John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Nordic Tug, Boat Review
JUNE 2013
 
   
Length 33' 10"
Beam  11' 1"
Draft  3' 11"
Displ. 15,700 lb
Fuel 205 gal
Water 100 gal
Price as Tested $328,900


I had to slow down on Route 301 due to the sheets of rain pouring out of the sky. The wipers couldn’t flap fast enough to clear the windshield so I could see. I was on my way to Osprey Point Marina in Rock Hall, Maryland to meet up with Bill Boyer from Wilde Yacht Sales to review the Nordic Tug 34. If we were headed out on anything other than a pilot house trawler, I would have postponed the review. But in this case, I was actually looking forward to the ride. Trawlers and tug style yachts really shine when the sun doesn’t. With the rain coming down, we didn’t spend much time on deck but I did take note that it was easy to board from the swim platform. Going forward is best done by walking through the cabin and coming out of the pilot house doors as the full beam saloon leaves only a small side deck between the cockpit and the pilot house.

Down below, the saloon is functional and comfortable. The L-shaped galley is to port and offers ample counter space and storage. Above the galley an overhead panel drops down with mounting hardware for a flat panel TV. Across from the galley on the starboard side is an L-shaped settee and dining table. Access panels in the cabin sole provide very good access to the bilge, back of the engine, shaft and stuffing box.

Moving forward and up three steps brings you to the pilot house. Visibility is excellent from here with large windows all the way around. I could even see behind us as there was no dinghy or deck boxes on the deck above the saloon.

Forward of the saloon, and down a few steps is the stateroom with a centerline double bunk as well as the head with separate stall shower.

Close quarters maneuvering was a breeze. The Nordic 34 was quite nimble and easy to handle with just rudder and throttle but the standard bow and stern thrusters offer the skipper a little more peace of mind and the ability to literally walk the boat sideways if needed. As we headed south from Swan Creek, I tried the several different throttle positions and finally settled in between 2200 and 2400 rpm. At that speed the engine was very quiet and we moved along a little over eight knots with no bow rise. Cruising speed varies based on your circumstances but the Nordic 34 is comfortable cruising anywhere from eight to fourteen knots. She topped out for us a little over sixteen knots.

The Nordic 34 offers a lot in a small package for a couple looking to cruise the Bay, ICW, Great Loop or even do some coastal cruising. She offers efficiency with the option of speed.