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Nelsons Boats Donaghadee

Quinton Nelsons Boats, Donaghadee are the last in a long line of professional seamen, inshore fishermen and family run, boat operations in Donaghadee. Whether it is a fishing trip with the kids, a pleasure trip to the Copeland Islands, or a charter with either boat to suit your requirements.

 “The Brothers” our well known trip boat has been in the family from 1947 and still provides entertaining days out, for all the family, as she has done for almost 70 years.

Or for the more hardy, an opportunity to swim the North Channel accompanied by Guy and Clare Hunter Quinton’s classic historic lifeboat.

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If you are considering selling any form of Classic Lifeboat contact us for details. You can download our standard brokerage agreement.Brokerage Agreement
Quinton’s long experience in repairs, maintenance and restoration of classic traditional boats has been instrumental in the saving of many classic restored ex lifeboats.
For almost sixty years, the Nelson Family have brought pleasure to young and Old with boat Trips from Donaghadee. Daily sea fishing trips and pleasure cruises around Belfast Lough with landings on scenic Copeland Islands, June to September. Also available for Charter and cruises the famous and fully restored classic ex – lifeboat Guy and Clare Hunter.
The North Channel is considered one of the toughest open water swims in the world. Quinton and Guy and Clare Hunter es ex RNLI lifeboat provides a fully qualified and licensed Pilot Boat Service for all North Channel Swims.

View our list of historic lifeboats for sale.

