Rother class lifeboat formerly stationed at Swanage Dorset 1972 92.

Powered by twin Ford based 4cylinder marine diesels 50hp each.

vessel retains all her lifeboat fittings and equipment and is reported as needing some tlc but generally in very good condition.

Currently on the continent therfore shipping home to UK by road transport would be necessary.

David and Elizabeth King & EB. SOLD

Solent class “David and Elizabeth King & EB” formerly the Longhope, Orkney lifeboat.



Built of corten steel with alloy superstructure 1970, sold out of service 1990.

Inherently self-righting.

Twin Gardner 6lx diesels 110hp each.

Vessel is unaltered from service days apart from some internal comforts.

Extremely well maintained by current owner.

A very rare opportunity to own a Solent.


John Gellatly Hyndman. SOLD

   sold oct 16

John Gellatly Hyndman, formerly the Stronsay lifeboat, built 1955 and served until 1985.

52ft Barnett Stromness class.

twin Ford 6cylinder diesels, one recently replaced.

Excellent internal conversion incl  aft cabin sole lowered to give full headroom, stainless steel cooker / central heating,  heads and berths forward.

outwardly original

Bow thruster.


This vessel maintained to a high standard by discerning owner.

very well priced and ready to go.

S Coast UK.

GENERAL R Dudley Blake SOLD for Restoration 09 16


RNLI Historic Lifeboat for sale
General R Dudley Blake

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 example of a pulling and sailing lifeboat that has  not been significantly altered.

No longer certified.

Ford engine.


Best offer.

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 3403 Mobile: 07811 230215



Helen Turnbull

Helen Turnbull    Sold.
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 tank,
galley with fridge and dining area in deckcabin

2 Sailor VHF radios, GPS, original radar. epirb.

8 man liferaft, 12 lifejackets,

dinghy and trailer by negotiation.

St Brendan SOLD Jan 2018


St Brendan


Price reduced for quick sale £45k   2016

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.


Extensively refurbished and had a Full MCA Commercial Coding to operate up to 60 miles offshore (12 passengers and 3 crew). items required for the commercial coding while included in the sale will now require updating or replacing.


Forward cabin with double/2 single berths and 2 single berths. 240v sockets and lighting. 24v lighting. Hatch and ventilation fan. TV aerial point. 240v heater.

Main cabin with 6 single berths. Heads with shower and H/C water via immersion heater. Deluxe electric toilet.. Extractor fan in heads. 240v sockets and lighting. 24v lighting. 110v socket (via generator). 240v heaters.

Aft crew quarters with large double berth and single berth. 240v and 24v lighting. Manual bilge pump.


Sink with pressurised H/C water via immersion heater, food preparation area, dishwasher, gas oven and hobs, fridge, 2 x microwaves, kettle, toasters, sandwich maker, pans and crockery suitable for preparing and serving meals for up to 15 people.

Engine room

2 x matched pair of Detroit Diesel Series 92 650hp engines (restricted to 500hp).
240v generator
Bilgewatch Mk III
2 x Main fuel tanks + reserve tank


Steering and throttle controls
Seating for 12 + Helm seat.
Chart Table
Simrad CP40 Chartplotter
Sailor RT2047 radio
Offshore 135 compass
Open scan radar
Icom IC M503 radio
Icom DS 100 DSC controller
GPS receiver
Computer (with media systems & chartplotter)
Surround Sound Amplifier
Bass Amplifier
17” Flatscreen monitor/PC
TV aerial point
Electric heaters


17 x Lifejackets
18 x Immersion Suits
2 x safety harness
Fire extinguishers throughout
Fire blanket in galley
Smoke detectors
2 x life rings with lights
Deck lights
Radar reflector


Steering and throttle controls
Offshore 135 compass
Icom commandmic
External speaker

Upper Deck

Gas powered BBQ
16 man liferaft with auto release (liferaft not included in sale)

Lower Deck

Seating/diver kitting up area
H/C pressurised deck shower
Gusher 30 fire pump
Dive/boarding ladder
50kg and 25kg Bruce anchors – chain and warps
SL Francis Type 2000 anchor winch



Princess of Wales


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 remote anchoring system with chain depth recorder.
  • Radar and plotter.
  • Ray430 loud hailer.
  • Ray ST50 autopilot.
  • ICS Navtex.
  • Stowe Seamarshall echo-sounder.
  • trimble navigator.
  • sealarm
  • 2 everclear windows.
  • new battery management system.
  • hold and cold water.

