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2002 Nordhavn 46' SALTY

$ 549,900

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SALTY is a 2002 Nordhavn 46' 46 listed for sale with United Yacht Broker John Peterson. John can be reached at 1-910-546-5760 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional yacht brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Nordhavn Yachts and similar boats. With over 250 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

46 Nordhavn 2002, SALTY

Though the 46 Nordhavn’s design and name refer to the sturdy North Sea Scandinavian fishing boats, Nordhavn’s heritage is in the line of “rugged, elegant bluewater Mason sailboats” that PAE (Pacific Asian Enterprises) co-founder Jim Leishman designed and were built in Taiwan through the 1980s. The 46 Nordhavn originated as a school project for Jeff Leishman, naval architect and was launched in 1989 as the market shifted from sailboats to power, with increasing interest in long distance trawler yachts capable of ocean voyages. Nordhavn grew to establish a reputation for safe, comfortable, and economical trawlers capable of passage making anywhere in the world. SALTY is a full-displacement trawler with a reliable, economical 140hp Lugger diesel inboard, along with a new 2021 30hp Yanmar wing engine with folding prop. She features all the systems and electronics for worldwide voyages and enjoys the legendary status of a “modern classic”—a beautifully proportioned ocean-going yacht. Directional stability is enhanced with 4,800 lbs. ballast in the full-length keel and active NAIAD fin stabilizers for roll stability. Keel pipes provide engine cooling.

Some of the advantages of full displacement trawlers are their long-range capability; designed and engineered to go the distance with heavy, full displacement hulls and a relatively small diesel main engine allows more space for fuel onboard for greater range. They are more fuel efficient, since full displacement hulls don’t require the thrust needed to get up on plane. SALTY holds 1,000 gallons of fuel. Trawlers move slowly, but steadily and sturdily with ballasted keel and NAIADS, plowing through seas instead of nosing into wave troughs. The 46 Nordhavn is extremely seaworthy with a raised deck pilothouse and Portuguese bridge with a 3-sided walkway protected from green water sprays coming over the foredeck in heavy seas, by waist-high bulwarks. And trawlers are known for their spaciousness, not only for livability, but loads of storage for provisions—another advantage for long passages.

2002 Nordhavn 46 “SALTY”

Lugger 140 HP main engine and new (2021) Yanmar 30 HP wing engine with folding prop!

Repainted the hull in 2012 from cap rail to water line!

Fiberglass fuel, water and holding tanks!

Naiad stabilizers!

Solar array capable of 800 watts of added power!

Cockpit controls with bow thruster joystick control!

Beautiful Teak and Holly flooring and Teak cabinets with louvered doors!

Every decade or so a yacht is designed that is extraordinarily successful by all measures. Lines and proportion are wonderfully pleasing, while at the same time highly functional. Aesthetic attraction is universal, performance is exemplary, and the ideal balance between subjective and objective qualities are achieved. One design having all these qualities is rare and it invariably becomes a classic by which others are measured. In the highly specialized world of oceangoing recreational power boats, the Nordhavn 46 has achieved legendary status of a modern day classic.

Not built to dock in a marina, the Nordhavn 46 can, and will, take you anywhere you wish to venture. Owner’s know their Nordhavn 46 can take them across the bay, down the coast, through the canal and across the stream. Several have taken the journey across oceans with little fanfare.

The Lugger single engine is considered to have an engine life expectancy of over 20,000 hours. Nordhavn has been cruising the world and there has never been a reported incident of a main engine failure causing serious concern. The new (2021) Yanmar wing engine has its own transmission, shaft, and folding propeller capable of pushing the boat at 3-4 knots. Adequate “get home” engine by any measure.

Do not miss this Nordhavn 46. She is ready to leave tomorrow for new adventures. No disappointments. Well cared for by a fastidious owner, his change of plans dictates the sale.


  • Price USD:$ 549,900
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  • Location:

    New Bern, North Carolina, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 46 ft in
  • Display Length: 46 ft
  • Beam: 15' 5"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: 280 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 1000 gals
  • Engine Details: Lugger Yanmar 3YM30AE
  • Engine 1: 2021 25.00 HRS 140.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:


You can step onto the Nordhavn 46 through the transom door or through the port or side access doors. Once into the cockpit you are protected by the extended upper deck which also protects the starboard side companionway. The cockpit is large with cockpit helm controls along the forward aspect of the starboard side. There are raw and fresh water washdown faucets and access into the main cabin through a sliding door.

