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Nord Star Offers New 24 Offshore Model with Outboard Power

New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Nord Star USA and Brewer Yacht Sales will be showing a new Nord Star 24 Offshore model from the Finnish boat builder at the New England Boat Show in late February.  The boat features outboard propulsion but retains the salty pilothouse looks of its sister ships in the Nord Star Patrol line that runs all the way up to 40′.

New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Interior Forward View of New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Interior Forward View of New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

The 24 Offshore with outboards features a vee berth forward and seating for up to six in the pilothouse.  I’ve written before about the Nord Star line — I tested both the 26 and 31 — and I think they’re worth a good, long look.  The design and construction are to hardy commercial Finnish workboat standards, and the systems and features are first-rate.  This new outboard version of the 24 will offer a little more mechanical simplicity, as well as below-decks storage, for an owner who prefers an outboard solution, rather than the standard Volvo diesel.

Vee Berth Aboard New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Vee Berth Aboard New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Marine Head Aboard New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Marine Head Aboard New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

I don’t have the specs on the outboard choice(s) yet, but in the images you see with this story, taken from the company website, the boat has been fitted with a sizeable Honda, probably the 225, which is built around a 5.6L V-6.  Maximum recommended horsepower would be around 250, based on the listed 200 kW.  I noticed that the listed beam measurement of 8′ – 9″ means that it would require a special trailer permit in most of the United States, but they’re simple to get and frankly, with a weight of just under 3 tons withOUT the motor, you’re not gonna just drag this around behind your Civic.  It does mean, though, that you can probably store it in the backyard or driveway in the off-season.

Looking Aft from the Cabin Aboard New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Looking Aft from the Cabin Aboard New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

If you can visit Boston in late February, you’ll see this boat at the New England Boat Show.  You can download a basic brochure on the inboard-powered 24 model here

Layout of the New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Layout of the New Nord Star 24 Offshore Outboard Model

Nord Star 24 Offshore
Specifications

IMCI CE-B OFFSHORE  
Total length 7,8m (25’6”)
Total width 2,7m (8’9”)
Hull v-angle (stern) 18,3
Height in main cabin 1,88m (6’2”)
Transportheight (with cradle) 2,95m (9’7”)
Max. recommended nr. of persons 6
Max. recommended
propulsion power
200 kw
TANK SIZE CHART  
Water 50L (13 gal)
Septic 47L (12 gal)
Diesel 240L (63 gal)
LOADING  
Max. recommended loading 600 kg
(1323 lb)
WEIGHTS (avarage)  
Weight (without engine) 1900 kg
(5732 lb)

 

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Nord Star 26 Should Be Your New SUV

Nord Star 26 Pocket Cruiser and Sport Utility Vessel

Nord Star 26 Pocket Cruiser and Sport Utility Vessel

There are not too many boats in this size category that truly work as cruisers, but the Nord Star 26 is the kind of marine SUV (Sport Utility Vessel) that can take a small family for nice summer cruises and be wildly entertaining in between.  It’s all made possible by the mad-crazy efficient layout of the boat and its powerful yet fuel-sipping Volvo diesel.  The fit and finish are equal to the best of old-world craftsmanship and the total package is the perfect way for a young family to get into cruising.

Nord Star 26 View Looking Forward

Nord Star 26 View Looking Forward

A little bit about the company, fromour July, 2009 feature on the Nord Star 31:

First, a little background on the Nord Star brand. These boats, which comprise a model line known fully as the Nord Star Patrol series, ranging from 24 feet to 40 feet, are built in Finland by parent company Linex-Boat Oy, the Lindkvist family-owned firm that has delivered more than 3,000 recreational, commercial and government-class vessels. The patriarch of the Lindkvist family started building wooden fishing and work boats in the 1920′s. Today’s modern fiberglass production facility is certified to the highest ISO 9001-2000 standards and the boats themselves meet the stringent CE Ocean Class B rating for offshore seaworthiness. That last standard means, among other things, that the boats will safely handle seas up to 13′ and winds in excess of 40 knots. Suffice it to say the boat can handle more than you can.

Nord Star Interior Looking Aft

Nord Star Interior Looking Aft

As I mentioned, the 26 reviewed here is probably the smallest cruising boat that can comfortably take a couple or young family on long weekend cruises. But it’s also the kind of boat that you will use not just for cruising but for fishing and regular day trips to your favorite gunkhole.  There’s a vee berth for two, along with a separate head compartment and a small but functional galley below. Ingenious layout in the main cabin includes convertible seating and hi-lo tables — all with a magnificent view.  You can see in the photos here that the company has devised a cool Bimini for the aft cockpit that shades but doesn’t get in the way.

I tested the boat over a couple of hours out of Mattituck Inlet on Long Island, New York. The head of Nord Star USA, John Uljens, brought the boat over from its base in Connecticut and we ran her through a series of test runs.  The Nord Star boats look like a cross between a pocket tug and a government patrol boat. It’s a unique look that draws attention at the dock. But don’t be misled — it’s all about form following function. The reverse rake to the windshield minimizes sun glare from outside and instrument glare from inside at night. The tall house and large windows open things up and make the cabin feel larger than it is.

The boat has a functional aft cockpit and an amazing swim platform that feels like it could host an entire picnic while on the hook.  There are wide side decks to make transiting forward and aft safe.

The performance of the boat is nothing short of impressive.  The modified-vee planing hull comes up out of the water quickly and with minimal bow rise. The Volvo diesel supplies fantastic torque all the way up the RPM curve, unlike a gas engine and within seconds you are skimming along the water in the mid-20 knot range.  There really isn’t any major noise at the helm. Decibel readings (A-levels) stayed below 80, which means low fatigue on longer transits.  A look at the photo below shows the insulated engine compartment hatch, and the roominess of the compartment itself.

