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Nordhavn 55 MV "SKOPE"


“MV Skope”


Nordhavn 55






115,000 lbs. 


Lugger L1276A. 2C/MG5091 - 340 hp @1800 continuous

Engine hours: 

674 hrs

Wing engine:

Lugger L-944-D Diesel " Get Home Engine" - 65 hp with Hurth V-Drive transmission with Gori 3 blade feathering propellor.

Wing engine hours:

189 hrs


Northern Lights 20kW (594 hrs)
Northern lights 10kW (412 hrs)


8515 gals.
Its in 2 main tanks, 2 forward tanks and 1 day tank. (total of 5 tanks) "MV Skope" is fully bunkered


600 gals.

Cruising Speed:

8 knots

Maximum Speed:

10 knots




Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Listing Price:

NZ $2,675,000

Listing Broker:

Peter Devers
email: peter@nordhavn.com.au
cell:  +61.419760258

"MV Skope" is hull number 48 of the hugely successful Nordhavn 55 model. She is quite possibly the most well equipped N55 ever built and is also quite possibly the most cared for, meticulously and proudly maintained N55 on the water. She has been maintained and operated absolutely without regard for cost, by a professional Captain/Engineer, who is one of New Zealand's most experienced offshore mariners. The Nordhavn 55 was designed to provide maximum comfort underway while living aboard during extended cruises. The generous interior volume is made possible by the relatively high bow and high freeboard of the design. And "MV Skope" has been equipped with an extensive list of the highest quality Retail Options, all designed to enhance the safety, comfort and style of the owners and their family. Exceptionally low hours on all engine room appliances, coupled with a rigorous maintenance schedule, ensure that "MV Skope's" new owner will be assured of trouble free and peace of mind boating for many years into the future.

"MV Skope” features the stunning optional 'all white' gelcoat, and her gleaming 'Supershield White' topsides and superstructure, offset by a dark blue 'whale strip' draw admiration wherever she goes.
Whether it's long trans-ocean voyages or short coastal cruises, the ABT Trac active stabilization keeps your passages comfortable. With powerful hydraulic bow thruster and stern thrusters and four control stations, she is a dream to operate, allowing for easy manoeuvring in tight anchorages and marinas. Redundant systems, high-end domestic appliances and an impressive array of electronics were installed to reach and enjoy the most remote destinations in safety and style.

"MV Skope" is one of a very few Nordhavn 55s currently available on the brokerage market. These models are traditionally closely held by families for long periods, so the opportunity to secure a very low hour, well sorted vessel should be seriously considered. No expense was spared on her original build order. From the factory she came highly upgraded with multiple custom additions inside and out, including the popular forward VIP centre line double guest cabin arrangement, and the factory GRP built extended swim platform.

One of Nordhavn's most popular models, the N55 appeals to those looking for a motoryacht offering the most modern of conveniences and enhanced living arrangements, while still maintaining superior seakeeping qualities.

"MV Skope" is fully imported into New Zealand, with all Taxes and Duties paid. For New Zealand buyers, these taxes follow the boat and add value to it because the new buyer (and the next buyer after that) does not have to pay those taxes again.

This next paragraph is for Americans and/or USD buyers: With the strong US Dollar, you could purchase "MV Skope" at a great price, explore New Zealand and have a grand adventure cruising the incredibly beautiful waters of New Zealand, the Australian coast, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, and all of the western Pacific and beyond. She is lying at her home berth in Picton, in the heart of New Zealand's iconic picturesque wine region, and the world-famous cruising grounds of the Marlborough Sounds. A long range passagemaker of this quality is an extremely rare appearance on the brokerage market, you simply won't find another like her!
Please take a moment to review the impressive specifications and inventory of this very special vessel......

Accommodation Description:

This vessel features the desired two double guest cabin layout. The owner's stateroom is on the same level as the galley, and it is located amidships, where the motion is least objectionable during passages and while at anchor. A king sized, walk-around berth, two hanging lockers and a spacious head complete with a shower/bath tub rival the space of most home bedrooms.

Forward is a spacious guest cabin with centre line double sized berth, huge hanging locker, office area and spacious private head with stall shower. Comfortable stairs with hand rails lead from both the saloon and the cabin foyer, up to the private Pilothouse cabin which features a double berth, ample storage lockers and an adjacent toilet with washbasin and mirror.
Additional stateroom features include:

  • Magnetic retaining latches on all doors in cabins and heads

  • Oceanair low profile roller screen and blackout shades

  • Custom pillowtop mattresses in master cabin, guest cabin and pilothouse cabin; specially sized with 1" gap all around to allow for easy bed making

Long a Nordhavn feature, the main saloon opens directly to the aft cockpit, which is on the same level. This design effectively expands the living area from the inside to the outside, and the cockpit becomes an extension of the saloon, even in foul weather.

