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Nicholson 48 Ketch

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Boat REF# 221705
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 14.63m
Year 1982
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 92hp, Caterpillar 3054B (2003)
Lying Isle of Wight


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Extra Details

Designer Camper and Nicholson
Builder Camper and Nicholson
Lying Isle of Wight
Fuel capacity 772.8 ltr Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 2,181.9 ltr Total - 3 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 70.0 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 23/10/2007


Engine 1 x Diesel 92hp
Engine make and model Caterpillar 3054B (2003)
Engine Hours engine1:   3870
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Brunton Autoprop (+ Rope Cutter)
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.0 ltr /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 8.5 knots
Generator output 3.8KVA
Engine spares tick
Water-maker tick

Fischer Panda 3.8KVA generator installed 2012
New refridgeration plant (fridge and freezer) 2003.
New Eberspacher heating 2003
Struder battery charger and Inverter. Excellent access to all mechanical and electical units. Droppers fitted where appropriate.


LOA 14.63m
LWL 10.06m
Beam 3.96m
Draft Max 1.75m
Displacement 14,200kg
Headroom 1.98m
Storage On mooring


10% discount on rigging

Ketch rigged Seldon Aluminium spars (2001) with stainless steel standing rigging (2001)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Kemp - Slab (2012) Lazy Jacks, 3 Reefs
Headsail Kemp - Furling (2012)
Other sails Mizzen (2014)
MPS (2013)
Running sail (2013)
Staysail (2012)
Upwind Staysail (2012)
Storm Jib (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

Ample winch power and the benefits of a completely new rig in 2001 and a full wardrobe of sails in 2012-2014. Easily managed ketch configuration but with lots of options should you have more hands

Electrical Systems

24 volt, 9 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels, shore power, generator 12/24/240v systems with batteries arranged as domestic, engine start and generator start. Batteries all replaced between 2012-2015


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

Built to last and endure the oceans moods the C&N 48 Ketch is a true oceangoing classic. This boat has been round the world yet shows no sign of it. Beautifully maintained and updated. Hull is epoxied and the 2007 survey revealed no problems in this area. Beautiful topside finish too


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Fresh water wash tick
Raw water wash tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick

Currently arranged a dedicated saloon living area and two cabins for sleeping. A wonderfully comfortable feel with extensive varnish work and leather upholstery. Vast amounts of storage and good headroom throughout. A world girdling liveaboard of the highest pedigree.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
VHF DSC radio tick
SSB tick
SSB Modem tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Navtex tick
Weather fax tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick
Fish Finder tick
WiFi Booster tick
AIS Receiver tick
Echo sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

Well appointed navigation station with adequate repeaters on deck.
All the nav. gear is from well known manufacturers.
2003 Installation of Raymarine Auto Pilot Radar chart plotter Furuno GPS and ICOM Radio. Gold chart system.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Spray dodgers tick
Cockpit cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick
Beaching legs tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick
Bow Thruster tick

2 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Electric Lewmar windlass (with remote control)
4 anchors
(CQR, Danforth x2)
76.00m of chain
80.00m of warp
Hydrovane windvane self-steering system
dinghy (2013)
2.5hp outboard, Honda, Short Shaft (2015)
Beautiful teak decks and a very clean layout. Easy passage fore and aft and a very secure feel. Plenty of space for lounging in the sun. All set up for anchoring fore or aft with 3 windlass aboard. Both main anchors have 76m of chain and 80m of warp

Safety Equipment

LPG Detector tick
Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick
Safety harnesses tick
Horn tick
EPIRB 406MHz tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

6 bilge pumps (3 manual / 2 Electric)

Date of last life raft service: 01-01-2016

EPIRB battery replacement date: 01-01-2017

1 x engine driven bilge pump

Broker's Comments

It is difficult to mistake the graceful lines of the Nicholson 48 - a powerful hull with attractive overhangs provide a gratifying sailing performance combined with an easy to handle rig and comfortable accommodation.

This is not your average C&N 48, she was the last one built and has all the attributes and then has benefitted from initially a very knowledgeable first owner who had the rig moved aft by 6-8 inches to improve performance and ease of handling and subsequently a major refit beginning in 2012 which has seen every functional aspect of the boat replaced, excepting the main engine which was new anyway in 2003.

She is stored ashore for 10 months of the year and cruises for 2 months - she is so well set up and equipped that her owners (now 80 years old) do not need to touch land as they are completely self sufficient. I can't imagine a nicer way to spend your summer

She is currently ashore as she is every winter. All her routine maintenance has been completed March 2017 including sails off and laundered, bearings replaced in both the prop and the wind generator and her usual servicing. This is a truly exceptional example of an iconic design and she's ready and waiting to sail oceans.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Nicholson 48 Ketch has been personally photographed and viewed by Corinne Gillard of Boatshed IOW. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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