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Nordhavn 68 "Sans Souci"


Sans Souci




Nordhavn 68

Hull Number:



White hull, Grey foredeck non-skid, teak decks


68' (20.73 m)


63'-2" (19.25m)


20'-4" (6.2m)


7'-2" (2.18m)


205,000 lbs. (92.99 mt)

Internal lead ballast:

11,000 (5.0 mt.) prox.


Twin Lugger 1276A2 – 340hp @1800 RPM (continuous duty)
(3,400 hrs. prox.)


3,136 US gals. (11,871 l.) in three fiberglass tanks – sight glass and Maretron monitoring

Approx. Range: 

2,200 nm

Max speed:

11 knots

Cruising Speed:

9.1 knots


673 US gals. (2548 l.) in two fiberglass tanks – with Maretron monitoring

Water Makers:

Two 800 gal/day US Watermakers

Black Water:

150 US gals. (568 l.) in one fiberglass tank – Tank Sentry and Maretron monitoring

Gray Water:

150 US gals. (568 l.) in one fiberglass tank – Tank Sentry and Maretron monitoring


20kW Northern Lights 60hz (zero hrs., new 10/18)
25kW Northern Lights 60hz (3,600 hrs.)


ABT TRAC – STAR system (­Stabilization At Rest)


Full ABT system – bow and stern thrusters, two windlasses, two anchor wash nozzles, a 180 gal/min. emergency bilge pump, and stabilizers

Inverter Power:

15kW with four Outback Inverters

Shore Power:

50-amp and 100-amp connections

Atlas Converter:

Voltage and frequency – adapts to shore power systems worldwide

HVAC systems:

Technicold (upgraded from Cruiseair), chilled water air-conditioning with Kabola diesel hydronic heat integrated


15' A/B DLX with 70hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboard




Seattle, WA

Listing Broker:

Don Kohlmann
email: don.kohlmann@nordhavn.com
cell: 206.708.5770
office: 206.223.3624

For more information, please contact your Nordhavn sales person or the office nearest you.




Legendary Worldwide Cruising Capability

Perhaps no other Nordhavn since the circumnavigation of the Nordhavn 46 Salvation II has garnered as much attention as Sans Souci.  The combination of her exploits and the prolific writings of her owners, have taken many folks on vicarious adventures of this impressive Nordhavn 68.  Adventures such as “The Great Siberian Sushi Run”.  Sans Souci has crossed the Bering Sea, taken its owners to Japan, Costa Rica, Turkey, France, Spain, Guatemala, El Salvador, France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Turkey, Malta, Croatia, Alaska, Mexico, Spain, Sicily, Greece, Montenegro, Taiwan, Hong Kong and even Russia. Also of note is that a Nordhavn 68 sister ship has ventured to Svalbard Norway (almost to the North Pole).  
A list of links to the adventures of Sans Souci appears at the bottom of the listing specifications. 

Along the way her owners have also paid careful attention to her maintenance. She has always been under the care of Jeff Sanson and his crew at Pacific Yacht Management in Seattle.  Now as her owners are moving on to different adventures, Sans Souci comes to market in the superb condition that she has enjoyed throughout her existence.  True to form, recently, when one of the generators developed a glitch, the owner had it replaced rather than repaired.


With her fuel capacity and cruising range, fresh water capacity, water making ability, power generation ability, general stores capacity, and electronic communications, Sans Souci can be self-sufficient for extended periods, whether anchored in a fjord in Alaska, exploring the Pacific Islands, or wherever. 

