1966 Camper & Nicholsons Nicholson 32

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Class Sails
Category Racers and Cruisers
Year 1966
Make Camper & Nicholsons
Length 33'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Ashland, MA

Traditional aft galley with stove to port, ice box to stb.  Chart table starboard.  Fixed drop leaf table, grab rail under port lights, settee/berth each side with lee clothes, port opens to a small double (~45" wide).  2 burner kerosene stove and kerosene cabin heater (vented) on forward bulkhead with 316 S.S heat shield.
Two large fixed ports in saloon each side (dog house).  2 opening ports forward.
All opening port holes have screens.


Head spans the boat with sink to starboard and head to port.  Sliding doors on fore and aft openings.  2 opening ports, deck mushroom vent.
V-berth in bow with 2 opening ports and Bomar hatch.  Forward dorade on deck for ventilation.  Lee clothes for both sides in V-berth. 

Galley Equipment

Ice box, 2 burner kerosene stove

Hot & cold presure water, backup FW foot pump.  Salt water foot pump.

Additional Equipment

 Plastimo compass

Raymarine depth, speed & wind

VHF with DSC, GPS & AIS receive.  VHF handgeld with DSC & GPS.


Simrad autopilot


Rigging, Sails & Canvas:
Standing rigging, running rigging, all blocks and lifelines replaced.  All turnbuckles replaced.
All standing rigging ground with #6 and #4 cables to external 4' tin plated copper plate.
Custom Schaefer traveller on aft cockpit coaming curved to match deck and cockpit.  Mounted on strong base with integrated engine and fuel tank vents, covered with curved teak enclosure.
8 winches, all Lewmar: 
   #43 primary and #24 secondary in cockpit,
   #16 on aft cabin for:  main halyard, vang and cunningham led to cockpit.
   on the mast: #16 jib halyard, #8 main halyard or pole, #8 on boom for slab reefing.
Boom slab reefing with lines led inside boom.  Adjustable reefing blocks on tracks. 
10:1 main outhaul.
Main halyard, Forespar rigid vang and cunningham led to cockpit.
Main and Jib halyards 10mm 13,000lb breaking strength low stretch.

New in 2015 Hood mainsail, Quantum 130% genoa, jib sock, mainsail cover and anchor winch cover. 
New frame and dodger by Hood Canvas.  California style with all around full view windows.  Hinge bases through bolted on strong mounts.
Older sails, Jibs: 150%, 110%, storm hank on inner forstay, trysail, original spinnaker, small asym spinnaker like new.

Deck and Hull Equipment

Upon launch in 2015 new components:
All deck harware and wood trim removed, deck and hull refinished, parts remounted with 316 bolts & screws.  Back sides of wood trim sealed with epoxy before mounting.
Below LWL stripped and epoxy sealed with Interlux 2000. Hand faired with long boards.  Petit Vivid bottom paint.  Wet sanded.
Hull and deck painted with Interlux 2-part polyurethane white.   Brightside blue boot top, perfection cream nonskid on deck.  Gold cove stripe, teak cap rail.
All wood work varnished with Epifanes.  Some touchup needed.  Wood cockpit cleats replaced with S.S..  Original deck cleats replaced with 8" bronze(3).  4 chocks replaced with Sparttan locking chocks.  Schaefer sliding cleats on 1-1/4" genoa track.  Deck intergrated stanchion bases replaced with schaefer stanchion bases on re-inforced deck.  Life line gate opening at cockpit stanchion.

All below LWL t-hulls replaced with flush fittings and grocco 316 ball valves and through bolted.
All hoses replaced.  AWAB 316 S.S. hose clamps.
All new wiring, master panel with breakers, plumbing, pumps, lights.  Water proof 6-switch panel in stb aft cabin top in easy reach from cockpit for nav lights and instruments. High res analog meter for checking batter bank voltages.  Engine hout meter added and bilge pump counter.  1" bilge bronze drain plug for lay up. 
Unique gray water tank for galley and head sink allows sink use any time.  Pumps overboard through shared macerator t-hull.  Only 4 t-hulls under LWL.

