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Nordhavn 40



San Diego, CA

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YACHT NAME: Limerick
BRAND AND MODEL: Nordhavn 40
TYPE: Long range trawler yacht with raised pilothouse
HULL COLOR: Gray gelcoat
DECK: White deck with white nonskid
REGISTRY: USCG documented
DESIGNER: Jeff Leishman
BUILDER: Pacific Seacraft – Fullerton, CA USA
HULL MATERIAL: Solid fiberglass
DISPLACEMENT: 50,000 LBS. | 22.68 MT
BALLAST: 4,000 LBS. | 1.82 MT
SPEED: Cruise 7.0 knots @1700 RPM. Top 8 knots @ 2100 RPM  WOT=2400
LOA: 39’9″ | 12.12 M
LWL: 35’5″ | 10.79 M
BEAM: 14′ 6″| 4.42 M
DRAFT: 5’6″| 1.7 M
AIR DRAFT: Approximately 32’| 9.75 M with mast up.
AB RATIO 2.3:1
ENGINE Lugger model LP668D 105 BHP (Hours~ 4,650 July 2023) Twin Disc MG5050 3.0:1 transmission
PROPELLER / SHAFT 2″ stainless steel shaft | 4 blade bronze propeller
MAIN EXHAUST: Keel cooled, dry exhaust
WING ENGINE: Yanmar model 3GM30 FV, 27 BHP, Kanzaki KM3V-drive transmission 2.61:1 ratio (Hours ~50 July 2023)
THRUSTER: Side Power ST95T approximately 8 HP electric bow thruster
STABILIZATION: Paravane outriggers
ELECTRICAL: 60 Hertz – US style – 30-amp
SHORE POWER: (2) connections: 30-amp for house and 30-amp for air conditioning
GENERATOR: Northern Lights 8kW M753G generator (no sound shield) (~6,330 hours July 2023)
INVERTER/CHARGER: Magnum MS 2812 inverter/charger
BATTERIES: Lifeline (5) AGM house and start batteries
CLIMATE CONTROL: Marine Air reverse cycle HVAC: 44,000 BTU total.  (3) separate air handlers: staterooms, saloon, pilothouse
MACHINERY EQUIPMENT: Racor Duplex for main | Walbro fuel transfer pump with Racor filter | Reverso oil changer |
WINDLASS: Maxwell VWC 2200 vertical electric windlass with gypsy and capstan
GROUND TACKLE: 50 KG Claw 400′ 3/8″ chain |60 lb. CQR with 300′ 3/4″ nylon and chain | Fortress FX55 with 300′ 3/4″ nylon rode and chain | Small Danforth type kedge anchor mounted on rail
MAST AND BOOM Forespar mast and boom | Mast supports main engine exhaust |Boom for dinghy with electric winches | Boom gooseneck designed to rotate for dinghy vs. paravane (not rotating)
TENDER AND OUTBOARD: Achilles 8’6″ inflatable dinghy (2015) | Torqeedo 2 HP electric outboard
NAV/COM BRANDS: Simrad |Furuno |Icom | Raymarine
ENTERTAINMENT: No televisions | Car stereo
STATEROOMS: (2) staterooms: Owner forward, Guest to port
BEDDING: Centerline (Owner) forward | (2) Bunk beds in port guest stateroom | Pilothouse watch berth
HEAD: (1) Groco K seawater toilet (manual flush)
SHOWER: Stand up in hed with door
WATER MAKER: Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper SCR-800-2 – inoperable
LAUNDRY: Splendide 2100XC combo washer/dryer
GALLEY: (1) Sub Zero freezer | (1) Sub Zero refrigerator| Force 10 three-burner propane stove and oven with broiler | GE microwave oven
INTERIOR WOOD: Teak primarily (some white laminate panels) | Note: extra teak ordered
INTERIOR UPHOLSTERY: Ultraleather (2015)
BILGE PUMPS: Two (1) Jabsco electric bilge pumps | (1) Edson manual
TANKAGE: (approx.)
FUEL: 920 gallons | 3,482 liters (Two fiberglass tanks)
HOLDING BLACK: 68 gallons | 257.5 liters (One fiberglass tank)
FRESH WATER: 220 gallons | 833 liters (One fiberglass, Two plastic tanks)
SAFETY: USCG safety package| ACR EPIRB |Switlik 6-person offshore life raft – expired, remove
PHOTO DATE: Most photos taken July, 2023
Note: All information is believed accurate but should be verified.

