Nelson 31 yacht for sale

Cute motor yacht completely renovated in 2013 !!

  • Suited for both inland journeys AND open sea.
  • Elegant exterior with mahogany finishing
  • Not too big: this reduces mooring costs
  • Very handy to maneuver with twin engines
  • Economical:
  • Original wooden interior with 25 wooden lockers
  • Lots of storage space !!!
  • Sleeping facility for 4 or 2 adults and 4 children
  • Stainless steel water heater works on shore power or motor power
  • Practical kitchen
  • Practical bathroom with sink, shower and new toilet


Built in 1982 in Mallard in the UK, this Nelson 31 motor yacht came to Belgium in the nineties. We bought her in 2012 and named her Orbit. We are a family of six – two adults, two teenagers and two children and we had no problem fitting into our comfortable Nelson!

Our first real trip took us from Nieuwpoort, at the Belgian coast, to Alderney, one of the Chanel Islands. We covered about 200 nautical miles or 500 km in just 20 hours. At night, our Raymarine radar, GPS and chart plotter E7 and other navigation instruments guided us to our destination (full list available under ‘Specs – Navigation and Communication Equipment’). We came back along the French coast and moored at Cherbourg, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Dieppe and Boulogne sur Mer. Although the weather was rough at times, our Orbit did very well and glided bravely over the waves. Check out the pictures section for some illustrations of our journeys.

In August 2012, we went on a relaxed holiday to the Veerse Meer in Holland. On our journeys, we always took everything we needed, including food and drinks. Orbit has an amazing storage capacity. With the 25 lockers in its original wooden interior, there is space enough for the luggage, food and drinks for 2 two adults and four children for a fortnight. Orbit also has a practical kitchen and a bathroom with sink, shower and a brand new toilet.

In autumn 2012, we brought her to yacht wharf Vennekens in Boom, Belgium and took her out of the water for a thorough renovation. We stripped her completely. Everything came off including the railing. All the little screw holes were filled up. The windows were taken out to be replaced after we had her spray painted. We chose white and grey to come out nicely with the wood. We did a complete check-up of both engines. The propellers were adjusted for more fuel efficiency. The shafts were checked for straightness. Jeroen, who repaired and maintained boats for over 20 years with his company Batoo Technics, leaded the works. You can follow the whole operation illustrated in the pictures section. All the technical details are to be found under ‘Specs’. This section also includes a detailed list of all the items that were replaced.

Last Summer, we travelled to central London and stayed at St Katherine Docks for a couple of days. We then continued along the Thames. For 2014, we are planning other adventures that are unfortunately not compatible with boating. We hope to find new owners who will take good care of our boat and enjoy her as much as we did. Even after handover, Jeroen will be available for advise and help.**
Price: 78,900 euro vat paid. (65,025 £ based on the exchange rate of 23 January 2014)
Interested ? Contact us: miloenplus at for a visit.

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** This will be free of charge for reasonable questions about technical interventions in the past or additional information about the boat. For further advice, we can give you a quotation or charge you an hourly fee

Technical Specs

  • semi displacement seaworthy Nelson motor yacht
  • type: Mallard Cruiser Type 31
  • length: 9.45 m
  • beam: 3,05 m
  • draft: 0,9 m
  • material: ext. composite, int. wood
  • built in Mallard (UK) in 1982
  • engines: 2 Mercedes, 92 kW, 125 hp in good condition
  • two raw water pumps overhauled in 2013

Interested ? Contact us: miloenplus at for a visit.

Renovation and Replacements before 2013

  • swim platform purchased in 2012 with shower
  • new toilet RM 69 purchased in 2012
  • life raft for 6 purchased in 2012
  • two gass cookers and fridge
  • heavy duty wipers totally replaced and in perfect condition
  • heating Eberspacher overhauled in 2013
  • addtional watertank

Renovation and Replacements May- July 2013

  • completely stripped and repainted (professionally sprayed with Awlgrip paint) in modern colours
  • all 16 windows replaced - new frames and tainted glass
  • all stainless steel railing upgraded and adapted
  • Exterior mahogany woodwork renewed
  • new glass sunroof installed
  • new stainless steel clamps
  • all inside lighting replaced with LED
  • non-skid deck covering renewed (Trade Master)
  • noice insulation renewed
  • ceiling decoration renewed
  • propellors balanced
  • new thrust bearings (Python P110S)
  • New shaft seals
  • Anchor winch
  • Master charger
  • pre-installation for solar panel

Performance and fuel consumption

  • At 1300 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 7 knots and a fuel consumption of about 5l/h
  • At 1500 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 8 knots and a fuel consumption of about 7l/h
  • At 1800 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 9 knots and a fuel consumption of about 8l/h
  • At 2000 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 10 knots and a fuel consumption of about 10l/h
  • At 2200 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 12 knots and a fuel consumption of about 15l/h
  • At 2300 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 13 knots and a fuel consumption of about 17l/h
  • At 2500 rpm, Orbit has a speed of app. 15 knots and a fuel consumption of about 24l/h

All risk insurance costs about 600 euro per year

Navigation and Communication Equipment

  • Second VHF Cobra purchased in 2012
  • Raymarine chart plotter E7 purchased in 2012
  • Raymarine Radar
  • Raymarine GPS Antena Raystar 112
  • Raymarine through hul 3-data sensor
  • 2kW digital scanner
  • AIS Comar with transponder

all navigation equipment is nicely integrated and attached to a composite mast that can incline horizontally when necessary

Price: 78,900 euro vat paid. (65,025 £ based on the exchange rate of 23 January 2014)