North Pacific Yachts 28

Five Pocket Trawlers for Consideration

Call them pocket-trawlers or mini/pocket-tugs, the North Pacific Yachts 28’ Pilothouse, Nordic Tugs 26, Ranger Tugs 25SC, Minor Offshore 25, and Rosborough RF-246 have hardiness and efficiency in common.

The terms “pocket trawler” and “pocket tug” don’t really have precise definitions, yet both connote a small, salty vessel that’s probably a jack-of-all-trades and won’t break the bank. In that sense, the labels work, and in this article we take a look at five popular pocket trawlers to consider if you’re looking for a capable small cruiser under 30 feet.

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Editor’s Note — This is a preview of a longer piece I wrote for Yachtworld.com.  I write a monthly boat review for Yachtworld/Boats.com.  The sites have a large, and growing collection of features, mostly written by dedicated marine journalists (like me!).  The full article at Yachtworld has more detail about the boats, specs, prices and photos.
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Nordic Tugs 26

The rejuvenation of Nordic Tugs 26production three years ago was cause for celebration among the Nordic Tugs faithful. First introduced more than 30 years ago and withdrawn in 1997, its 2011 incarnation features a smart Cummins QSD 115-hp diesel and has a range of about 150 NM on its 75 gallons of fuel, cruising at 8 knots. Top speed is about 14 knots.

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse

The North Pacific Yachts 28is the smallest boat in the company’s lineup, and it carries on the philosophy of providing maximum value for the dollar. Built from a new hull design by Karl Stambaugh at an experienced yard in China and well-equipped right off the delivery ship, a new 28 will run you about $177,500. The only thing you need to add to that base configuration is electronics. The boat comes standard with a single 150-hp Cummins QSD diesel, bow thruster, windlass with anchor, chain, and rope rode, raw water washdown, teak and holly floor and hand-rubbed teak paneling and cabinetry. All the sliding windows have screens, and curtains are even provided.

Ranger Tugs 25SC

In 2010, Ranger Tugs modified the design of its popular 25SCto increase the size of the cockpit (“Sport Cockpit”), but taking some room out of the deckhouse. It was a good idea because it makes the cockpit truly useful now and ensures good access to the standard Yanmar 150 -hp diesel. The R25 has always been one of the most popular of the Ranger Tugs line. Its classic “tiny tug” lines draw visitors at the dock, and the company insists on a high level of standard equipment.

Minor Offshore 25

Finland has a generations-old tradition of producing hardy, all-weather and all-season cruising boats. Two of these brands are now available in the United States; the Nord Star line and Minor Offshore boats. (See our recent reviews of the Nord Star 26 and the Nord Star 31.) For this roundup we chose the new Minor Offshore 25.

The Minor Offshore brand is imported to the U.S. by Skarne Marine, in Milford, CT. The look of these boats isn’t so much tugboat as it is military or government patrol boat. In fact, many are sold for just those purposes. But they work as a great all-weather cruising boat for a couple or a small family, too. The 25 has a fully enclosed pilothouse, wide sidedecks, a decently sized cockpit, and a huge swim platform.

Rosborough RF-246

Rosborough is a family company, headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that builds a feature-packed cruiser for the rough North Atlantic waters that the company’s government and military customers operate in. Interestingly, Roseborough’s RF-246 sedan-style cruiser (also available in a Custom Wheelhouse configuration) can be powered by either outboards or a sterndrive. The hull features a full-length 9” keel for directional stability. The beam is 8’ 6” and the overall length is 25’.

To see all the specs, more details about the boats, as well as some photos, see my original piece on Yachtworld here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

First North Pacific 38′ Sedan Delivered to North America

First North Pacific Yachts 38' Sedan Begins Sea Trials

First North Pacific Yachts 38' Sedan Begins Sea Trials

North Pacific Yachts said it has delivered the first NP38 Sedan to a North American customer. The boat was on display at last week’s Seattle Boat Show after arriving on 16 January from the shipyard in China.  We have the first photos of the NP38, both during initial sea trials in China and as she was being unloaded in Vancouver last month.

North Pacific Yachts CEO Trevor Brice said the company is pleased with how the first two boats turned out.

The NP38 exceeded our expectations; wider and longer than its predecessor we were able to add a lot of nice features. The NP38 will fit a niche market for people looking for a classic look with modern, quality construction at an affordable price. The market now offers either very high priced new Sedan style yachts or very old yachts on the used market. I think this will give people a good alternative.

The NP38 was derived from the classic CHB 34/36 trawler, but is 10 inches wider and 2 feet longer, which makes for wider walk-around decks, a  17-fot-long long salon and more space and privacy in the stateroom. There is also an option for a second stateroom. 

