Boat Test: 2008 Nordic Tugs 32 Tunnel

Boat Tested2008 Nordic Tugs 32 Tunnel
Price As Tested$323,000
Category Trawler
Manufacturer Nordic Tugs
Length34ft 11in / 10.64 m
Beam111ft / 33.83 m
Weight15,500 Lbs
Fuel Capacity776 L
For the first time since it was introduced to the public in 1980, Nordic
Tugs has made major changes in the design and production of a hull. The company’s 32-footer has gone from a traditional semi-displacement hull to a tunnel hull.
According to the company, this reflects the first input from Nordic’s new naval architect Howard Apollonio. The tunnel hull allows the bow of the vessel to float slightly higher, while also allowing for a more horizontal shaft angle and the installation of a larger, more efficient propeller. As our test boat was only the second produced, the factory had not changed the shaft angle or installed a larger prop. Apparently those changes will be made in the next 32 built.
As expected, the finish of the exterior fittings, windows and doors was excellent. The exterior is “wash and wear” with no wood requiring annual refinishing. The exterior glass work was excellent, and all walking surfaces
were moulded-in, non-skid. Beefy stainless rails made moving around on deck easy and safe. The deep, cockpit will appeal to family boaters, while its open, uncluttered sole will also appeal to serious fishermen.
The vessel’s interior features marine-grade panelling and fabric colour selection that give the 32 a luxurious, bright, modern, cheery feel.
The layout continues to be traditional, with a salon/galley equipped with a settee that converts to a double berth and forward to a focs’le containing an island double berth and a full standup head, complete with shower. There is
plenty of storage in the main salon and galley as well as in the focs’le.
With Nordic CEO Jim Cress on-board as our helmsman, we fired up the 280-hp Volvo and idled out of the marina. The new tunnel hull moved slowly, but under complete control at all times. Visibility was excellent. In fact, by
crouching slightly, we could see the back deck from the interior helm station.
Even as the Volvo spooled up to its top speed of 14 knots, the interior of the vessel was so quiet we could easily converse. The vessel handled the moderate sea conditions with ease, knifing through the chop and staying dry on deck. We eased off on the throttle, put the helm hard to port and then slowly increased to full throttle. The vessel rolled very slightly to starboard and then flattened out and completed several circles, almost in its own length.
The new tunnel hull seems to track slightly better than the previous hull configuration and exhibits a more bow up demeanour. When the shaft angle is decreased and a larger prop installed, Nordic Tugs will have improved on
what many boaters consider to be the ideal small trawler-style cruiser.
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