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NICHOLSON 26

Nicholson 26

Smallest of the Nicholson fleet, the 26 is a real seaboat with her long keel and 4 ton displacement. More than 6'2" headroom in the saloon makes these boats surprisingly roomy for their era. Many have cruised long distances and they can be singlehanded with ease. The construction is robust, all GRP with encapsulated ballast keel.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
64 26'7" / 8.10m 20'0" / 6.10m 7'9" / 2.36m 5'0" / 1.52m 10,280 lbs / 4,663 kg Long keel-cruising 302 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 27

Nicholson 27

The 27 was quite a radical step for C&N and was offered as a fin keeler or bilge keeler. She is designed by Peter Milne of Fireball fame so, of course, sports a sparkling performance under sail. The raised topsides and excellent beam make for a spacious boat below.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
very few 27'3" / 8.10m 23'4" / 7.10m 9'8" / 2.95m 4'9" / 1.44m 6,445 lbs / 2,923kg Fin or bilge cruising 383 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 30

Nicholson 30

Originally designed for the Quarter Ton Cup rule, the 30 was C&N 'in house' design and made use of extensive GRP modules below (galley, heads, etc). The 30 proved to be a really tough mini-ocean racer but offering most roomy accommodation for this type of boat. The cockpit is exceptionally spacious and well designed for sail handling. Owners love them to bits and some have competed most successfully in short-handed long-distance races.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
63 29' / 8.84m 25'5" / 7.76m 9'9" / 2.97m 5'7" / 1.73m 7,280 lbs / 3.300kg Fin cruiser/racer 453 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 1/2 tonner

Nicholson 1/2 Tonner

An exciting performance boat designed for = ton racing by Ron Holland and based on his "SILVER JUBILEE" design. Various options were available such as masthead or fractional rig and the accommodation, although rather Spartan, was filled out to C&N's usual high standard.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
28 30' / 9.14m 24'9" / 7.54m 10'3" / 3.12m 5'9" / 1.75m 7,170 lbs / 3,252kg Fin keel Racing yacht 514 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 303

Nicholson 303

Based on the = ton performance hull, the 303 had a new cruising deck moulding which offered much improved accommodation. The 303 combines the excitement of a thoroughbred racer with the comfort of a family cruiser.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
35 30'3" / 9.20m 24'2" / 7.36m 10'3" / 3.12m 5'7" / 1.72m 7,840 lbs / 3,600kg Fin cruiser/racer 492 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 31

Nicholson 31

Aimed as a replacement for the ubiquitous 32, the 31 proved an instant success. 12= inches more beam than a 32 made her a commodious boat below with excellent headroom, a proper sit at chart table and up to 6 berths. The long keel and transom hung rudder won instant appeal to single-handers which is why you see so many 31s with self-steering gears. The quality of the mouldings and the fit out was to an exceptionally high standard.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
119 30'7" / 9.32m 24'2" / 7.32m 10'3" / 3.12m 5'0" / 1.52m 12,992 lbs / 5,898kg Long keel cruising 624 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 32

Nicholson 32

One of the great success stories of C&N, the 32 was originally designed in 1962 and remained in production for a staggering 18 years. Numerous modifications were made during this period but always the original magical hull shape was retained. Many 32s have cruised world-wide and some epic voyages have been achieved. The seakeeping abilities of the 32 are legendary. There is a very strong Owner's Association and owners love them so much that they hang on to them for years and years.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
369 32'0" / 9.75m 24'0" / 7.31m 9'3" / 2.82m 5'6" / 1.67m 14,500 lbs / 6,557kg Long keel cruising 465 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 33

Nicholson 33

A medium displacement boat originally designed by Ron Holland for the > ton rule but quite happy offering swift, comfortable fast cruising. Various accommodation options were available from stripped out racer to full cruising interior. The sleek, sophisticated lines make a boat that is a pride to own and sail.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
69 32'1" / 9.78M 27'7" / 8.41M 10'7" / 3.17M 5'11" / 1.80M 10,046 LBS / 4,560kg Fin keel cruiser/racer 620 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 345

Nicholson 345

A true cruiser/racer, the 345 combines Ron Holland performance with uncompromising comfortable accommodation with the ability to sleep up to 7/8 in 3 separate cabins. In spite of her sparkling performance, the 345 has excellent sea-keeping abilities as proven in the famous 1979 Fastnet Race when three 345s came through unscathed. The fractional rig and generous ballast makes her easy to handle with small crew.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
25 34'6" / 10.52m 29'6" / 8.99m 11'0" / 3.35m 6'1" / 1.85m 11,500 lbs / 5,200kg Fin keel cruiser/racer 656 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 35