The asymmetrical cabin design allows for a wider main saloon and galley and features a wide side deck on the starboard side. A large, L-shaped settee and beautifully finished teak table with starburst pattern are adjacent to two comfortable reading chairs. Two bar chairs face the pass-through counter top in the galley, which is two steps down from the saloon.


The Nordhavn 55 shows her serious side in her commercial-like pilothouse. Located amidships for minimal motion at sea, it provides excellent, 360-degree visibility. A full-sized Stidd 500-XL PNF Ultraleather and chrome finish power operated helm chair puts the captain comfortably in command of his ship, with all electronics and controls within sight and reach. The overhead above the helm chair has been finished in black "Majilite' to reduce night running glare.

Aft of the teak wood varnished destroyer type helm chair, an L-shaped settee and teak table with starburst pattern, elevated for superior visibility, will seat three to four crew members. Beneath the settee are full-sized chart drawers and additional storage.

But the most surprising feature of the N55's pilothouse is its private stateroom complete with private head with washbasin and mirror/cabinet, and double-sized berth. Perfect for the off-watch crew on long passages, this area will also serve as a private guest stateroom.


The Nordhavn 55 has been designed to incorporate a flying bridge as standard. Located directly over the pilothouse, it provides excellent visibility and is the ideal place to run the vessel in fair weather. “MV Skope” is fitted with the optional hard top which allows for protection from the elements as well as for mounting the extensive array of electronic aerials and radar arrays.
Additional flybridge features include:

  • Comfortable table and fixed settee with below seat storage

  • Massive storage area forward of helm position accessed by two hatches in console bulkhead

  • Two upgraded Stidd manual helm chairs, model 500-200

  • Fridge with freezer and sink in flybridge aft adjacent to stairs

  • 30" destroyer type wheel

  • Navionics console with repeaters from pilothouse helm

  • Rumble seat aft to starboard

With full-sized home-style appliances, abundant storage cabinets and generous counter space, the galley will please the most demanding chef. A granite top counter separates the galley from the salon, enabling direct contact between these areas. All appliances have been upgraded to have brushed S/S faces - charge is for the upgraded s/s finish for all appliances below:

  • Sub-Zero refrigerator/ice maker - 700TCI

  • GE trash compactor ZCG3500DSS

  • Microwave - KitchenAid model #KHMS2050SSS

  • Cooktop - Miele Electric model # KM5656

  • Oven - Miele Master Chef single oven - model #H4881 BP S/S with 'classic' handle

  • Dishwasher is Miele slim line G832SCI

  • Galley sink brushed stainless steel

  • Galley faucet - brushed stainless steel

  • Seagull IV X-1F water purifier with faucet in galley sink. Purifier installed in-line before ice maker.

  • Galley barn built full width of forward counter

  • Granite splashback

  • Two (2) duplex 120V outlets, one outboard and one inboard inside barn cabinet

  • Custom galley counter cutting board

  • Custom galley counter surface knife block

  • Garbage disposal in main sink with 'Y" valve

  • Slide out spice rack in galley, port side aft over counter top

  • Countertop - black granite #19

  • Floor - tile Interceramic Colorland - Goldland 6

  • New 110V fridge in pilothouse under settee to port

There is no gas/propane on board, however provision for gas/propane is built-in, including gas/propane detection system in the galley.

Utility Room:

Generous utility room forward of the engine room and accessed by the engine room stairs, features a Bosch automatic washing machine, Bosch clothes dryer, big volume top loading freezer, storage cupboards and drawers for linen, and H&C sink set in counter top.


The basement is a forward machinery space, accessed via a hatch in guest cabin companionway.
This area is fitted with a two-way valve, which if there is water ingress/damage to the underwater forward section, would allow the hydraulically operated anchor wash down system to draw water from the forward bilge instead of from the raw water intake.
Additional basement features:

  • Bilge alarm for basement

  • Custom shelving for tools and spares

  • Back-up fresh water pump and filter, Mach 5 pump 110V

  • Sentry #A3431 1.2 cu. ft. personal safe installed

  • Village Marine 800 gallons per day, 240 volt with auto back flush. In new condition, never operated.

