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Nelson 23

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Boat REF# 152435
This boat has been sold
Length 7.00m (23'0")
Year 1961
Construction Wood
Sleeping berths 2
Engine 1 x diesel 100hp, Perkins 6 Cylinder (unknown year)
Lying Fowey


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Extra Details

Builder Nelson Boats
Lying Fowey
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Fuel capacity 250.0 ltr (55.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 100hp
Engine make and model Perkins 6 Cylinder (unknown year)
Engine Hours engine1:   20
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) Fixed 3 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.0 ltr (0.7 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 10 knots

The engine, gearbox and shaft were removed and fully refurbished in 2011. All associated electrics were also renewed. The engine has been little used since refurbishment with approx 20 hours running time.


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Length 7.00m (23'0")
Beam 2.50m (8'2")
Draft Min 1.00m (3'3")
Draft Max 1.00m (3'3")
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


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Construction Wood
Finish Paint finish

Very solid construction, which you would expect from a boat of this generation. The hull is clinker built, mahogany on oak with a solid ply superstructure


Total # of berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

The accommodation is sound if not basic although it does have a new marine WC fitted. With a little imagination this could be improved with, for example, the addition of a cooker and some soft furnishings making a nice little weekender. Other owners have fitted a cockpit tent which would considerably extend the usable living accommodation.

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio tick
Navigation lights tick
Fish Finder tick

Her impressive navigation instrument inventory is all recently fitted and therefore in excellent condition and working order. They are all easily accessed and viewed from the helmsman's position.

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover tick
Tonneau cover tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Instrument Covers tick

1 anchors
(CQR Plough)
50.00m (164'1") of chain
4hp outboard, Mariner, Long shaft (unknown year)
The sidedeck is wide and the deck has a treadmaster type non-slip surface throughout. Stainless steel retractable midship cleats are fitted to both sides.

Safety Equipment

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Horn tick
Swim ladder tick

1 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 electric)

Fire fighting equipment is installed, however service dates have not been established.

Broker's Comments

Originally commissioned as a tug for the 12 metre racing class yacht ‘Vanity' ,this pretty and classic Nelson 23 motor launch has undergone a major refurbishment of her mechanical, electrical and navigational systems over the past 2 years. Her hull, with a combination of blue paint and varnish displays the true classic lines of a boat from a previous generation. It is, however, fair to say that, with the mechanical systems refurbished and as you would expect for a boat of this age, some restorative work is required to the cabin exterior and interior is required together with some hull nail replacement, all of which has been reflected in the reduced price.

With some imagination this motor launch could be converted into a very comfortable weekender.

Her original design requirement is why she is fitted with a much larger engine and comes complete with a towing post and bridle.
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: This boat is priced to sell, sensible offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Nelson 23 has been personally photographed and viewed by Tony Hicks of Boatshed Falmouth. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.