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Nordhavn 50
(w/ 1 x 250-hp Lugger L-6108A diesel inboard)

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Brief Summary

The Nordhavn 50 is a yacht designed for both coastal cruising and real ocean crossings. She delivers high-end comfort, sure stability and sophistication in a classic design.

Key Features

An integral swim platform makes dingy boarding a cinch and provides step-in access for divers. There is a storage console up forward with a sink, and lazzarette. A breakfast bar separates the salon from the galley, which is designed for live-aboard cruising. The galley comes complete with a Norcold refrigerator, three-burner electric stove, oven and microwave. The Nordhavn 50 is offered standard with two staterooms, but she can also be ordered with a three-stateroom layout, as in our test boat. We also discovered that the stairway leading down from the pilothouse is dangerously wide-open to anyone entering from the starboard sidedecks, but since our test Nordhavn says it remedied the problem.


Length Overall 50' 6''
Beam 16' 0''
Dry Weight 55,932 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 5' 2''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom ~
Max Headroom 6'5''
Bridge Clearance n/a
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 1,320 gal.
Water Capacity 300 gal.
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power 1 x 250-hp Lugger L-6108 diesel inboard
Tested Power 1 x 250-hp Lugger L-6108A diesel inboard
Opt. Power Not Available

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
1000 5.6 4.9 1.2 4.7 4.1 5544 4821 65
1250 6.8 5.9 2.0 3.4 3.0 4039 3512 67
1500 8.0 7.0 3.9 2.1 1.8 2437 2119 67
1750 9.1 7.9 5.5 1.7 1.4 1966 1709 68
2000 10.0 8.7 7.8 1.3 1.1 1523 1324 70
2250 10.6 9.2 8.5 1.3 1.1 1482 1288 71
2400 10.8 9.4 9.4 1.2 1.0 1365 1187 69
1000 4821 8922 9.00 4.54 1.99 65
1250 3512 6500 10.90 7.57 1.45 67
1500 2119 3922 12.90 14.76 0.87 67
1750 1709 3164 14.60 20.82 0.70 68
2000 1324 2451 16.10 29.53 0.54 70
2250 1288 2385 17.10 32.18 0.53 71
2400 1187 2197 17.40 35.58 0.49 69

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

Time To Plane N/A
0 to 30 N/A
Ratio 3.0:1
Props 34
Load 1/2 fuel, full water, 4 persons on board, min. cruising gear
Climate Temp: 74F, Humid: 67%, Wind: 5-10 knots, Seas: 1-2 feet

Nordhavn 50 Line Drawing


Captain's Report

The Norhavn 50 is a serious bluewater yacht designed for both coastal cruising and real ocean crossings. The hull design of this 50-footer has been thoroughly tank tested, and results show that her bulbous bow and full width stern create a perfect combination of efficiency through the water and reduced pitching in a sea way. Wide bulwarks outboard protect her rugged hull, and her 16-foot beam and high freeboard ensure a stable yet dry ride offshore. Underway the boat proved her stable design thanks to her wide beam and 5’1” keel.With a single 250-hp Lugger diesel, we recorded a comfortable top-speed of 9.4 knots. Burning just 9.4 gallons per hour at wide open throttle (1 n.m./gallon), the 50 can travel nearly 1,200 nautical miles. But back her down to 7 knots and she can cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop. Because she’s a displacement hull there is no “best cruise” rpm setting. Basically you determine the rpm based on the range and speed you need to make.Though she’s not going anywhere fast, the Norhavn 50 can take you anywhere far, AND in the comfort and traditional style of a proper yacht.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Nordhavn 50 is 10.8 mph (17.4 kph), burning 9.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 35.58 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Nordhavn 50 is 10.0 mph (16.1 kph), and the boat gets 1.28 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.54 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 1523 miles (2451.03 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Lugger L-6108A diesel inboard.

Standard and Optional Features


Air Cond./Heat Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard Maxwell VWC


Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard

Exterior Features

Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Optional
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Generator Optional Panda
Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
Helm: Second Station Standard
Trash Compactor Standard
Washer/Dryer Standard Splendide
Washer/Dryer Standard Splendide


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