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Nordhavn 80

"Overall, I want the Nordhavn 80 to have a more yachty, modern feel,” says Nordhavn’s Chief Designer Jeff Leishman. “I don’t want her to be as commercial-looking as some of my earlier stuff—the 76, for example.” Two design elements make obvious contributions to Leishman’s vision for the 80, presently under development in Xiamen, China. First, her sheerline, which is arrow-straight—no break, no swoop, no nothin’. And second, her foredeck, which is virtually parallel to the waterline. “Modern design,” Leishman opines, “favors such flat, straight things.”

Although the 80 will have conventional power (two 375-horsepower John Deere inboard diesels), there’ll be some standout propulsion-related features as well. Skegs and grounding shoes, for example, will protectively enclose each propeller. And the sections forward of the props will be fuller and somewhat deeper, thereby offering even more protection. Performance, of course, will favor the long-haul set, with a top speed of about 12 knots, a cruise speed of about 9 knots, and (thanks to a 5,000-gallon fuel capacity) an ocean-crossing range.

The main deck will sport a salon, a dining area, a “huge” (according to Leishman) galley, and an owner’s suite up forward. And topside, either a captain’s cabin, a penthouse-type owner’s suite, or a skylounge will be available abaft the bridge area. Interested? Be patient, friends—the Nordhavn 80 will debut in 2019.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.