37VT63 Julie B.
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HIN: OEY370630887 more photos
Hull Laid: August 1987
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Greg and Sally Whitaker, September 2020
Cruising the Bahamas
Owner Bought Boat's Name Home Port
Greg and Sally Whitaker 9 September 2020 Julie B. Duluth, MN
John & Susan and Dave & Vicki Howell 12 April 06 Nellie D. Naples, FL
Ralph and Sue Hampton 3 Jun 02 Good News! San Pedro, CA
Peter C. and Alvy Newman Feb 99 Titan Victoria, B.C.
John Ayearst Jan 93 Far Niente1 Mill Bay, B.C.
Arthur Wood Aug 90 Naknek Vancouver, B.C.2
Capt. Mike and Barbara Hoyne 14 Sep 89 Naknek Westport, WA
John James Anderson3 5 Nov 87 Naknek4 Marina Del Rey, CA

About the Owners (current and former)

The Whitaker's: Are long time cruisers that named their tug in honor of Greg's parents, Julie and Bob. They started us down the path of cruising on a boat and just like the Howells, the new name on the stern puts a smile on our faces when we hear it said aloud. After completing the LOOP, running the St Lawrence seaway and revisiting all of the Great Lakes we sold our Munk designed Ocean Alexander and move from Michigan to Minnesota to be closer to our daughters family. Duluth is both an active and large port on Lake Superior and after completing the construction of our home the bug to return to the water reappeared. Just prior to doing the loop we had owned a Lord Nelson sail boat and we loved it so despite Covid 19 we decided to start looking for a Lord Nelson tug. We were in contact with the Howells and it was not long that we had become the new owners of LNVT #63. It all happened on our 48th wedding anniversary so we will not soon forget that day. Julie B. is now in the shop in Washburn WI waiting to be repainted before launching in the spring. Our first order of business is to become familiar with her and to explore the near by Apostle Islands and Isle Royal.

The Howell's: My brother John and I spent a year looking for our LNVT. The boat's location wasn't nearly as important as its condition. That's how we two east coasters became bi-coastal boaters. Nellie D. is named after our great grandmother Nellie Davison, of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. We wanted a name that would bring a smile to our faces each time we heard the name said aloud.
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The Hampton's: Wanted a boat they could live aboard while preparing for a long-term cruise. In June '02 they bought Good News! in B.C., Canada. For two months they commuted between Long Beach, CA and Good News!. Wanting her closer to home they weighed their options and decide to sail her south—a true blue water passage. She was docked in San Pedro, CA. The need to be closer to aging parents forced the sale of Good News! in April '06. Read more about the Hampton's.

The Newman's: "It (Titan) was named after my husband's (Peter C Newman) book on the Canadian Establisment figures called Titans". Alvy Newman, 8/21/07 "Peter agonizes over selling it (his LNVT Titan). I can't believe how I just took that quality and elegance for granted and we have been unable to replace it since." Alvy Newman, 1/8/08 After selling Titan, in 2002, the Newman's bought a Hans Christian sail boat.

John Ayearst: Is a retired business owner who previously had a C&C 30 and a Force 50 ketch. John says he loves all things Italian (but especially Ferraris) and thus the name Far Niente. He kept her moored in front of his house in Mill Bay, B.C. She cruised as far north as Port Hardy and spent some time in the San Juan Islands too. Far Niente suffered from the wavy gunwale problem (as a result of the yard putting expanding foam in the bulwarks to increase flotation). John had this remedied with a long board and filler.

The Hoyne's: Mike and Barabara lived in Panama for 8 years where he was a canal pilot. Then, for 19 years, he was a pilot crossing the infamous Grays Harbor Bar, Westport, WA. Barbara said that in all that time he only went into the drink once, for which he counts himself lucky. It was during their time in Washington that they purchased Naknek. They found her in Marina Del Ray, CA and had her trucked to Westport. In addition to local jaunts they cruised several times from Westport to Aberdeen. It was the rough waters during an attempted trip to the Puget Sound that convinced Barbara she's not a blue water cruiser. Mike and Barabara are now retired and live in Bosie, Idaho. Thank you to Larry Hoyne, Mike and Barbara's son, a harbor pilot himself in Long Beach, CA for getting his parents to update Naknek's information. (updated August 2011)

