Milt and Judy Baker, Amer­i­can Tug 34

Soundings - - Walking The Plank -

Milt Baker is a big fan of us­ing the right tool for the job. When that task is cruis­ing Maine and the Cana­dian Mar­itimes—or cross­ing oceans—his tool is a Nord­havn 47. For the Florida Keys, Baker and his wife, Judy, cruise their Amer­i­can Tug 34 from their home­port in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida.

“We had done at least a dozen trips up and down the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way over a lot of years,” Milt says. “At some point, it be­comes more of a chore than fun, so we de­cided to look for a boat that fits bet­ter with our win­ter cruis­ing in the Keys. That led us to the Amer­i­can Tug 34, which we bought in 2014. It’s the per­fect coun­ter­point to our Nord­havn: It’s light and fast, where the Nord­havn is slow. The Amer­i­can Tug’s draft also is sig­nif­i­cantly less, which is great for the wa­ters in South Florida and the Keys.”

The Bak­ers are also fans of the 34’ s sim­pler sys­tems. “The sim­pler sys­tems are eas­ier to di­ag­nose and re­pair on our own, which was a big sell­ing fea­ture,” Milt says. “The 34 is such a great boat. There’s plenty of room for us both, and she’s com­fort­able both at an­chor or at a ma­rina.” Still, Milt says, the cou­ple aren’t done with their Nord­havn. “That boat is per­fect for what they de­signed it for, in­clud­ing cross­ing oceans, which we’ve done,” he says. “But it’s not ideal for hop­ping around the Keys or do­ing the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way, which is why we have the Amer­i­can Tug 34. We’re lucky to be able to have the best of both worlds.”

Amer­i­can Tug re­placed its 34-footer with this 365.

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