Nordhavn arrives

The first Nordhavn 51 has been delivered to its owners, who plan to cruise in Europe before eventually returning to New Zealand.

11 April 2024


Expedition yacht builder Nordhavn has delivered the first Nordhavn 51 to its owners in Greece.

Hull number one embarked on a 600-nautical-mile shakedown from Istanbul to Rhodes, where it was delivered to its owners, who hail from New Zealand. During the two-and-a-half day journey, the boat performed nearly flawlessly, according to Nordhavn salesman James Leishman.

The vessel cruised comfortably at around 9 knots and was occasionally pushed by its crew to speeds near 11 knots. “I’d argue this is the quietest, slipperiest Nordhavn hull I’ve been on,” Leishman says.

The N51 is the second in a series of production-forward yachts being produced by US boatbuilder Nordhavn, which are built at the Telgeren and Partners factory in Turkey.


The layout on the Nordhavn 51 includes two large staterooms with equally large ensuite heads, an off-watch captain’s berth in the pilothouse and a day head off the saloon. Each N51 is constructed with walnut wood with horizontal grain panelling and white Corian with grey veining on countertops.

Included in the spec is a full cache of equipment including stabilisers, bow thruster, davit, and a Garmin suite of electronics.

Nordhavn says buyers need only to purchase a tender and watermaker; even the sheets, towels, flatware and stemware are included.

The owners of 5101 previously owned boats, but have no long-distance cruising experience. They say they chose to go with the N51 because they wanted to explore confidently while being able to comfortably host each of their children’s families.

They plan to spend the next few years cruising around the Mediterranean, other parts of Europe and the UK before finally bringing the boat back to their home in New Zealand.



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