Owner has full documented history and pictures with Princess Diana at the naming ceremony and on board.

Lot of money spent on this boat.

Robert Edgar

Robert Edgar

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 and in the North Atlantic Ocean.
It served St. Mary’s until 1999 when it was withdrawn from service and underwent the full and very extensive ‘3 year’ refit by the RNLI which effectively renewed the boat. At that time, both engines and gearboxes were removed and reconditioned along with all mechanical componentry and operating systems. Electronics were upgraded to the then latest specifications.
52-18 then went to serve Weymouth on the South Coast of England until 2003.

The present Owner purchased 52-18 direct from the RNLI in 2003 and when it had completed only 230 hours since the abovementioned 1999 refit. The boat was delivered to New Zealand as deck cargo on P & O Nedlloyd in 2003. 52-18 is the only Arun Class Lifeboat in New Zealand.

To date, 52-18 had competed a total of just over 300 hours since the 1999 RNLI refit.

Operating Manuals, Instruction Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures, Maintenance Manuals and a set of A1 size manufacturers construction drawings including boat wiring diagrams – are available for all boat systems and electronics.

Since acquiring 52-18, the owner has fitted a sea toilet, sink unit with hot and cold water, an engine heated colorifier, fresh water tanks, a Simrad Autopilot and interconnected Simrad Chart Plotter fitted with bridge repeaters and the Icom Single Sideband Radio.

Aruns have massively constructed glass fibre hulls with aluminium structures. The hull is divided into 26 watertight compartments. There are 7 separate watertight personnel spaces. Void spaces are filled with buoyant materials, giving reserve buoyancy if the boat is holed.

There are two survivor’s cabins below deck containing rescue equipment including first aid gear, stretchers, and blankets. An inflatable 3 metre Y boat is carried for inshore work. A 6 man liferaft and lifejackets are carried at all times.

Powerful twin CAT diesel engines provide the propulsion through 4 bladed counter rotating propellers. 52-18 has substantial towing capabilities. The Skipper/Helmsman can steer from inside the wheelhouse or from a flying bridge on top of the superstructure. Intercom links the flying bridge, wheelhouse and deck.

52-18 is fitted with a new Icom SSB radio and 2 – Sailor VHF radios, Decca Radar, ADDF, Simrad Auto Pilot, GPS, Simrad Chart Plotter and Depth Sounders and all other navigational equipment standard for Arun Class lifeboats when in service with the RNLI.

Aruns carry First Aid equipment, fixed and mobile fire fighting equipment and a lightweight portable diesel salvage pump in a watertight transfer container. A comprehensive engine driven bilge pump system can pump out each bilge and/or watertight compartments and a fixed Gilkes General Service Fire pump is geared to the port engine for external fire fighting. Fire fighting hoses and nozzles are provided

Inside the wheelhouse there is a heavy duty sprung seat with safety belts and arm rests for the Helmsman and Radar Operator and a heavy duty swivel seat with armrests and safety belts for the Navigator, Radio Operator, Mechanic and Crew Members. The radar scanner has been made watertight so that it will continue to work after the lifeboat has self righted via mercury switches.

52-18 has been certified to be in Survey to New Zealand’s Safe Ship Management. This annual certification has now expired but can be reinstated if required.

The boat is presently equipped to the same fully operational level as when it was in service with the RNLI. All systems are fully functional.

Boat Specifications;

Length – 52 ft (15.9/rn)

Breadth – 17 ft (5.2 m)

Displacement – 34 tons

Load draught aft – 5 ft (1.5 m)

Load draught forward – 3 ft 9 in (1.1 m)

Engines – 2 x Caterpillar 3408TA Turbocharged Intercooled Vee 8 Diesel – 18 litres – 485 Shp @ 2100 rpm.

