Nicholson 39 Ketch for sale

Argyll, United Kingdom

£53,000 GBP

Nicholson 39 Ketch - 1977 Nicholson 39 'TANDARA'
General information
Nicholson 39 Ketch
Used sail boat for sale
£53,000 GBP
Price comment
Fantastic offshore cruising ketch.
Name of boat
Camper & Nicholson
Length overall
11.89 metres
Length waterline
8.63 metres
3.51 metres
1.68 metres
8,165 kg
Fin Keel
Argyll, United Kingdom

About this Nicholson 39 Ketch


The yard of Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport was one of the most revered yacht builders in the world. Established in 1863 the company had been producing vessels of all sizes and shapes for commercial and private customers before the advent of GRP production boat building. With the introduction of modern mass production techniques in the 1950’s and 60’s the company moved into production yacht building offering a full range of yachts.

The Nicholson 39 is a development of the earlier Nicholson 38 which had proved to be a very popular cruising yacht and very capable offshore cruiser. With her more modern styling and now familiar centre cockpit type layout on deck. The Nicholson 39 offers significantly more living space below decks with two spacious double cabins, two heads and linear galley unlike anything else offered at the time. A lovely original example of the class TANDARA is offered for sale with a comprehensive inventory including highlights such as:

Two pack painted topsides (2010)

Ford FSD diesel engine (2014)

Rutland 1200 wind generator (2020)

Domestic batteries replaced 2022

230VAC shore power system installed 2020

Mastervolt BattMan Pro battery monitor (2022)

Raymarine EVO autopilot system (2021)

Raymarine E7 HybridTouch plotter

Furuno GPS Navigator

NASA Clipper navigation instruments

Standard Horizon Quest-X GX1500E DSC VHF

Eberspacher diesel fired blown air system

Stainless steel standing rigging, all replaced 2019

Mainsail and roller reefing genoa, manufactured by Owen Sails in 2020 and unused

Lewmar Evo 45, two-speed, self-tailing primary winches (2016)

Seago 6 person cannister liferaft, next service due 2024

Inflatable dinghy (2017) with Mariner 4-stroke 3.5hp outboard

2019 survey available upon request

Currently lying afloat the Nicholson 39 TANDARA will come ashore in late October for winter storage, planned relaunch in spring 2023.


Hull Construction:

Single piece GRP moulded hull with encapsulated ballast keel.

Internal structural members formed in GRP

Plywood bulkheads laminated to hull and deck.

Two pack painted topsides (2010)

Preventative epoxy treatment applied below waterline in 2011

Underwater hull finished in blue antifouling

Deck & Superstructure Construction:

Single piece GRP moulded deck incorporating coachroof superstructure and self-draining cockpit.

Moulded non-slip texture pattern panels to finish coachroof top

Teak laid decks for side and foredeck

Non-slip material panels to finish cockpit seating

Teak cockpit sole grating

Keel & Rudder:

GRP moulded long fin keel

Encapsulated lead ballast within moulded keel

Skeg hung semi-balanced rudder



Ford FSD diesel engine (2014)

Marinised Ford industrial engine based around the 2.5DI engine commonly found in Transit vans.

Marinised by Lancing Marine.

4 cylinder, direct injection, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled.

PRM140S hydraulic, reversing marine gearbox

Sea Star single lever control (fitted new 2022)

Maintenance & Performance:

Engine last serviced October 2022

Timing belt replaced July 2021

Raw water pump replaced 2021

Cruising speed 6kts

Propulsion & Steering:

Stainless steel prop shaft

3 blade bronze fixed prop

Wheel steering

Emergency tiller


Raymarine EVO with P70S control head (2021)

Raymarine ACU 400 control computer (2021)

Raymarine chain drive unit (2021)


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power system

230VAC shorepower

Shore Power:

Hardwired RCD protected system, installed 2020

Extension lead to connect to shore supply

Single 16 amp connection point

Ring main, immersion heater, battery charger.

