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More Plainly Put... WHAT'S NEW?
The Nevlle 164
Not a design... Just a Concept!
Designed to be a reasonably fast global cruiser, with excellent fuel efficiency and long range capabilities. This mega-yacht will appeal to an owner who is more impressed with state-of-the-art engineering and design, rather than the usual meaningless 'bling'. Hull form is intended to deliver a good turn of speed in all seaways. Diesel-electric propulsion is recommended for maximum performance.
This vessel can be set up for long-term self-sufficient operation nearly anywhere, with a small crew. Many interior arrangement possibilities, including well-located owner's stateroom near forward deck, offering brilliant views and privacy. Contact Doug Coupar for full details, and to discuss your particular requirements
Click this link for all of the specifics.
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The Nevlle 39 – Beverlee Jane
Available and a GREAT value
When the book Voyaging Under Power was updated in ’94 they dubbed one of our boats featured in the chapter “Work of Other Designers” the Neville 39. At that point it was just a dream. It took a few years before she actually came to life, built at Custom Steel Boats in North Carolina.
Completed true to the original concept she was christened Beverlee Jane and has spent her days cruising on the East Coast near Oriental NC. Over the next few years Beverlee Jane became the catalyst for the Neville 47 and ultimately for our Neville 56.
Many of you have asked about the boat. Several have purchased study or stock plans as well. Now for personal reasons her original owner has grudgingly decided to sell Beverlee Jane. Though sad at one level I suspect it will be GREAT news for many of her fans. The reason is that for at least one she is now primed to move on and provide them with years of memorable cruising adventures. This single owner boat is in excellent condition. You may have had a chance to tour her showcased at the Annapolis Boat Show a couple years ago.
Want to find out more about her? Want to know what it would take to move her to your dock?
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90 Sport Expedition
A Charles Neville & Krogen Design Collaboration
Announcing an amazing -
and long overdue alliance
I met James S. Krogen more than 20 years ago. I had reached some prominence, but Jim Krogen was already an icon. Unfortunately he left the boating scene far too soon. That said, our earliest meetings began an association not just with Jim but with his two young sons and partners. Both Kurt and Jimmy were groomed by their gifted father to have a huge impact on what has become today's trawler marketplace.
Over decades Kurt, Jimmy and I have talked about and occasionally collaborated on projects. This 90 Sport Expedition represents a quantum leap forward in melding all of our individual talents. CNa's design and engineering join with Kurt's styling, Jimmy's talent for interiors and James S. Krogen's proven hull design to define a truly remarkable yacht.
Read more about why I think this is a very special vessel, and how this remarkable collaboration came to pass soon. More to Come.
an Exceptional Cape Horn 81 -
worked with Cape Horn over a number of years creating
marvelous yachts between 75 and 105 feet. Of the boats
built, the 81-footer High Note,
is among the finest examples of the Cape Horn concept
and craftsmanship. Of course High Note benefited
from the knowledge gained building her earlier sisters.
Beyond that, however, her excellence grew from an owner’s
commitment to building a yacht as beautiful in its execution
as it was in its function.
High Note’s interior was professionally styled with each element: surfaces, finishes, and soft goods meticulously selected. Add to that an impressive array of additional equipment such as an extraordinary entertainment system in keeping with her owner’s demands. And it was all built to Cape Horn’s respected standards. That means rugged construction, impeccable sea keeping characteristics, and dependable systems and outfit.
Each of of her sisters
has crossed oceans. Right now High Note is
ready and equipped to join them, with you onboard.
But what is truly amazing is that High Note is
available at a remarkable price. Would you like more information about this extraordinary
vessel? Click on this link to learn the whole story Learn
Chuck's Article about the Neville Tug 45 -
Metal Boat Society is a non-profit educational society
whose mission is to provide metal boat enthusiasts with
information about their boats, whether they are in the
planning, building, fitting out or repair stages. Mebmbers
in more than 20 countries participate in that effort
through forums and their publication Metal
Boat Quarterly. Visit: www.metalboatsociety.org
was flattered to be asked to contribute to the October
2009 issue of that quarterly. His article entitled The
Neville-45 a Tug Story is reproduced here
thanks to the folks at the Metal Boat Society.
Additional information about the boat is also available
New Ecotour Boat for Florida Aquarium
- Tampa Florida -
Our friends at
Corinthian Catamarans, Inc. in Tarpon Springs, Florida began
construction of a 72-foot motor catamaran for Florida Aquarium in Tampa
Florida. The vessel will replace their current boat taking 149 guests on
the aquarium’s popular Wild Dolphin Ecotour. The boat is expected to
begin operation in the spring of '09. Visit: www.flaquarium.org
This is the
11th 72-footer that Corinthian has produced and the largest in their
line of excursion vessels. Charles Neville Associates has designed
Corinthian's boats since the company began in the 80's. This time we
developed 3d renderings to help the Florida Aquarium visualize their new
boat as well as help with fund raising. Of course CNa will be doing the
other design and certification work as well.
Now Stock Plans Available
- for a limited time -
With over 30-years of history developing boats for
discrim-inating clients we have a lot of designs on our shelves and in our
computers. For the first time we are offering a select group of
these wonderful yachts as stock plans. The boats available are on
our Stock Plan page, which you can reach by clicking on the tab at your left.
