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|Length||34 ft / 10.36 m|
|Tax Status||Tax Paid|
|LOA||34 ft 6 in / 10.52 m|
|Length at Water Line||31 ft / 9.45 m|
|Beam||11 ft 1 in / 3.38 m|
|Max Draft||3 ft 3 in / 1 m|
|Min. Draft||3 ft 3 in / 0.99 m|
|Engine Model||Mermaid Mistral|
|Engine Model||Mermaid Mistral|
A truly wonderful Nelson 34 this! Built and finished by Tyler Mouldings (completed 1986) and re-engined in 2006 with twin Mermaid Mistrals (2 x 185hps), she is beautifully presented and sounds marvellous. Cruising in the mid-teens with 22 knots on tap, she has heat, radar, uprated nav. kit, two heads, 4 berths and masses of good history. A super-seaworthy hull form with excellent pedigree and provenance, French Franks is one handsome little package!
For a boat with working-class roots, the Nelson 34 attracts more than its share of admiring glances. But, as “French Franks” confirms, the tried and tested hull can play as well. The
Nelson 34 is a familiar sight to thousands of boaters. Designed by the late Peter Thornycroft, the originator of the Nelson Range, it is the archetypal police boat in the same way as her big sister, the Nelson 40, is the archetypal pilot boat.
Motor cruiser versions of the 34 are rare, but “French Franks” is even more so. In the 1960s and early 1970s most Nelson 34s were laid up by Tyler Mouldings in Kent and fitted out by one of a variety of yards.
RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
Part 1 British Registered from new in 1987.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Deep “V” section hull with cutaway bow to shallow central keelson, with fine bilge turn and flattened after sections to transom stern.
- Blue GRP topsides (believed painted at some time) with varnished teak badging (taken back to bare and re-varnished in 2018), black D-section rubber fendering at deck joint and white GRP decks and superstructure.
- Decks laid in grey Treadmaster panels.
- Protective epoxy treatment in November 2006.
- Windows removed, refurbished and resealed in 2015.
Engines & Gearboxes:
- 2 x Ford Mermaid Mistral Star 185HP turbo-charged 6-cylinder inline diesel engines (new March 2006).
- Raw water heat exchange.
- PRM 401 reduction gearboxes (overhauled 2006).
- High-rise raw water inlets for improved sight of any obstruction to raw water circuit.
- Morse cable single lever throttle/gear controls.
Maintenance & Performance:
- Indicated engine hours c.315 at December 2018.
- Cruising Speed: 10-16 knots.
- Maximum Speed: 22 knots.
- New red antifoul, hull polished, teak badging taken back to bare and re-varnished and anodes in August 2018.
- c.3gph consumption per engine at 14 knot boat-speed.
Propulsion & Steering:
- Shaft drive (new st./steel 1&3/4” shafts, rudders and stern gear in 2006) via conventional 1&3/4” bronze P-brackets & water lubricated packing glands.
- Twin three-bladed bronze propellers.
- Hydraulic wheel steering system with mechanical emergency tiller.
- LED-operated helm position indicator by wheel.
- 12V ships battery system.
- 3 x domestic batteries.
- Engine cranking battery.
- Battery switchover facility for emergency cranking from domestics.
- Dedicated switching for fridge.
- Sterling smart battery charger.
- Engine alternators - charging battery pack.
- 240V shore power connection & cable.
- 240V outlets.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
- Hot and cold pressurized system.
- Hot water calorifier/tank to transom locker, also water heater by calorifier from port engine heat exchange.
- 3 x manual diaphragm bilge pumps.
- Total capacity of 150 gallons / 680 litres in two central GRP tanks and two stainless steel wing tanks).
- All individually switch-valved for interchange, with electric gauges.
- Range of c. 350 Nm without reserve.
- Total estimated capacity of 50 gallons / 222 litres in two stainless steel tanks positioned under aft cabin sole.
- Northstar Explorer 710 DSC/VHF radio.
- Icom M59 VHF radio.
- Digital Yacht Class B AIS (2017)
- Nasa Clipper echo sounder.
- Nasa Clipper log .
- Nasa Clipper Depth.
- Nasa Clipper fluxgate compass & Ritchie steering compass.
