SEABIRD is for sale by her original owners who traded their Sparkman and Stephens sailboat in to embrace life under power with a solid vessel that could take them anywhere. They took delivery in California and have traveled north to Alaska, spending a couple of years in the Northwest before heading south back to California, on to Mexico and then exploring Central America. Cutting through the Panama Canal they ventured through the Caribbean and then used Florida as their stepping off place to sail eastward. SEABIRD crossed the Atlantic on her own bottom. Two glorious years were spent cruising the Mediterranean before shipping back to the US as on deck cargo aboard a freighter due to other commitments. A veteran of four different summer trips to Alaska and extensive cruising that included ocean passages, island hopping and exploring remote coves and isolated shores. She eventually meandered back to their home port of Santa Barbara, an appropriate and special home for this wonderful trawler. Since 2018, SEABIRD has enjoyed a more coastal lifestyle with many adventures along the US west coast, the California Channel Islands becoming the preferred location to get away. SEABIRD has travelled more than 40,000 miles.
SEABIRD is hull number 50 of this incredibly popular design. She is a 2007 model year, commissioned for delivery and handed over for first use in 2008. The most commonly desired features for a 47 are: flybridge with fiberglass stack and crane and two-stateroom, two-head interior layout. SEABIRD has these popular features and much more.
The international appeal of this, “the largest small Nordhavn”, found a growing market in Europe and Australia. The owners of SEABIRD used their own sailing offshore experiences and intelligent observations of how other 47’s were outfitted to order a spectacular package which has served them well. The Nordhavn 47 was continually improved during her production years and SEABIRD is the beneficiary of those sister ships who preceded her. It is not easy to compare 47’s from different model years because of the number of choices, changes and refinements.
She is one of the last five to be built and delivered in the U.S. Significant improvements developed over the first few years of production include the following; 24V electrical, full size watch berth in the pilothouse, opening hatch in the master stateroom; and availability of the best equipment selections such as a Steelhead crane, improved Northern Lights generator panels, Lugger wing engine, fiberglass stack enclosure for the dry stack exhaust, saloon flat screen television lift and ABT TRAC active fin stabilizers – all important additions that simply were not available on earlier hulls. She also has SidePower electric bow and stern thrusters for safe and sure arrival in any marina. With her Village Marine 600 GPD water maker, generator and air conditioning, abundant storage for provisions and Sub-Zero refrigeration and freezers you can anchor remotely and enjoy life away from civilization for extended periods of time.
The cockpit and starboard side deck connect up some steps to the Portuguese bridge and foredeck level and then the deck wraps around to port for access to the boat deck and flybridge. Inside the entry level begins with a roomy saloon (extra space due to her widebody design) and connects with the galley forward to port. Up a short flight of steps brings you to her raised pilothouse which includes a Stidd helm chair and excellent access to nav/com and electrical controls. There is a bench seat and watch berth aft in the pilothouse. The lower level living areas are reached by the slightly curved stair case on the starboard side. There is a landing area with the choice of going forward to the guest stateroom with double bed, pipe berth, desk, shower and head or aft to the owner cabin with island berth and head with stand up shower to starboard. The door aft in the owner cabin provides the easiest access to the engine room. The engine room has standing headroom forward for easy access and convenience surrounding the Lugger main engine. The generator, wing engine and fuel manifolds are easy to reach and from this machinery space you can head back to the lazarette through a connected door.
Very few yachts (sail or power) can compete with the capability of the Nordhavn 47 for comfort and reliability as a long distance, ocean-crossing vessel. Nordhavn 47’s have amassed thousands of miles offshore, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with regularity and minimal issues (or fanfare). One of the 47’s strongest appeals is that her size allows for generous accommodations, but is not too large, she is an ideal vessel for two people to handle, manage and enjoy.
SEABIRD is a late model, original owner, veteran Nordhavn 47 awaiting the next adventurous owner operator couple who wish to take off without doubt…and perhaps without ever looking back.
Cockpit: The cockpit provides an outdoor space for fishing or relaxing. You can enter aft from the swim deck or along the starboard side mid lower deck. The swim deck is really a lower deck platform for easy water access by tender, kayak or swimming. It has a large hinged swim ladder with two U-rails aft serving as fencing and two L-rails outboard for boarding and hand support.
A large built in hinged entry door securely divides the swim deck from the cockpit. The cockpit is a long and wide mostly covered overhead outdoor area. There is a large hatch access to the lazarette below. A 50-amp shore power connection allows flexibility with docking positions. A practical Maxwell electric warping winch is mounted in the transom. The cockpit shower (hot/cold freshwater) is placed for a rinse after a dip. The covered starboard side deck transits outside the saloon forward and up to the Portuguese bridge and foredeck and/or allows access into the saloon entry level through her stout Dutch door.
Saloon: The saloon has comfortable bench seating to port and starboard with a fixed teak table on the starboard side ideal for dining. A flat screen television is incorporated forward into the starboard settee. A separate clothes washer and clothes dryer is concealed behind a louvered door forward to starboard just outboard of the stairway to the pilothouse. The interior has beautifully matched teak joinery surrounding and teak/spruce floors. The below decks living areas all enjoy air conditioning.
Galley: The galley has been laid out for easy meal preparation with granite counters and a double basin stainless steel sink. Appliances include a trash compactor and Sub-Zero refrigerator with freezer drawers. There is overhead storage and sliding locker alcove access forward of the stove. Plenty of drawers for glasses, dishes, utensils and silverware. For preparing meals there is a microwave oven if you are rushed and a GE dual fuel four burner propane cook top and electric oven for more involved meals.
