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November 16, 2012
First ocean passage made by a Nordhavn 52
Last week, the M/V Dirona became the latest Nordhavn to make an ocean crossing and the first Nordhavn 52 ever to accomplish the feat. Jennifer and James Hamilton left Oakland, CA on October 25th and after a relatively subdued trip – save for the night before making landfall – the couple and their mighty Dirona arrived to Hilo, HI on November 6th. The original destination had been Honolulu, but they switched to Hilo, in part because it was 200 nm closer, as well as the city being a relatively easier spot to clear their cat Spitfire.
The couple is now happily cruising around the Hawaiian islands and James questions when they will see the mainland again. The couple has cruised almost nonstop since they took delivery of their boat in 2010, mainly around their homebase in the Pacific Northwest as well as extensively throughout Alaska. They have been featured in Passagemaker magazine and have a popular and very comprehensive blog http://blog.mvdirona.com/.