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Dale Nelson - 38

Built by Dale Nelson in 1998 this Nelson 38 aft cabin motor cruiser is offered to the market in pristine condition. The Nelson 38 is renowned for her excellent sea keeping capabilities and on the water performance




- 2 x Volvo TAM D63P – 370HP with flexible fire resistant water intake hose. Stern tube stuffing glands
- Dual station Kobelt engine controls
- Volvo Racor fuel filters with glass bowls
- Gearbox: ZF IRM 220A
- Propellers: 4 bladed bronze hyperform with rope cutters

Hull and Superstructure and decks

- Solid laminate GRP with Oxford blue gel coated hull and varnished teak badging.
- Rubber ‘D’ fendering and rubber spray rails.
- Hull epoxied from new.
- Copper coat/Gelshield 200 antifouling system.
- Semi-displacement underwater profile


- White GRP with grey tinted glass in wheelhouse windows
- Exterior trim in stainless steel and teak
- Exterior helm screen in aluminium


Fully teak laid aft deck, side and fore-decks

Interior Finish

- Teak interior and beautifully hand-crafted solid timber joinery.
- Flooring: cream carpet with underlay.
- Ivory leather helm and pilot seats.
- Navy leather upholstery to dinette and cabins.
- White Corian worktop in galley with moulded Corian sink.
- Interior fittings in brass.
- Timber with carpet inlay to wheelhouse, galley and aft cabin.
- Alcantara to side and overhead lining throughout.


- Twin guest cabin with large storage areas
- Forward lockers
- Hanging locker
- Access to heads compartment on portside
- Wash basin, mixer tap with hot and cold pressurised water
- Shower. New slatted Teak shower tray replaced in 2013

- Manual toilet
- Toilet connection to waste tank
- Lockers
- Towel rail
- Additional hanging hooks fitted

- Large offset double berth and separate heads compartment
- Ample stowage lockers and drawers
- Hanging locker to starboard
- Dressing table / mirror to aft port with drawer
- Lockers outboard on portside of cabin
- Cave lockers outboard on starboard side of cabin
- Wash basin, mixer tap with hot and cold pressurised water
- Shower. New slatted Teak shower tray replaced in 2013
- Electric toilet
- Lockers
- Towel rail

- Generous seating to port with table.
- Seating with upholstered infill converts to double berth
- Lockers outboard with bookcase / magazine rack
- Storage beneath seating
- Dinette table
- Alloy pedestal to table
- Brass time clock and weather clock on teak mounting mounted on dinette forward bulkhead

- Helm position to port and pilot seat to starboard with footrests fitted to helm position
- Helm and pilot seats with sliders and arm rests
- Second fridge unit beneath pilot seat
- Chart table is to starboard and removable and stowed at aft starboard end of wheelhouse when not in
- Sofa to starboard and L-shaped seating to port
- Custom drinks locker stowage at aft end of helm saloon portside seating.
- From the aft of the main saloon one can access the aft deck above via steps to the side or down to the
owner's cabin via steps in the centre


- Galley to starboard with many custom features.
- Galley top moulded in Corian type Wilsonart material with Corian sink, waste bin entry and moulded
fiddle rail.
- Ample galley stowage and beautifully hand crafted solid timber joinery - outboard lockers with sliding
doors and stowage racks. Large storage cabinets and drawers.
- Fridge
- Four burner gas hob and oven complete with grill. Fiddle rails to hob.
- Microwave fitted to galley fwd bulkhead
- Up steps to main saloon and wheelhouse

Deck Equipment

- Pulpit, stanchions with guardwires, boarding gates and aft gate
- Pushpit rails in solid stainless steel
- 2 x double fender baskets
- Exterior handrails – 2 on forward superstructure, 2 on coachroof
- Exterior helm seat
- Mast in alloy with a white finish with a hinge point, bow roller, 6 x aluminium mooring cleats and 2
fairleads to foredeck toe rail
- Navy blue exterior dodgers
- Swim platform with fold down ladder in stainless steel

- Sprint 1500 anchor windlass with chain gypsy and rope drums with controls at exterior helm and foot
switches on foredeck
- Bruce 20 kg anchor with 50ml of 9.8 mm galvanised chain and Fortress 4.5kg anchor with chain/rope.
- Simpson Lawrence 100 stainless steel davits with manual winches (medium duty)
- Exterior windscreen covers in blue acrylic for windscreen, exterior helm console cover
- Seat covers for aft deck lockers, exterior helm seat and liferaft
- Navy blue covers for all seven cowels
- Avon 3.11 RIB in grey with davit lifting points and lifting strops
- 2 oars and footpump
- 4 Stroke Yamaha 4HP outboard with 15ltrs portable tank complete with navy blue covers
- 2 x GRP aft deck lockers with cushions in white vinyl
- Twin Horns with navy blue covers
- Plastimo Liferaft 6 man recovery system
- Flare pack
- Epirb
- 2 x boathook – 1 heavy teak and 1 light aluminium
- 8 x Anchor navy fenders
- Rescue buoy with floating light
- 2 x light loungers and deck table
- 2 x sets of mooring ropes
- Spare parts.


