Nordhavn Yachts New 63' TrawlerThe Evolution of the Expedition Review by Judy Waldman The Nordhavn 63 is the convergence of two yachts; the Nordhavn 55 and Nordhavn 62. Each of these passagemaking yachts share the same purpose and capabilities while offering a different profile and presentation. Nordhavn heard the calling for a yacht with the features of the 55, but with the salty styling that put Nordhavn on the map. The 63 isn't a hybrid, but a trawler with its own identity, and one that carries the Nordhavn birthright. The creation of a new model was not initiated with the 63, as Nordhavn had successfully morphed their 72 to a 76, but more closely replicated was the change from the Nordhavn 64 to the aft wheelhouse 68. The history of the Nordhavn 55 is a significant starting point, but let’s go astern to the beginning of the beginning with the brains behind the brawn. The story is well known by now of Jim Leishman and Dan Streech starting out as partners building Mason sailboats in the 1970s and 80s under the PAE (Pacific Asian Enterprise) nameboard. Jim’s brother Jeff, after completing his naval architecture degree, joined the team in the 80s and helped the partners cross over to what is affectionately known in the sailing world as “the dark side” with the introduction of the Nordhavn 46. The rest of the story is bottom lined by mentioning the trawler manufacturer that has built more trawlers, more models, made more ocean crossings, completed more circumnavigations... and the compass needle only points to Nordhavn. Yes, there are other quality ocean crossing fiberglass trawlers, but Nordhavn holds the records on numbers for sales and aggregate miles. For a more detailed history, read YF's review of the Nordhavn 55.