New Boat 2012

P.A.E. Introduces New Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot


Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Profile -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Profile -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.


The builders of the famous Nordhavn brand of ocean-crossing, full-displacement yachts, this week introduced a brand-new design – the 52 Coastal Pilot — that reestablishes a coastal cruising model in the company’s fleet.  The original 35 Coastal Pilot has been discontinued for several years, but Nordhavn admirers continued to clamor for a replacement.

Well, this is a much bigger boat than the 35 CP, but its semi-displacement hull and 8-15 knot cruising speed and lighter weight than a traditional deep-hull Nordhavn may be the sweet spot for potential customers looking for a less ambitious entry into the Nordhavn fleet.


Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.


The new 52 Coastal Pilot has a classic sedan configuration with liveaboard-quality owners’ cabin and a second guest stateroom.  A second head with stall shower will service the guest accommodations and double as a day head.


Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Deck Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Deck Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.


The new boat will have a displacement of about 52,000 pounds, which is nearly the same as the Nordhavn 40, currently the smallest boat in the fleet.  It will be barely half the mass of the current full-displacement N52, however.  Range with 800 gallons of fuel powering twin Cummins QSB 5.9 liter, 480 hp diesels should be about 1,000 miles.  Larger engines, with higher top-end speeds, are also available.  Even though it is designed to be a coastal cruiser, the 52 CP will comply with CE Category A certification for unrestricted offshore recreational use.

True to its liveaboard design target, the 52 CP will have eight 255 amp hour AGM batteries for starting and house needs, along with a 3,500 watt inverter/charger and a 20 kW Onan generator with its own starting batteries.

Here’s a full rundown on the features:

  • Designed to comply with CE Category A certification for unrestricted offshore recreational use
  • Twin Cummins QSB 5.9 liter – 480 hp diesel engines with electronic controls on fly bridge and interior helm station
  • Heavily insulated stand up engine room with molded fiberglass floors and highly detailed overhead and walls with three access points.
  • Engine room fitted with Delta T intake and exhaust blowers with Delta T moisture eliminators
  • 2 Molded fiberglass fuel tanks with gravity supply reservoir for absolute reliability in fuel delivery
  • Two Molded fiberglass water tanks
  • Molded fiberglass holding tank
  • Bennett Premium trim tabs
  • Side Power 11 hp, 24 volt bow thruster
  • Eight 255 amp hour AGM batteries for engine starting and house power
  • 3500 watt inverter/charger
  • 20 KW Onan generator with separate starting batteries
  • Cruisair reverse cycle air-conditioning – heating through out
  • Galley appliances including refrigerator freezer with ice maker, electric cook top and convection microwave
  • Bosch Washer and dryer with separate Uline freezer in basement utility area
  • Imtra LED lighting throughout
  • Muir 3500 lb horizontal electric windlass with 110 lb anchor and 400 feet 3/8” chain
  • Flybridge with fixed stainless steel and fiberglass bimini and LED overhead lighting
  • Steelhead 600-lb. tender crane

General Specifications are as follows:


  •        LOA:            52’ 1 ½”
  •        LWL:            48 11 ½”
  •        Draft :           4’ 3 ½”
  •        Beam:          15’ 10”
  •        Displ.            52,000
  •        Water           340 gallons
  •        Fuel              800 gallons
  •        Holding         80 gallons


Lots more information is available at the Nordhavn brand website.

Copyright © 2012 by OceanLines LLC.  All rights reserved.

Posted by Tom in Boats, Powerboats

Ranger Tugs Announces New Ranger 31′

New Ranger Tugs 31' Layout

New Ranger Tugs 31' Layout

New Ranger Tugs 31' Rendering

New Ranger Tugs 31' Rendering

Fluid Motion, LLC, designers and builders of the Ranger Tugs line of trailerable “pocket trawlers” this week announced a new flagship to the fleet — the Ranger 31′.  The new R31 will make its debut at the Seattle Boat Show from January 26 to February 5; followed by an expected East Coast debut at the Miami Boat Show, February 16-20.

I’ll include the text of the company’s press release below because it’s fact-heavy and promotion-moderate, but a few thoughts of my own first.  The R31 extends the fleet logically and will allow current and future Ranger Tugs owners to stay with the brand as their size requirements grow.  This is something of a Holy Grail for boat brands; a model lineup that allows the brand to keep its customers as their needs change.  The R31 includes a flybridge, which is new for the brand and will undoubtedly appeal to buyers in sunnier climes, while retaining the all-weather flexibility of the pilothouse helm station.

Here’s the press copy from Ranger Tugs:

“Kent, WA—Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular line of Ranger Tugs have introduced the newest model in the fleet—the Ranger 31. The new R31 will debut this month at the Seattle Boat Show in the Stadium Exhibition Center, January 26-Feburary 5. Hull #2 is expected to make the East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20 at Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay.

The R31 shares many of the features and qualities of her smaller sisterships but some notable additions to this larger model make her ideal for extended cruising while still being a trailerable trawler. The R31 is the first Ranger Tug to feature a flybridge equipped with electronic controls at both the upper and lower helm. The flybridge also retracts to allow for trailering the 31’. The builders at Ranger Tugs also equipped the foredeck with seating and a table that can be raised or lowered depending on whether the boat is under way or at anchor or dock for entertaining. In addition to the extra seating now available on the flybridge and foredeck the 31’ allows for a larger cockpit area with wraparound seating and extra seating that folds out of the gunwale. When not entertaining, seats are folded leaving the cockpit unencumbered.

The interior layout of the R31 features two staterooms—one large island berth forward with en suite head and a midship berth and day head. Those who are familiar with Ranger Tugs models will recognize the galley layout and lower helm station that maximize interior space. A starboard side door provides easy access from the lower helm to the side decks so crew can get to the bow for line handling.

“We’ve been working on the R31 for the last year,” shares Jeff Messmer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ranger Tugs. “While we do have owners that are eager to upgrade to a larger model, the R31 allows us to introduce Ranger Tugs to a set of boaters who prefer a mid-size cruising trawler. We’ve done well with our trailerable trawlers and we continue to increase sales of the R21, R25SC, R27 and R29. The R31 will help us grow even more.”

Like all Ranger Tugs, the new R31 comes essentially turnkey with standard features and equipment intended to make her owner’s experience hassle-free and allow for ease of handling and comfort under way. Standard equipment includes bow and stern thrusters, an optional aft steering station and a Volvo D4 300hp engine that achieves a 16 knot cruise speed.

Ranger Tugs are built at a dedicated facility in Kent, WA, where the company now also offers a new Factory Delivery program and a Destination Training Cruise for new owners. The first R31 will debut in Seattle Jan. 26-Feb. 5 and will be offered at a base price of $279,937. Ranger Tugs is now taking orders for the first R31s and the first boats will begin to ship to dealers this spring.

For more information, visit or call 253-839-5213.”


Ranger Tugs 31 (R31) Specifications

LOA molded                                          31’

LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)            35’2”

Beam                                                     10’0”

Draft                                                       28”

Fuel Capacity                                        180 U.S. gallons

Water capacity                                       80 U.S. gallons

Holding tank capacity                            40 U.S. gallons

Weight (Dry)                                          10,500              .

Engine                                                   Volvo D4 300hp

Copyright © 2012 by OceanLines LLC. All rights reserved.

Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats