Extend Your Boating Season
For yachtsmen, the 28 Patrol is a kind of time machine, stretching the boating season on both ends: As long as there's no ice, the Patrol can keep cruising, her crew buttoned-up in the weather-tight pilothouse and kept toasty warm by a Webasto diesel heater. In some areas, this turns boating into a 12-month recreation, as long as you can find open fuel docks. The 28 Patrol's cruising range is about 270 n.m. at 26 knots, based on independent tests by the British boating magazine Motor Boats Monthly.
Nord Star naval architect Rude Lindkvist designed the 28 Patrol to cope with tough Scandinavian winters, which means she's able to handle worse conditions than most of her owners will be willing to endure. Since the first boat was launched in 2004, many 28s have been put into year-round commercial service in far-northern waters, including the above-mentioned water taxis; however, the boats are also popular in warmer waters, too: Nord Star has active dealers in 14 countries, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Yes, the pilothouse can be air-conditioned, not a popular option in Scandinavia, but almost standard equipment in the Med.
Lundkvist based the 28 Patrol on a modified-V hull with 18.3 degrees of deadrise, enough to produce a comfortable ride at sea. But she draws just 35 inches (89 cm) with the Duoprop outdrive down, 25 in. (63.5 cm) with it fully raised, so she'll be good for gunkholing, too. To protect the hull during beaching on sand or shingle (we recommend doing this only on a rising tide), Nord Star will add a stainless steel shoe along the keel as an option.
Nord Stars are built by Linex-Boat Oy, a family-owned boatyard in Kalvia in the Kokkola area of Finland. Nord Star owner Oli Lindkvist, like his father and grandfather, has been in boatbuilding all his life; the yard has been around for more than 80 years and has built over 3000 boats. All Patrols are built of hand-laid fiberglass, with stringers glassed into place while the hull is still in the mold. According to a company spokesman, Linex-Boat Oy leaves the hulls in the molds for the extra time needed to install support structure. Most builders have one hull mold per model, and pop the new hulls out as soon as possible to make way for another. Linex-Boat Oy has several hull molds for each Nord Star model we're told.
Nord Star skins the hull with a heavier-than-normal layer of gelcoat, rolled-on rather than sprayed. This allows for years of compounding and buffing to bring back lost color before the underlying laminate starts to show. (Prevent this altogether by always keeping the hull protected with a layer of UV-resistant wax.) This is especially important for Patrols, since dark blue is the most popular hull color, and one that's especially susceptible to fading.
The 28 Patrol has berths for four in two cabins: V-berths forward and two singles in a mid-cabin under the pilothouse. Both cabins can be converted to double berths with optional fillers. Joinery is teak, but buyers wanting a fancier 28 Patrol can choose Nord Star's Quantum equipment package, which includes a mahogany interior, leather seats, upgraded carpet and wooden shades in the pilothouse.
Power and Performance
The Nord Star 28 is powered by a single Volvo Penta D6-330 or D6-370 Duoprop diesel, 317- or 355-hp, respectively. We haven't tested a 28 Patrol yet, but Motor Boats Monthly reported a top speed of 36.5 knots, cruise of 26, with the D6-330. At cruising speed the fuel consumption was about 9 U.S. gallons per hour (34 lph), or about 2.9 nmpg. Crunching MBM's numbers, and allowing a 10% fuel reserve, gives a cruising range of around 270 n.m. on the boat's 105-gal. (400 L) fuel supply. The D6-370 would give a little higher top speed, but we can't predict how the bigger diesel would affect fuel economy and cruising range. We say, stick with the smaller diesel and spend the money you save on options.
Prices and Recommendation
You can always count on the Scandinavians to produce interesting boats, and the Nord Star 28 Patrol is no exception. The standard boat is almost ready to go, but most buyers will want some options; the most popular are a bow thruster (Sidethruster 4- or 6-hp), windlass and shore power. Contact a nearby Nord Star dealer for a full list. Base price for the 28 Patrol with the Volvo-Penta D6-330 is $190,000 in the U.S.; the average selling price of a boat with options is between $215,000 and $225,000, according to WinMarine Ventures, the U.S. importer.The Nord Star 28 Patrol isn't for everyone: Her accommodations are Spartan for a boat of her size and cost, her pilothouse not as roomy as some folks would like. But buyers shopping for an all-weather, three- or maybe four-season cruiser, one that's designed and built to meet the hardy conditions of the Baltic Sea – which means able to handle coastal conditions almost anywhere in the world – would do well to investigate her more closely. We like the Nord Star 28 Patrol; maybe you will, too.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!