Broker’s Comments

The Dale Classic 45 is a stunningly conceived, drawn and built Nelson hull, blending exceptional sea-keeping and commercial heritage, with jaw-dropping beauty. This beautiful 2008-build DALE Classic 45 2008 is the two cabin version; fitted out in European oak with a large forward double master cabin, with en-suite toilet with shower. The second twin cabin also has en-suite toilet and shower, and the galley is set down and forward of the main saloon. The wheelhouse is very clever – with plenty of light and ventilation; a comfortable aft seating area, and three forward facing seats – two to port by the console, and one over to starboard with a removable navigation table.

“Vita” is hull 007, very well-presented, and fitted out for extensive cruising with heating, air conditioning, generator, sun roof, extended seating to cockpit area and many more extras. She has been fully serviced since new and the present owners have recently undertaken extensive service work to put the vessel into top condition ready for sale and is available for viewing and sea trials.

We sold this Dale to her present Owners, and can assure you that a personal appointment to view her would be very well worth your time. She is a beautiful example of her type.

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Owner’s Comments

“We have owned a number of boats over the past 25 years. The Dale Nelson 45 Classic was one that we had always admired and wanted to own given her renowned sea keeping heritage combined with the most stunning good looks and build quality. We had seen a number of examples over a few years before deciding to purchase VITA at the end of 2016. We bought her in Palma, where her previous owner had used her as a chase boat for his magnificent yacht.

We brought her back to the UK at the end of 2016 and have kept her at Berthon where she has been regularly maintained and lovingly cared for.

We have used her mostly in the Solent and the South West of England. She has been the focus of much attention given her beautiful, classic design, wherever we took her.

However she is much more than a pretty boat. VITA is a wonderful sea boat with undoubted ability in tough conditions. Not once did we doubt whether she could handle anything that was thrown at her. She inspired much confidence not only in ourselves but all the family and those who were on board with us. She is a very comfortable vessel at sea providing a very stable and soft ride through the water.

We have been fastidious owners and have just completed some major works on her where we refurbished both engines and at the same time had some upgrades/additional works attended to at Desty Marine, Hamble Point. VITA is undoubtedly in the most wonderful condition as a result.

We have been extremely proud owners of VITA and will be very sorry to see her sold. However, as our boating has become more local we now believe it is the right time for her new owners, who may have more extensive cruising ambitions, to benefit from her true capabilities and pedigree.”


Yacht Details
  1. Builder: Dale Nelson
  2. Model: Dale Classic 45
  3. Name: VITA
  4. Hull Designer: TT Boat Designs
  5. Year Built: 2008
  6. LOA: 46’1” / 14.05m
  7. Beam: 14’4” / 4.36m
  8. Min / Max Draft: 4’1” / 1.24m
  9. Displacement: 14,515kg / 32,000lb
  10. Accommodation: 4 berths in 2 cabin(s) / 2 head/WC(s)
  11. Engine: 2 Caterpillar Acert C9 (575hp) Diesel
  12. Location: Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  13. Price: £465,000, VAT paid
Contact Details
hugh-rayner-2019, Berthon Brokerage

Hugh Rayner
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222

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