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Best in Show

The North Pacific 49 Euro takes a People’s Choice Award
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The fall weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the hundreds of attendees on the docks at Trawlerfest Baltimore, hosted by Soundings’ sister publication PassageMaker in October. Harbor East Marina in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was the location for the combination boat show and seminar series that featured trawlers and long-range cruisers ranging in length from 23 to 55 feet. After touring the boats on display, show-goers were asked to cast votes for their favorite new model. The winner: North Pacific’s 49 Euro.

The 49 Euro is more of a departure than a brand-new design, in large part because it rides on the same semi-displacement hull as the builder’s 49 Pilothouse. The major difference between the two is styling. The Euro is more contemporary, and it was made that way to appeal to the growing number of younger buyers. The British Columbia-based manufacturer wanted to offer something to active owners seeking a boat with modern looks without sacrificing the proven construction quality of a traditional trawler.

The 49 Euro is the first North Pacific that doesn’t have a reverse-rake pilothouse. In addition, the salon windows are now enormous, the hull windows for the cabins have been enlarged, and instead of a single door separating the salon from the cockpit, the 49 has a double sliding glass door that spans almost 9 feet. Instead of a traditional teak interior with a teak and holly sole, the 49 is all light ash with wenge accents and natural, solid oak floors. The galley has been relocated to the aft end of the salon, where it can serve passengers in the cabin or out in the cockpit. For a full review of the 49 Euro, read our report at soundingsonline.com.

This article was originally published in the January 2022 issue.

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