ACCOMMODATIONS & LAYOUT:
Earl R is owned by a boat builder, who knows trawlers and tugs and has kept the boat in fresh water or in dry dock when not being used. His crew has done top level professional regular maintenance work keeping her optimally maintained. She includes the finest combination of factory upgrades and custom equipment added by the original owner, resulting in a vessel that is set up to cross oceans and venture on extended long-range cruises. Each system has been thoroughly tested and used, so she is ready to go at a moments notice. Earl R has the popular fiberglass stack and davit arrangement. If you are looking for a marvelous full displacement flybridge trawler you will be quite pleased with Earl R.
The Nordhavn 43 is an outstanding world cruising trawler and her long range heritage is a testament to Jeff Leishman’s design and the “bullet proof” build and engineering that PAE is so famous for.
Originally conceived as the answer to the “What would have worked better?” question we raised during our 2000 – 2001 circumnavigation with a Nordhavn 40, the 43 has proven to be a very popular yacht for cruising couples. Many of her design features take a page from the venerable Nordhavn 46 which she has essentially replaced in the line up.
Earl R is a full displacement trawler type vessel with proven long-range capabilities. She has a nice entry cockpit with boarding doors on both sides and an access door to her swim step. Below the cockpit is a large lazarette that gives excellent access to the steering gear, the inverter, hot water tank, heater and watermaker, as well as providing ample space for storage.
The saloon is entered from the cockpit through a robust watertight and double dogged commercial strength Dutch door. The saloon, a very large room that connects with the galley, has an open feel mostly due to the large sized windows finished with teak trim. Earl R’s interior is tastefully decorated with Ultraleather upholstery and features beautiful teak and spruce wood floors highlighted throughout the boat by custom two inch reveal carpet. In the saloon, custom window shades provide the privacy one requires while dock side and helps control temperature inside. To starboard is a comfortable “U” settee and a fixed table. To port is built in cabinet and Ekornes chair with a 26” LCD TV mounted in the aft port corner. There is significant storage space beneath both settees.
The elegant galley is highlighted by a Force 10 propane stove, two Sub Zero refrigerators, a freezer, microwave and trash compactor. Going up a few steps you arrive in the spacious pilothouse that features a Pompanette helm chair forward with an excellent nav/com display arrangement and a bench seat with table and watch berth aft. There are two robust watertight and double dogged commercial strength Dutch doors on either side of the pilothouse leading to the Portuguese bridge.
The staterooms are forward and below. The guest stateroom has a wide double berth to port (with a custom HMC mattress and fitted sheets), a desk with upgraded swing-out seat to starboard and its own head and shower. The guest stateroom gets plenty of light from three portholes as well as overhead hatches in the stateroom and head. The master stateroom is located amidships with a queen size island berth athwartships (that has a custom HMC mattress with fitted sheets) and a separate head with very large shower. The owners’ stateroom is lighted by two portholes as well as one in the shower area.
The engine room is accessed by a soundproof door from the master (or through the sole of the sa