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Nicholson 345

  • Located at Bursledon
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Year: 1979
LOA: 11m
Draft: 1.85m


  • Make: Nicholson
  • Model: 345
  • Heads: 1
  • Watertank size: 318 Litres
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Horsepower: 40
  • Drive Type: Sail
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 181 Litres
  • Price: £25,000
  • Location: In Bursledon
  • Year: 1979
  • LOA: 11m
  • Keel: Fin Keel

Nicholson 345, 1979

Fin keel, Yanmar 3JH3E, 40 hp, wheel steering, slab reefing main, furling headsail, 5 berths in one rear cabin plus saloon, this well known and well respected Nicholson model benefits from new rigging in 2021


Yanmar 3JH3E - 2000
Shaft Drive
Feathering 3 blade MaxProp
Stirling Pro-regulator (2022)
New diesel tank (stainless steel)
Oil service 12/2023. Yanmar mineral oil. - Owner serviced annually

2 x 120 AH 12v RR AGM leisure batteries - 2020
1 x AGM Starter Battery
Relay switch for battery charging


Sloop rigged
Standing rigging replaced 2021
Running rigging, as required
Slab reefing mainsail with lazy jacks and sail bag
Furling headsail
Spinnaker pole
Most lines led aft

Storm Jib
Working Jib
Nr 3 Genoa
Nr 2 Genoa
Nr 1 Genoa
Nr 1 Genoa - light
Furling Genoa - 2005 ish
Light Spinnaker - 2005 ish
Heavy Spinnaker
Mainsail - loose foot - 2005 ish
Spare Mainsail
Trisail (with separate track on mast)

Only the working & furling Jib, Spinnakers as well as the newest mainsail are onboard. The other sails are kept at home as they are only used for racing. They were serviced then stored. A couple of the sails have the old foil tape up the luff, so this would need to be changed before the can be used on the furlex. Note that on passages the ‘working jib’ is a very useful sail and can be carried from F5 up to a full gale.


Simrad hydraulic autopilot (serviced 2022 - new bushes)
Vision2 smartAIS transponder (with external alarm fitted)
Simrad plotter (no longer working)
MLR DGPS (1998 )
LED Tricolour, motoring lights & deck light
Tacktick - Speed/depth/log
Tacktick - Wind

Wheel steering
GRP deck
Anchor locker
Main anchor + chain and rope mix
Twin bow roller
Kedge anchor - stowed

New within last 5 years & maintained to include
Binnacle cover
Spray hood + steels
Sail Bag on lazy jacks - with zip to accommodate cockpit cover
Full cockpit cover - almost unused

Liferaft (4 man) - requires servicing
Manual and electric bilge pump

6 man Dinghy with boat name on side (Microwave T/T Shockwave) & ores.


6 berths in one cabin plus saloon
Eberspacher D3LC - 4 outlet
Saloon - Teak planking to port (by pilot berth)
Master’s cabin - Teak planking to starboard (with insulation)
Water filter (for drinking water) fitted 2020
Re-upholstered 2019
Spares for engine under nav station seat
Winch handles under nav table
Oil lamp
Removable solar panel


Epoxied prior to my ownership as a preventative measure
Epoxied again in 2011 as a preventative measure
Main hatch renovated Dec 2023
Windows (3 out of 4) renovated 3 years ago by Eagle Boat Windows
Windows (1) needs renovation this year

JOG season - 1997-2001
RORC season 2001-2002
Fastnet 2001
AZAB 2007

Channel ports, Iles of Scilly, French west coast.

Bills of Sale showing all previous owners
HMRC letter confirming UK VAT status
Part one Registration

Owners Comments
Shockwave was commissioned by her last owner with the 1979 Fastnet disaster report in hand. Shockwave has cruised and raced from the East Coast to La Rochelle, including the Isles of Scilly and the Azores.

The Nicholson 345 combines speed, comfort and elegance. It was designed by the renowned New Zealand naval architect Ron Holland, who is known for his successful racing and cruising yachts. The Nicholson 345 was built by the Camper & Nicholson yard in England, which has a long history of producing high-quality boats since 1782. Only 25 units of the Nicholson 345 were built between 1979 and 1981, making it a rare and sought-after model. The Nicholson 345 is a fractional sloop with a fiberglass hull, fin keel and a spade rudder.

It has a high ballast-to-displacement ratio of 41.18%. This means that the boat is stable and stiff. The sail area is 600 sq ft, which gives it a high sail area-to-displacement ratio of 20.67. This means that the boat is fast and responsive, especially in light winds.

The Nicholson 345 is best suited as a fast cruiser, which can also perform well in races. It has a comfortable and spacious interior, with six berths, a galley, a head and a navigation station. The boat has a sleek appearance & has a reputation for its seaworthiness and handling, and is able to cope with most weather conditions.


For a full, detailed specification with additional photographs and direct contact details for the listing office visit our website

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.

Unless otherwise stated on the specification sheet the following presumptions are made
Sail drive and shaft seals are more than 5 years of age
Fuel and gas hoses and regulators are over 5 years old
Standing rigging and sails are more than 10 years old

NOTE - Please ring our offices prior to visiting, as the boat may be unavailable for viewing or located at a different marina.

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