37VT47 Thistle
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HIN: OEY370470686 more photos
Hull Laid: June 1986
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Ed and Mary Ann McChain, June 2019
Piper & Connor with Ed & Mary Ann
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Ed and Mary Ann McChain 6 February 2012 Thistle Urbanna, VA
Dr. Peter Nordlie July 2002 6 February 2012 Last Call Port Haywood, VA
Garry and Carol Domnisse Feb 2000 July 2002 Yellow Rose Annapolis, MD
John M. Evans May 1998 Feb 2000 Sea Hobby Hilton Head, SC
1995? May 1998 Invictus Stuart, FL
1995? Poppy Juno Beach, FL
Bob Heston1 15 Sep 1986

About the Owners Past and Present

Ed and Mary Ann McChain: I retired from Construction Management, and prior to this worked as a Commercial Pilot for many years. Sailing and boats have always been my passion, Mary Ann, now retired, worked as a public school teacher, specializing in early childhood development. The first Lord Nelson Tug I ever saw was Bodacious at Coles Point Marina on the Potomac River, I think it was in 1998.  I knew then that when the day came that I took the geriatric jump to a trawler that the Lord Nelson tug would have to be the one.  After 43 years of sailing, the time came, due to my wife’s health to make the switch to a trawler.  We reluctantly put our Baba 35 Cutter on the market in the fall of 2011 and she sold in just a few months. During that time we looked at 6 Lord Nelson Victory Tugs and decided on Last Call. Dr. Nordlie had taken wonderful care of her and she was close to home. It is our intention to travel many of the same routes that had been done with her by former owners.

Peter Nordlie Is a Ph.D. in social psychology and was president of Human Sciences Research, Inc. based in Fairfax, VA. He is a lifelong sailor. In the mid 60's Peter bought a strip planked Dickerson 35 ketch which he used to cruise the Chesapeake. In the mid 70's he bought a Cheoy Lee Clipper 36 Ketch in Baltimore, MD and retained the named Sovereign of the Seas. He sailed her from Maine to the Bahamas and then in 1989, after five years of preparation, headed across the 'pond' for Norway. Two days out of Cape May, NJ a powerful weather system descended on them bringing unrelenting westerly winds and 12' seas. Ten days into the storm Sovereign was lost 400 miles east of Bermuda. This same storm sunk three other sailboats on the identical course but ahead of Peter; on two of these all hands were lost. Read the whole story here. It took two years but by 1991 Peter was determined to get back on the water. By coincidence he came across a listing for a Lord Nelson 41 sailboat located in Marathon, FL. He bought Fair Wind and brought her back to the Chesapeake. Planning for the second Atlantic crossing commenced almost immediately. In 1994 he successfully crossed with stops in Bermuda, the Azores, Ireland, and Scotland. In 1995 Peter met his sailing goal of going back to Norway, the home of his grandfather who'd immigrated into the United States--it was a real 'roots' tour. In June 1996 Peter followed the Viking route home: Iceland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and finally the Chesapeake Bay. After his good experience with the Lord Nelson sailboat there was only one power boat for him. He's cruised Last Call from Maine to Sarasota. In March 2005, while in her Horn Harbor, VA slip, fire on a neighboring boat badly damaged Last Call's dinghy deck. A $135,000 restoration by Zimmerman Marine brought this phoenix back from the ashes. In 2007, he took her on an 1800 mile loop trip from the Chesapeake up the Hudson, out the Erie and Oswego Canals, across L. Ontario, the Rideau Canal to Ottawa, down the Ottawa R. and St. Laurence to the canal leading into L. Champlain, and from there via canal to the Hudson and back home.

Garry and Carol Domnisse Traveled far and wide on Yellow Rose, read their story.

