37VT33 Hjortie
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HIN: OEY370330885 more photos
Hull Laid: August 1985
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan


Steph & Trev Croteau Sep 2012


Cruising between Taylors and Hoopers Islands, Chesapeake Bay (September 2012)

Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Trevor and Stephanie Croteau 29 Feb 2012 Hjortie Lake City, MN
Stephen A. and Julie A. Sell 7 November 2008 29 Feb 2012 Growler Port Mahon, DE
Terry A. Powers and Aliya Husain 28 January 2001 7 November 2008 Growler Galesville, MD
Allerton D. Marshall 1995 28 January 2001 Growler Hilton Head, SC
Captain Evie and unknown1 1985 1995 Captain Evie & J Long Tarpon Springs, FL

About the Owners Past and Present

Trevor and Stephanie Croteau: purchased Growler in February 2012. Growler was renamed to Hjortie. My mother-in-law (who passed away 6 years ago) was nicknamed "Hjortie". Hence the tugs new name. I am a bit superstitious so all my of boats are named after my mother-in-law. I have a 2008 Boston Whaler Dauntless named "Miss Marilyn". She's been my successful guardian angle for many years. Hjortie represents my ongoing passion for boating. I'm often asked "Why a LNVT?". I can cite many configuration reasons (i.e. low draft), or the unique design of the boat. But in the end it's like Al and Sally of SALLY W stated, These boats bring a smile to your face everytime you look at one. And that's really cool.

Stephen and Julie Sell: purchased Growler on November 7, 2008. From a 13 November 2008 email Steve writes: My wife, Julie and I, own our own company and buy, renovate and sell houses in northern Delaware. At heart, however, we are artists and our plan is to use our Tugboat as a floating artists workshop and platform to explore and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay and east coast. My wife does sculpture, pottery & painting. I do a little photography, some woodworking, tinker with scooters and old boats, guitars and ukueleles. Julie and I previouisly owned sailboats the last one being a Friendship Sloop. I love the tradiitional boats and beautiful woodworking and that was one of the things that attracted us to the Lord Nelson. We love the idea that we own a Tug Boat with such distinctive lines.

Dr. Terry Powers: was a long time owner who lovingly spared no expense totally refurbishing Growler. In 2001 he replaced the existing Cummins engine with a new one. Read more about Terry.

Allerton D. Marshall:I bought the boat in Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1995 from the first owners, who had lived aboard for 10 years. It was called Captain Evie after the owner’s wife, who had a license. I renamed her Growler as my boats have always been so named, since my first one, built in 1886 in Long Island. I bought a new Krogen 39 in 2000 and named her Growler. I loved the boat but had trouble maintaining the engine in the rather cramped space. But she always turned heads entering a harbor!

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins Diesel 155hp 4BT3.9M, new 2001, 502 hours
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission
  • Aqua Drive
  • PSS dripless shaft packing
  • Vetus 95 kgf Bow Thurster w/ wireless remote - 2012
  • New sound shield in engine room 2001
  • Dual Racors Model 75/500 with vacuum gauge 2001
  • FloScan Model 750M-201-2K - 2012
  • Erickson safety pump 2001
  • Espar diesel heating system 2001
  • Nine gallon Allcraft hot water heater 2003
  • New freshwater pump 2003
  • Marine Air reverse cycle heating and air conditioning
  • Kahlenberg air horns 2005
  • Kahlenberg whistle
  • Exalto windshield wipers and teak boxes 2001
  • Three new Guest oscillating fans 2002
  • New foredeck washdown pump 2003
  • New pump assembly on head 2003
  • Fuel and tanks cleaned June 2006, August 2012


  • Xantex Freedom Sine wave Inverter / Charger - 2012
  • Xantrex linkLite Battery Monitors (2) - 2012
  • Blue Seas Systems Automatic Charging Relays ML-ACR - 2012
  • Batteries reconfigured: 5 8D. (1) Starter, (1) Bow Thruster, (3) House
  • 110 volt shore power system with 2 shore connections (one for the house and one for the AC)
  • GFCI outlets installed 2006
  • Vacuflush electric head & 18 gallon holding tank June 2013


  • Galley to port
  • New Formica counters 2010
  • Force 10 three burner propane stove w/oven
  • Double stainless sinks w/ hot and cold pressure water
  • Brass fresh water and seawater hand pumps
  • Large built-in ice chest with top loading and side loading doors
  • Ice box with two Adler Barbour refrigeration systems—top and side loading doors

Electronics and Navigation

  • Raymarine MFD C127 - 2012
  • Raymarime MFD C125 - 2012
  • Raymarine AIS650 Class B Transceiver - 2012
  • Raymarine Open Array Super HD Radar 4KW - 2012
  • Raymarine SS270W SS through hull wide angle transducer - 2012
  • Raymarine RS130 GPS Receiver
  • Raymarine Seatalk interface kits - 2012
  • Raymarine ST60+ Rudder Angle Indicator - 2012
  • Raymarine ST40 Wind Instrument & Bird - 2012
  • Navionics Platinum + and Gold Series Navigation Cards
  • Simrad AP25 auto pilot with remote control
  • Sitex depth finder
  • 6" Sestrel compass
  • Icom M125 VHF
  • Icom BC166 handheld VHF
  • UFO Digital Antenna - 2012


  • New interior paint 2004
  • Salon windows repaired & refitted 2001
  • Settee berth modified to convert to king sized bed
  • New upholstery in salon & pilothouse
  • Stateroom has clothes locker port and starboard


  • 8 - 36 in by 8 in rope fenders from Classic Rope Fenders, Dean Rivett - 2012
  • Starboard and Port side - 3 sections (10 ft, 10 ft, 4 ft ) of Sail Rails with 9 Sliding tracks per side - 2012
  • Mast aft of stack
  • Teak deck box
  • 8' Trinka rowing tender w/ 2.5 HP Suzuki Outboard (2012)
  • Perko spotlight
  • GoLight wireless remote spotlight installed on Mast - 2012
  • New Bomar hatches 2001
  • Screens
  • Muir anchor windlass
  • New Awl Grip'd topsides 2004
  • Bottom soda stripped & painted July 2006
  • Cetol on Teak May 2011
  • Fuel fills are recessed into the cabin sides


  • 1997 Con-O-Lift Y-20 Boat Trailer. SN: 2C9B9SL23UP050030. Capacity: 40,000 lbs
Pilot House Instruments
Pilot House View
The Galley
The Salon

Original Purchase Information2

Date Ordered Buyer 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 Long, J 8/85 $66,563.85 $10,558.13 unknown unknown 01/17/86 $1,989.21 $18,344.81 $97,456.00
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