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Nordhavn 35 – St. Helena

Sold in: Sidney, BC, Canada

St. Helena is hull 19 out of 23 and now, for the first time ever, is offered for sale by her original owners. She is lying in Sidney, BC where she continues to enjoy the wonders of cruising that the 48 and north latitudes provide. The owners are a retired couple from Colorado who have enjoyed over a dozen summers exploring the Pacific Northwest aboard her. They took delivery in California, and after a year in the waters of Baja California, headed north for the Pacific Northwest.  They have done a remarkable job of looking after the boat; there are maintenance spreadsheets and a summary of upgrades as each year they made sure she was ready for their return the following season.   These sellers have treated St. Helena graciously, living by the philosophy that, “When you take care of your trawler, your trawler takes care of you”. 

The Nordhavn 35 was a limited production model that has aged remarkably well and is truly an irreplaceable vintage since the tooling was destroyed many years ago. There is really nothing around under 40’ that is as practical and elegant, especially for two people.  There are similar types of sporty trawlers; like the American Tug, Nordic Tug, Grand Banks 36 and Selene 36/38/40 – but none of these models can challenge the overall package the Nordhavn 35 offers. 

Superbly engineered and beautifully crafted in Taiwan, the Nordhavn 35 has a commanding presence. First thing you will notice is her striking good looks, sharing a family resemblance to her larger ocean crossing sisters.  One of the 35’s primary advantages is that she was designed with every critical decision in favor of creating the ultimate coastal explorer for an adventurous couple.  One of the biggest appeals of this little ship is that she has as an ideal layout for two.  Ideal for a couple who wants something easy to manage and maintain that also boasts beautiful craftsmanship and is easy to operate.  The 35 is purpose built to accomplish this mission, (no cramming in a second cabin or additional head). Think of her, if you will, akin to a “tandem bicycle built for two”.

On deck, you enter aft underneath the covered cockpit and can move forward along either side deck up to the anchor well. The cockpit is trimmed with teak and there is a centered hatch that opens to provide access to the lazarette which features steering and storage, accommodating two teak captain’s chairs in a custom storage rack. Stepping onto the cabin top working aft if you can easily climb up the folding steps on the mast onto the boat deck (pilothouse/saloon roof) to retrieve the tender.   The dinghy is a Trinka rigged for sailing and this selection, though not mainstream, has been a successful decision that they wouldn’t change. Off the large swim step is a manually lowered davit for convenient and safe access to the dinghy.

Entry through the Dutch door into the saloon/pilothouse reveals a spacious and cozy room, larger than you might expect, with comfortable seating and windows on all sides. This is the room with a view and you drive St. Helena from the built-in bench forward to starboard.  Most of the meals are served and enjoyed at the port side settee and table. With climate control using a diesel furnace, you will have an ideal yacht for the Pacific Northwest.

With the master forward and cleverly turned sideways, the sleeping accommodations are spacious and comfortable – easy on/off and simple to make.  The lower level begins with the galley to port, a few steps down from the saloon, and includes the head with stall shower to starboard. 

Down a few steps you arrive to face the galley to port, a traditional layout with counter space, lockers, drawers, cold storage, microwave and a propane stove and oven. The galley is down, but you can be preparing a meal and converse with your spouse up in the saloon.  This is a galley where two people can share meal preparation and it is safe and secure while underway. 

Across the hall is the private head and shower stall. There is an opening portlight, freshwater toilet, sink with medicine cabinet above and a bi-fold shower door. 

The engine room is accessed below the large pantry locker and is surprisingly large for a 35’ trawler. Fuel tanks are outboard, you can easily make your way along the starboard side of the engine and moving aft brings you to the generator in a sound shield. The fuel system is simple to operate with easily accessible valves.

The master stateroom is light and airy. There are opening windows on both sides and an opening hatch overhead.  Forward is a changing seat below the chain locker door.  There are drawers and hanging lockers to accommodate clothing for extended travel. The bed itself is an island berth with access on both sides, storage for suitcases underneath, a walk around that is easy to get in and out of and convenient to make when you wake up from a restful night’s sleep.

