A well-known model gets a makeover and a new name.
NORDIC TUGS HAS given its venerable 42 a refresh and a new moniker, the Nordic Tug 44. The more than 100 owners of a Nordic 42 have cruised thousands and thousands of miles, putting the seal of quality on the hull, which the 44 is using, so the most important concern — How trustworthy is the hull? — has been addressed. As for the rest of the tug, it’s a two-stateroom, two-head, raised pilothouse cruise-ready 44-plus-footer.
The salon, immediately inside the watertight aft door, includes two barrel chairs and a TV cabinet to port and a three- or four-person settee to starboard. Directly forward of the salon is the U-shaped galley, ready for cruising with a three-burner stovetop, a near home-sized refrigerator/freezer, a double sink, a microwave/convection oven, overhead cabinets fore and aft, and ample countertop space to put a meal together.
Up a set of stairs from the salon is the pilothouse with watertight doors to both sides. Owners can include one captain’s chair or two, a selection of electronics, an aft-facing companion seat or more chart-table space to port, and other touches. Down a set of stairs from the salon are the two staterooms and a small office space (or navigation center) with a desk. To port at the base of the stairs is the second stateroom with bunks, a locker and a small bureau. Forward is the master, which includes an island queen berth, hanging lockers, built-in drawers and cabinets, and an en suite head with a shower stall. Portholes and an overhead hatch keep the master well lit. The second head is just forward of the office space and juts slightly into the master.
An open flybridge option is available. It includes a helm station and a companion L-shaped settee. With or without the bridge, the upper deck has room for a tender and a davit.
With an approximate range of 1,700 nautical miles at 8 knots — depending on the engine choice, of which we’ve seen Volvo and Cummins — a Nordic Tug 44 could make the trip from San Diego to Cabo and back without refueling, though it would be tight (and probably not a chance one would take, considering there are fuel stops along the way). That’s a lot of cruising on one load of fuel — an entire summer of harbor and island hopping, and then some.