LAYOUT: Raised Pilothouse

LAYOUT: Main Deck

Please check out the Limerick website:

Listing Broker

Eric Bescoby
+1 626.818.5053

Limerick is hull 27 out of 44 of the first generation Nordhavn 40’s.  The legendary cruising sailboat builder, Pacific Seacraft, was selected by P.A.E. to produce the 40.   A sister ship, hull 21, completed a circumnavigation, defining the brand by showcasing the capability of the smallest production model. In 2023 a special voyage across the Atlantic was the most recent accomplishment of this versatile design, adding to the collection of numerous owner operated ocean crossings and extensive coastal trips.

The 40 is a full displacement trawler that was created for a cruising couple to provide comfortable accommodations in a dependable platform that is economical to operate.   The sixth Nordhavn designed, is also the smallest passage maker and incorporates many features proven on larger boats. A total of seventy (70) Nordhavn 40’s (Mark I U.S and Mark II China) were built prior to this model being discontinued.


Limerick is for sale by her second owners.  They purchased her in Florida and sailed her back to California.  Most of their travels have been between the Panama Canal and their home port of San Diego.  As an active couple they have enjoyed cruising away from the crowds and exploring along the Pacific coasts.   One very noticeable difference in the finish of Limerick is the additional teak wood work throughout the interior.  Most 40’s use a lot of white laminate vertical surfaces, a builder preference, but the original buyer wanted a more yacht like interior and as you view the photos and compare with other 40’s you will see the subtle, but very pleasing difference this interior wood work creates.

Listing Broker

Jeff Merrill

Jeff Merrill, CPYB
+1 949.355.4950

Boarding:  Limerick offers an aft cockpit starboard side boarding door, the preferred choice when docked.  The transom boarding door which leads to the built-in swim platform offers access when positioned stern-in or boarding from the dinghy in the water.

Cockpit:  Once aboard the boat you will notice the well-designed and sufficient size of the aft deck cockpit. Limerick’s cockpit provides a safe and well protected back deck outside area. Two molded-in seats are located aft (port and starboard), starboard used for storage and the port seat locker is for propane tank storage. A hot and cold shower for rinsing off after a swim is located inside the transom. The lazarette below is accessed via a large hatch located in the center of the cockpit floor while the saloon is accessed through a raised (to prevent water entry) hinged centerline door.

  • Mounts for paravane “fish”
  • Freshwater spigot
  • Air vents for engine room
  • Large Diamond SeaGlaze saloon entry door with window and dogs
  • Two boarding doors – aft and to starboard
  • Two built in seat/lockers for storage and propane
  • Magma kettle barbeque with rail mount (tired)
  • Waxes, polishes, cleaners
  • Homemade rope and wood ladder

Lazarette:  The large hatch in the cockpit allows access to Limerick’s lazarette. The forward bulkhead has a hinged step where most of the batteries are located. The watermaker is aft.  The inverter is to starboard. The hot water tank is to port. An emergency tiller is included. This is a large space that is a convenient storage area for extra supplies and gear.

  • Concealed battery bank under forward bulkhead hinged lid step
  • Magnum Magna Sine MS 2812 inverter/charger
  • Inverter bypass switch
  • Jabsco electric bilge pump
  • Seaward S-1100 11-gallon hot water tank
  • Emergency tiller
  • Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper SCR-800-2, 800 gallons per day water maker
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering ram
  • Robertson autopilot
  • Gaff
  • 12V oil change pump for wing engine
  • Spare lube oil and other fluids
  • Waste oil bucket
  • 60 lb. CQR anchor

