Nordic Tugs 37

New Nordic Tugs 39 A Nice Update to NT Fleet

New Nordic Tugs 39

New Nordic Tugs 39

In a piece I wrote for 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

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats
A Whole Lotta Nordic Tugs To Look At

A Whole Lotta Nordic Tugs To Look At

A lineup of the Nordic Tugs Models at Wilde Yacht Sales in Essex, CT

A lineup of the Nordic Tugs Models at Wilde Yacht Sales in Essex, CT

If you live anywhere in the Northeast U.S. and have wanted to get a good look at a Nordic Tug, you’ve got several great opportunities. I’ve tested a 37 in the past and loved it. It’s a great coastal cruiser that will take care of you if the seas come up. It’s being succeeded by a new NT-39, which you can read about here. Several of the models make good Great Loop boats and I would happily live aboard a 42. 

Anyway, here’s what you can look forward to this summer.  First off is a special “Tug Fest” at Wilde Yacht Sales in Essex, Connecticut, this coming weekend, June 19-20. Wilde will have all Nordic Tugs models currently in production, except for the 49, including the recently re-born NT-26. I noticed in their used boat inventory that they’ve got several nice boats, including a flybridge 37 and a flybridge 42.  Some of the old purists don’t like the flybridge on the Nordic Tugs, but I love it. I think it looks like a salty old captain’s cap. By the way, this year is the 30th anniversary of Nordic Tugs.

If you miss the Tug Fest at Wilde this coming weekend, you can see some of the boats at the upcoming TrawlerFest July 15-17, at the Greenwich Bay Marina in Warwick, Rhode Island. Incidentally, if you go to TrawlerFest, make sure you drive over to Oakland Beach and pick up some authentic Rhode Island clam cakes (fritters). They are unlike anything you will ever eat (hint — they actually have clams in them!).

From July 28 to July 31, Wilde will help host the Northeast Nordic Tug Owners’ Association’s 9th Annual Rendezvous and Cruise. NENTOA is an active group with some great cruising blogs linked on its website, along with good information about some owner modifications to their Nordic Tugs.  After the rendezvous, the NENTOA group will begin two cruises — a two-week venture from Essex to Boston, and a three-week cruise to Maine. The cruises have been a huge success in recent years and all those Nordic Tugs cruising together makes for quite a sight.

I’ll update OceanLines readers on other Nordic Tugs events around the country in future posts here. If you know of some, or if you’re with some of the other NTOAs, let us know!

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power

Good Deals on Trawlers Available

2008 Nordic Tugs 42-105 Shown on Long Island Sound

2008 Nordic Tugs 42-105 Shown on Long Island Sound

It is certainly far too early to call an end to the financial turmoil that has wracked the United States and many other countries for the last several months, but some observers in the financial community are beginning to counsel their clients to start looking for bargains among the detritus of demolished investments.  Potential boat buyers, particularly those looking for good deals on passagemaking-style boats, might consider that advice as well.  There are some stunning deals out there.

For example, Wilde Yacht Sales, in Essex, Connecticut, which is the Northeast regional dealer for Nordic Tugs has an offer on the table for its in-stock tugs that should tempt anyone even thinking about buying.  For starters, Wilde is offering a 2008 Nordic Tugs 42, which normally lists for close to $800,000, for $719,186 (not sure how you get $186, but there you have it).  That is substantially lower than at any time in the last five years, and represents a competitive price for an east-coast, flybridge-equipped 42.  The boat is hull #104 and it’s fully equipped with electronics, and upgraded interior furnishings, including screens on doors and day/night shades.

Wilde is also offering a special deal on Nordic Tug 37-193; a boat that was originally listed at $538, 740, and is now priced at $484,874.  This 37 is also fully equipped both from the factory and with the usual Wilde package of enhancements.  Wilde representative Paul Tortora said today that the dealer also has a 32 on the way that will likely also be elegible for a significant price break.

And if the low price doesn’t quite get you there, Wilde is offering three years of dockage, scheduled maintenance and fuel.  Occasionally, you might get a dealer to throw in a slip at a marina it has a relationship with, for maybe the rest of the summer if you’re buying in Spring, but this deal from Wilde is for three years worth of dockage, wherever YOU dock.  Actually, what they did is take the average of 5-6 marinas on the Connecticut coast, including a Brewers yard that northeast boaters will recognize as a premium yard, and that’s the amount they will give you.  For maintenance, Wilde talked to both Volvo and Cummins representatives and estimated the costs for the first three years of scheduled maintennance tasks.  For fuel, they figured an average of about 115 hours per year, which is about right for a trawler owner in the northeast; it might even be a tad generous given the short seasons.  Wilde calls the incentive “Three Free for Three.”

