DALE Nelson 38 Aft Cabin

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The boat that’s valued by those who know the sea. So much has been written about the sea keeping abilities of the DALE Nelson 38 and the sheer quality and finish of the DALE build, it seems superfluous for us to say more…

“The undisputed kings of boats that laugh in the face of rough seas.’’

DALE Nelson 38 Features

Exterior helm and navigator’s station

The Nelson 38 has a commanding external helm position supplemented by a covered chart area.

Bespoke stowage tailored to owner’s requirements

From blanket drawers in the cabins to a cutlery drawer in the galley, from chart stowage and a drinks cabinet in the wheelhouse, the stowage can be designed and built to the owner’s exact specification.

Extendable table in lower dining saloon

Sociable area for a snack, quiet escape to read a book, or ready for a three course meal for the whole crew – the extending table makes this area ideal for a multitude of purposes.

Aft master cabin

The aft cabin version of the DALE Nelson 38 boasts a private and spacious master cabin with ensuite toilet and shower.

Meticulously engineered installations

The DALE engineers pay particular attention to the small details that make a big difference to experienced sea-goers – fuel tanks run the length of the hull so they enhance rather than detract from stability, hull sides and stringers are fully sound proofed, engine rooms feature kind-to-the-knees rubber matting in place of harsh checker plate, through hull fittings are fitted with engraved labels.

DALE Nelson 38 Specification

Principal Information

Length over hull – 12.12m
Beam overall – 3.75m
Draft – 1.24m (dependent upon fit out)
Fixed air draft from – 2.95m (dependent upon fit out)
Displacement (approx.) –  12 tons (dependent upon fit out)
Fuel capacity (approx.) –  300 gallons (1362 ltrs)
Fresh water capacity –  95 gallons (431 ltrs)
No. of berths –  aft cabin 6, aft cockpit 5
Electrics –  12V
Batteries –  2 x 105Ah, 2 x 115Ah
Engines: twin 300hp-440hp – approx. speed 15-32 knots


240V AC distribution system including 40A battery charger and
connection to hot water tank immersion heater and shore power
240V plug points to cabins, galley and wheelhouse
Diesel cabin heater
Curtains and fitted carpets throughout
Timber grab handles
Manual bilge pump
3 x automatic electric bilge pumps
Holding tank connected to forward toilet with overboard
deck and underwater discharge
Gas system with regulator
Gas alarm with automatic shut off
Trim tabs
Handheld fire extinguishers
Fire blanket
Emergency steering
Sacrificial anode system
Epoxy coating to hull


American Cherry (choice of other hand selected hardwoods available)
Upholstery and carpets fitted to Owner’s choice.


Teak decking
Deck fittings:
Bruce anchor in stemhead carrier
50 metres anchor chain
3 pairs stainless steel mooring bollards
Electric windlass
Gas locker set into side decks
Navigation lights to International Standards
Anchor light
Stainless steel rail to aft deck with fender baskets
Boat hook,4 fenders & 2 mooring lines
Teak boarding platform with stainless steel boarding ladder and swim ladder

Fore Cabin

Twin vee berths
Hanging locker
Forward lockers and side shelves
Skylight hatch with flyscreen/blind

Dinette and Galley

U-shaped settee with table that can be lowered to form a berth
Lockers and bookshelf
Galley with 2 burner hob and oven
Sink with pressurised hot and cold water
Electric refrigerator
Skylight hatch
Stowage lockers
Glass and china racks

Cockpit (aft cockpit version)

One pair GRP saloon doors opening into cockpit
Cockpit lockers
Watertight access hatch to cockpit sole

Engine Room

Twin engines,flexibly mounted
2 fuel filters
Sea water filters
2 alternators
Centre line fuel tanks
Automatic fire extinguisher

Wheelhouse and Saloon

Helmsman_s position with comprehensive instrumentation
Electronic engine controls
Helmsman_s seat
Drinks locker
L-shaped sofa
Navigator_s seat
Chart stowage
Chart light
Hydraulic steering
3 windscreen wipers
Windscreen washers to all forward screens
Battery voltage meter
Fuel gauges
Freshwater gauge
VHF radio with DSC facility
Depth Sounder & Speedo/log

Forward Toilet Room and Shower

Wash basin with pressurised hot and Cold water
Shower & WC
Lockers and shelves

Owner's Cabin (aft cabin version)

Double berth
Lockers and shelves
Skylight hatch with flyscreen blind
Hanging locker
Dressing table with mirror

Aft Toilet Room and Shower (aft cabin version)

Wash basin with pressurised hot and cold water
Shower & WC
Lockers and shelves

Exterior Helm (aft cabin version)

Helmsman’s seat
Navigator’s seat
Electronic engine controls
Engine instruments
Repeater for depth sounder/speedo
Aft deck lockers/seating with cushions
Aft deck seating infil
Aft deck dodgers

DALE Nelson 38 Aft Cabin – Press Report

Weather Or Not Test Report Out Of The Blue

As the wind breifly to gusted to a Force 9, an exasperated voice rang out in the saloon: “You’re driving too slowly!” So I pushed the throttles forward, and Out of the Blue surged past 20 knots. The voice had been right. Our Dale Nelson 38 became drier and more composed. We headed back from the Nab Tower, much more comfortably, towards Chirchester Harbour. Time to find out if the other claims made for this boat were true…

DALE Nelson 38 Aft Cockpit – Press Report

Le Grand Valseur Test Report

The Nelson marque is admired by just about everyone who goes to sea, but it is fair to say these boats have always had shortcomings for leisure users.

Their long, thin, railway carriage-shaped interiors have meant that thei accommodation could be predictable and somewaht cramped for a given size of vessel. And, with Nelsons being mopulded and fitted out as one-offs by a variety of yards, with customised interiors, prices have tended to be way above those of production cruisers…