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Vripack - Nordhavn Collaboration - Nordhaven 148 - Image exterior at sea - Front faced

Another successful collaboration

Nordhavn 148

Every now and then, a design collaboration comes about that showcases the strengths of both parties. The exterior design of the Nordhavn 148 is a perfect example of that. It is the second project the two powerhouses work together on.

The power of partnership between Dutch design studio Vripack and builder of expedition yachts Nordhavn followed from their previous collaboration on the interior design for the Nordhavn 80 in 2018. This design unequivocally proved that a homely Scandinavian chic interior hailing from the drawing boards of Vripack pairs seamlessly with Nordhavn’s bold explorer vessels. 

In addition, the exterior of the Nordhavn 148 now perfectly illustrates that when pairing the shipyard’s build pedigree with Vripack’s in-house naval architecture expertise and vast experience designing explorer vessels that take on Northwest Passages, the results are explosive.


Vripack - Nordhavn collaboration - Exterior design - Nordhavn 148.

‘Nordhavn were keen to tap into our explorer heritage. Their boats are renowned for venturing to remote off-the-beaten-track destinations, and so the aim was to demonstrate to owners that this significant latest model has been conceived by a design studio that has a proven track record in this arena.'


Vripack - Nordhavn 148 - Exterior design detail outside

Stretching 148 feet in length, she will be the largest Nordhavn to date. It will also be the first-ever metal Nordhavn, with the yard having only built in composite until now. Sporting a steel hull, aluminium superstructure, and round bilge, it is a displacement yacht that offers comfort and durability.


As a no-nonsense go-anywhere explorer boat, the Nordhavn 148 possesses the strong Nordhavn DNA but with Dutch styling. “As a designer, we really were able to be on the cutting edge in terms of how far we could stretch the Nordhavn brand without losing its heritage. It’s a Nordhavn explorer – designed by Vripack – but it remains a Nordhavn nonetheless. Our aim was simply to reimagine it.” explains Hoekstra.

In addition, the yacht will benefit from an ‘ice belt’ – with other words an ice-strengthened hull – a stiffer hull than the minimum requirement by classification and a generous-sized engine room. In terms of interior layout, she is spacious, grand, and has enough tender storage to accommodate two 8 meter tenders.


‘We've talked about building a larger boat for a while now and this globetrotting yacht will be groundbreaking. She pushes the brand to go above and beyond prior engineering feats and will be built to a greater structural integrity than any other Nordhavns before her.



Current name Nordhavn 148
Design number 7688
Length 45.00 M
Beam 8.60 M
Draft 2.70 M
Designer Vripack / Nordhavn
Naval Architect Vripack
Structural Engineering Vripack
Mechanical Engineering Vripack
Interior Design Vripack
Yard Nordhavn
Type of vessel Displacement Motor Yacht
Hull type Displacement
Material Steel /aluminum
Classification Lloyds Register
Engine CAT C-18 Acert
Speed (cruising/max) 12 / 14 knots
Fuel capacity 65,000 liters
Freshwater capacity 12,500 liters
Grey / black water capacity 8,000 liters
Owner & Guest 12 persons
Crew 10 persons

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