Q. Any interesting lessons learned the hard way that you can relate here that might benefit those who are reading this?
A. We wouldn’t say “the hard way”, but it does take a bit of time and dedication to learn the myriad of systems on a trawler. The learning curve was a bit steeper than we originally thought it would be as we were coming from a much less complex sailboat. However, with time, experience, the Nordhavn Owner Group forum and other experts, it was certainly manageable.
Q. What has been your biggest positive surprise?
A. The people that we’ve met either in person or virtually in the cruising community. We’re amazed how quickly you can find new friends by trading war stories about your latest adventures, repairs needed or places to visit. One of the advantages of owning a Nordhavn is having access to the Nordhavn Owners Group forum. It’s an online resource to ask any question about running and maintaining your Nordhavn. You can get answers from other experienced owners as well as well-known experts. It’s a bit like having a security blanket, just in case you can’t figure out something on your own. So, meeting both a wide array of helpful, friendly fellow boaters in-person and online has been the nicest surprise for us.
Q. What did you learn about each other spending all that time on your Nordhavn 40?
A. We know a lot of people have the opinion that living in close quarters on a boat would lead to divorce court, but we found the opposite to be true. We’ve always worked well together on various projects. Operating a vessel of this complexity played to our strengths. This helped us keep to a low stress, fun environment.