The 57 is towards the upper end of the builder's lineup, with six Nordhavn models offered from 35 to 62 feet. What makes a full-displacement vessel like the Nordhavn 57 feeI so different, for someone accustomed to a planing hull, is its motion at sea. A displacement hull has slack bilges rather than hard chines, so it has less form stability. That means it rolls around more easily, both in a turn and in a seaway. But don't let this fool you; this yacht will roll 160 degrees, nearly inverted, and come back again; the typical planing hull would be very lucky to survive half that much roll. The Nordhavn also has gyro-controlled active stabilizers.

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For years, P.A.E. has demonstrated the virtues of full displacement passagemakers. It first delighted the powerboat market with the introduction of its Nordhavn 46, a moderately sized, full displacement motoryacht. Capable of crossing any ocean, over 75 of these popular cruisers have been built to date. During the development of its Nordhavn 62, a ship-like vessel designed for those with even more ambitious cruising plans, P.A.E. continued its evolutionary work on the modern day, long range cruiser. While many bluewater purists have become enamored by the unique, commercial-looking appearance of both the 46 and 62, P.A.E. recognized a demand for a more contemporary styled yacht. The Nordhavn 57 was born, creating a state-of-the-art passagemaker with lines that will grace the world's finest marinas and yacht clubs. With a range of over 3,000 nautical miles, the 57 is designed to take her owner and crew wherever they desire in style. Beautifully handcrafted by the world's finest shipwrights, her modern, contemporary look provides spacious, luxurious accommodations, yet she maintains a sense of serious determination that will endear her to the most salty traditionalist.


Thanks to extraordinary attention to hull design and a commitment to extensive tank testing, the Nordhavn 57 has exceeded P.A.E.'s expectations for speed and efficiency. A close look at its wide range of cruising speeds, coupled with its efficient fuel burning rate, will clearly demonstrate that this boat is the embodiment of today's modern, long distance cruiser.


The key to a successful hull design is efficiency, as it is vital that the boat move through the water with the least amount of effort in all conditions. As detailed in the P.A.E. company brochure, the displacement hull is designed to run most efficiently in the speed/length ratio range of between l.l and l.2. The boat's ideal ocean crossing speed is therefore computed by multiplying the square root of the waterline length by l.l or l.2. In the case of the Nordhavn 57, this ideal speed is between 8 and 9 knots, and at this speed it has a range in excess of 2,600 nautical miles. At the more customary cruising speed of l.34 S/L, the 57 will achieve a very comfortable, efficient 9 to l0 knots. Here, the 57's speed is optimum for most long distance voyages. She's running quietly and smoothly, and she's moving along at a speed that covers 240 nautical miles every 24 hours.

Appreciating the needs of today's time conscious owner, P.A.E. worked even further on improving the upper speed range of the 57. With the help of extensive tank testing, the hull design was refined to include the utilization of a parabolic shaped bulbous bow, full sections aft, and a stern which minimizes drag-inducing suction at higher speeds. The results were significant gains in efficiency, allowing the boat to run easily at the S/L of 1.5, or approximately 11.5 knots. At this speed, the Nordhavn 57 has a range of l,400 nautical miles, making it ideal for coastal cruising or wherever a medium cruising range is called for. If an owner wishes even higher speeds, the 57 can be ordered with twin engines. This arrangement will provide cruising speeds of 11 to 13 knots.

Because the efficient speed range of the Nordhavn 57 has been extended to 11.5 knots, the vessel appeals to those who have been considering planing speed motor yachts or semi-displacement "fast trawlers." It offers reasonable speed without all of the costs associated with attaining higher speeds. For large vessels to achieve planing speeds, enormous amounts of horsepower are required, and sometimes drastic weight-saving construction techniques must be followed. Add the effects of light displacement-to-length ratios, small rudders and shallow keels, and the results are often noisy, fuel-guzzling boats that behave best when at the marina. Some popular semi-displacement hulls are being fitted with oversized engines in an attempt to satisfy the latest marketing demands of going fast, but these hulls are often being pushed beyond their limit. The resulting ride is wet, rough and noisy, as they are being asked to do what they were not designed to do. Alternatively, the overall operation costs of a modified full displacement hull are often a fraction of what planing or semi-displacement boats run. With a single, moderate sized diesel engine doing the job, fuel and maintenance costs are far less than with two high horsepower engines, noisily pushing a boat beyond its comfort level.

The question must be asked, "How fast is fast enough?" Owners who have had faster boats have found the overall performance of a full displacement hull to be far superior to their previous planing hulls. One new Nordhavn owner said, "This was the fastest voyage I ever made in the slowest boat I've ever owned." Indeed, running in the range of l0 knots is often sited as the most ideal speed to enjoy the experience of being on the water while at the same time having a sense of getting somewhere in a reasonable amount of time.


P.A.E. has raised the bar of luxury with its interior design of the 57. Because it incorporates a greater beam/length ratio, an increased volume in its hull sections and carries its beam further aft than other designs, the 57 offers a significant increase in interior space.

The main saloon is available with a number of layouts. Typically, a large dining table and settee that seats five faces an entertainment center, and two large chairs provide additional, comfortable seating. Alternate plans with a second settee are available. The adjacent location of the large, fully equipped galley is convenient for entertaining. A number of galley layouts are available, all of which provide the gourmet chef with space and equipment comparable to the best equipped home kitchens. Full-sized refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens and sinks are typically used, and some owners have ordered trash compactors and dishwashers for added convenience. Access to three staterooms is through a stairway from the wheelhouse. The standard layout includes two staterooms with double berths and a third stateroom with upper and lower berths. The master stateroom is located amidships and includes a private head with separate shower. The forward staterooms share another large head with separate stall shower.


The exquisite woodworking skills first demonstrated in the world class P.A.E. Mason sailboats are on display throughout the 57, and the joinerwork and beautifully varnished finishes are true works of art. Owner's input is always welcome in creating an interior that is specifically designed to suit particular needs and decorating ideas.

For offshore safety, owners will find properly built fiddles and hand holds wherever needed. Drawers and doors are built to stay closed in rough weather, using the finest hardware available. Storage cabinets, shelves, lazarettes and lockers are found wherever there is space available. Cabin soles are beautifully finished in hard woods, durable tile and luxurious carpeting. Extra attention is paid to quality lighting, especially in areas that are used during night passagemaking.

Modern, reliable generators make climate controlled cabins a reality, and the typical 57 is air conditioned and heated throughout. Even when running offshore in less than ideal weather, the owner and crew can be assured of total comfort.

Luxury and offshore capability are two qualities that stand out on the Nordhavn 57, and they are clearly demonstrated everywhere in this well planned, beautifully executed interior.


Specifications and details of this vessel are provided in good faith for informational purposes only. Data regarding the specifications, operating characteristics and condition of the vessel was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, capacities, consumption and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided and agrees to instruct his agent or surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price and inventory changes and withdrawal from market without notice.

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker has been told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot and does not guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise, and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

Dick Simon Yachts offers the details of this yacht in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of this boat for sale. A yacht buyer should instruct his yacht broker, or his boat surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. THIS BOAT IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCLUSIVE LISTING AGREEMENT WITH COASTWISE YACHT SALES (949) 942-1491 AND IS NOT OFFERED FOR SALE BY DICK SIMON YACHTS. Dick Simon Yachts is merely providing this information in an effort to represent you as a buyer in the purchase of this vessel.

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