Published: Thursday, 25 April 2013
Mike Fulton

At South Coast Marine in Xiamen, China, Nordhavn has launched its 120 model bringing her one step closer to completion and delivery to her new owner this summer. The yacht will remain in the test tank for approximately one month as systems are fired up and tested prior to undergoing final ocean trials and ABS certification assessment in preparation for delivery to Vancouver, Canada.

Nordhavn 120 Close To Delivery

With a non-stop range from China to Vancouver at a speed of within three knots of what freighters typically travel, this 37-metre yacht will navigate her own way to Canada. Planning to leave on July 1, and manned by a crew led by Pacific Asian Enterprises vice president Jim Leishman, the goal is to make a quick and efficient passage running as fast as possible. The crew plan to use some fuel management practices utilized by the crews on board the Nordhavn 40 during the Around The World (ATW) voyage. The non-stop passage from China to Vancouver is expected to take 24 to 28 days. 

Naval architect Jeff Leishman made her waterline length a sweetspot in terms of wave period and so she should offer long distance comfort to the crew. Nordhavn emphasise that the yacht is especially designed to handle long distances and rough seas with ease. She will be fitted with two MTU Series 2000 M72 engines.