Owner: Sprague Theobold
Type: Nordhavn 46-37
I had just purchased a Nordhavn 46 this past spring from her original owners. Perserverance is hull #36 and located in San Diego. I needed to bring her to my home in Newport, RI, so what better way to test the cajones of the boat (not to mention myself) than to bring her back to the East Coast.
The trip was pretty much routine and the boat performed as expected. With approximately 6,000 miles behind me and just a couple hundred to go, I was feeling pretty good about myself and my new Nordhavn.
However, the Northeast was having a pretty miserable month of May weather-wise, and little did I know that Mother Nature had a not-so-gentle reminder of what I'd been missing the weeks I'd spent happily cruising down south.
Just as we entered the waters off New York, the tides started to turn and we began heading into 20-foot seas and fought against the gale from hell! At one point, we took a full sea against the port saloon windows with so much force and with those 50-knot winds that it shot spray entirely across the saloon. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it! We were then knocked down and I saw one of the fish (from the Paravanes) fly out of the water! I was scared to death, but damn, what a boat!
Perserverance finally arrived to the safe calm harbor in Newport at about 2 a.m. and I thought again about what I'd just experienced. To put it bluntly, I was amazed. No hyperbole, there's no other boat in production that size that could have taken such good care of her crew. Many was the time I said to myself, "Thank God it's a Nordhavn."