Limerick is hull 27 out of 44 of the first generation Nordhavn 40’s. The legendary cruising sailboat builder, Pacific Seacraft, was selected by P.A.E. to produce the 40. A sister ship, hull 21, completed a circumnavigation, defining the brand by showcasing the capability of the smallest production model. In 2023 a special voyage across the Atlantic was the most recent accomplishment of this versatile design, adding to the collection of numerous owner operated ocean crossings and extensive coastal trips.
The 40 is a full displacement trawler that was created for a cruising couple to provide comfortable accommodations in a dependable platform that is economical to operate. The sixth Nordhavn designed, is also the smallest passage maker and incorporates many features proven on larger boats. A total of seventy (70) Nordhavn 40’s (Mark I U.S and Mark II China) were built prior to this model being discontinued.
Limerick is for sale by her second owners. They purchased her in Florida and sailed her back to California. Most of their travels have been between the Panama Canal and their home port of San Diego. As an active couple they have enjoyed cruising away from the crowds and exploring along the Pacific coasts. One very noticeable difference in the finish of Limerick is the additional teak wood work throughout the interior. Most 40’s use a lot of white laminate vertical surfaces, a builder preference, but the original buyer wanted a more yacht like interior and as you view the photos and compare with other 40’s you will see the subtle, but very pleasing difference this interior wood work creates.
Boarding: Limerick offers an aft cockpit starboard side boarding door, the preferred choice when docked. The transom boarding door which leads to the built-in swim platform offers access when positioned stern-in or boarding from the dinghy in the water.
Cockpit: Once aboard the boat you will notice the well-designed and sufficient size of the aft deck cockpit. Limerick’s cockpit provides a safe and well protected back deck outside area. Two molded-in seats are located aft (port and starboard), starboard used for storage and the port seat locker is for propane tank storage. A hot and cold shower for rinsing off after a swim is located inside the transom. The lazarette below is accessed via a large hatch located in the center of the cockpit floor while the saloon is accessed through a raised (to prevent water entry) hinged centerline door.
Lazarette: The large hatch in the cockpit allows access to Limerick’s lazarette. The forward bulkhead has a hinged step where most of the batteries are located. The watermaker is aft. The inverter is to starboard. The hot water tank is to port. An emergency tiller is included. This is a large space that is a convenient storage area for extra supplies and gear.
Saloon: Limerick was ordered with additional teak surfaces instead of the white laminate you normally see on a US Nordhavn 40 and this selection provides a warm, inviting atmosphere. There is great visibility with opening windows outboard on both sides and an open feel as the saloon and galley share the entry level. To starboard is a fixed, teak dining table surrounded by an L-shaped settee with storage below. There is additional seating with the port side built in settee. The sole is carpeted. The saloon is very large for a 40’ trawler, this is due to the design feature of no outside walking side decks connecting the cockpit to the Portuguese bridge.Adjustable blinds on windows
Galley: You enter the galley from amidships, passing the teak battened column that conceals the main engine dry stack exhaust. This is a purposeful galley with Corian counters, teak lockers and drawers. A large stainless-steel double basin sink with faucet is located on the aft, athwartship counter. Lonseal flooring includes a foot button for back up fresh water supply to the sink. For cooking there is a GE microwave oven and a gimballed, Force 10 three-burner propane stove installed outboard with an opening portlight above.
Pilothouse: The raised pilothouse is directly up from the entry level. There is excellent visibility in all directions. There are two Dutch Doors outboard for convenient outside access to the Portuguese bridge deck. The electrical panel breaker is behind a clear door cabinet to starboard. The main engine and wing engine Morse control levers are located on the main dash above the helm. Easy reach controls for the bow thruster, anchor windlass, horn and wipers. The stainless-steel helm wheel is surrounded by convenient placement of nav/com electronics and ships controls. The navigation screens are updated and very easy to read. Navigation and communication equipment includes; autopilot, fish finder, chart plotter, GPS, SSB and VHF. A watch berth is behind the settee and teak table.
Lower level: Down a few short steps from the entry level is a hallway that connects to the guest stateroom to port, head and shower to starboard and owner stateroom forward.
Guest Stateroom: The guest stateroom includes two bunk beds. The upper bunk is fixed, the lower bunk can be pulled out to be made wider with a filler cushion. There is overhead lighting and reading lights by the bunks. There are opening portlights outboard. The Splendide combination clothing washer/dryer is housed in a louvered door locker. For storage a hanging locker inboard and a chest of drawers. Aft in the guest stateroom is the door entry to the engine room.
Engine Room: The primary entry into the engine room is through a Diamond SeaGlaze aluminum door in the guest stateroom (you can also enter though the sole, aft in the saloon). The engine room has been equipped with all systems and components easy to inspect and service. The Lugger LP688D main engine is keel cooled with a dry stack exhaust and mated to a Twin Disc 3.0:1 transmission. There are two large fiberglass fuel tanks outboard, each fitted with a sight tube for accurate fuel level viewing. Both tanks gravity feed a supply tank in the forward bilge. The supply tank feeds the main engine and generator. Diesel fuel filtration is accomplished by dual Racor 900 filters and a Racor 500 filter for the generator. There is a Walbro fuel pump and a dedicated Racor 900 filter providing the ability to transfer fuel between tanks. The wing engine has a dedicated aluminum day tank to insure isolated “fresh” diesel for this back up propulsion package.
