Now THIS is power voyaging

You think you get a little weak in the knees when it comes to filling your boat’s fuel tank? How’d you like to fill 17,500 gallons worth of tank? (At $5 a gallon, that’s an $87,500 fuel bill.) But once you get the new Nordhavn 120 fueled up, you would be able to cross many thousands of miles of ocean to any corner of the planet.

Just a few weeks ago construction commenced on the first Nordhavn 120 at a brand-new 21-acre Nordhavn shipyard at South Coast Marine in Xiamen, China. “This state-of-the-art seaside factory was built specifically for these new Nordhavn designs,” says Nordhavn Chief of Design and co-owner Jeff Leishman. At a length of 120 feet, 7 inches, a beam of 27 feet, 11 inches and a draft of 9 feet, the N120 is being built to ABS-certification and is reportedly designed to fit in a marina anchorage (a BIG marina anchorage, that is!). The N120 will be sea-trialed and commissioned at the factory in the presence of its owner’s crew, who will then deliver it on its own bottom at a cruising speed of about 12 knots. The first hull is expected to arrive in California in Spring 2011.

By Ocean Navigator