Quinton Nelsons Boats, Donaghadee are the last in a long line of professional seamen, inshore fishermen and family run, boat operations in Donaghadee.

There are no longer any daily boat trips by us from DONAGHADEE.

 “The Brothers” our well known trip boat has been in the family from 1947 and now hav ing reached the age of 80 years has been retired.

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.

  • RNLB Edian Courtauld RNLB Edian Courtauld (5/3/2021) - RNLB Edian Courtauld, formerly the Walton & Frinton lifeboat, 46.9ft Watson class.  Now converted to motor yacht with all over steel deckhouse. Parsons Barracuda marine diesel engines based on Ford 6D series, installed by RNLI while in service. Internal conversion requires completion to new owners’ choice.  
  • RNLB HERBERT JOHN under offer 08 21 (4/2/2021) - RNLB HERBERT JOHN, formerly the Cloughey Co-Down lifeboat 1939 / 1952 and later Youghal, S Ireland 1952 / 1966. Single engine Liverpool class lifeboat restored to as near original condition as possible by us, using original plans and RNLI equipment sourced as being from this boat when converted to private use. Powered by Ford D (more...)
  • MARY GABRIEL MARY GABRIEL (3/19/2021) - Mary Gabriel, Rother class lifeboat 37ft. coded for tripping.   Mary Gabriel 37-29 ON1000 is the 3rd Rother lifeboat to be built, she was on service in Hoylake from 1974-1990, then Rhyl from 1990-1992. Powered by twin Ford Thornycroft 250 50hp engines, she cruises at 7kts and burns approx 2.5g an hour, with a top (more...)
  • Lady MacRobert Mk2 Solent Class Lifeboat (10/4/2020) - She is a MK2 Solent Class Lifeboat built in 1972 for the RNLI as ON1019, 48-014 and named “Lady MacRobert.   After serving with them faultlessly since 1993 in the SAR role at Punte Del Este in Uruguay, ADES have decided to retire ADES 12 after 27 years and put her up for sale. They (more...)
  • Solent Class Lifeboat ON1013 – The Royal British Legion Jubilee (10/4/2020) - Solent Class Lifeboat, ON1013, 48-010, “The Royal British Legion Jubilee”, specifications for sale. Callum Ives, August 2020 ON1013 is a Mk1 Solent Class Lifeboat built-in 1971 for the RNLI as ON1013, 48-010 and named “The Royal British Legion Jubilee”. She is a Lifeboat with a rich and at one time a tragic history. She was (more...)
  • St Andrew RNLB St Andrew Civil Service No 10 (7/8/2020) - RNLB St Andrew Civil Service No 10 The St Andrew lifeboat, built 1951 for the Whitehills, Scotland station. 41 foot Watson class with alloy superstructure. Twin Ford “D” series marine engines known as Parsons Porbeagles, 50 hp each. The vessel in the original layout internally and externally. The only lifeboat of this class in original, (more...)
  • Richard Vernon SOLD – The Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds (7/8/2020) - The Richard Vernon 46’9” Watson class Lifeboat, ON 931 Served at Angle and Wicklow 1957 to 1988 Built 1956 by J Samuel White at Cowes. She was the RNLI’s exhibition boat at the first London Boat Show, held at Olympia in January 1957. She then went to Angle, Pembrokeshire where she served from 1957 to (more...)
  • SOLD – RNLB FREDERICK AND EMMA (3/13/2019) - Frederick and Emma, a 45 ft Watson motor sailing lifeboat built for Wick in Scotland 1921 Also served at Amble, Northumberland to 1950. Owners details, FOR SALE ,STADATS’ CONVERTED WATSON CLASS LIFEBOAT Built 1921 bv Saunders of Cowes “Stadats”, built as Frederick and Emma in 1921 by Saunders, Cowes, Isle of Wight, served firstly at (more...)
  • SOLD – Arun (12/9/2018) - [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1776″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1544388856951″] ARUN, The prototype of this famous class of lifeboat. Built 1971, cold molded timber and epoxy construction hull, alloy superstructure. Radar, GPS, usual radios etc. Twin Caterpillar 3208 (more...)
  • SOLD – RNLB Sarah Jane and James Season (10/31/2018) - [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1760″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,2,3.” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1541026763626″]Sarah Jane and James Season, 47 foot Watson class lifeboat formerly stationed at Teesmouth. Twin Gardner 5LW diesels. Modest conversion in forecabin, 2 bunk berths added and heads in (more...)
  • SOLD – RNLB Anne Allen (10/31/2018) - [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1758″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”4,5,6,7″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1556743702298″][inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1758″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”3″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1556571095974″][inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ (more...)
  • SOLD – RNLB LAURA MONCUR (8/15/2018) - For Sale. Formerly Buckie, Scotland Watson class lifeboat “Laura Moncur”.   WATSON 47’ Lifeboat “Laura Moncur” ON958 with “Solent SELF-RIGHTING conversion” Built 1960/61 by Groves and Gutteridge I.O.W. Served ant Buckie 1961-84 Relief 84-88 Fully restored and presented as a historic working lifeboat. Modern additions to make living on board for short periods added.   (more...)
