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Fully-optioned Dale Nelson 38 Aft Cabin

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelDale Nelson 38 Aft Cabin
DesignerTT Boat Designs
Boat NamePilgrim V
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingArdfern, United Kingdom


LOA12.2m (40'0")
Beam3.75m (12'0")
Draft1.24m (4'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
Engine2x Yanmar 6LY2-STE 440hp
Cruising SpeedNo data
Max Speed25 knots

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    Fully-equipped and lightly used aft cabin version of the TT Boat Designs Nelson 38 from Dale Sailing. Built like no other and with all-weathers sea-keeping abilities making her perfect for year-round UK usage and offshore cruising.


    The ‘Nelson’ brand is synonymous with robust, sea-going motorboats with hulls capable of operating in the most demanding commercial roles alongside more elegant motor yachts which draw admiring glances in any marina. The Dale range of Nelsons has been in production for more than 3 decades with the company producing the finest examples of the class with high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail which owners love.

    The Dale Nelson 38 PILGRIM V is with just her second owner since leaving the factory in 2005, based on the west coast of Scotland since 2006. An aft cabin layout she was commissioned by her first owner she is a fully loaded boat with almost every conceivable extra fitted at the time of build. With two spacious cabins, she is ideally suited for two couples cruising in comfort. Reluctantly offered for sale she has an extensive inventory including highlights such as:
    • Hull antifouled March 2023
    • Yanmar 6LY2-STE, 440hp engines
    • Twin Disc hydraulic gearboxes
    • ZF Micro Commander single lever electronic engine controls
    • HFL 4Kva generator
    • Larger fuel tanks for extended cruising range
    • Mastervolt battery charger (2022)
    • QL Bow thruster
    • Bennett trim tabs
    • Raymarine smart series autopilot with hydraulic drive
    • Raymarine navigation instrumentation
    • Raymarine E series classic MFD x2
    • Raymarine 2kw radar scanner
    • Raymarine DSM300 fishfinder module
    • Smev gas oven
    • Princess gas hob
    • AEG Micromat Duo combi microwave oven/grill
    • Jabsco electric flushing marine toilets
    • Eberspacher heating system
    • Lofrans electric windlass
    • Rocna 25kg anchor
    • Highfield alloy RIB
    • Full cockpit tent enclosure which can be used as a Bimini or quicky folded down.

    Lying afloat on her berth in Ardfern the Dale Nelson 38 PILGRIM V is in commission and ready for immediate viewing by prior appointment.


    The alluring appeal of the sea and the excitement of what lies beyond enlivens our quest for travel. Discover havens and estuaries, scenery and wildlife… overnight in peaceful surroundings. A DALE Nelson transforms your voyage into a relaxing, undemanding, safe and memorable cruise. If this sounds like your thing, the DALE Nelson 38 is your destination.

    She exemplifies a boat 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 38 has a commanding external helm position supplemented by a covered chart area. The wheelhouse and galley are beautifully appointed with the craftsmanship and attention to detail which goes hand in hand with the DALE name and the lower dining saloon is a 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.

    Bespoke stowage is 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.

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

    Our 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. The quality of the engineering ensures dependable reliability.
    • Excellent heavy weather handling and renowned seakeeping.
    • Bullet proof construction.
    • Superb craftsmanship and attention to detail.
    • Renowned engine room installations and reliability.
    • Low noise levels.
    • Easily accessible with reassuringly wide and safe side decks.Spacious and beautifully appointand dinette.


    “I have never been out in a test where I’ve been admonished for driving too slowly! To have a builder urging you to drive home as fast as possible in the sort of conditions that slow many boats to a crawl is hugely reassuring. But the 38’s excellent heavy-weather handling would amount to little if the build wasn’t up to scratch, and you found yourself too scared to drive the boat hard in case it broke. Happily, Dale scores full marks here. It’s not just the heavy construction that provides the comfort: the whole boat is put together with great care and considerable attention to detail. Joinery built this heavily will last indefinitely. And quality engineering always makes for less heartache in the engineroom.”

    Motor Boat & Yachting Magazine


    DALE has grown from a family business founded in 1961 by Campbell Reynolds to the internationally renowned business of today.

    The history is unique.