Designs are available ranging from 30-foot to almost 100-foot. Each of these can be built as
designed, or we can use them as the starting point and add your own
All of the
designs are offered at special introductory pricing.
If you don't see the stock plan you are looking for, contact us. We may
be able to make it available. Whether you are a current or would
be yachtsman, or a professional boat builder let our experience
work to your advantage. Visit the Neville Stock Plan page.
Our Seminar at Trawler Fest.
The Stuart Florida Trawler Fest presented an interesting opportunity. I have been on panels at Trawler Fest and Trawler
Port before but this one was particularly special. I got to join
Steve Seaton and Eric Sponberg discussing the many tradeoffs that
inevitably rear their head as design choices need to be made.
Moderating the panel was Steve D'Antonio, familiar to any avid reader of
As many of you know, Steve and I were partners for
10-years and I first met Eric during that time period, probably 25+
years ago. Steve D' got the festivities underway with well placed
questions to each of us. With that the crowd kicked in and most of
the discussion hinged on great questions from the attendees
It was great fun. We didn't always agree, but even
if all of our styles differ a bit around the edges, I think the boaters
in attendance got a good opportunity to hear the various side of a
number of issues. All things being equal, there was more agreement
Many of the questions we heard are the things I talk with
callers about with great frequency. If you couldn't get to Trawler
Fest give me (or one of the other guys) a call.
In addition to
the fun we had at the seminar, I also got to talk with many of you one-on-one
from the Neville Trawler booth. We were located right at the
gateway pier leading to the boats on display. A number of you I
met in years past. Many were fresh faces. The crowd was also peppered with few former
clients and even a couple of potential new customers.
That is what
is great about these functions. It's not just the chance to meet and
greet. It's a chance to just talk
boating. Then, of course, there was leaving the tents behind. Some of the most memorable conversations were at the
evening events just talking with folks and swapping stories.
Join us at the
next one, or call... We can do lunch.
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background surrounding the fun we all like to have with boats there is a
serious side. In the wake of two tragedies, one in Baltimore
Harbor and the other on quiet lake in upstate New York, the US Coast
Guard initiated a study to evaluate the impact of increasing passenger weight on
the potential for similar accidents.
While much of
my work is on the yacht side, I also do a considerable number of
commercial projects. These are most often related to Small
Passenger Vessels operating under the regulations of Subchapter-T of the
US Federal Code of Regulations.
I was among
dozen designers, naval architects, engineers, educators and USCG
representatives tapped with evaluating proposed recommendations.
The panel was initiated by Society of Naval Architects and Marine
Engineers. SNAME is the professional organization representing
Naval Architects and designers in the US. (See our links page.)
recommendation to increase passenger weight to 185 pounds per person
(more consistent with the weight used in the aircraft industry) was
approved. Our office has been using that increased weight for the last
few years, even preceding this decision.
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
Founded in 1930
Westlawn Institute is the only
nationally accredited and state approved distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. For the third year, beginning
in 2009, I have been privileged to be a member of their Board of Directors.
This is true honor since Westlawn
has, over the decades, been responsible for the education of many of the
premier boat designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Numbered among
their prestigious alumnus are Jack Hargrave and Tom Fexas two elite
practitioners of our craft: both, unfortunately, recently
departed. I knew both Jack and Tom and considered them friends.
They are missed, but their legacy endures.
The Westlawn list of alumnus
contains many, many more of the finest craftsmen in our field.
Being a small part of this tradition is an honor.
The Neville 47
Two Time Peoples
Choice Award Winner
returns to the show circuit
We were back
on the boards again at the Solomon's Trawler Fest and the Annapolis
Power Boat Show visit-
ing with clients and customers. It was another
occasion to show off the Neville 47 Trawler, the People's Choice winner
the year before at both Solomon's and Stuart Trawler Fests. As always,
however, for me such events are less about showing the boat, and more
about meeting folks and just taking about boating.
I have worked
with Cape Horn, Cheoy Lee and other major boatyards over the years.
The Neville Trawler experience, however, has given me more opportunity
to meet with boaters than any one before. It's more than simply fun. Talking with
buyers is always a great education.
particularly amusing to see folks cluster in the engine room. On a number of occasions
with 5 or 6 guys in the engine room I felt as though I was living out an
episode of the TV show Home Improvement. There was no Tim Taylor,
Al Borland or the requisite
grunts, just admiration for the space provided and the workable
Besides the 47 we
also were signing up owners for the Neville 42 LRC, currently under
development. It is a second generation of the N-39 that was on display
last year. It features interior upgrades and an attractive introductory
price. Call or log onto the Neville Trawler website for more
Also on the program was the Neville 56, the Grand Dame of our little fleet. Thanks for coming to see us. I'm looking forward to meeting with you in '08.
Included are "...three sailboats and a power voyager that showcase the best in modern boatbuilding."
With that introduction begins a special
section in Ocean Navigator magazine. Among those 4 boats featured,
and the only offshore power passage maker was the first N-47 in the
Neville Trawler line, Carol Marie. She was now lives on the Alabama coast but has
already been tested. Over 150 miles offshore she capably handled
10 foot seas.
That is a place for no compromises. It is an indication of what the security of steel can offer. Come and see her sister, the big blue
boat, at Trawler Fest - Stuart in January.
For those with a shorter attention span pick the link to read the Ocean Navigator article to tide you over.
- serious steel -