Nordhavn has always been renowned for building boats with distinctive lines and rugged silhouettes, and the new 63 from the California-based company is no exception. The boat shares a hull form with Nordhavn’s popular 55 and 60, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its own dynamic design attributes. Most strikingly, the 63 features an aft wheelhouse. This design allows for enough room on the foredeck to accommodate a relatively large tender—up to 17 feet long—which can be raised and lowered by the Steelhead ES 1500 telescoping crane that comes standard on each boat. A second difference is the noticeably narrower beam, whittled down to 18 feet from the 20 feet on the 62. Nordhavn says the reduced beam came about since some owners were having trouble fitting into their slips. However, the narrower beam does not mean the 63 is in want of interior space, thanks in part to a new engine room design that moved the aft bulkhead closer to the stern and helped provide more space for the staterooms.
And that interior—lined with raised cherry paneling throughout—is typical of Nordhavn’s high standards for luxury and comfort. Of particular note is a galley that is fit for a king and features granite countertops, a GE stainless steel Liquid Propane Gas four-burner stove and convection/microwave oven, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. It’s safe to say no one onboard will go hungry. Below, four staterooms, including an expansive master near amidships that boasts excellent natural light, will make the owner and guests feel right at home on any expedition—a welcome feature since with a projected range of 3,000 NM, it’s likely that the 63’s owner will tucker out before his boat does.
This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.