    Eight generations of farming, fishing and work that a life by the sea provided…..building boats, servicing the offshore lighthouses of the Smalls, Skokholm, and South Bishop. The chandlery stocking the largest range of traditional marine wool wear and waterproof clothing in the country, regularly visited by Henri Lloyd himself and attracting loyal customers who drove miles and miles to come and purchase a Norwegian jumper! In the adjoining boathouse, Campbell, Seymour his father and the family built and repaired wooden boats by hand – skills passed on from generation to generation.

    In the early days of GRP, the company mastered new skills, embracing the new materials and technology of the time and built its first fibre glass boat. The ‘Dale Princess’ was born and she remains in daily service today taking thousands out to visit the spectacular Pembrokeshire islands.

    Campbell and his sons, John and Mike expanded the business to Brunel Quay in 1983, a fitting location steeped in boatbuilding history. The next chapter unfolded with the beginning of an enduring dream involvement with TT Boat Designs the originators of the Nelson design, one of the true greats with an unrivalled heritage of sea-keeping.

    The first DALE Nelson was launched to enthusiastic press acclaim. Nearly three decades later, continuous advances in marine design and engineering have enabled us to continually move forward with a perfect balance of tradition and technology- a philosophy gloriously captured with the Classic 45 in 2004, taken in a new direction in 2010 with the introduction of the DALE 23 high performance launch, the ultimate expression of personalisation with the Classic 35 in 2014 and the beautifully packaged DALE 28 in 2017.

    The deep connection with the sea and seamanship, the love and appreciation of tradition and craftsmanship and the importance of family and family values underpin everything that is DALE today.



    CE Certification:
    • Our understanding is that vessel complies with the European Union’s Recreation Craft Directive (RCD) and is categorised B (14 persons).

    Hull Construction:
    • Single piece GRP moulded hull.
    • Traditional Nelson style round bilge hull form with a central keel.
    • GRP formed internal structural members
    • Plywood bulkheads laminated to hull and deck
    • Hardwood spray rails and quarter protection, finished in varnish
    • D-fendering along sheerline
    • Topsides finished in traditional ‘Nelson blue’ gelcoat
    • Underwater hull finished in red antifouling, applied March 2023

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Single piece GRP moulded deck incorporating coachroof and wheelhouse superstructure
    • Teak laid decks to finish side and forward deck
    • Teak laid deck to finish cockpit sole
    • Gebo alloy framed portlights and portholes
    • Gebo alloy deck hatches


    Port Engine:
    • Yanmar 6LY2-STE
    • 440hp @ 3,300RPM
    • 6-cylinder, turbocharged, inter-cooled, direct injection.
    • Twin Disc hydraulic reversing marine gearbox
    • Dual control stations
    • ZF Micro Commander Single lever electronic morse control
    • Exhaust temperature alarm system

    Starboard Engine:
    • Yanmar 6LY2-STE
    • 440hp @ 3,300RPM
    • 6-cylinder, turbocharged, inter-cooled, direct injection.
    • Twin Disc hydraulic reversing marine gearbox
    • Dual control stations
    • ZF Micro Commander single lever electronic morse control
    • Exhaust temperature alarm system
    Maintenance & Performance:
    • Engines last serviced Autumn 2021 (boat not used in 2022)
    • Displacement speed circa 7kts (approx. 1.5ltr per nm)
    • Cruising speed 17-22kts (approx. 4.1 -4.4ltr per nm)
    • Maximum speed 25kts
    • Port engine hours @April 2023 – 1176hrs
    • Starboard engine hours @April 2023 – 1172hrs

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Stainless steel prop shafts
    • PSS shaft seals, fitted new 2021
    • Ambassador Marine Stripper rope cutters on both shafts
    • 4-blade, bronze propellors
    • Bronze rudders
    • Dual station hydraulic steering system
    • Stainless steel wheel with leather hide cover at internal helm station
    • Stainless steel wheel at external helm station

    Bow Thruster:
    • QL bow thruster, 4Kw
    • Dual control stations
    • Joystick type controls at both stations

    • Raymarine Smart Pilot Series S3G system
    • Raymarine ST6001 Smart Pilot Controller x2
    • Raymarine hydraulic drive system

    Trim Tabs:
    • Bennett Marine electro-hydraulic system
    • Dual control stations
    • Position indicator gauges at both helm stations


    Voltage systems:
    • 12VDC onboard power system
    • 230VAC shore power system

    Shore Power:
    • Extension lead to connect to shore supply
    • Single 16amp connection point
    • Hardwired factory installed system
    • 3 pin UK sockets, battery charger, immersion heater

    Battery Banks:
    • Engine Battery Bank – 2x 12V, 105Ah batteries
    • Domestic Battery Bank - 2x 12V, 115Ah batteries (2020)

    • Engine driven alternators fitted to both engines.