  • SOLD – Dunleary for restoration. (1/20/2017) -   [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1707″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”4,3,2,1″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1484946133207″] Dunleary. Formerly Dunlaoghaire (Kingstown, Ireland) and  Lytham St Annes lifeboat very rare survivor, 45 ft Watson single engined motor sailing lifeboat. built 1919 and very much in (more...)
  • SOLD – Pentland (1/5/2017) - [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1683″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1483884780047″][inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1683″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,2″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1483656256026″]”Pentland” formerly the (more...)
  • SOLD – Francis W Wotherspoon of Paisley SOLD (10/2/2016) -   Francis W Wotherspoon of Paisley, 47 foot Watson class lifeboat, built for the Islay, Western isles,  station 1959. Twin Gardner 5LW marine diesels. vessel largely original in internal and external layout. Seriously for sale Click on any thumbnail image below to see full-size images.    
  • SOLD – Gemini Explorer ex 70-003 (7/18/2016) -   THIS VESSEL IS NOW SOLD Sept 2019 [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1527″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1468867413014″] [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1527″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”21,22,23,24,25″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” (more...)
  • SOLD – David and Elizabeth King & EB (12/12/2015) - Solent class “David and Elizabeth King & EB” formerly the Longhope, Orkney lifeboat. [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1416″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16.” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1449949292553″]    SOLD   Built of corten steel with alloy superstructure 1970, sold out of service (more...)
  • SOLD – John Gellatly Hyndman (10/11/2015) - [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”125″ thumb_height=”125″ post_id=”1370″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,2,3,4,5,6.” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”125″ album_cover_height=”125″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1448359203417″]   sold oct 16 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d9vk0o2t2yewen5/8aLsJat16V John Gellatly Hyndman, formerly the Stronsay lifeboat, built 1955 and served until 1985. 52ft Barnett Stromness class. twin Ford 6cylinder diesels, one recently replaced. (more...)
  • SOLD GENERAL R Dudley Blake (10/16/2014) -   [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”75″ thumb_height=”75″ post_id=”877″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8″ random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”75″ album_cover_height=”75″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1413489393520″] 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 (more...)
  • SOLD – HELEN TURNBULL (10/6/2014) -   [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”75″ thumb_height=”75″ post_id=”624″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”75″ album_cover_height=”75″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1412630124392″] 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 (more...)
  • St Brendan SOLD Jan 2018 (10/5/2014) -   [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”75″ thumb_height=”75″ post_id=”612″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”75″ album_cover_height=”75″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1412671386634″]   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 (more...)
  • PRINCESS OF WALES (10/5/2014) -     [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”75″ thumb_height=”75″ post_id=”604″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”75″ album_cover_height=”75″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1412966417764″] 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 (more...)
  • Henry Comber Brown withdrawn Jan 17 (9/29/2014) - [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”75″ thumb_height=”75″ post_id=”478″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”75″ album_cover_height=”75″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1412268908199″] 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. (more...)
  • SOLD Sir Max Aitken SOLD (9/29/2014) -   [inpost_fancy thumb_width=”75″ thumb_height=”75″ post_id=”447″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” id=”” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”75″ album_cover_height=”75″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” type=”fancy” sc_id=”sc1412269174360″]  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 (more...)
  • Mersey class prototype (9/28/2014) -   Mersey Class Prototype For Sale due to change of plans 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, formerly used as a commercial trip boat, therefore (more...)