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3 Weeks Ago 01:24 AM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

I'm looking at an 11ft Nelson sailing dinghy which is 95 % all there but with some minor damage to the hull and some fittings. They're asking 1000.00 which seems like a lot considering it's condition. Looks like a sweet little boat that just needs a little TLC. I"m starting to look at cruising sailboats and thought this might be a good addition. Any opinions?
12-06-2014 07:33 PM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

I just purchased an 8' Nelson dinghy off of Craigslist. I have the sail but no mast and no idea where the mast step should be. There is a round metal plate in the bow watertight compartment with a shackle fastened to it. Is this to be removed to reveal an opening for a mast step? Also what were the original gunnel materials and size?

05-14-2013 09:09 AM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

I purchased an Albacore for $100. It included a trailer, sails, mast, rigging, etc. She needed some cleaning, new running rigging, some woodwork redone, and a few other small projects. I think I have about $150-200 into her; I think the state registration fees were higher than what I've put into the boat.

I mention that because your boat is costing you as much as I've paid and put into mine. Is there something special about the Nelson that allows it to meet your needs better than other alternatives? If not, then in my opinion, it isn't a good deal.
05-14-2013 12:50 AM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

Daydreamer, thanks for posting the pics. I didn't end up buying the boat, but have now found another one. Not sure if it is a good deal or not. The boat is in good shape, but only has the rudder. The asking price is $400.00, and it's 8' long.
04-09-2012 02:14 AM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

Thanks for posting the pictures daydreamer! Nice to have the rudder to look at. My Nelson dinghy is equiped with an aluminum rudder I least I now see how the original shape was. Great dinghy I use all the time and tow behind the sailboat most often. Pretty stable unit after I beefed up the gunnels. Lug sail for mine.
04-08-2012 12:41 PM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

Hello Selenaserval and others with a Nelson Sailing Dingy

I've just purchased one at a yard sale and it's intact except the sail rig. I've attached two photos of the rudder shape for those who may still need the info.
09-01-2011 11:51 AM
Selenaserval Could someone please send me pics of an 8' Nelson sailing dinghy with rigging, sail and rudder? I'm buying one, and the mast, rudder, and boom are missing... so I'll need to know what to find for the boat... and will need to make the rudder part that goes in the water. Thanks so much for any assistance.
08-16-2010 09:24 PM
Nelson 11' sailing dinghy

Hello - This thread is the only mention of Nelson Plastics boats I have found on the web.

I just acquired a Nelson Plastics 11' sailing skiff. This little boat is really worn with subsequent damage over old repairs. Nonetheless, the hull (All I got) is basically sound enough for an entertaining rebuild. There is no rig or rudder, there is a stuck horrible thin FRP centerboard in a dubious CB case of FRP. The lines are very appealing, and it looks like the original plug was a pretty traditional lapstrake skiff.

I see a little response in this thread about these 8 and 11 foot Seattle boats. Does anybody have any knowledge about the rig? I can design and fabricate something appropriate, maybe standing lug or Gunter, but I wonder what was there in the 1970's, how many sf, etc..
Thanks Roly
01-25-2010 01:38 AM
goshohmighty I recently started restoration onn an 8' nelson dinghy that had the drop down keel slot covered over. I opened it back up and found the original keel intact and in working order. I am having to guess what the fold down rudder looked like as that blade is missing from its holder. The gunnel
on the port side has some breaks through the channel so I'm tucking a schedule 40 plastic pipe up under there to stiffen and support. The 15/8" OD worked great and I will secure it with silicone caulk.
I can make a handle for the drop down keel with a little inginuity, but cold use some input really, on how the original keel was maneuvered up and down...kept in place.
04-20-2008 04:20 PM
Nelson sailing dingy

I purchased a Nelson sailing dinghy in August, 1966. It is 8' stem to stern and 4' port to starboard, with a retractable centerboard and fold-up rudder. It has flotation chambers in the bow, mid-ship seat and stern seat. I never worried about having our children play and sail it because it is unsinkable -- they could swamp it but never sink it. They could climb back in, bail it out and sail away. When not using the sail we rowed it or powered it with a 3.5 Mercury outboard and also a small battery-powered trolling motor. We used it for a tender to our 26' Sabercraft cruiser -- carried it on the stern transom. We still have it and use it with pleasure! We sailed from our waterfront home on Lake Washington and around Puget Sound and the Canadian San Juan Islands. --Capt. C. David Jones, The Marilynne II, Rainier Yacht Club, Seattle, WA. PS. Later we moved to Chesapeake Bay and used our Nelson sailing dinghy as a tender for our SeaRay cruiser, The Sanddollar, Watergate Yacht Club, Annapolis, MD.
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