After building over 500 oceangoing yachts and voyaging hundreds of thousands of miles in them, the design team at P.A.E. has developed a design approach that creates vessels of impeccable cruising ability. The Nordhavn 76 has been designed to be an elegant, yet business-like, long-range passage maker, easily handled by two people that will continue to perform at its peak decades after its commissioning.
Carrying 4,100 gallons of fuel, the Nordhavn 76 has the range to cross any of the world’s oceans with ease. Showcasing our latest work in fuel systems, hydraulics, electrical, air conditioning, anchor systems, dry exhaust, fire suppression and more, the Nordhavn 76 will be totally reliable and self-sufficient, providing owners with comfort and safety in the world’s most remote locations.
The foundation of the Nordhavn 76’s success is its solid-fiberglass construction. In building the hull, the first three laminations below the waterline incorporate isopthalic gelcoat and vinylester resins to resist water penetration. All additional layers are a solid series of laminates for superior strength. Ten full-length, heavy-duty longitudinal stringers are glassed to the hull to provide strength and rigidity. Additional stringers are used in the engine beds, beneath the floor and under the deck. All cabin-side vertical surfaces are constructed with Klegecell #R75 in varying degrees of thickness and cabin top and deck horizontal surfaces are cored with Baltec 1-inch thick end-grain balsa. The topsides to 18 inches above the waterline are cored with 3/4–inch end-grain balsa. The deck-to-hull joint is fastened with 3/8-inch stainless-steel through-bolts on 8-inch centers using 3M's 5200.
Likewise, all hull appendages are designed and built to withstand the unexpected abuses of distance cruising. The 4 ½-inch diameter stainless steel Aquamet 22 prop shaft (fitted with a Spurs line cutter) drives a Hungshen 50- by 31-inch, four-blade, left-hand rotation prop. From the 30-inch stainless-steel destroyer-type wheels in the wheelhouse or on the flybridge, you will find the steering smooth and steady as the Kobelt hydraulic steering system powers the 3 ½-inch Aquamet 22 rudder shaft and ½-inch stainless steel-plate, rib-stiffened rudders. The rudder assembly is protected and strengthened by a two-piece stainless steel, rudder carrier shoe.
The standard power configuration of the Nordhavn 76 is as a single screw vessel with dry exhaust, but it is also available with twin engines. In the twin-screw configuration, special inserts are installed in the mold that allows twin skegs to be part of the original integral lay-up of the hull.
The hull mold for the Nordhavn 76 has been designed in a way that enables us to offer the boat with or without a bulbous bow. The bow section of the hull mold is removable and interchangeable with bulbous and conventional bow molds so that the buyer can choose either bow and still receive a one-piece seamless hull. The result is a solid hull capable of withstanding anything that you and Mother Nature put it through.
The deck layout is fully optimized for shorthanded cruising. Owners may choose from either a standard layout with the wheelhouse in the middle of the boat, or the more traditional aft pilothouse version.
Starting at the bow in the standard layout, you will find massive stainless steel, double anchor rollers custom made to handle two 300-lb. plow anchors plus additional, lighter ground tackle and mooring lines. Dual Maxwell VWC 4500 hydraulic windlasses lead two 400-foot lengths of ½-inch HT chain from huge lockers that are accessible from Freeman watertight storm hatches on deck. These cavernous below-deck lockers include longitudinal shelves and will stow dock lines, fenders, extra ground tackle and more. Anchoring, even on a pitching foredeck, is a safe, secure task thanks to the heavy-duty safety rails and sure footing of the molded, diamond pattern non-skid.
Lined with stainless steel handrails atop the bulwarks, the foredeck includes Lewmar Ocean Series opening hatches for the forward cabins that provide excellent ventilation, especially at anchor. Outside air is also supplied through louvered intake and from dorade vents via ducts to the master, forward guest and lower staterooms. The Nordhavn 76 includes a complete Cruisair tempered water air-conditioning system with control panels throughout the cabin. The wheelhouse also includes opening windows for additional ventilation.
Moving aft on the standard layout Nordhavn 76 you will ascend to the bulwarked Portuguese Bridge—an excellent vantage point to stand watch or handle docking maneuvers. On either side of the bridge are control stations for DDC (engine) control, bow and stern thruster controls, and start, stop, and horn functions. The Portuguese Bridge includes P&S storage lockers vented with stainless louvers.
Above the wheelhouse is a roomy flying bridge with full engine control and room for guests to relax and enjoy the view. The flybridge includes a FRP hardtop with sink, Sub Zero drinks refrigerator, Stidds Slimline helm chairs and a cushioned settee with high-gloss teak table. A sturdy hardtop offers protection from the sun and light showers.
The pilothouse is designed for maximum efficiency. The varnished teak floors and cabinetry accented by dark gray Formica counters give the spacious 270-square-foot wheelhouse a warm and clean look. The pilothouse includes a teak dinette table and settee with chart drawers underneath. Two Stidds Low Back Slimline helm seats offer an excellent vantage point for steering and navigating. The pilothouse has ample storage for books, charts and navigational tools. A pilothouse head with teak floors and cabinets and granite countertops prevents the need to leave the deck. Adjoining the pilothouse is a carpeted crew quarters with teak trimmed lockers and a double sized bed. The cabin includes more bookshelves and a TV locker.
A distinctive feature of the Nordhavn 76 is its gleaming FRP exhaust stack and radar mast with flag halyards on port and starboard.
Aft of and below the flying bridge is a spacious deck above the main salon designed to house a large tender. With more than 345 square feet of space, the deck accommodates tenders up to 17 feet. Included as a standard feature is the 80-gallon gasoline storage tank with electric pump so that you will always have fuel for the tender. Launching your tender is easy with the Marquip 2500-lb. hydraulic 240-volt davit and boom (extendable to 21 feet) mounted on port aft side. The davit has been sized and positioned to launch dinghies from the port side and stern.
From the Portuguese bridge, you will reach the main deck through a protected stairwell and can enter the main salon through Weather Tight Dutch doors or continue to the aft cockpit. Along this path, the crew enjoys protection from the seas with extra high bulwarks and the added security of stainless steel handrails that are through-bolted along the entire length of the cabin. Blue water quickly finds itself overboard thanks to the large scuppers along the decks and in the cockpit. All cleats, hawseholes and chocks are highly polished stainless steel, custom made and designed to properly secure the boat in any docking situation. Boarding doors on either side open in two pieces for easy access on or off the boat, and are tightly secured when on the water. All exterior fittings are heavy duty and designed to protect the vessel from abuse including nine stainless steel hawse fittings, twin bollards aft of forward windlasses, and thick stainless rub rail upper and lower rub rail caps.
The lower aft deck offers a roomy place to enjoy the outdoors. With more than 120 square feet of unobstructed space, you can grill, entertain or just sit back and enjoy the view. The aft deck includes an exterior cabinet for storage with a sink and faucet as well as a control alcove for DDC engine control with American Bow Thruster bow and stern thruster jog legers, rudder angle indicator and steering jog as well as start/stop, air horn and forward windlass control. To make docking easy, the aft deck sports twin Maxwell VC2200 24v port and starboard capstan winches.
The result of this uncompromising attention to detail is a large and solid cruising vessel with an ergonomically designed layout to facilitate cruising for an adventurous couple.