Fuel Capacity – 2800 litres.

Max Specification Speed 18 knots

Range at full speed 250 nm

Henry Comber Brown withdrawn Jan 17

Henry Comber Brown
Henry Comber Brown

Henry Comber Brown     PRICE REDUCED 04 2016 Must be sold.

“Henry Comber Brown” formerly the Tenby lifeboat built 1955, sold 1986. 46.9ft Watson class, midships steering.
Twin Ford 6 cylinder diesels running well.

very economical @ approx 3 gallons per hour

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 GPS & radio.
Recent repaint and refit 2014. incl new oak toeboards, internal work on engines and electricals.

very well priced to sell.

Sir Max Aitken

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 in (1.1 m)

Engines – 2 x Caterpillar 3408TA Turbocharged Intercooled Vee 8 Diesel – 18 litres – 485 Shp @ 2100 rpm.

Fuel Capacity – 2800 litres.

Max Specification Speed 18 knots
cruising 9 /10 knots @10 gallons per hour

Range at full speed 250 nm

owners notes.

Built in 1980 and named Sir Max Aitken. Used as a relief lifeboat and has shaft brakes fitted. Released into private ownership 2003. Present owner has fully restored the vessel into an outstanding luxurious vessel. Low engine hours. Extensive documented history with the boat.

The boat has been ashore for one and a half years during which time the hull was dried and professionally restored and copper coated. The propellers were professionally restored and have provided an efficiency gain for the vessel. The vessel retains all the attributes of the original vessel with all safety equipment, self righting, fire fighting equipment etc. all present and working.

The hull has been professionally sprayed blue, with a new anti slip grey deck. The aluminium helm and flybridge has been professionally prepared, epoxy coated and sprayed with two pack paint with French blue and white to provide a fresh appearance. The railing have been painted white.
The RNLI tender has been removed from the flybridge, and a railing added at the stern to provide a spacious flybridge area. A chart table has been added behind the helm.
Dinghy to be hung on davits over the stern.
The interior of the boat has been updated to provide a comfortable environment. Panelling has been added to the helm area with full insulation to provide warmth in the winter, and cool in the summer. The roof has also been fully insulated. A full carpet has been laid. There is a single bed/sofa to the starboard, containing the water tank underneath. There is a chart sized table with seating for four persons mid cabin behind the helm position. This is convertible into a double bed. Ample storage under the seats. All seating finished in French blue upholstery.

To the port side is a galley and extensive storage. The engineers panel remains in place. Wallas 4kw heating with twin outlets provide quick and ample heating for the whole area.

Raymarine Radar and Chartplotter fitted in the lower helm with DSC radios repeated on the flybridge. Seating for skipper and crew. Flat screen TV and external ariel.

Full 240v throughout the vessel with new electrics and batteries and ample sockets throughout. Inverter fitted for use when at sea. Shore power fitted.
Utility room
The utility room below at the stern has double seats containing the 4 batteries for all boat operations. This room also has the electrics consumer box and the inverter for all electrical needs on the boat. Victron charger.

Aft Cabin
At the stern, the room has been cleared to be used as an aft cabin. Under floor access to the steering system easily accessible. Access to the deck via roof hatch.

Engine room
The engines are twin 3408TA Caterpillar engines, with only about 1200 hours. The engines were fully refurbished by the RNLI when released in 2003 and low hours since. Both engines have been extensively overhauled by EDECO during this restoration and are in full operating order.

The twin fuel tanks hold total 500 gallons plus 150 gallons reserve under floor.

The engine room contains the hot water system and the Wallas 4kw heater, all newly installed.

The toilet has a sink and tap and toilet fitted. Inlet and outlet valves are fitted under floor for fitted toilet.
Front bedroom
The front cabin has been fitted with 4 curtained off bunk beds providing a comfortable rest/sleeping area.

Bow store room
There is a further store room in front of the bedroom with deck access.

vessel offered for sale at a fraction of build cost.