Edwards Yacht Sales

1998 Custom Steel Boatworks 75' Schooner

  • 75 ft
  • Schooner
  • Key West, FL, US

Yacht price




This stunning 75' Schooner, Grand Nellie, represents a rare opportunity in the used boat market. The option to buy the charter business is available. She is currently running charters in the Florida Keys for a youth organization as well as sailing enthusiasts. This custom steel Hull is turn-key and is impeccably maintained. She gets hauled out annually, fully inspected by a surveyor, and repaired/ updated. The last 2 annual surveys valued the vessel at $400,000. She is COI for up to 48 passengers for day trips or 20 passengers for overnight trips. 

This fully operational charter vessel is ready to set sail for either business or personal use! The option to purchase the business, which includes consistent annual charter contracts with a well known youth organization, is a sailors dream who wants to make a living doing what they love. The 12 weeks of summer youth charters pays for the annual costs to maintain the vessel. The remainder of the year she is available for trips such as private excursions, weddings, and customized sailing adventures.

Constructed on a solid steel hull, with a clipper bow, bowsprit, and schooner rig, she integrates classic themes in American sailing. One of very few schooners transformed from yachting to chartering with an open floor plan to maximize space and comfort. This very sought after Schooner includes 3 single berths, 2 single hanging hammock berths with a convertible seating bed space underneath that sleeps up to 3, 3 double berths, and 2 triple berths. There are 2 heads, a galley, and a navigation station. She is fitted with beautiful teak woodworking that is impressively finished and maintained.

Topside there is adequate space on deck, gleaming white paint, stainless steel stanchions, and teak accent molding. Top aft of the transom is used for dingy storage. The aft cockpit is very spacious and perfect for entertaining large groups. 

This extensively equipped schooner is ideal for an adventure charter vessel or can be converted back to a yacht. 

Grand Nellie Story

Grand  Nellie was built by its owners to conduct youth training missions, used as a sunset cruise vessel in St. Thomas, then  entered in numerous schooner races, of which she won many.   According to legend, Grand Nellie is named after the Grandmother of the original owners. During the depression, her husband left her with four children, which she had to figure out how to support.  She began by gardening at the local college for free, until they finally hired her. Through great effort, she managed to eventually become head of the cafeteria. She became loved and  compassionately known as "Ma Nellie."


Advanced co brokerage Florida Sail is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Grove Yacht Sales.



Basic Information

Steel Boatworks 75' Schooner
Key West, FL, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Grand Nellie
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Dimensions & Weight

75 ft - 22.86 meter
75 ft 6 in - 23.01 meter
16 ft - 4.88 meter
Draft - max:
9 ft - 2.74 meter
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140 (Individual), 140 (combined)
Max Speed:
10 MPH


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Vessel Walkthrough


As you approach the Grand Nellie you will see she is white with two tall masts the forward one shorter than the aft.  There is a bow sprit at the front of the vessel extending roughly twelve feet outward with a walk plank on top and a dingy hanging on davits at the stern. 

You would normally board the Nellie at the Gangway from Port (Left) or Starboard (Right) sides of the ship where the gates are in the safety lines openings.  

Watching your step (Using Caution Always) as you step onboard you will notice that she is steel deck and has numerous cleats and tracks about the areas.  You will also notice about a one inch step just past amid ship heading toward the stern to be cautious of. The vessel also has netting associated with the safety lines to catch articles or even a person in an unexpected situation. 

Taking a walk from amidships entrance gate Port clockwise around her deck you will see in the middle a wooden gull wing hatch for ventilation.  In front of that on a rack just aft of the foremast is a life raft and o1 to the port and starboard of the raft are cowl vents on top of dorade boxes for ventilation below deck.  Just to the port and on the deck you'll see a sail track and cleat. Across from these at the gunwale is the forward sewage tank outlet cap.  As you are abeam the foremast on the port side there are shrouds which support the foremast with some halyards tied o1 to their turn buckles.  Facing the port side of the foremast there is a cleat that secures the jack lines for the sail cover and a wench for the Jib (Jenoa) sail halyard.  Below this is a rack for belaying pins that you lash your halyards or support lines to.  At the base of the foremast aft side on the deck is a track used in racing for the sails. 