Recent Updates

After completing an eight-year semi-circumnavigation, Sans Souci underwent a major refit in 2016/2017 in preparation for another international venture. The shipyard was asked to “make the boat better than new, sparing no expense”. The refit included:

  • Upgraded the stabilizer system to support Stabilization At-Rest (STAR) which included adding an electric/hydraulic power pack, upsized fins, upsized actuators, upsized hydraulic cooling tank

  • Major update to helm and flybridge electronics (replaced and upgraded monitors, added second Furuno black box radar, replaced navigation computers, replaced Furuno displays with latest color version, replaced autopilot follow-up levers at remote drive stations with latest version AP70 Simrad units)

  • Replaced and upgraded satellite internet system (VSAT) with latest version V7-HTS

  • Replaced and upgraded satellite TV system and all TVs to latest KVH HD TV system

  • Replaced and upgraded monitoring system to a Maretron monitoring system, a very versatile and expandable system

  • Replaced and upgraded security/camera monitoring system

  • Replaced tender with new 15' AB inflatables DLX

  • Replaced 20kw generator

  • Replaced and upgraded shore power system to take advantage of 100-amp power

  • Extensive work on teak and interior cabinetry to remove scratches

  • Replaced carpet and upholstery

  • Replaced and upgraded thru-hulls

  • Replaced and upgraded sea chest

  • Replaced house battery bank with top quality Rolls AGM batteries

  • Overhauled and updated the Atlas shore power system

  • Updated and serviced Kabola diesel furnace 

  • Hauled, bottom painted, and applied Propspeed to main propellers and thruster propellers (2018)

Focus on Redundancy

While very technically savvy, the owners wanted to make Sans Souci straight-forward to operate, while emphasizing redundancy in her navigation and mechanical systems – e.g. twin Lugger 1276A main engines, twin navigation computers, twin Furuno “FAR” radars, twin 800 gal/day watermakers.  About the only system without redundancy is the hot tub – there is only one.

Ready to Cruise Now

With current delivery times for this sought-after Nordhavn model running at close to three years, Sans Souci presents an extraordinary opportunity for a new owner to provision and be ready to cruise anywhere immediately. 

Solid Construction

Sans Souci’s hull is constructed of solid fiberglass laminate, tapered from the keelson area up to the sheerline, supplemented with additional laminates in higher load areas and fourteen longitudinal stringers.   The hull/deck joint is sealed in 3M5200, then bonded with 3 layers of matt and woven roving, then through-bolted on 8" centers. 

The deck and superstructure are cored with a combination of Klegecell in the vertical surfaces and end-grain balsa in the horizontal surfaces. 

The twin rudders are built on 3-1/2" Aquamet 22 rudder stocks supported at the bottom by a stainless steel rudder shoe fastened to the bottom of each skeg, creating an aperture helping to protect the propellers from impact damage.


Sans Souci has the symmetrical layout with walk-around side decks, interior spaces on three levels, that also include superb engine room access.  The interior motif is comfortably classic with solid teak moldings, crown-cut wainscoting, and door and drawer panels. Light colored wall coverings above the wainscoting opens and warms the interior visually.  The furniture in the salon is all free-standing and easily replaceable to suit the new owners’ preferences. 

Entering from aft through the sliding cockpit-salon door, the salon is furnished with a beautiful custom made, inlayed, dining table for six, two leather arm chairs, a sofa, and coffee table designed with ottoman storage.  The sole is carpeted with an oriental area rug over a teak and ebony striped sole. 

Window coverings include roller blinds and Roman shades mounted into valences at the top of each window. 

Aft and to starboard is a bar area with wine and glass storage, and an icemaker.

HVAC air is evenly disbursed throughout the space through soffits over the windows port and starboard. 

The overhead is traditionally styled with natural beam and white bead board construction, and recessed lighting, except for a dome over the dining table.  Dimmers and divided light groups add to the ambiance.  

