37VT75 Lil' Toot
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HIN: OEY370750189 more photos
Hull Laid: January 1989
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Kathryn Nash and Ben Phillips
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Ben Phillips and Kathryn Nash 27 Oct 2017 Lil' Toot Chattanooga, TN
Terry and Eleanor Keith May 2015 27 Oct 2017 Lil' Toot Chattanooga, TN
Bob and Hannah Spatola April 1994 May 2015 Kukui Rock Hall, MD
April 1994 Firedrake Middle River, MD
1 Firedrake Seattle, WA

About the Owners (current and former)

Kathryn and Ben: Kathryn and Ben are new tug owners in Chattanooga. Both grew up around the water on smaller boats, but the Lord Nelson is their first larger cruiser. They are docked at the Chattanooga Riverfront Marina.

The Keiths: Terry and Eleanor Keith are very experienced boaters. For thirty years they've taken their boats, twenty plus of them, from Chattanooga, Tennessee to the Florida Keys. They wanted an LNVT for many years. Terry went so far as to keep a picture of an LNVT on his desk at work. After deciding to spend winters in their hometown of Chattanooga they sold their Ocean 56 and bought Lil' Toot. Lil' Toot is kept in a boathouse at the Chattanooga Yacht Club where they are long time members.

The Spatolas: Bob and Hannah first met in Hawaii in 1959. He was a wet-behind-the ears Coast Guard Officer and she was a newly minted nurse. A whirlwind romance, involving half the islands in the Pacific, ultimately led to marriage. They bought their first boat, a 33' Owens Bay Cruiser, in 1962. They promptly sold it in 1964 after suspecting that its comforts might be the cause of their rapidly growing family--three girls and a boy. Bob left the Coast Guard as a Commander and went to work with his father in a wine and spirits distribution company. In the early 1980's they got back into boating in a big way buy first buying a 46 Island Trader and then a 41' Out Islander. The 41' was put into a rental program in the Virgin Islands while the 46' was kept on the Chesapeake. When the last sailboat was sold in 1994 Bob started looking for a powerboat. It was then that he first heard about LNVTs and told his broker he'd like to see one. The rest, as they say is history. Kukui, hull#75, named for Bob's first ship in the Coast Guard, came under their care in April 1994.

Second Owner A Philadelphia contractor. He bought a Grand Banks 49 after selling the LNVT.

First Owner A retired Navy Captain. He wanted to live aboard but needed something bigger and bought a Grand Banks 49



  • Mehrkens Galley (i.e. galley to starboard)
  • Apartment Couch (2018)

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins 4BT3.9M diesel engine, 2000 hours (6/09)
    • Injectors (new 2015)
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive gear 2.57:1 Transmission
  • Prop 4-blade, left hand, 24x18(?)
  • 2" Stainless steel propeller shaft
  • Dual Racor (2018)
  • Tankage
      • 240g diesel in 2 original black iron tanks and 2 new (2013) aluminum tanks
      • 150g water in 2 orginal stainless tanks
      • holding tank steel under bunk
  • Vetus Bow Thruster
  • Hydraulic Steering
  • Espar Diesel Heater
  • Dual Kahlenberg Horns (new 2015)
  • Dripless Shaft Seal (2018)
  • Tank Tender Gauge


  • Paguro 4kW genset (2015)
  • 2 8D wet cells
  • Marine Air 16,000 Btu in Saloon (new 2015)
  • Marine Air 12,000 Btu in Pilot House/Stateroom (new 2015)
  • Wifi Network (2018)
  • Wifi Temperature Sensor (2018)

Galley and Head

  • Head Stainless Steel Counter and Sink (2018)
  • Remodeled and New Cabinet Layout (2018)
  • Top and Side Fridge Access
  • Separate Top Access Freezer
  • Water Cooled Compressor - New pump (2019)
  • PEX Plumbing (2019)
  • Galley Stainless Steel Counter and Sink (2018)


  • Garmin Radio w/ AIS (2018)
  • Garmin 720 Chartplotter (2015)
  • Furuno Radar
  • ProNautic 12-50P Charger
  • Additional DC and USB Outlets (2018)


  • Bulwark Door (new 2015)
  • Stainless Bow Rail
  • Stainless Stern Rail
  • Custom Bow Cushion
  • Windlass
  • Danforth Anchor
  • Stainless Chain Deck Lines (2019)

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