New Boats: Trawler Roundup


Trawlers and Semi-Displacement Boats

By Michael Vatalaro
Published: June/July 2012

The old saying may be about generating horsepower, but the continued popularity of trawlers shows that slow-speed, efficient, semi-displacement hulls aren't going anywhere.

Nordic Tugs 26

"Back by popular demand" isn't a phrase often heard regarding boat models, but Nordic Tug's very first model, the 26, which had been out of production for 15 years, is being reintroduced. This fuel-efficient pocket cruiser can meander along at six knots with her 110-hp Yanmar burning less than a gallon an hour, or at eight knots, still getting 4 nmpg. If the need arises, the 26 will top out at around 14 knots. With a forward stateroom and a convertible dinette, the 26 can sleep four. With a beam less than 10 feet, the 26 can be trailered (with permits) on an optional EZ Loader trailer.

Photo of Nordic Tugs 26 Photo of the interior of a Nordic Tug 26
LOA 28' 9" | Beam: 9' 11" | Draft: 3' 3" | Fuel: 100 gal. | Water: 40 gal. | Weight: 8,500 lbs. (dry)

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot

The Nordhavn brand is synonymous with full-displacement, ocean-crossing trawlers, but early on, they made a semi-displacement model for coastal cruising called the 35 Coastal Pilot that is still in demand today. Following up on that demand, the Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot will offer the same 1,000-plus nm range and semi-displacement speeds around 15 knots that the 35CP was capable of, and more, but in a bigger package.

With classic sedan looks, the two-stateroom, two-head boat features a galley up, a utility room with a washer/dryer, and a standup engine room where the twin Cummins QSB 480-hp diesels can be found. A clever, split-level design turns the second head into a functional day-head just a few steps down from the salon — guests will find the second stateroom down a few more stairs and underneath the salon. A 2,000-plus amp hour battery bank coupled with a 3,500-watt inverter can silently provide much of the house electrical needs, with a 20-kw Onan generator for periods of heavy power consumption. The flybridge has a fiberglass hardtop with LED lighting and room for a dinghy and a 600-pound crane. The first 52CP should be christened late summer 2013.

Illustration of a Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot
LOA : 52' 2" | Beam: 15' 10" | Draft: 4' 4" | Fuel: 800 gal. | Water: 340 gal. | Weight: 52,000 lbs.

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