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06-26-2016 11:42 PM
Danny O'Brien
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

First- do you have the Nelson 11, or do you have the 8' Nelson?
My Nelson 11 is cat rigged (although it's not a gaff rig, as is usually associated with cat boats). It's a very common dinghy rig. Now that you know it's supposed to be a cat rig, you can easily research into all the details online. BTW- I did find a post on here in which a gentleman states that his Nelson 11 is indeed a cat rig with a gaff. Now I'm wondering about the shape of your sail- whether it's cut for a gaff or not.
btw- I did try to post a link to a cat rig diagram, but the board won't allow me to post links or pics until after I've posted 10 times.
Search google images and you'll find Pics and diagrams.
06-23-2016 04:42 PM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

Looks a lot like a Walker Bay. I have one of them and it can be rigged for sailing.
06-23-2016 03:54 PM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

Hi Danny, I was wondering if I could see photos of how to rig the sail. I have the mast and sail but no rigging stuff.Thanks
06-23-2016 12:32 PM
Danny O'Brien
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

My Nelson 11 is complete and original. I will send detailed pics By request.
Great little skiff, but with a thin, somewhat flexible centerboard and rudder. I plan to replace both.
09-03-2015 05:19 PM
Re: Nelson Sailing Dinghy

I just bought a Nelson Plastics sailing dinghy and was wondering if you had a bigger picture of the rudder. Mine is missing so I need to fabricate another one. Thanks
08-06-2015 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.
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