Boat Purchase Options

The Nordhavn 43 can be purchased with various options. So after you look at the standard equipment on a 43, you may be curious about the options we selected for Kosmos. Making our choices was a fun puzzle of balancing trade-offs of cost, complexity, and utility. This list is based off the April, 2005 options sheet, so this should not be taken as the latest greatest list from Nordhavn. While Nordhavn creates production boats, they are certainly willing to entertain various additions or subtractions to make their customers happy.

y=yes, n=no

A. General

  1. n  East Coast Shipping in lieu of West Coast
  2. y  Standard layout
  3. n  Alternate forward cabin layout (same as hull# 01)
  4. n  Flybridge
  5. y  Flooring: Solid teak with micro grooves
  6. n  Flooring: Teak and spruce

B. Exterior Gel Coat Colors

  1. Hull: Supershield’ white
  2. Deck: Ferro ‘Supershield’ white
  3. Non-skid: Lt Grey A139
  4. Stripe: Dark Red A320
  5. Bottom Paint: Black

C. Machinery & Engine Room

  1. y  Main Engine: Lugger 668D
  2. n  Main Engine: Lugger 1066T
  3. n  Naiad 252
  4. n  Naiad 252 Multisea
  5. y  American Bow Thruster (TRAC) 220
  6. y  8 KW Northern Lights Generator
  7. n  10 KW Northern Lights Generator
  8. n  12 KW Northern Lights Generator
  9. y  Cruisair AC system(16K+16K+16K) SMX controls
  10. y  8 HP Bow Thruster 12v
  11. y  Engine room fire suppression
  12. y  Lazarette fire suppression system with manual pull cable
  13. y  Reverso oil change pump – main/gen set
  14. y  Yanmar Wing Engine 3YM30V
  15. y  Lightening ground plate wired to mast
  16. y  Handrail around engine

D. Plumbing

  1. y  Scandvik hot and cold shower in cockpit
  2. y  Saltwater washdown in cockpit & foredeck
  3. y  Fresh water washdown fore and aft
  4. y  Watermaker prep
  5. n  Fresh water spigot on flybridge (no flybridge)
  6. y  Fresh water spigot in engine room
  7. y  General Ecology System IV water purification system
  8. y  Electronic (Sealand T-12) pump on black water
  9. y  “Y” fitting on galley sink
  10. y  Upgrade to high pressure fresh water pump

E. Lighting

  1. n  4 x red night lights in pilothouse
  2. n  Rope lighting in salon
  3. n  Light Dimmers

F. Electrical

  1. y  Extra 110v outlets  (1, inside stateroom stairway)
  2. y  Extra 12v outlets  (1 pilot house, 1 next to aft door)
  3. n  Exterior AC outlets with SS water resistant cover
  4. y  Upgrade to Trace 2512SW pure sine wave inverter
  5. n  Add electric motor to Groco K head in GSR (not applicable)
  6. y  Additional 8D house batteries (1)
  7. y  Prewire for fans (7 prewires)
  8. n  Hella fan-installed at factory (installing ourselves)
  9. y  SSB and copper tape from (1) Dyna plate to wheelhouse
  10. y  Galvanic Isolator (2, 1 for main, 1 for AC/Heat)
  11. y  Inverter bypass generator connection

G. Galley

  1. n  Granite countertops
  2. y  Surell soild surface countertops (Color: Sandy Mist)
  3. y  Drawer under stove in galley
  4. n  Viking range (4 burner w/ oven)-VG1C24
  5. y  Non-gimbaled Force 10 stove
  6. y  Access door for galley storage
  7. y  Change from Subzero 249R (with icemaker) to Subzero model 245RF (fridge/freezer with lower power consumption).

H. Salon

  1. n  ‘Ultraleather’ (we selected custom fabric)
  2. n  Pull-out bunk on port side settee with drawers under
  3. n  Delete salon table
  4. y  Cabinets and draws on portside in lieu of settee
  5. y  Teak vertical surface on starboard settee
  6. n  Teak overhead handrail

I. Mid Stateroom

  1. y  Delete mattress (getting HMC system 4)
  2. n  Granite counter top in head
  3. y  Surell solid surface counter top in head (color: Dawn Mist)

J. Guest Stateroom

  1. y  Fabric covered swing-out stool
  2. n  Granite counter top in head
  3. y  Surell solid surface counter top in head (color: Dawn Mist)
  4. y  Upgrade to same head as mid stateroom

K. Pilothouse

  1. y  Splendide washer/dryer combo (vented)
  2. y  Ritchie compass SS-2000 4.5″ card
  3. y  Stidd helm seat  (narrow model, brick red ultraleather)
  4. n  ‘Ultraleather’ (we selected custom fabric)
  5. n  S.S. overhead handrail
  6. y  Pull out pilot berth (with custom fabric instead of ultraleather)
  7. y  Morse 2 lever control for wing engine in recessed space in lieu of push/pull levers