    Battery Charger:
    • Mastervolt ChargeMaster battery charger (2020)
    • 230VAC – 12VDC, 50amp
    • 3 outputs

    Battery Monitoring:
    • Voltmeter and Ammeter on ships switch panel

    • HFL H1W 4 F1C Marine Generator
    • 4Kva @ 3000RPM
    • Single-cylinder diesel engine.

    • Search Lights – Remote control searchlight
    • Flood Lights – Mounted on mast
    • Horn
    • Electrically heated forward windscreens in wheelhouse
    • Windscreen wipers with screen wash system on all 3 forward windscreens
    • 12VDC charging sockets in dinette and wheelhouse
    • Extraction fan in engine space

    Fresh Water:
    • Pressurised hot and cold water system
    • Mixer tap in galley
    • Mixer tap in forward and aft heads
    • Shower head fitting in forward and aft heads
    • Hot water is provided via calorifier, heated from engine cooling water or 230VAC immersion heater

    Grey Water:
    • Shower sump discharging overboard via an automatic electric pump

    Black Water:
    • Single holding tank
    • Forward and aft head connected to holding tank
    • Tank discharging via deck suction or macerator discharge pump

    Bilge Pumps:
    • Manual bilge pump
    • Electric bilge pump x5
    • Bilge level alarm system

    Deck Wash:
    • Saltwater deck wash system.
    • Hose connection point on foredeck


    • Three diesel tanks
    • All tanks of stainless steel construction and located centrally in bilge space.
    • Approximate total capacity 1587ltrs – Larger capacity than standard build

    Fresh Water:
    • Single tank
    • Stainless steel tank construction
    • Approximate capacity 432ltrs

    Black Water Tank:
    • Single tank
    • Stainless steel tank construction
    • Approximate capacity 70ltrs

    Tank Monitoring:
    • Tank Tender gauge system installed – Not reliable


    On Deck:
    • Depth/Speed/Log – Raymarine ST60 Tri-data
    • Wind – Raymarine ST60
    • Plotter / Radar / Fishfinder – Raymarine E80 MFD
    • Radar – Raymarine Pathfinder Series 2kw radome scanner
    • GPS – Raymarine Raystar 125 active GPS antenna
    • Magnetic Compass
    Below Decks:
    • Depth – Raymarine ST60
    • Plotter / Radar / Fishfinder – Raymarine E120 MFD
    • Speed/ Log – Raymarine ST60
    • Wind – Raymarine ST60
    • Fishfinder – Raymarine DSM300 Digital Sounder Module
    • Magnetic Compass
    Communications Equipment:
    • DSC VHF – Raymarine Ray240 with dual control stations – Receives but does not transmit
    • Handheld VHF – Standard Horizon HX300
    • Radar Reflector – Sea-Me active radar target enhancer
    • Navtex – NASA Clipper


    • Stove – Seaward Products LP gas hob. 4 burners.
    • Oven – SMEV oven/grill, gas. Built-in unit is independent of stove.
    • Combi Oven 230VAC, AEG Micromat, microwave/grill combi
    • Fridge – Front loading self-contained Isotherm fridge
    • Drinks Fridge – Located in saloon. Front loading self-contained Isotherm fridge.