Looking up on the aft side of the foremast you will see where the fore boom is attached to the foremast. Forward of this mast on the deck is a block which you would feed the sheet for the Staysail when in use. Also at this deck point and attached upward on the mast is a spinnaker pole which is used in light air for holding sails outward to catch the wind. Moving forward just in front of the mast is an Emergency Egress (scuttle). The hatch lid slides forward to allow entry or exit. Inside of the hatch on the port side is a gate valve for the upper deck water hose. On the starboard side is an outlet for electricity. On the Port outside of the Emergency Egress is the fresh water hose. To the port of the Emergency Egress on the gunwale and slightly aft you will see a cleat with a hawse-hole for a spring line.

Continuing forward on the Port side you will see a hatch (Looks like a manhole cover) in the deck. This stores our anchor rode's and spare anchor. In front of this you will see where the anchor rode comes out of the deck and through the hawser-hole to the port side anchor. Just to the left is the forward hawse-hole for securing the bow line. To the right and center ship is where the bowsprit attaches to the deck protruding forward out over the water. At the base and on the port and starboard side are cleats. Forward on the bow is attached the jib stay. Continuing outward there is a wooden walkway with safety rails and the head stay out at the end. There is a seat incorporated in the forward part of the safety rail. Moving back on board and the right side of the bowsprit is the hawse-hole to the starboard anchor in front of that is the entrance for the chain rode into the rode locker. Just behind this is the anchor windless.

The starboard side is similar to the port. The wench on the foremast starboard is for raising the foresail halyard. Passing by starboard Gangway on the safety lines you'll see a Life Ring. Just before stepping up the 0ve inch change in deck next to the gunwale is the fresh water tank fill cap. Along the leading edge of the step up is the fore sheet traveler track. In the center of the track is cam cleats and block with traveling up to another block on the aft end of the fore boom back down to the lower block and over to the fore sheet capstan (winch). Around the base of the Mainmast is a rack with belaying pins and lines attached. Looking up slightly above the fore boom on the mainmast is the fore boom topping lift with blocks and line. All the way to the top connecting the two mast together is the triadic. On the starboard side of the mainmast is the winch for raising the main halyard. Above this is a cleat for the jack lines for the sail cover. On the backside of the mast is where the main boom attaches and travels aft over the cabin.

The forward top of the cabin there are three cowl vents on dorades. The one in the center provides ventilation for the engine room and the side ones for the cabin. To the port and starboard of these on the corners are capstans for the jib sheets. Just a few feet to either side of these capstans are the shroud's that support the mainmast. Below the shroud's on the deck is the sewage outlet cap. At the forward starboard corner of the cabin on the deck is the starboard fuel cap and vent. Near the center of the cabin is another gullwing hatch and there are portholes on the sides and aft. About midway of the cabin on the starboard gunwale is a hawse-hole with a cleat for a spring line. Continuing aft on the starboard top of the cabin is the main sheet capstan with a series of blocks and pulley's to get the main sheet to do it's job.

Behind the cabin is the cockpit with the helm. A Bimini and frame are placed over this area for shade. At the helm is the navigation and engine controls. On the port side of the helm is an EPIRB. In front of the helm is the companionway to below decks. Directly behind the cockpit is the aft shrouds. The railings around the stern of the vessel have a fold down latter to lead to the water. On the port side of the rail is a Life Sling. A dingy on davits with a life float above is the furthest aft structure on the vessel. There are several hawse-holes and bitts on either side for the stern lines. The port side is similar up to the front port of the cabin where next to the belaying pins is a fire hose discharge. Next to this is the vent for the galley stove. At the base of the cabin corner the port fuel tank fill cap and vent. As you step down the five inch raise in the deck is the port fresh water fill cap and above this is a Life Ring with a lanyard and a light. You have now returned to the starting point at the port side entrance gate.


