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The Tug Yacht


Talisker 32 - The Ultimate Small Tug Yacht!
Proposed Interior P & A | Proposed Stack Detail
Aft Perspective | Forward Perspective  |  Side Perspective

Copyright 2008 - 2016 Michael Kasten

General Concept

The request here was to combine the excellent hull form our Terrier 32 design with the interior layout of our Boojum 30 design. Thus, the Talisker 32 prototype was created. With much more room in the hull as compared to the Boojum 30, the interior of the Talisker 32 will be considerably more relaxed. Aft there is even enough room for a King Size double berth..!

On the aft deck there is more length than on the Boojum 30, and with 2' - 6" more overall beam the interior has that much more elbow room, plus a bit more length to the head compartment forward - all very friendly additions. As with the Boojum 30, the interior provides a "stand up" spot forward of the aft double berth, plus a generous pilot house complete with galley. With simple systems this compact little tug is as carefree and affordable as possible.

Particulars are:

Having a design displacement of 15,500 lbs, the Talisker 32 is of medium weight, having a D/L of 319. Displacement will vary from around 16,000 lbs. when lightly loaded, to a maximum capacity of around 19,500 lbs. when loaded and ready for a journey.

The engine is a Lister Alpha 55 hp turbo diesel, mated to a Sabb HVP-25 controllable pitch gear and Nogva propeller assembly. Many other engine options are available in similar horsepower ratings.  More power is simply not needed.

As with the Terrier 32, the hull, aft deck, and house side construction are intended to be of steel, with the fore-deck, both cabin tops, the stack, and the upper portion of the pilot house of cold moulded wood construction. An excellent alternate possibility would be to instead build the entire hull, decks and houses out of aluminum.

Hull Form

The Talisker 32 hull is modeled after working tugs. Having short ends, we can achieve the largest carrying capacity as well as the most interior living space within the shortest overall length. Deck structures have been kept as low as possible to provide for a low center of gravity, and also to permit travel throughout the French Canal system. Still there is full standing headroom in the pilot house!

While ballast is not required for stability, there is a small quantity of lead trimming ballast allowed for within the keel.

32' Tug Yacht TALISKER - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.

Interior Arrangement

Accommodations are intended to provide comfortable cruising for two on extended passages with occasional guests forward.

The low forward cabin extends from the enclosed head forward to the 'midships wheel house. The forward cabin top is actually the fore deck which extends the full width of the ship at the height of the main bulwark top. This provides the greatest amount of interior space, the largest open deck area, the greatest forward freeboard, the most reserve buoyancy forward, and the greatest range of stability.

Within the forward cabin, an overhead skylight / hatch allows light to enter and opens for fresh air and emergency access to the fore deck. The settees are long enough to serve as guest berths. Water tanks are located under the settees.

Within the raised 'midship pilot house the galley is to port and a pilot seat and wheel are to starboard. The 'midships pilot house offers excellent visibility in all directions. Deck access is via a sliding door to starboard. The "dashboard" forward of the wheel holds instruments and engine controls. Chart stowage is under seats and in back of cushions in the forward compartment. To port, the galley includes a two burner range with oven, plus a sink and generous side board. A large window is above the galley sink on the port side. A refrigerator is located under the pilot seat (starboard side).

The trunk cabin aft of the wheel house encloses the sleeping quarters and storage lockers. A very welcome standing area is located just forward of the double berth, having a small bureau / dresser on each side.

In all, a very compact and well-planned small Tug Yacht with robust structure, outstanding stability, and tankage for long range cruising.

Could this be the ultimate pocket voyager for two..?

Similar Designs and Prototypes in this Tug / Trawler Yacht Series

Tug Types
Boojum 22 | Boojum 25 | Boojum 30
Terrier 32 | Talisker 32 | Nidaros 38

Trawler Types
Sweet Okole 30 | Buster 30 | Boojum 43
Roberta 43 | Roberta Jean 43 | Roberta Jean 47
Far Horizon 40 | Far Horizon 43 | Far Horizon 46 | Far Horizon 50 | Far Horizon 54

Direct Quote from an aluminum boat owner... As an owner since 5 years of an aluminum boat I could not agree more with your preference for this material. She is a great boat and requires very little in the way of maintenance. I do a lot more reef snorkeling than the paint, polish, varnish and wax guys!

--Peter Kminek