Head and shower: The head enclosure includes a stand-up shower, sink, medicine cabinet, drawers and toilet. There are two opening screened port lights – one in the head the other in the shower. This room is easy to clean and the gelcoat reflects the light.
Owner Stateroom: The owner’s stateroom if forward and features a prominent island berth. There is storage underneath the steps and large drawers at the bottom for clothing and blankets. Below the mattress you find access to the bow thruster and a separate house battery bank for powering the bow thruster and windlass. Ventilation is provided via the large hatch overhead, opening portlights outboard and two round portlights aft in the Portuguese bridge. This room has extra teak veneer surfaces (like the saloon) and the interior hull sides have varnished teak slat ceilings. The chain locker is forward. There is a built-in changing seat with upholstered cushion at the foot of the bed to starboard. The black water holding tank is accessed below the carpeted area at the foot of the bed.
Boat Deck: Limerick’s boat deck is reached by steps to starboard aft along the pilothouse. The dinghy is launched via remote controls for the electric winches mounted on the boom. There are built-in stands and tie downs for securing the dinghy. The life raft is mounted on the pilothouse roof to starboard (expired).
Foredeck and Exterior: The foredeck has stainless railings on top with cable intermediaries. The anchor well is recessed with overboard drains. Anchoring is managed with the Maxwell electric windlass controlling the chain and anchor. There is a molded in deck box for storage. The Portuguese bridge has a built in storage locker and gate access to the foredeck.
Limerick is a full displacement long range trawler that has provided an excellent cruising platform for the active couple who own her and have traveled from FL to CA and along the US west coast. She is a first generation Nordhavn 40, built by cruising sailboat leader, Pacific Seacraft in California. Proudly made in the U.S.A.
You can read all about the cruising accomplishments of the Nordhavn 40 online and by studying magazine reviews and owner blogs. Most of the detailed photos of Limerick were taken in July of 2023.
For additional information please visit Limerick’s website: www.Nordhavn40ForSale.com
Broker comments: Limerick has been well traveled with her second owners. They have committed to land-based living and have been great stewards, but it’s time to move off and let someone else come aboard. There are a few project opportunities for the next owner and the price reflects details such as the boom winch rotation, inoperable watermaker, lack of a fixed swim ladder, some stubborn through hulls, need for bottom paint, gelcoat crazing in deck, etc. Most of these issues are time related. Several thousand dollars worth of spare parts are stowed off the vessel (along with storm plates) that are included in the purchase. Limerick is in excellent condition for her age as the photos attest, please contact Jeff to schedule an appointment to visit her.
Exclusions: Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be true and correct but cannot be guaranteed. Items excluded include, but are not limited to Paintings, tools, handheld nav gear and binoculars. Owner’s personal effects and clothing will be removed prior to closing.
Disclaimer: Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc. presents the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor guarantee or warrant the condition of the vessel. Buyers should instruct their agents and their surveyors to investigate all details the buyers desire validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Brokerage: JMYS is a US based (licensed and bonded yacht brokerage in California and Florida) with an international emphasis specializing in ocean capable trawlers. Our brokers are experienced boaters, most are trawler owner/operators with thousands of hours and miles at sea. We treat our clients with respect, we are responsive and not pushy. Our focus is to become your loyal advocate, always looking out for your best interests. The team at JMYS has extensive trawler and motor yacht product knowledge and our skills are available for coaching after the sale has concluded.
Co-Brokerage: Fellow yacht broker association members: Limerick is available for Co-Brokerage, please call to discuss special listing arrangements in place. This listing specification has been approved by the sellers for accuracy. The photos, images and descriptive content are copyrighted by JMYS and may not be copied or used without specific written permission.
Listing broker. Eric Bescoby, (Licensed California Yacht Broker) is a trawler specialist. Eric is also a Nordhavn 40 owner, so is intimately familiar with the Nordhavn brand. All inspections are by appointment only. Please contact listing broker, Eric Bescoby by phone, text, or email for additional information or to schedule your personal showing. Eric is always available via Mobile +1 626.818.5053 (call or text). You can send a detailed email to: Eric@JMYS.com
Listing broker. Jeff Merrill, CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) has extensive product knowledge of the trawler market plus direct experience with the Nordhavn brand (over two decades) and is very well acquainted with the Nordhavn 40. Jeff is a familiar face to YouTube viewers and a regular presenter at TrawlerFest. He writes about trawlers for Ocean Navigator and PassageMaker magazines and is one of the online instructors for Boaters University. Please contact listing broker, Jeff Merrill, CPYB by phone, text or email for additional information or to schedule your personal showing. Jeff is available via Mobile + 1 949.355.4950 (call or text). You can send a detailed Email to: Jeff@JMYS.com.
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