A tug with a little panache...

Whatever big waters boaters have faced, Nordic Tug has been providing sturdy and reliable vessels to take on the challenge for more than 25 years. The Nordic Tug 37 is no exception. This tug can eat up anything Canada’s coastlines or Great Lakes want to dish out. Just like its siblings, the 37 offers both practicality and style, while utilizing all the power and brawn of a traditional tug boat. On the smaller side of Nordic Tugs models, which range in size from 32 to 52 feet, the 37 boasts all the qualities upon which the company has built its reputation: performance, safety and reliability.

With its large, ship-style wheelhouse, deck access on both sides, and hand-laid fiberglass hull with hard chines and full keel, the 37 shares much of the same genes as that of the whole Nordic Tug family. It also has all of the line’s attributes of speed and sea-keeping performance. With a fuel-efficient Cummins electronically controlled diesel engine, the 37’s hull design lets it reach speeds of up to 18.6 knots (lightly loaded), yet is economical enough to cruise at 8.2 knots at 1200 rpm burning 3.2 gallons per hour, providing 1,000 nautical miles of range.

The Nordic Tug 37 has an actual waterline length of 39 feet and 10 inches when the molded-in swim step is taken into consideration.This feature, which essentially extends the hull, gives the vessel greater speed, stability and fuel economy. Like all Nordic Tugs, the 37 features a fine entry bow that makes for a smooth ride. A standard pilothouse model is available with a new optional flybridge, providing enhanced 360- degree visibility. This has flip-up weatherproof instrument panels that protect controls and electronics from the elements.

The flybridge also has a flip-up, L-shaped lounge seat that comfortably seats four people, which makes this area of the vessel a great additional space for entertaining passengers. The bridge has a ship-style helm at starboard, which has an all around view, with plenty of room for all of the latest electronics. It also features a comfortable, adjustable captain’s chair, as well as a settee to port. A recessed instrument panel helps to eliminate glare and position instruments for easy viewing and operation.

A center walk-through runs from the bridge forward to the cabins and head, and aft into the salon. This creates a virtual hallway through the bridge, as well as a bit of an inconvenience for anyone in the salon who needs to access the head. On the other hand, it keeps the high-traffic areas of the living quarters separate from the sleeping quarters.

Down the few steps aft of the helm lies the bright, roomy salon.The salon, beautifully finished in teak, has an L-shaped galley to starboard and a dinette to port.With its care in design, this part of the 37 is both practical and comfortable – just like the vessel itself. The galley comes fully-equipped with a large A/C-D/C refrigerator and freezer, as well as large Corian counter tops and sink.The three-burner propane stove/oven and microwave are great for living aboard or entertaining guests.

With plenty of storage and drawer space behind the teak doors, keeping supplies for long stints on the water is no problem. The dinette offers ample seating, with a six-foot settee at the pedestal table that also converts to a double berth with storage underneath. As for the other rooms down below, the Nordic Tug 37 is available in two configurations – a double cabin layout or a convertible, single- cabin. The twin stateroom model has become quite popular with this tug, offering a spacious queen berth with under storage, as well as a guest stateroom with large bunks.

The master stateroom comes with his and hers hanging lockers and a separate stall shower in the head. The spacious master head comes equipped with a Vacu-Flush MSD, vanity and storage cabinet, and linen closet, as well as the shower stall with bi-fold door. The single-cabin design also has a queen berth along the centerline of the boat with storage underneath, port and starboard hanging lockers, and a separate shower stall in the head. It also offers additional storage cabinets above the berth.

In the convertible model, the customer is left with unlimited options as to how to use the extra space occupied by the second stateroom in the double-cabin configuration. The additional area in the convertible design can serve as a second head, laundry room or study. This design versatility is a wonderful way for the buyer to customize the tug. After all, no two cruisers cruise the same way. So, if you’re in the market for one of the quietest trawlers around, a live aboard with as much brawn as beauty, a boat that will command a high resale value should you ever part ways, or simply like the option of a variety of configurations that are made to fit your lifestyle, the Nordic Tug 37 is the boat for you.

SPECIFICATIONS
STANDARD POWER: Cummins MerCruiser
QSB 5.9-litre, 380 hp, 359 ci, six-cylinder
inline electronic controlled diesel
ACCELERATION mph / sec N/A
TOP SPEED rpm / mph
3000 / 21.4
CRUISING SPEED rpm / mph
1200 / 9.4
LENGTH – 39’10” / 12.14 m
BEAM – 12’11” / 6.99 m
WEIGHT – 22,000 lbs / 9,979 kg
FUEL – 324 gals / 1,226 litres

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This review/article originally appeared in Boats & Places Magazine, May 2006 and was written by Amanda Dyer. For more great yacht reviews, visit their website and subscribe at: http://www.boatsandplaces.com/subscribe-2/

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