Pilothouse: The raised pilothouse is surrounded by windows for an impressive view of your surroundings. Front and center, a Stidd helm chair provides comfort and easy access to controls while underway. There is an impressive assortment of navigation/communication electronics within reach and controls for the bow and stern thruster, windlass, watermaker, main engine, wing engine and generator. The electrical breaker panel is installed in a convenient island panel with clearly labeled breakers and digital read out displays. There is seating aft and up high, behind the operations console with a bench seat and teak table for crew and guests. Across the port aft bulkhead is a large single watch berth. Two Dutch doors open outboard to allow access to the side decks: starboard and forward to the Portuguese bridge deck – aft to port for the boat deck and flybridge.
Forward stairs landing: Going down a curved set of teak steps you pass the built-in freezer and then reach the lower level landing where you can go forward to the guest stateroom or aft to the owner’s stateroom.
Owner’s Stateroom: For a quiet place to sleep and relax, the spacious owner’s stateroom features a queen-sized fore/aft island berth with comfortable mattress topper. Being aft it is less prone to motion underway and quieter at anchor. To port there are two hanging lockers and a bank of drawers (with a hinged laundry hamper). There are additional drawers under the bed. The bed lifts on a hinge to reveal a huge space for additional long-term storage. Forward is a dresser with drawers, a mirror, and a ventilation hatch above provides light and ventilation. The owner’s stateroom includes a convenient head and shower outboard to starboard and also provides immediate access to the engine room aft through a tall commercial door with teak trim and a viewing window.
Guest Stateroom: The guest accommodations are forward. Sleeping two on the double berth with an extra convenient pipe berth “cot” above to port. Hanging lockers forward on both sides and a convenient built in desk to starboard with a swing out chair. Plenty of lockers and storage spaces. The bow section has a private head and shower.
Engine Room: Through the robust door and down a few stairs, you will be impressed with the headroom in the engine room. The Lugger main engine propulsion is keel cooled with a dry stack exhaust. The engine is accessible on all four sides for service and inspection, easiest to move about forward and along the sides. Forward to port is the fuel valving selection locker with return and transfer manifolds and a large gravity fed aluminum supply tank for the main and generator. To port the main engine and transfer Racors are cleverly protected with easy viewing. Outboard up forward behind hinged opening lockers grants access to the active fin stabilizers. The main fiberglass fuel tanks are outboard and have built-in sight glasses. The aft section of the engine room has the Lugger wing engine to port and Northern Lights generator to starboard. The room is well lit and easy to move around in. You can also enter the engine room aft from the saloon floor or through the door connected to the lazarette.
Lazarette: Though the large fiberglass cockpit hatch you can climb down a short ladder to enter the lazarette to inspect the steering, crane machinery, water maker, central vacuum, batteries, select switches, fuses, battery charger and inverter. Both the engine room and the lazarette are protected with built in fire suppression. This area is spacious enough to accommodate a lot of extra supplies and is a convenient storage area. There is a door that connects the lazarette with the engine room.
Foredeck: The foredeck, in front of the Portuguese bridge, is all business with a large stainless steel pulpit, dual bow rollers for anchors and chain, a Maxwell electric windlass and Freeman hatch to reach the divided chain locker below. The anchor well is dammed and guttered to keep muddy water from spilling onto the foredeck and, like the chain locker, drains overboard. There are two deck molded fiberglass storage lockers and dorade vents providing fresh air ventilation to each stateroom. Primary shore power connections are concealed behind a hinged door aft to port.
Portuguese Bridge: The Portuguese bridge leads aft on the port side up to the boat deck. There are portlights built in to the guest stateroom and storage lockers incorporated forward for easy access of gear stowage.
Boat Deck: The boat deck has a Steelhead crane centered with two tenders, a Nautica RIB tender to port and a smaller Avon RIB tender to starboard. With the tenders launched it is a large outdoor deck space.
Flybridge: Up a short set of teak steps brings you to the flybridge with two Prime Fabrication helm chairs and a wide bench for seating. The starboard helm seat is set up for command with all of the primary controls and nav/com electronics located for ease of operation. The overhead is covered with a stainless-steel framed Bimini top ideal in good weather for relaxing in shade and out of the rain. There is storage under the bench and forward behind the lockers.
SEABIRD has served well as an ocean crossing, long range cruising platform. PAE, the builder, evolved the Nordhavn 47 into the Nordhavn 52 model (for hundreds of thousands of dollars more in cost) and made standard the flybridge, fiberglass stack and crane – just like SEABIRD. One of the last of the 47’s she is a testament to her build quality and Nordhavn pedigree.
Highlighted Equipment aboard SEABIRD
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, SCUBA gear, food, 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, Florida and Washington) with an international emphasis specializing in ocean capable trawlers and recreational tugs. Our brokers are experienced boaters, most are trawler owner/operators with thousands of hours and miles at sea. 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: This listing is available for co-brokerage and JMYS is a 50/50 house. Courtesy showings are available by appointment. Florida listings subject to appropriate broker licensing required by law.
*Listing broker. Jeff Merrill, CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) has extensive product knowledge of the trawler market plus intimate knowledge of the Nordhavn 47. He helped clients build several new 47’s during his 14 years with PAE and continues to be active in the Nordhavn brokerage market. Jeff is a familiar face to YouTube viewers, is a regular presenter at TrawlerFest and is one of the instructors for Boaters University online courses.
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