I ran across this Lord Nelson Victory Tug while on the Great Loop at Pebble Isle Marina on the Tennessee River. It was being delivered from the east coast by truck, but the owner had not yet arrived for the unloading. It is a 1985 hull 37 footer named Hjortie. What a legend among true full displacement tug lovers. It's great lines, great interior layout and fuel efficient hull make this a classic. It is not often you see one out of the water.
There are a fair number of them up here. Enough to have their own Victory Tug Owners Group I believe. There are some 49' Victory Tugs here, too.
The VT37 was the first boat we started considering buying back in the mid-90s when we started thinking somewhat seriously about getting a cruising boat. It along with the deFever 46/Alaskan 49/Fleming 55 (all the same basic deFever design) are our favorite production boat designs.
The only potential show stopper on the Victory Tug had we pursued a purchase was that they were not that old back then so their prices were still pretty high. And the earliest aka least expensive ones had a BMW diiesel. BMW makes fine engines but the support and parts availability was already starting to be a bit iffy according to the owners we talked to. Lord Nelson later changed to a Cummins diesel in the VT37.
There was a beautiful VT37 on our dock for several years, and a few years ago it went up for sale. Had we been in the market for a boat at that time we would have snapped it up. It had the Cummins engine.