Lord Nelson Yachts
was established in 1982 by Loren Hart and his wife, Lani. Loren Hart got his inspiration from a Seattle Boat Show in 1980 that featured a Nordic Tug 26. Upon founding Lord Nelson Yachts in Seattle, Washington, however, Loren began designing a line of sailboats. These yachts included 35 and 41 footers. They contracted Tommy Chen who ran Hai O Yachts and Ocean Eagle Yacht Building in Taiwan. Soon, they moved onto tugs designed by Jim Backus along with guidance from Loren Hart. These tugs included 37, 41, and 49 footers. The Harts ran the company until 1988 when Lan Finley bought them out. Soon later, Tommy Chen, the yard owner bought out Finley. While most of the production was done in the 1980ís, Chen built tugs on a limited basis until at least 1999. The Lord Nelson 41 is a medieval-styled cruiser, lined with Burmese teak from the bulwarks to the bowspirit. This makes the Lord Nelson Yachts even more unique, as Taiwan made harvesting such teak from the old trees illegal in later years of production. Lord Nelsons are heavy, with teak decks and interior weight with bronze chain plates, portholes, and chocks. With all the teak, this is a high maintenance yacht, but well worth the effort.