• Dale Nelson 38'

    'Dale Nelson 38'

    Nelson - a name that inspires confidence and enthusiasm for the sea. Since the 1960's Comdr. Thornycrofts seagoing designs have graced our waters as police and pilot vessels the world over and subsequently those of TT Boat Designs (Arthur Mursell) thereafter - and supremely capable they are too! 'Out of the Blue' is a Dale Nelson 38 taking essentially a working hull and the builders understanding of todays preferences, have libralised the interior to provide a comfortable and refined living environment. This example has been well maintained and much improved by her current ownership. She will cruise comfortably at more than 20 knots and cope with our typical sea conditions with ease. This is a stunning vessel but must be seen and more importantly appreciated in the environment she performs best - the sea!

    Broker's Comments

    2019/20 Refit includes, Synthetic teak decking laid, Mast refurbished, Davit installed on aft deck (outboard motor hoist). New deck hatches throughout, Superstructure detailing added, External solid wood treated. New liferaft and pyrotechnics. New VHF and repeater on bridge deck.

  • LOA: 39'8" / 12.12m
    LWL: -
    Beam: 12'4" / 3.75m
    Draft: 4'0" / 1.20m
    Year: 1999
    Hull Material: GRP

  • Engines: Twin Volvo TAMD 63P 370hp diesel
    Accom: 7 berths in 4 cabins
    Builder: Dale Sailing Co.
    Designer: Arthur Mursell
    Location: South Coast
    Price: £182,500

  • For further information
    Please Contact:

    Steve: +44 (0) 780 320 2311
    Harry: +44 (0) 777 868 2909

  • Accommodation

    Seven (7) berths in four (4) cabin areas. Heads (2), Galley, Interior finished in limed oak with contrasting Alcantara linings and cream curtains with dark blue upholstery. Fully carpeted throughout From Forward: FORECABIN: Two single berths with infill to form a double berth, with good stowage above and below and a central door leading aft.
    HEADS COMPARTMENT: comprising to port inset wash basin, manual sea toilet, and shower arrangement.
    FORWARD SALOON: with U-shaped seating and table arrangement which can form a double berth. Stowage above and below within the cabin environment.
    GALLEY (S) comprises of a two burner gas cooker/oven and grill. Refrigerator (65 litre), Sink with H/C and ample stowage for cooking utensils and provisions. Step up to:
    WHEELHOUSE SALOON: Helm station to port with engine instrumentation and an array of navigational aid. Navigators seat (S) with removable chart table. 'L' shaped settee arrangement (P) converting to a single berth. Good stowage areas. Central access to the AFT CABIN: through a bifold door and hatch. Large double bed (S) with stowage below. Dressing table (P) with drawer and locker beneath.
    HEADS (ensuite) comprising of a manual sea toilet, shower and wash basin > Pressure H+C water supply with calorifier and (240v) immersion heater. > Two (2) refrigerators, one in the galley and a second below navigators seating. > Eberspacher heating system

  • Construction

    Modern Nelson round bilge hull designed by Arthur Mursell of TT boat designs, and moulded by Dale Sailing to Lloyds requirements. The hand laid up GRP is rugged with substantial stiffening frames and longitudinals. Hull colour: Oxford Blue. Main deck and superstructure are also all GRP construction. Colour: White. Teak aft and side decks. Teak badging to hull. This Nelson 38 is one of the very few built to MCA regulations.


    12v Systems - Engine and Domestic banks with parallel. Charging via engine alternators + Shorepower. Newmar 40Amp Battery Charger. 240v Ring Main.

    Deck Equipment

    Sprint 1500 electric anchor windlass. Bruce anchor with 50m chain. Stainless steel bow roller. Stainless steel mooring bollards and cleats. Stanchions with double guardwires. Stainless steel pushpit & pulpit. Stainless steel helm seating & foot rest. Powder coated hinged mast (2019). Fender baskets. Moulded aft seating to P&S with integral stowage. Boarding platform manufactured of stainless steel and teak. Rubber D fendering and 'Nelson' spray rail. Transom Snap Davits. Optional: Dinghy and outboard, Tool kit.

  • Engines

    Twin VOLVO TAMD 63P diesel engines each developing 370HP at 2800 rpm driving through ZF MPM220A (2:1 ratio) gearboxes coupled to conventional shaft drive arrangements. Reportedly serviced regularly Performance - Max approx. 25 Knots cruising at 20 knots. Engine hours approx. 1500hrs (June 2020) TANKAGE: Fuel - 2 x 650 litre Water - 450 litres in a single tank Black water tank

    Safety Equipment

    Fire extinguishers and fire blanket in galley. Seafire engine room automatic fire extinguishing system. Throwing line. 1x Horseshoe lifebelts. 6 man liferaft (New 2019). 5x electirc / automatic bilge pumps. 1x Manual bilge pump. Bilge water alarm system in engine room. Searchlight.

    Nav Equipment

    Magnetic compasses at both helm stations. VHF DSC with repeater at upper station. Raymarine log/speed with repeater at upper station. Raymarine depth sounder with repeater at upper station. Raymarine wind speed / direction. Raymarine E 120 radar / colour chart plotter at outside station and Raydome. Raymarine E 80 radar / colour chart plotter at upper station. Raymarine autopilot. Navtex 4 Plus weather fax and prosser weathertrend barometer.

In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not in any way guaranteed. These particulars are intended as a guide only and they do not constitute a term of any contract. Prospective buyers are advised to check the specification and condition of the vessel for themselves, and where appropriate, at their own expense, to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and sea trial and/or to have an engine trial conducted.