42ft Nelson 42, Pilot vessel, ex Commercial work boat.

REDUCED    Price Details

Price: £21,500 ONO
Location: Ashore Woolwich, London  GB
Make:  Nelson Pilot with pilothouse, fitted out by Keith Nelson & Co Bembridge, Isle of Wight
Year: 1973/4   Hull no: 4121
Condition: Good, Practical
Category: Power, twin engine
Class:   GRP Pilot cutter/ work boat
Keel Type: Full Keel


Nelson 42, a serious work vessel. Robustly built GRP by Halmatic of Havant in 1973 to a design by TT Boat Designs, commissioned by Trinity House.

GRP hull painted topsides (Black ) decks ( grey with Treadmaster anti slip panels  and superstructure (white). Hardwood rubbing strakes . Long keel

She worked for the Liverpool Pilotage. Sold out of service in 1985. A design speed of 25knots. Present owner carried out a complete refit on his purchase of her in 1988: Osmosis treatment and re-engined her.  She was chartered out to Bure Marine of Gt Yarmouth, work boat coded  SVC 2A , 2012 compliant with the code of practise. Licensed to carry up to 12 passengers.  Used to send supplies and men out to the Gas Fields. Coding lapsed in 2017. Compliance survey for 2012
Since used as a private pleasure vessel on the Thames.  A very safe, reliable, fast vessel with a practical utilitarian fit out, basic facilities.

Stood out of the water. She has been refitted April/ May 2019.

Works included: Replacing anodes, re-antifouling ,Refurbishing topsides and deck and superstructure where necessary.


Nominal Length:  42ft     12.80m
Beam:    11ft 9ins   3.58m
Draft:  3ft 6ins 1.07m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 300 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 100 gallons
Dry Weight: 13 m tonnes
Displacement: 10.00m tonnes
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Engine Power: 185 hp    Total 370hp
Number of Engines: 2


Berths: 2
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 12

Double gas burner ( unconnected), 240v Microwave oven, galley sink and toilet

Helm and Navigator positions forward facing of the Pilot house

Opposing settee bench berths aft and rear  double door exit to aft deck.

Companionway upright ladder access to accommodation below:  Galley facilities opposite heads compartment, 2 x further bench berths & forward stowage area.

Aft  access to  engine room.

12 v and 24v electrical system on-board. 4 x Heavy duty batteries.

3 x hatches : 1 x accommodation escape hatch in the foredeck.  Access to the engine room / ventilation for the engine room ahead of the pilot house. Aft deck hatch to lazerette./ stowage.


Builder: Halmatic of Havant
Designer: Peter Thorneycroft,, TT Boat design, Fitted out by Keith Nelson of Bembridge Isle of Wight.

Boat Name: Osprey of Bures,  SSR No: 720151

Hull Design: Semi Displacement, long keel
Hull Speed: 18: knots       Hull material GRP


Sound proofed engine room, fore and aft through bulkheads with heavy doors which must be closed whilst at sea. walkway between the engines.

Engine Model: 2 x Cummins V8 Diesel ( 185hp each),normally aspirated, last serviced 2018. Oil/ filters changed

Twin shafts through P brackets to 2 x Bronze triple bladed propellers 24inch diameter.

2 x Bronze rudders.   Morse steering from helm wheel and rod steering.

Fuel Type: diesel,  2 x GRP  fuel tanks are full, 300 gallons

Only 200 engine hours put on both since their installation.

Engine Transmission  Description: Shaft drive,  Manual and electric start .

Engine generators , Heavy duty batteries x 4 ( all charged up, June 2019), 2 x battery chargers.

Spare calibrated fuel pump, spare filters and belts for the engines.

Twin Racor fuel filter sets for each engine with switch over valves. on

Deck Gear

35lbs CQR  main anchor, a 25 lbs Danforth  and a 50lbs stockless anchor 60m warp

Fenders & warps

Navigation Gear

2 x  Hepworth windscreen wipers. Tudor toughened glass in the Pilot house.

Sowester Bosun Compass, a hand bearing compass,  Clipper echo sounder

Furono GP-32 GPS and log

Charts, almanacs manuals,

Hand Held VHF,  Simrad RD-68 fixed VHF  radio with DSC

Navigation lights, shapes a sound signals


Radar reflector

Safety Gear

Waterproof signalling lamp , a fixed and a portable search lamp

Epirb, a Tow line,  2 x Ikaros line throwers

2 x engine driven bilge pumps, 3 x manual Henderson bilge pumps one in each compartment

4 x Life rings, lifebuoy, lifebuoy with light

Fire extinguishers  (expiry dates unchecked)

1 x 6 man  Zodiac canister life raft (requires servicing).

4 x Gas inflatable life jackets,  survival suits

Flares (expiry dates unchecked)

Stainless steel pullpit and pushpit/ guard rails. Hand holds and grab rails throughout the vessel.

Stainless steel handrails and safety wires attached to the external superstructure. 4 x Clip on life lines

Crash barrier void in the forepeak.