Chartering a Nordic Tugs 54 in Decidedly Non-Nordic Waters

M/V Nordic Lady, a Nordic Tugs 54 owned by Wilde Yacht Sales, is an unusual, all-inclusive luxury charter in the Caribbean. Unique features and pricing make her worth a look for your next winter getaway.

 

Nordic Lady, an NT-54 on Charter in the Caribbean

Nordic Lady, an NT-54 on Charter in the Caribbean

Nordic Lady is, perhaps, the ultimate Nordic Tug.   An NT-54 delivered to Ben Wilde, owner of Wilde Yacht Sales, a Nordic Tugs dealer in Essex, CT, Nordic Lady has nearly every imaginable amenity and even features one or two extremely unusual additions.  The yacht is currently in New England waters with her owner but will be back in the British Virgin Islands this winter for her second season under charter.  Nordic Lady is not your usual Caribbean charter boat, so I decided to take a look at her at the recent Greenport (NY) Trawlerfest.

The Boat

Nordic Tugs are stout, seaworthy boats but their somewhat low profile, especially those without a flybride, belies their actual size.  When you approach the NT-54, however, there is none of that understatement — the size hits you immediately.  In addition to her significant length and breadth, Nordic Lady has a spacious flybridge and boat deck, and a custom hardtop avove the flybridge.  The hardtop handles the sun in more than one way, too.  Not only are her crew and guests shaded from the hot tropical sun by this overhead, but an array of solar panels on its top surface generate and send enough electricity to power nearly everything on the boat except the air conditioning.  That means there’s no need to constantly run the generator and spoil the serenity of the many quiet, secluded coves you can explore during your charter.

 

Pilothouse of the NT-54 Nordic Lady

Pilothouse of the NT-54 Nordic Lady

Nordic Lady

has two impressive staterooms, each with all the expected amenities, including flat-screen TVs and a roomy head.  The salon is roomy and comfortable and Wilde has a custom table in it that raises and lowers to any height and is easily moved onto the aft cockpit deck for cocktail hour. 

Galley Aboard the NT-54 Nordic Lady

Galley Aboard the NT-54 Nordic Lady

The galley is managed by chef Laurie Rainthorpe and she’s got premium equipment to work with.  I peeked at her spice cabinets and basic ingredients lockers and I’m dying to have one of her meals.  There were some fantastic incredients in those cabinets.  Laurie’s husband Gary is the captain of the Nordic Lady and he and Laurie have many years of charter experience in the islands.  You can download a specification sheet on the Nordic Lady here.

The Charter

From most places on the east coast of the U.S., you can get a flight into Tortola, B.V.I., by midday and the crew will pick you up and have you out on the water by mid-afternoon.  No need to waste a night ashore waiting for a morning-start to the charter.  You will, of course, have already given Gary and Laurie any special requirements you have in terms of diet, favorite drinks, preferred destinations, etc., and they’ll be ready to go.  One of the unusual aspects of chartering the Nordic Lady is that it is an “all-inclusive” charter, where your price includes all beverages, food, fuel and normally incidental charges.  They can handle almost any dietary requirement and the only time you would incur additional costs is if you decide to leave the B.V.I., or if you want to hire a dive boat or specialized fishing guide.  That special, 36-year-old bottle of Scotch would probably be a little bit extra, too.

Bruichladdich Islay 1973 Scotch

Bruichladdich Islay 1973 Scotch

Because of the speed capabilities of the NT-54, the whole of the B.V.I. is pretty much within reach during your week’s stay.  You can choose how to spend that time; whether it’s at The Bitter End, or wandering off to find the perfect snorkeling spot, or even to arrange for a little diving or fishing.  According to the owner, Nordic Lady may head further south late in the season to the Grenadines.  If you are looking for a southern charter in the March-April timeframe, that may suit you perfectly.

For an all-inclusive week of luxury in the B.V.I., for two couples, the cost is $14,500.  For a single couple, the rate is $11,500.  But the best deal is to book your charter by October 31, in which case you can get a 25% discount.  That’s a serious bargain for a luxe charter in the Caribbean in high season so if you’re interested, don’t wait to book.  And of course, for that price, you need to take nothing from your wallet from the time you get off the plane in Tortola to the time you get back on it to go home, a little bit tanned and a lot more relaxed.  To learn more about chartering the Nordic Lady, visit their website and then call any reputable charter broker.  If you’ve never used a broker before, stop by the Charterwave website run by Kim Kavin, where you can learn everything you need to know about the yacht chartering process.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .