Welcome to Nordhavn Europe
2004 saw the opening of Nordhavn’s European office in Southampton, England and a few weeks later the office had its first boat to rep, a 57, which was shown at the Southampton Boat Show. Atlantic Escort had just completed the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally and was greeted with considerable enthusiasm, heralding a superb start to the brand’s relationship with Europe.
Nordhavn Europe Ltd. (NEL) is run by Neil Russell who has extensive experience of the Nordhavn range having worked in the USA for many years with Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (PAE), the builders of the Nordhavn range, before returning to his native UK to direct the company’s activities in Europe. Alongside Russell is partner Phil Roach, who serves as co-director of NEL, and has been with the company since 2005.
NEL’s first year of trading exceeded all expectations; consequently in October 2005 the European team expanded and moved to larger premises within Hamble Point Marina. The office houses both the sales team and the service centre, which is kept busy commissioning new boats and servicing traveling Nordhavns from all over the world.
As an agent of PAE, our sales staff work directly with the manufacturer. We are in direct contact with the designers, the project managers and the factory so we can give you beneficial guidance based on years of experience.
We invite you to explore the Nordhavn worldwide site for the most comprehensive information on new-build Nordhavns and the Nordhavn philosophy. For more in depth detail on NEL, our listings and events around Europe, please visit our website, www.nordhavneurope.com.
We hope to welcome you aboard one of our Nordhavn fleet in the near future, the only way to fully appreciate these exceptional motor yachts. Who knows, you may soon become one of our many owners who experience the unique pleasure of cruising where and when you choose.
European Commission has established a group of requirements called the EU Directives (European Union Directives) which require goods in certain categories, including recreational boats, that are to be sold or imported into Europe, to confirm to a single set of harmonised standards. Builders manufacturing boats that meet these standards, and are certified as such, affix the CE (Conformite Europeene) insignia (above) to their products.
This CE mark indicates that a product complies with ALL the European Product Directives that apply to it. Products must comply with all the Directives that apply to it when being placed on the market or being put into service for the first time in the European Economic Area.
NORDHAVNS have been certified by the International Marine Certification Institute in Belgium and all new Nordhavns specifically purchased for importation into Europe are built as CE Certified, and can carry the CE mark.
Customers buying a US brokerage boat for import into Europe should contact the Hamble UK office for details of CE marking of these vessels.
Free movement within the EU
The EU Product Directives are intended to create a single legal structure within which products can be sold on the EU market without having to submit to a multitude of national assessment and approval regimes in member states.
A product that is proven to comply with the appropriate Directives in one EU member state must be accepted in all member states. A product must display the well now-familiar CE marking (shown above) once this has been achieved.
As these Directives are intended to overcome trade barriers, a Directive has achieved its purpose once a product has been traded. Thus products falling within the scope of such a Directive must comply at the first point of being “put on the market” or being “put into service”. Thereafter the Directive carries no bearing on the operation and maintenance of the product. Other types of European Health & Safety legislation or national regulations may, depending on the product, regulate these issues downstream of the point of sale.
|CE Category||Wind Force (Beaufort Scale)||Significant Wave Height|
|A – Ocean||Exceeding 8||Exceeding 4m|
|B – Offshore||Up to & inc 8||Up to & inc 4m
|C – Inshore||Up to & inc 6||Up to & inc 2m
|D – Sheltered||Up to & inc 4||Up to & inc 0.5m