This past December was one for the record books and made the test of the new North Pacific 39 an adventure. At the time of our test the temperature hit a 41-year low of 0 degree F; with a 35-knot wind, the local meteorologist said it was 20 F.
HISTORY. When Trevor Brice decided, in 2004, to look for a family boat suitable for operating in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska he couldn't find what he wanted. So with the help of his father, who had introduced him to boating as a child, he set out to design one and have it built. That was the North Pacific 42 and since then he has sold more than 36, which is a success by any standards. Based on that success, his newest model at the time of this test was a slightly smaller version of the 42, the North Pacific 39.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. The 39 is a hand-laid, semi-displacement hull built of solid glass, with a cored glass, single-piece deck and superstructure. The hull bottom and sides between the waterline and rubrail are reinforced with a molded grid bonded to the inside of the hull. According to the manufacturer this adds to hull stiffness, preventing wracking in heavy seas. It also provides extra bottom stiffness when pounding into a head sea. On our test boat the glasswork is true and smooth with no signs of print-through, thin, or dull gelcoat. Stainless rails are solidly attached and the welding of the rails themselves appeared professionally done, with no signs of thin beads or undercut. While North Pacific owns the molds and related tooling, and is the entity that receives the hull identification numbers, the boats are manufactured, under contract, in China, at Ningbo, just south of Shanghai.