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North Pacific 45': A Truly Sensible Trawler

Neil Rabinowitz | YachtWorld | December 2016

Nothing fancy here, but every detail of this new cruising vessel lines up nicely.

It’s a common story, but uncommonly followed by a success story: a father and son go cruising and decide they can design a better boat. They lounge on the aft deck while anchored in a quiet cove and toss about ideas for their “perfect boat” solutions for the sensible trawler. Everyone thinks they could create a better trawler; the difference is this father knows manufacturing, and has a mastery of tooling while the son, with 20 years of family boating experience, knows which common sense features will make a difference.

Twelve years later, after launching nearly 100 yachts, the “under the radar” North Pacific Yachts company of John and Trevor Brice, is still gaining momentum with a range of 38- to 59-foot designs constructed in China, where father John Brice has been a long-time manufacturer.

The latest North Pacific 45 is typically practical. It replaces the 43-foot model (after more than 60 were delivered) and features a single diesel for fuel economy, a full-beam saloon for a roomy interior, a full length tracking keel that helps protect the prop in log-strewn waters, a classic pilothouse layout for great cruising visibility, and a hard-top for all-weather comfort topside. The 45 also has a covered aft deck and high stainless rails for safe passage-making and the classic hull plank grooves to give it a traditional profile.

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