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Nordic Tug 39 Flybridge

Nordic Tugs has introduced a new version of its 39-footer with a lower-profile flybridge that has a redesigned helm and joystick-like docking control. “We have always been known for the great view from our flybridges, and with this lower profile it is even better,” says Ben Wilde, owner of Wilde Yacht Sales, a Nordic Tugs dealer in Essex, Conn. “The visibility is absolutely staggering.”

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The 39 Flybridge is equipped with a dock control panel from Side-Power that gives the skipper command over the bow and stern thrusters. “The ‘joystick’ is actually a boat-shaped knob that gives you intuitive command of the boat,” says Paul Tortora, Wilde Yacht Sales’ marketing director. “You can operate each thruster separately or together.”

A single 380-hp Cummins diesel provides the power. At 8 knots, she gets 4 nmpg, for a range of 1,024 nautical miles using 80 percent of the 320-gallon fuel supply. At a high cruise of 14 knots, she gets 1.5 nmpg with a range of 384 nautical miles. “We don’t say you’re going to cross an ocean with this boat, but we are saying it is a great coastal cruiser,” says Tortora. “You can certainly do Florida, the Bahamas and work your way to the Caribbean.”

Nordic Tugs builds the 39 with a full keel. “So the boat wants to run straight — in any weather — and she really digs in and tracks very well,” says Tortora.

The low center of gravity plays a big role in the boat’s ride quality, adds Wilde. “It has a big keel, and the center of gravity is over the keel,” says Wilde. “The boat is engineered to keep the engine and the tankage over that center of gravity, where it belongs.”

The trawler is now outfitted with faux teak and holly from Amtico that looks and feels like the real thing, says Tortora. Also, the builder has added mahogany pilothouse interior window frames.

The accommodations consist of two staterooms — there’s a queen berth in the master stateroom — and a head with separate shower. Other features include a 9 kW genset and a starboard-side full galley with a Corian countertop, propane stove and oven, a top-loading freezer under the counter, and two refrigerators. The saloon includes a wraparound settee and dining table, and large windows throughout the pilothouse provide natural light and excellent visibility, says Tortora.


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LOA: 40 feet

BEAM: 12 feet, 11 inches

DRAFT: 4 feet, 4 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 22,600 pounds

HULL TYPE: semidisplacement, full keel

POWER: single 380-hp Cummins

SPEED: 17 knots top, 14 knots cruise, 8 knots slow cruise

TANKAGE: 320 gallons fuel, 144 gallons water, 32 gallons waste

PRICE: $589,900 (well equipped)

CONTACT: Nordic Tugs, Burlington, Wash.

(360) 757-8847

Wilde Yacht Sales

(888) 447-6944

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December 2013 issue



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