Part 4: Building in Nordic Tug Style – the main Salon

I’m sure there were far more important things to decide on, but for us, one of the first considerations for our new NT44 was the color.  We admire the “classic” white with colored infill, and appreciate the relative ease of maintenance with a white hull.   That said, we also love the “flag” blue hull(s) that you see in and around New England, and even though we were told it would require a lot more care, we went for the blue!  Here’s what she looks like as of 10/7/19 sitting up in the Nordic plant in Washington!   A beauty, yes?

44 126 hull

With the exterior color decision behind us, now came the real fun – designing (what we could) on the inside.

The “standard” NT44 comes with, well, you know what it comes with, if not click here and take a look

Our overarching goals for the main salon are “light” (as much as possible) and “space” – again, as much useful space efficiently configured as possible.  From our experience with the NT40, one of the biggest things influencing the light coming into the main salon is the sliding glass doors leading out to the aft cockpit.

aft door

NT40 “Liberty” aft glass doors

We were really happy to find out that Nordic was able to accommodate us and have that same door installed on our 44’.  Ours is hull #126, so 125 Nordic Tug 42’s/44’s are already on the water – ALL with single doors aft, so we’re breaking new ground by opening up the aft wall!  Finger’s crossed!   We also increased the size of the window port and starboard of those aft doors by a few inches in height and width.

The double-sliders in the back, however, meant two additional somewhat major changes in the boat’s configuration.   With what essentially becomes a glass wall in the back there is no wall space for the bottom of the “L”-shaped settee in the main salon… so the settee had to be reversed (with the wide part of the “L” to forward).


Rendering of NT44 with aft sliding glass door and reversed settee

Outside in the cockpit, the sliding glass doors meant that the large free-standing fiberglass storage cabinet now had to be eliminated or moved.   Rather than give up storage in a place where you typically want storage, the solution was to cut the height down, swing it 180-degrees, and butt it up against the rear transom.  So entering the cockpit from the dock through the starboard doorway, you’ll see a 10”-deep cabinet built into the transom.   Hat’s off to Buddy at the factory for helping come up with that solution.   I’ll post a photo as soon as it’s available.

And finally, in the main salon, in the interest more space, we eliminated the TV cabinet which opened up an additional 11”x 75” on the port side of the room.

Another change, and a “first” for the NT42/4 is that we replaced the “traditional” ice maker cabinet with a “breakfast bar” (and two stools) allowing us to sit and eat facing aft.   A picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at what a designer friend of mine helped me create so we could envision the space.


Rendering of NT44 main salon looking aft

This post is getting quite long, so I’ll knock it off here, but tease you by saying there are two other major changes we made to the mid-stateroom and master cabin and another “first” for NT44’s that I’ll tell you about next post as the saga continues and we Build in Nordic Tug style.

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