North Pacific 49
On the 10th anniversary of the founding of North Pacific Yachts, the company introduced the new North Pacific 49 at the Seattle Boat Show. What started as a father-son partnership to build their own cruising yacht has turned into a successful builder of more than 100 boats, ranging in size from 28 to 52 feet. The AIM Media Marine Group recognized North Pacific’s efforts last year by awarding the 49 an Editors’ Choice Award for excellence.
In the full-beam saloon, the finish quality of teak joinery impressed me. Hull No. 1 features a dinette to port and a pair of freestanding chairs to starboard, with a cabinet between them. Hull No. 2 has an L-shaped settee to port, and North Pacific offers a variety of layouts at no extra charge.
The portside galley has space for a full-size household refrigerator, but a Nova Kool marine unit is standard on the forward bulkhead. A Seward electric range, with a microwave mounted above, sits next to the refrigerator. A large bar and prep area separates the galley from the saloon.
Four steps up is the pilothouse. The helm benefits from dual adjustable seats, excellent sightlines all around and space to mount two 15-inch multifunctional displays (MFDs). Engine gauges are mounted on the nearly horizontal dash. There is more than adequate level working surface for charts and room in the panel above the helm for additional instrumentation.
Abaft the helm is a large L-shaped settee and table, which convert to a watch berth or a place for the kids to sleep. Heavy-duty sliding doors open to side decks, and steps aft on either side lead up to the flying bridge. The rails are sturdy and plenty high.
A centerline companionway leads four steps down from the saloon to the staterooms. To starboard is the guest/day head, to port is the guest stateroom, and forward is the master stateroom with en suite head. The heads are reasonably sized and well finished.
The guest stateroom is equipped with two single berths (which slide together to make a queen berth) and a fold-down bunk along the inboard wall. The master stateroom forward features a centerline queen berth surrounded by two hanging lockers and a stack of large drawers to starboard. The berth has drawers underneath and is on a lift to access storage below easily.
On the flying bridge, the centerline helm has a doublewide seat, which sits high enough to need a footrest, but its chariot style limits your view of the bow. A camera on the brow of the pilothouse solves that problem. An L-shaped settee surrounding a table to starboard aft, and bench seating across to port and forward provide ample seating. The boat deck abaft the bridge is expansive, with room for an optional davit to port and a large tender.
The hull is hand-laminated solid fiberglass, using vinylester resin in two outer layers, and all stringers are fiberglass (no wood coring). All decks and superstructure are cored with a synthetic honeycomb material. Fuel tanks are fiberglass.
In Puget Sound, 5-knot winds and very little chop kept me from seeing how the NP49 handled adverse conditions. At the sweet spot of 1750 rpm, we made 7.9 knots over the ground, burning 3.9 gph and reading just 68 decibels. We put her hard over at cruise speed, and the North Pacific 49 made a full turn in two to three boat lengths, with a few degrees of lean to the outside of the turn. She pushed through her own wake with minimal pitch and a little bit of roll as the waves hit her beam.
Regardless, she handled well and sipped her fuel like a lady, and North Pacific’s boatbuilding experience shown through in spades.
North Pacific Yachts, 877-564-9989; www.northpacificyachts.com
: 48,000 lb.
: 500 gal. (optional to 930 gal.)
: 350 gal.
: 1/355-hp Cummins QSB diesel
: ZF85A, 2.5:1 gear ratio
: Hungshen 737RH571 MN-BR
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.