Nordhavn 46 SEA LA VIE
|Name:||SEA LA VIE|
|Model/hull #:||N46 #37|
|Internal ballast:||6,000 lbs.|
|Engine:||Lugger L-668D 134 hp (8,460 hrs. prox.)|
|Fuel:||970 gallons in four tanks|
|Generator:||8kW Westerbeke (2,861 hrs. approx.)|
The Nordhavn 46 was the first Nordhavn model, and the boat that established Nordhavn’s reputation for the most capable production cruising powerboats that has carried through to today. The 46s continue to bolster their reputation as trans-oceanic passage makers with five circumnavigations logged to date.
Sea La Vie is a Nordhavn 46 that has been updated and upgraded by her last two owners. All galley appliances were upgraded in 2017, including newer, more-efficient Vitrifrigo refrigerator and freezer drawers. Organized storage was also increased, and the salon settees were re-upholstered. A new tender and outboard engine were also added. In addition, a pilothouse chair was added, which is somewhat unique to Sea La Vie, among the 46s.
This year, the deck non-skid has been re-finished.
Entering from the aft cockpit, due to the asymmetrical layout the salon opens wide with an L-shaped settee and dining table to port, and a versatile, long settee to starboard, which also makes a comfortable berth underway. The galley is forward of the salon. To starboard of the galley are the steps down to the staterooms and steps up to the pilothouse. The guest stateroom access is through the first door in the hallway. Primary engine room access is through the guest stateroom, although there are large hatches in the salon sole. The entrances to the two heads are to starboard in the hallway, and all the way forward is the master stateroom.
The interior joinery is teak throughout.
– Asymmetrical layout creates wide open space
– L-shaped settee and dinette table to port
– Long settee to starboard
– Both settees re-upholstered in 2017
– A large “mechanics hatch” can be removed for ease of working in engine room
– Opening windows all around for viewing your surroundings while seated in the salon
– Comfortable visual connection with the galley
– TV mounted aft
The galley counter runs athwartship and connects visually with the salon. The countertops are light grey Surrell. All the major appliances in the galley were replaced in 2017. The work was done in Seattle by Emerald Harbor Marine, who do most of the Nordhavn commissioning and service work in the Seattle area. The craftsmanship for the refits is excellent.
- Vitrifrigo refrigerator drawers (2017)
- Vitrifrigo freezer drawers (2017
- Dickinson Mediterranean 3-burner stove with oven (2017)
- GE Profile microwave oven (2017)
- Broan trash compactor
- Double bowl stainless steel sink
- Grohe faucet
- Carpet over teak sole
- Lots of organized storage space in and across from galley
The Nordhavn 46 pilothouse is designed for long range cruising for crew gathering, operations, and off-watch comfort. The presence of a helm chair is unique to Sea La Vie.
The navigation/radar screens are mounted on the instrument console so that they are legible from anywhere in the pilothouse. The windscreens are sized to withstand wave loading and the center two are fitted with wipers. Two side windows can be opened for good cross ventilation. There are also sliding doors port and starboard for deck access.
There is a settee aft, and an off-watch “pilot berth” above the settee. The dinette table has a nice inlay. A locker with a louvered door outboard to starboard is a perfect place to stow emergency gear or jackets. There is also good drawer storage to starboard below the chart table section of the joinery.
All the above plus heat and air-conditioning, make the pilothouse a great gathering place for crew on passage.
- Helm chair
- Excellent navigation electronics visibility
- Settee with dinette table
- A variety of organized storage
- Diesel heat outlet
- Access to port and starboard side decks
Sea La Vie’s nav/com package includes the requisite redundancy for extended cruising, and features Furuno equipment, and current Time-Zero Pro navigation software (would require transfer of registration to new owner).
- Furuno VX2 plotter/radar
- Furuno 6kW open array radar antenna for VX2 radar
- Furuno VX 2 black box radar/plotter
- Furuno 4kW radome for black box radar
- Furuno GP32 GPS
- Furuno RD 33 remote display
- Furuno RD 30 remote display
- PB 150 weather station
- One ea. Tru-Vu 12″ monitor
- One ea. Tru-Vu 15″ monitor
- C-Map charts for West Coast and Mexico for Furuno plotters
- HP “Elitedesk” computer (2022)
- Time- Zero Pro navigation software running on ship’s computer
- Charts for West Coast and Mexico
- Simrad AP 27 auto pilot
- Accusteer autopilot pump
- Simrad FU- 50 follow-up lever (linked into auto pilot pump for fast rudder response)
- Spare computer for Simrad autopilot
- Icom 605 VHF radio with DSC (2017)
- Icom 304 VHF radio
- Icom 802 single sideband HF radio
Down the steps to the hallway and to port is the access to the midship guest cabin with its engine room access. This stateroom has over and under bunks. There is also a nice work desk with multiple drawers. The lower bunk extends to a wider berth. A large hanging locker is aft of the bunks. The cabin sole is teak and spruce.
The insulated engine room door is in the cabin’s aft bulkhead, and is the taller version among Nordhavn 46s
Hallway, Fore and Aft Heads, and Laundry
There are two heads in the hallway. One is across from the guest stateroom and one is forward adjacent to the master stateroom, both with showers, toilets, and vanities with sinks. Each head has an opening port.
Forward of the heads and just aft of the master stateroom behind the louvered doors is a combination Splendide washer/dryer.
