Alex Lever

News: First Nordhavn 120 superyacht AURORA to be delivered this summer

April 18, 2013 by Alex Lever
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After nearly five years from concept to construction, Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. is thrilled in anticipation at the impending unveiling of the Nordhavn 120 superyacht Aurora. Nordhavn architecture and design team, together with the craftsmen at South Coast Marine (the yard’s partner factory in Xiamen, China), engineering contractors, the phenomenal interior design staff at Destry Darr and countless vendors have cultivated a world class yacht that is second to none.

At the surface, the N120 yacht Aurora is a naval engineering feat; as capable as it is luxurious. But the yacht also proves to be a symbol of P.A.E., persevering at a time when the yacht/superyacht market was in a virtual tailspin. With the business of boats having apparently stabilized, the time is perfect to present the Nordhavn 120 to the world, a design prepared to rival any superyacht built by anyone anywhere.

Due to logistics, the sheer mass of the vessel as well as economic factors, it’s been concluded that N120 hull #1 yacht Aurora should be delivered on her own bottom. With a non-stop range from China to Vancouver at a speed of within 3 knots of what freighters typically travel, the decision to “drive” her home was made thoughtfully, however, confidently.

The current plan has the Aurora yacht departing the factory July 1 by a delivery crew led by P.A.E. vice president Jim Leishman. The goal is to make a quick and efficient passage running as fast as possible using the same classic fuel management practices utilized by the crews on board the Nordhavn 40 during the Around The World (ATW) voyage (as well as by hundreds of other Nordhavn owners during their own long passages). The non-stop passage from China to Vancouver is expected to take 24-28 days.

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