By dthompson ~ January 12th, 2011. Filed under: Current Issue.
Nor-Tech Super 80 Roadster
Powered by twin 1,900-hp Cat
By Doug Thompson
engines, this high performance machine
tops 60 mph while turning heads.
When a boat stops crowds on the docks at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – where there are hundreds of boats on display – there has to be a hook. In the case of Nor-Tech Performance Boats’ Super 80 Roadster at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale show last October, there were multiple hooks – a brightly colored go-fast boat 80 feet long and draped with beautiful women. A knot of onlookers on the dock made it difficult to pass by the Nor-Tech no matter what time of the day, and there was always a wait to climb aboard.
The Nor-Tech Super 80 Roadster offers exactly what an attention-seeking owner with a penchant for performance is looking for; namely the ability to comfortably seat 11 people in the open cockpit, and then run 60-plus mph offshore on her twin 1,900 Caterpillar engines. Nor-Tech boats are also perfect for Poker Runs, where showing off is some owners’ primary reason for participating.
“This is our second 80-footer—the first 80 we launched at the 2008 Fort Lauderdale show and it had more of a closed cockpit,” said Terry Sobo, Nor-Tech’s director of sales and marketing. “We developed both the closed and open styles, and have the tooling for both, so we have everything in place to move forward for the next order for an 80-footer.”
That image of fun and performance is exactly what co-founders Trond Schou and Nils Johnsen want to portray with their boats—which range in size from 39 to the 80 feet. (The new Nor-Tech 39CC is due to debut at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show in February.) From high-speed catamarans to V-bottoms to center consoles to yachts, Nor-Tech has always been about combining performance with fun and functionality. The company was founded in 1990, and the builder has sold more than 400 boats from its home in North Fort Myers, Florida.
The helm features a comfortable three-person, bolster-style seat with a pod dash, offering complete performance information via twin 15-inch Garmin multifunction displays. Throttles and shifters are forward on the dash to the driver’s right, and a black wraparound windscreen helps protect the cockpit from excessive wind. The open cockpit features an abundance of seating and lounging areas, such as a king-size aft sunlounge.
The Nor-Tech comfortably cruises at 45 mph. “At that speed she burns 130 gallons per hour,” Sobo said. “That’s about .4 miles per gallon.” To figure the cruising range using the boat’s 1,200-gallon fuel capacity, with a 10 percent reserve of fuel, it can run 440 miles at 45 mph.
The 80 Roadster doesn’t lack for creature comforts. Johnsen is Nor-Tech’s chief designer, and his belowdecks’ layout features three cabins, including a master stateroom that features a king-size bed, leather couch, flat-screen television and head with a full-size shower. The two other guest cabins have ensuite heads, and the saloon is outfitted with a day head. Also in the saloon is a galley and with multiple flat-screen TVs.
Nor-Tech Super 80 Roadster
Overall Length: 76′
Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 1,200 gal
Range at cruise: 440 miles @ 45 mph
Sleeping capacity: 6
Power: Twin 1,900-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines
Top speed: 65 mph
Price: $4.9 million