Hull & Superstructure
The North Pacific 49′ boldly displays the vessels adventurous spirit with its reverse rake pilothouse and trawler style design. The stainless steel window frames and optional full width salon door quickly remind you of the luxury finish throughout. There is no wood on the outside of the NP49, only high-quality stainless steel, fiberglass, and durable Flexiteek decks on the swim step and cockpit. 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 makes the NP49 track 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 closed cell foam material, helping to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity. Rigid PVC squares are used 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 electric/hydraulic davit is standard equipment. Also standard is a hardtop with integrated, dimmable lighting 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 24v Maxwell windlass 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 optional integrated reversable cockpit seating creates the perfect place to unwind after a day of cruising. The backrests can be positioned to face either forward or aft. The teak table will make this your favorite place to enjoy a meal, just a few feet from the water.
A 2′ cockpit extension is also available to increase the size of the aft deck. This option extends the hull of the boat, so the lazarette space is also increased below deck.
The swim platform on the 49′ Pilothouse is 46" deep. This makes getting on and off easy, as well as making a convenient and safe place for boarding the dinghy or kayaks. The swim platform on the NP49 is also finished with Flexiteek decks.
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