Dale Motoryachts Classic 45

A lovingly built British boat from this Milford Haven yard

The arrival of the Dale Classic 45 in 2003 – with its distinctive, rounded quarters and clean, perfectly weighted proportions – came about due to pressure from existing Dale customers.

The yard gained so much respect for its superbly engineered Dale Nelson 38, that when the demand for something bigger came along, the pressure was on to match – or better – the 38’s impressive record.

And it more than managed it. The underwater sections of the 45 are very much of a semi-displacement format with a fine-entry hull running into a full-length keel.

But instead of the aft sections running out flat, Dale has kept a few more degrees of deadrise to aid bite and reduce the amount of buoyancy in and around the stern.

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The result is a superb sea boat that is the better of its smaller sibling. Inside, two en-suite cabins provide the accommodation, while the inviting saloon fits in U-shaped dinette seating with a settee opposite.

The rear wheelhouse overhang is generous enough to allow you to leave the cockpit doors open when underway, without fear of rain or spray.

Tested November 2009

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  • Remarkably big midship berth


  • The sunroof costs extra

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A shining example of British boatbuilding – this boat begs to be used, not just admired


Displacement: 15 tonnes
Top Speed: 30 knots
Cabins: 2
Fuel Capacity: 500gal (2270lt)
Beam: 14ft 4in (4.36m)
Cruising Speed: 21 knots
Water Capacity: 80gal (363lt)
RCD Category: B
Length Overall: 48ft 0in (14.05m)
Engines: twin Caterpillar 575hp diesels
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Contact: www.dalenelson.co.uk

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