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What is a Nicholson 31?

 

Sailing Review - 'Yachting Monthly' 1977

"With the modern trend of yesterday's racing boats becoming today's cruiser's or cruiser/racers, it was a refreshing change when Camper & Nicholsons introduced the Nicholson 31 as a pure cruiser at the 1976 Earls Court Boat Show.  Although at first sight, with her long keel, she seems very similar to her older sister, the ever popular, classic Nicholson 32, she is very much a more modern boat.  Unashamedly a cruising boat, owing nothing to rating fomulae and current trends, the emphasis in the design is on comfort and seakindliness, rather than speed (not that she is a sluggard in any way).  She is very solidly constructed and has been put together to the standard that one has traditionally come to expect of her builders." [read more]

THE FULL REPORT APPEARED IN A 1977 ISSUE OF YACHTING MONTHLY AND IS AVAILABLE FROM THE YM COPY SHOP.  TEL +44 (0)1202440832 TUES-FRI 10am-3pm.

Second Hand Focus - 'Yachting Monthly' 2000

"We sailed Duloe, a 1979 example owned by John Bishop, whom we met at the Cowes Classics rally last summer.  While obviously a GRP boat, Duloe's kinship to the painted classics around her was equally evident.  The pretty sheerline, a gentle curve of her stem, the slight tumblehome in her aft sections, and the businesslike transom-hung rudder puts her in a different aesthetic class to most of today's smaller cruisers" [read more]

THE FULL REPORT APPEARED IN A 2000 ISSUE OF YACHTING MONTHLY AND IS AVAILABLE FROM THE YM COPY SHOP.  TEL +44 (0)1202440832 TUES-FRI 10am-3pm.

 

 
Further Reading?
'Camper & Nicholsons, Two Centuries of Yacht Design' by Ian Dear.