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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!