Hull & Superstructure
The North Pacific 49′ with its reverse rake pilothouse and trawler style design gives the vessel a bold go-anywhere look. There is no wood on the outside of the NP49, only high-quality stainless steel and fiberglass. This adds to the rugged look, but also makes exterior maintenance easy.
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 to the character and classic look.
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 synthetic honeycomb material, helping to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity. 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 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 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. 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 NP49. A Nick Jackson mini-hydraulic davit is standard equipment. A hardtop is standard above the seating area, providing a 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.
At the stern of the NP49, there is a fully covered cockpit approximately 14′ x 6′ 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 port and starboard side, as well as a transom door on the aft wall with access to the swim platform. 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. These details give a great first impression when boarding the NP49.
The swim platform on the 49′ Pilothouse is 46" deep. This makes getting on and off easy, as well as making a great place to sit out and enjoy a nice evening just inches above the water. The swim platform on the NP49 is also finished with Flexiteek decks.