Nicholson 35

First introduced in 1971, the 35 was an instant success with a production run of nearly 20 years. Many modifications were made, the most marked being from hull number 134 onwards when the accommodation layout was altered and the propeller position moved further aft. Mast height started at 45.2ft and ended at 51ft. Altogether 228 boats were built. The 35 is a "proper" sailing boat, with classic conventional fin and skeg hull shape, attractive accommodation and superb sea-keeping abilities. There is a strong Owner's Association.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
228 35'3" / 10.74m 26'9" / 8.15m 10'5" / 3.18m 5'6" / 1.68m 17,630 lbs / 8,000kg Long fin + skeg cruising 757 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 36

Nicholson 36

The design was based on many earlier timber built Nicholson designs including the well-known Jolina Class 35 footers. This was the first production Nicholson using GRP. As GRP was still in it's infancy, light alloy frames were used to stiffen the hulls which were subsequently found to be unnecessary when the true strength of the new material was revealed. The Nicholson 36 is a beautiful and elegant traditional boat which sails well in all conditions. There have been many eminent owners including the famous Adlard Coles. The accommodation is outstanding for a design of its time with most generous headroom.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
24 36'3" / 11.05m 26'0" / 7.92m 9'6" / 2.89m 5'11" / 1.80m 16,845 lbs / 7,640kg Long keel cruising 565

NICHOLSON 38

Nicholson 38

Camper & Nicholsons bought the design rights in the mid sixties off the American designer John Alden, and the design was converted from a centre-boarder to a conventional long keeler. Originally conceived by C&N as a motor-sailer but this label was quickly forgotten when she won the yachting World One of a Kind Rally for motor-sailers being by far the fastest under sail and sail and power combined. The accommodation comprised of three separate cabins and two heads and the standard of finish was top class. Many 38s had teak laid decks laid on the GRP deck. Production ceased in the mid-70s when they were found to be too expensive to build.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
134 37'10" / 11.53m 27'0" / 8.23m 10'6" / 3.20m 5'2" / 1.58m 15,904 lbs / 7,214kg Long keel crusing 662 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 39

Nicholson 39

Those familiar with the Nicholson 35 will immediately recognise the hull shape of the 39 - a true deep sea centre-cockpit cruising ketch offering so much accommodation (three separate cabins plus walkthru') but being so easy to handle by a small crew. Many 39s have been long-distance including Transatlantic voyages. The standard of mouldings are first class and 39s generally wear very well.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
63 39'0" / 11.70m 30'2" / 9.20m 11'6" / 3.45m 5'6" / 1.68m 23,072 lbs / 10,500kg Long fin + skeg cruising 878 sq.ft

NICHOLSON 40 DS

Nicholson 40 DS

Sharing the same lovely hull as the 40AC, the DS sports a deck saloon and dual steering positions, together with an addition of an extra cabin below. The finish on deck and below is to C&N's usual high standard and the deck saloon provides a super lounging area with good all round vision. The general concept is ideal for Northern Waters sailing in inclement weather.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
19 40'0" / 12.19m 30'2" / 9.20m 11'6" / 3.45m 5'6" / 1.68m 23,296 lbs / 10,600kg Long fin + skeg cruising 884 sq ft

NICHOLSON 40 AC

Nicholson 40 AC

Built from the 39 moulds but with a foot extra and a conventional aft cockpit deck moulding, the 40AC is a mouth watering, gentleman's cruising yacht for the discerning yachtsman. The accommodation has been set up to provide three cabins, although this is a little tight compared with modern designs but the many other qualities of this fine yacht more than makes up for shortcomings in this department.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
20 40'0" / 12.19m 30'6" / 9.30m 11'6" / 3.45m 5'9" / 1.75m 24,416 lbs / 11,080kg Long fin + skeg cruising 940 sq ft

NICHOLSON 42

Nicholson 42

The 42 won the Boat of the Show Award at the London Boat Show in 1974. The classical long fin and skeg centre-cockpit design was available as a sloop or ketch, with or without a wheel shelter. The 42 is a powerful seaboat with spacious, luxurious accommodation and a large (72hp) engine. Many of these boats have cruised extensively with small crew.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
14 41'10" / 12.70m 29'2" / 8.89m 12'2" / 3.72m 5'6" / 1.68m 22,400 lbs / 10,160kg Long fin + skeg cruising 897 sq ft

NICHOLSON 43

Nicholson 43

Outright winner of the Boat of the Show Award in 1969, the first ten 43s were ordered straight from the drawings. The design was based on "La Meloria", a very successful R.O.R.C. ocean racer and influenced by many Sparkman & Stephens designs of the day such as "Clarionet". Although an exceptionally quick ocean racer, the 43 was found to be surprisingly docile for family cruising. Now the 43 is immensely sought after for its scintillating good looks and well mannered performance. For sheer pride of ownership, nothing beats a Nicholson 43 for turning the heads.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
37 43'3" / 13.20m 30'0" / 9.15m 11'6" / 3.51m 6'9" / 2.06m 19,824 lbs / 8.992kg Fin + skeg cruiser/racer 867 sq ft

