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Nordhavn 86 Still Queen of the Fleet — For Now

Nordhavn 86 Still Queen of the Fleet — For Now

 

Nordhavn 86 -- Current Queen of the Fleet

Nordhavn 86 -- Current Queen of the Fleet

For a little while longer this year–until the giant Nordhavn 120 is launched–the Nordhavn 86 is still the largest boat from this famous bluewater brand of trawlers. And in many ways, she is already a superyacht. At 400,000 lbs she has as much mass as many in the 120’ to 140’ class, so this 86-footer won’t leave you with a case of three-foot-itis.  I took a look at the N86 at last fall’s Fort Lauderdale show and wrote up a piece that was just published on Yachtworld.com.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, Powerboats

New Nordic Tugs 39 A Nice Update to NT Fleet

New Nordic Tugs 39

New Nordic Tugs 39

In a piece I wrote for YachtWorld.com 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 YachtWorld.com.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

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

The 50th Krogen 48′ Heralds an Ergonomic Makeover

View of the galley and salon of the Krogen 48' AE

View of the galley and salon of the Krogen 48' AE

Kadey-Krogen Yachts said yesterday that the 50th edition of its highly successful 48′ North Sea line is the first to sport a series of now-standard modifications that significantly improve liveability aboard a boat that was already highly regarded in the liveaboard community.  The company took the opportunity to re-badge the boat as the “Krogen 48′ AE,” the AE short for “Advanced Ergonomics.”  The changes include updates to the layouts of the salon, pilothouse and flybridge, as well as the incorporation of home-sized stairs and bannisters to ease movement through the boat.

I would like to tease the good-natured Larry Polster, Kadey-Krogen’s vice president, about how “Advanced” these ergonomic changes really are, but the truth is, in the cruising world they ARE advanced.  Not surprisingly, Kadey-Krogen collected the input from its customers to focus these updates on liveability — that somewhat undefined quality of making a boat easy to live aboard.

The Krogen 48′ North Sea has always been a favorite of long-distance cruisers, passagemakers and liveaboards.  The size seems to be a particular sweet spot for couples who want to live aboard and the boat holds its value extremely well.  A quick survey of Krogen 48′ models for sale on Yachtworld has even ten-year-old boats still well over the $700K mark, which means they really haven’t lost any value at all.

Back to the changes incorporated in the Krogen 48′ AE.  Here’s a brief list:

  • An option for an L- or U-shaped settee along the starboard side of the salon
  • A table that both expands and raises and lowers to serve as coffee table and dining table for eight.
  • A larger galley forward to starboard, with a now-standard Viking four-burner range, household size fridge/freezer, convection microwave, and room for both a trash compactor and dishwasher.
  • A nearly floor-to-ceiling pantry opposite the galley, on the port side.
  • New, deep and wide steps steps up to the pilothouse, with a sturdy bannister for security.
  • A redesigned pilothouse that accommodates side-by-side helm chairs and a larger electronics console (hooray!!).
  • New molded steps outside the portside pilothouse door up to the boat deck and flybridge.
  • Boat deck will accommodate both a 13-foot tender, as well as a summer kitchen.
  • The flybridge helm is now off to starboard, with an L-shape settee to port.

Kadey-Krogen is going through some of its other models just coming intro production now and making some of these same ergonomic changes, particularly to steps and stairs.  Does this kind of change exact a price in terms of space utilization? Of course. But the 48′ is big enough to handle the changes and the improvements in “liveability” are absolutely worth the price. If you’re going to live aboard one of these boats, the convenience and safety of actual human-sized stair treads and risers is more of a big deal than you might think.

For more pictures of the changes involved, check out the November blog entry of the Kadey-Krogen marketing team.  You can get a good feel for the new helm and flybridge arrangement in the pictures there.  You can check out the Krogen 48′ AE at Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale at the Bahia Mar January 27-29, and at the Miami International Boat Show (Sea Isle Marina location), from Febryary 17-21.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

OceanLines Now Syndicated to Millions of Readers

BoaterMouth -- 12 Journalists, 1 Website

BoaterMouth -- 12 Journalists, 1 Website

As our readers know, the publishing world is in the midst of an upheaval as publications and readers turn to online outlets to deliver content. Naturally, we at OceanLines feel we’ve been helping to lead our audience of cruisers and passagemakers to that new online world of resources. Well, the publishing powerhouses continue to evolve and adapt (at least some are). And some of the current leaders of the online publishing world are taking big new steps.

The First Big News

OceanLines has recently become part of a unique cooperative venture among 12 of the leading journalists in our industry, through a new website called Boatermouth.com. You’ve probably seen the ad-link I’ve posted on the right sidebar for BoaterMouth, which is the brainchild of Kim Kavin, one of the most respected marine journalists in the world. Last fall, Kim gathered us on (naturally) an online conference call to propose the Boatermouth.com cooperation and by November we were online. (warning — shameless self-promoting quote from Kim ahead)

OceanLines brings outstanding coverage of the passagemaker and trawler markets to the BoaterMouth team. Tom’s writing covers everything from new boat models to the equipment and electronics that people need if they are truly going to live the cruising lifestyle. I am thrilled to have Tom as part of our team, as his work is not something you can find so regularly updated elsewhere online, let alone written with such authority and expertise.

At BoaterMouth you can read about every segment of boating, from PWCs to fishing to speedboats and sailing, and yes, about passagemaking and cruising boats through the OceanLines participation.

The Next Big News

Boats.com and Yachtworld.com, the massive sites for boating classifieds, announced this morning a big new partnership with BoaterMouth to put our editorial content on their websites.  If you will forgive this brief self-promotion, here’s an excerpt from the press relief:

“This partnership recognizes and leads a paradigm shift,” said Ian Atkins, vice president and general manager of Boats.com and YachtWorld.com. “People who love the water are online now, looking for boats and high-quality editorial content to go with them. Teaming up with a crew of 12 writers who have the credentials of the BoaterMouth group is an outstanding enhancement for visitors to our sites—and a privilege for us.”

Articles by BoaterMouth’s marine journalists will cover a range topics, from power and sailboats to fishing, megayachts, marine electronics, chartering, cruising, racing, and advice on maintenance and equipment. Boats.com and YachtWorld.com will utilize their established online technology to pair this expanded editorial content with related new-boat and brokerage listings, offering the BoaterMouth team’s writing to an average monthly audience of 3.5 million boating enthusiasts—more than the combined circulation of every U.S. marine magazine.

BoaterMouth.com was launched in November 2009 by Imagine Media LLC and is owned by longtime marine journalist Kim Kavin. She is among the 12 BoaterMouth writers, who also include Lenny Rudow, Ben Ellison, Diane Byrne, Pete McDonald, Tom Tripp, Zuzana Prochazka, Jeff Hemmel, Charles Doane, Kimball Livingston, Matt Trulio, and Ed Sherman. (Click here for detailed biographies.)

“My hope when I conceived BoaterMouth was not only to work with the colleagues I respect most as marine journalists, but to do so in a way that helps move marine publishing forward in the digital age,” Kavin said. “The team at Boats.com and YachtWorld.com shares our vision of connecting with boaters using rich editorial content innew online formats, and we’ll be working with them to apply our industry expertise across digital platforms as they continue to evolve.”

By integrating BoaterMouth-branded sections, Boats.com and YachtWorld.com will provide the ultimate boater experience online, such as offering boat-spec information and expert insights, connected and cross-referenced. The partnership will also utilize an existing and growing array of social-networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube.

These two new partnerships are going to help us bring the content here on OceanLines to millions of new readers and our hope is that will lead to more comments and participation by our readers, many of whom are out there on the water living the life we would all choose.

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Posted by Tom