The Nordhavn 35 is a very appealing boat with many attractive aspects including her quiet ride and her optimized layout.  She is quite happy prowling around at trawler speeds, but can turn up to achieve 10 knots if you need to race the tide or want to get into port before the sun sets.   A quick look at the equipment summary aboard St. Helena will let you know that she has an appropriate equipment list. 

St. Helena has been prepared for the market and priced in expectation of a prompt agreement to purchase.  With so few Nordhavn 35’s that ever come up for sale, it is important for you to get aboard so you can see for yourself – especially if you wish to become a 35 owner sometime soon and don’t want to miss out.

Her Yanmar main engine is one of the few 35’s to exceed 4,000 hours and that remarkable diesel power plant has been rewarded with careful attention to preserve reliability for many more years to come.  One of the parameters in physical dimensions was the ability to truck the 35 across land from coast to coast relatively economically for more cruising versatility. Many 35’s have crossed the country by highway to visit unique cruising grounds and change of scenery. The scarcity of available boats publicly listed for sale has made the Nordhavn 35 highly coveted and sought after. 

St. Helena is USCG documented and available for inspection by appointment only.  Please get in touch if you are interested in additional information.

Vessel is US owned and visiting Canadian waters.  Pre-purchase survey and haul out must be conducted in US waters.




TYPE: Semi-displacement trawler with enclosed pilothouse

PRICE (USD): $290,000

LOCATION: Sidney, BC, Canada



HULL COLOR: Grey gelcoat

REGISTRY: United States Coast Guard documented 1144276

DESIGNER: Jeff Leishman

BUILDER: P.A.E. / Ta Shing – Taiwan, R.O.C.

HULL MATERIAL: Solid Fiberglass

DISPLACEMENT:                24,000 lbs. / 10.88 MT

RANGE: 400 – 1,500 miles

SPEED: SPEED:   Cruise 7.5 Knots, Top 11.0 knots

LOA:       35’4 – 3/4”   / 10.79 M

LWL:       33’4” / 10.16 M

BEAM:   13’2” / 4.01 M

DRAFT:  3’9” / 1.14 M

AIR DRAFT: 24’0″ /   7.31 M – Mast down = 12’6″ / 3.81 M (estimate)

MAIN ENGINE: Yanmar 6LYA-STP 370HP (Main hours: ~4,034) September, 2017

EXHAUST: Wet exhaust

TRANSMISSION:               ZF Hurth Model: HSW 800 A3 Ratio: 2.8:1

PROPELLER / SHAFT: Aquamet 22 shaft | Four blade propeller (28LH24) | Spurs line cutter

AIR DRAFT: 26’0” to top of antennas on mast (estimate)

EXHAUST: Wet exhaust

THRUSTER: Sidepower 12V 5HP electric bow thruster

ELECTRICAL: 60 Hertz – US style – Smart Plug 30 amp service for house

GENERATOR: Northern Lights 6 kW with sound shield (Generator hours: ~545) September, 2017

INVERTER/CHARGER: Magnum Energy MS2812 Pure Sine Wave 2800W Inverter and 125A Charger with Magnum Energy R-50 Remote Control

BATTERIES: Discover Energy AGM – (2) house 8Ds, (1) main start 8D, (1) generator start 4D (all new 2016) | Xantrex XBM Battery Monitor

INTERIOR LIGHTING: Marine Beam LED cabin lights in salon, head, stateroom, and engine room | Imtra LED lights in galley

WINDLASS: Muir VRC 2500 electric (serviced 2016)

GROUND TACKLE: Primary: custom Nordhavn 65 lbs | 400′ 5/16″ BBB chain | Secondary: Fortress FX-37 folding anchor with 200′ chain/nylon

SPARS:   Forespar LP painted aluminum mast and boom with Crow’s nest and Tri-Lens Radar reflector

