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dhays 02-23-2016 11:46 PM

North Pacific 43 & Nordic Tug 42
After long discussion with my wife, these are two boat that we are seriously considering. I could be very happy with a smaller boat, but my wife wants plenty of room for family or other couples to go with us.

For the next several years, the boat would be a weekender and 2 week vacation type of boat in the Salish Sea. Once I can cut back on the amount that I am working, I am hoping for some longer trips. Eventually when I retire, I would like to do the Inside Passage.

One issue for us is cost. We could afford a used NP43, in the 2006-2010 range or we could afford a NT42 in the 2000-2002 range. The newer boat would have newer electronics etc... which would be nice. I have a circa 2005 Raymarine package now and would really not like to go down in capability in my next boat.

The other issue is cost of ownership. Unsure about repairs, but the North Pacific would likely be a bit more fuel efficient as it generally has a smaller engine.

Pros and Cons from my perspective so far:
- I am not crazy about a flybridge. A NT42 without one would be nice.
- Don't like the lack of a side deck around the NP salon. As a sailor it makes me a bit uncomfortable.
- Do like the interior space provided by the NP
- New systems and electronics would be good
- The NP is butt ugly

I have searched and found a very few references to the North Pacific. I did read about the complaints about there not being electrical boxes for the AC outlets. However, beyond that does anyone have any experience with these boats. Short of actual experience, seeing as this is TF, I would love to hear from those that share my specialty, uninformed opinions.

Rebel112r 02-24-2016 12:54 AM

I would say, that I would not buy a boat that I considered butt ugly. Best go for the Nordic Tug.

Al 02-24-2016 01:11 AM

Is this the style and model?
2012 North Pacific 43 Pilothouse Power Boat For Sale -

This second posted photo is what I view a Pacific Trawler

When I first read your post and having visualized the 42 foot Nordic as I know them, and what I had perceived was a North Pacific is not! The Pacific trawler I am familiar with has a group discussion of its own on the TF under the specific boats nomenclature. Clarify? Thanks,
Al-Ketchikan 27 Marben Pocket CRUISER

Hawgwash 02-24-2016 01:35 AM

I would support Rebel112r when he says don't buy a boat you consider butt ugly but at the same time, give it a chance. And nurture him, he could be your new best friend when it comes to the NP.

Don't discount an older boat because you think it has old electronics. Chances are good it has been upgraded and might even have newer stuff that the 2010 NP.

And smaller engines does not automatically translate to better economy.

Me? Either one for different reasons but more likely the NT.

dhays 02-24-2016 01:55 AM

Rebel, please forgive my intemperate language with regards to the appearance of the NP43. It was in poor taste and likely offensive to any NP owner. You do have the experience with this boat so I would be very interested in your perspective. A few specific questions; Being in the PNW how often do you make use of the flybridge? Is it ever a problem not having side decks to get from the computer to the bow? How is the visibility aft from the Pilothouse?

Al, I am a bit confused but yes, the North Pacific 43 is not the same as the Pacific Trawler.

Hawgwash, You are right. My first reaction to the NP43 was that is didn't fit my mental picture of an attractive boat. However, as I have looked at them more, it is starting to grow on me. In essence, there are some very nice features in the design and functionality has its own attractiveness.

tinped 02-24-2016 04:38 AM

the np has a very nice interior,but from an external view,I agree about the butt ugly part.To me,its the pilothouse of luck with whatever you decide.

Rebel112r 02-24-2016 10:09 AM

No need to apologize, every body likes what the like. I never thought my 42 was the prettiest girl at the party either. Great value for the buck though. Seems like most of the used, are in the 300k range. If somebody wants to trade a Fleming for my NP, let me know. There are lots of boats, that have looks that I like. Love the stern on the Cherubini, pilot house on Nordy 46, Selenes are very nice. Mikelson 43 interior is so nice. But I have a NP 42, and it works well for me. We use the flybridge much less with the 42 then we did with the previous boats. Am up there on very nice days and for most docking. Also sit up on the fore deck with auto pilot remote on nice days when making a few miles. Visibility from pilothouse is very good, but not good looking aft, need to stick your head out the doors. The side deck issue has not been a problem, one cleat is hard to get to. There is enough edge to move along side decks, but you better be hanging on. Very secure feeling on the foredeck, the bulwarks are knee high and railings are close to shoulder level. NP has listened to owners over the years, and made changes. We spent 100 nights on boat last season, more this year, actually going out Thursday for 3-4 nights.

JDCAVE 02-24-2016 10:36 AM

The first time I saw a KK42, I thought it was an odd looking boat. Squat and sat like a toad in the water. We had considered both the NT and the NPT. Both are excellent boats. I found the NPT "narrow" (<13') but inside it makes great use of space. I preferred the Pilothouse on the NPT, although I think the edge on construction goes to NT. They really are very well made boats.

"Pacific Trawlers" are also with considering, if you can find one.

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dhays 02-24-2016 10:51 AM

Thanks for the feedback so far. Rebel, it is good to know that it hasn't been a problem with not having a side deck around the saloon. One thing I failed to mention that I really like about the NP over the NT is how the boat deck extends over the cockpit. Our weather is so wet, even during what passes for the "warmish" season. My wife would like being able to sit out in the cockpit during a gentle mist and have a cover over her head. The NTs made a mistake by not extending it in my opinion, something that the American Tugs, North Pacific, and Helmsman boats did.

