High performance boat fans may see the Nor-Tech 420 MC retro-style launch and wonder if the company is abandoning its custom catamaran and V-bottom roots. Worry not: Trond Schou and Nils Johnson, the two colorful Norwegians who founded Nor-Tech, still have their hearts and souls in the go-fast boat world. But thanks to the global economy, that world has taken a serious beat-down in the past few years. So Nor-Tech has diversified.
This example of Nor-Tech’s reach into new markets is based on the same hull as their 39-footer—the deck of new model has been extended—and is equal parts retro and Euro. The result is a versatile day boat that looks vintage but is very much a product of today.
“With the 420, we’re going after the same buyer in the States and abroad who might also look for a Riva or something with similar styling,” said Terry Sobo, Nor-Tech’s director of sales and marketing.