Questions Re: Nic 32
- Hello all.
I am looking at a Camper & Nicholson 32 Mark VII. It has been
repowered (Yanmar 2GM20, ?~1800 hours), has Adler Barb. refrig, looks
to be in good shape below, hull blister free (per owner).
I poked around, saw no evidence of leaking anywhere (in the rain, it
seems always to be raining when I look at boats!).
Teak side-decks are in very rough shape, screw heads showing all over
the place. Owner tells me that the deck beelow the teak is solid
glass. True? Have any of you dealt with this problem? How? What
did it cost?
I know that the chain-plate arrangement on the 32 is unique. Are
there problems I should be aware of?
I would greatly appreciate any comments about the 32 in general,
answers to the questions re: decks and chainplates, and tips
regarding assesment of this boat.
I fell that this is a really great boat, and hope to soon join this
group as a member.
BTW, vessel name is Scimitar. Anyone know her?
Thanks in advance for your time and assistance!
Vero Beach, Florida, USA
- Hi Web -
We've owned and cruised a Nic 32 Mk VI since 1995 - you would be hard
pressed to find a better built, more sea-comfortable boat in the size range
- or even bigger for that matter.
First I would suggest contacting the Nic 32 Association - they have contacts
at C&N and are usually able to get a very detailed history on the boat (you
may need to be a member). We got copies of the complete build/launch
checklist and various modifications made by Nicholson. I don't have the web
address handy but there's a link on my site at www.hettybrace.com. On the
Nic site, there's a link to email Oliver Roome - he may have info about that
I've never heard of a 32 with teak decks - possibly added at some point.
The decks are solid glass - in fact the entire boat is solid glass with
stringers run every 18 or so inches - very solid.
The chainplates are unique but strong. I've never heard of one failing but
some people have replaced them. Just check for rust/corrosion - if none,
you're probably just fine. Ours are 34 years old and look great.
In terms of hull blisters - it's the rare 32 that doesn't have them.
Fortunately the hull is so thick that there's not a worry of loss of
integrity. We have definitely had them and plan a bit of time for repairs
into our haulouts. It's not the end of the world, by any means.
We love our 32 - we've cruised with other larger boats that have a much
rougher time of things when the wind and seas pipe up. She's quite
comfortable. We have also jammed in an amazing amount of equipment and
provisions - the storage, if you're a bit creative, is quite good.
Best of luck with your decision. As for a Nic 32, I couldn't recommend them
S/V Hetty Brace
on 11/4/01 9:54 AM, wsmith@... at wsmith@... wrote:
> Hello all.
> I am looking at a Camper & Nicholson 32 Mark VII. It has been
Thanks for your reply. I first saw your site many months ago when I
got the bug to get back to sailing for the sake of my mental health,
and started searching the internet for "boat stuff". I have read all
of Michelle's logs, and enjoyed the trip! I never dreamed I would be
talking to you about boats.
I revisited Scimitar today, and still like her, Sghe has a Yanmar
2QM (20 horse) with 550 on the hour meter and ?800 - 1000 off the
meter, started right up, and sounds like a diesel. Adler Barbor
refrigerator, no pressure water, no hot water. Not as much wood
below as I see in the photos of Hetty Brace, but the mica is new. No
opening ports (did you do yours?). Rigging wire looks OK, but the
fittings are a mix of Staylock, Norseman (i think) and swaged.
Piecemeal replacement, i guess. Wind generator, GPS, depth sounder.
Lots of batteries. I expect to be told by the suveyor that she needs
re-rigging and bottom work, but is sound. Sails are good, dodger is
sevicable, I forgot to ask about the bimini, but didnt see it. There
is a bimini frame.
The teak side decks were laid by the current owner, there is still
about 1/4 inch of teak, needs recaulking and light sanding, and a few
bungs. They look pretty nice, actually.
I will NOT be leaving on any extended cruises anytime in the near
future. I will be mostly daysailing, leaving the Fort Pierce inlet
and heading out into the ocean. So, since I can't be sailing in
protected coastal / bay waters, I am looking for a solid boat. If I
can fix her up over the next 5 years, there may be time then to "go".
The nic 32 is the deepest draft vessel I have looked at, have you any
experience or 2nd hand knowledge regarding what I can expect in the
Where are you now? Tampa St. Pete area, right? Perhaps I could stop
by meet you, I'm about 3 - 3.5 hours away.