37VT63 Nellie D.
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Make: Lord Nelson Model: Victory Tug Hull Material: Fiberglass
Year: 1987 Range: 700 nm @ 7 kts
Length: 37' Beam: 13’ 2” Draft: 3’ 6” Located: Blades, Delaware
Engine/Fuel Type: Single / diesel Photos: http://bit.ly/NellieDphotos
Contact: John Howell moc.llewohj|llewohj#moc.llewohj|llewohj Video: Video Walkthrough
Tel: (650) 427-9721 PDF brochure: http://bit.ly/NellieD63

A Beauty. Meticulously cared for and consistently cruised by knowledgeable owners. Nellie D., number 63 out of 74 hulls built, incorporates many factory options and owner upgrades. She is a head turner wherever she goes. In perfect keeping with her heritage, the interior looks better than new. Gorgeous custom Corian countertops in the galley. Fresh interior varnish and paint, new upholstery and custom drapes complement the hand crafted, curvy, teak joinery. The hull and interior bulwarks are painted with Awlcraft. The cabin sides and top are white gelcoat. The teak exterior brightwork is finished in Cetol.

Super Clean. Winner of the 2017 Midland Tugfest Trophy for best engine room. Freshly painted bilge, engine and engine room. New engine mounts, belts, hoses and engine wiring. PSS dripless shaft seal and the Slurpee (a custom bilge pump) keeps the bilge extra dry and clean.

Ready to cruise. See the world go by while staying warm and dry in the raised wheelhouse. The Cummins 4BT turbocharged diesel is in pristine shape and supported by a large network of dealers. She has both hydraulic and electric steering. Beautiful stainless steel electric davits easily launch and recover the 15hp, 10' RIB in under two minutes. The Maxwell windlass and 80lb Babeth anchor, on 375 ft of ⅜" BBB chain, provide peace of mind while on the hook. Built in washer dryer. Like new Onan 5kW diesel genset. Dual Garmin 5212 color chartplotters with touchscreens, wind sensor, depth, fishfinder, radar, autopilot, satellite weather, AIS (transmit & receive), VHF radios, SSB radio, and front and rear facing video cameras. She is ready to go!

Built in Social Network. The Lord Nelson Victory Tug Owner’s Association (LNVT.org) is very active holding annual rendezvous across North America. These offer the opportunity to meet fellow owners in person, see their tugs, and make friends. The online discussion group and website are great resources for fast help and good advice.


  • Full walkaround main deck
    • Custom boarding door
    • High bulwarks with teak cap rail
    • Built-in seating forward
    • Custom electric davits
    • Custom stainless rail
    • Heavy duty stainless towing bit
  • "02" deck
    • Two teak deck boxes
    • Stack
    • Tilt over hinged mast with boom
    • Custom stainless rail
  • Saloon
    • L shaped settee converts to queen bed
    • 3 large sliding windows each side
    • Double doors to aft deck
    • Stairs to wheelhouse forward
  • Galley
    • Large "U" shape
    • Part of the forward section of the saloon
    • More details below
  • Wheelhouse
    • Large bench seat with removable teak table
      • Converts to single bed
    • Dutch doors
    • Five forward facing windows, 2 side, 2 aft
    • Ceiling hatch with custom screen
    • Teak and holly floor leveling insert over stateroom stairs
    • Nav table insert over stateroom stairs
  • Stateroom
    • Access via forward companionway from wheelhouse
    • Queen bed (Length: 80" Width: Aft end wider than 50" Queen, bow end narrower)
    • Vanity with built-in seat, large mirror
    • Closet with interior lighting
    • Ceiling hatch and portlights with custom screens
  • Head
    • On same level as stateroom
    • Split head configuration on both sides of forward companionway
      • Vacuflush toilet & sink on port side
      • Shower & sink on starboard side
  • Engine room
    • Access from galley, forward companionway, and wheelhouse
  • Lazarettte
    • Below aft deck with access via two Bowmar hatches

Recent Updates


  • Engine mounts (new)
  • Brass portlight screens (new)
  • Carbon monoxide alarm (new)
  • Cetol deck boxes, eyebrow, rail
  • Cabin sole varnish
  • Pilothouse interior walls varnish


  • Fuel injection pump (rebuild)
  • ProNautic 60A battery charger (new)
  • Garmin B744V Thru-hull Transducer (new)
  • Windshield wiper motors (new)
  • Wheelhouse bench cushions (new)
  • Standard Horizon GX1600 VHF radio (new)
  • Holding tank overboard pump (new)
  • Oil pressure guage (new)
  • 5000 BTU diesel heater (new)
  • Rearview video camera for Garmin (new)
  • Forward washdown bibb (new)
  • Paint interior walls & lazarette
  • Serpentine V-Belt (new)
  • Topping lift, flag halyards & boom sheets (new)
  • Wheelhouse and stateroom hatches re-caulked
  • Seastar hydraulic steering cylinder (rebuild)

