Kariwa is a Nordhavn 62. The iconic Nordhavn 62 is well known for her ability to circumnavigate the world. Kariwa is about as serious a 62 as they come. With former owners she has travelled to Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Loaded on to a ship she went to the Mediterranean and cruised there as well. She has recently been causing on the US East Coast.

Kariwa recently underwent an extensive refurbishment and mechanical overhaul. We have also undertaken some additional upgrades in navigation and communications equipment to a level that the Master Mariner is now satisfied.

Kariwa is a 1997 build, and the the 4th of the salty Nordhavn 62 to be built, however her systems, engines and most cabling, hoses and other equipment was either replaced, or refurbished in the last 2 years.


LOA is 62ft and Beam 19ft 3in. Draft is 6ft 8in.

The main engine is a MAN 2866E with just over 300 hours since the full overhaul.

Kariwa displacement is 135,000lb.

Kariwa cruises at 9knots and has a range of 3000+ miles.

Fuel capacity is 2,200 gals and FW is 1,000 gals.

Accommodation is 4 cabins each with ensuite shower and heads.

The salon on the 62 is wide and spacious and the galley is larger than on many boats her size. There is ample storage and 2 fridges and 2 freezers. The wheelhouse is large and spacious and has a large seating area and dinette behind the pilot chair.

The Logo

The logo is called Nyami Nyami. Nyami Nyami is the river god of the Zambezi river in Zimbabwe. Kariba dam was built in the 1950s to provide hydro electric power. Many people of the Batonka tribe were displaced when the dam started filling up. The BaTonka were not happy with this and proclaimed that their river god Nyami Nyami would seek revenge for disrupting the flow of the water, hence separating him from his lady river god. Indeed in 1957, there was unprecedented flooding and many lives were lost.

You may note, the name of the dam wall and lake, is Kariba, and the name of the boat is Kariwa. Kariwa is the BaTonka pronunciation whereas Kariba is the colonial pronunciation. Interestingly, there are members of the BaTonka tribe who have only two toes. You can search for BaTonka two toed people so see images.

The new and improved Kariwa

In August 2022 we took Kariwa to Ram Marina in Rio Dulce, Guatemala for a bit of a makeover.

She got a new hull color which we love, we also had a lot of canvas work done, including a new cover with chaps for the dinghy, a new aft deck Bimini, new hatch covers and a cover for the spotlight. We had new Sunbrella blinds made in the salon and a new headboard cover for the master cabin. And we also had all the headliners redone. They look beautiful now.

Kariwa is now very recognizable wherever she goes.