Layout Details of the New Nordhavn 78

By Tom Tripp
Preliminary Layout for New Nordhavn 78 -- Drawings Courtesy of P.A.E.

Preliminary Layout for New Nordhavn 78 — Drawings Courtesy of P.A.E.

P.A.E. has released preliminary layout details for its new Nordhavn 78 long-range motoryacht.  The plans reveal a focus on outside entertaining and roomy berthing spaces. Clicking on the drawing above will open a larger view that can be magnified somewhat to show more detail.

The plans show a spacious owner’s cabin just forward of amidships and oriented fore-and-aft. A sitting area to port and a desk to starboard are complemented by a large head aft and to port, with a walk-in dressing area aft and to starboard. A guest stateroom is farther aft and features twin berths, a spacious head and storage closet. A dedicated laundry room is also on the same aft level.

The main guest stateroom is forward, accessed down a stairway from the pilothouse and features lots of storage and a head between it and the owner’s suite aft (let’s specify extra sound insulation in that bulkhead). The guest suit also has room to port for a small desk or dressing table.

For the crew, there is a captain’s cabin, with a small head in the aft end of the pilothouse; the main quarters being all the way aft, entered normally through a transom door, but also accessible through a hatch in the aft end of the engine room. Another door at the forward end of the engine room leads to the smaller guest suite and laundry room.

The nominal layout for the saloon shows a dining table for eight to port, with sofa and two chairs to starboard. The galley is forward and to port and puts the stove on the large, aft-facing counter, with a raised counter above it and three bar stools on the other side for informal dining or conversation with the chef. The aft cockpit looks roomy and uncluttered, with a long bench along the curved transom with a table in front of it for dining. Curved steps lead down to the swim platform from both corners of the transom.

Up a few steps forward into the pilothouse and you come into a large, comfortable-looking space. Twin helm chairs, with the main instrument panel and controls on the left side and complemented by a large desk/chart space to port and a huge, u-shaped settee and table aft. Sliding doors on either side of the pilothouse lead to wide walkways, which can be followed forward to a large sunpad on the forward deckhouse.

The flybridge is accessed from a starboard stairwell in the pilothouse. There are twin helm chairs forward and to port, and a circular table and chairs behind that. To starboard is an outdoor galley and curved bar. Aft are the Jacuzzi to port and an L-shape settee to starboard. The boat deck is all the way aft and this drawing shows a davit to port and a moderately large Nautica center-console RIB tied down athwartships.

As with most Nordhavns in this size, there is likely to be plenty of flexibility for owners to customize the layouts, particularly on the main deck.

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Tom Tripp
Tom is the publisher of, a website about passagemaking boats and information. He is also a contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine who has been at sea aboard everything from a 17-foot homemade wooden fishing boat to a 1,000-foot-long, 96,000-ton, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
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