Fast trawlers

New Nordic Tugs 39 A Nice Update to NT Fleet

New Nordic Tugs 39

New Nordic Tugs 39

In a piece I wrote for YachtWorld.com this week, I said that the new Nordic Tugs 39, an updated replacement for the NT-37, is a worthy successor.  The couple I interviewed in the story, Donna and Kevin Steele, went through a meticulous process that culminated in choosing the new NT-39 and their experience would serve any new boat buyer well.  Have a look at the piece on YachtWorld.com.

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First Photos of New Island Pilot IP535

First Photos of New Island Pilot IP535

New Island Pilot IP535 Close-Up Bow Shot

New Island Pilot IP535 Close-Up Bow Shot

You saw it here first, folks.  The first photos of Island Pilot’s new IP535.  It’s a monster!  And definitely an Island Pilot “fast trawler.”  Island Pilot’s Reuben Trane confirms the boat will be on display at next week’s Miami Boat Show, so if you want to see one of the truly unique new boats out there, stop by the Sealine Marina (ticket required this year to get onto the docks, don’t forget).  The IP535 features the brand new Volvo IPS II 900 propulsion system and it should top out at more than 30 knots and cruise comfortably in the mid-20s.

The New Island Pilot IP535 Wide-Angle Bow Shot

The New Island Pilot IP535 Wide-Angle Bow Shot

That first photo above is the close-up of the starboard bow, while tied alongside.  This second photo is a wider angle view from the same perspective.  You can see the Island Pilot 435 tied up just outboard of the new IP535.

Stern Shot of the New Island Pilot IP535 with Island Pilot 435 to Left

Stern Shot of the New Island Pilot IP535 with Island Pilot 435 to Left

This last photo is the truly telling perspective.  Check out the size difference between the Island Pilot 435 on the left and the new IP535 on the right.  It’s bloody huge!!  A couple of quick observations:

  • The large aft cockpit now features a built-in table and seating.
  • There are steps to and from the swim platform both to starboard and port.
  • To starboard there is a large door/hatch to the lower deck; no crawling required.
  • A couple of steps up from the aft cockpit is a sort of mezzanine level with entrance to the salon and stairs real stairs athwart-ship to starboard that go up to the flybridge.
  • The flybridge is HUGE.
  • So is Reuben Trane’s lunchbox.

Any other observations??

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Cutwater is New Brand of Fast Cruisers from Ranger Tugs Builder

Rendering of New Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Rendering of New Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Cutwater Boats is the new brand from Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular Ranger Tugs. The first two models out of the yard in Monroe, Washington, will be the Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28, express-style, diesel-powered fast cruisers capable of up to 25 knots.  The company said Mark Mansfield has been chosen to serve as national sales manager for Cutwater Boats.  Here’s a description from the press release issued by the company on Friday:

Cutwater Boats are ideal for couple’s cruising with a full beam v-berth master stateroom and en suite head. The living area of saloon, galley and helm are all in the pilothouse space with 360-degree visibility through quality Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows. The saloon and cockpit are on the same level allowing for ease of movement from one space to the next which are separated by a weathertight hinged door. The forward windows are raked so water easily streams off and for better visibility when running at speed. Cutwater Boats also come standard with bow and stern thrusters for ease of operation and maneuverability.

From the innovative hull shape to reliable standard equipment and a practical interior layout, Cutwater Boats are a multi-purpose design for inland and coastal cruising. A functional cockpit includes aft seating with storage underneath and boarding access via a molded-on swim platform. The standard Yanmar diesel engine is housed under the cockpit sole and under deck compartments also store an optional Mase diesel generator plus provide ample storage.

Rendering of New Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

Rendering of New Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

The boats use a unique stepped-hull with a keel for speed and stability. According to Cutwater, “The Keel Stepped Hull is a blend of a semi-displacement hull shape with reverse chines and a keel which provides superb handling performance. A high pressure bump in the hull allows the engine to be mounted low in the hull contributing to a low center of gravity and when combined with the prop pocket keeps the Cutwater’s draft at just 28 inches. The low engine mount also creates a shallow six degree shaft angle allowing for more net thrust with less horsepower which translates into greater fuel efficiency. This combination of design details contributes to stability, speed and fuel economy.”

Layout of the new Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

You can see that the principle difference between the two boats is the length of the aft cockpit.  The company said both boats will make their debut at the Seattle Boats Afloat Show in January and the Miami Boat Show in February. Among the standard features are standard bow and stern thrusters.  When you consider the fact that they’re both trailerable, there will bring a lot of flexibility to cruising couples by greatly expanding the range of operation possible from a chosen splash point.  I’m looking forward to seeing these two in-person, hopefully at the Miami Show.

Here are the specs for the first two boats:

Cutwater 26 (CW26)
Specifications

LOA molded                                              25’ – 7”
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)                30’ – 1”
Bridge clearance (with folded mast)           9’ – 1”
Beam                                                            8’ 6”
Draft                                                                28”
Fuel Capacity                                80 U.S. gallons
Water capacity                              40 U.S. gallons
Holding tank capacity                    30 U.S. gallons
Weight (Dry)                                            5,900lbs.
Engine                                 Yanmar 4BY2 180 HP
Base Price                                              $139,937

Cutwater 28 (CW28)
Specifications

LOA molded                                             28’ – 0”
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)              32’ – 4”
Bridge clearance (with folded mast)         9’ – 1”
Beam                                                            8’-6”
Draft                                                               28”
Fuel capacity                              100 U.S. gallons
Water capacity                             40 U.S. gallons
Holding tank capacity                   30 U.S. gallons
Weight (Dry)                                           6,400lbs.
Engine                                Yanmar 6BY2 260 HP
Base Price                                              $169,937

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