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Feedback fuels Nordic Tug 39 design

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Nordic Tugs turned to its customers for feedback in developing its new 39-footer, which replaces the Nordic Tug 37 in the Burlington, Wash., builder's fleet.
"We began with an enormously successful design and then contacted our many Nordic Tug 37 owners for their feedback on how we could improve it," says company president and CEO Andy Lund.

The company has built 214 37-footers since that model was introduced in 1998.
Improvements incorporated in the 39, which rides a Lynn Senour-designed semidisplacement hull, include larger pilothouse and saloon windows, an expanded helm console to accommodate large display screens and a standard Llebroc captain's chair for comfort - critical for proper watch-keeping during lengthy passages, says Lund.
To improve ventilation, a Dutch door and two larger sliding windows - all by Diamond Sea-Glaze - are integrated into the saloon, which has a new U-shaped settee with a pull-out berth. An overhead-mounted flat-screen TV facing the settee is available as an option.
The redesigned head features a Tecma marine head and a molded shower stall with a bench seat and a sliding door on a space-saving curved track. In the galley, a Force 10 electric cooktop, Sharp convection/microwave oven and top-loading freezer are standard. Below, the guest cabin features a pull-out lower berth that also serves as a settee.
With a single 380-hp Cummins diesel, the Nordic Tug 39 cruises at 8 to 14 knots, with a range of about 1,000 nautical miles. It carries 320 gallons of fuel. It has a beam of 12 feet, 11 inches and a waterline length of 37 feet, 4 inches. Retail price with the Cummins is $492,800.
Nordic Tugs' 2011 models from 32 to 54 feet
include a Maretron NMEA 2000 network.
Contact: Nordic Tugs, (360) 757-8847.
-Chris Landry

Solo sailor's three years at sea
Sailor, adventurer and artist Reid Stowe completed his epic 1,000 Days at Sea voyage without stopping or resupplying.
Accompanied by a flotilla of vessels, Stowe brought his 70-foot gaff-rigged schooner, Anne, into New York Harbor June 17 after logging 1,152 days at sea, touching terra firma for the first time in more than three years. He was greeted by his companion, Soanya Ahmad, who sailed the first 306 days with him but had to leave because of morning sickness, and his son Darshen, whom he met for the first time. The child was conceived at sea and is almost 2 years old.
Rum runners' spirited delivery
The crew of a Farr 65 participating in a trans-Atlantic race from Antigua to Portsmouth, England made a traditional nautical delivery to the U.K.: rum from the islands.
The Spirit of Minerva crew earned the moniker "The Rum Runners" as they came ashore at Gunwharf Quays after the 3,500-nautical-mile Ondeck Atlantic Challenge. During a stopover in Barbados - the birthplace of rum - they picked up the very first shipment of Mount Gay's 1703 Old Cask Selection super-premium rum. The Barbados minister of tourism signed the six bottles, which were to be auctioned for charity and were stored in a presentation case on the yacht.

Loran tower comes tumbling down
Alaska's tallest man-made structure became the tallest ever felled in a controlled demolition. The Coast Guard's Civil Engineering Unit from Juneau and Controlled Demolition Inc. used explosives April 28 to bring down the Loran tower at the Coast Guard Loran Station in Port Clarence.
The 1,350-foot structure was deteriorating and Coast Guard officials say it was at risk for collapse. The Coast Guard announced earlier this year that it would decommission the Loran-C system, saying GPS and other technical advances had made the 67-year-old system obsolete. The end of Loran took on added symbolism when the tower fell.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2010 issue.