37VT19 Decoy
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HIN: OEY370190984 more photos
Hull Laid: September 1984
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
John and Susie Collamore June 2019 Decoy Deltaville, VA
Bill and Keefer Irwin May 2012 June 2019 Callisto Rochester, VT
Natalie Ambrose 2004 2012 Alegria Gibson Island, MD
Ron & Sharon Frahm 1999 2004 Little Toot Beaufort, NC
Bruce Osborn1 1984 1999 Nora Celeste Hilton Head, SC

About the Owners (current and former)

Bill and Keefer Irwin are from Rochester Vermont. In April 2012 they sold their Island Island Packet 31 sailboat to go, "a-tuggin" having being converted after they saw their first LNVT. The Irwin's Plan is to cruse "Callisto" for a couple seasons on lake Champlain, and then possibly spend the summers on the boat in the Maritimes.
Bill has spent many years in the Ski Business and Keefer is a retired Wild-land Firefighter. "Callisto" is the name of the Greek Bear Goddess.

Natalie Ambrose is a marketing and market research consultant, whose specialty is analyzing long term trends as well as the competitive environment for organizations and corporations. She spends her time between Washington DC (where she grew up) and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having crewed and cruised on OPB's for years, she finally took the proverbial plunge and got this her first boat. Long a sailboater and loathing stink-pot "Clorox bottles", but wanting something spacious, economical, reliable and not too dependent on the Chesapeake's dearth of wind, she saw her first Lord Nelson Tug and instantly was smitten … by its wide walk-around decks, its interior teak, the quality of its construction, its jaunty sheer! As Natalie read once … "Life is too short (and boats too expensive) to own an ugly boat"! Natalie is always happy to show people the boat and tell anyone who will listen why these tug-trawlers are so wonderful. She has gotten her USCG Captain's License and will always cherish this boat-owning phase in her life, made particularly special by owning such a truly memorable, cruise-worthy, and well-built boat! … And what does her name mean? "Alegria" means "Happiness", in Spanish … and this is oh so true! :)

Ronnie Frahm- Was in the business supplies business. Little Toot was used mostly for long weekends and cruised the ICW to Washington, DC. He made many changes and upgrades including the engine and transmission replacement, installed a water flow meter, had bug screens made, and installed fuel tank level indicators. After selling Little Toot he bought a Nordic Tug 42.

Osborn- Kept Nora Celest on a lake in Atlanta before moving her to Windmill Harbour, Hilton Head Island, SC. According to Ronnie Frahm, she was used in boat shows on the east coast.


  • Stairs between Pilothouse and Salon are to starbord
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • Straight salon settee to port
  • Galley to port
  • Stateroom has offset double v-berth, a hanging locker to port, and a long double seat to starboard

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Diesel Yanmar #4LHA-HTP, 154-hp turbocharged water cooled (new in 2003; current 720-hours)
  • Generator: Northern Lights 4.5K-watt w/ sound shield, Model# M643. Driven by a Lugger three cylinder, freshwater cooled diesel (current 80-hours)
  • Transmission: Borg Warner Velvet Drive model# 10-18-010; ratio transmission is 2.5:1
  • Bow Thurster: Sleipner 12-volt Side-Power, model# SP75T Dual Prop forward, equipped with safety overload protection and new joystick control
  • Filters: primary are Double Racor #500 (2009); Algae-X magnetic fuel filter system
  • Propeller: Michigan Workhorse — bronze 4-blade fixed 24x14
  • PSS Dripless stuffing box shaft seal

Electronics & Navigation Equipment

  • Garmin 5012 GPS With XM Weather and Garmin 16" HD Radar
  • Garmin 3006C "All-In-One" GPS color chartplotter, with depth and speed reader, sonar and fishfinder, w/ 6.4" color LCD screen (2007)
  • 3 VHF radio(s): Icom IC-M56 VHF radio; Horizon Eclipse+; Icom 5011 VHF with blue tooth remote
  • 8" Ritchie Compass mounted in polished brass cowl
  • Raytheon ST6000 12-volt autopilot w/ remote (rebuilt)
  • Million+ candlepower RayLine 10” spotlight w/ remote search light control
  • Kahlenberg tug air horn w/ compressor


  • Generator: Northern Lights 4.5K-watt w/ sound shield, Model# M643 (current 80-hours)
  • DC to AC Inverter: Prosine 1000 watt
  • Battery Charger: TrueCharge 40 amp three step automatic marine-grade
  • Batteries: Three (3) 4D AGM batteries (2012)
  • Alternator:Balmar 60-100-SR-IG W/ MC-614 Regulator (new 2012)
  • Electric Head: Jabsco
  • 12 volt DC system, lighting and outlets throughout
  • 110 volt AC system, lighting and outlets throughout
  • VDO duel fuel gauges and sending units

Deck & Hull

  • Windlass: Maxwell Nilsson electric 12-volt windlass with deck foot switch
  • Saltwater anchor wash system
  • Anchors: Primary: 65-lb steel Forfjord #6, with 250-feet of 3/8” BBB galvanized chain. Secondary: aluminum Fortress FX-23 Danforth-style, with 10-feet of chain and 200-feet of three strand nylon rode
  • Movable Genoa tracks along each side serve as fender anchors
  • Bilge Pump(s): Primary is a manual diaphragm-style pump with suction line lead deep to the bilge area aft of the main engine. Secondary is a Rule#750 12-volt submersible, equipped with an integral automatic sensing device and manual override switch
  • Smokestack (non-functioning) on upper deck serves as the propane locker
  • (2) Bomar cockpit hatch-covers provide access to aft lazarette


  • Diesel Fuel: 240 gallons, stored in four separate tanks. All tanks are filled via 2 common fills ports and starboard and are equipped with VDO Fuel sending units and a common 12-volt gauge
  • Water: 85 gallons, stored in four separate stainless steel tanks
  • Holding: 55-liter flexible rubber holding tank
  • Hot water heater: 12-gallon stainless steel, with cumulative water consumption flow meter as well as an accumulator tank

Comfort & Convenience

  • Cruisair reverse cycle marine HVAC system, 16,000 BTU and new SMX II microprocessor control
  • Grunert (Adler Barbour) 11 cubic foot top-load refrigerator/freezer box system; 12-volt seawater cooled, with three eutectic (cold) holding plates
  • Built-in liquor cabinet for wines & spirits
  • All settees, chairs, and v-berth have been professionally re-upholstered with Sunbrella fabric, in nautical patterns (2006)
  • Fold-out stool for helmsman in pilothouse — originally a mast-seat from a Hinkley Bermuda
  • Force 10 LP propane cabin heater
  • Force 10 Propane Stove / oven
  • JVC Stereo (FM/AM/CD) w/ (2) Polyplanar speakers and XM Radio
  • (2) TV/Phone outlets
  • (2) 18”x18”x24” Frigid rigid super-insulated coolers (stowed on the upper deck)
  • Full complement of flag blue (25’) and red (35’) docking lines and fenders, PFD's (8), USCG Ring Buoys (2), shore power cord, Ensign & Flagstaff

Original Purchase Information2

Date Ordered Buyer/Brokerage Hull Laid OEY'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 Maple Leaf Yachts 9/84 $58,450.00 $10,942.80 12/04/84 01/01/85 01/03/85 $1,749.82 $7,155.38 $78,298.00

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