No, your eyes are not going wonky. All of the photos in this post were taken with a 28mm wide angle lens. I figured I’d need it for the interior shots, then was too lazy to switch to a different lens for photos outside of the boat.

You won’t see any beautiful photos today. Étude is kind of in Intensive Care: covered with tarps and filled with people and tools. I was hoping to find an interior that looked more like, well, an interior. Not quite there yet. A lot of wiring is yet to be completed along with quite a few items I guess you could call carpentry prep. Let’s take a look.

Here, the stern is being masked off so a worker can install the door from the cockpit to the swim step.

I am insanely proud of the mast. At the top we have the anchor light and spotlight (360 degree rotation). The cellular amplifier antenna is on the port “wing”. Not visible on the starboard wing is the weather station. Below that is the TV/FM/AM antenna, the tray where the radar will go, and the loud hailer.

I’m standing in the pilothouse looking aft. The lower cabinets will hold the range and oven as well as several drawers. The empty corner is where the sink will go. Other cabinets will extend to port halfway across the sliding door opening.

Looking the other way, you can see where the fridge/freezer and microwave will go to starboard of the steps. Notice the box that will hold the TV. It can be dropped down to view and folded up for storage.

Seating and dining table will be along the port side.

Other interior bits are here awaiting installation.

Head of the Production crew, Buddy, tries out the shower.

Someday this platform will hold the mattress where I will lay my weary head and try to forget how much this “hobby” is costing me. The access hatch below the mattress gives access to the bow thruster and other electronic bits.

We are looking forward from the pilothouse toward the bow, roughly where the Captain would stand while driving the boat. I am exceedingly pleased with the three round holes that you see just below the windows. Unlike smaller Nordic Tug models (Fiona Bean and Impromptu), Étude will have a forced, heated air defroster system. The holes are where the air vents will be located.

The circle of (boat) life: as Étude nears completion, parts are being assembled and wiring done for a Nordic 34 that is next in line.

Next: Ètude – Getting Close!


    1. I have a friend, Deb, who was the first woman to graduate from the Maine Maritime Academy. She holds an unlimited tonnage license and has captained many types of vessels. Her last gig before retirement was as a Pilot on the Columbia River bar near Astoria, Oregon. One of the most dangerous jobs on the water.

      Deb is where I first heard “Drive the boat”. ⛴😀

  1. Looking great!! I was getting excited thinking the round holes were wineglass holders, but No, Windscreen Demisters !! Oh well …

    1. This is not quite the mast you sailors are used to. We can easily descend to the galley if a beverage is required. 😀

    1. “Comoxians”? Wow, I learned a new word today!

      We will certainly see you when you return from Ireland, as we will be in Comox after our time at Yellow Point. We will arrive by car. Our boating will be closer to home this season because we still have outfitting to do once we take delivery. The davit (the thing that the dinghy hangs from) needs to be professionally mounted, and we need to have window coverings made, and so on. I’d like to get to Princess Louisa, but probably no further.

      Next year by boat for sure!

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