Salon Features:

  • Two leather upholstered arm chairs with ottomans

  • Large sofa

  • Custom dining table with inlay patterns and six matching chairs

  • Teak and ebony sole

  • Bar area with granite top, wine and glassware storage, and ice maker

  • Window coverings of roller shades and Roman shades

  • Long soffits over windows for even diffusion of air-conditioning or heat

  • Aft sliding entry door from cockpit has glass upper and lower panels, and can be dogged for safety and water tightness

  • Phantom roller screens in valences for exterior doors

  • 50" TV on a lift out of the cabinetwork

  • Five (5) ea. amplified speakers overhead

  • Leaded glass doors on overhead galley lockers facing salon



The galley connects to the salon forward and to starboard, and includes a comfortable casual dining granite counter with three upholstered chairs.  Convenient overhead dish storage is above the counter in lockers enclosed by leaded glass panel doors.  A variety of general and task lighting shines down on the counters and work space.  A TV monitor hangs above the workspace also. 

The galley is equipped with all of the desirable appliances, and is efficiently laid out. Cold storage is ample with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two freezer drawers beneath the pilothouse stairs to port, plus a chest freezer in the pilothouse. 

The range is a Viking all-electric with stainless steel rails and pot fiddles (there is plenty of generator power onboard).  A GE microwave with vent fan is mounted over the range. 

Just outboard to port is an alcove perfectly suited to the La San Marco espresso machine, and just outboard of that is a large pantry with slide out bins. 

To add additional convenience to the layout, full size doors to the side decks port and starboard of the galley make provisioning the galley easily accomplished from the dock cart or tender without carrying the groceries the length of the salon.

Galley Features:

  • Viking all-electric range (no propane in the interior)

  • Sub-Zero refrigerator

  • Two additional freezer drawers are installed beneath the steps up to the pilothouse outboard to port, convenient to the galley

  • GE microwave with vent fan

  • La San Marco espresso machine

  • Twin stainless steel sinks, one with an Insinkerator disposal

  • Kallista sink faucet, sprayer and soap dispenser

  • Teak and ebony sole

  • Convenient door access from galley to port and starboard side decks for easy provisioning

  • Granite counter tops

  • Toaster (appliance) garage on forward counter

  • Large counter with three upholstered chairs for casual dining

  • Large pantry with slide-out shallow drawer storage

  • Plenty of organized, easy-access storage

  • Great lighting for any purpose

  • TV monitor above the work spaces

  • Phantom roller screens installed in valences for each exterior door


Master Stateroom

To port and outboard of the galley are the steps down to the full-beam master stateroom, that features a king-size bed with custom mattress.  There is plenty of organized storage in drawers, lockers, and shelves.  Locker doors are fully louvered for ventilation, and hydronic tubing runs keep outboard compartments as well as living spaces warm and dry in colder climes.

The overhead is natural beam and white bead board with recessed lighting.  A TV is mounted on the forward bulkhead concealed by a retractable curtain of art.  As with all of the screens throughout the interior, any of the navigation information may be displayed on it. 

There is a range for lighting that includes dimmable overhead lights and sconce lights, in addition to sole-height courtesy lighting.

For middle of the night monitoring, there is a Furuno RD-33 multi-data display and Icom VHF remote access (RAM) mic mounted bedside. 

Master Head

The master head is forward of the master stateroom with a marble topped vanity, custom tiled backsplash and internally lit sink.  The shower is mosaic tiled, and has two opening ports. 

The toilet room is separately enclosed with a fully louvered door. 

The overhead is natural beam and white bead board, with recessed lighting complementing the sconce lighting adjacent to the mirror. A video screen is mounted near the mirror.

An exhaust blower is included.


On a long-distance cruising-capable powerboat, the natural gathering place for crew is in the pilothouse.  It needs to be comfortable and suitable for day and night running in all conditions.  In many cases it also serves as the ship’s office.  Sans Souci’s pilothouse is well suited to the purpose, starting with dual Crown, fully adjustable, helm chairs mounted just aft of the wide electronics console.  Two pair of eyes on the water are better than one.  The upper and lower instrument consoles provide legible viewing angles for all of the electronics components.

Just aft of the helm chairs is a large dinette and seating area, raised enough for a good line of sight forward through the windscreens.  It’s nicely custom upholstered by Seattle Canvas, and can seat six people. 

