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Old 09-24-2021, 01:23 PM   #1
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Last boat

Have finalized the purchase of a Nordic Tug 42 (née Shining Star to be Hippocampus). She has Espar heat plus AC, WM, Riigid ding, Freedom lift, solar, Seakeeper and the usual goodies this model comes with.
A 180 turn from the last boat so a new learning curve and totally new way to boat for us. Hopefully this is our best day and having my estate sell her will be the worst. My second “last boat “ so who can say. Ours as of 4oct and then south we head.
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Old 09-24-2021, 02:34 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Pics? Those Nordic Tugs are gorgeous.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:07 PM   #3
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Have finalized the purchase of a Nordic Tug 42 (née Shining Star to be Hippocampus). She has Espar heat plus AC, WM, Riigid ding, Freedom lift, solar, Seakeeper and the usual goodies this model comes with.
A 180 turn from the last boat so a new learning curve and totally new way to boat for us. Hopefully this is our best day and having my estate sell her will be the worst. My second “last boat “ so who can say. Ours as of 4oct and then south we head.
Wifey B: Is it ok for me to say BS here or should I do it like

Last boat....why do people even say it. Glad you're on to your next last though.
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Old 09-24-2021, 08:26 PM   #4
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Wifey B: Is it ok for me to say BS here or should I do it like

Last boat....why do people even say it. Glad you're on to your next last though.
So a boat some time ago with the name on the transom:

LAST BOAT IV

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Old 09-25-2021, 05:54 AM   #5
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Always heard and tend to agree that this is every old boaters last setup.
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:41 AM   #6
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No such thing as a Last Boat..... usually. There's a few of us that just need to take the "next step" and that could be up or down or sideways.


However, Hippo, GREAT boat, but we need proof.... pictures?
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Old 09-25-2021, 06:58 AM   #7
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Congrats on your new Nordic Tug!!
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Old 09-25-2021, 07:27 AM   #8
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Mr. (Dr.) H. Last boat? I believe you but thousands wouldn't...


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Old 09-25-2021, 09:56 AM   #9
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Must admit there’s wisdom above. I never owned a totally new boat until the Outbound. Had completed the build of boats whose prospective owners dropped out before completion but never one totally from scratch. Took a full year to spec that Outbound and convince the builder the changes I wanted from his stock boat were worth it and doable. Literally hundreds and hundreds of emails and late hours researching options as I was still working. Then 1 1/2 years for build. I justified the experience as this one was my last boat.
My wife said “you’re not doing that again that’s your last boat”. And it was until she fell and broke her ankle, ripped tendons in her hip. Now healed but balance just enough off she’s unsafe on the foredeck so switched looking at power. Other friends who made the transition kept ragging on me don’t go FD go SD. Had my heart set on a small Nordie. Much preferred the quality of the N than KK or others. After a year of looking got nowhere but did get convinced about SD. A whole different way to boat. Then went to pick a brand. NT has a good rep, a bit more efficient than AT and imho better build than RT. Wanted no exterior protuberances as believe “ running aground isn’t if but when” if you’re exploring skinny waters. Got into a bidding war with our current boat but thought YOLO so here we are.
Have a house filled with various small boats of all sorts. Can only use and afford one big boat at a time. Need to have tha attitude that this is my “last boat” to justify the time and expense to bring her to total Bristol Fashion. Maybe you guys are right it isn’t the last boat. But truly think it is.
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Old 09-25-2021, 11:29 AM   #10
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Whats wrong with declaring "last boat".

If a boater knows what he or she wants in a boat, lucky enough to find it early and adapts it to their needs, why look for anything else?

We found Sandpiper in 2000, adapted it to our needs and plan to keep it untill we can no longer boat. Only exception would be if I win the Mega Millions Lottery.

We are continuously adapting Sandpiper as we age and our boating needs change.
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Old 09-25-2021, 11:49 AM   #11
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Deja vu
I thought I posted Congrats on your purchase.
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Old 09-27-2021, 08:56 PM   #12
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I am interested in your feedback on the Freedom Lift. We have a 2001 Nordic Tug 42' and are considering a change from the crane davit on the upper deck to the Freedom Lift and an electric outboard from Pure Watercraft. Any thoughts or advice on the Freedom Lift system would be appreciated!
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Old 09-28-2021, 02:18 AM   #13
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Yes, I must admit even when we sold our Clipper 34, I thought that's definitely our last boat. But maybe I was kidding myself, as subliminally I suspect still had visions of maybe a rubber ducky to potter around the Bribie Passage one day. (see pic below) Because I kept the Honda 2.3hp 4 stroke outboard I loved so much - it's out in the shed, even as I type.
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Old 09-28-2021, 12:32 PM   #14
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Hippo,

Congratulations! I was kind of hoping you were going to find a way to buy that Duck in Michigan. Unfortunate that things were not easier. I wish you many happy nautical miles beneath you. Have fun down south.

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Old 09-28-2021, 12:39 PM   #15
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You can start calling it the NT 34 as the newer 34's are the same length as the 32's.

Buddy just got a NT 32 and loves it, bought in mid-summer and he has roughly 150 hours on it so far.
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Old 09-28-2021, 01:32 PM   #16
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Will get back on the Freedom lift. Don’t have enough time with it to offer an opinion.
The NT44 is the same hull/tooling as the 42. To my eye the only significant difference is inside stairs on the 44 to get to the flybridge.
Dimensions: LOA: 46’3”
Displacement Weight: 31,400 lb For both from what I can gather.
I’m still going to call it a 42 when asked.
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Wifey B: But the 42 is a 46.
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Old 09-28-2021, 05:24 PM   #18
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I’m on the first boat now but next boat will be last boat phase. I bought one as I wanted to experience it the next couple years immediately. My problem is the one I think I want is over 2 years to build and I don’t want to commit to the contract now as I wait to see exactly how much I use this one. I can see substantial downsizing even later. Or just going back to my pontoon boat on the lake.
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Ah, well, I guess you could call that a first world problem..?
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Ah, well, I guess you could call that a first world problem..?
Yes, for sure. But I think almost every problem discussed on the trawler forum is a first world problem? ��
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