L. Lazarette

  1. y  Lock on lazarette

M. Exterior and Deck Hardware

  1. y  Paravane stabilizers with retrieval system
  2. y  Spurs line cutters on main shaft
  3. n  110 lb. Bruce Anchor
  4. n  75 lb. CQR Anchor
  5. y  88 lb. Delta anchor
  6. n  400′ 3/8″ BBB chain
  7. y  400′ 3/8″ Hi Test Chain
  8. y  Guest ‘Beamer’ spotlight
  9. n  Guest ‘Beamer’ flybridge
  10. n  Tabernacle mast
  11. n  Port side exterior ss handrail
  12. y  Bow tow eye
  13. y  Chain Stopper
  14. n  Maxwell Chain Counter (Auto Anchor 500c)
  15. y  Chain locker divider
  16. y  Small transom storage locker
  17. y  Two (2) S.S. handrails by engine room vents in cockpit
  18. n  Flopper Stopper rig
  19. n  Extended swim platform
  20. y  Port side non-skid
  21. y  Storm plates for salon windows
  22. y  Loose SS handrails (3)
  23. y  Loose teak handrails (3) (for interior)
  24. y  Spectra line in lieu of cable for paravanes and boom modification.

Of course this is not the complete list of equipment on the boat.  Some other major items include a watermaker, dinghy, battery monitor, liferaft, solar power, etc.  See Our Boat for more details. There there are a whole host of spare parts, other safety items, and miscellaneous goodies.  It is a contnuous process to add items to the boat. Each item is evaluated carefully.  Space and money are limited resources to be sure!

Feel free to post any comments or questions about our selections.

7 thoughts on “Boat Purchase Options”

  1. Hi Eric

    Looking though your list of eletricals I dont see anything re. marina hookups? This is one ( other) thing that I dont really understand. We have 240v 50Hz systems in the UK whilst your 110v 60hz in the US and I think may be even different elsewhere. How do you get these to function in different parts of the world? Am i better getting a USA wired boat and then having to buy all 110v appliances or do I specify a 240v system but then find I cant hook up to 110v marinas?


  2. The first step to answering your question is to look at the systems we want to power:

    1. Washer/Dryer
    2. Air Conditioning
    3. Heat
    4. Hot Water
    5. Refrigeration (x3 on a 43)
    6. Other AC (TV, small appliances)
    7. Various Lights
    8. Various Pumps

    Systems 1 through 4 require generator or shore power. Systems 5 through 8 requires battery power that needs to be replaced daily with generator or shore power or running the main engine. Number 5 is variable on a Nordhavn 43 because there are 3 separate refrigeration units (1 all fridge, 1 fridge/freezer combo, 1 freezer). With enough solar in good conditions we can handle 1/3 refrigeration systems without daily generator or shore power.

    Number 3 and 4 can be handled without generator or shore power using a diesel powered system, and that can change the dynamics of the problem.

    With reasonable use 6 through 8 can run for several days without recharge.

    Given that background here are three solutions to the shore power interface problem:

    A. Ignore shore power and run off on board systems. Yet if we cannot run the generator daily, as in some marinas, then we will have to live without many systems. Of course the noise from a Northern Lights generator in a sound enclosure, inside the insulated Nordhavn engine room might be below the ambient noise level depending on where we are, so it might be possible to be an exception.
    B. Use an adaptable battery charger. The core of this is a charger that can handle different voltages and frequencies to charge your house battery banks. Then we wire in different shore connectors depending on where you are. This handles systems 5-8 nicely.
    C. Use transformer to convert shore power to the native boat voltage. This also requires the different connectors. This will handle systems 1-8. Note that reasonable size and cost transformers cannot change the frequency of the power, thus we can do 240V to 120V, but we cannot do 50hz to 60hz. The systems that really care about frequency are 1 and 2, and on the 43 they can take 50hz or 60hz.

    So what are we going to do? Our current equipment means solution A. At least the first year we will probably not be connected to shore power outside the USA. We are still debating B and/or C and when to install. We may wait until we get to Europe and have the option to dock in a full service marina. One thought is go with B and get a diesel water heater. The diesel water heater is part of a larger thought to remove the daily dependence on running the generator. Either way B or C can get expensive.

    We are getting solar, enough to handle 6-8, and maybe partial 5. More on solar later.

    Overall my advice is if you plan to be at one place more than others, then go for that as your native system.

  3. Hi Eric, did you use your spotlight much and would you get it again? Also, will your home port be San Diego?


    PS> I have a Nordhavn on order; it should be in Dana Point this June.

  4. Other than the significant cost factor, what is your input regarding the flybridge option on the N43? It looks like most are being built with the flybridge. Did you not want the additional windage? Would you have made good use of it if you had it?

  5. To Jeff – We do think the fly bridge adds quite a bit of windage, and it is a rather small flybridge. You can only get about 3 people up there. It is a nice storage area, and it is helpful for docking and fishing. You do lose a crucial hatch ventilation with installing the flybridge, and more importantly for long range passages you lose the potential for paravanes. Although we think Nordhavn can now rig paravanes and a flybridge. Overall for long range cruising we would recommend the non-flybridge and 2 extra dorade vents installed on top. Also we have solar panels installed on ours which is helpful. Overall we rarely want to spend time outside, it is just too windy and or sunny most of the time.

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