Along the starboard side deck and up a few steps you enter the Portuguese bridge. The pilot house has access through sliding port and starboard doors. Along the starboard side is the door onto the bow deck. The deck has as storage box as well as access to the anchors and anchor locker. A raw and fresh water washdown are on the port deck and the anchor windlass foot controls are to starboard. Back on the Portuguese bridge and along the port side, just past the pilothouse door are steps onto the upper deck. The upper deck is large and offers another storage box to port and the RIB mounted on chocks to starboard. The mast boom has an electric winch to assist in launching and recovering the RIB. Aft is a lifeline boarding gate for easier use of the boom. Up a few steps you’re on top of the pilothouse. There is an array, or eight solar panels mounted in the top, capable of 800 watts of power. The mast fold in half allowing some easier passage through bridges.

Through either pilothouse door is the pilothouse. Roomy and comfortable the Captain and crew have excellent visibility around the vessel. The typical “flip up” chair has been replaced by a mounted and adjustable STIDD helm chair. All electronics and engine controls and gauges are within easy reach. Behind the helm is a long settee with storage under the footrest. Above the settee is the watchman berth. There is ample charting space and plenty of cabinets and drawer storage.

To starboard and aft, down a few steps is the main cabin. Outboard in the stair well is a bookcase. At the bottom of the steps to port is the large U-Shaped galley with plenty of room and appliances to please even the most discriminating chef. The galley is open to the man salon area allowing the chef to visualize and communicate with guests.

The salon has an L-Shape settee to port with a high-low wood table with a large compass rose inlay. To starboard is an additional settee and a cabinet aft for the TV. Large windows offer excellent visibility and natural light. The forward windows open to allow for natural ventilation. The flooring is teak and holly. There are stainless steel handrails overhead.

Down a few steps you enter the lower cabin area. To port is the guest cabin or office. The berth is offset to port and can be extended into a double berth. Above is “roller” berth neatly hidden in a cabinet space. Simply roll out the cloth berth and attach the roller into the stainless steel holders fore and aft and you have an added single berth. Inboard is an office desk with mounted stool. There are cabinets, drawers, and a hanging locker. Aft is the watertight door into the engine room.

In the companionway across from the guest stateroom is the day use and guest head. Separate shower stall with seat, vanity with storage and a VacuFlush head. Plenty of room and comfortable

In the companionway further forward and to port is the laundry cabinet with separate washer and dryer. Across is the master head. A mirror image of the guest head the head features a separate shower stall with seat, vanity with sink and storage and a VacuFlush head.

All the way forward and up a few steps is the master stateroom. The stateroom is large with a centerline queen berth with new memory foam mattress, a port side settee, aft cabinet with 8 drawers, under berth drawers, hanging locker and ample cabinet space. There are three overhead hatches for added natural light and ventilation and each hatch has an Ocean Air system with pull out screen or darkening cover.

You will find the interior to be warm and comfortable with plenty of additional storage cabinets and lockers.


Located in the main cabin forward and to port. The galley is open to the salon and allows the onboard chef to be part of the conversation. Ample storage and preparation spaces will please even the most discriminating chef.

  • Solid surface countertops with wood fiddle
  • Double stainless steel sinks with faucet
  • Whale filtered cold water faucet
  • Force 10 stainless steel (3) burner propane stove top and oven
  • Xintex S-2A propane control with tank solenoid
  • Deck propane locker with oversized tanks
  • GE stainless steel microwave and convection oven
  • Sub-Zero stainless steel front loading refrigerator
  • (2) Sub-Zero drawer freezers
  • Braun trash compactor
  • In-counter large storage area
  • Deep cabinets and pantry
  • Ample cabinet and drawer storage
  • Galley exhaust fan


All wiring is done with fully tinned marine grade wire. The main electrical panel is in a cabinet with protective acrylic door in the pilot house.

  • 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC power
  • Power distribution panel with circuit breakers
  • DC volt and amp LED displays, AC volts and amp LED diplays
  • 50-Amp shore power cord
  • Northern Lights 10-kW diesel generator with sound shield in engine room, 1100 hours
  • CruiseAir marine reverse cycle air conditioning and heat with SMXii controls
  • Victron Energy MultiPlus 12/3000/120 (12-volt, 3000 VA, 120 amps) charger/inverter Victron Energy Skylla XP44 12/60 (12-volts, 60 amp) battery charger
  • Victron Energy Color Control in pilothouse
  • Victron Energy house battery monitor in pilothouse
  • (8) solar panels mounted on pilot house top producing 800 watts
  • Renogy Rover 60-amp MPPT charge control for solar panels
  • (2) pilothouse windshield wipers
  • Dual stainless steel trumpet horns
  • Vizio flat screen TV in salon
  • Fusion MS-UD650 AM/FM/CD player with Sirius Satellite in pilothouse with remote speakers
  • GFI protected receptacles
  • Seaward 11-gallon stainless steel water heater with engine heat exchanger
  • Spectra MPC-3000 12-volt water maker capable of producing 20 gallons an hour
  • Hurricane diesel heating system with separate cabin thermostats
  • Deck spreader lights
  • CO2 detectors in each cabin
  • Asko separate washer and dryer in companionway cabinet
  • Pilot House 12-volt ventilation fans port and starboard
  • Electric winch on mast boom for RIB deployment and recovery