    • Heads – Jabsco electric flushing marine toilets x2
    • Dedicated shower fittings with bulkhead mounted shower head x2
    • Wash hand basin x2
    • Mixer tap x2

    • Eberspacher D5L diesel fired blown air system.
    • Outlets in cabins, dinette and saloon
    • Thermostatic cabin controller

    • Sony CD/radio head unit
    • Speakers in saloon

    • Overhead lighting throughout interior
    • Reading lights above bunks in cabins
    • Bulkhead mounted lights in Dinnette
    • Red lighting in galley for night running
    • Engine space lighting


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Twin cabin forward with en-suite access to forward heads
    • Forward heads
    • Galley
    • Dinette, converting to a double berth
    • Wheelhouse with elevated saloon
    • Master aft cabin with en-suite heads.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Joinery work below decks of oak veneered plywood with solid oak trims
    • All joinery work finished in a satin varnish
    • Corian worktop in galley
    • GRP moulded heads compartment with a laminate finish to bulkheads
    • Corian countertops in heads
    • Alcantara covered headlining panels throughout interior
    • Fitted carpets in the dinette, forward cabin and aft cabin
    • Roller blinds fitted for all deck hatches
    • Curtains of blinds for all portlights and portholes.
    • Sprung mattresses for cabin bunks
    • Mid-Blue leather upholstery in the wheelhouse and dinette

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Forward Cabin:
    • Accessed from forward end of galley through door.
    • Twin cabin with single berths outboard port and starboard
    • Shelves above bunks outboard with storage lockers forward.
    • Access to anchor chain locker forward centrally.
    • Hanging locker aft of starboard bunk with countertop above
    • Storage locker space beneath aft end of bunks to port and starboard
    • Jack ‘n’ Jill en-suite access to forward heads aft of port bunk.

    Forward Heads:
    • Accessible from galley or forward cabin
    • Inboard-facing electric flush marine toilet located outboard forward with fold-down GRP seat cover.
    • Counter unit in after corner of compartment outboard, wrapping around outboard of toilet.
    • Inset wash hand basin aft with vanity lockers above countertop outboard and storage locker beneath
    • Standing room forward for use as a shower stall with a curtain to protect doors

    • Access by steps from the wheelhouse.
    • Wrap around U-shaped settee to port with fixed table.
    • Table drops down on a lower set of legs with infill cushions to create an occasional double berth.
    • Countertop outboard of settee with bookshelf centrally and lockers forward and aft

    • Linear galley to the starboard side, opposite dinette
    • Microwave combi oven mounted in a unit on the bulkhead above the worktop forward
    • Worktop mounted gas hob located centrally with inbuilt oven below
    • Inset double Corian sinks aft with mixer tap aft.
    • Selection of lockers and drawers beneath the worktop
    • Sliding door fronted storage lockers outboard of worktop

    Wheelhouse / Saloon:
    • Helm station to port forward with dedicated, adjustable helm seat
    • Engine control panel forward with throttle/gear controls outboard to port
    • Navigation instruments are mounted within the dash panel, chart plotter is mounted inboard forward.
    • Ships switch panel below helm station inboard within a dedicated locker
    • Navigators seat outboard to starboard with footrest forward.
    • Chart table removable forward of seat leaving open space forward to the galley
    • Drinks fridge is located beneath the navigators seat unit.
    • Shelved storage locker with glass storage beneath helm seat.
    • Bench settee outboard to starboard with storage locker beneath.
    • Thwartships full size Admiralty chart locker located immediately aft of helm seat
    • L-shaped settee wrapping around aft end to port, storage lockers beneath the seating.
    • Removable oak-topped table mounted on fully adjustable Laguna table leg, bespoke build 2020.

    Master (Aft) Cabin:
    • Accessed from the aft end of the wheelhouse with bi-fold oak doors
    • Centrally located double bunk with walk-around access
    • Countertop to starboard of bunk aft with storage drawer beneath.
    • Countertop runs forward along the starboard side, flexible removable storage baskets sitting on the countertop.
    • Storage lockers running above lower countertop with a countertop above.
    • Hanging locker forward, outboard to starboard
    • Dresser unit outboard of bunk to port with vanity drawer and lockers above and beneath outboard
    • En-suite head located forward to port.
    • Small shelved storage locker within forward bulkhead.

    Aft Heads:
    • En-suite heads for the master cabin
    • Forward-facing electric flushing toilet located aft with fold-down GRP seat cover
    • Countertop running length of compartment outboard with inset wash hand basin forward
    • Vanity lockers above countertop outboard and aft with storage locker beneath the basin.
    • Mixer tap for sink and dedicated shower fitting
    • Standing room forward for use as a shower stall with a curtain to protect the door.