The NP38 is powered by a single Cummins 230 QSB diesel, and will cruise economically (3 gph) at 8 knots, with a top speed of 10 knots. North Pacific includes many typically optional features as standard equipment on its yachts. The NP 38 Sedan is equipped with a bow thruster, 3000 watt inverter/charter, 160 amp alternator, diesel hydronic heating, dual Racor filters, oil change system, both sea and fresh-water washdowns, and anchor and windlass package.

The first hull was delivered to a buyer in Australia and this first North American hull has also been sold. Brice says he’s optimistic about more near-term sales, given the feedback from the Seattle Boat Show.

Incidentally, the NP28 “pocket trawler” will soon be available for Florida showings at the  new home in Tampa for hull 2802. Contact NPY if you’re interested in seeing this affordable and trailerable cruiser.

You can see more images of the NP38′ Sedan and the other North Pacific Yachts trawlers at our Image Gallery Page for NPY here.

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First Photos: North Pacific Yachts 28 Sea Trials

First Hull of New North Pacific Yachts 28 Line During Sea Trials -- Photo:  Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

First Hull of New North Pacific Yachts 28 Line During Sea Trials -- Photo: Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

The photos in this story are of the brand new North Pacific Yachts 28 as she takes to the water for the first time near her south China factory. 

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo:  Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo: Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

The launching and initial checkout took place last week and the project remains on schedule to ship hull #1 within the next few weeks. 

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo:  Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo: Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

OceanLines will have early performance numbers on the NPY28 shortly. 

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo:  Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo: Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

You can read a detailed article about the NPY28 here.  All photos in this article are courtesy of Trevor Brice at North Pacific Yachts.

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo:  Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo: Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo:  Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pocket Trawler During Initial Sea Trials -- Photo: Courtesy of North Pacific Yachts

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North Pacific Yachts 28 Ready for Sea Trials

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

The new North Pacific Yachts 28 pocket trawler will splash for the first time and begin its builder’s sea trials as early as this week, according to Trevor Brice, company president.  New photos from the factory show the boat undergoing final installation of trim and finish pieces before clean-up and launch.  In the photo above you can see the overall lines of the boat, with the sheer mirrored by the rubrail.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

A number of key design features are evident in these photos.  In the photo immediately above, you can see the significant room on top of the deckhouse available for storing kayaks, a small dinghy or other cruising gear and toys.  The aft cockpit, with its transom-centered door is also visible here, as is the open hatch to the lazarette.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

In this view, you can see the tall transom, rudder and keel of the NPY 28.  Note the hawse holes for ease of line handling.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull, Overhead Stbd Bow  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull, Overhead Stbd Bow -- Photo: NPY

The photo above shows a nice overhead view of the entire boat.  Features visible in this shot include the forward cabin overhead hatchway (temporary hatchcover in place), sliding pilothouse doors, forward railings and anchor pulpit.  Harder to see but key for inland waterway cruisers is the folding antenna mast, here show folded down as it would be to minimize air draft.

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull  -- Photo:  NPY

North Pacific Yachts 28 First Hull -- Photo: NPY

In this final photo, we see the helm station undergoing final systems installation.  There will be plenty of room on the flat just ahead of the instrument cluster for a pod-mounted chartplotter.

Hull #1 of the NPY 28 shown in these photographs will begin its sea trials this week and is scheduled to leave the factory in China on August 20.  By sometime in early September, potential customers should be able to get aboard in the Seattle-Vancouver area.  OceanLines will have more photos of the sea trial shortly.  In the meantime, we’ve added some more exclusive construction photos of the NPY 28 to its photo gallery here on OceanLines.

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First Photos: North Pacific Yachts 28-01 Hull Released from Mold

OceanLines is pleased to bring you the first photos of hull #1 of the North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse trawler just after its release from the mold.  These pictures, aside from documenting the continuing progress of the first of this new model for NPY, also show some of the interesting design details of the boat.

Starboard Quarter Photo of new North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Trawler -- Photo:  North Pacific Yachts

Starboard Quarter Photo of new North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Trawler -- Photo: North Pacific Yachts

In the picture above you get a good sense of the general lines of the NPY 28, with its gracefully sweeping sheer, mirrored by the molded rubrail.  You also get a nice view here of the full-length keel and the shoe for the rudder.  The prop on this boat will be fully protected from damage during minor groundings.  The tall transom will keep following seas outside of the cockpit.

Port Quarter Photo of First Hull for North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Line -- Photo:  North Pacific Yachts

Port Quarter Photo of First Hull for North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Line -- Photo: North Pacific Yachts

In the second picture, we see the port side of the hull, with  what looks to be a very smooth finish.  You can see some of the molded “planking” surface detail in this view, too, that will contribute to the traditional look of this pocket trawler.

Port Bow Photo of First Hull for New North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Trawler -- Photo:  North Pacific Yachts

Port Bow Photo of First Hull for New North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Trawler -- Photo: North Pacific Yachts

The third photo gives a good look at the stem and fine entry of the bow.  You can see that the sharp vee of the forward hull transitions to fairly flat sections aft, which will enable the higher-end speeds the 28 will be capable of.  The hard chine runs the full length of the hull and will contribute both to roll dampening and turning performance.

