Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Nordhavn Yachts, announced the addition of two new oceangoing vessels to its lineup. The Nordhavn 625 will be a twist on the current Nordhavn 60 hull, while the Nordhavn 71 offers a modern option in the 65- to 75-foot range.
Based on the popular Nordhavn 60, the Nordhavn 625 will employ some of the same bulk production techniques being used with the late N41 and 51 builds.
Despite a number of Nordhavn 60 orders on the books, Nordhavn co-owner and Chief of Design Jeff Leishman saw an opportunity to further improvise the model’s hull. The result is a fresh, modern exterior that’s more in line with the sleek new profile Leishman has been injecting into his latest models.
"The N625 will maintain the same footprint as the N60, but will also feel entirely different," said Leishman. The flybridge is slightly bigger, the windows in the cabins will be bigger, and some seating has been added to the foredeck.
“It will feel lighter and brighter, and give a sense of a bigger boat,” Leishman said. Like the N60 and N63 before her, the N625 will have three cabins: two below and one abaft the wheelhouse.
The N625 will also borrow traits from the more recent Turkish-built N41 and N51 designs, utilizing a production-boat approach. It will have more equipment and features as standard, though tender and soft goods will not be included in the standard boat.
The N625 will be built by Nordhavn’s partner factory, South Coast, at a brand new Taiwanese facility. South Coast, which already builds the N60, ventured into Taiwan in part to combat the Chinese tariff. The first N625 will lay up in May and is expected to be complete by the end of 2021.
The Nordhavn 71 is a brand new boat that will follow in the wake of the Nordhavn 80, providing her owners an elegant, modern, state-of-the-art oceangoing vessel. The N71 is a brand new hull, created for those who find themselves in the upper end of the mid-size range, who desire the esthetic of one of Nordhavn’s larger yachts, but want the ability to manage without crew.
With the first three hulls committed to by former Nordhavn 68 or Nordhavn 60 owners, the N71 seems to fill a void. According to Leishman, the N71 is a modern response to the third generation Nordhavns that were built in the early 2000s. As we all know, styling, technology and creature comforts have all evolved since then.
“It was time to provide that size category in our product line with a new alternative,” Leishman said.
The Nordhavn 71 is available in two layouts: a three-stateroom layout with a sky lounge, or a layout that incorporates a fourth stateroom in place of the sky lounge. While decidedly smaller than the 80, the N71 mimics her twin-model configuration, sleek lines and advanced engineering. She was designed with Nordhavn’s in-house Computational Fluid Dynamics program, delivers ocean-crossing capability, and will be built to the strictest CE Certification standard for offshore use.
“[In creating the N71] we took everything we knew from the Nordhavn 68 and 76 models and applied the parts that were most successful,” said Project Manager Justin Zumwalt, who for 16 years has overseen the N64/68 and N72/76 projects.
Aesthetics aside, the N71 benefits from more intuitive space planning, a stepped-up lighting schedule, a big dining room, spacious owner's cabin and larger windows. Though it's hardly a cookie-cutter boat—the specification includes a credit for furniture so buyers can choose their own chairs, dining table, pillows and more, resulting in a highly-individualized yacht.
The N71 will be constructed at the Ta Shing yard in Taiwan, where the 68 and 76 are built. Tooling is currently being fabricated and the first hull is expected to begin construction in January of 2022. The lead time of Hull No. 1 will be 18 months, and Leishman anticipates production will streamline down to 15 months with subsequent models.