cabin door that leads to the master.  Also off the galley is a stairway down that leads to the engine room via the utility room (which boasts a top load freezer and separate front loading clothes washer and clothes dryer).


Entering the Master by continuing forward from the galley makes for a single level layout that is one of the most appealing features of the 55 design (with both of the master stateroom doors open you have all of the living spaces essentially on one level).  For privacy the Galley to Master door can be closed and then other crew aboard would need to go up and down through the pilothouse stairs to reach the forward Guest cabin.   The large king sized island berth in the Master runs athwartship featuring a soft upholstery headboard and providing plenty of walking space and bed stand counters on both sides. The 32" Samsung flat screen television on the starboard inboard bulkhead perpendicular to the bed makes it convenient to watch movies.   The screen allows duplicating the main navigation computer from the pilothouse (MaxSea). On the right side of the bed, there is one FURUNO RD30 multifunctional display with various functions.   There are opening port lights outboard to port and the Master stateroom, like the rest of the living spaces, is comfortably air conditioned.  A special opening hatch forward ducts to the Portuguese bridge walk way providing natural light and creating a protected air flow…a huge plus at anchor.  There is a mirror on the forward bulkhead as well as a pair built into the head cabin door. The soles are teak and spruce.

The Master connects to a large Head to starboard, which includes the upgraded shower option forward and a nice head with a proper sink and counter.  There are mirrors, drawers, a medicine locker and plenty of room for his and hers toiletries.  Again, practical tile floors add a decorative flair.


The Nordhavn 55 Wheelhouse is huge and the view is spectacular.  There is an expansive navigation console with overhead panels and below window dash panels logically outfitted with all of the necessary control panels needed to operate StarfishThe Stidd helm chair is the best seat in the house creating a very comfortable perch for your time on watch.  The windows and outboard Dutch Doors are all Diamond Sea/Glaze commercial strength. There is a large L-shaped bench seat fronted by a beautiful teak table that is the perfect place for “back seat” drivers and ideal for catching a bite to eat while enjoying the incredible panoramic view. 

The helm dash features a large stainless steel destroyer steering wheel. The main engine, wing engine and both generator control panels are positioned for straight forward monitoring as are all of the other key systems display heads.  There is a practical electric island that extends aft from the starboard side of the dash area and houses all of the DC and AC breakers plus the air conditioning select breakers and more. 
All of the ships electrical distribution panels are hinged for access to wiring.  

Starfish was ordered with the upgraded hydraulics package which requires the Lugger main and wing along with an ABT PTO package and hydraulic bow and stern thrusters each operated by proportional controls. There is also a hydraulic windlass on the bow, a chain wash down and an emergency bilge pump – all hydraulic – this is an expensive and very useful package that is rare on a 55.

Starfish is maneuvered with the convenient installation of three docking stations which include MMC electric controls for the main engine plus joy sticks for the bow and stern thrusters.  There is an extensive collection of navigational electronics selected to include all necessities for long range coastal cruising and ocean passages.  The forward overhead is black Majelite to reduce glare and the flooring is all vinyl Lonseal which is especially comfortable with bare feet.

Captain’s Cabin:

All the way aft along the port side of the wheelhouse is an isolated captain’s cabin, ideally situated as a third stateroom that includes a wide double bed and storage.  This cabin is situated conveniently near the action while at the same time secluded in privacy.   There are also drapes on all of the windows.

Pilothouse Day Head:

Aft to starboard is one of the best features of the 55, a pilothouse head with toilet and sink for use by the captain and/or on watch crew.  It also serves as a convenient day head due to its close proximity to the saloon. 

Fronting the pilothouse is a Portuguese bridge deck from which you can go up and aft to port to reach the boat deck and flybridge, or out to starboard for a quick forward turn to the foredeck or face aft to walk along the covered side deck on your way back to the cockpit. 

Forward stairway:

The wheelhouse has a nicely curved staircase forward that leads to the master and guest staterooms.  This stairwell is beautifully varnished teak with a stainless steel handrail and Lonseal inlaid steps for good traction. The stairwell includes lockers outboard to starboard.


All the way forward in the boat is a cleverly designed cabin with a centerline bulkhead that separates a double bed to port from a custom raised single bed with two large storage lockers underneath to starboard (replacing the common desk and swivel chair to starboard).  There are two doors forward to the head and shower.  The stateroom has a centerline divider which includes a double sliding door for sleeping privacy to port and also boasts a swinging portion forward that, when pivoted forward to starboard, converts this area into one large suite.  The forward head and shower area includes a sink and huge medicine cabinet.  There is plenty of light and two overhead opening hatches for ventilation in this magnificent forward area. 

