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  • Manufacturer: Nelson
  • Price: £119950
  • Location: Chatham, Kent
  • Year: 1990
  • LOA: 42'0" (12.80m)
  • Beam: 11' 0'' (3.35m)
  • Berths: 4
  • Draft: 1.12
  • Keel: Semi Displacement
  • ID no.: 38324
  • Cabins: 2
  • Aircon: No
  • Heating: Yes
  • Heads: 1
  • Showers: 1
  • Watertank Size: 755 Litres
  • Engine Make: Volvo TAMD61A
  • Horsepower: 300hp
  • Drive Type: Shaft drive
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 1955 Litres
  • Cruise Speed: 15 Knots
  • Top Speed: 22 Knots
  • Engine Hours Port: 2170
  • Engine Hours Starboard: 2176

Broker Remarks

This Nelson 42 MKI was moulded by Halmatic and fitted-out by Bucklers Hard Boat Builders in 1990. She was built to Lloyds Register 100 A1. She is the narrow-beam version of the Nelson 42 Mk 1, perhaps still the best medium-speed sea-boat ever designed. This Nelson 42 was built very specifically for serious coastal cruising and has many on-board systems to ensure her safe running in all conditions.

She has had three owners from new. Her current owner acquired her in 2017 and has invested significant funds maintaining and updating her. The current owner has kept her on the UK East Coast and prior to this she was always kept and maintained on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire and maintained by her creators Bucklers Hard Boat Builders.


This Nelson 42 MK I offers four berths in two cabins. The forward cabin has two single V-berths with storage beneath, a hanging locker.

Aft of the forward cabin and divided across the boat is a well equipped and laid out  galley.  It has a single stainless steel with large draining board with hot and cold water. Water heated by 240v immersion heater and via a clarifier, a 2 burner gas hob cooker with oven and grill, new in November 2018,  240v Microwave, 24v fridge and lots of storage space. 

Just aft of the galley and to Port is a dinette which could be converted to a double berth if required with a settee opposite which could be made into a single berth. There is lots of storage locker. 

Steps lead up to the wheelhouse area that has an array of navigation instruments, good around visibility, two helmsman adjustable seats. 

Steps lead down into the aft cabin which has a large double berth with a separate shower/heads compartment with marine toilet with holding tank, vanity unit with a stainless steel sink with hot and cold water.

The whole boat which had new upholstery fitted in 2018 has a real cosy feel to it which is enhanced by the D4 Eberspacher diesel cabin heating. 

Outside the flybridge navigation area again has an array of instrumentation and the large aft deck has a number of storage boxes. 

Mechanical and Rigging

Mechanical systems:

This Nelson 42 is fitted with twin Volvo TAMD61A  six-cylinder 300HP fresh water cooled diesel engines that were professionally serviced in 2018 and by the owner annually since. the engines have completed approximately 2170 hours as at February 2021. Shafts drive 3 bladed bronze props which give a cruising speed of 15 knots and a maximum speed of 22 knots. Twin more controls.   She has four stainless steel fuels tanks holding a total of 1955 litres of fuel. 

Electrical systems:

This boat is fitted with two banks of 6v batteries providing two 24V banks of batteries for both engine and domestic use. One bank of batteries was replaced in 2019 and the other is believed to have been fitted in 2014. Batteries are charged by the engine alternator, 240V shorepower battery charger. There is a Pagura 2000 generator fitted that has never been used by the current owner and a small inverter. 


Navigation Equipment:

  • 2 x Steering compasses
  • VHF Radio M330 Flybridge
  • VHF Radio M601 Wheelhouse
  • Depth 
  • Speed/Log
  • Wind speed - B7G330
  • Chartplotter - Raymarine C120 Wheelhouse with charts
  • Chartplotter - Dragonfly 5 Flybridge
  • Radar - Furuno
  • Autopilot - Raymarine
  • Deck level navigation lights - LED
  • Clock & Barometer
Deck Equipment:
  • Anchor - SQR
  • Anchor Windlass - Electric
  • Flybridge cover
  • Cockpit dodgers
  • Bathing Platform
  • Boarding Ladder
  • 6 x Fenders
  • 4 x Mooring warps
  • Outboard engine and dinghy available by separate negotiation
Safety Equipment:
  • 5 x Fire Extinguishers
  • 1 x Automatic engine room Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Blanket
  • Gas Alarm - 3 sensors
  • Deck light
  • Spotlight
  • Radar Reflector
  • 1 x Horseshoe lifebuoy with light
  • 4 man Ocean Safety Liferaft - last serviced expired 2018
  • 2 x Manual bilge pumps
  • 2 x Electric bilge pumps

Semi displacement

History & Construction:

This Nelson 42 was built at the end of 1989 and finished in 1990. She has built by Haematic and fitted out by Bucklers Hard Boat Builders in 1990. She was built to Lloyds Register 100 A1. She has a blue GRP hull and white superstructure the teak on the flybridge and non-slip GRP decks.

She under went a full osmosis preventative treatment that was carried out by Fox's Boat yard in 2018 and still has two years warranty left. The vessel has been well maintained and is only being sold as the owner is looking for a larger house. 


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