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Nordic Tugs 26

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First introduced in 1979 at the Seattle Boat Show, the Nordic Tug 26 was an instant success, and for good reason. People fell in love with the new cruiser, designed by Lynn Senour. Its tugboat look was different, appealing, and cute, and it helped that the boat was also built locally. Nordic Tugs founder Jerry Husted took 54 orders at that first boat show.

With its semi-displacement hull form, this tug is more stable at the dock or at anchor than a larger Deep-V or round-bilge boat. This unruffled motion makes cruising and living aboard more comfortable than one might expect for a boat of its size.

The Nordic Tug 26 cruises efficiently at 8-12 knots, and tops 14 knots with its standard single diesel engine. 

Nordic Tugs continues to upgrade and improve the materials and how it constructs the boat, taking advantage of the newest machinery, systems, and finishes. Today the standard engine is a single diesel engine of 110-115hp. The concerns of new boat owners about handling a boat with a single engine is no longer a worry, as the standard bow thruster removes any tendency of the boat to wander or be affected by wind. Having a displacement of 8,600lbs is helpful, and the thruster, as well as the large rudder, makes light work of close quarter maneuvering.

With a beam of just 9’6”, the little tug can fit on a trailer (a custom trailer is a Nordic Tugs option). This eases off-season storage concerns and costs. But the real value of a trailer is that the Nordic Tug 26 can be trucked around the country with only a “Wide Load” permit. Owners have taken these 26-foot tugs to British Columbia from Southern California, to Mexico, and around New England before driving down to relaunch the boat in the Florida Keys. This is an impressive capability few boats can duplicate, owning a quality cruising boat that can go wherever your dreams take you.

A well-protected cockpit offers seating, lazarette storage, and easy access to dinghy or dock. Stepping inside through the cockpit door, down a couple of steps leads to the salon. A full galley is on the port side, with refrigerator/freezer, dual burner stove, microwave, sink, and storage. Opposite the galley is a comfortable dinette that can be transformed for additional sleeping accommodations if needed. Large Diamond Sea Glaze windows and doors throughout the boat make for outstanding visibility and a bright interior. Screens are also included on all opening windows.

The tug’s pilothouse is over top of the engine space. Access to the engine room is through a hatch in the sole as well as removable steps. Two pilothouse bench seats are the perfect place to enjoy the journey, and the size of the helm console is large enough to hold all necessary navigation electronics, switches, thruster and engine controls, radio, and autopilot.

Two pilothouse doors make it easy for the person at the helm to step out and handle a spring line to the nearby midship cleat. Such design details make boat handling easy for a solo traveler or cruising couple.

The forward stateroom has an offset full berth, with additional seating, a hanging locker and storage space for clothes and personal items. The wet head is a one-piece molded structure for low maintenance. An electric head is standard.

Today’s Nordic Tug 26 is the latest interpretation of this classic tug yacht, built using the best materials and newest technology. LED lighting is standard, and one can choose from an assortment of Garmin electronics and systems. 

The optional equipment can create a proper cruising boat for wherever the owners want to go. A diesel furnace is popular for the Pacific Northwest. Air conditioning is often installed for those cruising warmer climates. Wherever your dreams take you, this tug cruiser can fit the adventure.

The boat is heavy enough to be seaworthy, yet small enough to go places restricted to larger yachts. And wherever this boat travels, there are smiles and nods, as it stands out in a crowd.

The Nordic Tug 26 has stood the test of time and remains as unique as when first introduced. There is a certain thrill of nostalgia from its working boat profile, and she is big enough to be a comfortable and easy-to-handle cruising boat for one or two people. Those who desire a little more space only need to look at the next larger models in the Nordic Tugs lineup to find their perfect cruiser.

Length Overall: 28' 9
Length at Water Level: 25' 2
Beam: 9' 6
Max Draft: 3' 3
Displacement: 8,500 lbs.
Engine Make: Volvo Penta D-3
Horsepower (each): 150HP
Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 Gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 40 Gallons
Black Water Tank Capacity: 20 Gallons
Gray Water Tank Capacity: Overboard Discharge

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