Port Overhead Photo of Hull Interior of New North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse -- Photo:  North Pacific Yachts

Port Overhead Photo of Hull Interior of New North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse -- Photo: North Pacific Yachts

Port Bow Overhead Photo of Hull Bulkheads for New North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Trawler -- Photo:  North Pacific Yachts

Port Bow Overhead Photo of Hull Bulkheads for New North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Trawler -- Photo: North Pacific Yachts

In the last two photos, the interior bulkheads are easily visible at the beginning of the interior finishing process.  This begins to give the viewer a sense of the space of interior compartments.  According to North Pacific Yachts, the boat is still on schedule for delivery to North America late this summer.  Competition in this pocket trawler market will heat up considerably when it does, given the remarkable pricing on this boat (see earlier OceanLines article on the NPY 28 here).

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North Pacific 28 “Pocket Trawler” in Production

Some new photos for you this week of the North Pacific Yachts 28 in production at the factory in China.  There is a lot of interest in this boat; since we first wrote about it here on OceanLines, it has become our most-read story.  In the photos below you can see the hull and superstructure molds as they’re being worked on and you’ll get a good sense of what the boat is going to look like.  We still expect to see it here in the U.S. later this summer.   Given the overall interest in the market in “pocket trawlers,” and readers’ fascination with this particular boat, it seems likely this one will have some success.

North Pacific Yacht 28 Hull and Deckhouse Construction Photo

North Pacific Yacht 28 Hull and Deckhouse Construction Photo

 

In the next photo you get a good look at the shape of the pilothouse.

Photo of North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse in Construction

Photo of North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse in Construction

 

And one more view of the deckhouse:

Quarter View of North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse in Construction

Quarter View of North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse in Construction

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North Pacific 28′ is an Affordable Pocket Trawler

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Rendering

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Rendering

Here at OceanLines we get an enormous number of visitors looking for information about some of the smaller trawlers out there; boats like the Ranger Tugs 25 and 29, the Nordic Tugs 26 and some of the other “pocket tugs.”  The North Pacific Yachts 28′ Pilothouse is another example of these cozy cruisers, but one that won’t melt your wallet and might be just the thing if you need a truly trailerable vacation boat.   The hull of NP28-01 is in the mold now and is scheduled for delivery to Seattle in August.  It should make its first public appearance at the Seattle Boat Show.

The NP28 is the third boat in the North Pacific lineup and it carries on the company’s philosophy of providing maximum value for the dollar.  Built from a new hull design by Karl Stambaugh at an experienced yard in China and well equipped right off the delivery ship, a new 28′ will run you about $165,000.  The only thing you need to add to that base configuration is electronics.  The boat comes standard with a single 130 HP Cummins QSD diesel, bow thruster, windlass with anchor, chain and rope rode, raw water washdown, teak and holly floor and hand-rubbed teak paneling and cabinetry.  All the sliding windows have screens and curtains are even provided.

Interior Configuration of the North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse

Interior Configuration of the North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse

The boat has two bunks forward, a convertible in the pilothouse, and one in the salon.  According to North Pacific CEO Trevor Brice, “The NP28 seems to appeal to a much more broad customer range (than the larger trawlers).  We’ve had people who are looking at the NP28 as their only boat and others who own larger yachts but want the flexibility to enjoy cruising elsewhere when it is off-season where their larger boat is located.”

You can optionally upgrade the toilet to a Tecma unit from the standard manual flush and you can add a 3 kW genny.  The propane stove, however, and a 20 lb. tank and locker are standard so you don’t need electricity to cook with.  You can save $3K by deleting the Espar diesel furnace, but odds are you would do that to add $4K worth of reverse-cycle air conditioning and then you’ll want that genny.

Initial performance estimates indicate the boat should be capable of speeds up to 14 knots.  Fuel burn at 6 knots will be about 1 GPH, while at 12 knots it should be somewhere around 6 GPH.  With its 100 gallon fuel tanks, the NP28 has a theoretical range of 600 NM.  Even at top speed, it will have a range well above 200 NM.  Either way, that’s anywhere from a couple, to several days of comfortable cruising without worrying about refueling.  There is also 40 gallons of fresh water aboard and the 160 amp alternator on the engine will charge even a huge house battery bank in short order.

With its 8-foot, six-inch beam, the NP28 is truly trailerable.  While it’s not a show-stopper for some folks, boats like the Nordic Tugs 26, at 9-feet, six inches, do require a special trailering permit in nearly all U.S. states.  According to Brice North Pacific has identified a number of trailer manufacturers who can supply a suitable trailer, but has not specified a vendor because of the wide variation in personal preferences for trailer features.

In short, the NP28 looks like it’s going to provide some real competition to similar-sized boats in the Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs and other “pocket trawler” makers’ lines.

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