- Nasa Target digital Navtex (2017).
- Standard Horizon CP300 colour plotter.
- Compaz 1501 flat-screen display to navigator area – linked to radar, also has plotting software.
- Seiwa Explorer 3 closed array 2kW radome with radar.
- Remote control search-light.
- Tecma Nelson stainless steel gas oven and grill, with gas twin hobs (2017).
- Refrigerator & stainless steel sink with mixer tap.
- 2 x marine wcs.
- 1 x shower.
Heating & Ventilation:
- Ardic 432DL diesel-fired blown-air central heating.
- Demister to forward helm screen.
- 12V fans throughout accommodation.
- 12V lighting circuit throughout with downlighters
Summary of Accommodation:
- 4 berths in one double vee berth to forward cabin and double berth conversion to aft saloon.
Description of layout from forwards:
Forward Cabin with double vee berth, ample locker space, storage under the berths, heater outlet and fold-out chart table to starboard side. Lockers provide dry stowage for stores, and access to capacious forward anchor locker and dry stowage locker through forward bulkhead hatch. Deck head hatch provides ventilation and emergency escape to foredeck.
Heads Compartment to starboard with manual flushing marine wc sea toilet.
Galley in aft cabinto port with stainless steel sink and mixer tap, Tecma Nelson stainless steel gas oven and grill, with twin gas hobs and ample stowage for galley equipment and utensils.
Aft Saloon with facing seating on two sofas and large central table drops to form base for double berth. Good headroom throughout, with excellent natural light and plenty of ventilation. All windows have curtains and all bilges are dry throughout the boat. There is a heads/shower opposite the galley, with a small basin:
Main helm: To port is the chart/navigation area, with large pc screens, radar tuning control and Navtex with good viewing angles for both navigator and helm reference. There is a fold-down wooden chart desk, Wynn vertical-line wipers and electric fan. The Depth and Speed instruments are mounted between the windscreens, with the Standard Horizon plotter mounted beneath on the deckhead above the companionway forward. To starboard is the
Main console, with stainless steel six-spoke steering wheel, Morse controls to the right. Engine gauges, fuel gauges, main ships switching boards, Voltmeters and Ammeters, and VHFs are all easily within reach. The searchlight is remotely operated through the roof, using the pistol-grip above the helm. Helm seat can be moved fore and aft, and pivot – the navigators seat can pivot. There are two sets of fixing for “jump-seats” which are available, but not fitted, for extra seating in the cockpit if required.
Cockpit: The engine box lids are topped with Treadmaster, and panels can be removed for daily inspection checks and general maintenance. The aft lids give good access to both sets of shafts, gearboxes, seals and the high-rise inlet pipes (so you can uncap and check for good water flow without having to isolate flow). The forward lids give access to header tanks and lovely chromed Mermaid rocker covers. The engines sound superb and fire up sharply on first fire of the starters. Minimal smoke at start-up and a deep, satisfying exhaust. There are wash-boards to fit either superstructure cut-outs (she can be a little damp on deck under way…), and the gas locker (lined in copper) is situated aft to starboard of the port deck access cut-out – with enough capacity for two large bottles.
The decks are nice and low – so very easy to board and work whilst under way, with chain-link gates to sides and stern access. There are solid stainless steel stanchions with twin wires providing security when moving around the deck area, and solid high pulpit and pushpit railings. A smart grey canvas hood (from 2018) spans the cockpitarea, and the sides and aft section can be rolled up as required.
- Radar reflector.
- Stainless steel pulpit and rails system with varnished teak badging and two side/aft access gates.
- Two Wynn vertical-line windscreen wipers (one to each forward screen).
- Screen wash to helm screen.
- Electric horn.
Canvas, cushions, etc.:
- Fitted full grey canvas canopy with roll-up sections (2018).
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- 15kg galvanised Plough anchor, on self-launcher, with calibrated galvanized chain led into chain locker via hawse pipe.
- Spare kedge anchor and warp.
- Electric deck windlass on foredeck recent (addition).
- Substantial mooring cleats and fairleads.
- Fenders and mooring warps.
- Manual fire extinguishers throughout accommodation (service dates unverified).
- Extinguisher ports to engine boxes.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.