Saloon:  Limerick was ordered with additional teak surfaces instead of the white laminate you normally see on a US Nordhavn 40 and this selection provides a warm, inviting atmosphere. There is great visibility with opening windows outboard on both sides and an open feel as the saloon and galley share the entry level.  To starboard is a fixed, teak dining table surrounded by an L-shaped settee with storage below.  There is additional seating with the port side built in settee. The sole is carpeted.  The saloon is very large for a 40’ trawler, this is due to the design feature of no outside walking side decks connecting the cockpit to the Portuguese bridge.Adjustable blinds on windows

  • Wall to wall carpet
  • Teak saloon table
  • Slide windows with screens
  • Controls for air-conditioning
  • Music speakers
  • Teak storage racks
  • Overhead lighting
  • Reading lights

Galley:  You enter the galley from amidships, passing the teak battened column that conceals the main engine dry stack exhaust.  This is a purposeful galley with Corian counters, teak lockers and drawers.  A large stainless-steel double basin sink with faucet is located on the aft, athwartship counter.  Lonseal flooring includes a foot button for back up fresh water supply to the sink.  For cooking there is a GE microwave oven and a gimballed, Force 10 three-burner propane stove installed outboard with an opening portlight above.

  • Sub Zero 110V/12V refrigerator with stainless face (2019)
  • Sub Zero 110V freezer opposite galley with teak face. Note: ice maker disconnected
  • Force 10 three-burner propane stove and oven with broiler
  • GE microwave oven  
  • Dual basin stainless steel sink
  • Recessed foot pump for back up fresh water
  • Multiple teak drawers, lockers and overhead cabinets for storage
  • Corian countertops
  • Lonseal raised coin vinyl flooring

Pilothouse: The raised pilothouse is directly up from the entry level.  There is excellent visibility in all directions.  There are two Dutch Doors outboard for convenient outside access to the Portuguese bridge deck. The electrical panel breaker is behind a clear door cabinet to starboard. The main engine and wing engine Morse control levers are located on the main dash above the helm. Easy reach controls for the  bow thruster, anchor windlass, horn and wipers. The stainless-steel helm wheel is surrounded by convenient placement of nav/com electronics and ships controls.  The navigation screens are updated and very easy to read. Navigation and communication equipment includes; autopilot, fish finder, chart plotter, GPS, SSB and VHF. A watch berth is behind the settee and teak table.

  • Lugger main engine control panel with key start and analog gauges
  • Morse double lever controls
  • Yanmar wing engine control panel with key start and analog gauges
  • Morse double lever controls
  • Northern Lights 8 kW generator panel
  • SidePower bow thruster toggle control
  • Simrad NSS EV035 large multi-function display – radar and chartplotter (2022)
  • Simrad NSS EV035 small multi-function display (2022)
  • Simrad GPS/Wind/Speed/Depth
  • Icom IC-M710 SSB transceiver
  • Simrad Robertson AP22 autopilot with AP21 wired remote
  • Icom Class B AIS transponder MA – 500TR
  • Furuno GP-33 GPS
  • Raytheon ST60 wind
  • Raytheon ST60 depth
  • Icom Marine IC-M604 VHF
  • (2) handheld VHF radios
  • Laptop computer alcove to port (no laptop included)
  • Ultraleather bench helm seat
  • Teak table forward of bench helm seat
  • Storage below foot landing
  • Folding chart table outboard to port.
  • Diamond SeaGlaze Dutch doors port and starboard
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering (*See JMYS Trawler Skills video on YouTube)
  • Opening forward facing side window vents port and starboard
  • Maxwell anchor windlass control
  • Marine Air air-conditioning

Lower level:  Down a few short steps from the entry level is a hallway that connects to the guest stateroom to port, head and shower to starboard and owner stateroom forward.

Guest Stateroom: The guest stateroom includes two bunk beds. The upper bunk is fixed, the lower bunk can be pulled out to be made wider with a filler cushion.  There is overhead lighting and reading lights by the bunks.  There are opening portlights outboard.  The Splendide combination clothing washer/dryer is housed in a louvered door locker.  For storage a hanging locker inboard and a chest of drawers. Aft in the guest stateroom is the door entry to the engine room.

