When I took the helm, Nordhavn's John Hoffman suggested I take my hands off the wheel to see what would happen: nothing —_ Silver Spray_ tracked straight, as if on autopilot. Hoffman, who has delivered more than 50 Nordhavns, says the N63 is unique. "I don't know why it is, but she steers on a line," he says.
Of course, the Leishmans knew the N63 would be a better sea boat than the old 62. Like all recent Nordhavn designs, the 63 carries her beam aft with an underwater shape that flattens near the stern. Compare that with the sailboat-type lines of the N62 hull. "With fuller stern sections, you get a bigger lazarette and bigger load-carrying capacity. You get a better pitch motion," Jim Leishman says.