May 18, 2023

Nordhavn 41

The world of trawler yachts is a place where attention to detail, quality, and performance converge to deliver some of the finest seafaring experiences available. One such remarkable vessel that has made a profound impression on the boating community is the Nordhavn 41. Built by Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (PAE), the Nordhavn 41 is a testament to the quality, endurance, and capability the Nordhavn brand symbolizes.

Nordhavn 41: The Ultimate in Bluewater Cruising

Equipped with the latest advancements in marine technology, the Nordhavn 41 features a robust design that does not compromise on luxury. The overall length is 41 feet 4 inches, with a beam measuring 13 feet 11 inches, and a draft of 4 feet 7 inches. The displacement is a hefty 46,500 pounds, providing excellent stability even in challenging conditions.

Two staterooms, a sizable salon, a fully equipped galley, and a head with a separate shower are part of the thoughtful interior layout. The joinery is elegantly done in teak, ensuring a warm, timeless ambiance that resonates the high-end yacht feel.

As for the powerplant, the standard option for the Nordhavn 41 is a pair of Beta Marine 75HP diesel engines, though other options are available on request. These reliable, fuel-efficient engines, coupled with a 900-gallon fuel capacity, provide an estimated range of 2,800 nautical miles at 6 knots, allowing for long, uninterrupted bluewater passages.

The Nordhavn Advantage

The Nordhavn 41 builds upon the successful design principles of its predecessor, the Nordhavn 40, which was hailed by MotorBoating Magazine as "a circumnavigator's dream." It improves on them with a broader beam, offering increased living space, improved seakeeping ability, and better efficiency.

An important aspect that sets the Nordhavn 41 apart from other boats in its class, such as the Kadey-Krogen 44 or the Mainship 40, is its CE A rating. This means the boat is designed to tackle conditions that might be met on an ocean passage, where winds may exceed Beaufort Force 8 (34-40 knots) and significant wave heights may exceed 13 feet.

The Nordhavn 41's displacement hull and bulbous bow, a common feature in ocean-crossing ships, helps reduce pitching motion and increases waterline length for improved cruising efficiency. This, coupled with its robust twin-screw configuration, makes it a sturdy vessel ready to take on the open ocean, as confirmed by numerous enthusiastic reviews in Passagemaker and Yachting Monthly.

Pros & Cons of the Nordhavn 41

As with any yacht, the Nordhavn 41 comes with its share of pros and cons, informed by individual preferences, needs, and specific boating conditions.


  1. Outstanding Range: With its large fuel capacity and efficient engines, the Nordhavn 41 offers excellent range, making it perfect for long passages.
  2. Bluewater Capability: Thanks to its robust design and sturdy construction, this boat is capable of crossing oceans, offering a level of freedom few other boats in its class can match.
  3. Spacious Interior: Despite its size, the Nordhavn 41 offers a spacious and luxurious interior, with two staterooms, a full galley, and a separate head and shower.
  4. Twin Engine Configuration: This feature not only improves maneuverability but also provides redundancy in case
  5. of engine failure during passages, a crucial safety feature during long ocean cruises.
  6. Cons:
  7. Cost: The Nordhavn 41 is undoubtedly a high-end yacht, and the price tag reflects this. Compared to other trawlers in its class, it's certainly an investment, though one that guarantees quality and endurance.
  8. Maintenance: Given its complex systems and high-tech gear, the Nordhavn 41 can require more maintenance than simpler yachts. Moreover, due to its ocean-going capabilities, the boat is designed to be robust and, therefore, some systems can be slightly more complicated to service.
  9. Speed: The Nordhavn 41, like most displacement hull yachts, is not built for speed. While it excels in long-distance, economical cruising, it may not satisfy those looking for high-speed performance.
  10. Comparisons and Reviews
  11. The Nordhavn 41 has been met with positive reviews from several esteemed boating publications. In Yachting World, the Nordhavn 41 was lauded for its "impressive fuel efficiency and comfortable ride," while MotorBoating Magazine praised its "excellent craftsmanship and seaworthiness."
  12. When compared to other models in the market, such as the Kadey-Krogen 44 or the Mainship 40, the Nordhavn 41 tends to stand out due to its bluewater capabilities. While the Kadey-Krogen 44 AE offers a larger interior volume and the Mainship 40 delivers more speed due to its semi-displacement hull, neither can match the Nordhavn 41's long-distance cruising abilities.
  13. In a comparison by Boat International, the Nordhavn 41 was found to offer a "comfortable and secure ride in rough conditions," outclassing most competitors when it comes to seaworthiness and stability.
  14. However, as Power & Motoryacht pointed out, the speed-lovers may not find the Nordhavn 41 appealing. It was noted that the boat’s maximum speed is around 9 knots, considerably slower than some semi-displacement trawlers. But for those who value the journey over the speed of arrival, this trawler is an exquisite blend of comfort, reliability, and true bluewater prowess.
  15. Conclusion
  16. The Nordhavn 41 stands as a robust, high-quality, ocean-crossing trawler. While it may not be the fastest vessel or the easiest to maintain, its impressive range, seaworthiness, and spacious interior make it an excellent choice for those looking to embark on long-distance, open-ocean journeys.
  17. As always, the right boat is dependent on personal preferences and intended use. So, if the high seas are calling and you desire a vessel that will not only take you there but do so with comfort and security, the Nordhavn 41 is undoubtedly a top contender.
Charlie Hardcastle
Charlie is Editor-in-Chief of Sea Magazine
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