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Nelson 40

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Boat REF# 171705
This boat has been sold
Length 12.29m (40'4")
Year 1972
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Sleeping berths 4
Engine 2 x diesel 215hp, Cummins V8 504 M (unknown year)
Lying Medway, Kent


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Extra Details

Designer John Askham
Lying Medway, Kent
Fuel capacity 500.0 ltr (110.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 1.0 ltr (0.2 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 2 x diesel 215hp
Engine make and model Cummins V8 504 M (unknown year)
Engine Hours engine1:   200    engine2:   200
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.4 ltr (0.7 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 15 knots
Max speed (approx) 20 knots
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Engines out in 2000 and refurbished 3k spent Receiepts 13986 13994 1472 1476 been out and Antifouled plus props done. in current ownership since 2000, was a pilot boat in Watford Cork Trinity House Sheerness. Wiring renewed 2 years ago.


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Length 12.29m (40'4")
LWL 11.68m (38'4")
Beam 3.35m (11'0")
Draft Min 0.99m (3'3")
Draft Max 0.99m (3'3")
Displacement 13,498kg (29,762.0lbs)
Headroom 1.93m (6'4")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

24 volt, 4 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish Gelcoat finish

This Nelson 40 is a very authentic vessel with a proven, fast, manoevrable and sea kindly hull. A Halmatic Nelson 40 ft Pilot Launch constructed under Lloyds Survey. Halmatic was approved to Ministry of Defence Quality Assurance Standards 05/21 when she was constructed. She has an immensely strong structure allowing for arduous service. She has just come out of the water so is ideal should a serious potential purchaser wish to view her.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
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The accommodation is laid out in for practical effectiveness and efficiency. The interior of this Nelson Pilot Launch appears to have been well looked after by her current owner who has enjoyed her for many years. She is clean and tidy but also does have a charm of her own as you will hopefully see from the photographs.

4 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

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Deck Gear

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Electric Anchorlift windlass (with remote control)
1 anchors
0.00m (0'0") of chain

Safety Equipment

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6 bilge pumps (3 manual / 3 electric)

Broker's Comments

These boat details are subject to contract.
This Halmatic Nelson 40ft Pilot Launch was a real pleasure to list. She has retained her originality, but also appears to have been maintained by her owners who have enjoyed her since 2000. There is a large file with this vessel showing maintenance and information on the vessel. She is built to a fantastic specification and is most robust and should be capable of many years service to come. The engines started on the button and the owner took me for a trip out on her - she handled beautifully and did not miss a beat. She is now out of the water having some annual maintenance so this is an ideal chance to see this superb vessel.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Nelson 40 has been personally photographed and viewed by Suzzanne McDonald of Boatshed Medway. 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.