    • Double stainless steel bow roller
    • Stainless steel pulpit
    • Stainless steel toerail-mounted stanchions supporting double-tier guard wires
    • Guard wire gates port and starboard
    • Stainless steel bow fairleads to port and starboard.
    • Deck-mounted stainless steel mooring cleats on the foredeck
    • Centrally mounted stainless steel samson post on the foredeck
    • Stainless steel grabrails running length of coachroof outboard to port and starboard
    • Dorade-type ventilators mounted on coachroof
    • Deck hatches forward and aft on the centreline of the coachroof
    • Toerail mounted, stainless steel mooring cleats forward and aft of midships
    • Stainless steel grabrails running length of wheelhouse roof outboard to port and starboard
    • Dorade-type ventilators mounted on the wheelhouse roof
    • Folding antenna on stainless steel bases, located to port and starboard sides of the wheelhouse roof
    • Alloy framed glass windscreen wrapping around the forward end of the cockpit.
    • Two steps on side decks aft to the elevated aft cockpit area.
    • Fixed stainless steel pulpit rail wrapping around the cockpit with a gate located centrally aft
    • External helm station to port with engine controls and navigation instruments mounted forward
    • Helmsman and navigators seat to port and starboard sides of companionway doors, swivelling seat, height adjustable.
    • Chart working table forward of navigators seat to starboard
    • GRP moulded bench seating pods on port and starboard quarters with storage locker in seat bases.
    • Central infill section of seating to create full-width bench seat
    • Adjustable, removable cockpit table, bespoke built 2021
    • Storage basket mounted outboard of pulpit rail to starboard with canvas cover, storing deck wash hose etc
    • Outboard stowed on mounting bracket outboard of the cockpit to starboard
    • Liferaft mounted outboard in a cage to starboard
    • Stainless steel fender baskets mounted on transom port and starboard
    • Transom mounted boarding ladder to access the bathing platform from the cockpit
    • Folding swimming ladder mounted on bathing platform.

    Canvas Work:
    • Sprayhood (2020)
    • Cockpit Tent – Versatile cover, fully enclosed with door panels port and starboard. Side and aft panels are removable to leave a Bimini-type cockpit cover. The whole cover folds away and stows in a pack at the aft end of the cockpit. (2020)
    • Spray Dodgers (2020)
    • Sun Cover – Forward windscreens
    • Table Covers – Custom-made covers with clear top panels for 3 tables aboard. (2020)
    • Winter Covers – For aft deck furniture and screen. Serviced and re-stitched 2021.

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Bower Anchor – Rocna 25kg anchor on chain rode
    • Kedge Anchor – stowed on the bathing platform with dedicated rode.
    • Electric Anchor Windlass – Lofrans Project 1500 electric windlass with foot button controls on the foredeck. Hardwired control switch at external helm station. Wireless ‘fob’ type remote control.
    • Mooring Warps – selection
    • Fenders – selection
    • Hook and Moor type boat hook (2021)

    • Davits – Simpson Davits, stainless steel with manual winches
    • Inflatable Dinghy – Highfield alloy hulled RIB. 2.8m
    • Outboard – Mercury 2.5hp, 4-stroke. Serviced 2022 and not used since


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    Navigation Lights:
    • Anchor Light
    • Steaming Light
    • Navigation Lights

    Life saving:
    • Liferaft – 4-person canister raft, mounted in a stainless steel cage. (Requires service)
    • EPIRB – McMurdo 406 GPS
    • Jonbuoy Inflatable Danbuoy
    • Gas Alarm

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying, Ardfern, Argyll, Scotland

    Available to view strictly by appointment

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
    Saturday by prior appointment

    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead Broker: Mark Cameron
    Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7988 763254
    Email: mark@grabauinternational.com

    Grabau International offers the details of all vessels in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information or warranty the condition of any vessel and the details do not constitute a part of any contract. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. All vessels are offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. Grabau International provides professional yacht conveyancing and legal transfer of title for all yachts as per the ABYA Code of Practice with all deposit payments and final balance payments processed through secure dedicated client accounts solely for that purpose. Our dedicated client accounts are written in trust at Natwest Bank and we are fully insured.

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