Nel­son 45

Motorboat & Yachting - - Usedboat -

As well as pro­duc­ing its well-known small Seawards such as the 23 back in the ’80s, Seaward was also fit­ting out Nel­son hulls to or­der. It built six Nel­son 45s us­ing hulls moulded by Tyler Boat Co: a cock­pit mo­tor yacht, a marine am­bu­lance called Fly­ing Chris­tine III for St John Am­bu­lance that was based in Guernsey, and four aft-cabin mo­tor yachts, of which this is one. To­day, Seaward’s range has ex­panded ever up­ward, and its lat­est 42 is ef­fec­tively the mod­ern ver­sion of this boat.


Full sus­pen­sion seats for the helmsper­son and nav­i­ga­tor set the tone of the in­te­rior of a boat built more for se­ri­ous off­shore pas­sage­mak­ing than max­ing out liv­ing space. But the aft-cabin lay­out means that whilst the ac­com­mo­da­tion is nar­row, it’s long, and so there are two cab­ins, one at each end, a sa­loon and a sep­a­rate dinette op­po­site the gal­ley for­ward on the lower deck.


An ex­ter­nal dou­ble helm po­si­tion and a pair of in­ward-fac­ing set­tees, all on the aft deck again, point to a boat with se­ri­ous off­shore pas­sage­mak­ing in mind rather than acres of sun­pad for loung­ing around at an­chor. But low, wide teak-laid side decks and a Tread­mas­ter-clad fore­deck make it a safe and easy boat to crew.


Re-en­gined in 2003 with a pair of Mer­maid Turbo Plus 300hp en­gines swing­ing four bladed props via Twin Disc gear­boxes, this Nel­son 45 tops out at 21 knots. That might not seem su­per fast, but the dif­fer­ence is that it rarely needs to slow down.


The rea­son for that, and the nar­row ac­com­mo­da­tion, is a hull that is a firm favourite with pi­lots, po­lice, cus­toms, and any­one else that needs to get the job done ir­re­spec­tive of weather. This is the bruiser of the four this month – built to take on any sea and win.

Grabrails in the gal­ley point to this boat’s off­shore in­tent Bunks rather than a big dou­ble berth in this sea­man­like fit-out Teak cab­i­nets and piped blue up­hol­stery in the tra­di­tion­ally styled sa­loon

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