Nordic Tugs turned to its customers for feedback in developing its new 39-footer, which replaces the Nordic Tug 37 in the Burlington, Wash., builder’s fleet.

Improvements in the 39 include larger pilothouse and saloon windows and an expanded helm console.

“We began with an enormously successful design and then contacted our many Nordic Tug 37 owners for their feedback on how we could improve it,” says company president and CEO Andy Lund. The company has built 214 37-footers since that model was introduced in 1998.

Improvements incorporated in the 39, which rides a Lynn Senour-designed semi displacement hull, include larger pilothouse and saloon windows, an expanded helm console to accommodate large display screens and a standard Llebroc captain’s chair for comfort — critical for proper watch-keeping during lengthy passages, says Lund.

To improve ventilation, a Dutch door and two larger sliding windows — all by Diamond Sea-Glaze— are integrated into the saloon, which has a new U-shaped settee with a pull-out berth. An overhead-mounted flat-screen TV facing the settee is available as an option.

The redesigned head features a Tecma marine head and a molded shower stall with a bench seat and a sliding door on a space-saving curved track. In the galley, a Force 10 electric cooktop, Sharp convection/microwave oven and top-loading freezer are standard. Below, the guest cabin features a pull-out lower berth that also serves as a settee.

With a single 380-hp Cummins diesel, the Nordic Tug 39 cruises at 8 to 14 knots, with a range of about 1,000 nautical miles. It carries 320 gallons of fuel. It has a beam of 12 feet, 11 inches and a waterline length of 37 feet, 4 inches. Retail price with the Cummins is $492,800. Nordic Tugs’ 2011 models from 32 to 54 feet include a Maretron NMEA 2000 network. For more information, visit the Nordic Tugs website.

snd_logoxsm Chris Landry is a staff writer for Soundings Magazine. This article originally appeared in the August 2010 issue.