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American Tug Boats

Shopping the market for a Tugboat can be an easy task, when you’re looking at a build like American Tug. Starting out with Tomco factory’s models we are about to journey through, their commitment to perfection with their superb quality control and the boat’s awesome 10-year warranty which will cover blisters and all of the workmanship, you’ll come to see why you won’t have to search any further.

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Beginning with the American Tug 365, you may think you’re at the wrong bay as she has the appearance of a mini 60-foot trawler type vessel. This baby cruiser lacks nothing in the way of efficiency and practicality. If you’re looking for a true cruiser, you’ll quickly come to see that she is built for just that. From the way she was built, to her outside design, to her large windows that are perfect for bringing the fresh sea air in.

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Her performance is a true plus as great care was taken when it came to the design and decision of what engines would fit best. The American Tug 365 definitely can get you where you’re looking to go in a speedy fashion, however, keep in mind that she handles herself equally as well in a non-rushed, fuel efficient outing. Having chosen single Cummins 380HP engine, the 365 can move along at 17 knots, burning 20 gallons per hour or so. Puling her back a bit, she can slow things done to 9 knots and only burn 7 gallons or so per hour. Padded up well with good insulation, you’ll look forward to a quiet journey. .

For a 36 footer, you will be in awe as the how well equipped she is. Her forward starboard galley will be an exciting spot for the chef in the group with her amenities including a great propane cooktop, nice big window and ample storage cabinets. You’ll be able to hang onto her ceiling stainless steel handle bars for those rides that are a bit bumpier then you can handle.

"Sleep-aboards" are perfect aboard this sweetie with her spacious forward private stateroom decked out with a nice queen-sized berth, lots of hanging lockers and perfect storage. You’ll appreciate the large head onboard with a shower stall, and good storage. Suited very fine for an owner/operator and partner, however, the settee in the salon can be converted to a bed enabling you to invite a couple of friends to join you.

Take a step to our next model, the sturdy American Tug 395 cruiser takes you to a level of comfort that suits those not looking to add on much size. Her trawler-style classic hull shape and stylish design found on all of the Tomco Marine Group models will quickly grab your heart.
Ready to cruise, then get her single Cummins 380 HP diesel engine revved up for a short trip doing 15 knots and for those longer trips, you’ll greatly appreciate her fuel-saving 8 knot cruise providing her owner with a 1,000 nautical mile range!

Send the invites out to your favorite friends as she has a two-stateroom, one head layout. Her queen-sized master with walk-around berth offers you good storage and closet space. Her guest stateroom features a larger bunk below with a smaller one above —also with ample storage. Her one main head is comfortable in size and features a stall shower.

One of the most popular cruising models Tomco Marine Group offers is The American Tug 435 due to her awesome features including the super popular, hard-chine hull, yet also a full fiberglass hull below the waterline.

Boasting a foam core which Tomco decided to vacuum-bag to give each owner the benefit of extra strength, durability, along with proper insulation on each American Tug 435.

Her single Cummins 500 HP engine, makes her most fuel efficient so those long voyages aren’t a drain to the fuel budget.

An extremely space conscious model, she can appear as if she’s a 50 footer —and even larger even though she measures in at 43' 7”. A styling wood interior and storage spaces everywhere, calls out for a multi-day trip of a lifetime aboard.

Looking for a show stopper, The American Tug 485 offers the ever-popular hard-chine hull along with the full fiberglass hull below sea level. The 485 has a foam core above the waterline which - like the 435, which she’s built after, also possesses.

Cruising at 14 knots with a range of 400 nautical miles with her Cummins QSC8.3 550 HP engine, this model credits itself for excellent fuel efficiency making those long-distance voyages a joy. At 8 knots, you can expect 1,440 nautical miles and enjoy the ride at a slower pace.

Her classic plank-style wood floors look sharp with her dark granite countertops. The highlight is her large windows for those spectacular views while cruising or hanging at the marina. A fully equipped galley will be a focal point for those wonderful meals that will be served to her guests.

A dedicated helm chair and settee will be your seats of choice in her nearby pilothouse —with customized built-in electronics. Diamond-Seaglaze doors open to both side decks to offer those aboard great views of the ever changing scenery.

Her two staterooms each with their own en suite head will make any guest and you and your partner, comfy. The midship full-beam master is most complete with a queen-sized, walk-around berth with two side tables and super storage. Your friends will feel great in its forward guest cabin where they can choose from a larger lower bunk or a smaller upper bunk.

Having started The American Tug story was the creation of Tomco Marine Group by founder and director Tom Nelson who collaborated with Lynn Senour, an accredited West Coast Marine architect. Tom and Lynn built wooden boats in Seattle. Tom, a young apprentice, continued proving himself in the shop and at one point, was made president of a boat yard. His company was founded a couple years later—named Nelson Yacht Corporation, he was building 70–90 foot custom yachts. Next on the timeline, was when Tom became President of Nordic Tugs which then turned into his developing Tomco Marine Group!

Alaskan born and President of Tomco Marie Group, Mike Schoppert, headed to the Pacific Northwest and attended Western Washington University. Uniflite Corporation was where he learned the necessary skills he would go on to using. Chris-Craft and Tolly Craft were also put on his resume but then he ended up at Oceanus, the spot where his tooling process was born and it’s facility with the ability to produce the fiberglass components for Zodiac. Mike went from the lamination department to general manager of Nordic Tugs prior to joining Tomco Marine Group.

The vice-president of Tomco Marine Group, Kurt Dilworth, also has a heart for boating starting out with Chambers Craft in the late 80’s and in the early 90’s, the remodeling of the company as Premier Boats. What’s under his belt? Well, several years of engineering at the local community college and the University of Washington along with a two-year apprenticeship on a conversion of a steel tug turned private yacht, he took a position with Nordic Tugs as a mechanic where his tasks spanned from installing engines, electrical systems to plumbing. He excelled to come to take on the head positions and, as they grew, held the position of Head Engineer as well as a newly developed warranty/customer service position.

So, the brains beyond these sturdy yet sweet in style Tugboats—Tom, Mike, and Kurt, seem to compliment each other’s leadership skills. With the formation of Tomco Marine Group, their expertise and steadfastness was poured into each of these pleasure tugs you are sure to appreciate for their true seaworthy design and superb craftsmanship.


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