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Camper and Nicholson 48

  • Located at Hamble
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Year: 1980
LOA: 48
Berths: 6


  • Make: Camper and Nicholson
  • Model: 48
  • Cabins: 2
  • Heads: 2
  • Showers: 0
  • Watertank size: 600 Litres
  • Engine Make: Perkins
  • Horsepower: 72 horsepowerhp
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel Type: 0
  • Fuel Tank Size: 400 Litres
  • Price: £95,000
  • Location: In Hamble
  • Year: 1980
  • LOA: 48' (14.63m)
  • Berths: 6


The Nicholson 48 is a great blue water yacht and ideal as a long distance live aboard cruiser. She has a powerful hull with attractive overhangs which provide a gratifying sailing performance combined with an easy to handle rig. The sheltered cockpit is an asset in hot climates, protecting from the sun, and in colder northern waters where it allows for safe pilotage whatever the conditions. The interior is spacious and comfortable with a luxurious teak finish. A superb ocean going sailing boat and upgraded.


The Nicholson 48 provides real comfort for the long-term cruiser. She has all the luxuries needed to keep the most demanding crew happy. Heating in all cabins (Webasto heater), hot showers in both heads (Aquamarine heater), a great galley with refrigerator (Vitrifrigo), four burner Shipmate cooker with oven/grill, gas alarm, and plenty of dry storage. Cooking material including original C & N crockery set.

Each cabin has a full length wardrobe with under berth storage to meet the demands of the full- time cruiser. The forward cabin is large with a twin berth converts to double.

The wonderful owner’s aft cabin has a large double. The double berth has been widened by the current owners and is considerably wider than standard. Flat screen TV/DVD player. Both heads have modern toilets (Lavac, new), hot showers and vanity units with washbasin

The saloon has ample book shelves and cupboard storage and seats 8 comfortably. The original dining table folds in two and has fiddles. Large brass clock and barometer. Music system.

The whole interior of is fitted out in quality teak and this gives her a warm and cosy feeling throughout. New curtains. Alcantara upholstery (2005) that new owner may wish to change.

Mechanical & Rigging


Nicholson 48 Mark II (taller rig)
Year 1980
Building no. 48036
Designer Camper & Nicholson. Builder Camper & Nicholson/ Halmatic Ltd
LOA 14.53m
Beam 3.94m
Draft 2.13m
Displacement 16 tons
Sail area 1200 sq ft (white sails)
Engine type Perkins 4236 (72 HP)
Water capacity 600 litres
Fuel capacity 400 litres


The engine is a Perkins 4236 4-cylinder diesel, regularly serviced. The fresh water-cooled engine is flexibly mounted and coupled with a reverse gear gearbox. Borg Warner 1.9:1 reduction gear box. Automatic fire extinguisher. Maximum speed 8.5 knot (0.75 gallons per hour)

Folding 3 blade Maxprop with rope cutter (2015)

Bow thruster Vetus (24 volts) with dedicated batteries under fore-cabin bed

Steering: leather covered 30 inch wheel and classic C & N heavy duty and universal joint

NECO MK III self-steering. Carries emergency tiller.

Automatic bilge pump (electric) and manual Whale V in cockpit locker


Ketch rig
Proctor masts and booms (new main boom)
Spinnaker pole
Rigging (1x19) renewed 2015
Furlex furling gear (2015)
Mainsail fully battened (2010)
Mizzen (extra heavy) (2010)
Mizzen staysail (2015)
Furling genoa (2019 not used)
Spinnaker and cruising chute in sock (little used)
Storm jib (unused)
Spare Mizzen (Good condition)
Spare Main sail (Good condition)
Spare Genoa (Good condition)



Batteries: Battery bank of six 110 amp batteries (2019) under navigation table seat, engine start batteries (x4) under steps into saloon. Charged though two large solar panels on the cockpit roof.

Mains power: through the shore power socket in the cockpit. There is an RCCB unit and breaker switches fitted behind the seat to port in the main saloon. There is a battery charger fitted under the chart table. Sterling ‘smart charging’ system fitted. AC and DC monitors at chart table. 220V converter fitted.

Heavy duty 24 V windscreen wipers (2016)

Deck Equipment

Anchor windlass Lofrans Royal, 400 kilo lifting power (2018)
Rocna Anchor (25 kgs) fitted on bow roller
70 meters calibrated chain, long heavy- duty anchor or towing warp
CQR anchor (45 lbs) in large deck locker
Tender: Tinker Traveller (carries 6) with full sailing gear, 2.5 HP Yamaha outboard


The first owner of this Nicolson 48 kept her in the Balearics and only used her two months in the year, the rest of the time she was kept in a shed. Under current ownership for the last ten years she has done some long-distance cruising and now thoroughly updated in 2019. That meant a full osmosis treatment with Awlgrip (5-year warranty) and new teak gunwales and grab rails, new GRP deck, all Blakes stopcocks removed and serviced, new navigation lights, hull polished, new Lewmar hatches (3) with covers, stern gland fully serviced, all windows removed and re-bedded, etc. She is in fine order, ready for another ten years trouble free sailing

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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