About

 

Escapade is a 2003 Nordhavn 47. She is a 47ft displacement trawler and is able to take us around the world safely and comfortably. She has a full displacement hull design with a displacement of 85,000 pounds and carries 1,470 gallons of fuel.  This gives her a range of close to 3,000 miles at 7
kts. With this range she can cruise from California to Hawaii.

Our cruising plan starts with the big U from West to East.  Which is starting in Alaska and ending up in Maine with side trips down the West Coast,into the Panama Canal, Caribbean, and up the East Coast.  Jenna is interested in cross over to Europe which requires a boat that can cross oceansalong with being an able coastal cruiser.  For this, we knew and wanted afull displacement passage maker as outlined in Voyaging Under Power, 4thedition, by Robert Beebe and Denis Umstot.

We heard about a cruising couple, Jennifer, and James Hamilton owner of N52 Dirona and read their articles, blog, and book Cruising the Secret Coast: Unexplored Anchorages on British Columbia’s Inside Passage. They proved that a couple can cruise the world on the right boat. There are many capable boats out there for our mission, and we looked at a lot. We looked a Diesel Ducks, Selenes, Kadey Krogen, Cape Horns, Hatteras LCR, and a host of others, butJenna kept coming back to Nordhavns.  She felt it was a proven company, over a long period, with a number of people cruising the world in their
boats.  So, the hunt started.  With our budget we started looking atN40, 43 and 46’s.  After looking at a couple of N40, N43, and an N47 (ourfavorite but out of budget) we headed up to Anacortes to look at an N46.As luck would have it, there was another couple looking at the N46, and Frank Durksen, owner of AAA Yacht Finders and great broker and person, had us wait on a N40 that he just listed.

We purchased the N40, R LiL Ship and had 5 wonderful years aboard. She was agreat boat that met our needs and was completely capable of accomplishing ourcruising plans. The N40 is a relatively affordable boat that can cross oceans.In late 2021 we found out that Frank had just listed a N47 for sale. It checked
off the must have lists for us — fly bridge, stack, and two staterooms. Originally, it looked to be out of our price range, but since it was in Anacortes, a 2 hour drive from our home, we decided to take a drive up and take a look. The boat looked like it only needed some cosmetic help and a few upgrades to be ready to cruise. So, we made an offer that we could afford with some contingencies like finding moorage and selling R Lil’ Ship. Then we crossed our fingers and waited. All the stars aligned – the offer was accepted,
Frank had a full price offer for our R Lil’ Ship the next day, within two weeks we found a new slip, and the boat passed the survey with flying colors.

While we miss the N40’s compactness, ease of washing and larger master stateroom mattress and we could have continued our cruising plans on the N40, theN47 is just more comfortable overall.  Itis more enjoyable to have guests, the two heads are nice and at 6’3″ the larger engine room makes getting around much easier.

 

MV Escapade – N4710

R Lil’Ship – N4057