37VT07 Tugnacious
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HIN: HAO370071183 more photos
Hull Laid: November 1983
Yard: Hai O Yachts, Taiwan
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Jay and Suzie Douglas September 2021 Tugnacious Stonington, CT
Robert and Maye Bachofen May 2011 September 2021 Tugnacious Burlington, VT
Alex and Suzanne Neil November 2009 May 2011 Tugnacious Kingston, NY
Dianne and Michael Bahan 2005 November 2009 Jenny B. Londonderry, NH
Skip (George) Gray 2001 2005 Edward C. Bodfish Key Largo, FL
Robert A. Gannicott 1993 2001 Piteraq Toronto, Canada
Jim Zimmerman 1991 1993 Choto Chattanooga, TN
Errol H. Wells1 1984 1991 Hilton Head Island, FL

About the owners (current and former)

Alex & Suzanne Neil An IT Geek (he) and a retired Elementary Phys Ed Teacher (she) we are coming from sail and are very excited about our LNVT #7, now "Tugnacious". We were unable to get her around from Maine/NH to the Mid-Hudson valley this year. But she's wintering in Newington NH and getting a lot of work done. The Marina where she's wintering has removed all the decrepit gear (an old Furuno array with a hooded display, a Raytheon plotter that had stripes of dead pixels, and a small Garmin). After much deliberation they installed a Raytheon C90W, RD418D Radar, G125 GPS mushroom (although the C90W supposedly has an internal satellite sensor that works inboard - I prefer the assurance of an external one), and a DSM300 sounder. All tied into the C90W. Next up they'll repack the stuffing and rudder boxes (she's been on the hard a while), remove and rework the prop, replace the cutlass bearing, install new zincs, clean out the water tanks, repair the mast lights the compressor and the display lamps on the distribution box, replace some glass, rebed the ladder, change some through hulls for brass, and secure the hawse pipe. Whew! The remainder of the work is cosmetic. If there's anything left in the budget (doubtful) we'll get started on that. She sat forlorn for too long. We expect to bring her around in late March or early April. Thanks to all who have volunteered their advice. It's great to have such an active group of owners for support. Read about Tugnacious' first cruise.

Robert A. Gannicott a geologist by training, he ran a fleet of helicopters which serviced oil companies in northern Canada. On one memorable day he saw what looked like a meteor crater and set the helicopter down to check it out. The ore samples he took revealed the site to be a proverbial diamond mine—one of the largest in Canada. According to Forbes, Robert is now (in 2009) the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Harry Winston Diamond Corporation. This information came from Captain Asa Gatlin, a Tow Boat U.S. skipper and boat mechanic who has worked for Deaton Yacht Service, in Oriental N.C., for 25 years. In 1999 he spent 9 months doing a major refit on Piteraq: replaced the BMW engine with a new Yanmar; installed an Aquadrive; new wall laminate; a new wet muffler; and rebuilt the cable steering.

Jim Zimmerman says that he absolutely loved his tug Choto.  In fact, it was one of the best purchases he ever made.  Unfortunately a situation came up that caused him to sell her.   Jim continues, "I purchased  the boat in 1991 from a doctor in Hilton Head Island South Carolina.  After a little work I had CHOTO moved to Chattanooga, TN and used it on the entire Tennessee River and south on the Tom Bigby Waterway to the gulf.  Then, I sold it in the summer of 1993 to an engineer from Canada who was going to use it to live on for the working months in the oil fields of Newfoundland and then back home to Canada during the winter  months."  From an email dated 16 July 2012


  • L-shaped settee
  • Galley to port
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • Stateroom has double seat to starboard
  • Custom 8” memory foam mattress