Just aft of the dinette settee is a watch berth with curtains over the windows and a roller shade to separate it from activity in the pilothouse.

A work desk is built into the port aft corner of the pilothouse just aft of the stairs up to the flybridge.  The desk surface is a nice smooth matt-finished Corian, and is equipped with a desktop workstation, and a commanding view out the aft corner windows.

Sound system speakers are mounted in the forward section of the overhead.

The port and starboard side doors are dog-able in any position open or closed.  They are also equipped with valance mounted Phantom roller screens. 

Lower Deck – Hallway, Guest Head, Laundry, Guest Staterooms, and Engine Room Access

Lower Deck Hallway

Just inboard from the steps down to the master stateroom are the stairs down to the lower deck hallway.   The main electrical distribution panel is in the stairwell, convenient to the salon and general operation of the boat underway.

The lower deck hallway extends fore and aft from the stair landing.  The laundry and guest (day) head are at the forward end.  Next aft are the two staterooms. The engine room access is at the aft end.  The comfortable dimensions, wainscoting, and light wall coverings open the space visually, and make it an easy passageway.  The teak and ebony sole is in keeping with the overall interior detail.  The Pacific Custom Marine door at the engine room, the insulated cabin bulkheads and engine room insulation significantly reduce noise transmission outside of the engine room.

Guest Head

The guest head is forward in the hallway, and is appointed consistent with the rest of Sans Souci’s interior.  It includes a shower, marble topped vanity, and custom tiled backsplash and custom sink.  The sole is teak and ebony.  This head is easily accessed from the main living and gathering areas of the interior, including the starboard port lower guest cabin.  An exhaust blower is also included.


Just aft of the guest head in the forward section of the hallway are the Bosch Axxis washer and dryer.

Starboard VIP Guest Stateroom

The entry to the starboard guest stateroom is aft of the stair landing in the hall.  This is a stateroom that you would be pleased to show your most important guests to.  It features a queen bed with custom mattress, and lots of locker, drawer and shelf space, as in the master stateroom.  It also has a head ensuite with the same amenities as the master:  marble vanity top with internally lighted sink, Vacuflush toilet, tiled shower stall, carpeted teak and ebony sole, teak wainscoting, with light wall coverings, and beam and bead board overhead.  Ventilation is available via two opening ports in addition to the HVAC service.

Port Guest Stateroom

The port guest stateroom is across the hallway from the starboard VIP guest stateroom, and is well-suited to crew or extended family members with its over and under bunks, a large hanging locker and carpeted sole.  Two opening ports supplement the HVAC service to the cabin.

Engine Room Access

Engine room access is aft in the hallway through a Pacific Coast Marine door with its  hand-wheeled dog set and gasketed jamb, minimizing the engine room sound transfer into the living spaces.

Engine Room

The engine room itself is a wonder of Nordhavn.  Emphasis is placed on systems access in the design process.  Even with the twin Lugger 1276A main engines, there is easy access to both sides of the engines as well as the other mechanical systems installed in the engine room. 

The engine room is insulated all around, and bulkheads between it and the sleeping cabins are also insulated.  The engine room and lazarette access doors are Pacific Coast Marine, each with hand-wheel controlled dogging systems. 

There is a Sea Fire automatic fire suppression system mounted in the engine room.  The Sea Fire system also controls the fire dampers for the ventilation system.

Ventilation systems include intake and exhaust blowers, and an air-conditioning air-handler. 


The lazarette accommodates many of the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and plumbing systems. 

  • Steering system

  • Dive compressor

  • Air-conditioning chilled water compressors

  • Two US water makers – equipped with a media filter, essential for cruising in plankton-rich northern waters

  • Outback inverters

  • Atlas power conversion system

  • Dive tank stowage

  • Sea Fire fixed fire suppression system

  • Two large deck hatches to the cockpit provide access for stowing items, or for access to the engine room by mechanical technicians without having to pass through the interior

Forward Machinery Space

There is a machinery space below the master head sole that provides access to the bow thruster and pumps within it.  There is also a Sea Fire fixed fire suppression system installed in it. 


