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For the past 15 years, Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (PAE) has devoted its efforts toward the development of the NORDHAVN line of offshore passagemaking trawlers. Endeavors such as the Around-The-World voyage in a Nordhavn 40 and the most recent Nordhavn Atlantic Rally, combined with innovative design ideas have set PAE atop of this growing industry. However the roots of the successful bluewater poweryacht franchise actually lie under an impressive sailing legacy that saw the construction of over 250 cruising sailboats. PAE’s MASON line was first introduced in 1979 and models ranged from 34 to 64 feet.

PAE’s interest in sail has been rekindled with their latest design: a motorsailer that will have true Nordhavn capabilities with transoceanic range under power alone and modest sailing performance in offshore conditions.

This rugged 50-footer will displace over 60,000 lbs. and carry 750 gallons of fuel. Powered by the proven Lugger 1066 T diesel engine, a top cruising speed of 9 knots will be possible. The rugged Lugger will drive a 30-inch four-bladed controllable pitch Hundestad propeller and will offer unparalleled flexibility of operation. When conditions dictate, the propeller can be fully feathered to enhance sailing performance. Alternatively, the engine can be run at very low rpm and high propeller pitch - combined with the drive and stabilizing force of the sails – which together will provide an astounding level of comfort, economy and capability.

This motorsailer provides a trawler-style aft deck with a sailing cockpit and steering station forward of the saloon/wheelhouse. Access to the forward sailing cockpit is via wide side decks or from the saloon/wheelhouse. Powered main and headsail furlers along with power winches will make sail handling a manageable affair for short-handed crews. A 10-foot RIB can be accommodated athwartships atop the saloon/wheelhouse roof and a power davit is standard for launching.

Surrounded by rugged half-inch tempered windows, the saloon/wheelhouse offers unrestricted 360-degree views providing an ideal steering navigation station for the captain. The cushy wraparound settee to starboard provides a comfortable dining area and two reclining chairs to port are perfect for guests to lounge and take in the scenery. A Dutch door allows easy access to the aft deck with a smaller door leading forward to the sailing cockpit.

Going below via a gentle “L” shaped stairway, a huge, well-ventilated and lighted galley offers abundant countertop space and cabinet storage as well as refrigerator and freezer space. Luxurious master and guest staterooms are separated by the galley and the full stand-up engine room which comes complete with workbench, washer/dryer and tool and spare parts storage.

This new motorsailer will feature the world class fit and finish Nordhavns are known for and will include superb electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems that are a result of PAE’s vast offshore experience.

The project is still in preliminary stages however all the lines have been drawn and initial feedback has been positive. Assuming PAE moves forward with the motorsailer, construction will take place at the South Coast yard in Taiwan with delivery of the first boat expected within two years. Typical of the Nordhavn line, the motorsailer will include the finest equipment and interior styling. Pricing will start at around $800,000 US.

LOA: 50’
LWL: 46’ 
BEAM: 15’5”     
DISPLACEMENT: 62,180 lbs.
BALLAST: 15,000 lbs.
WATER: 250 gals.
FUEL: 750 gals.
RANGE: 3,000 nm*
*range under power only


We’d like to get your feedback on this boat. It will help determine the direction we take in terms of when and if to commence construction. Please email us with your comments.