  • Reading lights
  • Two opening screened portlights
  • Upper and lower berths
  • Lower berth has a sliding base with fill cushion to make it wider
  • Teak ceilings outboard along hull
  • Splendide clothing washer/dryer combination laundry appliance
  • Dogged door entry access to engine room

Engine Room: The primary entry into the engine room is through a Diamond SeaGlaze aluminum door in the guest stateroom (you can also enter though the sole, aft in the saloon). The engine room has been equipped with all systems and components easy to inspect and service. The Lugger LP688D main engine is keel cooled with a dry stack exhaust and mated to a Twin Disc 3.0:1 transmission.  There are two large fiberglass fuel tanks outboard, each fitted with a sight tube for accurate fuel level viewing. Both tanks gravity feed a supply tank in the forward bilge. The supply tank feeds the main engine and generator. Diesel fuel filtration is accomplished by dual Racor 900 filters and a Racor 500 filter for the generator. There is a Walbro fuel pump and a dedicated Racor 900 filter providing the ability to transfer fuel between tanks.   The wing engine has a dedicated aluminum day tank to insure isolated “fresh” diesel for this back up propulsion package.

  • Lugger LP668D 105 HP main engine
  • Twin Disc MG-55050 transmission 3.0:1
  • Dry stack exhaust
  • Yanmar model 3GM30FV 27 BHP wing engine
  • Kanzaki KM3V-drive transmission on wing engine
  • 8 kW Northern Lights Generator (note: sound shield removed)
  • Racor 900 duplex dual primary filters on main engine
  • Racor 500 primary filter for generator
  • Racor 900 for fuel transfer with Walbro pump and timer
  • InsulTech exhaust blanket
  • Jabsco automatic electric bilge pump
  • Edson manual bilge pump
  • Engine room lighting
  • (2) fiberglass fuel tanks, (1) aluminum supply tank.
  • Dedicated aluminum fuel tank for wing engine
  • Fresh water pump and strainer
  • Engine room blower

Head and shower:  The head enclosure includes a stand-up shower, sink, medicine cabinet, drawers and toilet. There are two opening screened port lights – one in the head the other in the shower.  This room is easy to clean and the gelcoat reflects the light.

  • Two opening screened portholes – one in shower, one in head
  • Exhaust fan in shower overhead
  • Y-valve to holding tank or overboard
  • Tank Watch holding tank monitor (inoperable)
  • Corian countertop with built-in sink
  • Mirror in teak framed cabinet above sink
  • Separate full headroom stall shower enclosure with tempered glass door
  • Storage lockers in shower

Owner Stateroom: The owner’s stateroom if forward and features a prominent island berth. There is storage underneath the steps and large drawers at the bottom for clothing and blankets. Below the mattress you find access to the bow thruster and a separate house battery bank for powering the bow thruster and windlass. Ventilation is provided via the large hatch overhead, opening portlights outboard and two round portlights aft in the Portuguese bridge. This room has extra teak veneer surfaces (like the saloon) and the interior hull sides have varnished teak slat ceilings. The chain locker is forward. There is a built-in changing seat with upholstered cushion at the foot of the bed to starboard. The black water holding tank is accessed below the carpeted area at the foot of the bed.

  • Island berth
  • Port-side and starboard side shelves and lockers
  • Overhead hatch
  • (1) opening screened portlight outboard on each side (with deadlights)
  • (2) opening screened portlights allow for light and air from the Portuguese bridge deck
  • Reading lights
  • Air conditioning controls
  • (2) large hanging lockers
  • Bureau with drawers
  • Overhead teak lockers along berth on both sides

Boat Deck: Limerick’s boat deck is reached by steps to starboard aft along the pilothouse. The dinghy is launched via remote controls for the electric winches mounted on the boom.  There are built-in stands and tie downs for securing the dinghy. The life raft is mounted on the pilothouse roof to starboard (expired).

