37VT56 Melissa Marie
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HIN: OEY370560387 more photos
Hull Laid: March 1987
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Peter and Melissa Neal September 2023 Melissa Marie Hudson, WI
Joe and Arvilla Glinski July 2003 September 2023 Our Villa Plover, WI
Bill and Meda Lowell January 1997 July 2003 Gray Ghost Lake Champlain, VT
Adam and Barbara (Bobbie) Mink1 1987 January 1997 B.J. Stone Miami, FL

About the Owners (former and current)

The Glinskis: Joe and Arvilla are long time cruisers. They put 4000 hours on their Nordic 26 before buying Our Villa in Burlington, VT. They wrote the following on 20 September after completing the Great Loop:

We arrived at our marina in Trempealeau,WI on the Upper Mississippi River on our 37 foot Lord Nelson Victory Tug on September 5, 2008 after 11 months of cruising America's Great Loop. We cruised 6,801 miles, locked through 182 locks, used 1,389 gallons of diesel and logged 967 engine hours. We burned 1.44 gallons per hour, which averaged to 4.9 miles per gallon, with nothing subtracted for generator consumption. We had 3 mechanical issues on this trip. Our muffler collapsed on the inside causing the engine to overheat, to remedy the problem we had the muffler cut in two and rebuilt and also replaced the sea water pump. Our alternator failed due to grease on the slip rings. The motor mount bracket broke when a bolt broke that attaches it to the marine gear, which we had welded. We had problems with our motor mounts five years ago when a bolt broke. We severely damaged a 40 pound Danforth style anchor and replaced it with a 65 pound Forfjord anchor. We crossed our wake on June 16, 2008 in Burlington,VT where we purchased Our Villa in July, 2003. The most memorable parts of the trip were the many wonderful people we met and the beautiful scenery in the USA and Canada. — Joe and Arvilla Glinski aboard OUR VILLA, hull #56, 20 Sept. 2008. Read about their experience on their blog at http://ourvilla.blogspot.com/

The Lowells: In the late 90's and early 2000's, I would leave Vermont every fall, with or without crew & head down the ICW to FL & either winter there or cross over. I spent several winters/springs in the Abacos. Much of my traveling was solo (w/ the Boston Terrier), with my wife flying to Marsh Harbour to join me. I towed a 12' Carolina Skiff w/ 15HP Yamaha, which gave me mobility & more chances to enjoy the great exploring and bonefishing.

The Minks: Are the original owners and now (2010) live in Duck Key, FL. They took delivery in Annapolis, MD, came down the ICW and lived aboard for several years cruising the Keys and Bahamas. They have retired from cruising and now own a flats fishing boat and enjoy playing tennis.


  • "L" shaped salon settee
  • Galley to port
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • No engine access through stateroom steps
  • Stateroom has single seat with vanity to starboard
  • Custom rear-deck bimini
  • Custom screens in pilot house and stateroom ceiling hatches

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins 4BT3.9M turbo diesel
  • Northern Lights 8kW genset
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive gear 2:57 to 1 Trasmission
  • Prop 4-blade, left hand
  • 2" Stainless steel propellor shaft
  • Racor 500 fuel filter
  • Tank Tender for fuel level readings in each fuel tank
  • Tankage
    • 240g diesel in 4 original black iron tanks
    • 150g water in 2 orginal stainless tanks
    • holding tank (a replacement) stainless under bunk
    • LP cylinders
  • 16K btu air conditioner under stateroom bunk
  • 16K btu air conditioner in saloon liquor cabinet
  • manual bilge pump
  • Groco sea water strainer
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Electric head
  • Pressurized fresh water system
  • Water heater (from 120 VAC or engine cooling water)
  • Windshield wipers on front three windows (factory option)
  • 18 Gallon per hour Horizon Reverse Osmosis Water Maker


  • Heart Inverter
  • Two spreader mounted deck lights
  • Perko SS 10” Spotlight, remotely operated, mounted on Pilothouse roof


  • Corian countertop and backsplash
  • Pressurized hot and cold water
  • Foot pump activated fresh and salt water spigots
  • Four burner propane stove/oven
  • Single large stainless steel sink
  • Hanging locker converted into a pantry


  • Raymarine Radar
  • Icom M-100 marine VHF
  • Autopilot and GPS NEMA 0183 to USB (PC) interface
  • Standard-Horizon marine VHF with DSC
  • 2M antenna
  • 2 VHF antennas
  • Bose speakers and AM/FM radio in pilothouse
  • AM/FM radio in saloon


  • mast aft of stack
  • Teak storage boxes on upper deck (factory option)
  • Stainless steel screens (factory option)
  • 1.25" stainless rails on stern and upper deck
  • Lofrans Windlass
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Our Villa Life Ring
Northern Lights Panel
Northern Lights Genset
Lofrans Windlass
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