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Nordhavn 40 "Starlit"




Nordhavn 40 Hull #66


Long range passage maker


Jeff Leishman


P.A.E./Pacific Seacraft USA





Hull Material:



2,500 miles at 7 knots


42 with swim platform extension


35’ – 5”


14’ – 6”


5’ – 2”


50,000 lbs.

Ballast – internal lead:

4,000 lbs.

Engine – Main (hours):

Deere Mdl 4045TFM75 105-hp (1380 hrs.)

Engine – Wing Yanmar:

3YM30 (30-hp) hours 28 


920 US gals.


220 US gals.

Holding Tank:

68 US gals.

Generator (hours):

Northern Lights 9KW (462 hrs.)


ABT 200 active fins  (serviced 7/17)




Seattle, WA

Listing Broker:

Don Kohlmann
email: don.kohlmann@nordhavn.com
cell: 206.708.5770
office: 206.223.3624

For more information, please contact your Nordhavn sales person or the office nearest you.





“Starlit” is a comfortable, gem of a Pacific Northwest Nordhavn 40.  She is equipped with a flybridge, custom extended swim step, Hurricane diesel heat, Naiad stabilizers, and paravane stabilizers. 

She is hull #66 in the Nordhavn 40 series — perhaps the most capable 40-foot passagemaking powerboat ever designed.  She has a solid fiberglass hull, internal ballast, propeller protected in aperture, John Deere main engine, Yanmar wing engine, and the well-proven Nordhavn dry stack exhaust system and gravity feed fuel system, producing one of the most reliable engine systems fitted on any yacht.  

“Starlit” has the standard Nordhavn 40 interior layout, and as the accompanying photos show, she has teak panels with solid teak moldings throughout the interior The contrasting light colored interior upholstery, and edge bound carpeting contributes to a very warm feel.  She has diesel hydronic heat and air conditioning throughout.  

Starlit was hauled in August 2017 for new bottom paint, prop coating and stabilizer fin service.  The hull and superstructure were waxed in August 2017 also.


Enter the salon from the cockpit through a Diamond/Seaglaze commercial grade door.  There is a dinette settee and Boyle custom hi-lo table to starboard.  The table is moveable, and can be taken out to the cockpit for outdoor dining.  Outboard to port is an optional settee.  The galley is located to port at the forward end of the salon, and has granite counter tops.  The TV is to starboard.  Just inboard there are steps up to the pilothouse and down for hallway access to the head and sleeping cabins.  The head, with separate stall shower is in the hallway to starboard, and the guest stateroom is to port.  Engine room access is through the guest cabin, although there are mechanic’s and egress hatches in the main salon also.  The master stateroom is at the forward end of the hallway.  It is configured with a centerline double bed and lot’s of locker and drawer space, that includes two hanging lockers.    

Around the deck

Access for boarding is through the port or starboard side cockpit bulwark doors or the transom door aft.  There are seats molded into the cockpit port and starboard with stowage and miscellaneous gear beneath the seat hatches.  Access to the Portuguese bridge, foredeck, boat deck and flybridge, is through the salon and out the pilothouse doors port and starboard.  The Portuguese bridge serves as a secure deck passage and observation platform, and also helps to break up solid water that might board from forward.  All the way forward on the foredeck, the Maxwell vertical windlass is mounted in a lower area of the deck designed for handling ground tackle.   Mud and debris from the anchor chain are confined to that area, and drain all the way to the waterline via two deck drains, so that any residue does not streak the hull topsides.  Aft of the pilothouse, the boat deck serves well for tender stowage with enough room remaining for deck additional stowage.  Dual helm chairs on the flybridge make it a great vantage point for maneuvering in marinas or navigating narrow passages.


The volume of the full beam cabin of the Nordhavn 40 is one of the many interior elements that functions so well for long passages and for living aboard.  In fact, there are several couples who have lived aboard Nordhavn 40’s for years at a time.

The bulkheads and other joinerwork are teak.


The headliner is of upholstered light fabric panels separated by teak battens.  Overhead lights recessed into the headliner panels are controlled with bulkhead-mounted switches.

