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The idea that grew to become today's Nordic Tugs had its origin in the fuel crisis of the mid-1970s: build a fuel-stingy vessel that combined the attributes important to the cruising powerboater. It proved to be one of those rare ideas not only appropriate for its time, but an idea whose virtues are still relevant today...
Our story begins in the early `70s, when Jerry Husted purchased Blue Water Boats, a company that manufactured double-ended ocean ketches of the Norwegian "Ingrid" design, from Jim Musser. Musser introduced Husted to Lynn Senour, the naval architect who designed the interiors and rigs of Musser's boat.
That combination of circumstances proved prophetic.
The early `70s were plagued by oil shortages and high gas prices. Both Husted and Senour felt there was a place for a fuel-efficient powerboat. However, they had a hard time coming up with something original. It came to Husted in a flash of inspiration: a tugboat! Women would see it as cute and men would see it as rugged. And a tug looks good and is efficient going slowly, so people could save fuel.
Senour tentatively agreed to jump into the project under the condition that he could do what he wanted under the waterline, namely designing a semi-displacement hull that balanced speed with fuel savings. And so in 1979 Nordic TugsŪ, Inc. was born.
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