JD, I really like the KK42. The killer for us is the Pullman berth and more exterior teak to maintain.

refugio 02-24-2016 10:57 AM

I echo the comment about NPTs being narrower than expected, particularly the PH.


tpbrady 02-24-2016 11:10 AM

The major difference I have noticed between the NT42 and NP43 is the size of the pilot house. Without a flying bridge, the size of the pilot house was a big consideration. Walk around decks were not a firm requirement, but do add fishing space especially when fishing from the pilot house and needing to move to the cockpit to land a fish. The extension of the boat deck wasn't an issue, but can be solved with some canvas. For us it wasn't crucial and factored into the fishing equation.


Hawgwash 02-24-2016 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by dhays
My wife would like being able to sit out in the cockpit during a gentle mist and have a cover over her head.

There is an answer for everything.

Baker 02-24-2016 11:46 AM

The question is, does your wife think the NP is "butt ugly" and if so, can she still stomach owning it??? If the answer is yes,no...then your dilemma is solved.

With that said, I had a 2006 Pontiac GTO. LS2 power at 400hp. The car was far from pretty...based on the Aussie Holden Monaro. But it was a great car and performed well and the interior was above most GM products of the day. Bottom line...I grew to love the car....(ear)regardless of its appearance.

As far as age of boat goes...just look for a well maintained updated boat. Obviously, you may pay more. Or look for a not so well maintained boat at a bargain price and do a little updating yourself. I bought my current boat at half market price because of neglect. After some due diligence, it just needed to be cleaned up a bit and a few things replaced. It will still never be cheap and no boat will be. But I should do well when I sell if I get anywhere close to market.

dhays 02-24-2016 12:27 PM

Thanks for the comments on the size of the PH of the NP43. We are planning on chartering one this spring if we can make the time work out. Chartering the type of boat we were interested in was one of the very first (and best) pieces of advice I received from the TF brain trust.

The idea of a canvas extension over a NT is something we have considered as well. Not all that expensive to have built I would imagine.

I don't fish, so many of the common considerations for those that fish and crab aren't ones that we have.

refugio 02-24-2016 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by dhays (Post 418175)
The idea of a canvas extension over a NT is something we have considered as well. Not all that expensive to have built I would imagine.

My full custom enclosure including stainless frame (sides not shown in avatar photo) was about $5k 12 years ago.


Wxx3 02-24-2016 01:33 PM

The Nordic Tug was the first boat I was attracted to.

I would decide on a few, but not more than a few, showstoppers.

What must you have? e.g. side decks; or not have, e.g. pullman berth??

I thought I would like the fly bridge, but actually don't, though I think it really is good to have when you sell.

Sidedecks, I thought were not so critical, but now, it would be hard to live without.

Pullman berth, never thought about, and it has not been an issue with all the couples we have had on board.

Good luck.


Conrad 02-24-2016 01:49 PM

We are very happy with our NT42.

Having side decks or not really only affects our handling of the fenders. Pulling them up and redeploying them is dead simple when you can walk up and down the side decks. Plus for short term cruising between docks the sidedecks are a convenient place to leave the fenders. (We have baskets on the foredeck for longer term stowage.)

Another consideration is that the stanchions provide a place to tie the fenders to at a reasonable height; none sidedeck vessels can be a bit of a challenge there.

Boarding and unboarding is almost always at the stern platform or occasionally from beside the pilothouse door, so sidedecks are irrelevant in that regard; lines are grabbed from the dock so again sidedecks are sort of irrelevant although they do hold the lines in place ready for grabbing.

The pilothouse is very useable, although I think later models are even better. Our hull #1 is a bit tight when passing behind the helm chair. Actually impossible so the helmsperson moves out of the way when someone is moving athwartship. Newer models have the helm moved forward for more space.

Although I am not a fisherman we have some very avid fishermen in the family who really appreciate not having a full overhead deck covering the cockpit; it allows rod movement up and down and not having corner support posts is also a huge benefit.

Good luck with your quest.

Moonfish 02-24-2016 03:03 PM

Just my opinion, but you will be quite happy with either vessel!

Whichever boat you eventually choose, you will be the winner as they both will get you out on the water enjoying life.

As far as a flybridge and exterior aesthetics, I though the same things regarding our boat. I never thought she was beautiful, but have come to love her "handsome" lines. And the flybridge gets way more use than I ever expected...

dhays 02-24-2016 04:40 PM

Conrad, thanks for your input on the side decks. For a long time I would never even consider looking at a boat that didn't have decent side decks. As I have gone along in the process, I am slowly beginning to realize that I can't necessarily think of handling and working the decks of a trawler like I do my sailboat.

Darren, I think you are right. We would be happy with either of them (and a lot of others as well). BTW, I have enjoyed many of your videos. Keep it up.

The other boat that has made our short list is the NT37. That would probably be my first choice, but my wife likes the idea of a bit more room in the saloon to accommodate more family.

It likely will come down to finding the boat that is at the right price, right location, at the right time and call it good.

tpbrady 02-24-2016 05:19 PM


I echo Conrad's comments on the pilot house spacing on the earlier NT42s. However, in our first and only long trip (La Conner to Wrangell), I eventually removed the folding helm chair and just sat back and worked with the autopilot remote. I have a remote monitor and wireless trackball that sits to the right of the bench in the pilot house for navigation purposes (Coastal Explorer is the primary tool). I can see the 12 inch Garmin display easily from there for sonar/radar. If I need to sit at the helm for long periods, I plan to use a bar stool since it takes up less space, you can face any direction and there are no arms to get in the way.


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