47' Great Harbour N47 Trawler
*As featured on the March 2008 cover of Passage Maker magazine
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A letter from the owners Tom & Gail: After 7 ½ years of cruising on Gale Force and having accomplished so much more that we had ever felt possible, it now comes time that we need to change that part of our life style and reluctantly place her up for sale. Having been instrumental in convincing Mirage that there would be a good market for an N47, we agreed to purchase hull # 1 before it even made the drawing board. From that point, we have never looked back. The planning phase and subsequent construction was totally painless and once she was launched, we have only had wonderful journeys and lasting memories. The months spent cruising the Florida Keys including the Dry Tortugas, the west coast of Florida from Key West to Tampa Bay, three months in the Bahamas, two months in the Chesapeake plus half of the Great Loop and extensive coastal cruising from North Carolina to Florida, have more that filled our maritime “Bucket List” for now. As so many of our friends and acquaintances know, we have loved EVERYTHING about Gale Force from the incredible stability and ride, to the spacious accommodations, total ease of maintenance, shallow draft and wonderful economy of travel. We hope that a new owner will likewise use Gale Force to her full capabilities and find fantastic destinations, meet new fellow travelers and embrace the cruising experience as we have been so fortunate to do.
Gale Force is the first unsinkable Great Harbour N47 that was built and fully equipped with the optional flying bridge. This vessel offers the range, comfort and safety to make your cruising dreams come true. Among its remarkable features is its only 3 foot draft, making it ideal for exploring the beautiful, protected waters that are off- limits to deeper draft vessels.
Its stable, full displacement hull design features an enormous load carrying capacity, allowing her owners to carry enough supplies, fuel and water for extended stays in remote areas. Displacement at load water line, or full load, is 70,000 lbs.
Gale Force’s low profile and flush deck minimizes windage for easier docking and minimal "sailing" at anchor. The wide port and starboard side decks allow for safe and efficient travel and docking. The wide, reinforced foredeck area is large enough to carry a 13’ Caribe RIB with a 40HP Honda four stroke engine tender which is easily launched by an electric hydraulic davit.
Gale Force is a two-stateroom model with a lower level dinette, two full heads, separate washer and dryer, a massive galley and two large state-rooms.
Designed to be operated by a couple, the N47 also has the room to comfortably accommodate guests or families with children. The main saloon/pilothouse features a raised L-shaped settee with a hi-lo dining/coffee table that will seat six. Its elevation provides full visibility when seated, and it can be converted into an extra berth. Across from this area is a settee that seats three and can convert to another berth. There are multiple full pull out drawers and traps below the settee for storage.
Forward is the pilothouse helm and navigation station. Gale Force is equipped with the optional “Glass Helm package” as pictured above. To port is a large navigation desk with space for a laptop computer and with storage space below as well as a large front access area with additional storage for cruising guides and maintenance logs. To port there is a forward facing bench seat with storage below and to starboard is a hinged forward facing helm seat. Gale Force has the optional Sony 26" TV that is lowered and raised into a custom cabinet by an electric hydraulic unit. Gale Force also has the optional Sony surround system with a DVD, four speakers plus subwoofer for the saloon as well as additional individually controlled speakers in the galley/dinette area and in the master stateroom. The pilothouse has two Diamond Sea Glaze watertight doors with locking dogs; a split “dutch” door with window starboard of the helm station and a full door with window aft. The door next to the helm opens to the side deck which makes for excellent visibility and easy access for docking. The entire pilothouse has teak and holly flooring. The saloon has custom, fully adjustable wooden blinds.
Beneath the cabin floor is a spacious bosun's locker with room to stow extra supplies and gear for extended cruises. Gale Force has multiple custom shelves that hold many spare parts, as well as diving and fishing gear.
Proceeding forward and below is a very large galley to starboard that boasts a household-size 23-cubic foot side by side refrigerator/freezer, double sinks, a microwave/convection oven, electric range, trash compactor, dishwasher and custom over the sink cabinet for glasses. The spacious area is bright and cheery thanks to two large opening ports and the use of Mirage’s proprietary white, easy-to-clean, fiberglass bulkhead surface. The amount of cabinets and counter space rival that of a cottage kitchen, and even the most demanding chef will appreciate the home-like practicality of this galley.
Directly across from the galley is a custom dinette area that seats eight and can convert to a double berth. A large pantry with 4 very large, deep, full extension drawers provide plenty of storage for dry goods and supplies. This area has two opening portlights, and a Bomar upper opening hatch with screen and black out shade. The entire lower area has teak and holly flooring.