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Yanmar 4LH-DTE 170-HP Hours: 1800 (01/08) 7kts- 1.8-gal@hour & 8kts-2.75-gal@hour
  • Transmission Hurth Model HBW 50 (2.73:1)
  • Kingston Thrust Bearing
  • Prop 3-blade bronze 18X22 (right) with shaft line cutter
  • Engine Controls Panel in pilothouse with
    • engine and trans oil pressure gauges
    • DC plug
    • engine stop
    • windshield wiper control
    • oil and water temp
    • DC volts for house and start batteries
  • Tankage
    • Fuel 250-gal
    • Water 195-gal
    • Holding 40-gal
  • Bow Thruster Vetus 3kW 50 Series
  • A/C above sink cools the main cabin and galley
  • A/C unit above the stateroom's hanging locker
  • SpeedSeal for raw water pump
  • Hull soda blasted and stripped and epoxy barrier coat applied (West System)


  • 110V AC & 12 V DC
  • AQUA Air conditioning(2 units)
  • Lifeline AGM Batteries (2-8D-house/1-4D-starting)
  • Perko control switch in Galley and in Engine room
  • Heart Freedom 20 Inverter/Charger(2000 watt)
  • Link 1000 Electrical Management Control
  • 2-dockside electrical cables
  • 110V splitter cord
  • BALMAR Alternator w/regulator (High capacity) (House)
  • YANMAR alternator (Starting)
  • 2-color flat screen TV’s
  • AM/FM CD Radio w/4-speakers
  • 2-12V DC Fans
  • Perko SS 10”Spotlight remotely operated on Pilothouse roof


  • Magic Chef 4-burner propane stove w/oven
  • Carousel Microwave
  • SeaFrost 12-volt high capacity refrigeration system
  • XINTEX S-2A propane/CNG Fume detector
  • Atlantic Marine Water Heater
  • PAR Model 36950-2 series electric system pump
  • Manual brass fresh and salt water pumps
  • double SS sinks
  • pressure hot/cold water


  • Raymarine C90W wide screen (touchscreenGPS/chart plotter/radar display/fish finder, etc.)
  • DSM300 digital sounder
  • Raymarine RD418D 4kw digital radar
  • Standard Horizon Spectrum VHF Radio w/external speaker
  • VHF Antenna
  • 8” Ritchie Compass w/brass cowl
  • Cetec Benmar Cruise Keeper 210 Autopilot
  • FLOSCAN Fuel Management System


  • Windless Ideal Vertical Model ACW w/fwd foot controls
  • Anchor 65# Fiojord w/300’ 3/8-BBB chain
  • 40# Danforth
  • 150’ ¾” nylon
  • 250’ 5/8” nylon
  • Brig RIB F300 10-ft (2006)
  • The stern has a custom heavy duty 1-1/4” SS stern rail
  • outboard mount
  • Garhauer SS dinghy davits
  • The teak decks were professionally refastened and recaulked in June 2007
  • 15’ aluminum mast and boom painted white with spreaders and lifting apparatus (lines and blocks) for dinghy/outboard
  • 2-spreader mounted deck lights
  • storage boxes on upper deck
  • Custom fabricated double SS railing on upper deck
  • Kahlenberg Airhorn and airsteam whistle
  • courtesy flag halyards,
  • 3-forward facing tug lights, and an anchor light.
  • FlowJet 4300 Series quad automatic Wash down pump w/hose
  • Fenders (5)-12X34
  • Boat hooks (2)
  • Mooring lines (4 -25’- 5/8”)
  • Docking Lines (4- 35’ double braided 5/8” nylon)
  • Docking Lines (2-30’ three strand ¾” nylon)
  • 2 Life rings

Original Purchase Information2

Date Ordered Buyer Hull Laid Hai O's Cost to Build3 Shipping Cost from Taiwan Date Shipped Date Arrived in US Closing Sale Date Misc. Expenses4 Admiralty Ltd. Profit Approximate Delivered Price5
unknown Victory Tugs of FL. 11/83 $54,751.30 $10,134.84 1/23/1984 2/26/1984 2/28/1984 $2,047.75 $6,050.00 $72,983.89

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