  • 20131023_125957-1 Lifeboat 70-001 Charles H Barrett . (11/25/2014) - Full description to follow. The pictures say it all. Dolphin, formerly the cruising lifeboat 70-001 “Charles H Barrett” built on Clydebank 1965. Now converted to fabulous cruiser. 8 guest berths + crew Powered by twin Gardner 8L3B marine diesel engines 240hp each.  in 2 enginerooms with 2 generator sets and pumping. Range in excess of […]
  • st3 GENERAL R Dudley Blake (10/16/2014) -       Pulling and sailing lifeboat built for the Blackrock, Ireland station, served 1909 1935. For many years in use as a licensed trip boat, inspected by Irish Dept of Marine to carry 32 passengers. vessel in long term storage ashore and does need some restoration to the original cork belting . Very rare […]
  • Davys_Family Davys Family (10/8/2014) - Rother class lifeboat 37 ft X 12 ft X3.5 ft. twin Ford 4 cylinder diesels. Ex Shoreham Harbour lifeboat 1981 /93. Currently stored at our yard in N Ireland. 6 years. 1 0f only 2 built in cold moulded timber epoxy construction. vessel in need of some refurbishing, All marineply decks require replacing, numerous fittings […]
  • IMG_1178 James Stevens No 10 (10/8/2014) - James Stevens No 10, formerly the St Ives lifeboat, built 1899. Fully restored and slightly modernised ( with an engine)for tripping 2002 /3. 37.5ft LOA, 9ft8 Beam, 3ft draught Boat has been laid up ashore for some time, comes with a renewable category 3 coding for inshore tripping 12 passengers and 2 crew. Ford 4 […]
  • bad18 HELEN TURNBULL (10/6/2014) -   Helen Turnbull Waveney class RNLI lifeboat, built Groves and Guttridge Cowes, 1974 sold 1999 Stationed at Sheerness and Achill Island Now converted with additional deck cabin over original well deck amidships. Additional deck rails fitted forward. twin Caterpillar 3208t marine diesels approx 1500hrs 6 berth, 4 aft and 2 in forecabin. heads with holding […]
  • StBrendan1 St Brendan (10/5/2014) -     St Brendan, formerly the Roslaire Harbour Arun class lifeboat. Recently refitted as dive boat with replacement engines and complete internal renovation Now sleeps up to 17 persons in 3 cabins Wheelhouse converted to saloon. General Extensively refurbished and with a Full MCA Commercial Coding to operate up to 60 miles offshore (12 passengers […]
  • 100_0301 PRINCESS OF WALES (10/5/2014) -     Princess of Wales, formerly the Barmouth lifeboat. 37 foot Rother class, fully self righting. One of only 2 constructed in cold moulded mahogany. Twin Ford 4 cylinder diesels in walk through layout.approx 1200 hrs. 5 Berths, Raritan Lectra vaccuumWC and wash facilities forward. Wheelhouse extended aft to provide saloon / dining area. Condor […]
  • IMG_1195 GREATER LONDON II (10/5/2014) - Formerly the Southend on Sea and Beaumaris Lifeboat sold out of service 1991 to her current owners. This is a rare opportunity to own a medal winning ex-lifeboat. During her illustrious working life she was credited with saving 160 lives. Since retiring, Gallichan formally known as Greater London II (Civil Service No.30) ON 921 has […]
  • RobertEdgar Robert Edgar (10/1/2014) - Robert Edgar 52-18, formerly the St MARYS Isles of SCILLY LIFEBOAT 1981 1997, SOLD 2002. to current owner in New Zealand where it is offered for sale. Owners furnished details. 52–18 was first delivered in 1981 to St Mary’s RNLI Station in the Scilly Isles – Islands approximately 28 miles West of Cornwall in England […]
  • 383149_2629162960578_1703372790_n SIR WILLIAM ARNOLD (10/1/2014) - Sir William Arnold formerly the St peter port, Guernsey lifeboat. Arun class built 1973, cold mould construction, sold from service 1997. Excellent internal conversion to motor yacht SAmuel J. “Samuel J” has had an extensive conversion and refurbishment job done over the winters of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 at Kinsale Boatyard. See attached pictures, […]
  • hcb 14 Henry Comber Brown (9/29/2014) - Henry Comber Brown “Henry Comber Brown” formerly the Tenby lifeboat built 1955, sold 1986. 46.9ft Watson class, midships steering. Twin Ford 6 cylinder diesels running well. Formerly used as a Isle of Man Sea Cadet training vessel and very well maintained. Was Slipped annually in local shipyard. Minor below deck conversion. Exterior as original new […]
  • IMG_0102 Sir Max Aitken (9/29/2014) -    Sir MAX AITKEN Sir MAX AITKEN, Arun class GRP former lifeboat, recently modestly converted internally to provide comfortable accomodation. Commercial code for 60 miles. Length – 52 ft (15.9/rn) Breadth – 17 ft (5.2 m) Displacement – 30 tons Load draught aft – 5 ft (1.5 m) Load draught forward – 3 ft 9 […]
  • recent2_n Mersey class prototype (9/28/2014) -   Mersey Class Prototype Prototype of the mersey class lifeboat This Mersey class prototype constructed with ALLOY HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE was never actually in service as a lifeboat , used to test equipment and machinery. Vessel now in private hands as a commercial trip boat. Vesssel re-engined for current owner by Pembroke dock boatyard. TWIN […]
  • IMG_1068 Duke of York (9/28/2014) - Duke of York, Formerly the Lizard Polpeor, Cornwall lifeboat 1934 /61 Extensive conversion to liveaboard / cruiser. Refitted with ex RNLI Ford based Parsons engines, removed from Oakley class 1990’s. Fore and aft cabins, central wheelhouse. Hull and machinery reported as sound, cabin may require some restoration. priced to sell currently in Ireland. Comments comments
  • DSCF5974 Ex Lifeboat HF Bailey (9/28/2014) - Ex Lifeboat H F Bailey, the first motor lifeboat to bear the famous name and served at Cromer, Norfolk 1924 to 1937 when she was replaced with a twin engined boat bearing the same name. This vessel then moved to Margate in Kent and was renamed JB Proudfoot. She served there with distinction including being […]
  • Henry Finlay Henry Finlay (9/16/2014) - RNLB Henry Finlay Formerly the Macrahanish, Kintyre lifeboat 1911. now with minimal internal conversion to trip boat. Information from Owner New Yanmar diesel engine 3J2HE with propeller, fitted 2013. Safety: about 14 lifejackets with lights, 2 x 12 person grp carley type rafts, 2 liferings, some internal buoyancy, flares, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, throwing […]
  • JGH7 John Gellatly Hyndman (9/16/2014) - FOR SALE  John Gellatly Hyndman, formerly the Stronsay lifeboat, 1955 /84 and relief stations 84 / 85 Sold 1985. Powered by 6 cylinder Ford diesels, one recently replaced. Excellent internal conversion,aft cabin with Taylor diesel stove for cooking and heating. seating converts to berths. Toilet in separate compartment. Berths in original forecabin and forepeak. large […]
  • ThomasCorbet1 Thomas Corbett (9/16/2014) -   Thomas Corbett, twin engined Liverpool class 35ft X 10.6. Hull only and some fittings for restoration. pair of new old stock Lister diesels, test bed run only. No marine gearboxes or parts. The lifeboat retains both prop shafts, brass propellers and steering gear. Owners remarks. This lifeboat was built in 1948 by Groves & […]
  • CharlesHenry5 Charles Henry (9/16/2014) - Charles Henry, formerly the Selsey and later Baltimore S Ireland lifeboat, built 1968 sold out of service to static display 1987. Vessel returned to sea going condition some years ago, water balast system removed and hull inlets closed up. Concrete ballast substituted. Now used as liveaboard and has not been tos ea for some years. […]
  • Charlesburton2 Charles Burton (9/16/2014) - Charles Burton – Liverpool Pulling Class Charles Burton built 1904, 38ft Liverpool pulling class, served at Grimsby and later as Caister lifeboat. Converted with twin BMC diesel engines currently removed for refit and storage. Hull and machinery reported as in good condition, deckhouse conversion internally and externally may require some upgrading. Priced realistically to sell.. […]

 

 

 

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