New Listing – 2003 Dale Nelson 38 Aft Cabin


Comprehensively equipped 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 AUTUMN SPIRIT, an aft cabin layout; was commissioned by her first owners to their specifications, a fully loaded boat with almost every conceivable extra fitted at the time of build including a number of custom features. With two spacious cabins, each with en-suite heads this highly capable motoryacht is ideally suited for two couples cruising in comfort. Benefitting from significant investment in the current ownership she is now reluctantly offered for sale with an extensive inventory including highlights such as:
• Topsides finished in traditional ‘Nelson blue’ gelcoat, professionally polished and waxed summer 2023
• All hardwood on hull stripped to bare timber and professionally re-finished with two-pack perfection varnish in 2018
• Underwater hull blasted back to gelcoat, and hull epoxy coated
• 2x Yanmar 6LY2A-STP, 440hp
• Gearboxes overhauled 2022
• New propeller shafts installed 2021
• Extensive replacement of skin fittings, seacocks along with engine and heads pipework 2018
• Paguro 4Kva marine generator
• Bow and Stern thursters with dual station controls
• Bennett trim tab system, replaced 2018
• Raymarine autopilot system
• Raymarine MFD plotter/radar displays x3
• Raymarine ST60 navigation instrumentation
• Raymarine RAY63 DSC VHF with RayMic second control station (2021)
• Raymarine AIS650 transciever
• MasterVolt ChargeMaster battery charger (2018)
• MasterVolt sinewave invertor
• Smev gas oven
• AEG 230VC Combi oven
• Jabsco electric flushing marine toilets
• Eberspacher diesel heating system
• Rocna anchor with electric anchor windlass
• Alloy hulled RIB tender fitted with ‘snap davits’ (2021)
• Suzuki 3.5hp 4-stroke outboard (2021)

Lying afloat on her berth in Portavadie Marina the Dale Nelson 38 AUTUMN SPIRIT 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.

2003 Dale Nelson 38 Aft Cabin ‘AUTUMN SPIRIT’ for sale – Asking £325,000 UK VAT paid – full details here


Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high-quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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