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July 12, 2011

More Nordhavns join register of ocean-crossers

Four more yachts can be added to the list of ocean-crossing (specifically Pacific Ocean-crossing) Nordhavns; one boat, Nordhavn 55 SKIE, already counted a circumnavigation of Australia under her belt and now adds to that her completion of the course attempted by approximately 200 vessels – that is, the path from the west coast of the Americas to the South Pacific. A handful of powerboats, among them two, N46s and an N47, along with SKIE, joined the large group of sailboats as part of this year’s contingent of Pacific Puddle Jump-ers. Each Nordhavn made it across trouble free and

is currently enjoying life in French Polynesia. Each of these boats has spent the past year – or years – cruising the west coast: Both Nordhavn 46s, Storm Haven and Blue, have remained in the Sea of Cortez the past couple of years; the modest itinerary of N47 Eden, a fairly new boat to her owners, is well documented in a recent nordhavn.com article; while SKIE has spent more than a year cruising extensively up and down the west coast of North America.

Adam Block, owner of Eden, checked in recently and revealed the following speed/fuel burn calculations: The boat ran at a 6.3 knot average at 1,650 rpm for most of the trip. She burned 1,475 gallons (including approximately 100 hours of generator use) and had 250 gallons remaining. (About 250 gallons stored in bladders was used.) Assuming a gallon/hour for the generator, the total burned is estimated at 1,375 gallons or 1.9 nm/gal.

We’re so proud of the accomplishments of these boats who have made the 2,600 nm crossing of the Pacific Ocean a seeming non-event for Nordhavns. The average transit time was 16-17 days in pretty favorable weather. Once the threat of a tsunami from the Japan earthquake had passed on March 11, the crews set off from various locales. Here’s a round-up of the boats and their schedules:

BOAT 

DEPARTURE
LOCATION

DEPARTURE
DATE

ARRIVAL
LOCATION

ARRIVAL
DATE

N46 Blue

Channel Islands, USA

mid-March 

  Galapagos  

early April

N46 Storm Haven 

Cabo San Lucas

March 15 

Hiva Oa

April 1

N47 Eden

Cabo San Lucas

May 21

Marqueses 

June 7

N55 SKIE 

Puerto Vallarta

March 20

Hiva Oa

April 5

You can follow the awesome adventures of a couple of these boats via their well-done blogs: N55 SKIE at http://www.skie1.talkspot.com/ and N46 Storm Haven at http://www.sailblogs.com/member/stormhaven/?show=profile.


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