The salon floor is covered with bound edge carpet for comfort, but the carpet also has the additional benefit of augmenting the sound attenuation measures built into the engine room. The carpeting has a 3” reveal, bound edges, and an integrated anti-skid backing.   It can be easily removed for cleaning.  

Review of salon features:

  • All teak joinerwork

  • (6) Diamond/Seaglaze opening windows with insect screens

  • Cell shade window coverings 

  • Magnavox flat screen TV with masthead antenna and booster

  • DVD Bluray player

  • Bulkhead mount reading lights 

  • Scott Boyle hi-low fold-out dinette table

  • Carpeted cabin floor


The galley is spacious and efficient.    The floor is teak covered in bound edge carpet.  There is locker and drawer storage throughout.  The Princess 3-burner propane stove and oven are easy to use.  Anyone working in the galley can easily connect with others in the salon.

Review of galley features:

  • Double stainless steel under mount sink in a granite counter top

  • Grohe faucet with removable crane/sprayer

  • Princess 3-burner stove and oven (30lb. propane tank is stowed in an isolated cockpit seat locker with safety solenoid control)

  • GE microwave oven  

  • U-Line below-counter refrigerator

  • U-line freezer to starboard across from galley 

  • Teak and spruce flooring 

  • Bound edge carpet

  • Two optional opening ports

  • Single stainless steel handrail above stove 


The Nordhavn 40 pilothouse is another element of a true passagemaking yacht with its large instrument console and steering station, reverse raked windscreens, comfortable settee, dinette table, and watch berth.  The pilothouse is removed from other living areas to reduce light intrusion into it from other activity onboard.  Normal operation generally consists of standing at the steering station for close-in maneuvering, and steering with the autopilot while keeping watch from the settee on longer passages. An off-watch crewmember can stay comfortably close at hand in the pilot berth just aft of the settee.  

Review of pilothouse features:

  • Angled stainless steel wheel with Hynautic hydraulic steering

  • Large instrument console and steering station

  • This N40 mkII version has larger side and aft windows than on earlier models of the Nordhavn 40

  • Tilt-up chart table port side

  • Settee with dinette table

  • Pilothouse watch berth

  • Teak and spruce flooring with bound-edge carpet

  • Side doors are split “Dutch-door” type

  • Reverse raked windscreens reduce glare and help shed water – windscreens are sized to withstand wave-loading possibly encountered during open-ocean passages.

  • Wind screens outboard port and starboard have opening vents 

  • 2ea. wind screen wipers

  • Ritchie steering compass

  • Bow thruster control

  • Remote windlass control

  • 12-volt DC outlet

  • Stereo 

  • Sound system speakers in the overhead console

  • Stainless Steel handrails at each side pilothouse door 

For pilothouse instrumentation see “Nav/com Electronics” Hallway and forward

The hallway provides convenient access to the head, mid-cabin, and forward (master) cabin. The floor is covered with bound edge carpet.

Master stateroom

The master stateroom is a comfortable retreat with its centerline bed and custom Latex foam mattress.  There is organized stowage all around that includes deep overhead locker storage port and starboard, hanging locker space behind louvered doors port and starboard, and drawer space aft and under the bed. A deck hatch and four opening ports supply natural light and ventilation to the cabin.  The Single Sideband radio and Pactor modem are also mounted in the master. 

Review of master stateroom features:

  • Centerline bed with lifting top for access to stowage space beneath

  • Latex foam custom mattress

  • Hanging lockers port and starboard

  • Changing seat to starboard with laundry storage below

  • Deep overhead lockers port and starboard

  • Teak hull ceilings port and starboard

  • Lewmar overhead hatch with roller shade and insect screen

  • Opening ports port, starboard, and aft overhead with insect screens

  • Anchor locker access through forward bulkhead

  • Bulkhead mount reading lights forward

Guest Stateroom 

The guest stateroom is located midship at the bottom of the hallway stairs.

