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Nicholson half-tonner

Brief details

Builder

Camper & Nicholson, Gosport

Originally built as a genuine race boat, the Nicholson half-tonners now are dual purpose club racers and fast if somewhat spartan cruisers. with accommodation for two to four. Prices will be heavily influenced by sail inventory and equipment.

LOA

30' 0"

Sail area

approx 548 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

24' 9"

Rig

fractional sloop

Beam

10' 3"

Cabins

2

Draught

5' 9"

Berths

4

Displacement

7,495 lbs

Engine

Yanmar diesel

Ballast

iron & lead fin

BHP

12

Keel type

Fin keel and spade rudder on vestigial skeg

Nicholson half-tonner

The Nicholson half-tonner was designed by Ron Holland in 1976 to the Half Ton Cup IOR rule, and early boats had considerable racing success.

The hull design was later used, with minor alterations and a different deck moulding, for the Nicholson 303 cruiser-racer.

The various 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc. 'ton' classes are now no longer the top flight of ocean racers, but provide good club racing boats at a sensible price.

The example illustrated here has a slightly deeper and heavier keel than was originally designed, a three inch lead section having been added to the iron fin.

The full racing rig has runners and a powerful hydraulic kicker, but for cruising use the owner of the boat illustrated had an alternative smaller main which did not require the use of the runners.

 

Nicholson half-tonner
Nicholson half-tonner
Nicholson half-tonner
Nicholson half-tonner

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Above: The forepeak was originally just sail stowage space, but has been fitted with a wedge-shaped berth




Left: The heads compartment




Below: Tucked in under the starboard cockpit coamings is a small chart table. The original engines were Yanmar diesels, but some may have been re-engined by now

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Nicholson half-tonner

Sailing photographs

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