Nordic Tug 26 trawler opens up new cruising options.

Small trawlers are gaining market share as sailors move on to power and large power boat owners downsize to manage their boating expenses.  And that is just the right market to bring the Nordic Tug 26 back. 

Nordic reintroduced the baby of the family, the 26 footer that was first produced between 1980 and 1997.  When the original was launched almost 30 years ago at the Seattle Boat Show, a whopping 54 orders were immediately generated for company founder, Jerry Husted.  Approximately 170 hulls later, the 26 went out of production – temporarily as it turns out.  This pocket-trawler has a near-cult following and older boats hold their value impressively.  The company brought the design back and feels it will also do well in the shallow canals of Europe so international dealer expansion is afoot. 

Just like its larger siblings, the Nordic Tug 26 features a solid fiberglass, semi-displacement hull with a watertight double-bottom compartment in the forward stateroom.  The relatively flat bottom and hard chine design adds to ride stability and reduces roll while at anchor.  With its full length keel, substantial bulwarks and nearly 7,000 pounds of displacement, this is a Lil’ Toot to be reckoned with.

Diesel might not be $5.00 at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that saving money isn’t top of everyone’s mind today, which is why the fuel-stingy 26 has been reborn.  With its 110 hp Volvo D-3 diesel engine, the 26 will burn 1.1 gph at 6.8 knots but can hop up to 13.5 knots for quick getaways.  Lynn Senour originally designed the Nordic Tug’s hull to plane at eight knots, and it will, even if a planing tug looks a little odd. 

The engine is under the pilothouse sole and is reached either through a hatch or by removing the companionway steps. The shaft log and hydraulic steering are all easily accessible too.  With 360º visibility from the pilothouse and direct access to the deck on both sides, managing the boat with a couple or even singlehanding is easy.

Accommodations are surprisingly spacious and include a fully equipped galley with a stainless steel sink, a two-burner alcohol stove and an electric refrigerator. A convertible dinette completes the main cabin and can be used as a very cozy double berth for two small people.   The cabin sides are paneled in teak and there is plenty of light and air from the large windows. 

The master cabin is in a V-berth configuration forward and down a few steps from the pilothouse. A hanging locker is to port and a head/shower combination is on starboard.

Optional equipment includes an electric windlass, electric toilet, inverter, 3 kW genset, bow thruster, air conditioning, and propane stove with oven. 
Little has changed on the Nordic Tug 26 since 1980.  A swept back “smoke stack” primarily used for storage was added a few years back and a larger engine is now standard.  Rumor has it that Nordic Tug is reintroducing this model only in a limited run, which might not be so limited if it finds its footing once again in the US market and aboard.

The dealer estimated price is around $187,500 depending on equipment.  For more information on the 26 or other Nordic Tug models, visit .

Specs for the Nordic Tug 26

Designer Senour
LOA  26’ 4”
LWL  25’ 2”
Beam  9’ 6”
Draft   39”
Weight  6,800 lbs
Fuel tank 75 gallons
Water tank 40 gallons
Holding tank 20 gallons