Sunday, February 25

American Tug 435: A Sturdy Cruiser

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Some things last because they stay true to their roots, they’re authentic, you know what you’re going to get.

One case in point is the new American Tug 435, a sturdy, no-frills cruiser that’s on display at the Seattle boat show, running from February 2 through 10 at the Bell Harbor Marina downtown, just north of the Pike Place Market. This is hull number 15 of the 435 that American Tugs has been making in its factory in La Conner, about an hour’s drive north of Seattle, for several years now.

The 435 is a complete cruiser, ready to head for the San Juans or the Inside Passage on the West Coast, or anywhere from the coast of Maine to Key West and the Bahamas on the East Coast. (American Tugs now sells about half its boats on the East Coast.)

It’s a two-stateroom, two-head cruiser with a raised pilothouse, comfortable salon and a forward galley. The company says it’s “designed for cruisers who want to stay out longer.”

Standard power comes from a single 550-hp Cummins diesel. The 435 has a range of 1,439 nm at 7.6 knots, or 354 nm at its top speed of just over 17 knots. Variable-speed bow and stern thrusters make maneuvering easy around a dock.

The pilothouse has excellent sight lines and doors on each side that open to the wide side decks. It has a single helm chair, passenger seating and stairs leading to the upper deck where there’s a standard deck crane and hydraulic lift.

The salon has the U-shaped galley, entertainment center, an L-shaped settee and lounge chair. Below, the main stateroom is full beam with an en suite head; the guest cabin forward has a queen bed with an optional overhead bunk and its own head. A convertible settee in the salon can sleep an extra person.

A Krogen 52 will also be on display at the show. Kadey-Krogen bought American Tugs last May. American Tugs now produces four models, from 36 to 43 feet (the 435 is the flagship).

Specs.: LOA: 43’7”; Beam: 15’10”; Draft: 4’10”; Disp.: 29,200 lbs.; Fuel: 640 gals.; Water: 200 gals.; Power: 1×550-hp Cummins diesel.



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