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1986 Lord Nelson Yachts Lord Nelson 35 Sold

Westbrook, Connecticut, United States
$69,900 USD
Condition: Excellent

First and foremost, Penrose is a beautiful yacht above and below decks. With her canoe stern, cutter rig, solid fiberglass construction, and full keel design, she is ready to take you anywhere you have the time or desire to go. Used as a coastal cruiser, she will delight you with her predictable, easy sailing characteristics and exquisite teak interior. Offshore, her substantial displacement and intelligently laid out sail handling controls allow for safe and comfortable passage-making. Her current owners are experienced sailors who have taken excellent care of Penrose. Over the past several years, they have upgraded or added sails, solar and wind generator, chart plotters, heating & air conditioning, communication, and safety gear. She is ready to go, so you can start enjoying her many attributes immediately.

  • Varnished teak woodwork throughout
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Varnished ash staving hull ceilings
  • Bronze opening ports with screens
  • Heating and AC
  • 12v Television
  • Full electronics/communications with AIS and autopilot from Nav Station or helm
  • Wooden grate in sole with removable dust bin underneath

Equipment: Sails and Rigging Kenyon painted aluminum deck stepped mast Pace Edwards full height mast steps Kenyon painted aluminum boom Stainless steel standing rigging and turnbuckles (new 2011) Harken headsail roller furling Harken staysail roller furling Selden GX 15 top-down spinnaker furler (new 2016) (6) Barient self tailing winches All halyards & reefling lines new 2017 Lazyjacks North 130% Hydranet tri-radial cut roller furling genoa (new 2016) North Hydranet tri-radial cut roller furling staysail (new 2017) North Hydranet tri-radial cut fully battened mainsail (new 2016) Fairclough custom stackpack system for mainsail (new 2018) Downs asymmetrical cruising spinnaker topdown spinnaker furler (new 2016), launch bag new 2021 Winchard GybEasy boom break (new 2016) Electronics Pedestal mounted Raymarine eSeries Hybridtouch e127 chartplotter with Navionics USA/Canada charts (new 2015) Raymarine eSeries e7 chartplotter at nav station (new 2016) Raymarine i50 speed and depth instruments over companionway (new 2015) Raymarine i60 wind system over companionway (new 2015) Raymarine Evolution autopilot with head unit at nav station (new 2016) Raymarine Ray60 VHF with loudhailer (with fog horn) and Raymic remote station at helm (new 2016) Vesper Marine XB-8000 AIS transponder (new 2015) ICom M802 single side band radio at nav station (new 2017) P4 Dragon DR-7800 Pactor-4 modem with Bluetooth (new 2017) Fusion MS-UD755 marine stereo with chartplotter integration, Bluetooth and connection to TV at nav station (new 2017) Speakers in main cabin and Fusion speakers in cockpit (new 2017) Islandtime WiFi system (new 2016) Jenson DC flatscreen TV in main salon with powered HD antenna (new 2015) ACR EPIRB Electrical 110V and 12V DC electrical systems with breaker panels (2) 110V Shore power receptable with 50 power cord (2) deep cycle 4D hour batteries (new 2018) (1) heavy duty starting/aux battery (new 2018) 130 amp Ample Power alternator (rebuilt 2010) Ample Power smart regulator for alternator Ample Power energy monitoring system Bluesea Systems P12 DC 40A battery charger with remote display (new 2021) Kiss wind generator with Morningstar Tristar charge controller wired to dump excess power to element in hot water tank (controller new 2017) (2) Solbian SP 130 flexible high-efficiency solar panels with Genasun MPPT charge controller mounted on bimini (new 2016) Solbian SXp 60 flexible high efficiency/high shade tolerance solar panel with Genasun MPPT charge controller mounted on dodger (new 2017) All interior and navigation lights converted to LED (2016) Tri-color masthead light Spreader lights

Mechanical Dometic heating and air conditioning system with two zones installed in the main salon & aft cabin (new 2016) Webasto diesel powered forced air head Adler-Barbour DC refrigeration 4 burner propane stainless steel marine oven Xintex S-2A propane detector remote solenoid shut off Muir custom 1100 lb. capacity windlass with up/down deck switches Manual bilge pump Electric bilge pump with float switch


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Tommy Chen
Hai O Yachts (Taiwan)
Lord Nelson Yachts
# Built


Length Overall
42 10 / 13.1 m
Length On Deck
35 9 / 10.9 m
Waterline Length
31 3 / 9.6 m
11 10 / 3.6 m
5 6 / 1.7 m
20,500 lb / 9,299 kg
7,000 lb / 3,175 kg (Iron)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
780′² / 72.5 m²
Total Sail Area
Sail Area
Air Draft
Sail Area
Forestay Length

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
80 gal / 302 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
130 gal / 492 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.9 kn
Classic: 7.5 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.86 knots
Classic formula: 7.5 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

Developed by Loren Hart who founded Lord Nelson Yachts with his wife Lani in 1982, the Lord Nelson 35 (introduced a couple of years later in 1984) was one of two sailboat offerings by the company. The boat is well known in cruising circles for its close heritage to the Hans Christian line of boats, they’re super-solid and super-heavy double-ended cruisers with that salty old-world styling which the Westsail 32 and Tayana 37 made so popular. Like many boats of that era, the Nelson 35 was built in Taiwan, in this case by Hai O Yachts under the direction of one of their partners and the eventual designer of the boat, Tommy Chen. (Tommy also had a hand in the Hans Christian boats.)

With a regal name like Lord Nelson, the interiors are suitably large and well laid out with ample stowage for extended voyaging. Build quality is superb with lots of attention to detail. You can also expect oodles of teak, both inside and out, all of which add up to strikingly beautiful boat with the penalty of higher maintenance needs.

The hull form of the Lord Nelson 35 draws much in common with the Hans Christian 33 Traditional, but with flatter aft sections to reduce the hobby-horsing tendency that the Hans Christian is known for. Below the waterline is a very full keel running from bow to stern and a well protected rudder that is hung well aft. Above the springy sheerline sits a ‘proper’ cutter rig with its large fore-triangle opened up by the use of a long 7 foot bowsprit.

As a cruiser very much planted in the heavy end of the spectrum, the Lord Nelson 35 has a nice easy motion through the water, but requires a decent breeze to exploit its full hull speed. They sail best on a reach while beating upwind in heavier seas is known as its weakest point of sail. Most owners would agree the boat is not considered fast, but conversely the boat is cannot be considered slow either, 8 knots is achievable with wind on the beam.

In all only 35 boats were produced, the rumor was that the cost of production became an issue. Lord Nelson Yachts went on to produce tugboats and the company itself eventually passed into the hands of Tommy Chen, who had been first to oversee manufacturing in his Taiwanese boatyard.



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