Interior Helm Position
- Raymarine combined Radar/Chartplotter RL70
- 2 KW Radar Radome
- Raymarine Ray 240E VHF with DSC fitting
- Raystar 120DGPS receiver
- Raytheon Speed and depth system
- Raymarine Wind indicator
- Navtex receiver type ICS Nav 4
- Autohelm ST6000 Autopilot
Exterior Helm Position
- Raymarine combined Radar/Chartplotter RL70
- Raymarine A50D Chartplotter/Fishfinder
- Raytheon Tridata repeater
- Raytheon loudhailer
- Raymarine Ray 240E VHF with DCS fitting
- Autohelm ST6000 autopilot control
- Ritchie Magnetic compass to portside of mast
- 12v searchlight at exterior helm.

Electrical system

- 2 engine batteries in one bank of 100Ah each, rated at 12v
- 2 domestic batteries in 1 bank of 115 Ah each, rated at 12v
- Both in vented battery boxes
- 1 generator battery in vented battery box
- Shore power system: 240v with galvanic isolation
Outlets 240v
- 1 single in forward cabin
- 1 double in galley
- 1 single in wheelhouse/saloon
- 1 single in aft cabin
- 2 engine alternators; starboard for house bank, port for engine start bank
- Newmar PT40CE 40 amp battery charger.


- Bow thruster type Volvo BP 600B with interior and exterior controls
- Electro-hydraulic trim tabs with dual station control
- Heated windows in wheelhouse, and 3 x pantograph windscreen wipers with fresh water washers
- Hydraulic steering with greasers fitted to rubber tubes and emergency tiller
- High quality sound insulation in engine room
- Flexible hose wet exhaust with main engine muffler and twin station HMI temperature alarm
- 3 x engine room submersible electric bilge pumps with reinforced PVC piping. Manual bilge pump with
suction from port and starboard bilge and bilge alarm system with indicators at both helm positions
- HFL 4 KVA/3.6 KW Mariner generator

Domestic Equipment

- AEG Microwave fitted to galley forward bulkhead
- Alpine CD/radio fitted with speakers to dinette area and wheelhouse aft wings
- Walker Television/DVD/Radio player at aft end of wheelhouse
- SMEV Gas 4 burner hob with fiddle rail. Gas oven/grill with gas alarm in galley with automatic shut off
in gas locker. 2 bottles supplied – 4.5kg each
- Refrigeration: Isotherm 65 ltr fridge in both galley and saloon
- Diesel Heating: Ebberspacher D5L – outlets in all cabins, saloon, galley and heads
- JabscoToilets: 1 forward (manual), 1 aft (electric)
- Upgraded showers in both heads
- Flyscreens/blinds on hatches
- Fiddle rail to galley top, there is ample galley stowage all of which is beautifully carcassed out in teak.
Custom drinks locker stowage at aft end of helm saloon portside seating. Chart table is removable.
Helm and pilot seats with sliders and arm rests.


Pilot gas alarm
- FD300M 5.6kg auto/manual fire extinguisher system in engine room
- Hand held – 1 x 5A aft cabin; 1 x 5A saloon; 1 x 13A dinette/galley; 1 x 5A forward cabin; 1 x 13A
wheelhouse helm position
- Fire blanket in galley
- Portable dehumidifier.

Water Systems

Jabsco fresh water pump
- Pressurised hot/cold water with freshwater tap in engine room
- ISOTEMP with 1500 W/240V Immersion Calorifier tank approximately 40 litres
- Exterior hot/cold shower to transom supplied with Snap-in hose and shower head.
- Fresh water washers to wheelhouse front screens.


- Fuel: 1,360 litres/300 gallons in 2 x stainless steel tanks
- Water: 385 litres/85 gallons in stainless steel tank with non-toxic piping
- Black water: 86 litres/19 gallons in GRP tank connected to forward heads with macerator outlet and
deck suction point.

Upgrades and Information

- Engines serviced annually by Volvo Dealer
- Gas system serviced 2015
- Generator serviced 2015
- Superstructure power polished and waxed 2015
- Hull power polished and waxed 2015
- Teak decks sanded 2009
- Engine room cleaned 2015
Isla is housed undercover each year from September to March.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from the best information available and are
intended as a general guide to the vessel. There accuracy cannot be guaranteed by us. The
purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by surveyor or engineer’s inspection. The
purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies
details on which they may wish to rely.


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Category:Motor Boats
Subcategory:Offshore Cruisers
Sales status:Delete
Manufacturer:Dale Nelson
Mooring Country:Ireland
Year built:1998
Length:12.12 m/40 ft
Width:3.75 m/12 ft
KW:740.0 hp
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