Photos by Bill Jacobs
Top: Jamie has great visibility from his tug yacht’s inside
wheelhouse. Note the commercial compass and combination
windshield wiper and heater, both salvaged from commercial
vessels. Above: The primary builders of Nómada include,
from right: Jamie Nadrofsky, owner; Todd Wilson, carpenter;
and Jim Eno, who did most of the welding.
component installation during the construction phase,
paying strict attention to Transport Canada requirements.
A 30-gallon water heater and separate washer and
dryer are located in the forward corner of the engine
room, on the starboard side. Immediately aft is a 30gph
SK watermaker. Built-in shelves at the rear of the
compartment house all spares, filters, fluids, and engine
parts. To port is the compressor that powers the scuba fill
station in the lazarette, and at the forward port side, a
steel workbench provides a vise, workspace, and tool
storage: a boat mechanic’s dream. The entire engine
room is lined with a foil-covered insulation material,
which controls the transmission of sound through the
LOA 64' 6"
DRAFT 6' 6"
DISPLACEMENT 160,000 lb.
BRIDGE CLEARANCE 30' (mast up); 18' (mast down)
FUEL 3,000 U.S. gal.
WATER 460 U.S. gal.
HOLDING TANK 225 U.S. gal.
GENERATORS Nor-Pro ( 21 and 9k W)
ENGINE Volvo TAMD 120B
MAXIMUM SPEED 10. 5 knots
CRUISE SPEED 8. 5 knots
RANGE AT CRUISE SPEED 4,000nm (with 10% reserve)
DESIGNER Jamie Nadrofsky
BUILDER Nadro Marine
For more information:
Jamie Nadrofsky, Nadro Marine
57 River Drive
Port Dover, Ontario N0A 1N7
519. 583. 1080
*Because Nómada was rebuilt over a period of about five
years using part-time labor, it is difficult to quantify her
cost. Jamie estimates her cost to be less than that of a used
65-foot Nordhavn with similar equipment.
ON THE WATER
Late in the afternoon, we left the confines of the
Lynn River, which forms the Port Dover commercial
waterfront. For our photo session, I rode aboard another
custom recreational tug, the 41-foot Frisky, built and
owned by Dave Mathews. His yard is next to Nadro
Marine, and Dave and his father have constructed more
than 40 steel boats, both commercial and recreational,
over the years. We trailed Nómada down the narrow
channel, which was lined with all types of boats—most
of them steel—and then under a drawbridge.
It was a beautiful evening on Lake Erie, with a 10-knot
breeze from the southeast. This was my first opportunity
to view Nómada from a distance and take measure of her
lines. I couldn’t help but recall the photograph Jamie had
shown me of the chalk drawing he’d sketched five years
before on a scrap of sheet metal. She looked almost
identical to his original concept, and it seemed as though
man and boat had been one from the very onset.
With the breeze building as the sun set, I had to cover
my camera from the cold lake spray, but the lighting was