  • Hot water system heated either by 240V AC power or via main engine heat exchanger

  • Independent through hull and strainer for water maker


  • King size bed in the master

  • Queen size bed in the guest cabin

  • Duble bed in the pilothouse cabin


  • Two full ensuites, with additional H&C shower in cockpit, accessed from the swim platform


  • Three x Tecma fresh water flush 24-volt black with Y-valve for overboard or black tank disposal

  • Electric and manual pump out and deck pump out


  • 1 x Bose stereo/TV/DVD/CD/AM-FM system (saloon surround sound + cockpit speakers)

  • 2 x Panasonic TVs (saloon and master bedroom)

  • 2 x TEAC TVs (helm and guest bedroom)

  • 3 x Sony DVD/CD/radios (master, guest & helm)

  • 3 x Sony cameras, displaying engine room, aft decks and boarding platform on Navnet glass bridge

  • 1 x Blaupunkt radio/10-CD stacker (flybridge) 

Engine Room:
With a waterline of slightly more than 50 feet, the Nordhavn 55 has an efficient hull speed of 9.5 knots and under full load conditions, a range of 1500 nautical miles. The proven N55 hull form, a refinement of Nordhavn's MFD (Modified Full Displacement) design, features fuller aft sections that reduce "squatting" when running at higher speeds. Added benefits include reduced pitching motion and increased stability.

Main propulsion is provided by a Lugger L1276A 340 hp diesel engine rated at continuous 1800 rpm. This engine turns a 3-inch A22 drive shaft via a 4:1 reduction transmission. This amount of reduction allows the prop to turn slowly, greatly reducing noise and vibration. A dry exhaust, a signature design element of most Nordhavns, eliminates the need for a large through-hull and raw water pump, via a proprietary Fernstrum grid cooler mounted in recess in hull underwater, hull greatly reducing the risk of failure at sea.
Additional engine room features:

  • Main Engine: Lugger L1276A. 2C/MG5091 - 340 hp @1800 continuous

  • Main engine hours: 674

  • Wing engine: Lugger L-944-D Diesel " Get Home Engine" - 65 hp with Hurth V-Drive transmission with Gori 3 blade feathering propellor.

  • Wing engine hours: 189

  • All raw water strainers upgraded to Groco - two intake for sea chest (ER) model # SA-1500 w/monet basket and one intake for water maker (in basement) model # SA-750 with monel basket. Bilge Buster installed in engine room bilge.

  • ABT hydraulics package with 25 hp bow thruster, 25 hp stern thruster, raw water anchor chain wash pump, emergency bilge in engine room

  • Spurs line cutter on main shaft

  • Stabilizer fins antifouled in red, hull antifouled in black

Air Conditioning: 

  • CRUISAIR remote compressor system with SMX controls

  • Salon and galley - 48 BTU compressor / 2x24 BTU air handlers

  • Pilothouse - 30 BTU compressor / 1x16 BTU and 1x12 BTU air handlers

  • Master stateroom- 16 BTU compressor / 1x10 BTU and 1x7 BTU air handlers

  • Guest room - 10 BTU compressor / 1x10 BTU air handler

Fuel Capacity:

  • 8515 lts in 2 main tanks, 2 forward tanks and 1 day tank. (total of 5 tanks) "MV Skope" is fully bunkered

Water Capacity:

  • 2271 litres

  • Isolation valves H&C at every sink, shower, toilet, dishwasher etc. (17 total)


  • New Zealand Warrant of Electrical Fitness (WOEF, current)

  • "MV Skope" has been configured to operate in both 110V and 240V electrical environments, making her a truly 'international vessel'

  • Northern Lights 20Kw generator in Sound Shield 240V 60HZ, with GenSep exhaust system and Centek waterlift muffler. 24 V start with two Group 1 batteries

  • Second Northern Lights generator installed in lazarette - 9.0Kw Northern Lights generator in sound shield, with GenSep exhaust system and Centek waterlift muffler

  • Engine Room blowers are Dayton 4C831 exhaust and Dayton 2C647 intake

  • Olsen isolation transformer SGS12-YY

  • Olsen balancing transformer SGS 7.5SS

  • Olsen 3Kv transformer for oven operation from inverter

  • 8 x 225AMH (8D) Lifeline batteries in series for house service (2040 AMH)

  • Two additional (8D) batteries for 24 V engine starting

  • One Group 31 Lifeline battery in pilothouse for house communications service, with 20-amp charger

  • Trace Pure Sinewave Inverter 4000-watt 24-volt inverter/battery charger with remote panel in pilothouse

  • Cat. 5 cable wired for TV to salon and cabins

  • Lightning ground system with #2 wire and Forespar wand

  • Glendinning Automatic shorepower deploy and retrieval system in lazarette

  • Marinco 50 amp 124/250V shore power cord

  • Second shorepower inlet on foredeck brow.

