Start with a generous beam of l4' 6," add a relatively high profile with lots of hull below the waterline and mix in P.A.E.'s twenty years of experience building the ever-popular line of Mason sailboats, and it becomes easier to understand how the Nordhavn 40 can provide such spacious accommodations. Her overall interior volume is, in fact, similar to that of many boats in the 45 to 50 foot range.
A large, luxurious owner's cabin with a center island berth measuring 58" x 79" is located forward. A guest stateroom features an upper berth and a lower. It has room for a washer and dryer and offers abundant stowage. The conveniently located head features a separate stall shower. The cozy main saloon seats four or more at the dining table with built-in settee, and another settee on the port side.
During extended cruising, the fully-equipped galley provides the chef with all the conveniences of home, including a full-size refrigerator, freezer and optional trash compactor, a microwave oven, 3-burner stove and a double stainless steel sink. Adjacent to the dining area and near the steps to the wheelhouse, the galley is conveniently located for easy serving.
The area that truly separates the Nordhavn 40 from so many "coastal cruisers" is her commercial-like wheelhouse. Up three steps from the main saloon, the captain has a full view of his ship with all instruments, controls and navigation equipment within easy reach. High-quality tempered safety glass is used throughout, and the forward facing windows are 3/8" thick. Two of the windows have opening lower panels for ventilation. The "Dutch-Doors" that open to the port and starboard side decks are an especially nice touch. Cruising along in a bit of weather, the bottom sections can be closed to provide protection while the top sections remain open for better visibility and air flow. A raised settee with a dinette table provides the crew with the perfect spot to enjoy the voyage. An overhead hatch is included for added light and ventilation. For overnight passages or that extra guest, a pilot berth aft of the settee comes in very handy. Many guests actually prefer this area for sleeping. Waking up to a panoramic view of the open ocean or a beautiful anchorage is an experience Nordhavn 40 owners seldom forget.
The spacious feeling one gets on the Nordhavn 40 is partly due to the generous dimensions allotted to passageways and overhead clearances. Headroom in the main saloon is 6' 3" and all passageways measure 24" in width. The door to the head is a decent 20" wide, and the shower boasts 6' 4" of headroom, as does the forward stateroom.
Innovative space design is only part of the Nordhavn 40's magic. Beyond the imaginative layouts are a level of workmanship and choice of materials that put this little ship in the quality category of today's finest mega-yachts. Satin-finished teak cabinets, bulkheads and trim are used throughout, and to maintain a cheery sense of brightness on those dark and dreary days, light-colored laminates are used on selected bulkheads and paneling. Granite countertops are used in the galley and head, and teak fiddles are an integral part of all counters and tables. Cabin soles are finished with teak and spruce flooring in all rooms except the head. Attractive overhead lighting fixtures utilize convenient wall switches that control lighting in each cabin, and additional reading lamps are installed over berths and settees.
Overall, the interior construction details and high-quality materials used in the Nordhavn 40 clearly represent a luxurious level of fit and finish. But more importantly, these details follow the theme of sensible, offshore functionality. When one has the opportunity of closely looking at the way the interior of this capable ship has been built, they will understand why Nordhavns have the reputation for being "oceans apart from all the rest."