Nordhavn 55' TrawlerBoldly Going Where Big Boats Go. by Carl Camper For many cruisers, a trawler is the ideal yacht. It combines the features of comfort, safety, ease of handling and sea-kindliness, whether long range or simply a weekend outing. Tradition plays a major part in trawler design, for these vessels are patterned after a tried and true formula of centuries. While they may not complete visually -- for some yachting aficionados -- with the ever-sleeker trend in race-boat speed and cat’s-eye windows; for stability, toughness, and brawny good looks, their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Welcome to Nordhavn’s hunky and handsome 55. The Nordhavn story is a classic kind of tale; almost like a TV story-board. A fable about two young guys who spent their early years crossing oceans in small boats, but their ambitions and accomplishments grew into an enterprise that seemed so natural, but perhaps not so easy. It’s the kind of story worth knowing; one of American bootstrap enterprise, one that makes many of us, lovers of the sea-going life, think when we read... “There, but for the grace of the gods…” *************** Photo Caption: The Nordhavn 55 will cover 1500 miles at 9.5 knots. Cutting back just a smidge to a leisurely 8.25 knots, she'll realize 3,000 nautical miles on a 2,250 gallon fill up. Do the math on these figures and getting there in a hurry doesn't measure up. Trawler travel isn’t the fabled rabbit, but you get there with a smile on your face and a couple of bucks in your pocket.