OBITUARY FOR THE NORDHAVN 57
On November 5, 2007, the molds for the Nordhavn 57 were destroyed, officially marking the end of production of this wonderful Nordhavn model. We have retired and destroyed molds before (all of the Mason sailboats, the N35, N46 and N50), but it doesnt make the process any easier. It is quite unnerving to see the gorgeous shiny molds which took tens of thousands of hours to build, violently destroyed. However, time and progress march on, improved models are designed and production space is limited.
GOODBYE OLD FRIEND
The Nordhavn 57 was designed by Jeff Leishman in 1995 and its style and configuration came in response to his previous design, the Nordhavn 62. In its early days, the N62 was deemed too radical for many boaters who just couldnt imagine it parked at their yacht club. The N57 was more stylish, had a stand-up engine room and a look which pleased many people. Little did they know from a casual look that the N57 was an almost exact duplicate of the N62 in specifications, structure, stability and capability. Essentially, it was a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Thirty-nine N57s were produced during the production run and thirty-eight remain in service today. Like fine art which is not fully appreciated until years after the artist has passed away, the N57 has reached the zenith of its popularity and respect after production stopped. Collectively, N57s have logged well over 100,000 hours at sea, have crossed oceans too many times to count and are beloved by those who have owned or spent time on them. They trade quickly on the brokerage market within a predicable and narrow price band - always the sure sign that this fine Nordhavn model will remain a cherished classic for many years to come.