34 Tug originated as a custom design, or more specifically a redesign
of the Redwing 34 with a traditional tugboat style. The client wanted
an economical and easy to build hull with a separate pilothouse. The hull
form is proven to be efficient to power with an inboard diesel consuming
one gallon per hour at 7 or so knots. That’s real efficiency under
power for a boat of this size. Fuel capacity of 120 gallons provides a
cruising range of over 500 miles.
The boat shown in the photo below was started by Eric Nelson from Louisiana.
He completed the hull and was going to have another builder in Boloxi,
MS finish it where upon it took a direct hit by Katrina. It made its
way through a shrimp packing house and ended up on the other side, full
of shrimp. Eric cleaned it up and had it moved to Seaisland Boatworks
in South Carolina where it was finished by Mark Bayne and crew. Eric
just finished a 1000+ mi trip back from South Carolina to Louisiana.
Now that’s a great sea story!
Estimated cost for quality construction materials (not including power)
is $4 to $6 per pound. This cost includes a high level of outfit and
finish you can be proud of after putting the effort into building this