Peter Whiting, co-founder of the Northwest Trawlers line reports that the Anacortes, Washington-based company has launched hull #1 of the NW50 series, a big sister to the original NW45. NW 5001 was launched in La Conner, Washington, and is now undergoing final commissioning work. As of this writing, the boat should be heading out for first sea trials. The boat’s hull was designed to accommodate both hull-speed cruising up to the mid-teens. We’l try to catch up with Peter in the next few days to get a report on the sea trials.
The NW50 is a big, strong boat with Kevlar in the forward hull sections and a tall, seaworthy bow with a Portuguese bridge to further protect the pilothouse. An articulated rudder and standard bow thruster make the NW50 more maneuverable in tight situations. The company says its designs are all about accommodating customers’ wishes in decor and outfitting. An example is the extra pilothouse port light just aft of the main pilothouse windows. The launch customer wanted the additional light and ventilation possibilities from this opening port light. By the way, Peter says the owners are still looking for a good name for the boat, so if you have any suggestions, forward them to Peter at NWTrawlers
Here’s a link to the spec sheet for the NW 50 (Spec Sheet).
And here’s a photo gallery of the launch evolution and the boat sitting nicely on her lines at the dock.
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