Go Long And Fast with the Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot

The Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot is built for distance and can run when you want to.

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
Nordhavn’s 59 Coastal Pilot is said to be at home cruising low and slow, or at her relatively speedy 20-knot top hop.Courtesy Nordhavn

A 20-knot Nordhavn? That’s what this builder — long known for full-displacement passagemakers — says could be the top speed for its 59 Coastal ­Pilot. Twin 715 hp Cummins diesel inboards and a new semidisplacement hull form are said to be key to the performance equation.

But the builder isn’t sacrificing its reputation for constructing long-range, bluewater vessels either. In the case of the 59CP, owners can pull back the single-lever throttles to maximize the yacht’s 1,100-gallon fuel tank. ­Nordhavn says the 59CP has a 777-nautical-mile range at a 9.3-knot cruise, and a 255 nm range at her 20.3-knot top-end.

When it comes to ruggedness, the builder says the foundation is a solid fiberglass hull bottom supported by full-length longitudinal stringers and a series of transversal supports to add backbone. Nordhavn says the 59CP has a “CE category A unlimited ­offshore rating, ensuring the vessel has the seakeeping and strength capabilities to take on most serious coastal cruises up to 1,000 miles.”

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
Making something look simple takes precision. Thus Nordhavn used a finely sharpened pencil to draw this salon. At first glance, there is uninterrupted floor space, but look closer: The galley, dining and helm areas are all well-defined without feeling compartmentalized.Courtesy Nordhavn
Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
Nordhavn owners are known for voyaging, so their vessels’ galleys get used. This aft galley setup has a double sink, Bosch refrigerator and freezer, microwave and electric cooktop. An additional 5 cubic feet of deep-freeze stowage is by the washer and dryer belowdecks.Courtesy Nordhavn

Durability is also key when operating in the harsh saltwater environment, so all of the 59CP’s hardware is corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

To keep the helmsman and crew within earshot during wheel watches on long passages, this yacht’s main deck is unobstructed from the salon door to the helm forward. L-shaped seating is across from the starboard-side helm station, and a U-shaped dinette is abaft it. The skipper will never be at a loss for company.

The lower helm should offer clean sightlines, as the windows wrap around the side, aiding the captain’s peripheral view. A pantograph door abaft the helm seat provides quick side-deck access if an owner is running short-handed and needs to handle lines.

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
Need to check the motors? This door offers access to the belowdecks machinery areas.Courtesy Nordhavn

Her flybridge helm station would be my preferred perch during fair-weather runs. The area also seats 12 with a dining table for entertaining.

For overnight accommodations, the 59CP is offered with two or three staterooms. In either scenario, the master is amidships with an athwartships berth. There is also a forepeak VIP with step-up berth. Both staterooms have en suite heads. The third stateroom, with twin bunks, can be added to port between the master and VIP.

Whether you plan on taking summer-long cruises, are looking for a full-time liveaboard yacht or want to cross blue water, Nordhavn’s 59 Coastal Pilot seems to check off all the boxes.

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
High freeboard should keep the decks dry in a seaway, while rails keep the crew secure during transits.Courtesy Nordhavn
Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
The flybridge helm provides 360-degree views.Courtesy Nordhavn
Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot, Nordhavn
The aft deck can be enclosed with isinglass and canvas, and can be air-conditioned or heated.Courtesy Nordhavn
Quick Specs
LOA 58 feet 9 inches
Max Beam 17 feet