  • (12) Hella turbo fans in interior - hard wired to saloon, galley, pilothouse, pilothouse cabin, master Cabin, guest cabin

  • 110-amp Mastervolt battery charger in lazarette. 190-250AC input multi-voltage 50-60 cycle charger to allow for voltage or European power charging the house batteries.

  • 2 x Xantrex 3000 VA 120v inverter/chargers (one for backup)

  • 1 x Xantrex 4000 VA 230v inverter/charger, for operation of small load AC appliances such as TV's Bose sound system, and small portable AC appliances

  • 1 x Mastervolt 100-amp 24v backup charger

  • Reverso oil change system plumbed for main and wing engine, main gearbox and two generators

  • Duplex GFCI outlet in basement for Mach 5 house water pump

  • LED lights for all navigation and anchoring lights - like 5529

  • All interior lights upgraded to LED

  • Dimmers on all salon, pilothouse and cabin lights

  • Red night lighting overhead in pilothouse and saloon

  • All interior courtesy lights installed to side of steps, in lieu of step risers

  • Spotlight on pilothouse brow

  • Two cameras

  • Maxwell chain counter for windlass - AA500C - two stations (pilothouse and flybridge)

  • Bilge pump counter in pilothouse - Aqual #20045

  • Shorepower "off" alarm displays blue strobe light at top of mast

  • There are both 110V AC and adjacent 240V AC outlets throughout the vessel

"MV Skope" is equipped with a very comprehensive suite of Navionics including:

  • 3 x Navnet Furuno MFD12 Navnet 3D 12.1" displays

  • Furuno Navnet GP33) B GPS receiver with 6M NMEA 2000 cable

  • MaxSea V64P-MAP NN3D/MaxSea time zero chart

  • 2 x Furuno Navnet 8" LCDs

  • Furuno ethernet HUB101

  • Wassp WMB160C Trackball compact keyboard

  • Wassp WMB PC Trackball

  • Furuno DRS12A-6 Navnet 3D 12Kw scanner (72 mile)

  • Furuno DRS4A Navnet 3D 4Kw scanner (48 mile)

  • Furuno DFFI digital external echo sounder 50/200k, 600/1000k for Navnet

  • Furuno SC30 GPS satellite compass with Radome antenna

  • Maretron SSC200-1 solid state compass compatible with NMEA 2000 & NMEA 0183 interface (secondary heading source)

  • Furuno FA50 Class B AIS transponder with GPA017S GPS antenna

  • Furuno Navplot500 adaptive autopilot system with 4.6" LCD display, back-up Furuno autopilot system

  • Furuno FAP5001 Navpilot 511 control unit

  • Jog Stick steering in pilothouse with separately mounted rudder angle indicator

  • Icom IC-M604G Marine VHF with DSC and hailer, with Pacific VHF aerial 7.3 metres

  • Icom 1CM422B Marine VHF waterproof with DSC, Pacific VHF aerial 7.3 metres

  • Icom IC-M802NZ marine SSB 150 watt with AT140 with Pacific VHF aerial 7.3 metres

  • Icom IC-M33 marine waterproof floating hand held VHF – 50 watts

  • Maretron Ultrasonic wind and weather station NMEA 2000

  • Sanshin searchlight - remote searchlight 2 x 55-watt 24DC

  • KVH M7 Tracvision M7 satellite TV antenna system dual LNB

  • KVH 01-0290-01 Tracvision M7 empty dome

  • Pacific P6136 GSM cell aerial 2.5m

  • Furuno FAX30 black box weather fax receiver for Navnet

  • 2 x Icom hand held VHFs

  • 2 x "Nordhavn" compasses, one in pilothouse, one in flybridge

Safety Gear: 
An extensive suite of NZ Maritime offshore safety equipment includes:

  • Fire suppression in engine room and lazarette

  • 406 EPIRB with GPS and auto release

  • Emergency hydraulic bilge pumps in engine room and forward machinery room

  • Life jackets as per NZ Maritime Safety Regulations

  • Throwing life ring

  • Flares as per NZ Maritime Safety Regulations

  • Life raft mounted in cradle with hydrostatic release

  • High powered spotlight with controls at flybridge and pilothouse helm station

  • Hand held Icom VHF waterproof, floating 50 watts

  • Kahlenberg horn with 6 horsepower compressor K500 120V

  • 4 x electric bilge pumps with alarms at helm & nav stations. Large capacity manual Edson pump. Engine driven hydraulic emergency high flow engine room bilge pump. 

Ground Tackle:

  • Upgraded Maxwell 4000 hydraulic vertical windlass with heavy duty band brake

  • Chain stopper

  • Bow tow eye

  • ABT -TRAC hydraulic anchor raw water washdown pump

  • Secondary deck hawse pipe and 18" shelf portside in the anchor locker with 'lip' for secondary rode

  • 110 kg galvanized Rocna anchor

  • Spare anchor with chain and rope in anchor locker

  • 400' high test galvanised chain

  • Anchor locker is fitted with overhead light and vent blower

  • Custom designed NZ offshore parachute anchor stows in locker beneath cockpit stairs, the long warp stows in a bag in the lazarette

Deck Gear:

  • "MV Skope" offers the optional integrated wide swim platform with L shaped hand rails and removable staples and tender cleats

  • Optional extended boat deck extends aft, entirely covering the lower cockpit

  • Optional GRP 3' swim step offers ease of boarding from side or stern, a great place for fishing and sun worshipping

  • Optional GRP hard top with stainless steel supports and mounting platforms for (2) radars

  • The flybridge is equipped with optional two Stidd helm chairs, a large settee and table, fridge, sink with H&C water

  • Optional Hatch on boa tdeck over aft staircase, keeps cockpit dry in inclement weather

  • Optional pilothouse level boarding door to starboard allowing boarding alongside high quays

  • Step in cockpit above fresh water tap for access to starboard side

  • Boat deck rails modified to be removable aft, with stainless steel mini-posts to secure removed rails. This allows easier of deployment and retrieval of tender.

  • Bow tow eye

  • Two fishing rod holders in aft cockpit coaming

  • Optional electric hydraulic lift for cockpit/lazarette hatch

  • Stainless steel steps to lazarette

  • Optional flopper stopper rigs port and starboard, for stability and comfort whilst at anchor in rolling anchorages

  • Extensive canvas covers including tender, flybridge seats, console

  • Clear acrylic storm boards for salon windows with stainless fixing hardware, stowed in MSR

  • Miele KM-411 240v electric BBQ in cockpit cabinet top, (used 3 times) with adjacent sink with H&C water

  • Factory built aft cockpit teak varnished table (matches saloon table) with removable pedestal. Table stows in custom bag in vertical holder in lazarette.

  • 4 x USA supplied teak folding chairs, which stow in the starboard Portuguese locker

  • Aluminium gasoline tank with 24v bowser pump in GRP box on boat deck. Hose/nozzle long enough to reach tender fuel tank whilst alongside in the water.

  • AC Duplex outlet on boat deck at base of stack for tender battery charging and general maintenance with power tools

  • Stainless steel 'deadlights' and insect screens for all portholes

  • Deep T-bar swim ladder allows easy access for swimmers and divers, to and from the water

  • Upgraded davit to Steelhead SM1500R with 3' extension davit

  • Underwater transom lights

  • Spotlight mounted on custom teak base

  • Swim step stainless steel staples

  • Hot and cold shower in aft cockpit, accessible from swim step

  • Custom stainless railing around entire Portuguese bridge area

  • Additional stainless handholds in key external areas for added safety under passage

  • Custom canvas covers

  • A large selection of heavy-duty ropes and lines


  • Caribe rigid inflatable dinghy with GSP, fish finder

  • Battery minder for Caribe battery

  • Yamaha New Generation 4 stroke

General Remarks:
"MV Skope" is a New Zealand Maritime Registered Ship, with all New Zealand Import duties and taxes fully paid.

To illustrate how well this model was embraced by the passage making fraternity, and to highlight the popularity of the timeless design, robust construction and exquisite finishes, PAE/Nordhavn took over a dozen orders for the Nordhavn 55 before hull number one was even launched. The N55 still remains one of the most successful models in the Nordhavn range.

"MV Skope" is a unique and highly desirable vessel, a once in a lifetime opportunity, fully bunkered, and ready now to offer her new owner's an exciting and adventurous life change in style and total comfort.

For further information, or to arrange a personal tour of this fine vessel please contact Nordhavn's Australasian representative Peter Devers on+61 419760258 or email peter@nordhavn.com.au.

Owner’s personal effects

Location: Picton, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, New Zealand 

Listing Price: NZ$ 2,675,000


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