  • Lower berth slides out to extend width

  • Bulkhead mount reading lights

  • Splendide combination washer/dryer behind full louvered door

  • Hanging locker with louvered door 

  • 2 ea. stainless steel opening ports with screens

  • Engine room access door with window

  • Water tank sight gauges are mounted high on the bulkhead


The head in the Nordhavn 40 is convenient to the entire interior, and large for a 40’ yacht.  The shower in particular has very good headroom for tall crew members, and also has a clear glass bi-fold door.  There is plenty of working surface on the vanity counter top, organized storage.  The toilet is a very reliable Tecma, fresh water, “quiet flush”.

Review of head features:

  • Granite counter top

  • Tecma fresh water flush head 

  • Sanitation hose is Trident brand 

  • Fiberglass shower stall with good headroom, shower seat, and dry storage locker for towels, etc.

  • Clear glass bi-fold shower door

  • Locker storage over vanity

  • Fiberglass anti-skid sole with bound edge carpet over



  • Main Engine (1380 hrs.)  – Deere 4045TFM75, 105hp, continuous-duty rating, w/Twin Disc 3.9:1 transmission and 2” propeller shaft.  This 4-cylinder engine provides additional space around the engine vs. the 6-cylinder Lugger installed on earlier 40’s.  Engine room space is amazing for a 40-foot yacht. 

  • Props and shafts checked 7/17 – and re-coated with anti-fouling material

  • Spurs line cutter on main shaft

  • Wing Engine – Yanmar 3YM30, 30hp, w/1” propeller shaft and Martec folding propeller – providing a redundant propulsion system rather than a second source of propulsion linked to the main shaft.   Prop also coated with anti-fouling material

  • 2ea. 460 US gallon vinylester resin-laminated fiberglass fuel tanks (920 gals. total).  Extremely durable.  Each tank has a sight gauge and a manhole size access port in the top.  Main storage tanks gravity feed to an aluminum supply/manifold tank fitted with a sight gauge, water sensor and drain valve.

  • Main engine and generator supply pick-ups on on the supply tank.  The 

  • Dry stack exhaust with keel cooler eliminates raw water pump, raw water contact with engine. Main engine exhausts well above deck in moving air.  No intake through-hull to ingest debris into cooling system.

  • Isolated wing engine fuel tank  – 10-gallon tank is independent from the main fuel system. Fuel is filtered through a separate Racor filter during operator-selected refueling of the wing engine tank from the main supply.

  • Racor duplex 900 fuel filters with vacuum gauge for main engine 

  • Fuel transfer system with in-line Racor 900 filter

  • Reverso oil-changing system – plumbed to main engine, maine engine transmission, and generator

Mechanical Systems:

  • ABT mdl #220 Active fin stabilizer system with 6 sq. ft. fins – serviced 7/17 (six year interval service)

  • Side-Power 8hp bow thruster

  • Marine Air air-conditioning system throughout interior

  • Webasto 45,000 Btu diesel heating system    

Electrical Systems:

  • Northern Lights 9Kw generator in sound shield, aft in engine room (462 hrs) with remote panel in pilothouse.

  • 2ea.  120-volt 30-amp shorepower inlets – one for general service and one for air-conditioning when available.

  • Outback inverter with remote panel in pilothouse, and bypass switch

  • Main engine alternator is a 270-amp Balmar for house bank is regulated externally by a Balmar MC 614 regulator.  The engine start battery in tied into the charging circuit an automatic charge relay (ACR).  It will connect the start battery whenever a charge source is detected and isolate the starting battery whenever the battery voltage drops below 12.75 volts, to prevent the start battery from discharging.

  • Both the wing engine and generator are equipped with alternators for charging their own start batteries.  

  • Main engine, wing engine and generator start batteries may be paralleled in with the house battery bank either for starting with low battery voltage, or alternatively, for charging the house bank.