Nordic Tugs has, like several other manufacturers, been offering factory incentives to help dealers clear out the inventory backlogs.  Even if you’re not interested in a Nordic Tug, check with your trawler dealer of choice; odds are there are some pretty impressive incentives available.  The winter boat show schedule is upon us.  Make some plans to get to one of these shows.  Have a look at the NMMA show database here:

NMMA Boat Show Calendar

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News

Nordic Tugs 37 Owner Invents Wave Slap Preventer

Nordic Tugs 37 Sea Mischief, with her wave-slap preventer deployed

Dick and Mable Seymour loved their Nordic Tugs 37 Sea Mischief, but there was a quirk that bothered them. When at anchor, the hard chine of the hull, close to the bow where it crossed the waterline, would sometimes create a rhythmic slapping noise from the waves in the anchorage.

While many other owners either don’t notice it or don’t mind it, the Seymours decided to do something about it, creating what they call the Wave Slap Preventer, a device designed to restore quiet at anchor.

Here is the project as described by Dick Seymour, on the NorthEast Nordic Tugs Owners Association website:

“In response to the wave slap noise that is characteristic of Nordic Tugs and many other hard-chine boats, I attempted several solutions. These included small fenders linked end to end and swim noodles alone. I found it impossible to hold any stand-alone devices like these in place under the chine.

These are key pieces of the wave slap preventer made by a Nordic Tugs 37 owner.

Therefore, I had my canvas man make up two panels of sailcloth with integrated pockets for two swim noodles. The top picture shows the two panels laid out flat. The pocket for the swim noodles is also visible. A second picture of the end of the swim noodle pocket shows the size and fit for the two swim noodles in each pocket. The end of each pocket is “tacked” down so that the noodles won’t slip out, but can be easily detached to remove the noodles if desired.

The two panels are connected together with three small lines that slip under the bow when the Wave Noise Preventer is deployed. These lines are sized lengthwise to keep the pockets tightly snug under the flat chines right at the water line. The panels extend about 2 1/2 feet forward and aft of the point where the waterline meets the chine.

Detail of the wave slap preventer for Nordic Tugs 37

The combination of the swim noodles (in their pockets) tightly against the flat chine and the sailcloth on either side of the pockets hold the Wave Noise Preventer in place and stops the noise generated by small wave slaps on the chine. It does take two people to “scoot” the Wave Noise Preventer into place and secure it tightly.

“The sailcloth panels each have 6 grommets for the connection lines that slip under the bow as well as the lines that attach to stanchions on the deck which hold the Wave Noise Preventer in place. The panels are 5 feet 8 inches long. This length accommodates standard length swim noodles. Each panel is 18 inches wide on the bow end and 24 inches wide on the aft end. The pockets are on a slight angle from bow to stern with the stern end down about 4 inches or so on the sailcloth panels.

I did a formal sea trial of the Nordic Tugs 37 with the late Jim Cress, former president of Nordic Tugs.  The NT-37 is a nearly perfect liveaboard cruiser for a couple, with its spaciousness and seaworthiness.  You can read that review here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats

Nordic Tugs Signs Russian Dealer

Nordic Tugs, of Burlington, Washington, yesterday announced that it has signed its first dealer in Russia.  Boat Market, based in Moscow, will take delivery of its first boat, a Nordic Tugs 37, in August. (See OceanLines review of the NT-37 here)

Nordic Tugs 37

Nordic Tugs 37

David Goehring, Nordic Tugs’ executive vice-president/COO, said in a statement, “Our research suggested that Russia is an emerging boating market, and we feel the Russian market is going to boom in the next decade or so.” Goehring said that, between Russian’s strong economy and “Nordic Tugs being the ideal boat for the cruising conditions in that region, exporting to Russia was a logical next step” for the company.

Nordic Tugs  began exporting last year to the European market.  The company says it currently has several inquiries from dealers throughout the world who are interested in selling Nordic Tugs.  The company indicates it is evaluating the feasibility of those export opportunities.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News