Battery Banks:

Domestic Batteries – 2x 12VDC, 110Ah lead acid 2022

Engine Batteries – 1x 12VDC

Wind Generator:

Rutland 1200 wind generator (2020)

Marlec charge controller

Marlec charge controller remote display


Single engine driven Lucas A127 alternator.

New spare alternator aboard boat

Sterling Power Products Pro Split R charge splitting diode

Battery Charger:

Sterling Power Products battery charger

230VAC – 12VDC, 30amp

Battery Monitoring:

Mastervolt BattMan Pro battery monitor (2022)

Information also available from Rutland wind generator display


12VDC USB charging sockets in cockpit and cabins


Fresh Water:

Pressurised hot and cold water system

Mixer tap in galley

Mixer taps in both heads extending for use as shower head

Manually pumped fresh water tap in galley

Bilge Pumps:

Manual bilge pump

Electric bilge pump



Single diesel tank

Approximate capacity 250ltrs

Fresh Water:

Single fresh water tank

GRP tank built into keel

Approximate total capacity 455lts


On Deck:

Depth/Speed/Log – NASA Clipper Duet display

Wind – NASA Clipper

GPS – NASA Clipper repeater

Below Decks:

Plotter – Raymarine E7 HybridTouch plotter

GPS – Furuno GPS Navigator

Communications Equipment:

DSC VHF – Standard Horizon Quest-X GX1500E

Handheld VHF – Standard Horizon HX210



Galley Stove – Dometic Moonlight TWO, two burner and oven. Gimbal mounted

Fridge – Built-in front loading fridge with freezer compartment. Frigoboat compressor and chiller plate.

Stainless steel sink

Mixer tap

Manually pump freshwater tap


2x Lavac manually pumped toilets

Mixer tap / shower

Wash hand basin


Eberspacher diesel fired blown air system

Outlets in saloon and aft cabin

Thermostatic cabin controller.


Kenwood radio/CD player with auxiliary input.

Speakers in saloon only


Overhead lighting throughout interior

Majority of bulbs converted to LED bulbs

New lights fitted in galley 2020

New lights fitted in both heads 2022


Summary of Accommodation:

Double cabin forward

Forward heads


Nav station


Master cabin aft

Accommodation Finish:

Joinery work of teak veneered plywood with solid teak trims

Teak and holly soleboards

Vinyl covered panels to finish headlining

GRP moulded heads compartment

Leather upholstery in saloon

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:

Twin V-berth forward with infill to create double bunk.

Lee cloths fitted for each bunk

Shelves running length of bunk, outboard, overhead with locker spanning across forward end of bunk

Bin lockers beneath bunk

Standing room aft of bunk.

Dresser unit outboard to starboard aft, counter top with mirror above, drawer and locker beneath

Hanging locker aft.

En-suite access to heads with doors closed.

Forward Heads:

Located to port side forward of saloon

Inboard facing manual marine toilet located aft

Countertop running width of compartment forward with inset wash hand basin inboard

Top loading locker beneath countertop, vanity locker outboard of heads.


Centrally mounted, double drop leaf saloon table

U-shaped settee to port

Bench settee to starboard

Both settees convert to single berths with lee cloths

Lockers and bookshelves above settee backs outboard port and starboard

Bin type storage lockers beneath settees with storage locker behind settee backs on starboard side

Nav Station:

Located at aft end of saloon to port.

Aft facing chart table with navigator sitting at aft end of port settee

Chart storage within table top

Plotter, VHF and GPS mounted above chart table aft

Ships switch panel outboard of chart table.


Linear galley running aft on starboard side, along walk-thru to aft cabin.

Gimbal mounted galley stove mounted outboard forward

Worktop extending aft with inset stainless steel sink

Front loading built in fridge located aft of galley worktop outboard.

Countertop running along length of galley inboard.

Selection of lockers beneath galley worktop and overhead.

