Vripack and Nordhavn Reveal More Details About Metal Built Superyacht N148
by Miranda Blazeby
The concept was first presented at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is the first metal-built superyacht from Nordhavn and will become the flagship of the American builder, usurping the N120.
Built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, this “no-nonsense, go-anywhere explorer boat” will benefit from an "ice-strengthened hull". Elsewhere the design features a flared bow and square and round windows, creating an “industrial chic aesthetic”.
The displacement yacht will have an 8.8 metre beam and 2.7 metre draft, while the 499GT interior layout has been described as "spacious and grand" by the studio. Power will come from CAT C-18 Acert engines for a cruising speed of 12 knots and top speed of 14 knots.
Accommodation is for a total of 12 guests and 10 crew, with the owner's cabin situated on the main deck. The rest of the guest accommodation meanwhile will sit on the lower deck. Elsewhere, the N168 will feature a Jacuzzi on the main deck and enough storage for two eight metre tenders.
Nordhavn said the new model will “push the brand to go beyond prior engineering feats," describing the new model as a “crossover yacht”, mixing “a commercial ship” with “an elegant superyacht.”
Vice president of Nordhavn’s Pacific Asian Enterprises division Jim Leishman previously said: “We’ve talked about building a larger boat for a while now. It would be something specifically meant for the most challenging worldwide conditions.”
He added that the N148 will see Nordhavn drawn on Vripack’s extensive experience of building in steel.
“We will use each other’s expertise to produce an exceptional and extraordinary yacht.”
Speaking at a press conference, co-creative director of Vripack, Marnix Hoekstra, said: “We started by looking at the Nordhavn DNA, looking at what has been done and reimagined that into a metal yacht."
He added: "Nordhavn boats are renowned for venturing to remote off-the-beaten track destinations, and so the aim was to demonstrate to owners that this significant latest model has been conceived by a design studio that has a proven track record in this area.”
Leishman added that the N148 has an estimated build time of just under 24 months and said Nordhavn plans to build the yacht in Europe.
The news comes after the two companies announced a collaborative partnership at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which immediately resulted in their first concept, the 24 metre explorer N80.