  • DC electrical system is 12-volt

  • 2ea. 8D AGM batteries for house bank

  • 1ea. 4D main engine start battery

  • 1ea. Group 31 battery for wing engine/generator start battery

  • Group 31 bow thruster battery 

  • 1ea. engine start battery 

  • 1ea. wing engine/generator start battery 

  • 2ea. 8D house batteries

  • 1ea. Group 31 dedicated electronics battery

  • Electronics battery is charged by a dedicated Mastervolt 12/12-20 DC-DC converter

  • One (1) ea. 50’ 30-amp shore power cords 

Nav/Com Electronics:

All installed by Alcom Marine Electronics during commissioning in Dana Point, CA

  • 1ea. Simrad AP 28 Autopilot in pilothouse

  • 1ea. Simrad AP 24 Autopilot on flybridge 

  • Accusteer HPR-75 autopilot pump 

  • 2ea. Furuno Navnet 3D MFD12 Monitors in pilothouse

  • 1ea. Furuno Navnet 3D MF8 display on flybridge

  • Furuno DRS4A 4’ 6kW open radar array – 64 mile range

  • Furuno FA50 AIS transponder displays on Furuno radar/plotter monitors 

  • Furuno DFF1 depth sounder module

  • 1ea. Furuno depth transducer and 1ea. Furuno speed/temperature transducer interface with DFF1 module.

  • 1ea. Airmar depth/temperature transducer interfaces with Maretron data cable

  • Furuno SC30 Satellite antenna links into Maretron back bone providing heading information to all navigation components.

  • Furuno rate compass can be selected for heading information in lieu of SC30 compass

  • Furuno GP33 with own antenna can receive information from SC30 or own GPS antenna

  • Furuno HUB101 for interfacing data inputs and displays

  • Furuno FI 504 multi-display

  • Furuno FI 501 wind instrument

  • ICOM 802 SSB Radio w/AT 140 antenna tuner mounted in master stateroom 

  • Pactor modem – using Airmail – mounted in master stateroom

  • Standard Horizon GX5500S VHF radio with hailer, and remote mic on flybridge

Audio-visual equipment:

  • Magnavox TV in salon 

  • Mast mounted TV antenna

  • FM antenna

  • Sirius radio antenna


  • Black water tank – fiberglass (68 gals.)

  • Black water tank can be discharged through the deck pipe or through the hull using the 12-volt Sealand electric discharge pump, or the Whale “Henderson” manual pump

  • Tank level indicator

  • 3ea. water tanks (220 gals.) – port and starboard upper tanks (w/sight gauges) gravity feed to lower tank on centerline. 

  • Flojet 3.3gpm fresh water pump

  • Head system – Tecma (fresh water)

  • Edson manual bilge pump with 2” hose, operable from aft end of main salon

  • Additional Rule electric bilge pump with high-water alarm in pilothouse

  • Fresh water faucet in cockpit

  • Hot and cold shower in cockpit

  • Salt water washdown on foredeck

  • Spectra Newport 400mkII water maker – with remote panel in salon

  • Jabsco “Hotshot” saltwater 6gal/min @ 70 psi washdown pump feeds hose bib on foredeck.  

  • Freshwater washdown on foredeck

Deck Gear:

  • Trawler mast and custom boom with electric winches for dinghy launching and retrieval from the boat deck, and for deploying paravane system

  • Paravane system functions effectively for roll damping underway or at anchor

  • Spreader lights on mast 

  • Maxwell 2200 electric anchor windlass

  • 50 kg. (110 lb.) Bruce anchor

  • 400’ of 3/8” BBB anchor chain

  • saltwater washdown at bow

  • Freshwater spigot in cockpit

  • Diamond/Seaglaze aluminum exterior doors and windows

  • Set of exterior mesh covers for all windows

  • Stainless steel tubular framed swim step with Starboard decking

Miscellaneous Equipment and Notes:

  • 9’ Livingston fiberglass tender w/ 8hp mercury outboard

  • Custom stainless steel dinghy chocks on boat deck 

  • Nordhavn Owner’s Manual and individual component manuals

  • Fenders and dock lines

  • Bottom paint and propeller anti-fouling renewed in July 2017

Safety Equipment:


  • Throwable life rings mounted port and starboard outside pilothouse doors

  • Edson manual bilge pump operable from main salon

  • Electric bilge pump

  • Fire equipment – engine room suppression system


  • Many spares in Sea Kits packages

  • Various oil, fuel and hydraulic filters

  • Impellers for wing and generator engines

  • Watermaker filters


  • None





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