The Dale yard in Pembrokeshire was founded in 1961 and, being located on the Irish Sea, inevitably meant building a serious class of offshore motor yacht. Today Dale are still delivering, where many other British Boat Builders are sadly no longer. Indeed, you may order a Dale today from 23 to 45 feet, made to order and using traditional craftsmanship, combined with modern build techniques. No model produced has been more elegant in my eyes than the Dale Nelson Classic 45, which burst regally onto the scene in 2003 and was instantly regarded not only as a specimen of beauty, but as a shining example of British boat building.
The Dale Nelson Classic 45 was, however, not just designed to be admired. Offshore she torpedoes through the water with unbelievable stability and speed (nigh on 30 knots)! The massively built hull will politely muscle its way through an aggressive head sea, while the crew are safely protected, enjoying the comfort of the furnishings and quality of the joinery all around you. So, if you are longing to extend your cruising as a couple, then the Dale Nelson 45 Classic will make a lot of sense, with its competitors unable to meet the same build quality, style and thumping hull design!
Harking from 2007, Dale Nelson Classic 45 RASCAL has been diligently maintained by her current owner, who placed her ashore with Dale in 2022 for a thorough refit of her navigational electronics, re-paint of her topsides, maintenance of her systems and had her wheelhouse sofa seating re-trimmed and her exterior cushions renewed. Having been put through the Dale workshops in 2013 and again in December 2017, prior to her visit last year, she is in simply stunning condition throughout, and is due her annual antifoul in the next weeks of June. She is in every way ready to take you away in graceful style.
RASCAL’s upper saloon is a harmonious and cozy place to be, with high-gloss American Cherrywood cabinetry, complimented by new smart blue fabric upholstery, and a beautifully-finished custom TV cabinet to starboard. She is hull 005 of the 45 sisterhood, and was specified at new with a large dinette area adjacent to the galley (that quickly converts to a double berth, with a privacy curtain) in addition to the forward en-suite master double cabin. Passing through the boat you will notice strategically placed sturdy wooden handrails that subtly allude to its seamanship, and, being built on a Nelson semi-displacement hull, RASCAL is an exceptional capable craft when it comes to offshore passage-making. Thoughtful clever features will make you smile throughout, including the electric sliding aft window that brings the outside in and the twin helm seats that glide forward, at a touch of button, to create more seating space when in harbour. All smart ideas, but very rarely achieved with such competence.
Please do call for more information – she is a truly magnificent example of her breed.
“When it comes to life on board the 45…it is hard to see where any improvements could be made.”
“If you’re impressed with Dale’s exceptional finish both above and below decks, don’t expect anything less from this yard’s belt, braces and generally bullet-proof engineering.” MotorBoats Monthly – November 2009.
“As long-term sailors and motor-boaters, we had always dreamed of owning a Dale Classic 45, and when the opportunity came up during the Covid years, we moved quickly. She has never let us down, and is exceptionally comfortable both under way, and in harbour (with the most comfortable bed I have known!). Her manners at sea are exceptional, even when it cuts up rougher, and following an extensive refit at Dale in 2022, we brought her home by sea – and she never missed a beat!”