• Nelson 42'


    Built for the 1979 Southampton Boat Show, we purchased the EchoPilot new to use as a test, demonstration and training boat for our sonar manufacturing company. Having now sold the company the boat is surplus to requirements.
    Engines start and run well top speed about 20 knots. Radar, chart plotter, AIS transmitter, VHF, EchoPilot forward sounder, all excellent.
    Interior woodwork is to a very high standard, all hardwood framing and teak faced ply. All handrails etc are teak and have been professionally varnished with Epithanes (5 coats) in 2017. The deck boxes (see picture) are also solid teak, Fred Booker's trade mark, he would only make them for you if you bought one of his boats!
    Layout is better than most Nelsons as she has doors to side deck (good for single handed ops) AND aft deck (safer than walking round in poor weather). Steering is heavy duty Whitlock Mechanical, so has more "feel" than hydraulic systems, and she does handle beautifully.
    Currently coded for commercial use, cat 2, (up to 60 miles from a safe haven) until Dec 2018, but note this is not transferable to a new owner.
    This boat has been used regularly every one or two weeks since we purchased her, lifted and anti-fouled annually, and is well known in the Marine industry. She also had a successful charter record acting as support boat for yacht racing teams, event spectating etc. As a one owner boat the EchoPilot could immediately be a useful workboat or indeed a strong and safe motor yacht with all weather capability.

    The Nelson's seakeeping ability is legendary, just ask any pilot who has been in one. Booker's woodwork and standard of fit out was probably the best in the UK. Halmatic who did the moulding, tankage, engine mounts, steering were an excellent defence standard company. We have the Lloyds hull release certificate. In smart "yacht" condition EchoPilot would probably sell for £75,000 or more (see Nelson Brokerage site), so the low asking price of £38,000 reflects a boat that can go to work tomorrow (or enjoyed for pleasure) but given some work could be a good investment.

    Test of Time - EchoPilot pdf
    Nelson 40/42 pdf

  • LOA: 41'0" / 12.50m
    LWL: -
    Beam: 12'0" / 3.66m
    Draft: 3'3" / 1.0m
    Year: 1978
    Hull Material: GRP

  • Engines: Ford Sabre Mermaid
    Accom: 7 berths in 4 cabins
    Builder: Fred Booker
    Designer: P.Thorneycroft, TT Boat Designs
    Location: South Coast
    Price: £38,000

  • For further information
    Please Contact:

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

  • Accommodation

    6 berths. 3 burner princess galley cooker. 3 sinks. 2 toilets. 1 tank. Blue patterned carpet. White screens. Eberspatcher heating.


    Nelson 42 Mk1 build 1978 by Fred Booker, designed by John Askham. 11 tonnes displacement. Vat paid. Dark blue Hull GRP. Treadmaster deck material. Grey deck. Long keel configuration. Twin rudder configuration.


    Navigation lights. Pantograph windscreen wipers.

  • Engines

    Ford Sabre & Ford Mermaid, 700hrs Port 5000hrs Starboard. Heat exchanger cooler. Borg warner gearbox. 3 blades, drive to pop shaft. Cruising speed 17 knots. Shaft steering. Max speed 21 knots. Fuel consumption 1.2-2.6mpg. Fuel cap 1360L 2 tanks located Aft.

    Deck Equipment

    Pulpit/Pushpit rails. Davits. Outside control Cockpit Cover. Lofrans Tigress. Chain. M.Warp. Bilge Pumps. Mooring warps/fender. Boat hooks.

  • Nav Equipment

    Neco Electric Compass. Echopilot Bronze log speed & depth. Midland Neptune VHF/SSB. Garmin 3010C GPS Map, Radar & Chart Plotter. Integral GPS. Cetrek Pilot 701 Autopilot. Click/Barometer.

    Safety Equipment

    Avon commercial liferaft in date. Flares in date. Fog horn. Radar reflector. Fire extinguishers.

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.