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Nicholson 31

Brief Notes


Camper & Nicholson, Southampton

The Nicholson 31 is a very strongly built all weather cruiser with a good turn of speed. Nicholson 31s had a long production run, and have always been sought after as serious long-distance cruisers.

Length OA

30' 7"

Sail Area

624 sq ft

Length WL

24' 2"




10' 3"




5' 0"




12,992 lbs

Engine type

usually a Yanmar diesel


4,760 lbs

Engine bhp


Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast

Nicholson 31

The Nicholson 31 was designed as a replacement for the famous Nicholson 32, and proved an immediate success. A foot more beam and higher freeboard than the 32 made her a much more spacious boat below with excellent headroom, a proper sit at chart table and up to 6 berths. The long keel and transom hung rudder appealed to single-handers, which is why you see so many 31s with self-steering gears.

The quality of the mouldings and the fit out was to an exceptionally high standard. Overall, the Nicholson 31, although shorter and with slightly less draught than the older Nicholson 32, is faster in almost all conditions, and offers much improved accommodation.

For many years Camper & Nicholson's boats virtually defined quality construction, and compared to almost all modern production yachts the Nicholson 31 is massively strongly built. She is also designed for serious sea-going, rather than daysailing between marinas.

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Nicholson 31

The accommodation on Nicholson 31s is entirely traditional, with the chart table separated from the saloon by a bulkhead which has a bookshelf fitted, along with the boat's instruments. Aft of the chart table is a quarter berth which would be very comfortable at sea. To port is the galley. The heads is between the saloon and the fore cabin and has a sea toilet to port and wash basin to starboard. The fore cabin has a vee berth.

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Nicholson 31
Nicholson 31

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