A purpose-built "private expedition" motoryacht, the 52-foot Ted Hood-designed Nomad is truly one-of-a-kind. Designed and built for high-latitude adventure, Nomad can withstand a 360-degree rollover as well as myriad other challenges that come with rough weather in remote regions. All deck hardware and fittings have been specified commercial-grade for arduous, extended duty, and each item has been custom-designed for Nomad. The after deck, for example, features a beefy winch system capable of retrieving the ship's tender -- and, no doubt, the odd vessel in distress -- in virtually any wind or sea condition.

Below deck the layout is efficient and utilitarian, as befits Nomad's no-nonsense purpose. Accommodations include a master stateroom and head, a galley, a nav station, and a workbench. The boat has been ruggedly built of epoxy Divinycell to maximize impact strength and thermal and sound insulation. Nomad has been a special project -- building a boat to tackle the roughest of faraway cruising grounds has been a challenge welcomed by all of us at New England Boatworks.