NICHOLSON 44

Nicholson 44

An extended version of the 42, the Nicholson 44 offers sleeker lines and improved accommodation but combining the renowned seakeeping, handling and sailing qualities of the 42. The extra length of and modified deck moulding allows a walkthru' to the owner's aft suite.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
7 43'3" / 12.94m 29'2" / 8.89m 12'2" / 3.72m 5'6" / 1.68m 22,400 lbs /10,100kg Long fin + skeg cruising 897 sq ft

NICHOLSON 45

Nicholson 45

During the late sixties and early seventies, major changes in racing rules were taking place and designers were hard put to keep up. The Nicholson 45 design was extensively tank tested and when first introduced in 1971 was highly regarded as the very latest in ocean racer design. The 45s lines are the epitome of ocean racer design of it's time - graceful sheer, almost flush decked, retrousse stern, balanced overhangs and attractive tumblehome. The extra beam amidships allowed for more space below and a tri-cabin layout.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
8 43'8" / 13.30m 33'3" / 10.14m 12'3" / 3.73m 7'0" / 2.15m 24,640 lbs / 11,176kg Fin + skeg cruiser/racer 730 sq ft

NICHOLSON 476

Nicholson 476

Introduced in the 1980s, the 476 embodied all that was important in a yacht of this calibre - good balance, solid seamanship, durability and reliability and timeless lines which are not to be confused with short distance, high volume types. The general standard of finish is to the highest yacht standard throughout and semi-customised. Various layouts were available including centre or aft cockpit deck designs. This is a powerful, offshore long-distance cruising boat with luxurious accommodation.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
13 46'8" / 14.23m 36'3" / 11.05m 13'8" / 4.18m 5'10" / 1.78m 33,000 lbs / 14,968kg Long fin + skeg cruising 990 sq ft

NICHOLSON 48

Nicholson 48

It is difficult to mistake the graceful lines of the Nicholson 48 - a powerful hull with attractive overhangs provide a gratifying sailing performance combined with an easy to handle rig and comfortable accommodation for up to 8 in 4 separate cabins and a walkthru'. Although conceived and mostly built in the early seventies, many 48s are looking good and sailing the far corners of the world - a fitting testimony to the exceptional quality and design of their construction.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
42 47'8" / 14.53m 33'4" / 10.15m 12'11" / 3.94m 5'6" / 1.68m 31,360 lbs / 14,200kg Long fin + skeg cruising 1052 sq ft

NICHOLSON 55

Nicholson 55

Whilst the 32 and 35 are success stories at one end, the Nicholson 55 must be the success story at the larger end. 12 out of the 26 boats are owned by the Ministry of Defence and time and time again they have considered up-grading their 27 year old boats, but each time they have decided their 55s are irreplaceable. Again various layouts were available including aft cockpit, centre-cockpit, sloop or yawl rig - conventional or retrousse stern. These boats have been proven over and over again with "ADVENTURE" 2nd in the first Round the World Race and "QUAILO III" Admirals Cup and Southern Cross team member.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
26 54'5" / 16.58m 40'5" / 12.34m 14'4" / 4.36m 8'3" / 2.51m 38,3080 lbs / 17,250kg Fin + skeg cruising 1623 sq ft

NICHOLSON 58

Nicholson 58

These beautiful David Pedrick designed yachts were semi-custom built to the highest yacht standards and were available with three different accommodation layouts, sloop or ketch rig, fin or centreboard. The Nicholson 58 has the interior more normally found in an 80 footer and offers a fine balance of speed and comfort.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
12 57'7" / 17.55m 46'8" / 14.22m 15'7" / 4.75m 8'6" / 2.59m 53,025 lbs / 24,052kg Long fin + skeg cruising 1486 sq ft

NICHOLSON 70

Nicholson 70

This stunningly beautiful yacht is the ultimate world cruiser and yet has been designed for ease of handling with a small crew. The all GRP hull and deck by Halmatic is built to Lloyds requirements and the ballast is totally encapsulated. Two six cylinder Perkins Diesel provide effortless handling in modern marinas and speeds in excess of 9= knots. The sailing qualities of the 70 is legendary. The lavish accommodation was semi-customised but is generally laid out to sleep 7 to 9 people in 3 or 4 cabins.

No. Built LOA LWL Beam Draft Displacement Keel Type Sail Area
5 70'0" / 21.34m 54'6" / 16.61m 17'1" / 5.21m 8'6" / 2.59m 100,800 lbs / 45,722kg Lonf fin + skeg cruising 2431 sq ft
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