We will start at the entrance to the companionway at the forward part of the cockpit. If closed you would have to slid the hatch forward and then lift out the hatch boards which close off the egress. Looking down you will see the companionway steps which is a ladder. You will always turn around and go down backwards. This allows you to have good hand hold for all sea conditions. After you have descended looking through the ladder you'll see pockets on the wall that hold numerous items. Mostly you will be interested in the wench handles for the capstan's. Lets proceed as on deck port around to starboard. Next to the ladder on the right side is a hanging locker and shelf, continuing, there is a crew quarter berth. At the aft end is a locker room with tools and equipment. At the back of this is a breakaway wall that houses different types of sails. Underneath the berth is storage for paint and such. Forward of this is engine stores. In front is a locker seat with crew storage. In moving forward of this berth is the captains berth with lockers and storage. Moving amidships is a seat and above the fire bottle and engine manual shut off pull handles. Above this is the controls for the generator and tank indicators with the macerator pump controls. Next to this is the egress to the lower area and galley. On the starboard side is the first-aid station and underneath a fire extinguisher. Next to this is the first mates berth with storage. To the side is a fire extinguisher. The chart table is nest to this with the radios and above legal medical bag. Spare flares and storage to the right of the table. To the right aft is the radios with the emergency list on top of the radio. Aft of this is the circuit breakers Panel, 12v on top, 24volt middle and 110v on the bottom. To the right of this you find the inverter/battery  controls with the bow-thruster and windless controls below. Storage boxes are below everything and the back wall. The back wall has small shelves then the controls for the AC system and below that 12v battery on/off. To the right is the entry into the rudder room which houses numerous things. You are now back at the companionway ladder.

As we move forward we will go down the few steps into the galley area. The main mast is to our left and behind that the stove area with a cooler underneath (there is a small fire extinguisher on the stove shelf) next to this is a counter top with a storage compartment to the port side. Above is cabinetry with a microwave next to this then more cabinetry. Below is the sink and counter that rapes around going back toward the port side. This counter has a freezer, cold box and refrigerator. Behind the refrigerator counter top is the "U" shaped eating area with a drop down table. Underneath the seating is storage space. You will see an egress forward then on the starboard side a quarter berth above and below a settee that has a quarter berth behind it. Next to this is cabinetry with a shelf above. Next to this and across from the galley is the head with shower.

Once again moving forward through the next egress you will step up a small sill and see bunking, two doubles and one single stacked like bunk beds on the port and a three singles on the starboard sides. The foremast is located near the center.

Going through the last egress you will see the emergency escape ladder going up through a hatch to the forward part of the vessel. On the port and starboard sides is Four more bunks with storage underneath. A fire extinguisher is located on the forward bulkhead.

 - Captain Ron

Hull Construction and Details

According to Marine Survey 10/08/2020

- Material: Welded steel

- Sheathing material: Interlux 2000E epoxy barrier coat

- Stress cracks at stem: None observed

- At transom: None observed

- Location of hard-spots: None observed

- Antifouling paint type: Micron 66

- Condition: New

- Bulkheads: 3 partial bulkheads, one collision bulkhead

- Collision bulkhead abaft stem: Yes

- Fwd of engine room: Yes

- Aft of engine room: Yes

- Material: Steel

- Hull ventilation: Good

- Opening ports: 6

- Ports gasket condition: Ok

- Bilge ventilation: Ok

- General Appearance of topsides: Newly painted

- General Appearance of decking: Good

- General condition of bilge: Good

Machinery Propulsion

- Yanmar 140hp turbo Diesel engine with a spare raw and fresh water pumps and spare starter

- Groco water pressure with 2 inline filters with a spare water pump

- Max Prop w/ a spare fixed prop

-  Engine Type: 4-cylinder turbo diesel

- H.P.: 140 @3200 RPMS

- Engine hours: 

- Year: 1998

- Reduction gear: 2:1 reported

- Cruising speed under power: 7-9 knots

- Transmission: Yanmar with transmission heat exchanger

- Controls: Morse type

- Fuel tank condition: Appears good at Racor

- Flex line at fuel pump: Yes

- Shut off valve at fuel pump: At tank and at Racor Approved filter bowl: Racor

- How often oil is changed: Once per year

- Engine raw water strainer: Yes

- Flex mount engine: Yes

- Material: Steel and rubber

- Rigid stuffing box: Flex, dripless

- Propeller shaft size: 1 3⁄4"