John James Anderson: Took possession of a brand new 37' Victory Tug (hull #63) in November 1987 when she was delivered to Long Beach, CA from Pa-Li Taiwan. Fu Yi Chen, Master Carpenter of Ocean Eagle Yacht (OEY) Building Corporation signed the Builder's Certification on 3 October 1987. Admiralty Ltd. of Sun Valley Idaho was the importer. John kept Naknek in Marina Del Rey, CA and cruised her to Catalina Island. According to Barbara Hoyne, John sold Naknek because his new wife wasn't as enamored with boating as John. John is an accomplished lifelong actor. His credits are available at IMDb. (updated August 2011)


  • "L" shaped salon settee
  • Galley to port
  • Pilot house has single engine-room floor-hatch to port
  • Engine access through stateroom steps
  • Stateroom has single seat with vanity to starboard
  • Nav table insert over stateroom stairs
  • Teak table for the wheelhouse bench
  • Custom curtains
  • Teak and holly floor leveling insert at top of stateroom stairs
  • Custom screens in pilot house and stateroom ceiling hatches
Dressing Table

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins 150hp 4BT3.9M turbocharged diesel engine, 5619 hours (7/13)
    • ESN: 44183737
    • Lucas CAV DPA Fuel Injector Pump, U3042F310/17860093FDU/A99L1400-9-3075 (rebuilt 1/19)
    • Replaced oil pan (6/02)
    • AirSep crankcase breather and oil recycler (new 6/11)
    • Rebuilt turbo (6/11)
    • Replaced raw water injection elbow (6/11)
    • 3" Trident Corrugated #252 exhaust hose (new 7/11)
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive Model 1017-012 (2.57:1 Ratio), S/N 5921 (rebuilt 8/02)
  • Prop 4-blade, left hand, Hung Shen 24x20
  • 2" Stainless steel propeller shaft
  • 2" stainless steel rudder shaft (gland rebuilt 10/11)
  • Vetus 95 bow thruster (schematic pdficon.gif) (new 12/12)
  • Dual Racor 500 fuel filters (installed 2nd Racor 7/07)
  • Tankage
    • 220g diesel in 4 aluminum tanks (new 9/11). Tank blueprints (Forward Tanks pdficon.gif, Aft Tanks pdficon.gif, Fitting Details pdficon.gif, Inspection Plate Details pdficon.gif, Cut Sheet Diagrams pdficon.gif)
    • 150g water in 2 original stainless tanks
    • 23g holding tank (a replacement) welded plastic under bunk
    • 2 30lb LP cylinders
  • PSS dripless prop shaft seal (installed 10/07)
  • Webasto Air Top 5000D diesel furnace (rebuilt 6/06)
  • Hydronic heat in salon via forced-air through a hot-water-coil
  • 2 electric bilge pumps with helm indicator lights
  • manual bilge pump
  • Aqualarm raw water flow alarm
  • Rudder angle indicator (at steering station)
  • 2 Groco sea water strainers (engine and gen set)
  • SeaStar hydraulic steering (piston rebuilt 2002) (schematic pdficon.gif)
  • Boat Whistle
    • Dual Khalenberg 117 and 119 whistles
    • 1.5 HP, 6 gallon, 120V Compressor located in the top of the smoke stack (new 9/14)
  • Vacuflush Model #848 head (schematic pdficon.gif)
    • Flexible PVC waste and vent hoses (new 12/12)
  • Pressurized fresh water system with expansion tank (schematic pdficon.gif)
  • Raritan 170611 6 gallon water heater (heats via wither 120 VAC or engine cooling water) (new 11/11)
  • Windshield wipers on front three windows (factory option)
  • Pilothouse window defrosters (2)
  • Engine room and bilge blower (exhausts via the top of the smoke stack)
  • Stainless steel rudder
  • Emergency stainless steel tiller
  • Custom lazarette barrier to keep objects from falling into the steering gear
  • Engine room Insulation
  • Custom engine room LED lighting
  • Fender track running the length of the boat.
80lb Babeth Anchor
Steering Schematic
Thruster Schematic
Engine Water Systems
Cummins 4BT3.9M
Head Schematic
Potable Water Schematic
Fuel lines & Fuel Manifold


