The Nordic Tugs 42 design is one of the most popular versions of this very capable trawler tug.
Nordic Quest, hull 117, is well into the production run and she benefits from many of the improvements developed by her predecessor sister ships. She is a two stateroom and two head boat.
The swim step makes it easy to board if you are arriving by dinghy or stepping on from the dock. The cockpit has a partial overhead cover and a built-in fiberglass console on the starboard side (with storage lockers – good for cleaning supplies and fishing tackle). The convenient Nordic Tug fender locker is inset into the transom. Underneath the cockpit is the lazarette which is entered through the lifting hatch and provides extra storage. The lazarette is roomy and this makes it easy to inspect the steering system, see the fresh water tank, fresh water pressure pump. Down here is the autopilot and a spare anchor.
The boat deck which is accessed by climbing up the ladder on the port side. The ladder has a comfortable angle and large steps which protect the propane locker. Up on deck, the 10’6” AB RIB inflatable tender with aluminum hull is powered by an 8 HP Yamaha outboard. A cover protects the tender and it is mounted with the bow facing aft. On the starboard side is the Steelhead crane and easy opening gate rails which makes dinghy launching and retrieval simple and safe. There is also an additional freezer forward on the boat deck. You have easy accessibility to the electronics mast on the pilothouse room. This upper deck area can be an enjoyable place to relax after your dinghy is in the water – a great outdoor space for you to kick back and soak up the incredible view.
Outside deck space is a priority on all Nordic Tugs, designed to include plenty of versatility. Wide side decks with stainless rails makes it easy for you to safely walk forward along either side to visit the foredeck after passing the pilothouse.
The foredeck has a Lofrans electric horizontal windlass with a convenient wash down connection installed and a stout Sampson post. The cabin trunk (which provides additional headroom for the master stateroom below) offers a convenient outdoor seat to enjoy your surroundings when you are anchored in a remote cove.
Entering into the interior of Nordic Quest from the Dutch Door, you will arrive into a large entry level that includes the salon and galley and is surrounded by windows. Nordic Tug makes visibility and air circulation a priority with large windows and opening portlights on the sides and opening ventilation hatches overhead in the pilothouse and master stateroom Throughout the handcrafted teak interior there are numerous lockers and drawers for storage.
The saloon has an L-shaped settee with teak high-low dinette teak table on the starboard side and there is a built-in icemaker in the forward cabinetry. There is great storage in the saloon and room to add chairs on the port side. A flat screen television is installed in the aft port corner and for entertainment she has a sound system to play music. Forward and across from the galley is a cabinet with stand that has a Uline icemaker. The floors were recently replaced with Amtico, which not only looks great but is resilient and easy to clean.
The engine room is below the salon and easily accessed through the removable floorboards. The incredibly reliable Cummins QSC 8.3 diesel engine is quiet and fuel efficient. Dropping into this space you can quickly see it is relatively easy to get around all sides of engine. Equipment and machinery in the engine room includes Fireboy fire suppression, Hurricane diesel heater, U-Lube oil change system, batteries, chargers and two large aluminum fuel tanks outboard. The 9kW Northern Lights generator is mounted aft. The arrival hatch places you right by the Racor fuel filters for easy inspection.
A spacious and convenient galley completes the forward section of the entry level. This U-shaped galley to port is wonderful for making meals using the microwave oven mounted below the three burner Force 10 propane cook top. Cold storage is handled by the NovaKool standup refrigerator with freezer. There are lockers and drawers for stowing dishes, glasses, silverware and all the usual cutlery. The Corian counters include a double basin stainless steel sink and there is plenty of surface area for preparing meals.
Heading forward from the entry level you have a choice of heading down to the living areas via the hallway that connects both heads and staterooms or going up a short set of steps to the pilothouse.
The companion way stairs and lower level staterooms are carpeted. On the starboard side is a large counter surface for laying out charts to plan your next trip or for conducting office work. This area is where the primary electrical breakers are located. There is a also a convenient NovaKool freezer built into the cabinetry which extends your time away from shore to preserve food (and your seafood catch).
Across the hallway on the port side is the guest stateroom. This is a versatile room that can serve as a seating area with an outboard sofa that will sleep one and it can very quickly can convert into a double bunk. There is a Pullman style berth on the forward bulkhead that hinges up to be out-of-the-way or folds down to provide an additional sleeping bunk.
Just forward of the guest stateroom up the hallway is the guest/day head to starboard with sink, toilet and shower stall.
The master stateroom takes over the bow section and has a unique configuration that was special ordered for the current owner who has enjoyed extended fishing adventures with his friends. The lower level V-berth has a fill-in insert that makes into a huge bed. For two people it is almost too much room. The unique addition of the custom upper level set of outboard bunks can sleep two additional people or can be used as utility shelves for additional storage of luggage, provisions and cruising gear.
The master head is connected to the stateroom on the port side, and includes a sink, medicine cabinet, drawers, lockers, toilet and stand up shower.
Nordic Quest is operated from the raised pilothouse, so you are up high and forward in the boat with a commanding view. There are opening doors port and starboard for convenient access to outdoors. The visibility is excellent in all directions. Smart Plug shore power connections are just outside the starboard pilothouse door. Behind the comfortable Llebroc helm chair is a bench seat area for guests and crew to take in the surroundings making it easy for the family to be involved with underway activities. The navigation display panels are installed overhead and forward and there are two large Furuno displays. The helm dash area has a clever tilt up access panel for inspection and servicing wires and the steering system. The engine control is single lever and you have a bow thruster joystick. The best seat in the house may be the aft facing “throne” on the starboard side that is roomy, comfortable and an ideal location for relaxing and talking to the skipper while traveling.
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