- Propeller size; 21" Max prop 3-blade

- Low oil press, high temp alarm: Yes

- Bilge pumps: 2 and a PTO fire/bilge pump

- High water bilge alarm: Yes

- Automatic switches: Yes

- Manual: Yes

- Carbon Monoxide alarm as recommended by sections 13.1 and 13.3 NFPA 302: ALL BOATS ABYC: Yes

- Smoke Alarm as recommended by sections 13.1 and 13.3 NFPA 302 and ISO 9094: ENGINE ROOMS, GALLEYS: Yes

- Propeller protection: ZN


- Beta Marine generator 10kw

- Location: Engine room  

- Type: Beta - Kabota  

- Fuel: Diesel  

- Volts: 120 V AC  

- Exhaust: Raw water cooled  

- Batteries: 5  

- Cut off switch: Yes  

- Battery charger: Yes  

- Battery box or boots: Boxes  

- Fuse or circuit breakers: Breakers

Steering and Rudder


- Stainless steel wheel 

- Hydraulic: No, worm gear      


- Condition: Appears good  

- Amount of play: Tolerable  

Sails, Masts, and Rigging


- Genoa (jib) 49.33' h x 45.33' d x 25.17' w

- Main (brand new 2021) 60' h  x 58.33' d x 19.5' w

- Staysail (new condition) 33.67' h x 28.92' d x 13.33' w

- Fore (brand new 2021) 44.33' h x 45.42' d x 13.33' w

- 2 spinnaker type

- Mule fisherman type 27.75' h x 19.97' d x 11.58' d x 12.5' w

- Numerous extras, flying jibs, etc.



- New standing rigging wire rope 01/21

- Mast(s): 2  

- Condition: Appear good from deck  

- Finish: Painted aluminum  

- Hardware: Aluminum and stainless steel  

- Sighted from deck: Yes  

- Corrosion: Minimal  

- Mast partners: Ok  

- Mast Steps: Through-deck, appear good  

- Spreaders: Aluminum Secure: Safety wire reported  

- Shrouds: Stainless steel 1x19 in good condition  

- Lower terminals: Staylocks all  

- Condition: Appear good  

- Gooseneck: Aluminum  

- Wire/Bolt cutters: Angle grinder


- B&G AIS transceiver NAIS-500 class B

- B&G (2) Triton2 units

- B&G Zenus3 (1) 7" display below deck (1) 12" display on deck

- B&G color radar broadband 4G

- Simrad AP48 autopilot

- Fusion MS-RA70NSX radio entertainment

- Icom IC-M506 VHF

- Icom HM-157 re-mote hand held

- Icom IC-M802 SSB

- Numerous antennas to support system

- Ritchie Compass 


- Fuel tanks: 2 integrated steel 440 gallons total

- Fresh water tanks: 2 integrated steel approximately 600 gallons

- Holding tanks: 2 Black water 50 gal, 2 gray water 30 gal

Deck Hardware, Fittings, and Structures


- Stanchions: Welded stainless steel  

- Anchor windlass: Electric  

- Bow roller: 2  

- Cleats: Stainless steel  

- Cap for anchor locker deck fitting: Ok  

- Low areas or water traps on deck: None found  

- Bulwark condition : Ok    


- Cabins: One on deck  

- Skylights: 2 butterfly  

- Fixed or opening: Opening  

- Drop boards for Companionway type hatch


Location: Port forward  

- 2 Induction stove tops (electric)

- Microwave

- Large amount of refrigeration including 2 Refrigeration units (Adler Barbour cold plate) and 1 Deep Freezer

- Double stainless steel sink 

- Hot water heater: No  

Fire Extinguishing Equipment and Safety


- 4 hand held fire extinguishers 

- Engine room fire extinguisher system Built-in system as per ABYC Standard A-4 : Highest position as possible, away from mechanical ventilation  

- Carbon monoxide detectors

- Life raft 16 pax solas A 74 solas 96 Float off life raft 12 pax with light

- Throw ring with light

 - Horn

- Approved life jackets (51)

- Searchlights


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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