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1974 Nicholson 32 Mk X

location icon Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
Year 1974
Length 33 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Halmatic Ltd. / Camper & Nicholson

The Nicholson 32 is considered by many to be the benchmark classic long keel yacht for serious offshore and bluewater cruising in their class, the most desirable being these later Mk X and XI versions, offering increased headroom and space below decks together with numerous other design improvements. Shirias II is in very good condition for her age and has an impressive inventory including wheel steering, radar, self-tailing winches, windvane self-steering, recent standing rigging, professionally resprayed topsides and epoxy coatings, but has been laid up ashore for an extended period due to her owner's health. Priced competitively to reflect the recommissioning and updating that her next owner will need to carry out, she could easily be one of the best of her class once completed, and should be strongly considered by all Nicholson 32 enthusiasts or serious offshore sailors.

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Year Built 1974
Category Sail
Length Overall 33 ft
Beam 9'3 ft
Max Draft 5'8 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Keel Full Keel
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 26.60 hp
Cruising Speed 5 kn
Maximum Speed 6.5 kn
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 72 L
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 204 L
Dry Weight 6,211 kg
Ballast 3,100 kg
Tax Status Paid

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Watermota
Model: Sea Panther
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 27hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 2 Blade, Bronze
Engine Hours: 1675
Engine Location: Center

The Nicholson 32 Mk X layout offers up to 5 berths in 2 cabins with 6'3" maximum headroom.

FOREPEAK  -  consisting of single vee berths with storage beneath, shelves, access to chain locker, and hatch to foredeck.

HEADS  -  Full width heads compartment with marine toilet to port and wash basin opposite, both with storage cupboards.

SALOON  -  Settee berths to port (converts to a double berth) and starboard with storage beneath and behind, eye-level lockers, and table with folding leaves.

GALLEY  -  Aft to starboard equipped with a gimballed Plastimo Neptune 2000 gas cooker with two burners and grill, refrigerated coolbox, sink with pressurised cold water supply, draining board, and storage.

CHART TABLE  -  Aft to port and aft-facing, with good space for chartwork, storage areas, and fitted with a range of navigation equipment. 

Teak and holly sole boards, orange check upholstery, and complimenting curtains throughout.

Mechanical Systems

Located beneath companionway, Watermota Sea Panther 4-cylinder 25hp diesel engine. Single lever control with electric start. Shaft drive to bronze fixed-pitch 2-bladed propeller.

Although Shirias II has been laid up in recent years the engine has been regularly professionally serviced, and is in good cosmetic condition for its age. The engine hourmeter is currently showing 1675hrs total run time, we cannot confirm that this is correct but see no reason to suspect it not to be, which would indicate a light usage in line with the information we have available. 

Electrical Systems

12v Batteries charged via engine alternator (new batteries will be required). Upgraded Blue Sea Systems distribution panel with multimeter and individual circuit breaker switches. Blue Sea Systems battery isolator switch. 

Sails & Spars

Masthead rigged sloop with keel-stepped gold anodised aluminium mast and boom. Spinnaker pole. Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2016 and almost unused since). Terylene running rigging. Slab reefing mainsail. Furling genoa system. 2 x Lewmar ST40 self-tailing sheet winches. 2 x Secondary winches. Mast mounted halyard winches. 

  • Mainsail, furling headsail, storm jib, and spinnaker with snuffer - all believed to be in good useable condition 
Deck Equipment
  • Plough type anchor with chain and warp
  • Manual anchor windlass on foredeck
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions, and guardrails
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit tonneau cover
  • Inflatable dinghy
  • Assorted warps and fenders
Navigation Equipment
  • Steering compass
  • VHF radio with cockpit speaker
  • B&G Hercules system with depth, speed, and wind instruments (may require attention/replacement)
  • Autohelm ST4000 autopilot
  • AIS receiver
  • Hydrovane windvane self-steering system 
  • Additional navigation equipment
  • Assorted charts and nautical books
  • Navigation lights
Safety Equipment
  • Fire extinguishers (may require servicing)
  • Fireblanket 
  • Lifebuoy
  • Liferaft (requires servicing)
  • MOB recovery system
  • 5 x Lifejackets (require inspecting and servicing)
  • Emergency grab bag
  • First aid kit
  • Manual and electric bilge pumps

Nicholson 32 Mk X built in approx. 1974 by Halmatic Ltd to a Camper & Nicholsons design and originally moulded to Lloyds specifications. GRP construction with eggshell blue topsides (professionally painted including full epoxy treatment below the waterline in 2013 using Awlgrip paint and epoxy systems), white superstructure, and decks with moulded non-slip surfaces. Teak cap rail. Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast. Wheel steering via upgraded Whitlock Cobra pedestal to keel hung rudder. Self-draining aft cockpit with simulated teak seats.

Additional Comments

Shirias II is for sale due to her owner having to retire from sailing, and as a result unfortunately some information is not available regarding the exact inventory and condition. However, she has clearly been well kept, has some important and expensive upgrades (like the Hydrovane self-steering), and comes with a large inventory of additional equipment such as sleeping bags, navigation equipment, and other assorted spares and accessories (currently in storage away from the boat). 

Over the years we have sold a large number of Nicholson 32s and although now in need of a good going through, with a little recommissioning and upgrading we feel that Shirias II will be the best we have seen in a long time, ideal for someone looking for a really good example of these proven bluewater cruisers. She is also well known and highly regarded by the local yard where she is sitting, and they have confirmed that they have a large file of works going back over the last fifteen years. 

Additional Equipment
  • Avon inflatable dinghy 
  • 2.5hp 2-stoke outboard
  • Tepco rigid dinghy

The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated, is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.