The Nordhavn 71 is a brand new boat that will follow in the wake of the Nordhavn 80, providing her owners an elegant, modern, state-of-the-art passagemaking yacht. The N71 is a brand new hull, created especially for those who find themselves in the upper end of the mid-size range, who desire the esthetic of one of Nordhavn’s larger yachts, but want the ability to manage without crew.
Indeed, with the first three hulls committed by former owners of Nordhavn 68 or Nordhavn 60 models, the N71 seems to be filling a void. Nordhavn co-owner and Chief of Design Jeff Leishman said the N71 is a modern response to the third generation Nordhavns that were built in the early 2000s. Styling, technology and creature comforts have all evolved since then. “It was time to provide that size category in our product line with a new alternative,” he said.
The Nordhavn 71 is available in two layouts: a three-stateroom layout with skylounge, or a layout that incorporates a fourth stateroom in place of the skylounge. While decidedly smaller than the 80, the N71 mimics her twin model configuration, sleek lines and advanced level of engineering. She was designed with Nordhavn’s in-house Computational Fluid Dynamics program. As is the case with all long-range Nordhavns, she will have ocean-crossing capability and will be built to the strictest CE Certification standard for offshore use.
Like every new Nordhavn design, real world experience and customer feedback went into the creation of this new model. “We took everything we knew from the Nordhavn 68 and 76 models and applied the parts that were most successful into creating the N71,” said Project Manager Justin Zumwalt. Zumwalt has spent the past 16 years overseeing the N64/68 and N72/76 projects, and was a natural choice to manage the 71.
Esthetics aside, the N71 benefits from more intuitive space planning, a stepped-up lighting schedule, a big dining room, spacious owners cabin and larger windows. She will also keep in step with newer Nordhavns being offered with a more complete spec, thus keeping costs and build time wrangled. This won’t be a cookie-cutter boat by any means, however. The specification includes a credit for furniture so buyers can choose their own chairs, dining table, pillows and the like, resulting in a highly-individualized yacht.
She’ll be constructed by the craftsmen at our Ta Shing yard in Taiwan, where the 68 and 76 are built. Tooling is currently being fabricated and the first hull is expected to begin construction in January of 2022. The lead time of hull #1 will be 18 months but Leishman anticipates production will streamline down to 15 months with subsequent models. Cost of the N71 is about $5 million.