New Spy Photos of Nordic Tugs 49

Photo: Steve Tripp       Exclusive photo of the first hull of the new Nordic Tugs 49 Series

Exclusive photo of the first hull of the new Nordic Tugs 49 Series. Photo: Fidalgo Falcon

Ok, they’re not really spy photos:  The boat is out in plain view in a public facility, but if you want to see it you’ll have to be at the Seattle Boat Show starting next week because Nordic Tugs hasn’t released any company photos of hull #1.  These shots, exclusive to OceanLines, were taken by our associate in Anacortes, Washington, where the first hull is currently undergoing builder’s sea trials.  We first reported on the launch of hull #1 last month.

The NT-49 exhibits a level of fit and finish, at least on the exterior, that surpasses even its well-made predecessors. The hull finish is impeccably smooth, the stainless all looks heavy and polished, and the graceful, distinct curve of the sheer line is seriously elegant.

Seen from the bow, the NT-49 retains the shippy, workmanline pose of her tugboat ancestry, with a proud stem and substantial wheelhouse.  Notice the significant chine that runs all the way to the bow, creating a sharper and narrower entry for the hull below that level, while also doing spray-control duty.  Hull #1 does not have a flybridge, but I suspect many will be ordered, particularly for owners in southern climes. The centerline transom door is obvious in the stern shots here, as are the stainless-rimmed hawse holes.

Enjoy the gallery below.

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Nordic Tugs 49 Splashes – Sea Trials Begin

Nordic Tugs 49 Hull #1 during construction earlier this year

Nordic Tugs 49 Hull #1 during construction earlier this year

Nordic Tugs last week confirmed that hull number one of the NT-49 model line has splashed for the first time in the harbor at Anacortes, Washington.  Sea trials on the first NT-49 have begun and the company said it was preparing the boat for its public debut at the Seattle boat show during the second week of September.

Nordic Tugs hopes the new 49 will fill the gap between the company’s 42 and 54 models. It was originally dubbed the 47, but in a model name rationalization move, the company redesignated the upcoming 47/ as the 49 and the current 52 as the 54, recognizing that most boats are now known by their Length Overall (LOA). 

Nordic Tugs 49 Artist's Rendering of General Arrangement

Nordic Tugs recently signed its first Russian dealer and has had an office in the U.K. for a year now, evidence of the export success of many American boat-builders during a period of an extremely weak U.S. dollar.  The company has said it expects to further expand its export sales and marketing efforts.

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Nordic Tugs 49 Will Fill the Gap


Rendering of the new Nordic Tugs 49

Rendering of the new Nordic Tugs 49

BURLINGTON, Wa. – In the 1990s, a 32-footer was the best seller in the Nordic Tugs line. The company added a 42 when it was time to expand – and learned a lesson in the balance.

“It became apparent that the 10-foot jump in size was too much for some of our customers,” said Jim Cress, president of Nordic Tugs. A 37-foot model was created to bridge the gap.

It was similar thinking that led to the development of the new Nordic Tugs 49, the latest addition to the trawler-style model line, which is still under construction at the company plant here. The 49 is designed to bridge the gap between the 42- and 54-foot models. “We did it again,” said Cress, laughing as he told the story. “We launched the 52″ [now the 54] and created another 10-foot gap.”

The 49 has two cabins, with the master amidships. Still, the company has high hopes for the 49. I got a good look at Hull No. 1 at Nordic Tugs factory here last week, where systems are still being installed. The hull has a beautiful merlot shade of deep red gelcoat, not a traditional Nordic color but still very attractive. And that was not the only thing worth seeing. Continue reading →

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