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Nelson 42 Houseboat

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Boat REF# 155036
This boat has been sold
Length 12.80m (42'0")
Year 1959
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Sleeping berths 4
Engine 2 x diesel 300hp, Ford Mermaid (2001)
Lying Limehouse Basin, London


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Extra Details

Designer James Taylor
Lying Limehouse Basin, London
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Fuel capacity 3,180.0 ltr (699.6 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 450.0 ltr (99.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 21/07/2010


Engine 2 x diesel 300hp
Engine make and model Ford Mermaid (2001)
Engine Hours engine1:   200    engine2:   225
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Max speed (approx) 17 knots
Generator output 8KVA


10% Discount on Boat Insurance
Length 12.80m (42'0")
Beam 3.45m (11'4")
Draft Min 1.00m (3'3")
Draft Max 1.00m (3'3")
Headroom 1.89m (6'2")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Hull by James Taylor and superstructure and decks by Otter Marine.

The hull is teak on oak, decks are iroko, topsides are teak and marine ply.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Electric)
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
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Freezer tick
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Enter the accommodation from the flybridge, into the main saloon, Helm position to starboard, helmsman’s seat with small fridge beneath, Morse single lever engine controls & comprehensive engine instrumentation including exhaust temperature gauges chart table with chart stowage and reading light to port.

Further aft to 6 seat settee to starboard finished in cream leather upholstery, adjustable dining table with 2 hinged flaps. Cabinets & drawers to port

The forward cabin has two single berths port & starboard, lockers & drawers beneath, full length hanging wardrobe, 2 brass reading lights and 1 ceiling light, In separate cabins there is a toilet and basin to port and a shower to starboard.

Go below to a well appointed galley with electric oven and grill, double stainless steel sink with mixer tap, large fridge & built in microwave.

The aft cabin has a full length double bed with headboard, full length hanging wardrobe, half size hanging locker, numerous lockers & drawers to port & starboard, 4 sliding windows with curtains, ventilation/escape hatch with electrically operated blind & fly screen

3 burner diesel Stove

Nav Equipment

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TV tick
Fish Finder tick

Deck Gear

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Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick
Swim Platform tick
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Electric windlass
1 anchors
0.00m (0'0") of chain
dinghy (unknown year)
9.5hp outboard, Yamaha, Short shaft (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Fume detector tick
Life jackets tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick

7 bilge pumps (1 manual / 6 electric)

Broker's Comments

Boatshed Grand Union are delighted to offer this Nelson 42 for sale with residential mooring at Limehouse Basin in central London.

This was the first police boat to be designed and built in the U.K.for use in other than sheltered waters. She was launched on 8th July 1959 in Shoreham by the Chief Constable’s wife Lady Peel and was commissioned at Tilbury Landing Stage on 5th August 1959 by Sir Frank Foster CBE, JP and the Chief Constable Sir Jonathan Peel. Sold out of service in 1978 she moved to the non-tidal Thames and was used as a pleasure boat until purchased by the previous owner who embarked on a major rebuilding project. The total cost of rebuilding, fitting out etc. exceeded £500,000 and this craft has to be viewed to appreciate the high standard of equipment & fittings.

The boat is a comfortable home at present, but would be equally at home as a pied a terre or, perhaps most importantly, a very competent river cruiser which will attract well deserved attention for its beauty, style and performance.

The boat is fully residential at Limehouse marina, close to the city, DLR and all local facilities. The mooring is transferable subject to agreement with Marina Management and on payment of a 5% transfer fee

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Nelson 42 Houseboat has been personally photographed and viewed by Angus Rose of Boatshed London. 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.