Forward head and shower:

The forward head has an overhead hatch and two cabin doors.  A granite counter with sink and a cavernous medicine cabinet is located to starboard.  A good sized shower with bi-fold door and a Raritan freshwater toilet are separated by a nice tile floor.  

The Basement:

Beneath the guest stateroom is huge equipment and storage cellar, a “hidden” area that is accessed by a hinged floor hatch.  You descend a sturdy ladder to find the bow thruster forward and all of the ship’s fresh water components including water heater, water pump, two water makers and an extensive fresh water manifold system.  This is a bonus work area divided into four chambers.  The forward bow chamber is the location for the hydraulic bow thruster and hydraulic anchor wash pump.  Chamber two has been outfitted with custom shelves outboard to store all kinds of spares.   The third/entrance chamber has a fantastic work bench to port complete with a vice.  This is 6' of standing headroom for working (with an extra bright overhead light) and all of the tools are outlined with their mounting locations on the surrounding bulkheads.  All tools stay with StarfishThe aft chamber is fresh water central with TWO Village Marine STW 800 water makers plus the hot water heater and more shelves for storage.  The entire overhead is finished in perforated sheeting to match the engine room. This is a surprisingly large area that houses extra supplies and provisions complemented by extra built-in shelving and the set up of a work bench with vice and tools storage that is one of the many highlights of Starfish.  



Descending the curved stairway (with Lonseal treads) from the Galley you arrive in the Utility room.  This is a forward antechamber for the engine room and includes a large storage locker, a top load freezer below a stainless steel topped working counter with a separate front loading clothes washer and front loading clothes dryer outboard on each side. There is a large storage locker as well as a proper first aid chest and defibrillator. You can access the port stabilizer actuator through a locker door and the starboard stabilizer actuator from the hinged stairway steps. 


The engine room is fronted by a thick gasketed Diamond Sea Glaze door with inspection window.  The large Lugger 1276A primary engine is on centerline.  Immediately to starboard upon entry is the gravity fed supply tank which receives fuel from the four main fuel tanks and distributes to the main engine and the generators (note: the wing engine has its own supply tank).  On the starboard fuel tank bulkhead the plumbing manifolds for fuel return and fuel transfer are neatly arranged.  There is also an oil change system installed.  The port outboard bulkhead comprises the mounting location for the extensive hydraulics package.

There is a proprietary dual inlet sea chest located on centerline beneath the main engine shaft which provides cooling water for the wing engine, generator, air conditioning, etc.

Aft on the starboard side is the Lugger wing engine and day tank.  

Aft to port is the Northern Lights 20kW generator.   The floor panels are designed with removable lids in key areas for access to service and inspection. 
All the way aft is a door to the lazarette which is a great feature since it provides underway access to the steering, inverter and batteries without having to go on deck. 
The spaciousness in the engine room for getting around and observing provides the crew with areas to stand and/or sit making this vital area of the boat extraordinarily inviting. 


Located beneath the aft deck cockpit, the lazarette is accessed via a massive fiberglass deck hatch (or can be “tunneled” to from the engine room).  The dual hydraulic steering is located aft and there is also an emergency tiller mounted.  There are several through hulls – all easy to get to.  Twin Xantex SW series inverter/battery chargers, new AC Delco batteries, hydraulic stern thruster, air conditioning and davit control motor are all neatly installed for secure operation.  An optional second 12kW Northern Light generator is mounted to port and an incredible Bauer/Brownies NITROX Scuba air automatic compressor is also installed.  This important space is protected by a built-in Sea Fire system. There is also a spare freezer and six SCUBA tank brackets. This lazarette is a working space that is easy to get around in for routine maintenance and inspection.   



Starfish was ordered with the optional swim platform extension that makes for a great platform behind the cockpit allowing a nice dock for arriving by dinghy, a great place to jump in for a swim and a convenient way to board the boat via dock from either side.   There is even an extra rail socket so you can turn one of the U rails fore/aft to make getting on and off the platform easier. The swim step platform also features a hot/cold freshwater shower for convenient washing off. The extra sturdy swim step offers a safe way to board with fins and tanks on. For extra safety there is a u/w camera fitted to allow the captain to monitor the water area.


The cockpit allows an area for relaxing and also incorporates a nice curved stairway up to the boat deck. Forward there is a fiberglass console with a locker. Access to the lazarette is provided by a huge hatch and you can also walk forward on the covered starboard side deck all the way to the foredeck. On the starboard and aft railings there are four “Roll-Control” diving tank holders, conveniently placed next to the locker containing the four air/NITROX filling manifolds. There is a flopper stopper mounted on both sides, port and starboard. There is a boarding door aft and also one amidships on the starboard side for easy dock traffic mobility.   


