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1979 Nicholson 39 Ketch

location icon Walton on the Naze, United Kingdom
Year 1979
Length 39 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Nicholson

A rare example of the centre cockpit Nicholson 39 Ketch. She has 6/7 berths in three cabins with good headroom. Engine factory rebuilt in 2015 and has logged less than 50 hours since. Eastreef mainsail plus five other sails. Electric primary winches. Bowthruster. Her interior is very comfortable and homely and has excellent varnish work and upholstery. Well worth a look!

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Year Built 1979
Category Sail
Length Overall 39 ft
Beam 11'6 ft
Max Draft 5'6 ft
Cabins 2
Cabin Headroom 6 ft
Electrical System 12 V
Double Berths 1
Construction Fiberglass
Keel Full Keel
Min Draft 5'6 ft
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 69.00 hp
Cruising Speed 6 kn
Maximum Speed 8 kn
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 275 L
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 450 L
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 15 L
Ballast 3,500 kg
Displacement 9,144 kg

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Ford
Rope Cutter: true
Model: FSD 425
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 70hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Folding
Engine Hours: 50
Engine Location: Center

The accommodation offer six/seven berths in three cabins including the saloon with approximately 6' headroom. 

V berth in forward cabin. Access to deck hatch, shelving and locker.  Aft to port side heads compartment with marine toilet (with holding tank), basin and shower. Hanging locker to starboard.

The saloon has a single berth to starboard and L shaped dinette to port with folding double leaf table between. Aft facing chart table on port side. Companionway steps to cockpit.

The galley is to starboard aft end of the saloon in the walkway to the aft cabin. Equipped with sink, four burner gas cooker with grill and oven and cool box. Hot and cold pressurised fresh water system heated via engine or 240V immersion heater.450 litres water capacity. 

The aft cabin has a double berth to starboard plus a single berth to port, dressing table and large hanging locker. The aft heads compartment has a marine toilet, basin and shower. 

Radio/CD player. TV. Beige, Blue and Burgundy upholstery.

Mechanical Systems

Located centrally under cockpit sole. Ford FSD 425 marine diesel engine. Completely factory rebuilt in 2015 and logged only some 50 hours since. Four cylinders. 70hp. Fresh water cooled. Shaft drive to Maxprop 3 blade folding propeller with rope cutter. Single lever engine controls. 274 litre fuel capacity. Approx 6 knows cruising and 8 knows maximum speed under engine.


Electrical Systems
  • Three 12V domestic batteries, 100ah each, 2013 (possibly need replacing)
  • Single 12V engine start battery, 85ah, 2019
  • Charging via engine alternator and battery charger
  • Full 240V shore power system with ring mains, immersion heater, battery charger and inverter.
Spars & Sails

Bermudan ketch rig, masthead. Alloy masts and booms by Proctor, 1979. Main mast is keel stepped. Alloy spinnaker pole. Stainless steel standing rigging, 2016. Terylene running rigging. Two Lewmar 44 electric self tailing primary winches. Three Lewmar halyard winches. Four Lewmar control line winches. In-mast mainsail furling. Rotostay II headsail furling system.

  • Mainsail  -  Easyreef  -  Good
  • Furling Genoa  -  East Coast Sails  -  Good
  • Working Jib - Butler Verner  -  Escellent
  • Mizzen  -  Good
  • Mizzen Staysail  -  Good
  • Spinnaker  -  Good
Deck Equipment
  • 45Lb CQR anchor with 75m chain
  • SL Seawolf 520 electric anchor windlass
  • Mizzen cover
  • Sprayhood with fixed screen
  • Cockpit enclosire
  • Boarding ladder
  • Six fenders and ten warps
  • Avon R280 Air Deck inflatable dinghy
  • Suzuki 5hp outboard motor
  • Winter cockpit cover
  • Power deck and anchor wash system
Navigation Equipment
  • Plastimo Olympic 135 steering compass
  • Eagle Cuda 240 echo sounder
  • TacTic wind speed and direction
  • Sailor RT144 VHF radio
  • Eagle Cuda 240 GPS navigator
  • Standard Horizon chart plotter
  • JRC LCD1000 radar
  • NECO NM692 autopilot
  • NASA Pro navtex
  • Deck level and masthead navigation lights
  • Various electronic and paper charts
Safety Equipment
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Jackstays
  • Cockpit harness points
  • Various harnesses
  • Deck flood light
  • Lifebuoy
  • MOB sling
  • Seago 6 man liferaft, 2011
  • Emergency tiller
  • Manual and electric bilge pumps
  • Radar reflactor
  • First aid kit

Built by Nicholson in 1979. Blue painted grp hull, Awlgrip in 2012. White grp coachroof with teak and moulded non skid decks. Long fin keel with encapsulated lead ballast. Self draining cockpit with wheel steering to skeg hung rudder. 

Last surveyed in 1994. She has bene in her current ownership for 26 years, age is catching up with her owners who are now retiring from sailing.


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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.