Moving forward, there is a guest stateroom with a double berth to port and a guest head to starboard. This stateroom has a unique work desk and work chair that can be used for projects. The top of the desk lifts to reveal a separate mattress that can serve as a single bed. Opposite is a couch/berth that can pull out to a double. Beneath this berth are six deep, spacious, full extension drawers. There is also an en suite hanging locker.
A new Whirlpool washer is located next to this stateroom, and a matching dryer is located across the hall under the galley countertop.
The master stateroom forward features an island queen berth surrounded by beautifully built dressers, bookshelves and a desk. A vanity and sink with medicine cabinets above separate the bedroom/office from the head. The head area contains a Vacuflush toilet and very large, full standup shower/tub with an optional Ipe slat floor and hinged seat. This stall shower is big enough to move around in without banging one's elbows and features an opening portlight which affords a beautiful view and fresh air.
A Bomar hatch with blackout shades and screens above the berth and two large opening ports provide plenty of light and fresh air, making this a pleasant room to spend time in day or night. Gale Force has a desk area that provides private office space away from the rest of the vessel. This office area has a separate computer that can function as a back up for the main navigation computer as well as a printer with its own shelf. There is an optional dry file drawer beneath the sink. Four very large full extension drawers beneath the bed as well as a separate linen closet are present for additional storage. Gale Force has two custom bookcases port and starboard of the bed.
The area forward of the engine room bulkhead and extending to the foot of the master berth has five large floor hatches which provide dry storage, a feature totally unique to the Great Harbour trawlers. With the only water intake being in the engine room, there is no bilge forward which allows for great storage and no place for “boat odors” to develop.
Access to the Gale Force’s engine room is through a large door next to the pantry. The room is spacious and practically arranged to make servicing the twin Yanmar diesel engines and all mechanical systems very easy. Its seven foot headroom eliminates having to work in back compromising positions. All external engine parts such as filters, hoses and dipsticks are clearly visible and easily accessible. Dripless shaft logs keep the bilge dry and odor free. A seawater chest similar to those on commercial vessels eliminates all other through-hulls in the boat. (The less number of holes in a boat, the greater one's peace of mind!) Gale Force has a custom A/C manifold/flush out, an oil exchanger, fuel polishing system, quick release plumbing for easy change out of A/C pump if ever needed, Freedom 3000 Inverter/charger, two redundant above hull depth transducers, Vacuflush units for easy access and a 13 KW Maspower/Yanmar genset with remote start and separate start battery. Gale Force has the optional Horizon HRO 25 GPH watermaker. A 20 gal SS hot water heater is located beneath the workbench. This workbench provides a convenient place for repairs and maintenance projects. There is also much additional storage area for tools, spare parts and fluids. And lastly, the room is well-lit, bright and well ventilated, making it a pleasant space to work in.
The N47's wide side decks and hefty safety rails make it safe to move about while underway or when docking and handling lines. Two wide steps on each side lead from the aft deck to the foredeck and are clearly visible. The aft cockpit, which is protected by the upper boat deck, has room for two chairs and a small table. A gate opens to the wide swim platform for easy access to and from the ship's tender. There is a hot/cold exterior hand held shower that can be used from the swim platform as well as a stout, well designed dive/boarding ladder. In addition, there are “under water” lights beneath the platform.
Gale Force’s flybridge features a helm with excellent visibility over the foredeck clear to the bow. Built-in seating for up to 10 and a wide, two leaf flip-up table make this a welcome social area during good weather and a wonderful place to enjoy the sights while at anchor or underway. The Helm station has two navigation screens linked to the “Glass Helm” system, electronic engine controls, controls for the bow thruster, windless and spotlight. There is a separate stereo system with four speakers. All seats and benches have storage below.
We have recently added to Gale Force a full Eisenglas enclosure of the fly bridge with roll up panels that can be totally removed if you so choose. In addition, there is a custom screened railing around the fly bridge to keep pets and small children safe and a propane grill. The radar arch is hinged so that transitioning the Erie Canal is possible without having to remove it.
The N47's capacity to carry large volumes of fuel and water make it the ideal vessel for long range cruising. Cruising at 8.5 knots, it has a range of 2500-3000 nautical miles.
The Great Harbour N47 stirs the imagination of those who dream of going to sea in their own, self-contained trawler. Its combination of safety, comfort, reliability and affordability have made it possible for those with modest boating skills and means to explore far distant shores and enjoy the rewarding lifestyle of full time cruising.