Hull & Superstructure
The North Pacific 49′ Euro Pilothouse with its large windows, slight forward rake and plumb bow offers a nice modern blend of trawler and motor yacht lines. There is no wood on the outside of the NP49E, only high-quality low-carbon stainless steel and fiberglass for easy maintenance.
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. The full keel means the NP49 tracks well. A large barn door style rudder that, along with the shaft and propeller, is fully protected, leaves you in full control at any speed. The planked look embedded in the fiberglass adds character.
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 stringers are made on a separate mold and then glassed into the hull in a rigid grid design.
The superstructure is made of fiberglass and cored primarily with a lightweight closed cell foam, helping to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity. Rigid PVC is used as coring 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 for a strong and lasting bond.
Access to the upper deck of the North Pacific 49′ is gained via stairs on both sides of the pilothouse and a ladder from the cockpit. Steps from the outside of the pilothouse to the upper deck mean that you can safely access the bow from the stern without walking through the cabin, unlike many pilothouse models. The upper deck is very spacious, providing a large area to relax and with room to comfortably place a 12.5′ RIB dinghy.
On the starboard side is a molded-in, L-shaped dinette area with a table; a great space for entertaining. Flexiteek decking add a touch of class to the the area. On the port side there is a bench seat and a barbeque mount. There is storage space under all molded seats. A large raised forward dash provides plenty of space for all the standard controls and navigation equipment. Two Stidd or Llebroc helm seats make a comfortable place to steer the NP49E. A Nick Jackson mini-hydraulic davit is standard equipment. A hardtop is standard above the seating area, providing a low-maintenance platform to mount all of the various antennas.
The foredeck is accessed from both the pilothouse and upper deck and is protected by high freeboard and heavy-duty 1 1/2″ #316L stainless steel handrails. All railings are 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, safe. A Maxwell VRC2500 windlass with 2500# of lifting capacity, a Rocna 40kgs (88#) anchor and 280′ of 3/8 G4 high-test galvanized chain are standard equipment and will help you get restful sleep at anchor. The split chain locker allows for chain storage on one side and a great space for both fender and line storage on the other. A molded-in seat at the bow makes an excellent place to enjoy a nice afternoon in harbor or while cruising with a wireless autopilot remote.
Cockpit and Swim Platform
At the stern of the NP49E, there is a fully covered cockpit with molded in seating along the aft transom wall and a large table. A 2′ cockpit extension is available as an option. Dual frosted glass and stainless steel aft transom doors, in conjunction with dual bulwark doors, make getting on and off the NP49E easy. The cockpit and swim platform are finished with Flexiteek decks. These are synthetic teak decks that look just like real teak but require no maintenance and never fade. These details and the full width, custom made stainless steel/glass salon door, give a great first impression when boarding the NP49E.
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