Finally a builder has introduced something
new and very different. Nordhavn, which pioneered the concept of single-engine long
range power cruisers over 20 years ago, has now taken the next step by building
a trans-oceanic luxury motoryacht with twin engines. Not only that, but she is rigged
for serious fishing. Finally a sportsman can go in pursuit of the elusive 2,000-lb.
black marlin, fish everywhere Zane Gray went, as well as places he could never reach
--or, go scuba diving in mid-pacific atolls, or explore the Northeast Passage, or
visit the Spice Islands. With 4,300 gallons of fuel and a cruising fuel burn of
12 to 15 gph at cruising speed, most of the world is within reach.
Yes, she’s a Nordhavn, but she’s much more than an expedition yacht. Find out
about this amazing new design.
Listen to this: The 75 EYF has a 22’4” beam. Displace 235,000 lbs., draws 6’6” and
carries 4,300 gallons of fuel. Except for the beam, those are the kind of specs
you’d expect to see in a 100-foot motoryacht costing $8 million or more. This Nordhavn
costs $4 million.
She has four en suite staterooms plus a captain’s cabin in the pilot house. Her
dining table can seat eight, her galley is as big as you’ll find on most boats 20’
larger and the business end of this beauty will give the boys building grand prix
tournament fishermen something to think about.
Now that’s what we call a cockpit. Did you want mezzanine seating? How about
the real thing!
The 75EYF as a Fisherman
Not that sportfishing boat builders will be frightened of losing sales, because
they will not. The people buying Hatteras, Viking, Bertram and other brands of sportfishermen
want to blast out of marinas each morning going 40 knots and yelling the good old
boy’s he-haw all the way to the fishing grounds, burning 150 gph or more (chump
change when you are having fun!) No, a fellow who thinks in those terms will not
be interested in the Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher.
But other people will. People who want long distance cruising adventure and prefer
to be aboard the boat on its way to a destination, rather than let the crew take
it down and fly in. When you have 235,000 lbs. under you and big stabilizers, that
trip is a lot more fun.
Alfred Glassell in Cabo Blanco, Peru in 1953 with his IGFA world record black
marlin that has never been beaten.
There other kinds of fishermen, ones who don’t care about big money caluttas and
going 40 knots. Men like Zane Gray, Kip Farrington, and certainly Ernest Hemingway
would fall into that group of individuals who had their own agendas and timetables.
These are the kind of men who would be intrigued by the capabilities of the Nordhavn
Zane Gray with a huge black marlin in Tahiti in the early 1930s.
The world record black marlin (1560 lb.) was taken off Cabo Blanco, Peru in 1953
and has never been broken. One of the reasons is that long liners have taken a heavy
toll on these mighty creatures, but another is that big game anglers can only fish
where the boats are, or where their boats can reach (and where there is an airport
nearby). These monster fish range all over the Pacific, but there are only a few
places, mostly along the coasts and in the Hawaiian Islands, where IGFA-anglers
fish for them. The Pacific is a very big ocean, and the 75 can go anywhere.
How’s the Fishability?
The 75 is called a “tri-deck” (even though it has more than three decks), and while
the flying bridge is not quite as high as a tuna tower would be, it is nearly so.
And it is certainly a lot more comfortable and safe. My guess is that a good captain
would spy just as many fish, or weed lines, or oil slicks from this perch as from
a tower which might only be 5’ higher.
Look at the graceful sweep the sheer line. See the graceful dip just forward
of the end of the cabin? We call that a nod to John Rybovich, who we think would
have liked this boat -- for its practicality, if nothing else.
But it is at the business end that the Nordhavn shows its stuff. The builders of
so-called battlewagons are all quite proud of the their mezzanine seating, but this
boat has them beat hands down. Not only is there mezzanine seating, it is on a real
mezzanine! Not only that but there are two tables as well, so that while an angler
is waiting for a strike, he can be sitting in comfort having his cucumber sandwich
and Coors Light. Guests can be stationed there with their video cameras, munching
on lobster tail, ready for the action.
Something Sportfishing Boats Don’t Have
In the forward part of the cockpit is a live baitwell with picture window, a freezer,
sink and bait prep counter. Ask a captain of one of the traditional sportfishing
boats with mezzanine seating where he hides his bait prep area and he’ll tell you
he doesn’t need one. He’ll tell you that good captains make up their ballyhoo bait
(or buy it) the night before on the dock and freeze it. Trouble is, you don’t fish
for giant black marlin with ballyhoo bait. And if you are after the really big ones,
kona Lures won’t do either. You need the real thing and big. It’s best if you catch
it yourself. Where do you buy frozen bait on Lizard Island, anyway?
Note the eight huge scuppers in the 75’s cockpit! That’s the way it should be
done. When backing down on big game in a rough sea you can easily take several tons
of water over the transom – but it won’t be in this cockpit long!
Now, will the 235,000 lb. Nordhavn be able to back down quickly and be nimble enough
to turn its stern first to port, then starboard following a billfish yearning to
be free? We don’t know. There are controls on the mez deck for the captain, but
how quick will the boat respond? Maybe the boat’s bow thruster will help. Maybe
it doesn’t make any difference because people have been fishing from yachtfishermen
and 100-foot sportfishermen for years.
