The people at Nordhavn are leaders in ocean-going powerboat design, and now the California company is focusing its expertise on a coastal cruiser that appeals to East Coast sensibilities. The Coastal Pilot 59 (shown above), with tooling under construction at the company’s factory in China, marks Nordhavn’s first semi-displacement boat since the Nordhavn 35.
The 35 was a single-stateroom coastal cruiser with a top end of around 15 knots. Not many were built, and the boat is now out of production.
The new N59 CP, offered with two or three staterooms, is intended to run at around 20 knots at wide-open throttle. She will be powered with twin 715 hp Cummins, somewhat of a departure from Nordhavn’s usual reliance on single-screw, and a reflection of the 59’s coastal mission.
Still she will be built to CE Category A standards, ensuring an ability to make ocean passages, with a range of up to 1,000 nm at displacement speeds, according to Nordhavn. The boat also differs from the Nordhavn staple in draft—less than 41/2 feet—making her well suited for the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahamian banks.
The boat’s designers have also gone to extraordinary lengths to eliminate engine noise, beginning with the fact that the machinery spaces are abaft the accommodations behind two sound-insulated bulkheads. The exhaust system is specially engineered for ultra-quiet operation, according to Nordhavn.
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