Hull & Superstructure
The North Pacific 45′ Pilothouse with its reverse rake pilothouse and trawler style design gives the yacht a bold, go-anywhere look. There is no wood on the exterior of the NP45, only stainless steel and fiberglass. This adds to the rugged look, but also lessens the workload in maintaining the NP45.
The hard chine hull was carefully designed to provide good stability and economy at low-end speeds while providing lift to allow for higher top end speeds when larger engines are chosen. A keel allows the vessel to track well but you remain in full control at any speed with a large barn door style rudder that, along with the shaft and propeller, is fully protected. The planked look embedded in the fiberglass adds to the character and classic look.
The superstructure is made of fiberglass and cored mostly with a synthetic lightweight honeycomb material, which increases stability and prevents rot. There are squares of resin soaked, marine grade plywood in areas that require more strength (where the upper helm seat is bolted for example). The hull and superstructure are a shoebox design and are epoxied and fiberglassed together when mated for a strong and lasting bond.
The hull is solid, hand-laid fiberglass. This makes it both very strong and heavy, which adds to the stability. A vinyl ester resin is used in the outer two layers of the hull to prevent blistering. Below the waterline is additional protection in the form of an epoxy barrier. The stringer grid on the NP45 is exceptionally rigid, increasing the hull strength. Stringers are made on a separate mold and then glassed into the hull, eliminating the need for coring.
The upper deck of the North Pacific 45′ can be accessed by stairs on both sides of the pilothouse or the ladder from the cockpit. The steps on the outside of the pilothouse to the upper deck allow you to safely access the bow from the stern without walking through the cabin, unlike many other pilothouse models. The upper deck is very spacious, providing a large area to relax, with plenty of room to spare for an 11′ dinghy. A Nick Jackson LP650 davit is standard equipment. There is bench seating on each side of the flybridge, finished with Sunbrella fabrics of your choice. With a no-cost option of either one large or two smaller tables, the space is a great area for entertaining. The two helm seats are raised and provide good forward visibility. A large raised dash allows plenty of space for all the standard controls, as well as the standard electronics package. A hardtop above the seating area is standard on the NP45, providing both a platform to mount all of the various antennas and protection from weather. The height from the WL to the top of the hardtop is 17′, allowing the NP45 to complete the Loop. For those looking for a lower height, there is an option, for a credit, to change the hardtop to a folding radar arch.
The foredeck around the bow is accessed through the pilothouse or from the upper deck. It is protected from the water by high freeboard and heavy-duty 1 ¼" stainless steel handrails. All railings are high polished #316L stainless steel. The railings are through bolted into aluminum backing plates that are laid into the fiberglass. Courtesy lights around the foredeck light up the non-skid fiberglass surface, making walking around even on a rough night easier. At the bow is a Maxwell HRC10 windlass with 1500# lifting capacity. A highly respected Rocna 33 (70#) anchor, with 280 feet of 5/16″ G4 galvanized chain, is standard. This anchoring package helps owners rest easy at night. The split chain locker allows for chain storage on one side and provides a great space for fender and line storage on the other. A molded-in seat at the bow makes an excellent place to enjoy a nice harbor or to cruise with the standard Bluetooth autopilot control.
At the stern of the NP45, there is a fully covered cockpit approximately 12′ x 5′ in size. The cockpit provides a good area for storage, fishing or enjoying some fresh air when it’s raining. There is a bulwark door on the starboard side as well as a transom door on the aft wall to access the cockpit. The cockpit is finished with Flexiteek decks. These are synthetic teak decks that look just like real teak, but require no maintenance and never fade. They give a great first impression when boarding the NP45.
The swim platform on the 45′ Pilothouse is 46" deep. This makes getting on and off easier, and it’s also a great place to sit and enjoy a nice evening just inches above the water. The swim platform on the NP45 is also finished with Flexiteek decks.