Here at OceanLines we get an enormous number of visitors looking for information about some of the smaller trawlers out there; boats like the Ranger Tugs 25 and 29, the Nordic Tugs 26 and some of the other “pocket tugs.” The North Pacific Yachts 28′ Pilothouse is another example of these cozy cruisers, but one that won’t melt your wallet and might be just the thing if you need a truly trailerable vacation boat. The hull of NP28-01 is in the mold now and is scheduled for delivery to Seattle in August. It should make its first public appearance at the Seattle Boat Show.
The NP28 is the third boat in the North Pacific lineup and it carries on the company’s philosophy of providing maximum value for the dollar. Built from a new hull design by Karl Stambaugh at an experienced yard in China and well equipped right off the delivery ship, a new 28′ will run you about $165,000. The only thing you need to add to that base configuration is electronics. The boat comes standard with a single 130 HP Cummins QSD diesel, bow thruster, windlass with anchor, chain and rope rode, raw water washdown, teak and holly floor and hand-rubbed teak paneling and cabinetry. All the sliding windows have screens and curtains are even provided.
The boat has two bunks forward, a convertible in the pilothouse, and one in the salon. According to North Pacific CEO Trevor Brice, “The NP28 seems to appeal to a much more broad customer range (than the larger trawlers). We’ve had people who are looking at the NP28 as their only boat and others who own larger yachts but want the flexibility to enjoy cruising elsewhere when it is off-season where their larger boat is located.”
You can optionally upgrade the toilet to a Tecma unit from the standard manual flush and you can add a 3 kW genny. The propane stove, however, and a 20 lb. tank and locker are standard so you don’t need electricity to cook with. You can save $3K by deleting the Espar diesel furnace, but odds are you would do that to add $4K worth of reverse-cycle air conditioning and then you’ll want that genny.
Initial performance estimates indicate the boat should be capable of speeds up to 14 knots. Fuel burn at 6 knots will be about 1 GPH, while at 12 knots it should be somewhere around 6 GPH. With its 100 gallon fuel tanks, the NP28 has a theoretical range of 600 NM. Even at top speed, it will have a range well above 200 NM. Either way, that’s anywhere from a couple, to several days of comfortable cruising without worrying about refueling. There is also 40 gallons of fresh water aboard and the 160 amp alternator on the engine will charge even a huge house battery bank in short order.
With its 8-foot, six-inch beam, the NP28 is truly trailerable. While it’s not a show-stopper for some folks, boats like the Nordic Tugs 26, at 9-feet, six inches, do require a special trailering permit in nearly all U.S. states. According to Brice North Pacific has identified a number of trailer manufacturers who can supply a suitable trailer, but has not specified a vendor because of the wide variation in personal preferences for trailer features.
In short, the NP28 looks like it’s going to provide some real competition to similar-sized boats in the Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs and other “pocket trawler” makers’ lines.
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