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Nicholson 27

Brief details

Builder

Camper & Nicholson

An unusually radical design for Camper & Nicholson, the Nicholson 27 was designed by Peter Milne, best known for the Fireball dinghy class, and offers good sailing performance with a surprisingly spacious interior.

LOA

27' 3"

Sail area

383 sq ft

LWL

23' 4"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 8"

Cabins

2

Draught

4' 9" fin or 3' 2" bilge keel

Berths

5

Displacement

6,445 lbs

Engine

Volvo MD5 diesel with Saildrive

Ballast

2,660 lbs

BHP

7.5

Keel type

Twin iron bilge keels

Nicholson 27

Designed in 1979 by Peter Milne, the Nicholson 27 (or CN27) was the smallest Nicholson yacht since the demise of the earlier long-keeled Nicholson 26 in 1971. Unlike the very traditional long-keeled Nic 26 however, the Nicholson 27 was a modern-styled semi-flush-decked family cruiser, which was built in fin or bilge keel versions, and was intended to compete in the marketplace with French imports such as Dufours, Jeanneaus and Bènèteaus.

At a time when traditional Nicholsons such as the 31 and 35 were becoming very expensive, the introduction of the 27 allowed Nicholsons to once again offer a relatively low priced 'entry level' yacht. She was still however still substantially more expensive than many other similar sized yachts, and production stopped in 1980 after just 20 had been built.

The yachts were moulded and assembled for C&N by Seabourne Plastics in Littlehampton, a Crest Nicholson Group subsidiary, using joinery components made in Camper's own workshops at Gosport. Like all Nicholson yachts, the build quality is generally very good. The hulls were moulded to Lloyds standards with isophthalic gelcoats and outer layers of reinforcement, using fabmat (combined woven and chopped stand glass) for the main thickness of the fibreglass.

 

Nicholson 27

Nicholson 27

Nicholson 27

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The heads is between forecabin and saloon, with a sliding door on the main bulkhead, but only a curtain (if fitted) between the heads and the forward vee/double berth

Below: The galley was originally designed to have only a two-burner cooker, with the space underneath forming a trotter box footwell to extend the starboard settee berth. This yacht has been modified to have a full-sized two-burner, oven and grill cooker, but if required the berth can still be used in harbour by lifting the cooker to a higher position on its gimbal mount.

 

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The Volvo diesel is mounted set well aft under the companionway, and drives via a Saildrive leg. . Access to the back of the engine is via a hatch inside the large, deep starboard cockpit locker.

Not shown in this photo, as the paneling has been removed to show the engine, is the wet locker built into the front of the engine box, under the companionway.

In bilge keel versions, the bilge keels are iron, and are through-bolted to reinforcements inside the hull. The bilge keel version retains the central keel stub of the single fin keeled version

Nicholson 27

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