About Southern Star

Survey haul out 2016
Southern Star is a  Nordhavn 47, hull #18. She was built by an American company, Pacific Asian Enterprises (P.A.E.) She was commissioned in 2004, named “Borealis”( means Polar Northern Lights) and lived on the Columbia River in Oregon, USA. She was sold in 2006 to a Kiwi named Peter Mott.

Nordhavn.com 47 specs

Peter and a skipper sailed her down to Mexico where she was freighted to Auckland, New Zealand. Peter and his wife Angela, renamed her “Southern Star”. She lived in the Viaduct Harbour Marina until Robbie and Jo brought her in August 2013.
After Robbie and Jo Ashton purchased Southern Star in Aug 2013, they sailed her most of the rest of the way around the world, and in Dec 2016, Ted and Jenny purchased her and took her over in Florida.  They cruised her off the US East Coast and the Bahamas, but COVID forced returning her to NZ on a yacht transporter.
Southern Star weighs about 45 ton when she is fully loaded with fuel and water, she is 47′ long, her beam is 16′ and her draft is 6′. She carries 5,600 litres/1600 US gallons of fuel and 1514 litres/400 gallons of water. Her range is approximately 3,000 nautical miles, depending on cruising speed. Her average cruising speed is around 6.5 knots per hour. Her hull is constructed of hand laid laminated fibreglass.
Southern Star has two staterooms (bedrooms), two bathrooms, a galley( kitchen), saloon (lounge room), pilot house with a  stidd Captains chair, a daybed and small table and lots of electronics. She has a flybridge and a large upper deck which houses a  centre console RIB and  hydraulic davit (crane) to lift it on and off.
The engine room is spacious, with stand up room all round the main engine. She has  two engines, the main is a Lugger (John Deere) 174 hp, model LP668T Turbo charged keel cooled with a dry stack exhaust. The wing (backup engine) is a Yanmar model No 3JH3E 40 hp continuous duty. This is a fully independent engine with its own fuel tank and fold up propellor.
Southern Star is well set up with a lot of electronics, safety equipment and very comfortable living spaces. Some of her equipment includes:


• Main is a Lugger (John Deere) 174 hp, model LP668T Turbo charged keel cooled with a dry stack exhaust

Yanmar 40HP wing engine with folding Gori propellor

American bow thruster 24V bow thruster

American bow thruster 24V stern thruster

Kabola B Tap 12 diesel boiler to heat accommodations and hot water (currently not used)

MarineAir air conditioning, 5 zone, including reverse cycle heating

Fireboy fire suppression system for engine room and lazarette (tanks need to be replaced due to NZ regulations)

Spurs line cutter on main engine propellor shaft

Reverso oil changer for main, wing and generator



Trace 2500VA pure sine wave inverter with battery charger

Marinco TV/Phone inlet

Northern Lights 12KW generator

Mastervolt 80A (x2) house battery chargers

  • 4x Sun Power Solar Panels- SPR-E20-320 (320 watt each- 1280 Watts total Feb 2019)
  • 2 x Victron SmartSolar MPPT controllers 100/50
  • Victron Smart Shunt Battery monitor via Bluetooth to personal devices.

Lifeline size 8-D 255 Ah each 12volt (x6) AGM batteries for house bank

•Dedicated 4D main engine AGM start battery

•Dedicated 8D AGM generator and wing engine start battery

•2 separate 24 volt 8D AGM battery banks for stern and bow thruster and anchor winch.

• Stern shore power connections – duplicates of standard inlets forward

• 50A shore power lead (x2)- Boat connectors upgraded to Smart Plug Connectors

• Reverse Y shore power adapter

• Miscellaneous shore connections and splitters

Magnafire 12V HID deck lighting for foredeck, LED flood lights on boat deck

Bauer Jr dive compressor 220v- 

Galley, Laundry and Plumbing

Fresh water deck wash down at bow, stern, engine room and boat deck

Saltwater wash down on bow and stern

Scandvik cockpit shower

Spectra Newport 700 2600 litres per day DC water maker

Meile dishwasher with varnished teak face (new June 2016)

Bosch  clothes washer (new Sept 2019)

Meile clothes dryer

• Upgraded General Electric microwave with convection oven

• Backsplash on galley counter

• Redundant house fresh water pump

• Upgraded water pressure system



Simrad AP-48 auto pilot NAC 3 with P-9 upgraded compass and rudder angle indicators (new Jan 2019)