  • Twin Lugger 1276A main engines with wet exhaust

  • Custom sea chest in engine room clusters critical raw water intake thru-hulls and valves

  • Dive compressor

  • Full ABT hydraulic system consisting of: active fin stabilizers equipped with Stabilization at Rest capability, bow and stern thrusters, two Maxwell 4500 windlasses with band brakes, 180 gal/min. anchor wash pump connected to two fixed nozzles below the anchor rollers, 180 gal/min. emergency bilge pump, increased capacity hydraulic fluid tank, and electrically driven system pressure pump (in addition to engine driven pumps

  • Kobelt hydraulic steering system


Three fiberglass main fuel tanks constructed over a male mold for a smooth interior surface, including baffles, laminated with vinylester resin, and coated with fire retardant resin on the exterior.  This construction eliminates the corrosion potential of metal tank fabrication.   There are inspection plates on top of each of the tanks to accommodate an average sized man. 

Nordhavn’s gravity feed fuel system has been developed over many owner-logged cumulative miles, using 1-1/2" Aeroquip fuel supply lines with swaged fittings to prevent intermediate blockage before the filters.

Sans Souci is also fitted with a fuel transfer system that filters fuel whenever it is transferred, whether one tank to another for trim, or one tank back to itself for filtering. 


San Souci’s electrical system is one of the most versatile possible.  It was designed to handle shore power systems anywhere in the world, or to operate in that absence of shore power completely. 

  • 20kW Northern Lights 60hz (zero hrs., new 10/18)

  • 25kW Northern Lights 60hz (3,600 hrs.)

  • Inverter system upgraded to 12kW using 4 ea. 3,500-watt Outback inverters

  • 25kW shorepower atlas frequency and voltage converter to accept shore power sources anywhere in the world

  • 100-amp cord in a Glendinning cord retriever system

  • 50-amp loose cord

  • House battery bank with top quality Rolls AGM batteries – replaced 2016/2017


With 575 gallons of fresh water capacity and two 800 gal/day watermakers, water onboard is nearly unlimited.  The water capacity is split between two fiberglass tanks with FDA approved gel coated interior surfaces.  Each tank is fitted with a large inspection port.

The main pump is a Headhunter Mach 5, delivering the equivalent of household water pressure to all fixtures onboard. 


  • Four KEP 24" bridge-light monitors in wheelhouse, 21" KEP on flybridge. Video switching system for display selection on any monitor or video screen onboard.

  • Custom “Fastclock” source and screen selection panel

  • Dual Icom M506 VHF radios

  • Icom M802 SSB radio

  • Many Furuno color RD-33 multi-function displays

  • Furuno 2127 and 2127 black box (FAR) commercial grade radars

  • Two Furuno GPS

  • AIS

  • Furuno satellite compass

  • Simrad AP-70 with backup AP-50 autopilot

  • Two (2) ea. autopilot pumps


  • Furuno SSB


  • Crestron 16x16 HDMI switcher – allows information to display on any screen onboard

  • Two (2) Apple TVs

  • Peplink HD2 Router

  • Synology NAS data storage with security system and app-based remote monitoring

  • Maretron monitoring system – flexible and expandable

  • Remote panel for the Carlisle & Finch searchlight

  • Remote multi-function panel for the Kahlenberg horn

While the navigation/communications, and entertainment electronics are extensive, they have been configured for easy operation.  Sans Souci can also be monitored remotely with both video and data. 

Navigation electronics include two Furuno FAR (commercial grade) radars, four beautiful KEP monitors and display switching that is all nicely labeled.  Two computers are running Time Zero navigation software.  She also has a Furuno CH250 scanning sonar.


