A Nordhavn 46 yacht made to cross oceans
There’s boating, and then there’s boating with Mike and Kathy Hall.
“We’ve been sailing for years,” Mike Hall said. “I like going offshore with a strong boat.”
The Seabrook residents lately have taken more and more long-distance trips and have acquired larger and larger boats to accommodate that, Kathy Hall said.
Eventually, they reached a point where they required a few amenities such as a bigger galley and closet space, Kathy Hall said.
They’ve found all that and more with their newest boat, Shrug.
Shrug, which earned its name because of their favorite book, “Atlas Shrugged,” is a Nordhavn 46 yacht. California-based Pacific Asian Enterprises built about 85 of the 46-foot trawler-styled motor yachts starting in the late 1990s, Mike Hall said. Shrug was the 65th ship in its line that the company built.
“This has become our home away from home,” Mike Hall said. “It’s modeled after a New England-style fishing boat.”
Before the Halls acquired Shrug, the vessel, then known as Sachmo, took part in a joint-crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 2004, earning her name as an ideal long-distance voyager, Mike Hall said.
The Nordhavn 46 uses about 100-horsepower to maintain regular cruising speeds between 7.5 and 8.5 knots, giving it the fuel efficiency necessary to cross almost 3,000 nautical miles of ocean before refueling, according to the company’s description.
The vessel is outfitted with two fuel tanks of a combined 1,000 gallons, of which the ship burns at a rate of about 2.2 gallons per hour, Mike Hall said.
Shrug also features two engines, a larger 143-horsepower Lugger engine that handles the majority of boating needs and a second, smaller 27-horsepower engine capable of running the boat at 5 knots in case of emergency.
And, to satisfy Kathy Hall’s space concerns, Shrug also has two bedrooms, plenty of storage space, a larger galley and a saloon.
“Because it’s meant to cross the Atlantic, it seems like it has about two of everything,” she said. “This boat has a phenomenal amount of spare parts.”
The Halls bought Shrug up near Chesapeake Bay a few years ago and christened the new vessel with a journey all the way down south, along the Atlantic Coast to Florida and then to eventually come to rest at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.
The Halls are performing some maintenance on the vessel, but soon expect it to carry them to countless adventures, they said.
And with Shrug, you can’t even count out a possible trip across the Atlantic.