The master stateroom is all the way forward in the hallway. The bed is on the centerline, and the cabin is loaded with organized storage space in drawers, lockers and hanging lockers. There is also a TV on the aft bulkhead.
There are opening ports port and starboard and deck hatches overhead. A custom mattress was added in 2017.
The engine room access is both from the guest stateroom, and where necessary for longer interval maintenance, through the hatches in the salon sole. The space is insulated on the underside of the salon sole above. Access to the mechanical systems in the engine room including the main and wing engines, generator, water maker, fuel system manifolds among other systems is ideal.
The Nordhavn mechanical systems are legendary for their performance and reliability. The reliability stems from the system’s component selections and system design. Some of the early Nordhavn 46s, including those that have circumnavigated, have engine hours more than 19,000 and are still being cruised extensively, without yet having had an overhaul. The Lugger main engines, based upon the John Deere 6068 block, have tallied more than 30,000 hours in commercial service. The addition of the dry stack exhaust with a keel cooler minimizes any contact with salt water by the engine. The keel-cooled configuration also eliminates an engine mounted raw water pump and its vulnerable rubber impeller.
- Lugger L-668D (prox. 8,460 hrs.) main engine rated at 134 hp
- Main engine vibration dampener changed (2015)
- Twindisc transmission with 3:1 reduction gear
- Four-blade bronze propeller
- Yanmar 3GM 27hp wing engine (prox. 230 hrs.) with its own shaft and Max Prop feathering propeller, which is more efficient in gear that the normal folding wing engine propeller
- Wing engine operation is all done from pilothouse without having to move
- Fuel system – 970 gals. of fuel in four tanks
- Floscan fuel flow gauge panel in pilothouse
- Duplex filters for main engine
- Fuel system transfer pump and filter
- Hynautic hydraulic steering system
- Side-power 9.5 hp electric bow thruster
- Two-zone Marine Air Systems reverse-cycle air-conditioning system
- Espar D-5 hydronic diesel heat system (2017)
Electrical Systems – AC and DC
- Lifeline 6V AGM batteries
- Trace model 2512 2500 watt-Inverter charger
- 205-amp Lestek alternator with Balmar ARS-5 external regulator
- 205-amp Lestek spare alternator
- 100-amp Balmar alternator on Yanmar wing engine
- Four ea. Kyocera KTM 240-watt solar panels
- Two ea. Blue Sky solar panel controllers
- Blue Sky Pro remote monitor/control panel
- Westerbeke 8kW (2,861 hrs. prox.)
- Remote panel in pilothouse
- Two ea. 50-amp 120-volt shore power connections
- 6kVA isolation transformer
- 250 gals. of fresh water
- 18-gallon hot water heater heated via heat exchanger on main engine and heat exchanger on diesel furnace, plus 120vac element
- Village Marine water maker 120vac power 40 gal/hr.
Decks and Equipment
The decks aft are surrounded by high bulwarks, with boarding doors midship on the starboard side and on the port side in the cockpit. The starboard side deck bulwark offers good security moving fore and aft and leads to the security of the Portuguese bridge forward of the pilothouse. Moving around the pilothouse to port accesses the steps up to the boat deck where the tender and two of three deck storage boxes are located.
The mast and boom, which also supports the exhaust stack, are fitted with electric winches for launching and retrieving the 11-foot Walker Bay tender.
Of note is the addition of davits on the transom for even easier tender storage, allowing the mast and boom to be dedicated to paravane operations.
There is also access to the pilothouse roof, where two of the solar panels and the liferaft are mounted. Additional solar panels are mounted on the aft tender davits.
The mast and boom are also used for launching and retrieving the paravane fish.
Deck Features and Equipment:
- Rocna 88 lb. primary anchor – Rocnas are among the most relied-upon anchors among experienced cruiser today
- 370′ of 3/8″ chain (2015)
- Fortress FX-55 reserve anchor with 350′ of 3/4″ nylon rode
- Fortress FX-37 additional back-up anchor with 350′ of 5/8″ nylon rode
- Maxwell 3500 electric windlass on foredeck, with foot switches on deck and control in pilothouse
- Mooring bit on foredeck
- Fresh and salt water washdown spigots in foredeck
- New Dickinson barbecue
- Nordhavn trawler mast and boom with electric winches for launching and retrieving the tender
- Additional davits support one set of solar panels, and provide quick and easy stowage for the tender in addition to the trawler mast and boom
- 10 ft. Walker Bay tender – console model – with 20 hp Honda outboard engine with theft-deterring paint job
- 11′ Walker Bay tender has beach wheels
- LED running lights (2015)
- One ea. ACR EPIRB model RLB Cat II mounted in pilothouse
- Revere Offshore Commander 4-person life raft mounted on pilothouse roof (out of service date)
- Paratech 18′ sea anchor with 600′ of rode
- Emergency tiller steering
- Firdell blipper radar reflector
- DSC equipped VHF radio
- Firebuoy engine room automatic fire suppression system
- Rule 4000 electric bilge pump
- Jabsco belt-driven electric bilge pump
- Edson high-capacity manual bilge pump
- Hauled and new bottom paint applied by KKMI yard in Richmond, CA
- Non-skid refinished Jan/Feb. of 2023
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Specifications are provided for informational purposes only. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds; capacities, consumptions and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided and agree to instruct his agent/s to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to prior sale, price and inventory changes and withdrawal from market without notice.