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Northwest Trawlers 50 Sea Trials Underway

Northwest Trawlers NW 50 During Seatrials

Northwest Trawlers NW 50 During Seatrials

Peter Whiting, co-founder of Northwest Trawlers reports in his blog that sea trials of the first NW 50 are continuing at Anacortes, Washington.  Peter has some nice new photos of the boat, a couple of which we’ve reproduced here and he reports that testing of various systems, including the dual autopilot system aboard this boat, is moving forward.  You can read our coverage of the launching of hull #1 here.

Another View of the NW 50 Trawler At Sea

Another View of the NW 50 Trawler At Sea

Fully loaded, this NW 50 carries 1000 gallons of fuel, 300 gallons of water, and over 200 gallons of black and gray water. This represents about 11,000 pounds of fluids. Performance is still nearing 14 knots at full load. These pictures were taken at a more reasonable cruise speed of about 8-9 knots.  Check out Peter’s NW Trawlers blog here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats

Northwest Trawlers Launches First 50′ Passagemaker

Northwest 50' at dock

Northwest 50' at dock

Peter Whiting, co-founder of the Northwest Trawlers line reports that the Anacortes, Washington-based company has launched hull #1 of the NW50 series, a big sister to the original NW45.  NW 5001 was launched in La Conner, Washington, and is now undergoing final commissioning work.  As of this writing, the boat should be heading out for first sea trials.  The boat’s hull was designed to accommodate both hull-speed cruising up to the mid-teens.  We’l try to catch up with Peter in the next few days to get a report on the sea trials.

The NW50 is a big, strong boat with Kevlar in the forward hull sections and a tall, seaworthy bow with a Portuguese bridge to further protect the pilothouse.  An articulated rudder and standard bow thruster make the NW50 more maneuverable in tight situations.  The company says its designs are all about accommodating customers’ wishes in decor and outfitting.  An example is the extra pilothouse port light just aft of the main pilothouse windows.  The launch customer wanted the additional light and ventilation possibilities from this opening port light.  By the way, Peter says the owners are still looking for a good name for the boat, so if you have any suggestions, forward them to Peter at NWTrawlers

Here’s a link to the spec sheet for the NW 50 (Spec Sheet).

And here’s a photo gallery of the launch evolution and the boat sitting nicely on her lines at the dock. 

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Posted by Tom in Boats