The Foredeck is entered from the centerline of the Portuguese bridge via a beautifully engineered hinged door.   You have shore power connections up here and a field of deck hatches which provide natural airflow into the forward stateroom and head.   Fresh water hose bib in the Foredeck entry way door steps. The ground tackle arrangement allows for two anchors and includes an upgraded hydraulic windlass and a cavernous chain locker secured by a commercial grade Freeman hatch. 


The boat deck, where the tender is stored, is accessed by ascending the stairway from the cockpit or by coming aft along the port side from the pilothouse.  This large deck is directly over the saloon and provides a huge landing pad for the ships tender.  There is a Steelhead SM 1500R crane installed for launching and retrieving the 13.5' Nautica wide body rigid inflatable.  Forward to starboard is a fiberglass deck box which contains a gasoline fuel tank and dispensing nozzle with pump for easy refills of the launch. With the Nautica down, the chocks can be removed and the big open area offers plenty of space for relaxing and enjoying the sun with the two recliner lounges.


Clearly a highlight of the 55 is the view from the flybridge, this is a wonderful place to operate the yacht and also a great place to relax and enjoy your anchorage. There are two Todd helm chairs forward of a fiberglass lunch table with built-in bench. Just next to the stack, there is a built-in locker with a powerful Force 10 propane BBQ.  All essential navigation gear is installed for simplicity of operation underway and this is actually an ideal place to get a great perspective while docking.  There is a fiberglass Bimini hard top to keep the sun and rain away. The storage area underneath the forward coaming is huge. 



  1. Lugger 1276A main engine (keel cooled with dry stack exhaust) with a Twin Disc transmission on a 2.95:1 reduction gear spinning a four bladed propeller

  2. Spurs line cutter on main engine shaft

  3. Lugger L-984D 70 HP wing engine with folding Gori propeller and 10-gallon day tank 

  4. ABT Trac #250 digital active fin stabilization

  5. ABT 25 Hp hydraulic bow thruster

  6. ABT 25 Hp hydraulic stern thruster

  7. Cruisair air conditioning with five zones– saloon, pilothouse, master and guest stateroom.  This system includes reverse cycle heating when warm air is desired.

  8. SeaFire fire suppression system for engine room and lazarette

  9. 9Reverso oil changer for main, wing and generators

  10. Dual inlet sea chest for raw water cooling

  11. Racor fuel polishing filter with fuel transfer manifold

  12. Bauer Capitano II/DV-E1 SCUBA dive compressor,  6.0 SCFM, 5000 PSIG

  13. Brownies – Nitrox membrane system, four filling manifolds in cockpit locker

  14. Nutone central vacuum system 

  15. Underwater lighting


  1. Two Xantrex pure sine wave inverters with battery charger

  2. Victron Centaur battery charger

  3. Marinco TV/Phone inlet 

  4. Northern Lights 20 kW Generator

  5. 5. Northern Lights 12 kW Generator

  6. AC electrical system includes Galvanic isolator and Isolation transformer

  7. Shore power connections in cockpit and on foredeck

  8. Two (2) 50' 50 amp shore power cord

  9. Lightning ground system

  10. SSB ground with dyna plate


  1. Fresh water deck wash down at bow, stern, engine room, boat deck and flybridge

  2. Scandvik cockpit shower

  3. Raritan fresh water electric toilets in heads

  4. Two (2) Village Marine STW 800-gallon-per-day water makers

  5. GE dishwasher

  6. SubZero 700TC refrigerator

  7. SubZero freezer drawers with icemaker

  8. 30" GE Profile gas cook top with four burners

  9. GE electric oven

  10. GE Monogram trash compactor

  11. Built-in custom spice rack

  12. GE Profile convection microwave oven

  13. Nespresso coffee maker (with cartridges)

  14. Bosch clothes washer and Bosch clothes dryer (both front loading)

  15. Kenmore deep freezer in lazarette

  16. 1 Propane built-in BBQ in flybridge fiberglass module 

  17. Pantry lockers and drawers


  1. 2 VEI MARCI IV networked Mini Computer, new 2011, with Max Sea and weather software for redundant charting and plotting

  2. Two separately plumbed Simrad AP-26 auto pilots

  3. 2 Accu-Steer HPU 100-24 hydraulic steering pumps for auto pilots

  4. 2 Simrad FU 25 follow up lever in pilothouse and flybridge

  5. 2 Furuno NavNet blackbox navigations systems:
    navigation system, networked, black box, with 12kW 6' open array Radar, GPS, C-Map NT Max chart cartridge
    1934C navigation system, networked, black box, with 4kW 3.5'open array Radar, GPS, C-Map NT Max chart cartridge

