Nordic Tugs Yachts for Sale

The Birth of a Classic

The idea that grew to become today’s Nordic Tugs had its origin in the fuel crisis of the mid-1970s: build a fuel-efficient vessel that combined the attributes important to the cruising boater. It proved to be one of those rare ideas not only appropriate for its time, but an idea whose virtues are still relevant today.

Our story begins in the early `70s, when Jerry Husted purchased Blue Water Boats, a company that manufactured ocean ketches of the Norwegian “Ingrid” design, from Jim Musser. Musser introduced Husted to Lynn Senour, the naval architect who designed the interiors and rigs of Musser’s boat.

The early `70s were plagued by oil shortages and high gas prices. Both Husted and Senour felt there was a place for a fuel-efficient powerboat. However, they had a hard time coming up with something original. It came to Husted in a flash of inspiration: a tugboat! Women would see it as cute and men would see it as rugged. And a tug looks good and is efficient going slowly, so people could save fuel.

Senour tentatively agreed to jump into the project under the condition that he could do what he wanted under the waterline, namely designing a semi-displacement hull that balanced speed with fuel savings. And so in 1979 Nordic Tugs, Inc. was born.

Built for Cruising

To understand what’s special about Nordic Tugs trawlers, it helps to learn what’s special about Nordic Tugs owners. The people who buy, love and use our boats aren’t your average, casual weekend dock-jockeys. Most have already owned a boat or two and have defined what they’re looking for in their ultimate cruiser. And when it comes to being on the water, they put twice as many hours on a boat in a year compared to the average yacht owner.

These are the people Nordic Tugs are designed for…energetic, enthusiastic and passionate! From a semi-displacement hull that’s equally at home in protected or coastal waters to quiet operation and hand-rubbed hard wood interiors, each of our boats is crafted to delight power boaters who embrace the cruising lifestyle.

Quality Construction – Built with Pride

At Nordic Tugs, the emphasis is always on quality over quantity. Each one is inspected at every stage to ensure it meets stringent requirements for performance, durability, comfort, silent operation and fuel efficiency. Over 120 components and processes are checked on the hull and deck before the two parts are ever bonded together…and this is only the beginning of Nordic Tugs’ quality assurance. Our vacuum-infusion process creates parts with a precisely controlled amount of resin for exact duplicates in weight, strength and density. And the finishing work is equally meticulous, from the hand-picked hard woods to the wiring harness, called by one reviewer as, “a textbook example of how to do it right.”

Only after the entire boat has been checked and all systems have been run-up at the factory does it have a chance to prove itself at sea. A Nordic Tugs test crew puts every boat through an extensive protocol of tests and maneuvers in actual sea conditions to insure compliance with all quality standards before it is returned to the plant and prepared for delivery.

Craftsmanship in Design and Construction

Every handcrafted Nordic Tugs boat begins with thoughtful design, from fiberglass components engineered for added strength and safety to a spacious engine room with systems that are easy to access and clearly labeled. And because we know that quiet operation and freedom from vibration is important to you, that’s designed right into the construction from the keel up and is never an afterthought.

Nordic Tugs are designed by top marine naval architects. Then our highly trained lamination specialists, experienced carpenters and skilled mechanics take that design and execute it with precision and artistry, producing a boat that exceeds all expectations for quality. At the dock or offshore, you’ll appreciate the skill that went into the assembly of every component of your Nordic Tugs trawler.