John Evans "I purchased her in May 1998. She was tied up alongside a residence at the entry end of SE Star Island Way, Hobe Sound, Florida. In 1985 I purchased Munson Manufacturing, a builder of all welded aluminum work boats in Edmonds, Washington. It was around this time that I saw my first LNVT on Lake Union in Seattle. I wonder if it was the same one Garry Domnisse saw in the 80’s? I am now 74 years old and have no boat. Sea Hobby (hull # 47) was my last. During a wonderful life I have sailed powered and sport fished from Maine through the Bahamas to Key West and up the west coast of Florida to Tampa Bay. I also spent 10 years building boats and boating in the NW. While I owned “Sea Hobby” I did extensive renewal work on fiberglass and various systems. I added a custom built HVAC system and sound insulated the engine room." — 17 January 2009


  • "L" shaped salon settee
  • Galley to port
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • Stateroom has single seat with vanity to starboard
  • Head to port between stateroom and pilot house
  • Shower to stb between stateroom and pilot house
  • New Cushions w/ 6 " foam and Sumbrella fabric 2016

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins 4BT3.9M turbocharged diesel engine
  • Lefthand 24x20 prop (tops out at 2800 rpm at wide open throttle)
  • Replaced iron fuel tanks with aluminum ones (see Tuggers, Winter 2007 & Spring 2008)
  • Twin Racor Fuel filters
  • Lectra-Scan Sanitation device 2015, holding tank (2014)
  • Air whistle
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Bow thruster — Max Power
  • Windlass, Maxwell-Nilson


  • Northern Lights 8kW Genset
  • New electrical panels( 50 Amp 240 volt)
  • 120A Balmar and smart charger (2012)
  • Aims 2000 Watt Pure sine wave inverter/charger 70 amp (installed 6/2017)
  • Aimes power remote control
  • 600W Portawatt Inverter (pure sine wave)
  • Three 8D Batteries House Bank, two Group 31 Batteries for Start Bank ( 5/17)
  • 50 amp/240V shore power cord, splitter and adapters
  • 42,000 BTU Ocean Breeze air conditioning and heating2006 (Microsoft Easy Start 2018)
  • Galvanic isolator
  • Searchlight, floodlight, remote controlled
  • Alpenglow overhead lights (10)
  • Six Gallon Hot water heater
  • Oil change system — Reverso
  • 3 Hella 12volt fans, 3 Camfo 3 speed
  • Force 10 Propane heater 2012


  • Adler-Barber refrigerator (2012)
  • Force 10 propane stove, oven, broiler, 4-burner
  • Microwave (2012)
  • Dometic 5 cu/ft freezer ( 2018)


  • Garmin chart plotter 2010
  • Dell Laptop w/ Polar View nav software and GPS
  • Raymarine 24 mile radar
  • Three Link 10 battery monitors
  • Depth sounder & Fishfinder (Garmin Echo550c) 2012
  • Autohelm 6000 with remote
  • Watchmate AIS Transponder (2017)
  • Cell phone amplifier — Powermax
  • Standard Horizon VHF w/DSC and AIS (installed 2013), Handheld Horizon VHF
  • Saloon: Stereo, CD, tape player,AM,FM receiver —Jensen
  • Pilothouse: Stereo, CD, tape player,AM,FM receiver —Sony 2013
  • Propane protection system
  • Fireboy automatic engine room fire extinguisher/engine shutdown system
  • West Marine High Water alarm
  • 28 " TV and DVD player, power antenna 2016

**Deck & Hull

  • New Algrip paint on Hull and Cove (2017)
  • Anchors: Main anchor 35lb CQR secured in bow hawsepipe on 200" 5/16" chain(new 2009). Backup Anchors: Danforth, Fisherman and Fortress. Nylon 1/2" x 200' w/10' chain.
  • Oversize SS Anchor guard and SS cutwater (2017)
  • Deck boxes — 1 Fiberglass, 2 custom w/Teak lids
  • 400lb Standpipe Davit with Electric Winch
  • Dinghy, 7-1/2' Portland Pudgy Lifeboat Dinghy (new 2013)
  • Outboard - 2 HP Honda (New 2013)

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