TENDER: Trinka 10′ rowing dinghy

STATEROOM: (1) Master forward with atwhartships island berth

BEDDING: Mattress cover and topper

HEAD: (1) Jabsco quiet flush electric freshwater  

SHOWER: Master

GALLEY: Seaward 3372 3-burner Propane stove and oven with custom Corian cover

NovaKool Refrigeration / Freezer

GE Microwave oven

INTERIOR WOOD: Teak and white laminate

INTERIOR COUNTERS: Corian counters in galley and head


INTERIOR FLOORING: Teak and spruce in salon & stateroom |

Lonseal vinyl in galley & head

FUEL: 590 gallons / 2,233.4 L (2 aluminum tanks)

HOLDING BLACK: 40 gallons / 151.4 L

FRESH WATER:  165 gallons / 624.6 L (2 tanks)   

Special Equipment on M/V St Helena (Nordhavn 35 Hull 19)


Factory Options:

Northern Lights 6 kW generator with sound shield

Fireboy MA2-475 fire extinguisher system with 16 lb bottle and automatic shutdown relay in engine room

Large Lewmar hatch above wheelhouse with screen

Crows nest on mast

Hella turbo fans (4)

Custom cabinet alcove for portable space heater in salon



Salon, Galley, Head, Stateroom:

Custom made corian cover for galley stove top (2006)

General Ecology Seagull water filter with faucet at galley sink 2005

Marine Beam LED cabin lights in salon, head, stateroom, and engine room; Imtra LED lights in galley

Both fresh water and holding tanks calibrated in gallons at WEMA gauges

Weems & Plath analog clock and barometer in salon – 2004

Weems & Plath 4002 Digital Recording Barometer with graphical LCD 48-hour display in salon 2009

Wireless displays for indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity in salon

Custom 120V AC wall lamp in salon 2005

Bose Wave Music System with CD player and FM/AM radio and Starmate ST2C Sirius-XM satellite radio tuner in salon with Shakespeare SRA-12 antenna on deck 2004

Custom roll-away screen door 2006

Custom teak foot stool

Salon chart drawer with custom shelf divider

Custom shelf in salon cabinet for charging phone, camera, iPad, and USB devices

ACR EPRIB with connection to current GPS position mounted at salon overhead

Portable space heater (120V AC) in salon; also can serve as load for Gen-Set

Custom stainless-steel (Restoration Hardware) towel racks and tooth brush holder in head 2005

Black water system improved with electric Sealand discharge pump (2012), stainless steel float sensor,

WEMA gauge calibrated in gallons and Sealand odor free hoses

Hurricane Heating System cabin heaters replaced for galley (2006), for salon (2011) and for stateroom and system flushed (2016)

Propane bottles and Xintex propane sensors (2012)

Mattress cover and topper (2016)

Cellular blinds on side windows in salon, galley, and head; custom curtains in stateroom; removable interior window cover for salon door

Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner



Spurs Line cutter  (2003)

Cutlass bearing and propeller shaft (2012)

Bottom paint (Interlux Micron CSC) and zincs for hull, line cutter, and bow thruster replaced (2016)


Engine room:

Groco CMX3-60 oil change system for main engine and generator (2004)

Racor crankcase filter for Yanmar engine (2009)

Wolverine 250W 120V AC engine lube pan heater on Yanmar (2012)

NMEA 2000 bus with Maretron TR3K temperature sensors for exhaust hose and engine room (2012)

Northern Lights raw water pump and exhaust elbow (2008)

Yanmar coolant pump, thermostat, and seals (2012)

Yanmar raw-water cooling system service, with coolers (4) boiled out, new seals, impeller, and pressure test (2014)

Yanmar major service with new fuel injectors (6), service high pressure fuel injector pump, and adjust valves (2014)

Yanmar lube oil cooler (2014)

Batteries all Discover Energy AGM: two 8Ds house, one 8D main engine start and one 4D generator start (2016)

Yanmar lube oil and filter, coolant, and fuel filter changed (2016)

Northern Lights oil and filter and fuel filter changed (2016)



Navigation computer and software: HP Stream 200-010 Mini PC with 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD with

Win 7 Ultimate running Coastal Explorer 3.1 with complete e-chart coverage for BC Canada and