 

Nord Star 26 Engine Compartment Showing Volvo D4 Diesel

Nord Star 26 Engine Compartment Showing Volvo D4 Diesel

 

 

Nord Star 26

Specifications

IMCI CE-B OFFSHORE  
Total length 8,4m (27’6”)
Total width 2,8m (9’2”)
Hull v-angle (stern) 18,3
Height in main cabin 1,9m (6’2”)
Transport Height (with cradle) 3,05m (10′)
Max. recommended nr. of persons 6
Max. recommended
propulsion power
298 kw
TANK SIZE CHART  
Water 100L (26 gal)
Septic 47L (12 gal)
Diesel 320L (84 gal)
LOADING  
Max. recommended loading 600 kg
(1323 lb)
WEIGHTS (average)  
Engine
Weight
Volvo Penta D4
3300 kg
(7275 lb)

John Uljens Demonstrates the Sunroof on the Nord Star 26

John Uljens Demonstrates the Sunroof on the Nord Star 26

A Working Bowsprit and Anchor Roller on the Nord Star 26

A Working Bowsprit and Anchor Roller on the Nord Star 26

Roomy Foredeck and Side Decks on the Nord Star 26

Roomy Foredeck and Side Decks on the Nord Star 26

Download the company brochure on the Nord Star 26 here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

First Look: Nord Star 31 Patrol Photo Shoot

Editor’s Note:  These photos by Allen Clark of Photoboat.com are part of our extended photo shoot for a detailed sea test and review of the Nord Star 31 Patrol.  The review will be posted here on OceanLines later this week but the photos were so stunning we decided to get some out for you to enjoy.  You’ll have to wait to read all the details, but suffice it to say this is one truly exciting boat.

Nord Star 31 Patrol in CT River No-Wake Zone -- Photo: Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

Nord Star 31 Patrol in CT River No-Wake Zone -- Photo: Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

In the shot above, photographer Allen Clark from Photoboat.com has caught us returning from our sea trial in Long Island Sound, outside the mouth of the Connecticut River.  We were hosted for the review by Paul Tortora of east coast dealer Wilde Yacht Sales in Essex, CT, and John Uljens, President of Nord Star USA, the boat’s U.S. importer.  The Nord Star 31 Patrol is one of four Nord Star Patrol models, ranging from 24 to 40 feet, built by Linex-Boat Oy in Finland.  We’ll discuss their detailed pedigree in our review later this week, but they are true Sport Utility Vessels (SUVs), and can serve many roles very well.  Be sure to click on all the photos here to see them in expanded formats.

Stern Quarter Shot of the Nord Star 31 Patrol Accelerating -- Photo:  Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

Stern Quarter Shot of the Nord Star 31 Patrol Accelerating -- Photo: Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

This is a dramatic shot of the 31 Patrol accelerating away from the photographer.  The boat has a 370 HP Volvo D-6 diesel with a DuoProp sterndrive that really gives you a kick in the pants when you want it to.  We saw a top end speed of around 33 knots with three people and three-quarters fuel aboard, but we got to that speed in only a little over 10 seconds, which is quick.  The Volvo diesel is also happy to putter along at 8-10 knots, sipping around 3 gallons per hour.  Even at 22 knots the boat doesn’t use more than about 10 gallons per hour of diesel.  It is a sterndrive, however, and you have to keep in mind the specific characteristics of that kind of propulsion.  In some ways, it’s similar to jet drives in that you have to use thrust to enhance a turn; something not always intuitive to folks who normally rely on rudders alone.  The truth is, you get far better performance when you can direct thrust — hence the popularity of azimuthing drive pods these days.  In fact, largest model in the line, the Nord Star 40 Patrol, comes standard with Volvo IPS pod drives.

Nord Star 31 Patrol Port Side Running Shot -- Photo:  Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

Nord Star 31 Patrol Port Side Running Shot -- Photo: Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

This shot shows the pilothouse best, with its reverse windshield rake and nearly constant sheer line.  There are beefy sliding doors both port and starboard.  The helm is on the starboard side and has fantastic sight lines; the helmsman never losing sight of the horizon ahead even during sharp initial accelerations.  You can see the small flybridge topside here, covered with canvas because we didn’t intend to use it in the windy, rough conditions on the Sound that day.  It will hold three adults and has complete instrumentation, normally networked with the pilothouse helm units.  You can also see the bimini canvas over the aft cockpit (not deployed of course).  On the Nord Star, this canvas can completely protect the aft cockpit and with the diesel heating available on the boat, provide a cozy, expanded living space in cooler weather.  New England and Northwest boaters are really going to like that feature.  You can also see the bowthruster, a surprisingly powerful Side-Power unit that makes close-quarters maneuvering a snap.

Nord Star 31 Patrol Idling Along the Waterfront -- Photo:  Allen M.

Nord Star 31 Patrol Idling Along the Waterfront -- Photo: Allen M. Clark/Photoboat.com

Hard chines on the modified-vee  hull keep the Patrol 31 nice and stable at idle speeds around the docks.  Here the boat is quietly sliding upriver past the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT.  The deep and very wide sidedecks, along with tall stainless rails make for a safe and secure environment for linehandlers and sunbathers alike.  Look for our full review of the boat later this week, in particular, we explore the way it handled a typically unpredictable sea-state and wind combination on the eastern part of Long Island Sound.  We checked out the RPM and cruise speed numbers, tested its handling characteristics in pretty rough seas and gave it pretty thorough workout. 

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