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February 10, 2007

Nordhavn unveilsnew 68-foot passagemaker

Dana Point, CA – (March 28, 2004) – Maintaining a focus on building brawny boats loaded with technology, amenities and style as reflected in their latest models, Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) is introducing a new 68-foot long-range cruising Nordhavn. With popularity of expedition-style trawlers at an all-time high, this new N68 will bridge the gap between the look and feel of the Nordhavn 62 and the current flagship of the line, the Nordhavn 76. “There are those who have great affection for the aft pilot house boat and we felt that there was room in between our 62 and 76 for such a boat,” said PAE President Dan Streech.

The distinct styling of the 62 has been a Nordhavn hallmark for a dozen years, and the 68 captures the essence of her smaller sister. Yet it incorporates the latest thinking in design, systems and technology and packages it all into a beamier, heartier hull. And despite the size advantage, this vessel will just as easily be managed by a cruising couple without need for captain and crew.

Stepping onto the boat, the massive size of the 21-foot wide expanse will be immediately felt. The 68 carries its beam further aft and has a higher freeboard forward, thus providing more room on the inside. Offered in both an asymmetrical and dual-walkaround layout, the huge saloon will be an ideal gathering area for when the boat plays host to larger groups. Meanwhile, cooking for the masses will be a snap in the big gourmet galley with such features as granite countertops and SubZero appliances.

Because the 68 is an aft pilothouse model, the foredeck is open so there are deck hatches for lots of light and ventilation. This is especially noticeable in the sumptuous master stateroom. Located just two steps down and forward from the saloon/galley area, the bright and airy cabin offers its owners a pleasant haven for an afternoon nap or good night’s sleep.

Guests will be treated to two luxurious staterooms located down a staircase just off the galley/saloon. Two heads – one ensuite – are swathed in granite and the finest fixtures. Situated just across the hall from the staterooms is the roomy, state-of-the-art engine room with its 6’2” ceiling. Purring along will be a 400-hp single Dietroit Diesel Series 60 14L engine that will drive forward the 180,000 lb. boat at a cruising speed of 9.5 kts.

Like the most recent offerings to the Nordhavn line – the 55, 72, 76 and 86 – the new Nordhavn 68 will be filled with the best equipment standard including bow and stern thrusters, air conditioning, Stidd helm chairs and the top appliances. “This boat will be so feature-packed that there is not a regular option sheet for it,” says Streech.

Like the 62 and the 76, the N68 will be built at the Ta Shing yacht yard in Taiwan. Tooling has just commenced and the first hull is expected to ship from the factory next fall.


LOA: 68’ ½”    
LWL: 63’ 2”
BEAM: 20’ 4”              
DRAFT (full load): 6’8”
DISPLACEMENT (full load): 180,000 lbs.
D/L: 278
WATER: 575 gals.
FUEL: 3,200 gals.
Cp: .54  
RANGE: 3,000 nm @9.5 kts.



For more information on the Nordhavn 68, please contact us.


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