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Another Night at Cypress Island

Yesterday afternoon we went out on a sea trial of the new Nordic Tug 40, and this morning we went to the factory to check out another new Nordic Tug 44. We'll blog about this separately I think, but both new boats look fantastic. This afternoon we decided to pop over to Cypress Island for the night. We stopped at our favorite local seafood spot, Black Rock Seafood, and picked up some fresh local halibut, a few local spot prawns, some Shigoku and extra small Pacific oysters, and one container each of salmon pâté and smoked albacore pâté from Seabolts Smokehouse. (They are almost always sold out of these pâtés…they're so good!)

We got over to Cypress and did a few boat projects before heading to shore for a short hike. 


We took the dinghy around Cypress Head and beached it on the other side of the sandy bar that connects it to the rest of the island:


There are two other boats here, and one empty mooring ball.


Tons of tiny, dead, brightly colored crabs on shore. 🙁


Curvy tree:



The hike around Cypress head is really only about a mile, but the other option from here goes straight up and we just weren't in the mood for that today.

Here's the track of our dinghy ride back to Airship from the other cove. There was about a 2kt current against us and a nice rip around the north edge of Cypress Head, but the Torqeedo handled it just fine!

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Around the south end of Cypress Head:


Here's my office view right now (and if you look closely at my monitor, you'll get a sneak peak of the new NT40. I got some killer shots today of it as we were on our way out of Guemes Channel today, nicely lit with Mt. Baker in the background):


Dinner tonight will start with some oysters on the half shell, and then I think we'll grill this fresh halibut and I'll make a caesar salad (with my new homemade caesar dressing technology). Happy Saturday everyone! 



  1. That looks… not bad at all. I like the extra cockpit space. We figure that the stairs would make it easier to have parents / in-laws on board for a visit.

    I prefer the way American Tugs does their stairs up from the pilot house, though.

    • Yeah, it’s a beautiful boat. And definitely on the stairs for parents/in-laws…great point. (The new NT44 has the stairs from the pilot house, and they’re open to the saloin so the space is fabulous. Wait til you see that one!) 🙂

  2. Kevin McLaughlin Kevin McLaughlin

    Room on top for more solar panels?

    • Definitely room for more solar panels!

  3. sanityhunter sanityhunter

    Checked out the 40 and the 44….. They are both sweet boats but the 44 is definitely my fav! Beautifully finished and lots of room for guests😊

  4. eheffa eheffa

    Yeah…I’m not sold on the new lines either.

    I do like the idea of the softer chines though. A little more quiet at anchor would be nice.

  5. Casey Adams Casey Adams

    That look is gawd awful to me, but to each his own! Overall I’ve been very disappointed in the direction that they’ve gone with their boats tending more towards the “cocktail yacht” sort of design rather than a great, traditional cruising boat. One article I read said “they’ve forgotten who they are.” It was my intention to buy a NT54 from the day I first bought my NT42. But, when it finally came off the line I was SO disappointed with the design that I haven’t been able to get past it. They’ve only sold 9 of those boats and by comparison the direct competitor, Selene 53, has sold well over 100 boats. I think the market agrees with me on this issue. I would certainly give a ringing endorsement of the NT42, particularly the older ones. I consider it the best boat in their line. Hopefully we’ll catch up near Juneau and i’ll give you a tour of our boat and outline the features that I feel make it such a great cruising boat. Btw, there are some great deals to be had on used ones still. Ours is a 1998 and there is a 1999 in yacht world in Florida for $235k!! At that price would be worth shipping it (about $10k).

    • “Cocktail yacht” … ugh. That’s a perfect description of those kinds of boats. (Not a fan. At all.)
      We’d love to see your NT42! Look forward to meeting you!

      • Casey Adams Casey Adams

        Btw, in case you’re confused this is the boater formally known as Casey Adams. I’ll tell you the story. Right after the story about the woman Sam and I have in common!

        • Casey Adams Casey Adams

          Never mind.Actually I see that it is still posting my comments under the alias Casey Adams.

          • I saw the alias and the email…but you can still tell me the story! 🙂

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