August 2018 – Hull underbody reconditioned and sealed with epoxy barrier coat. Ready for fresh bottom paint when launched to sail.
Kokomo. The name conjures up an exotic tropical destination to many of us; one of sunshine, sandy beaches, palm trees and a soft breeze. Living up to this ideal, the Nordhavn 63 Kokomo has embarked on many enchanted adventures over the past three years. Her cruising itinerary started with delivery and commissioning in California in late 2015 and then she sailed south – venturing to remote islands off of Mexico and central America. After transiting the Panama Canal, Kokomo toured the Caribbean and Bahamas before arriving in Florida. 15,000 sea miles and more than 2,000 engine hours later, Kokomo has delivered everything that the promise of a solid passage making trawler is expected to, and more.
The independence that a well-planned and properly outfitted trawler makes possible allows freedom that is unimaginable, unless you have been fortunate enough to participate in this extraordinary lifestyle. Periodic trips to civilization were required for re-provisioning and to exchange on board guests but heading back out was always next on the agenda. Through all of this active cruising, Kokomo has been routinely maintained to rigorous standards. He is an engineer by profession and understands the importance of looking after machinery and managing every piece of equipment to ensure reliability.
Now, the owners reflect upon fond memories of numerous trips to pristine paradise, always in comfort and style, often arriving and remaining as the only vessel around for miles. The photos of Kokomo are a testament to what you can find when you create your own path.
Every boat has a story, some more interesting than others. Kokomo completes the latest chapter in the life of a seasoned mariner who, along with his wife, savors trawler travel across the sea as much as they both enjoys exploring below the surface as accomplished SCUBA divers. He was a pioneer of the underwater lifestyle helping to introduce this sport to Europe.
After selling their previous long-range trawler several years back (the Nordhavn 55 Starfish), they took a break from offshore travel, satisfied. Until PAE tempted them by announcing a new concept that inspired them to consider a new way they could head back offshore with friends to explore and pick up right where they left off. The more they studied the plans, the more intrigued they became. Soon they were seriously considering the enticing package of the Nordhavn 63. It didn’t seem possible that the same hull mold could be re-imagined with so many innovations. They studied the layout and carefully considered what they would want to add and how they would outfit and equip a new Nordhavn 63.
The aft pilothouse and lower center of gravity would certainly behave well in heavy seas (and they had always been smitten by the Nordhavn 62’s looks and continued history of successful crossings). The new interior layout would add more versatile sleeping accommodations. The size is just right, and by upgrading to hydraulic thrusters, adding a second generator and numerous other thoughtful improvements, they would have everything they needed and still find it easy to remain in control as owner/operators.
After so many years in the sun a flybridge had lost its’ importance; but the covered upper aft deck and cockpit would provide protected outdoor living areas. Moving the wheelhouse back makes a lot of sense and the larger upper deck space would obviously make piloting more comfortable, especially with two helm chairs side by side. Retaining the master stateroom amidships and offering a spacious VIP guest stateroom forward is ideal for two couples. Adding a shower to the day head in the pilothouse enhances the captain’s cabin and total pilothouse environment. Side by side helm chairs makes perfect sense. The conjoined saloon and galley makes for a generous gathering space for sharing meals or just relaxing to enjoy a movie on the flat screen or, to tune out and read. The expanded utility room forward of the engine room provided enough room for a crew to sleep in a single berth.
Before placing the order, they flew over from Europe to Seattle, Washington to step aboard hull number three and see if this marvelous design was as delightful in person as she appeared on paper. As you have guessed, it was “have-to-have-one” at first sight and a very well thought out order was placed using their previous Nordhavn experience. They included all of the essentials needed to create the independence and freedom they desired.
Some of the key attributes and features of Kokomo are:
The next owners of Kokomo will benefit from the experience and lessons learned building two new Nordhavns from scratch. You really need to step aboard to take it all in and only then will you begin to appreciate much of the carefully determined decisions that have optimized, maximized and captivated all who have been aboard.
Kokomo’s price reflects the sellers hope that an astute buyer will comprehend the extraordinary value and incredibly attractive presentation being offered. There is a detailed equipment list, many photos (including 360 images) and a walk-through tour video to fill out the whole picture.
If you would like to step aboard please contact Jeff or John to make an appointment and see for yourself why Kokomo is such an extraordinary Nordhavn 63.
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