The Nord Star 37 Patrol is not really a patrol boat even though some governmental agencies use it for just that. She is actually a recreational cruiser that is simply built so tough that she can serve many functions quite well. Nord Star has been supplying vessels for boaters all over Europe for years and is now coming to North America. With her opening sun roof, side doors and sliding aft door she can be used anywhere just like conventional hardtop, express cruisers.
Nord Star 37 Patrol (2013-) Specifications
38' 9'' 11.8 m
12' 6'' 3.8 m
212 gal. 800 L
66 gal. 250 L
7' 6'' 2.3 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The Nord Star 37 Patrol is built in northern Finland and has a CE Class B rating which means she is designed to handle winds up to 40 knots and 25' (7.62 m) seas.
A Snapshot Look at the Nord Star 37 Patrol--
There are thousands of inhabited islands in the North Sea and Baltic. What many of the people living there have in common is a need to be able to visit the mainland and other islands in nearly any kind of weather, summer or winter. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, most of the islands in the western part of this huge area are not locked in ice during the winter so navigation is possible with the right vessels. The Nord Star 37 Patrol is one such boat.
Having said that, most of the Nord Stars are used not for commuting, but for recreational cruising during the summer and fall among some of the most beautiful archipelagos. Scandinavia can be surprisingly hot in the summer time and the builder has made provisions for that. But because she can be buttoned up, boaters are able to use the 37 Patrol in the shoulder seasons as well.
In Northern Europe most docking is bow-to or stern-to which saves lots of space at marinas. "A" indicates the roll of fabric tape that is used to hook onto stern moorings. "B" indicates the stern anchor used primarily for the same purpose when there is no stern mooring available.
Diesel Sterndrive Power. The 37 comes standard with twin Volvo Penta 370-hp D6 engines powering through DuoProps. By using sterndrives, much interior space is opened up for accommodations. Sterndrives are also more efficient than inboard power due to the location and angle of the props. So this is a win-win power system.
Two Private Cabins that Sleep 5. The master with double berth is in the bow and a second cabin is under the salon and can sleep three people, two in a double and one in a single.
Split Head. The 37 Patrol has the head divided into two -- to port is a shower stall with sink and to starboard is a toilet with sink.
18.5-Degree Deadrise at Transom. This is not as deep as some people might be used to for a boat designed for heavy weather, but in fact it is a good compromise between ride and fuel economy. The fact is that when the seas are rough boat speed must be slowed to displacement speeds so a deep-V's ride advantages are not needed. And an 18.5-degree deadrise provides better stability and far better fuel economy.
Here the Nord Star 37 Patrol is in her element. Note the snow in the mountains and the ferry in the background.
Low Air Draft. Because Europe is blessed with so many navigable rivers and canals to some of the most historically rich and beautiful parts of the world the Nord Star 37 Patrol can be cruised to most places. Her mast height above the waterline is 13'9" (4.20 m).
Reverse Windshields. The most recognizable aspect of this boat is the three large reverse-canted windscreens. This North Sea design serves a number of purposes, the most important of which is to virtually eliminate glare on the windshield. The boat is designed to be run at night, in rain and in fog -- all conditions when the skipper has to be able to see through the glass without a glare.
Port and Starboard Side Doors. By having full-size doors outboard of the helm to starboard and the navigator's seat to port, the boat can be easily single-handed. They are also a great source of fresh air when running.
Two Large Sunroofs. The forward sunroof opens and both have sunscreens.
Land of the midnight sun: days are long in far northern latitudes during the summer.
The Nord Star 37 Patrol has a LOA of 39'2" (11.96 m), a beam of 12'6" (3.8 m), a dry displacement of 19,850 lbs. (9,000 kgs.). Fuel capacity is 210 gal. (800 L), and water capacity is 66 gal. (250 L). The holding tank will hold 52 gal. (200 L).
The folks at Nord Star tell us that they expect the boat to cruise from between 30 knots to 36 knots. At 26 knots, they tell us, the boat burns .66 gal. per nautical mile (2.5 L/nm). We have not tested the boat.
Accommodations drawing for the Nord Star 37 Patrol. There is full standing headroom in the forward cabin.
Main deck drawing. Note the stairs abaft the dinette that descend to the aft cabin.
Since we have not tested this boat we can make no specific observations about it or its performance. However, we have traveled enough in Scandinavia, Finland, around Iceland and the west coast of Greenland to know that this is a very popular design concept in those areas. From that we can only deduce that this approach to a boat in those waters is practical and quite satisfactory.
Second Cabin. The employment of a second cabin under the salon and galley is a clever use of space and while headroom is limited, it adds measurably to the utility of this boat. It makes it possible for two couples to cruise with privacy. It also is a very workable design for a family.
The 37 Patrol also comes in a flying bridge version.
For Southern Climes, Too. Even though most of these vessels live in northern latitudes, they are also sold in places like the Med where foul weather can crop up on a moment's notice. Because of the large, forward sunroof that opens, the skipper's door, and the slider door aft, the 37 Patrol can be opened as much or more than hardtop express cruisers or sedans that are popular in the tropics. Then, there is the flying bridge version of the 37 that makes her as outdoor-oriented as any boat. (And A/C can be added.)
Finally, we like the idea of having a boat that can be used in almost any condition both early and late in the season. It is nice not to have to sweat the weather and there is nothing like the feeling of confidence one has in a boat built such as this one.
We like the bulwarks that surround the 37' from bow to stern. The bow pulpit is split to aid boarding when tied up to the quay bow-to. It is also extra wide for the same reason.
Underway makes obvious the utility of the relatively wide side decks and bulwarks. This is a boat that means business and it is for that reason that the 37 is also used for commercial purposes.
A wide-angle view of the aft deck. Note the two large dunnage boxes for on-deck storage. There is nothing quite like them for the sheer amount of stuff they can hold.
With cushions the dunnage boxes can make seats of dubious comfort. For owners wanting an entertaining area here, we would speak to the builder about a customized alternative.
We like the stern treatment on the 37. The stern platform is large and contains storage. Note the windlass on the reverse transom for the stern anchor. All serious cruising boats no matter where they go should have a stern anchor.
A view looking forward in the salon.
The dinette can comfortably seat four. Note the port side door at right.
View of the galley which is along the starboard side of the main cabin behind the helm.
There is room for only one screen, but it is large and of course can have multiple displays. Digital engine monitoring screens could free-up space for two navigational screens.
Looking aft we can see the two skylights overhead and the navigator’s seat. We would speak to the builder about having a navigation seat like the skipper's chair placed there for more comfort.
The forward (master) cabin has full standing headroom thanks to the trunk above. Note the wood treatment on the overhead, something we rarely see. Nord Star has a knack for putting enough wood in all of the cabins to make them seem cozy and yachty.
The mid-cabin has a double berth to starboard and a single to port. There is not full standing headroom.
The engine room is under the aft deck which has a large hatch over each engine to ease access.
"A" marks Kokklola, Finland, where the Nord Star factory is located on the Gulf of Bothnia. People taking delivery of a 37 at the factory in the summer can have the joy of cruising the Finnish, Swedish and Danish archipelagos before shipping their boat home.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Nord Star 37 Patrol (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Nord Star 37 Patrol (2013-) Warranty
Nord Star 37 Patrol (2013-) Warranty Information
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