Northwind 68

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


 

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Spanish boatbuilder Northwind, based in Barcelona, has a long history of building custom and semi-custom cruising boats. The Northwind 68 is the latest semi- custom cruiser to be launched from their yard. The big sloop was designed and built to offer her owners fine sailing qualities and a luxurious floating home.

Two cock- pits have been devised so that the helmsman and perhaps a sailing mate can sit aft at the wheel and control the lines. The forward cockpit is for guests and those not on duty.

The rig is large and set up with hydraulic controls on the main and genoa reefing systems. Push a button to roll out or roll in the sails.

Down below the saloon is huge and offers seating around a large table and a unique chart table with bench seats on either side. The galley is the size of a kitchen in a small apartment and equipped with all of the modern conveniences. Sleeping cabins can be arranged to meet an owner's requirements but are based around a large master cabin aft and two guest cabins forward. Each has its own head and shower.

Northwind has a reputation for installing very high-end systems and gear. The engine room is fitted out like that of a much larger yacht and will be a pleasure to work in.

The fit and finish throughout the boat is first class with pleasant mixtures of hardwoods, veneers and high-end fixtures. The satin and gloss varnished surfaces have mirror finishes and the depth of the varnish hints at the dozen coats that have been applied and then hand rubbed.

Northwind has a well-earned reputation in Europe for building the finest semi-custom yachts. The 68 will appeal to families who are looking for a unique and capable cruising boat that is well suited to living aboard for long periods in complete comfort.


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