  • Forespar mast and boom for dinghy
  • Rule V33R electric winches with remote
  • Switlik 6-person life raft (expired and can be removed if unwanted).
  • Achilles 8’6″ inflatable dinghy (2015)
  • Torqeedo 2 HP electric outboard
  • Kayak

Foredeck and Exterior:  The foredeck has stainless railings on top with cable intermediaries. The anchor well is recessed with overboard drains.  Anchoring is managed with the Maxwell electric windlass controlling the chain and anchor.  There is a molded in deck box for storage. The Portuguese bridge has a built in storage locker and gate access to the foredeck.

  • Gray gelcoat hull
  • Courtesy lighting
  • Maxwell VM 2200 electric windlass with capstan
  • Windlass controls at foredeck and pilothouse
  • 50 KG Claw (Bruce-type) anchor with 400’ chain
  • Danforth kedge anchor stored on railing
  • Fortress FX55 (recommended for larger vessels) stored in locker below
  • (2) additional rodes with 300’ of ¾” 3-strand nylon with 40’ of 3/8” chain
  • Deck superstructure is white gelcoat and deck is molded white nonskid gelcoat
  • Portuguese bridge with door to foredeck
  • Portuguese bridge locker has spare rode and chain for spare anchor, plus spare bridles
  • Dock lines and fenders
  • Foredeck dock box has spare dock lines, shore power cord storage, flat hose on reel, spare dock lines


  • Switlik 6 – person Life raft (expired)
  • Abandon ship bag
  • Acrylic storm plates for saloon windows (stored off vessel)
  • USCG equipment

Limerick is a full displacement long range trawler that has provided an excellent cruising platform for the active couple who own her and have traveled from FL to CA and along the US west coast. She is a first generation Nordhavn 40, built by cruising sailboat leader, Pacific Seacraft in California. Proudly made in the U.S.A.

You can read all about the cruising accomplishments of the Nordhavn 40 online and by studying magazine reviews and owner blogs.  Most of the detailed photos of Limerick were taken in July of 2023.

For additional information please visit Limerick’s website:

Broker comments:  Limerick has been well traveled with her second owners.  They have committed to land-based living and have been great stewards, but it’s time to move off and let someone else come aboard. There are a few project opportunities for the next owner and the price reflects details such as the boom winch rotation, inoperable watermaker, lack of a fixed swim ladder, some stubborn through hulls, need for bottom paint, gelcoat crazing in deck, etc. Most of these issues are time related.  Several thousand dollars worth of spare parts are stowed off the vessel (along with storm plates) that are included in the purchase. Limerick is in excellent condition for her age as the photos attest, please contact Jeff to schedule an appointment to visit her.

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, 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 and Florida) with an international emphasis specializing in ocean capable trawlers. Our brokers are experienced boaters, most are trawler owner/operators with thousands of hours and miles at sea.  We treat our clients with respect, we are responsive and not pushy.  Our focus is to become your loyal advocate, always looking out for your best interests. 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: Limerick is available for Co-Brokerage, please call to discuss special listing arrangements in place. This listing specification has been approved by the sellers for accuracy. The photos, images and descriptive content are copyrighted by JMYS and may not be copied or used without specific written permission.

Listing broker. Eric Bescoby, (Licensed California Yacht Broker) is a trawler specialist. Eric is also a Nordhavn 40 owner, so is intimately familiar with the Nordhavn brand. All inspections are by appointment only. Please contact listing broker, Eric Bescoby by phone, text, or email for additional information or to schedule your personal showing. Eric is always available via Mobile +1 626.818.5053 (call or text). You can send a detailed email to:

Listing broker. Jeff Merrill, CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) has extensive product knowledge of the trawler market plus direct experience with the Nordhavn brand (over two decades) and is very well acquainted with the Nordhavn 40.   Jeff is a familiar face to YouTube viewers and a regular presenter at TrawlerFest.  He writes about trawlers for Ocean Navigator and PassageMaker magazines and is one of the online instructors for Boaters University.  Please contact listing broker, Jeff Merrill, CPYB by phone, text or email for additional information or to schedule your personal showing.  Jeff is available via Mobile + 1 949.355.4950 (call or text). You can send a detailed Email to: