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Nellie and Charlie SOLD 06 /14


Nellie and Charlie   SOLD 06 /14
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Nellie and Charlie   SOLD 06 /14

"RNLB Nellie and Charlie" formerly the Anstruther lifeboat 1933 to 1950.
Single engined liverpool class.
now heavily converted to family cruiser but retaining its origianl identity.

Nellie and Charlie historical and technical details

Date built, April 1933, J. Samuel White, Cowes, Isle of Wight. ON 764

Registered as a National Historic Ship.

Nellie and Charlie is a single engined Liverpool class Lifeboat, 35’6” length by 10’ beam, double diagonal mahogany planking over an oak and teak keel/keelson with Canadian rock elm frames. She was the first production Liverpool Class Lifeboat built by JS White’s.

The drop keel was removed whilst in service with the RNLI.

In service, Anstruther, Fife, 1933 to 1950, 54 Launches, 72 lives saved. The war time records of military rescues were not released by the MoD, but it is well known that she achieved several military rescues from the North Sea.

After service Nellie and Charlie was used as a fishing boat and as a ferry before becoming a liveaboard on the River Deben.

The hull is all original, but with the scuppers removed and in very good condition, The superstructure is not to everyone’s taste but offers very good accommodation and visibility for comfortable cruising. The main mast was restored in 2011 and is Gunter rigged, not a gaffer but looks right! The mizzen mast is currently used for radar and radio antenna. The tan sails suite is a main sail and jib giving good power and offering stay sail capabilities. The mainsail is open footed, but a boom can be supplied if required.

The engine is a 6 cylinder 120 hp Ford with PRM gearbox. Original fuel tanks - repositioned amidships, feed a gravity feed day tank, with comprehensive filter system. Engine air is supplied by cooled hoses and filtered through a plenum chamber which quietens induction noise and smooths airflow.

Fuel consumption is 1.30 gallons per hour at 7.5 knots cruising speed.

Internally Nellie and Charlie is fitted with:

Forward end box
Heads with storage shelving and anchor chain locker
Bakes, full Victory sea toilet.
Ventilator and roof light
Hardwood door to:

Opening houdini hatch
Electrolux gas/12v fridge - could do with replacing!
Seating for 6 people/bunks with much storage beneath
12v halogen and LED downlights in saloon
Well equipped galley with mixer freshwater tap, storage cupbards and racks and tiled worksurface, all in new condition
Taylors kerosene 2 burner cooker and pressure tank
Wet room with mixer shower, pumped out sump

Substantial wheel house
Positioned over the original engine room, which still has the brass sheet lining
2 KAB fully adjustable seats (as per current RNLI)
Hydraulic steering from the original wheel
Full instrument and switch panels with rudder position indicator
Brass binnacle compass
Koden GPS
Koden radar
Garmin Chart plotter/fishfinder
Stowe depth sounder
Stowe log
Sailor radio
Roof mounted Search light, wheelhouse operated
Deck light
Full navigation and anchor lights
Full fula pumps control and manual switching of port/starboard tank supply
Sailor VHF radio
Sony radio/CD/MP3 player with USB port
12 volt sockets
Chart table, folding
Integrated 240 volt battey charger
Whale fresh water pump & accumulator system
20 gallon clarifier/hot water tank, very efficiently heated to 80℃ by the engine water

The aft cabin

Currently used for dinghy and outboard, ropes etc storage, but is equipped with 2 large bunks.

Water tanks are fitted beneath the bunks. Approx. 50 gallons of freshwater storage.


Deck equipment includes a good anchor with chain and rope warp
Fore deck mounted manual winch in very good order
Mooring warps
Matched inflatable fenders

The boat has been used extensively around the East Coast and the Bristol Channel, Devon and Cornwall, she is very capable in most seas/weathers and very reliable.
Nellie and Charlie has a current boat safety certificate with CRT (ex British Waterways) licence.

The asking price is £19,000, available immediately. There is a very genuine reason for sale, but I would prefer her to go to a good home with someone who respects Lifeboats and historic wooden boats!

While the published information on each vessel, provided by the current owners is deemed to be correct and given in good faith, Nelsons Boats cannot guarantee any or all of the details are correct.

All potential buyers must fully satisfy themselves as to the vessels suitability for their intended purpose and a survey to determine the structural and mechanical condition, as far as can be determined, is recommended.

Contact us today by email at Quinton@nelsonsboats.co.uk or call us on Telephone: 0289 1883 4030 Mobile: 07811 230215

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