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Cummins 150hp 4BT3.9M turbocharged diesel engine, 7,328 hours (9/19)
    • ESN: 44183737
    • Lucas CAV DPA Fuel Injector Pump, (rebuilt 1/19)
    • AirSep crankcase breather and oil recycler
    • 3" Trident Corrugated #252 exhaust hose
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive Model 1017-012 (2.57:1 Ratio), S/N 5921
  • Prop 4-blade, left hand, Hung Shen 24x20
  • 2" Stainless steel propeller shaft
  • New engine mounts (April 2020).
  • 1-1/2" stainless steel rudder post (gland rebuilt 5/18)
  • Vetus 95 bow thruster
  • Dual Racor 500 fuel filters
  • Tankage
    • 220g diesel in 4 aluminum tanks
    • 150g water in 2 stainless tanks
    • 23g holding tank welded plastic under bunk
    • 2 30lb LP cylinders
  • PSS dripless prop shaft seal
  • 5000 Btu diesel heater in lazarette (New 9/19)
  • Hydronic heat in salon via forced-air through a hot-water-coil
  • 2 electric bilge pumps with helm indicator lights
  • manual bilge pump
  • Raw water flow alarm
  • Rudder angle indicator (at steering station)
  • 2 Groco sea water strainers (engine and gen set)
  • SeaStar hydraulic steering
  • Boat Whistle
    • Dual Khalenberg 117 and 119 whistles
    • 1.5 HP, 6 gallon, 120V Compressor located in the top of the smoke stack
  • Vacuflush Model #848 head
    • Flexible PVC waste and vent hoses
  • Pressurized fresh water system with expansion tank
  • Raritan 170611 6 gallon water heater (heats via either 120 VAC or engine cooling water)
  • Windshield wipers on front three windows (factory option)
  • Wheelhouse window defrosters (2)
  • Bilge blower (exhausts via the smoke stack)
  • Stainless steel rudder
  • Emergency stainless steel tiller
  • Custom lazarette barrier to keep objects from falling into the steering gear
  • Engine room Insulation
  • Custom engine room LED lighting


  • 125A Balmar Alternator Model 9115
  • Balmar ARS-5 multi-stage voltage regulator
  • Onan 5 kW generator (5MDKAU-1477A) w/258 hours
  • Trace 2 kW Inverter/Charger
  • Link-10 Battery Monitor
  • 3 8D (220Ah) AGM batteries
  • SmartPlug 30A shore cord system
  • ProNautic 12-60P 60A 120VAC battery charger
  • Blue Seas M-Series 6006 Battery Switch for the thruster and windlass
  • Perko SS 10” Spotlight, remotely operated, mounted on Wheelhouse roof
  • Two spreader mounted deck lights
  • Exterior Wheelhouse lights


  • Corian counter tops
  • Adler Barbour refrigerator/freezer with top and side access
  • 3 burner Force 10 stainless steel stove
  • Double hinged teak stove top cover
  • Fireboy SA-2 Automatic LP shutoff and leak detector (sensor behind stove)
  • Brass sink hand Pumps for both salt and fresh water
  • Kohler K-10433-BV Forte Single Control faucet in brushed bronze
  • above the sink lighting hidden by teak valance
  • Splendide Combo-Matic 2000 Washer-dryer
  • Galley's wet locker converted to shelved storage
  • Trawler Brass Oil Lamp


  • Garmin 5212 Touch Screen Chart Plotters
  • Garmin GMR 18 HD Radar
  • Garmin GSD 22 Sounder Module with Airmar Triducer: B744V 6-pin
  • Garmin GPS 17
  • Garmin GXM 51 XM satellite receiver/antenna
  • Garmin GWS 10 for wind speed, direction, outside air temp and barometric readings
  • Video cameras (2), masthead mounted looking forward and aft, display on Garmin 5212
  • FloScan fuel flow rate with FloNet (NMEA 2000) interface
  • ComNav 1001 autopilot (with remote) and RayMarine Type 1 Linear Actuator
  • West Marine Class A AIS
  • Standard Horizon GX1600 Marine VHF Radio with DSC
  • ICom IC-7000 Ham radio
  • ICom AH-4 automatic antenna tuner
  • Morad WH-23 HF 23' whip antenna
  • Kenwood dual band TM-D710 and Morad VHF-HD 2m antenna
  • Dynaplate HF Ground
  • Weems and Plath ship's clock and barometer
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers in wheelhouse and salon
  • Ritchie helm compass inside an antique binnacle

Deck and Hull

  • Simpson 175 electric davits
  • Avon 10' RIB with 15hp 2-stroke Yamaha outboard
  • Custom boarding door
  • Interlux 2000 epoxy barrier coat
  • Maxwell Windlass
    • Foot switches for both up and down
  • 80lb Babeth anchor with 375' of 3/8" BBB chain
  • Salt water anchor wash down bibb by windlass
  • Fresh hot/cold water bibb in stern
  • Two 12' kayaks and mounts
  • Wood mast and boom aft of stack (factory option)
  • 1.25" stainless rails on stern and upper deck (factory option)
  • Custom dodger over companionway
  • Teak storage boxes on upper deck (factory option)
  • Custom stainless bow stem guard
  • Custom fender track with cars running the length of the boat
  • 8' boat hook in custom mounting bracket
  • Custom wood non-skids on each interior/exterior stair tread

Video Walkthrough

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