•Simrad AP-24 2nd auto pilot

Simrad autopilot is interfaced with radar, GPS and chart plotter

Simrad RFC 15R fluxgate compass (backup to SC-60 satellite compass)

•Simrad rudder feedback upgrade

Simrad FU80 followup lever (pilothouse and flybridge new Jan 2019)

Furuno 1943C/NT chart plotter with 4ʼ 6KW open array radar

Furuno GP 1700C/NT 7” display on flybridge

  • Simrad 12″ chartplotter (stand alone) on Flybridge

•Laptop based navigation system using Coastal Explorer and C-Map New Zealand, Australia East Coast, South Pacific charts for 1943C and GP1700, USA, Caribbean and Central America

C-Map US West Coast chart for 1943C and GP1700

Furuno blackbox sounder with 1KW transducer including temperature sensor

Furuno blackbox weatherfax

Furuno SC-60 satellite compass

Furuno GP30 GPS (to backup SC-60 for position data)

Furuno FR2117BB commercial black box radar system

Furuno 6.5ʼ 12KW open array for FR2117

Furuno FA-150 commercial AIS transponder

••Infra-red engine room camera and cockpit camera and monitor

Eizo 1280×1025 LCD display for FR2117

Icom M-602 all channel VHF radio

Icom M502 remote mic on flybridge

Icom M802 HF/SSB transceiver with 23ʼ whip

Vesper Marine Cortex Class B AIS/VHF radio/vessel monitor- 0183/N2K gateway and WiFi

Iridium Go satellite receiver/hotspot, connected to external antenna 

Garmin In Reach Explorer satellite tracker and SOS 

Starlink satellite internet system-  offshore and remote satellite system with mesh (extender) for full boat WiFi coverage

Speco loud hailer

B & G H1000 system, analogue  display, digital multi, ultrasonic speed, depth.

• Garmin GWind wireless transducer wind speed and N2K display (new 2023)

Fusion marine stereo system (XM satellite components), IPOD/bluetooth, McIntosh Power Amp, Bose Speakers in salon, Fusion speakers in Flybridge, Alpine Speakers in Pilot house

  • Ambient Weather Station, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, temp, solar radiation, humidity- connected to internet

Ritchie compass

Carlisle and Finch 200W Xenon searchlight with controls in pilothouse and flybridge

Stidd admiral slim line helm chair with upgraded chrome and heater

Maxwell AA710 wireless rode counter


Hull, Deck, Cockpit and Flybridge

• Built in stainless steel bow tow eye

Dynaplate SSB ground plan with copper tape to pilothouse

• 400 feet 3/8” BBB chain

• 75KG Rocna Anchor

Fortress FX-55 secondary anchor

• Stainless steel dinghy deck chocks/mounts

Rendova deluxe RIB 12 foot rigid inflatable with VHF radio, bildge pump, anchor. New tubes Feb 2018.

Mercury  40HP 4 stroke outboard (new Feb 2018)

Sunbrella canvas covers for hatches and windows- New sunbrella canvas cover on Flybridge top (2024)

lexan storm plates for port and starboard saloon windows

•oiled teak caprail on transom

• Fibreglass dock boxes (x2) mounted on boat deck

• Polished stainless steel rigid flybridge bimini top

Stidd helm chairs (x2) on flybridge  Reupholstered 2018

• Polished stainless steel rigid cockpit awning



• Custom roller shade and screens for all four hatches

• Huper Optiks film on interior windows salon and wheel house. Salon 30 (stops 70% light 99% UV), Wheel house 50 (50% light 99% UV)

• Custom HMC hinged latex foam mattress in master and guest staterooms 

• Custom shelves in lockers for better storage

• Rubber backed decorator carpet throughout

• Hinged lift for master stateroom bed

• Charger locker in forward stairwell locker and in aft wheelhouse stairway locker

Oregon Scientific thermometer and clock

Nutone central vacuum system

• Additional stainless steel hand rails throughout

• Throw rugs and pillows

Safety Equipment

Viking 4 person super-light standard offshore life raft vacuum packed in hard case (serviced 2024)

• AIS Man overboard device

•Life rings and Dan buoy

• Extensive flare kit

Lifesling and 5:1 lifting tackle

• Offshore cruising first aid kit (updated 2024)

Globalfix 406 Cat IEPIRB auto release on boat deck and PLB in grab bag

• Comprehensive ditch bag with SART responder, Katadyn desalinator etc

• Offshore type 1 PFDʼs