This is the new Nordic Tug 26 due for launch at the 2009 Seattle Boat Show.
When we tested the 42 (MBY November 2008) it impressed with gutsy performance from the single engine installation and surprisingly agile and enjoyable handling.
The 26 is powered by a single 110hp Volvo Penta D3 diesel engine giving an 8 knot cruising speed and fuel consumption of 1.1 gph whilst flat out 13.5 knots should be within reach.
Accommodation consists of sleeping room for four people in the form of a forward ensuite double and convertible sofa in the saloon. Perfect for two people on a cruise but with four on board for extended periods of time things could get a bit cramped.
The dealer estimated price for the 26 is $185,000 ex VAT, but European prices are yet to be confirmed.
The original 26 debuted at the 1980 Seattle Boat Show but production stopped in 1997 with customer enquiry leading to the decision to reintroduce the baby of the brand.
President of Nordic Tugs David Goehring says: “The Nordic Tug 26 is as popular today as it was in the 80s. We consistently received inquiries about whether we would consider building the boat again, and with the current state of the economy, we’ve seen a shift in consumer interest from our larger to our smaller models.
“The Nordic Tug 26 is the ideal size to navigate the shallow canals and low bridge clearances in Europe. All things considered, we felt the timing was right to bring back the 26.”
For more information on Nordic Tugs go to their website.