Sunday, May 9

Nordic Tugs 40: Prize-Winning Cruiser

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The new Nordic Tugs 40 just won the People’s Choice Award at the Newport International Boat Show. The award, voted on by people attending the show, said the boat has a “combination of comfort, luxury and performance, featuring direct access to the flybridge from the pilot house, a starboard-side boarding door in the cockpit, a large pilot house with seating for six, a spacious salon layout and a mid-stateroom boasting two large bunks with a lower double.”

The Nordic Tugs 40 is an updated version of the popular Nordic Tugs 39, with some improvements from stem to stern to make life easier on board, but the 40 keeps the iconic profile and looks (including the faux smokestack) that were first introduced in the classic Nordic Tugs 26 in 1980. The two-stateroom, two-head, raised pilothouse 40 also keeps the company’s reputation as a cruiser-friendly, sea-kindly vessel with a long keel and large rudder to help in tracking and stability. I recently tested this boat on the Connecticut River off Essex, and it topped out at about 17.5 knots with a single Volvo 370-hp diesel.

On the 40, the cockpit has been extended about two feet, and a boarding door has been added to each side, while the transom door leading from the swim platform is now on the centerline. A new double glass door provides inviting access to the salon, with a large L-shaped galley aft. Forward, the master stateroom, with a walkaround queen bed, has been enlarged with 6’6” headroom. Visibility from the pilothouse is excellent, and sliding doors lead to the side decks.

Specs.: LOA: 43’: Beam: 12’11”; Draft: 4’4”; Disp.: 22,800 lbs.; Fuel: 320 gals.; Water: 144 gals.; Power: 1×370-hp Volvo diesel. Price (base): $629,450.



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