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Racking Up The Miles

Nordhavn owners capture long-distance trophy

Cruisers came from near and far to attend the 2010 Anacortes (WA) Trawler Fest produced by Passagemaker Magazine. The northwest location is traditionally the most popular of the power cruising series’ five sites and this year’s event, held May 20-22, was no different. Several hundred cruising enthusiasts came to the three-day fete – one boater from as far as Hawaii – but it was David Lee and Susie Dakers, owners of Nordhavn 55 Last Mango who amassed the greatest number of miles to make it to the show on time, and thus earned the highly coveted “Ocean Navigator Trophy” awarded to the person/couple/crew who has traveled the longest distance to a Trawler Fest. (As a sponsor of Trawler Fest, Ocean Navigator magazine has presented this trophy at each of the Trawler Fest locations for the past 10 years.)

The couple traveled all the way from Panama to attend the event while their boat came 2,000-nm up the coast from Mexico. David and Susie purchased the boat last year and are currently in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

Logging huge miles is nothing new for Nordhavn owners. As the prolific Ken Williams, owner of Nordhavn 64 Sans Souci, ringleader of the Great Siberian Sushi Run and author of the mega-popular cruising blog wrote recently: “Nordhavn boats tend not to sit still.” That’s about as simple and straightforward as it gets. Just to illustrate his point, we’ve got the Nordhavn Distance Pennant Program going on. It’s a rough yardstick for the number of miles Nordhavns have logged under their keels. With just under half of all Nordhavns reporting, we’re up over 3.3 million miles. (Note to Nordhavn owners: please be sure to register your trips – near or far.) That’s an impressive benchmark, one that no other boating manufacturer can claim.


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