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Nicholson 38 Ketch

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Boat REF# 5521
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 11.60m (38'1")
Year 1968
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 7
Engine 1 x Diesel 36hp, Perkins 4107 (1968)
Lying Milford West Wales


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Extra Details

Designer Camper & Nicholsons
Builder Camper & Nicholsons
Lying Milford West Wales
Fuel capacity 172.0 ltr (37.8 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 1,362.0 ltr (299.6 G) Total - 3 Tanks
Last survey 30/01/2004


Engine 1 x Diesel 36hp
Engine make and model Perkins 4107 (1968)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.3 ltr (0.5 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
Engine spares tick

3200 engine hrs since rebuild. 540 since overhaul.


LOA 11.60m (38'1")
LWL 8.40m (27'7")
Beam 3.20m (10'6")
Draft Max 1.70m (5'7")
Displacement 8,500kg (18,742.5lbs)


10% discount on rigging

Ketch rigged Proctor Aluminium spars (1968) with stainless steel standing rigging (2002)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Rockall - Slab (1999)
Headsail - Furling (1999)
Other sails Mizzen (1987)
Mizzen Staysail (1991)
Storm Jib (unknown year)
Spinnaker (unknown year)
Headsail (unknown year)
Mainsail (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

One winch for slab reefing. Fully battened main with lazyjacks. Standing rigging has been renewed on a "rolling" programme and is all less than 6 years old. A new Z Spars boom was fitted in 1999. Twin spinnaker poles.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, shore power


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

Full epoxy treatment 1995. Paint finish and brightwork immaculate.


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

Origo Alcohol cooker. 1 Raritan sea toilet & 1 Elsan chemical toilet, Electric shower drain.

2 burner Other cooker

Nav Equipment

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Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
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Navtex tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

GPS at nav station has a cockpit repeater. H/B compass.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
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Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick

3 halyard winches
3 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawerence windlass
2 anchors
(16kg Delta & 10kg Britttany)
54.00m (177'2") of chain
35.00m (114'10") of warp
Avon R250 dinghy (1992)
2.3hp outboard (1996)
Winter storage cradle.

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Danbuoy tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

5 bilge pumps (2 manual / 3 Electric)

Four step portable boarding ladder. 10 softwood bungs.

Broker's Comments

If you are searching for an immaculate blue water cruiser, ready for sea in every respect, look no further. You will not find a better Nicholson 38 anywhere.
See "more photos" to view 55 internal and external photos of this vessel. Photographs, analysis and comments by Alan Coy of Boatshed Wales.

Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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