  • 125A Balmar Alternator Model 9115
  • Balmar ARS-5 multi-stage voltage regulator (installed 8/11)
  • Onan 5 kW generator (5MDKAU-1477A) w/258 hours (10/19) (installed 7/04) installation documentation
  • Trace 2 kW Inverter/Charger
  • Link-10 Battery Monitor
  • 3 8D (220Ah) AGM batteries (installed 12/15)
  • SmartPlug 30A shore cord system (installed 10/12)
  • Mariner 30A 120VAC battery charger
  • Blue Seas M-Series 6006 Battery Switch for the thruster and windlass (installed 4/13)
  • Perko SS 10” Spotlight, remotely operated, mounted on Pilothouse roof
  • Two spreader mounted deck lights
  • Exterior Wheelhouse lights]
Onan 5kW Genset
Pilothouse Light
Electrical Overview


  • Corian counter tops] (installed 7/02) lessons learned
  • Adler Barbour refrigerator/freezer with top and side access (installed 1/07)
  • 3 burner Force 10 stainless steel stove (installed 12/12)
  • Double hinged teak stove top cover
  • Fireboy SA-2 Automatic LP shutoff and leak detector (sensors behind stove and in bilge)
  • Sink hand Pumps for both salt and fresh water
  • Kohler K-10433-BV Forte Single Control faucet in brushed bronze (installed 12/12)
  • above the sink lighting hidden by teak valance (installed 6/07)
  • washer and dryer
  • Galley's wet locker converted to shelved storage
  • Trawler Brass Oil Lamp
Corian countertop
Washer and Dryer


  • Garmin 5212 Touch Screen Chart Plotters (installed 3/09)
  • Garmin GMR 18 HD Radar (installed 3/09)
  • Garmin GSD 22 Sounder Module with Airmar Triducer: B744V 6-pin (installed 3/09)
  • Garmin GPS 17 (installed 3/09)
  • Garmin GXM 51 XM satellite receiver/antenna (installed 5/10)
  • Garmin GWS 10 for wind speed, direction, outside air temp and barometric readings (installed 3/09)
  • FloScan with FloNet (NMEA 2000) interface (installed 3/10)
  • ComNav 1001 autopilot (with remote) and RayMarine Type 1 Linear Actuator (new actuator 4/11)
  • NEMA 0183 to USB (PC) interface (installled 4/06)
  • Automatic radio antenna switch (installed 8/06)
  • West Marine Class A AIS (installed 5/15)
  • Standard Horizon GX1600 Marine VHF Radio with DSC (installed 8/19)
  • ICom IC-7000 Ham radio
  • ICom AH-4 automatic antenna tuner (installed 6/08)
  • Morad WH-23 HF 23' whip antenna (installed 6/08)
  • Kenwood dual band TM-D710 and Morad VHF-HD 2m antenna (installed 6/08)
  • Dynaplate HF Ground (installed 3/09)
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers in pilot house and salon
Garmin wind instrument
Instrument Panel


  • Maxwell Windlass (new motor installed 4/07)
    • Foot switches for both up and down
  • 80lb Babeth anchor with 375' of 3/8" BBB chain
  • 15lb Fortress lunch hook (new 8/10) and 200' of 1/2" nylon rode
  • Salt water anchor washdown bib by windlass
  • Fresh hot/cold water bibb in stern
  • Two 12' kayaks and mounts (installed 1/07)
  • Simpson 175 electric davits (installed 1/07)
  • Avon 10' RIB with 15hp 2-stroke Yamaha outboard (new 3/07)
  • Wood mast and boom aft of stack (factory option)
  • 1.25" stainless rails on stern and upper deck (factory option)
  • Custom dodger over companionway
  • Teak storage boxes on upper deck (factory option)
  • Custom stainless bow stem guard (new 6/09)
Maxwell windlass
12' Kayak Mount
Simpson Davit demo video

Related Documents

  • Video of Julie B. underway
  • USCG title chain, 31 May 02 pdficon.gif
  • Julie B.'s Periodic Task List
  • Blueprints for the aluminum fuel tanks
    • Forward Tanks pdficon.gif
    • Aft Tanks pdficon.gif
    • Fitting Details pdficon.gif
    • Inspection Plate Details pdficon.gif
    • Cut Sheet Diagrams pdficon.gif
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