  • Ritchie Powerdamp compass
  • Furuno NavNet display with chartplotter and radar, 48-mile radar dome on mast
  • Furuno NavNet display with chartplotter and sounder
  • Furuno touch screen chartplotter with radar, 48-mile radar dome on mast (2022)
  • (2) Furuno 48-mile radar dome for each Furuno radar displays
  • Furuno RD-30 Tri-Data display in pilothouse. master stateroom, and cockpit
  • Simrad Robertson AP-22 autopilot
  • Simrad 5” chartplotter
  • (2) AIS+ antennas
  • Simrad IS-42 wind indicator with instruments on mast top
  • Simrad Robertson RI35 MK2 color rudder indicator
  • Raymarine RM430 loud hailer with exterior speaker
  • ICOM IC-M802 SSB radio
  • ICOM IC-M502 VHF radio with DSC
  • ACR 406 EPIRB
  • Guest remote controlled spotlight
  • (2) Tank Tender-4 holding tank displays


Engine room access through a watertight door in guest cabin. Additionally, the (5) salon hatches can be lifted for access or maintenance. Lugger main engine and a new 2021 Yanmar diesel wing engine make cruising safe and economical. Engine room lighting is excellent with AC lighting making checks easy.

For overall stability the Nordhavn 46 benefits from over 4,800 pounds of ballast in the keel. With the Naiad stabilizers the 46 can cross any ocean. Directional stability is enhanced by its full length keel, and, with the help of the slightly tucked-in stern, the 46 rides down swells as if on rails.

The original folding pilothouse seat has been replaced with a comfortable Stidd adjustable helm seat.


The main engine is keel cooled with the cooling pipes located within hull recess to avoid damage while cruising. No salt water ever enters the main engine.

  • Fluorescent lights in engine room operate on AC or DC power
  • Fireboy fire suppression system in engine room
  • Lugger Model LP6685 MG505 140 hp diesel engine with 6,600 hours, keel cooled, dry stack exhaust
  • Twin Disc marine transmission, 2.61:1 ration
  • 2-inch Stainless steel shaft with bronze 28” (4) blade propeller
  • Micro Commander electric engine and transmission control at helm and cockpit
  • Lugger display in pilothouse helm with RPM, oil pressure, volts, and water temperature
  • Side Power bow thruster with joystick control at helm and cockpit
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering with stainless steel destroyer steering wheel
  • Racor primary fuel filter


  • New in 2021- Yanmar Model 3YM30A1, 30 hp diesel engine with 25 hours
  • Kanzaki KM3V V-Drive marine transmission with bronze feathering propeller
  • Yanmar panel with RPM, oil pressure, volts, and water temperature in pilothouse
  • Morse stainless steel engine and transmission controls
  • Racor primary fuel filter


  • Massive stainless steel bow pulpit
  • Double stainless steel bow rollers
  • Ec-cel 50 kg primary anchor with chain rode
  • Bruce secondary anchor with chain and rope
  • Maxwell VWC 3500 windlass with helm and foot controls
  • Freeman deck hatch on foredeck with access to anchor locker
  • Anchor rode fall neatly into voluminous separate rode compartments through solidly mounted stainless steel chain pipes
  • Stainless steel stanchions and deck rails
  • Varnished teak cap rails, renewed in 2023
  • Boarding doors on stern, port side into cockpit and starboard side onto side deck
  • Strategically located exterior stainless steel handrails
  • Storage lockers on bow and upper aft decks
  • (6) Acrylic pilothouse window covers for rough water cruising
  • Textalene beige window covers for all exterior windows
  • Sunbrella beige hatch covers
  • Portuguese bridge with forward deck gate on starboard side
  • Port and starboard sliding pilothouse doors
  • Starboard side companionway with overhead upper deck protection
  • Cockpit lazarette for access to steering and watermaker
  • Emergency tiller system
  • Emergency bilge pump
  • Fresh and raw water washdowns on bow, cockpit, and upper aft deck
  • Mast and boom with electric winch for launching and retrieving RIB
  • (2) Dorade vents on bow deck provide additional ventilation for below decks
  • Self-draining cockpit and side deck with large scuppers
  • Robust swim platform with folding stainless steel swim ladder

When buyers are considering their choices the Nordhavn 46 always seems to make the list. This is your chance to purchase a low hour, updated, and ready to go full displacement trawler with the might to take you anywhere. The 46 is efficient, sea kindly and seaworthy making any passage in safety and comfort.

  • Owner's Personal Property and Tools
  • 2019 Highfield RIB with new Tohatsu 20 HP, 4-Stroke Outboard Engine, Electric Start and Cover

Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.


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