  • Five control stations:  pilothouse, flybridge, port and starboard wing stations on Portuguese bridge, and aft cockpit

  • Two Stidd helm chairs on flybridge

  • Electronics complement at flybridge control station (see “Electronics” heading)

  • Cockpit settee with beautiful fixed pedestal dining table

  • Recessed lighting and speakers in cockpit overhead

  • Varnished teak cap rail around cockpit with canvas cover

  • Fixed pedestal table on pilothouse deck

  • Hard top over pilothouse aft deck with recessed lighting

  • Port and starboard cockpit boarding doors from swim step

  • Lounge settee on flybridge

  • Fixed pedestal table on flybridge

  • Besenzoni hydraulically controlled passarelle retracts into transom

  • Marquipt 2500 capacity davit upgraded to 20' reach

  • Marquipt folding boarding ladder for foredeck access to tender

  • Electric warping winches with foot switches port and starboard in the cockpit to aid in docking

  • Two (2) hydraulic Maxwell 4500 anchor windlasses with band brakes on foredeck

  • Four chain counters:  two in pilothouse and two on flybridge

  • Two anchor roller channels with bronze rollers spread apart to avoid interference

  • Freeman anchor locker hatches forward in foredeck

  • Multiple stainless steel hawse pipes and horn cleats

  • Bollard style stainless steel cleats on the foredeck

  • Hydraulic 180 gal/min. anchor wash pump to each of two fixed nozzles each anchor roller

  • Six (6) varnished teak folding deck chairs

  • Hot tub on flybridge deck heats in 1.5 hours using hydronic heat assist

  • 15' A/B DLX tender with 70hp 4-stoke Yamaha outboard

  • DCS 30" LPG barbecue mounted in port cockpit console with domed lid, includes 2 ea. 20 lb. propane tanks, with gas control and fume detector, and canvas cover

  • Bulwark boarding doors on port and starboard side decks

  • Teak decks bonded down, not fastened down

  • Hard top over cockpit with recessed lighting

  • Wide swim step with staple rails and folding cleats

  • Lots of beautifully crafted canvas covers

  • Folding bimini over forward flybridge deck

  • Fiberglass electronics arch over flybridge

  • Hypalon fenders with adjustable “fender hooks”

  • Multi-function Kahlenberg horn


  • Two (2) ea.  8-person Givens life rafts in cradles with hydrostatic releases

  • Four (4) ea. Jabsco electric bilge pumps with Ultra-Senior float switches – one in each watertight compartment

  • 180 gal/min. hydraulic bilge pump system with a manifold system to draw from each of the watertight compartments

  • Four (4) ea. Edson bronze-body manual bilge pumps – one in each watertight compartment

  • Seafire FE-1500M automatic engine room fire suppression system with automatic shut-down system

  • Seafire FD-700-A automatic lazarette space fire suppression system with alarm module

  • Seafire FD-300-A automatic forward machinery compartment with alarm module

  • Emergency tiller

  • Portable hand-held fire extinguisher throughout the interior

  • Survival suits


  • All cutlery

  • Cooking gear

  • Tools

  • Charts

  • Navigational gear

  • Spare parts

  • Nordhavn “As Built” Owner’s Manual

  • Nordhavn “As Built” Plumbing and Electrical system drawings


Sans Souci is well-known and well-respected. Following are just a few of the articles and press this boat has received (It has been featured on several magazine covers, including Nordhavn’s own Circumnavigator magazine).

Exclusions:  Artwork, personal effects, books, and items not specifically noted as included above.

Listing Broker:  Don Kohlmann, Nordhavn Yachts Northwest
don.kohlmann@nordhavn.com  cell:  206-708-5770


DISCLAIMER Specifications are provided for informational purposes only. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds; capacities, consumptions and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided and agree to instruct his agent/s to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to prior sale, price and inventory changes and withdrawal from market without  notice.



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