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.
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: