2017 Nordic Tug 40

Norris Comer New Boats

Nordic Tug 40It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is the Holy Land with regards to tugs. These modern daughters of the working boats of yore have plenty of charm and character, and are usually built to go the distance in comfort. If there is a class of boats that best exemplify the ethos “It’s about the voyage, not the destination,” it’s a well-found tugboat. The 2017 Nordic Tug 40 is no exception and made waves when she won the People’s Choice Award 2016 at the Newport Rhode Island Boat Show.

The Nordic Tug 40 is a semi-displacement hull that cruises at an easy 8 knots with her 370 horsepower Volvo D-6 diesel engine and four-blade bronze single screw. There’s plenty to love about the new evolution of the popular design, like the new, larger aft cockpit and the addition of gunnel doors amidships for easy dock access. The open flybridge, complete with railing, is for storage and socializing. One must venture into the spacious pilothouse to take the helm.

Nordic Tug 40 SpecsYou won’t be the fastest boat on the water, but one would be hard pressed to find a more spacious interior on a 40-footer. Two large cabins and two double berths should give the guests plenty of room, and the salon (complete with table and generous seating) is right by the countertop galley. Customizable options abound from the type of seating at the helm (chair v. bench) and entertainment systems (optional drop down 23” HDTV).Check her out at the Seattle Boat Show, or contact Nordic Yachts Northwest at 360-293-9411 or at nordicyachtsnw.com. The Nordic Tug 40 at the show is $699,000.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is the managing editor of Northwest Yachting. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. He loves living in a state where he can explore the ocean and mountains in the same day.

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