One thing that big game anglers don’t talk much about is how they use their boats
to catch giant marlin. These fish can swim at 30 mph or faster in short bursts,
and what does an angler do when they shoot forward of the boat? That’s right, the
captain guns the engines and they shoot right along with it with the rod out to
the side, madly reeling in line, and closing on the fish. Its exciting to think
of the places around the world that the 75EYF can jump on the big ones and battle
it out mano-a-mano.
Calling Martin Frobisher
There is perhaps a far larger group of sportsmen, men who are into exploration on
their own, and are looking for voyages of their own personal discovery, who might
be interested in the 75. For them destinations such as the coast of Labrador, the
Amazon, the Great Barrier Reef and the Baltic Sea beckon. For those yachtsmen, the
kind of comfort found aboard the 75 is appealing. The vessel has a master stateroom
that is huge. It has a desk, a sofa, in addition to a king size bed and large head
The master stateroom of the Nordhavn 75 is as yachty and as cozy as they come.
The desk and sofa in the master.
The boat is ideal for three our four cruising couples, not only because of the four
ensuite staterooms, but because there are so many places on the boat where one can
find privacy – the saloon, the pilot house, the flying bridge, the aft deck, the
settee, and one’s own cabin. And at cocktail hour there is a friendly bar adjacent
the galley. And the chef can remain part of the socializing and not miss any of
the day’s stories.
Early birds can have breakfast on the top deck at a round table. Lunch can be served
on the mez, and dinner can be by candle light in the main saloon. The boat is not
only an ideal expedition yacht, but it is also a fine entertaining platform. Guest
will be blown away by the fun to be had on this boat.
This is a galley even Martha Stewart would like.
Some of the Systems
When it comes to the engine room and the systems of the boat, we can attest that
Nordhavn has gone first class all the way. The main engines are twin MTU Series
60 (Detroit Diesel) 740-hp diesels driving through Twin Disc 3.43:1 marine gears
turning 42x40x4 props. You will always have good fuel anywhere in the world because
the boat comes standard with an Alfa Laval centrifugal force fuel polisher, which
is the only way to go.
Nordhavn has also put a 35kva Atlas transformer aboard which will convert 50 cycle
shore power in Europe to the 60 cycles you need to run the ships systems, plus it
will do lots of other things to make your electrical power almost like home (or
maybe better!) There are two standard generators, a 40 kw and a 21.kw Onan so that
you can match the load with the generators, which should be operated under the appropriate
load for peak performance.
Enclosing the engine room and all of that racket are 2” of Soundown lead foam insulation
and 2” of 3M Thinsulite. We’re told that one can hardly hear the engines. We haven’t
tested the boat so we have no idea what the noise levels will be, but since we normally
take the readings at the helm, and on the 75 that is two decks above in a closed
cabin, my guess is that the readings will be of the A/C fan, not the engines.
This is a cross section of the boat taken at station #6. Note the skegs protecting
each of the props and the rounded bilges.
Sea Kindly Design
There are a number of things we like about the bottom design of this boat. First,
the bilges are round. Most powerboaters have grown up on hard chine boats that were
either planing or semi-planing hulls. The 75 is a displacement speed boat so it
does not need hard chines. Moreover, the round chines make her a much more sea kindly
vessel. The reason is that her rolling moment will be slower than it would be on
a hard chine boat. It is the snappy roll of a hard chine boat that is so wearing
after a couple of hours of holding on and bracing. This is one reason why sailboats
are more comfortable than even big motoryachts in rough seas.
This picture was taken just after the boat came out of the mold. Note the propeller
pocket, the large skeg and the keel.
The second thing we like are the skegs and keel protruding below the props. That
design element is worth its weight in gold. Theoretically the boat could rest level
on these three points, but we wouldn’t want to test that out.
This is station #1-1/2 at the bow. Note the very sharp entry, then the slightly
convex hull sides.
Forward, the hull has a sharp entry to reduce pounding and then the hull has a convex
shape which gives buoyancy to the bow and slows the pitching of the boat in head
We have not tested the Nordhavn 75 EYF (but we’d sure like to!), so we can only
pass along performance numbers that have been given to us by the builder. We’re
told that her WOT is 14.3 knots, and she will cruise comfortably at 12.5 knots and
have a range of 1,850 nautical miles. At 9 knots she has a range of 3,000 nautical
miles, they say.
Can’t you just see her on her way to Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?
Where are the Boats?
Two of these vessels have been built and two have been sold. One is on the West
Coast and one is on the East Coast. Both are owned by people who are casual fishermen,
and who primarily plan to use the boat for cruising. So, this summer if you see
one of these boats going up the Inside Passage to Alaska or somewhere down the Bahamas
island chain, be sure to wave.
The third boat is under construction as you read this and should be completed in
September of this year. It has not yet been sold, but by the looks of Norhavn’s
schedule of promotions, it will be soon.
Nordhavn’s Website Rates #1 With Us
Nordhavn’s specifications and detailed information about this boat, and virtually
all of their boats, is the most extensive you will find on any pleasure boat website
in the world today. Even if you are not interested in this boat, or even this brand,
we urge you to take the time to read the list of specifications and lists of equipment
on the Nordhavn website. And, if you are planning on buying a boat in this size
range by any builder, you should print it out. The information on the Nordhavn site
will give you a very good idea of what any well-founded boat should have, and it
will save you a lot of research time in the process.
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