The crew at Nordic Boats was so excited about how well the hull and deck molds popped off the plug for the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., company’s all-new 31-foot catamaran yesterday that a few of the guys at the shop got up early this morning to set the windshield on the plug and take some pictures to share for this story.
Nordic Boats popped the molds off of its first 31 Flat Deck catamaran yesterday and is already working on getting the outboard-powered cat finished in time to show off at the Los Angeles Boat Show in early January. All photos courtesy Nordic Boats.
According to Thane Tiemer, Nordic’s general manager, the new 31 Flat Deck catamaran designed for twin outboard engines fits in the sweet spot between the builder’s 28-foot and 35-foot cats.
“We’ve had several customers who wanted something bigger than our 28 but not quite as big as the 35, so we built the new 31,” Tiemer said. “The boat is more than 32 feet long with the bustle and the running surface is a little past 30 feet, which is why we’re calling it a 31. We’ve sold three already—I have a feeling this is going to be a hot boat. We did some different things with the mold in order to have the deck extend past the transom. Although you can’t see it in the pictures of the plug on the trailer, the deck mold includes the steps that come down in the center, which actually extend the tunnel and running surface a little.”
Tiemer said the taping crew is already getting ready to start the graphics for the first boat, which he expects to be complete early next year and on display at the Los Angeles Boat Show at the Fairplex in Pomona (Jan. 9-12).
The first 31-footer is going to be powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines and the next two boats are set to have a pair of Verado 400Rs and a pair of the new Mercury Racing 450R engines.
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the plug for Nordic’s new 31-foot cat.
Tiemer, who said Nordic is currently building its fourth 35 Flat Deck cat, also shared information on the company’s new offshore V-bottom, which is going to be the subject of a speedonthewater.com story on Friday. Along with the new V-bottom, Tiemer said Nordic is currently building a new 26-foot deck boat for the Buckskin Fire Department in Parker, Ariz., and a new 44-foot catamaran with twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines for a film crew for the movie industry.
Editor’s note: Speedonthewater.com plans to follow the progress of the one-of-kind fire department boat along the way.
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