Total Nordhavn Boats: 492
Total Nordhavn Mileage: 7,058,825
Nordhavn’s popular Distance Pennant Program was created to recognize the many Nordhavn owners and their great accomplishments of traveling the world’s oceans and enjoying the adventures of a lifetime. It is interesting to note that the average miles traveled is a little under half of a circumnavigation for each registered owner. Our goal is to reach 100 percent registration of all Nordhavns built and enter all of the miles traveled by previous owners.
From the earliest days of the age of sail up to the present time, the history of flags and the history of the sea have been intertwined. From at least the early 19th century, it has been the custom of ships returning from a long overseas deployment to fly an extra long commission pennant made up of whatever bunting could be assembled.
In the Royal Navy, this is known as the “paying off pennant” because a ship used to be taken out of commission and its crew “paid off” at the end of each cruise. In the United States Navy, it is called the homeward-bound pennant. Although not officially sanctioned by regulations, the Navy has issued guidelines for the use of this pennant in NTP-13(B), Flags, Pennants and Customs.
It is really very simple. Just click here to register and then submit your contact information in the required fields and list your trips with full details about your travels –including the number of miles covered.
In return, not only will your accomplishments be listed for all who visit this website to be impressed by, you will receive a complimentary Nordhavn Distance Pennant. Let the world know your Nordhavn is more than just a great-looking vessel. You and your Nordhavn have done what others dare not.
The first level is 2,500 miles. Subsequent pennants will be issued in additional 5,000 nm increments. Each will be a different color. No matter how the miles were accrued: one long trip, 50 short cruises or even if you have owned multiple Nordhavns, it’s the total miles accumulated that we are interested in.
|Total Nautical Miles Traveled||40,000|
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adding to previously submitted
seattle to kodiak and the alaska peninsula, adding 3800 mi for total of 15,000. previously rec'd the 10,000 mi. with about 1500 left over . In 2010
Now we have a new SAMBA, N5266. She has done 3000 miles as of today, just leaving Alaska after 4 months poking around. Always looking for new coves and anchorages, now up to 400 different anchorages from Seattle to the Alaska Peninsula. Still a lifetime of exploration awaits. New SAMBA handles beautifully and is remarkeably fuel efficient.
may,2014. From Alaska down to southern BC last fall, then up to Prince William Sound. This year went into Lituya Bay and Icy Bay on the way up. Spectacular scenery in both. Lituya Bay and the thought provoking entrance looking at the effect of a 1700 foot tidal wave! and 12,000 foot Mt Lituya and 3 glaciers in front. Icy Bay with 18000 foot Mt St Elias looming directly over the bay. Onwards toward Kodiak and the Peninsula.
Looks like a number of previous posts are not here, so we'll catch up.
17,000 miles in Samba N40 (2005). Now Samba N52 (2012).
We have cruised Alaska extensively going out past Dutch Harbor since bringing Samba to Kodiak. We have spent 5 years there in the 52 and developed our educational charter business teaching prospective Nordhavn owners seamanship, boat systems and safety. A good number of our clients are now Nordhavn owners and are enjoying their own adventures from the Caribbean to Australia!
This last year we brought Samba from Kodiak down to Anacortes for haulout and stabilizer work, then moved her to Brentwood Bay in Canada for the winter.
We now have travelled 35,000 miles in our Nordhavns.
The COVID epidemic left Samba in Canada, and we were unable to get back to her at first. After extensive, and very professional interactions with the CBSA in Victoria, we were allowed to have a Canadian Captain move Samba
Just about this time the wave of COVID swept the US. Cases everywhere were rising. Alaska required a 14 day quarantine for everyone arriving . It became clear that our charter guests would not be able to come. Nonetheless we had requests to join us throughout the months, even into September; people wanting relief from their own confinement in the lower 48.
Making the best of the situation we made a circle of Southeast Alaska diligently poking into remote anchorages we had missed in the past and preparing for next year. Indeed there are true gems off the usual routes that we will incorporate in 2021. We had the unique experience of a week inside Glacier Bay National Park with scarcely another small boat to be seen, and NO CRUISE SHIPS!!! And nature responded. Many more whales reentering the park; bears and wolves where we had not seen them before. Pods of dolphins and scores more otters.
The towns in southeast were empty of visitors and almost felt like entering “The Twilight Zone” in comparison to 4 cruise ships a day disgorging passengers onto the streets of Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka.
When we first arrived in Alaska, it was obvious that the use of face masks on the docks and in the stores was near nonexistent. However,by the time we left mask awareness was much higher and were required in the grocery stores.
Both directions transiting Canada we were stopped by the RCMP,questioned, and allowed to proceed. There were some unfortunate examples of American boaters violating the quarantine rules. Some vessels chose to transit without anchoring which does not require clearing customs, and going all night, which we won’t do because of the quantity of floating logs and deadheads. There was more log debris in the Inside Passage than we have seen in all our trips. The other option is the offshore passage Outside the Haida Gwaii. One boat hit a great weather window and had no problems, two others said they’d never try that again.
So, in all we felt blessed to have this respite afloat, although ashore the epidemic and our precautions were always on our mind.
Hope to meet other Nordhavns in Alaska in 2021!
Josh and Natasha Tofield
Now at 40,000 in Nordhavns.