Nordhavn 40 Portuguese Bridge

Nordhavn40Portuguese.pngNordhavn40portugese.pngA Portuguese bridge is a safe walled area or bulwark on the superstructure which provides protection from weather and waves. It is between the fore deck and the pilothouse. The water is deflected by the Portuguese bridge instead of hitting the pilothouse windows with full force. They are self-draining.
Nordhavn, Alaskan,  deFever, Roughwater seem to be the only recreational trawlers that have this feature.
Such a brilliant idea to have this extra safety barrier on a boat. I like it.

Nordhavn 40 propeller

4 blade propeller for a Lugger L-668 naturally aspirated 105 HP Diesel Engine
The keel of the Nordhavn 40 Mk II has a fully enclosed shoe.
The protection for the propeller is superb.
This is the ideal keel in my humble opinion.
Protection to the propeller saves money on repairs if you end up somewhere too shallow, hit rocks. Prevention beats repairs hands down. Think of the time a boat may be on the hardstand while repairs are made. Valuable summer time when you could have been on the water. Avoided if you had a full shoe.
The only thing I would add to this for peace of mind would be a prop shaft line cutter. Again preventing your propeller from stopping with tangled rope or fishing lines. Beware they are sharp but because of the full shoe if you were swimming below inspecting your boat you have the aid of the shoe to help avoid putting your hand near the cutter blade.

Nordhavn 40

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Discontinued model: Nordhavn 40

Specifications:
Main engine: Lugger 105HP
Wing (back up) engine: Yanmar 30HP

Angled windows help stop glare when at the helm. Easier to read your instruments.

Engine Room with easy access.

Large Stateroom with full queen sized bed.

Nordhavn builds trawlers which can cruise long range.

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