Alaska using raster and vector CHS charts and vector C-Map charts (2016)

Sunlight readable 15-inch Argonaut Tflex-G615XLR LCD Marine Monitor, dimmable to black with front-panel control

Lenovo Travel Keyboard with built-in touchpad and joy stick and USB ports

Raymarine i70 Instrument Displays (2) for bright, color display of navigation parameters (rudder position, wind speed/direction, heading, etc) via NMEA 2000 data bus (2013)

Garmin GPS 17x receiver/ antenna mounted on boat deck 2009

Garmin 526 Chartplotter (backup chartplotter & GPS) with BC Canada chart card and Alaska chart card 2010; also displays NMEA 2000 data from Maretron engine room temperature sensors

Raymarine RL80C color display for 4-kw 72-mile radar with 5S 48-inch scanner and for DSM 250 Black

Box digital depth sounder/fish finder with B-256 transducer

Autopilot: Raymarine T400 Corepack with Gyro Plus 2 rate gyro 2006, flux-gate compass, and hydraulic pump; updated with color p70r Pilot Control (2013)

Vesper XB-6000 AIS Class B Transponder (also backup GPS) with LED transmit mute switch at helm (2016)

Raymarine wind vane sensor with iTC-5 Analog Converter (2013)

Flowscan 6600 fuel flow meter with analog display and total gallons used

ICOM M502 VHF Marine Transceiver with Shakespeare 36-inch VHF antenna at top of mast

ICOM M-36 VHF Marine Portable Transceiver mounted in charger base at helm (2016)

ICOM SP-24 Speaker

Globalstar Marine System with GSP-1600 satellite phone, docking station, electronic module, wall-mounted handset, antenna on boat deck, and OCENS Sidekick Wi-Fi router;  provides data communication for obtaining e-mail and weather forecasts & sea conditions from remote locations using smart phone, tablet or PC  (2004)

Xantrex XBM Battery Monitor (2008)

Magnum Energy MS2812 Pure Sine Wave 2800W Inverter and 125A Charger with Magnum Energy R-

50 Remote Control at electrical service panel (2013)

Handheld bright spotlight powered by 12V DC outlet at helm

Red chart light on flex arm at helm

Alfa AWUS036 Wi-Fi USB adaptor with Radio Labs 8VO marine Wi-Fi antenna, coax, and removal mounting bracket

Paper charts: Canadian CHS charts (62) including West Coast of Vancouver Island and Haida

Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada BC chart books (4), US Washington state chart books (2),

Bellingham charts of SE Alaska in reduced format



Hurricane II Model H2 diesel-fired hydronic heating system with optional 120V AC heating element 2006;  using Omron programmable timer and low-temperature thermostats can be used in off season to keep interior of boat dry

Raymarine M81121 hydraulic pump for autopilot steering (2013)

Hynautic K-2-B hydraulic steering slave cylinder (serviced 2015)

Secondary anchor: Fortress FX-37 folding anchor with storage bag (lazarette); rode with 20 ft 5/16-inch chain and 200 ft 9/16-inch nylon line (anchor locker shelf)

Kingsley-Bate teak Capri Director’s chairs (2) with folding teak table and custom storage shelf (2006)

Shore tie line consisting of 300 ft of yellow polypropylene float line on hose reel in lazarette

Spare white fenders (2), extra nylon lines, 50 ft water hose, 120V AC extension cord, tool box



Deck and anchor wash system with fresh water or sea water using Flowjet 4325 pump, Groco ARG strainer, and thru-hull (2006)

Anchor snubber with SS claw and 20 ft 3-stran twisted nylon line stored in anchor locker

Custom SS cable harness and pin to secure primary anchor to deck while underway

Muir VRC2500 Electric Anchor Windlass with vertical capstan and 5/16 inch gypsy (brushes and bearings replaced 2016)

Dinghy:  Trinka 10 Rowing Dinghy with teak seats and floorboards and setup for future sail;   custom stainless-steel chocks on boat deck for off-season storage

Sea Wise Marine stern davit for easy access from swim platform 2006

Torqeedo 1003 outboard electric motor (3 HP) with rechargeable Li-ion battery and 12V-DC/120V-AC charger (2014)

Tri-Lens radar reflector on mast (2006)

Raymarine wind vane transducer on mast (2016)

Metz General Coverage/WeatherFAX/DSC Antenna on mast and coax to helm

Smartplug power inlet and Smartplug 50 ft 30A cord set (2016); extra Marinco 25 ft 30A extension cord; Marinco pigtail adaptors for 15A to 30A, 50A 125V/250V to 30A, 50A 125V to 30A, 30A to 15A; custom pigtails for older dock boxes; Power Gear 3-wire receptacle tester

Sunbrella (Sky blue) fabric covers for hatches, anchor windlass, host winches, and dinghy (2012)

White outside privacy screens for windshield (2016)

Ongaro horns on boat deck (2016)

West Marine telescoping boat hook mounted in cockpit

Two sets of 30-ft double braided nylon dock lines (5/8 inch and 3/4 inch) and two 50-ft double braided nylon lines for locking thru; other spare 5/8 inch twisted nylon lines

Anchor chaser for recovery of fouled anchor

Taylor Super Guard black fenders (6)

Removable sunshade for cockpit

Teak cap rail in cockpit re-varnished (2017)


Safety Items:

ACR RapidDitch bag with check list, Garmin 72M GPS handheld navigator, flares, LED flashlight, spares for outboard motor, pockets for VHF Marine Portable Transceiver, Globalstar GPS-1600 phone 2004, and cell phones.

ACR 406 MHz EPRIB with connection to current GPS position (serviced 2016)

Lifesling MOB Recovery System in rigid case, and Garhauer 6:1 manual hoist for MOB recovery stored in

Lifesling case in cockpit

Mustang Inflatable Manual PDF (2) with ACR automatic strobe light and type-II USCG-approved orange life vests (6)

Dinghy mounted on swim platform for easy launch

Carbon monoxide detector

Fireboy self-actuating fire suppression system in engine room with 16 lb bottle with audible alarm and auto shutdown of engines and fans, and three ABC 2.5 lb portable fire extinguishers (inspected 2017)

Throw able type-IV life ring

First-aid kit

Vesper AIS Transponder 2016



Locker with extensive set of spares, including (see spread sheet for complete list):

Jabsco 12V DC Par Max3 fresh water pressure pump (new)

Northern Lights water pump for Generator (new)

Raymarine rudder position sensor (new)

Jabsco bilge pump 12V DC motor (used)

Raymarine M81121 hydraulic pump (used)

Secondary fuel filters, thermostats, and air filters for Yanmar and Northern Lights

Lube oil filters for Yanmar and Northern Lights

Impellers for Yanmar and Northern Lights

Hurth transmission fluid filters

Racor primary filters for Yanmar and Northern Lights

Crankcase vent filter for Yanmar

Zincs for Yanmar with special installation tools

Service kits for all pumps and toilet

Complete service kit for Spurs line cutter

Zincs for hull, skeg, propeller shaft, line cutter, and bow thruster

General Ecology filters for drinking water system

Raymarine A50 Chartplotter with adaptors & cables for firmware updating of Raymarine NMEA 2000 equipment

Circuit breakers, fuses, light bulbs, SS nuts and bolts, electrical connectors

Detail log of all maintenance and boat repairs/updates, including invoices from boatyards

Nordhavn Operators Manual with extensive additions by owner covering navigation and communication electronics (with full schematics and wiring diagrams), heating system, lube oil change system, fuel system, electrical generation/distribution system, and anchoring

Last Bottom Paint in April 2016

Last Oil Change in August 2016

New Zincs in August 2016

Anti-Freeze changed once a year

Deck Layout:

Watch a video of the Nordhavn 35  – St. Helena below.


Jeff Merrill, CPYB

+1 949.355.4950

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Listing Specifications

TYPE:Semi-displacment trawler with enclosed pilothouse
PRICE (US$):$290,000.00
LOCATION:Sidney, BC - Canada
HULL COLOR:Gray gelcoat
REGISTRY:United States Coast Guard documented 1144276
DESIGNER:Jeff Leishman
BUILDER:P.A.E./Ta Shing - Taiwan, R.O.C.
HULL MATERIAL:Solid Fiberglass
DISPLACEMENT:24,000 lbs. / 10.88 MT
RANGE:RANGE:400 - 1,500 miles
SPEED: SPEED:Cruise 7.5, Top 11.0 knots
LOA:35’4-3/4” / 10.79 M
LWL:33’4” / 10.16 M
BEAM:13’2” / 4.01 M
DRAFT:3’9” / 1.14 M
AIR DRAFT:24’0" / 7.31 M - Mast down = 12'6" / 3.81 M (est.)
MAIN ENGINE:Yanmar 6LYA-STP 370HP (Main hours: ~4,034) September, 2017
EXHAUST:Wet exhaust
TRANSMISSION:ZF Hurth Model: HSW 800 A3 Ratio: 2.8:1
PROPELLER / SHAFTAquamet 22 shaft | Four blade propeller (28LH24) | Spurs line cutter
AIR DRAFT:26’0” to top of antennas on mast (est.)
EXHAUST:Wet exhaust
THRUSTER:Sidepower 12V 5HP electric bow thruster
ELECTRICAL:60 Hertz – US style - Smart Plug 30 amp service for house
GENERATOR:Northern Lights 6 kW with sound shield (Generator hours: ~545) September, 2017
INVERTER/CHARGER:Magnum Energy MS2812 Pure Sine Wave 2800W Inverter and 125A Charger with Magnum Energy R-50 Remote Control
BATTERIES:Discover Energy AGM - (2) house 8Ds, (1) main start 8D, (1) generator start 4D (all new 2016) | Xantrex XBM Battery Monitor
INTERIOR LIGHTING:Marine Beam LED cabin lights in salon, head, stateroom, and engine room | Imtra LED lights in galley
CLIMATE CONTROL:Hurricane diesel heater with 120V AC option and programable timer | Hella fans | 120V AC Space Heater
MACHINERY EQUIPMENT:Groco oil changer | Seagull IV water purifier |Flowjet fresh/salt water deck and anchor wash
WINDLASS:Muir VRC 2500 electric (serviced 2016)
GROUND TACKLE:Primary: custom Nordhavn 65 lb | 400' 5/16" BBB chain | Secondary: Fortress FX-37 folding anchor with 200' chain/nylon
SPARS:Forespar LP painted aluminum mast and boom with Crow's nest and Tri-Lens Radar reflector
TENDER AND OUTBOARD:Trinka 10' rowing dinghy | Torqeedo 1003 outboard electric motor (3 HP) | Sea Wise Marine stern davit | SS-chocks on boat deck
NAV/COM BRANDS:Raymarine | Corepack | NMEA 2000 | Garmin | Icom | Vesper | Maretron | HP | Argonaut | Coastal Explorer | Globalstar | OCENS
ENTERTAINMENT:Bose Wave Music System with CD player and FM/AM radio and Starmate ST2C Sirius-XM satellite radio tuner in salon
STATEROOM:(1) Master forward with atwhartships island berth
BEDDING:Mattress cover and topper
HEAD:(1) Jabsco quiet flush electric freshwater
GALLEY:Seaward 3372 3-burner Propane stove and oven with custom Corian cover| NovaKool Refrig/Freezer | GE Microwave oven
INTERIOR WOOD:Teak and white laminate
INTERIOR COUNTERS:Corian counters in galley and head
INTERIOR FLOORING:Teak and spruce in salon & stateroom | Lonseal vinyl in galley & head
TANKAGE: (approx.)-
FUEL:590 gallons / 2,233.4 L (2 aluminum tanks)
HOLDING BLACK:40 gallons / 151.4 L
FRESH WATER:165 gallons / 624.6 L (2 tanks)
SAFETY:Fireboy fire suppression in ER | Lifesling | EPIRB | Ditch bag | Garhauer hoist for MOB recovery | Carbon monoxide detector
Note:All information is believed accurate, but should be verified.

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