Lord Nelson

$15.00 - $1,445.00
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Our LORD NELSON captures the character of traditional sailboats, combines an efficient hull/rig combination, and tops it off with a modern layout to come up with a new approach for today's long distance sailor. Features abound! Settees seat six, yet convert to single berths by removing the seat backs which then form lee boards. One settee even forms a double berth when at anchor. While only intended for a crew of four, the double and a pipe berth forward means that six can be accommodated if need be. For comfort, this arrangement means two leeward berths on either tack! The engine is right in the middle of the boat for stability and balance. Just lift off the dinette table "console", and the engine is fully accessible. The toilet room is also a utility/storage area with workbench, shower with seat, and storage spaces.

The L-shaped galley has a double sink, trash bin, gimbaled range with oven, work top, 15 cubic foot ice box, and lots of drawers and lockers. There's a large chart table that slides forward for berth access, an oilskin locker by the ladder, and even space for a generator if desired. The cockpit well is compact for safety, yet there is plenty of room for all the crew in this area. A separate vapor-tight locker is provided for the stove fuel aft. The deck is all one level with wide side decks, raised bulwark, lots of safety rails, deck vents, and a place for a dinghy on the cabin top. The sweeping trailboards accent a practical bowsprit which simplifies mooring and anchoring. The cutter rig gives a generous spread of sail for excellent performance, and allows a wide variety of headsails and sail combinations suitable to any weather condition. A self-tacking jib is perfect for a short handed crew. Plenty of fuel and water capacity is available for long range capability, even when under power alone.

You can build your own LORD NELSON in one of two versions. With the "One-off" Fiberglass Version, you'll be using either PVC foam sandwich core or fiberglass planking (C-FLEX). With the Plywood Version, you can use plywood triple diagonally planked or solid wood veneer cold-molded construction. Whichever you choose, you'll probably save enough over the project to make that voyage of your dreams a reality. We feel that anyone with average do-it-yourself abilities and at least one smaller boat to his credit can build his own LORD NELSON, and with professional results! Our comprehensive Plans and Full size Patterns remove the guesswork and show you how. For a lot more information on this unusual design, send for the Study Plans.

Length overall (on deck):
33'-1" (10.08 M)
Length overall (with bowsprit):
Length waterline:
26'-4" (8.03 M)
11'-1" (3.38 M)
5'-0" (1.52 M)
Freeboard forward:
Freeboard aft:
Height (board up to cabin top):
Displacement (at D.W.L.):
16,200 lbs.
Ballast weight:
6500 lbs.
Cabin headroom:
6' to 6'-5"
Fuel capacity (*):
60 gals.
Water capacity (*):
110 gals.
Sleeping accommodations:
Sail area:

      Main - 298 sq. ft.
      Foretriangle - 353 sq. ft.
      Total - 651 sq. ft.
Hull type:
Round bilge hull form with fixed ballast keel. Plans available for "one-off" fiberglass construction using PVC foam sandwich core or fiberglass planking with fiberglass laminates, or for molded plywood, with cold-molded veneers as an alternate.
Lead, iron, or steel scrap.
Sail type:
Masthead cutter (double-head rig) or sloop.
Single inboard diesel or gasoline engine of 10 to 20 shp.