  6. Furuno GP1920C blackbox Chartplotter  

  7. Three (3) 17" NEC color monitors

  8. Furuno FA 150 AIS

  9. Furuno black box dual frequency sounder

  10. Furuno SC50 satellite compass and WAAS GPS

  11. Two (2) Furuno RD30 multifunction displays

  12. Closed circuit TV cameras (5) locations: stack, steps to lazzarette, engine room, underwater to swim-steps and vertically down to spot exact locations for dive-sites

  13. SSB-Furuno FS1503 single sideband radio

  14. FURUNO FAX30 BB Weatherfax, networked

  15. Icom M-602 all channel VHF radio with loudhailers

  16. Nera F55 satellite transmitter/receiver (phone/internet) – phone not working at present

  17. AIRMAR NMEA weather station (displayed on RD30 units)

  18. Ritchie compass

  19. 19. Stidd helm chair 

  20. Flo Scan diesel fuel monitoring

  21. Two (2) Village Marine water maker control panels

  22. Hydraulics control panel

  23. NVTi night vision camera

  24. Guest search light

  25. Bose DVD player

  26. Maxwell 500C automatic anchor windlass control

  27. Lugger main engine has auxiliary panel and Murphy gauge

  28. ABT TRAC active fins stabilizer panel

  29. ABT hydraulic bow and stern thruster proportional controls

  30. Mathers electronic engine controls with three total control stations-pilothouse, flybridge and starboard Portuguese flybridge

  31. IPOD connections throughout the boat with in-room speakers

  32. Bose Lifestyle stereo system


  1. 400 feet 1/2" HT chain

  2. 140 lb. Delta plow anchor

  3. 55 lb. spare anchor & chain & rope

  4. Removable stainless steel Weaver dinghy deck chocks mounts  and webbing tie downs with Wichard folding pad eyes

  5. Nautica RIB 13.5' rigid inflatable with center console with cover

  6. Yamaha four stroke 60 HP outboard 

  7. 40-gallon (approximately) gasoline tank and dispenser for tender in fiberglass module

  8. Sunbrella canvas covers for hatches and windows

  9. Fiberglass Bimini hard top

  10. Fiberglass module on flybridge with Force 10 propane BBQ

  11. Two (2)  Todd helm chairs on flybridge

  12. Ritchie compass

  13. Furuno GP1920C Black Box Chart Plotter

  14. Furuno NavNet 15" color LCD remote display for MARCI or FURUNO units 

  15. Furuno RD30 Multifunction Display on flybridge

  16. Simrad AP 26 Autopilot on flybridge

  17. Simrad FU 25 follow up lever on flybridge

  18. Icom IC-M504 VHF on flybridge, with Mic in Pilothouse, new in 2011

  19. ABT Stabilizer - searchlight - anchor – camera - controls on flybridge

  20. Additional stainless steel handrails

  21. Portuguese bridge stainless steel handrail 

  22. Drink and binocular holders on flybridge

  23. Flag halyards

  24. Folding mountain bike in canvas case

  25. Three (3) Sea Doo explorer underwater diving scooters  

  26. An incredible assortment of SCUBA dive gear (including a custom drying locker in the stairs from the cockpit to boat deck)

  27. Large teak ensign staff (varnished) 

  28. Starboard side docking station on Portuguese bridge with engine and thruster controls, horn and windlass toggle

  29. Extended swim platform with hot and cold fresh water shower

  30. “Dive” ladder with extra socket for U rail positioning convenience

  31. Hot/cold freshwater cockpit shower conveniently mounted on swim step

  32. Two recliner lounges on boat deck

  33. Custom teak “seat” on bow pulpit – a very popular place to view porpoise!


  1. Custom window covers for all windows and master hatches

  2. Custom enlarged king size bed in Master stateroom

  3. Custom carpeting in salon

  4. Safe plus two (2) lock-boxes in owner’s stateroom

  5. Designer accent pieces throughout

  6. Oceanair screen/shades on hatches

  7. 42" flat screen TV on remote control lift in main salon

  8. 32" flat screen TV mounted in master stateroom


  1. Winslow 6-man offshore life raft (with EPIRB and SART rescue transponder and manual watermaker unit) on boat deck in Pelican case

  2. First aid kit (extensive) in Utility room

  3. EPIRB on flybridge

  4. Extensive paper navigation charts

  5. All USCG safety equipment

EXCLUSIONS:  Some artwork, (including bronze African fish in MSR, bronze lizard and clay lion in saloon), plus owner’s personal effects and clothing will be removed prior to closing.



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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