Monday, April 22, 2013

The Nordhavn 120 Launched Into The Test Tank

Its exciting times in Nordhavn as their largest megayacht to date gets its first taste of water as she was lowered into the test tank at South Coast Marine in Xiamen in China, today the 22nd of April.

Dan Streech, president of Nordhavn's parent company Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (P.A.E.) noted that so far the future queenship of the Nordhavn fleet has functioned in the water exactly as expected. "She floats perfectly," Streech said. "All 800,000 lbs. of fiberglass, steel, wood, stone and glass have been brilliantly engineered and managed to float exactly as predicted."

The tank test is the final stage for the N120 prior to being delivered to her new owner in July. She will remain in the tank for approximately one month as systems are fired up and tested. When completed, she'll undergo final ocean trials and ABS certification assessment in preparation for delivery to Vancouver, Canada.

Her delivery which she'll undertake under her own hull will be non-stop from China to Vancouver at a speed of within 3kts of what freighters typically travel, the decision to "drive" her home was made thoughtfully but confidently. The current plan is that she will be departing the factory July 1st by a delivery crew led by P.A.E. vice president Jim Leishman.

The goal is to make a quick and efficient passage running as fast as possible using the same classic fuel management as the crews on board the Nordhavn 40 during the Around The World voyage (as well as by hundreds of other Nordhavn owners during their own long passages). The non-stop passage from China to Vancouver is expected to take 24-28 days.

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