Upon 1st launch with clean bottom she can cruise at 6.4 knots and hit 6.9.
Rudder rebuilt, apperature enlarged, tralling edge slightly added to compensate, rudder/hull joint rebuilt and flaps added to lower turbulence.

New fawcetts and S.S. sinks.  Fresh water coarse filter and carbon filter.  Water tank vent in cabin to avoid contamination.
Grey water tank for sinks, so no need to close sink seacocks while sailing.  Also minimizes t-hulls to only 4 below LWL.
50 gallon fresh water tank sealed with EPA approved epoxy and 2 additional access hatches made to facilitate cleaning (3 in all).  Deck tank fill added.  Coarse filter before F/W pump and carbon filter after.

Fresh water flush tank and Poly-X hoses for head and "sweet tank" airation pump avoids nasty holding tank smells.

Lawrence Simpson manual hyspeed anchor windlass rebuilt and painted.  Mounted on raised pad with canvas cover protects and keeps water out.  150' 8mm galvanized chain + 5/8" nylon rode spliced on.  Danfork 20H in locking deck anchor locker.
Custom Schaefer traveller on aft cockpit coaming curved to match deck and cockpit.  Mounted on strong base with integrated engine and fuel tank vents, covered with curved teak enclosure. 
All blocks replaced with new Schaefer blocks.

Total Power
22.0 hp
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Bridge Clearance
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fresh Water Tank Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity
Engine Model Yanmar 3GMF
Total Power 22hp
Engine Hours 2000
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Shape Other
1966 Camper & Nicholsons Nicholson 32

The Nicholson 32 set the standard for fiberglass sailboats in England.  With 6,000lbs of encapsulated lead ballast and a 5'6" draft the angle of vanishing stability is an amazing 165 degrees.  The capsize ratio is ~1.55 and the comfort ration is ~ 40.  She points well and is faster than most cruising boats her size, with a base PHRF of 189.   This boat can take you anywhere there's enough water.

 This Nic-32 does not show her age.  Partly because she rested 17 years under cover while under going a total refit.  Every surface inside and out was refinished.  The bottom was stripped, dried for 5 years, faired and barrier coated with Interlux 3000 and 2000.  The finish was hand long boarded to have a very fair hull.  The remaining through hulls below LWL were replaced with flush ones.   The rudder and propeller turbulence was minimized and a copper plate is epoxied under the keel for that one spot you can never paint. 


Her topsides and deck were stripped and painted with Interlux two-part polyurethane for durability.  As were all her spars. Every piece of deck hardware and wood trim was removed before painting.  All bolts and screws were replaced with 316 stainless or bronze.  Wooden deck and cockpit cleats were replaced with bronze and stainless steel. Upon her relaunch in 2015 all standing and running rigging and life lines were replaced.  The main and 130% genoa were new.  The wiring, plumbing, pumps, radio, EPIRB, running gear and exhaust were new.  It is easier to say what wasn't replaced than what was. 

Since her launch in 2015 she only spends 6 months a year in the water.  The other 6 months she is stored with the mast removed and hull and rig are covered with tarps.   The engine was only run once a year for 17 years, so although it was installed new in 1985, it's as if if is a 2002 engine. 

 Many upgrades that set this boat apart from a standard Nicholson 32:

1.  6 opening bronze ports
2.  New bomar forward hatch.
3.  Preasure Hot/Cold water, grey water tank for sinks, allowing a deeper galley sink.  Sinks will never flood while heeling.
4.  Enlarged propeller aperature allows for full engine power with a 16" 3-blade feathering prop.
5.  Quick access locking cockpit sole hatch for stuffing box and engine rear access.
6.  Companion way ladder swings up and hooks for quick engine access.
7.  Removeable Counter over engine and front panel for full engine access and hand cranking.
7.  3 mast lines lead to cockpit with 3 stoppers and 16:1 winch on aft cabin top.  Rigid Forespar boom vang with 8:1 tackle, jiffy slab reefing main with adjustable boom blocks.
8.  Low stretch endurabraid halyards.
9.  Manual anch

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