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Old 08-05-2020, 09:37 AM   #1
City: Brisbane
Country: Australia
Join Date: Dec 2018
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Expedition Cruiser or charter / Fishing Boat

General purpose GRP Aft Wheelhouse Commercial survey Vessel to Current AMSA 3B and 2B for 6 persons. Valid until 04/2025.
Work just completed includes survey renewals for shafts/ rudders/ and fuel tanks.

There are boats, there are good boats, then there are even better boats, and then there is the NELSON STAR.

The design brief from George Badenach [Boat builder / Commercial fisherman] to Alan Muir Designer [Tasmania] was to draw a working vessel that could still be pulling cray pots in 40 knots on Tasmania's west coast, and then have a shallow enough draft to enter the Duck River at Smithton [over the bar] to unload the catch. Hence the laden draft of 5 ft 4 inches.
After a lifetime of being involved in these types of designs in one way or another, this is without doubt the best built, best engineered, best designed, best prepared, cleanest and most inspiring vessel I have seen.
60 foot and 60 ton, and it burns 14 litres per hour at 8 to 8.5 knots!! Probably sounds too good to be true. It actually burns marginally less, but let's settle on 14 litres per hour @1300 RPM for the moment. That comes from a lifetime of good design, knowledge, and plenty of sea time on behalf of the designer and the builder.

Nelson Star can be inspected in TURN-KEY presentation and operation, currently owned by a professional mariner who has prepared the craft to be able to work in REMOTE locations for long periods, with built-in REDUNDANCY on essential systems.

For those who wish to go in harms way at sea, then you will be very well prepared with this GEM. Nelson Star is the pride of the fleet, It is many things to the experienced boatman, including beautiful to look at, robust, economical, practical, unique, inspiring, extremely capable, tough, masculine, stylish, professional, aesthetically correct but most of all it is just a joy to be on.

The vessel is completely ready to go to sea, to do whatever you wish. Commercial fishing / Inter-Island trading / charter fishing / mother ship / or live fish / long lining or drop lining [24000 litres wet well, or cargo hold plus 8 cubic metres of freezer room]. It can be your own personal expedition vessel, or maybe you would just like to do some out-of-the-way cruising. The boat has already proven itself in some tough and hostile waters.

With 7,600 litres of fuel Nelson Star has a range of over 4,000 N M with reserve, and 7,000 litres of fresh water. The inclination test and resulting righting moment goes all the way to 70 degrees of positive buoyancy, and it will still self right. That's just good design knowledge.

The wheel steering is power assisted hydraulic with built in redundancy with 24 volt manual back up, plus a Vetus Joy stick.
Nelson Star has just been antifouled with Jotun Sea Quantum Ultra S commercial 5 year system.
Nelson Star is also fitted with a port side Stabilising wing, to stabilise the boat at rest and under way [Simple Functional easy].

A lot of effort and thought has been put into improving the boat's ventilation (including upgraded engine room ventilation and crew comfort) - taking it from working in the cold Tasmanian latitudes - to be able to operate in a tropical environment.

There is a complete set of operational manuals, ships documents, a full set of AMSA stamped and approved drawings, and everything but everything has been documented.

The boat also comes with a current out of water survey that states the vessel is in excellent condition. This report is available by request, and also a detailed list of everything that was completed and upgraded during this refit.
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AU $1,225,000 Plus GST if applicable Finance Insurance
Vessel Name
Launch Year
60' 0" - 18.29m
5.2 metres / 17ft. Max hull beam
1.6 metres / 5 ft. 4 inch laden at 60 ton
60 ton Laden - Light ship displacement = 28 ton
Vessel Location
Gold Coast
O N 862409
Alan Muir / Tasmania
George Badenach / Smithton Tasmania
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP Solid GRP hull
Decks Material
Laminated marine ply [2 layers] over laminated beams 150 x 50 @450 Centre's. Very heavily fibre glassed [sample available] Commercial trading boat deck scant-lings
Yanmar 13.1 litre / 6HA2M-WHT [350 HP] @1800 RPM Gearbox = Yanmar YX-120-3 3.55 to 1 reduction These are truly a great commercial engine with many examples of 60,000 hours recorded before a top-end rebuild is needed. Steaming RPM = 1,300.
Engine Make
Number Engines
350. Hp @1,800 RPM
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
7,700 hours at time of writing [very well maintained and serviced since new install]
Fuel Consumption
13 to 14 litres per hour @ 8 to 8.5 knots
Max Speed
10 knots plus
Cruise Speed
8 to 8.5 knots
Shaft 3 1/4 OD 2205 S. S surveyed [04 /2020] Mikado 4 Blade 42 1/2 x 37 Balanced 04/2020
Side power bow thruster [Hydraulic] S P 300
MASE Mariner 1150 T [10 KVA] second generator = MASE / IS 20T [20 KVA]
7,600 litres in two GRP tanks
Custom grp GRP tender
8 hp Yamaha
Aft cabin sleeps 3 in recently re-fitted and upholstered comfort.
Queen size double plus a large 3/4 single berth
Bathroom with 5.5 kg washing machine

Forward cabin sleeps 3 with own shower and hand basin [recently upgraded]
Shower and toilet at deck level port side deck access
Electric at deck level [Salt water flush] toilet pump = 240 volt Onga 413 Model
240 volt Single phase / 415 volt Three Phase
Cooktop by Smeg 4 burner Stainless Steel
Micro wave LG Solar Dome
Pressure water
Hisense 157 litre 240 volt fridge
Hisense 145 litre 240 volt Chest Freezer
Ground Tackle
Spectrum engineering Custom Hydraulic. With manual over ride
80 KG Manson Supreme
120 metres x 16 mil chain [chain marked]

Secondary anchor and rode = 50 KG Fisherman type with 10 metres 16 mil chain and 120 metres of 32 mil rode
Safety Gear
All up to date for 2B and 3B
Bilge Pumps
To survey requirements
Fire Protection
To survey requirements
Recent electrical upgrade includes.... All electrical drawings stamped with design approvals from AMSA
Wheelhouse / Forecastle / and Engine room cabling renewed and upgraded
New waterproof GPO's in Freezer room, Main deck and fo'c'sle
New AGM House battery bank
New cranking battery for 10 KVA genset and Main engine
New 24 volt 5000 W Victron Phoenix Inverter
New Victron - Skylla 24 volt 100 amp Charger
New Galvanic Isolator
New DC Hydraulic powered Cruise alternator 24 volt / 150 amp [Which eliminates excessive genset running time]
Victron BMV 700 Battery Monitoring [New 2019]
Shore power 3 phase with single adaptor
2 x 185 Watt solar panels
Aircon 240 volt single Phase and 415 volt 3 Phase
Electronics / Navigation
VHF by GME /GX 600
Satellite phone by Iridium 9505
Auto Pilot by Raymarine ST 70
Rudder angle indicator by Weema
GPS / PLOTTER = Maxsea Time zero Pro with Australia & Pacific Charts and 3D bottom mapping with duel 17'' displays [updated Dec 2019
SOUNDER by Furuno FCV-1150 with satellite compass heave compensation
RADAR = 1,835 64 Mile
Steering compass 125 mm card Plastimo with deviation card
Furuno SC 30 Satellite Compass.
SEARCHLIGHT = 240 volt Long range fitted at Masthead
Calibrated Digital Barograph Aquatic ASI
Daly Watch Guard Alarm
Engine room camera
GME TX 3220 UHF Radio
Deck Gear
As new custom Hydraulic work deck winch with 1 tonne lift capacity [fitted 2019]
500 KG SWL main deck Derrick
Mizzen lifting Derrick for tender
Nelson Star is presented in as new condition, with an amazing amount of detail and diligence carried out by the current owner to get it into genuine Bristol fashion.
A professional mariner that I know and trust was part of the crew when the boat was travelling west to east through Bass Strait. The sea was well and truly up and the current was against the breeze. The conditions were not exactly good fun. The crew member remarked to the skipper, "I have been on boats 3 times the size of this one, and this one is handling it better than any of them". Prior to this Nelson Star worked Tasmania's west coast for 6 years. That also certainly gives it validation as a capable sea boat.
This vessel will most probably appeal to a pro fisherman, charter, or commercial operator. However with its amazing economy and long range ability it would also be very suitable to the Offshore motor boatman / private owner.

If you come for an inspection, it is important that you come with respect for a job well done, then a respectful and detailed hand over will happen.
The GST is applicable to all buyers, both private and commercial

Ring Jim Stuart on 0411 604 059 for more information or to register your interest. However it is best that you know that this is not a desperation sale.
Jim Stuart Marine
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07 3348 299
183 Melville Terrace
City / Suburb
Manly (Brisbane)
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Old 08-05-2020, 01:52 PM   #2
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Normally, when someone boasts in a boat advertisement, it sours things a bit for me. This time however, it appears to deserved

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I'd only be gawking, but sure would like to see more. Wow.
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