Aft Heads:

Located to starboard aft of galley, providing walk-thru access to aft cabin.

Manual marine toilet located outboard forward

Counter top running along width of heads compartment aft with inset wash hand basin.

Top loading locker beneath countertop outboard with vanity unit outboard of toilet.

En-suite access from aft cabin.

Aft (Master) Cabin:

Access through aft heads compartment

Standing room at forward end of cabin with dressing table outboard to port.

Hanging locker inboard of table forward.

Lockers outboard of table.

Swept settee curing inboard and aft from table.

Double bunk outboard to starboard

Single berth outboard to port



Keel stepped, single spreader, masthead sloop rigged ketch.

Silver anodised alloy mast and spars.

Stainless steel standing rigging, all replaced 2019

Furlex 300S roller furling gear on forestay.

Slab reefing mainsail

Slab reefing mizzen

Selden rod kicker

Spinnaker pole


Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar Evo 45, two-speed, self-tailing (2016)

Genoa Furling Winch – 1x Lewmar 7, single speed

Mizzen Sheet Winch - 1x Lewmar 7, single speed

Mast Mounted Halyard Winch – 1x Lewmar 10, single speed. 1x Lewmar 16, two-speed. 1x Lewmar 25, two-speed


Genoa – Roller reefing, padded foam luff. Owen Sails, unused (2020)

Mainsail – White Dacron. Fully battened, slab reefing, 3 reefs. Owen Sails, unused (2020)

Mizzen – Slab reefing, 2 reefs.

Mainsail – Slab reefing, 3 reefs.

Genoa – Roller reefing.

Cruising chute

Storm Jib – Owen Sails, unused (2020)

Mainsail, roller reefing genoa and mizzen, all serviced by sailmaker (2020)

Canvas Work:

Mainsail Cover – Stackpack cover with mast boot and lazyjacks

Mizzen Cover – Stackpack cover with mastboot and lazyjacks

Sprayhood – On stainless steel frame

Pedestal Cover

Anchoring & Mooring:

Bower Anchor – CQR 45lbs anchor on chain rode (60m)

Kedge Anchor – CQR 35lbs anchor with chain/warp rode

Electric Anchor Windlass – Quick windlass with chain gypsy and warping drum

Fenders – Selection

Mooring Warps - Selection


Inflatable Dinghy – Waveline 270 (2017)

Outboard Engine – Mariner 3.5hp, fourstroke outboard (2007)


Double bow roller with bronze rollers

Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails

Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting double tier stainless steel guardwires.

Guardwire gates port and starboard

Capping rail mounted alloy fairleads forward and aft.

Deck mounted alloy mooring cleats forward and aft.

Below decks anchor locker with double opening hatches, windlass mounted within locker space.

Stainless steel grabrail running around edge of coachroof.

Moulded cockpit coaming protecting cockpit with sprayhood securing to coaming forward.

Stainless steel guard rails extending aft from sprayhood.

U-shaped cockpit seating wrapping around pedestal.

Cockpit locker beneath port side cockpit seat with secondary smaller locker aft

Laid teak deck panel extending aft of cockpit to aft section of coachroof.

Aft deck stepped up from deck level

Transom rail gate providing access to folding swimming ladder mounted on transom


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:

Masthead tri-colour and anchor light

Steaming light

Navigation lights

Life saving:

Liferaft – Seago 6 person cannister raft, next service due 2024

Seago MOB rescue system

Horseshoe buoy with light

Throwing line.


In this case we are acting as brokers only.

The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.

This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice

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Ford FSD diesel engine (2014) Marinised Ford industrial engine based around the 2.5DI engine commonly found in Transit vans. Marinised by Lancing Marine. 4 cylinder, direct injection, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled. PRM140S hydraulic, reversing m
Fuel capacity
250 litres
Drinking water capacity
455 litres
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Mark Cameron Yachts

Mr Mark Cameron
The Braes
United Kingdom
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