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Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot

May 2014 New Boats Notebook

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Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot

The 59 Coastal Pilot is a fresh take on a good idea for Nordhavn, which, along with its manufacturer Pacific Asian Enterprises, is famed for producing world-girdling vessels. The 59 is more of a transitional boat, aimed either at retirees whose circumnavigating days have passed them by (but for whom that Seattle to Cabo San Lucas voyage looks mighty tempting), or for would-be globetrotters who aren’t ready to delve full bore into expedition-type boats. A CE Category A unlimited offshore rating means this boat is safe, while top speeds cresting 20 knots means she’ll be enjoyable within a limited time frame. That’s important, because even PAE vice president Jim Leishman admits, “You have to have a lot of time to fully enjoy a full-displacement Nordhavn.”

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This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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