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C A Nicholson 42 ft Bermudian Sloop 1960 / 2012 - Sold



C A Nicholson 42 ft Bermudian Sloop 1960 / 2012

Designer C A Nicholson
Builder Berthon Boat Co Ltd
Date 1960
Length overall 42 ft 4 in / 12.9 m
Length deck 42 ft 4 in / 12.9 m
Length waterline 30 ft 10 in / 9.4 m
Beam 10 ft 2 in / 3.1 m
Draft 6 ft 11 in / 2.1 m
Displacement 12.7 Tonnes
Construction Carvel - mahogany and iroko on elm with laminated beams
Engine Yanmar 57 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



SWANILDA is from the board of Charles Arthur Nicholson whose designs favoured full bows & fine run; a shape with comfortable seagoing characteristics – and this yacht is no exception.

Almost a total rebuild and restoration make her a very usable classic. Indeed following her 2010 reconstruction, her design and condition now should allow ocean passages as well as summer cruises and classic races. Given the treatment she has received, she is undoubtedly very reasonably priced.



SWANILDA was designed by C A Nicholson, built in 1960 for Horace Skeet Broom by Berthon and named after the central character in the ballet, Coppelia – and she was built for racing. Indeed she raced in RORC and Royal Southern events with varying degrees of success until rule changes made her out dated and she went into retirement as a fast passage cruiser from 1965.

In 1967Horace Broom was sold her to Henry Williams who in 1969 shared her with Jonathan Trafford who both then sold her on to Arthur Wilson who kept her until 1986 when she was sold to Nigel Dean. She was sold again and substantially refitted. Rowan Yacht Services of Hoo undertook the work over three years; also fitting the Yanmar 57 HP engine and new tankage. Her first trip thereafter was to the 2004 Classic Boat Regatta and she was based in Cowes for some years thereafter.

In her current ownership SWANILDA has enjoyed another substantial refit at the Elephant boat yard in Bursledon – indeed a virtual rebuild with the original mahogany planking below the waterline replaced with iroko and a completely new interior. In 2012 she crossed the Atlantic both ways.



- The original mahogany planking above WL and new iroko planking below
- All on elm with laminated beams
- Copper clench fastenings
- Long keel displacement hull form and lead ballast keel secured with bronze bolts
- Stainless steel forestay/ stem head, chain plates, shroud anchorage, backstay and runner fittings
- Solid yacht laid teak deck


Rig spars and sails

Bermuda Sloop rig
- Sitka spruce 2 spreader mast and boom
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Laurent Giles stainless running backstay tensioners
- Running rigging new 2012
- 2 x Lewmar 40 halyard winches

Sails by Richardson Sails new 2012
- Main
- Genoa
- Spinnaker
- Spare Genoa refurbished 2012


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

- Varnished cover board and capping
- Chromed fairleads each side over transom
- Stainless steel pushpit, stanchions and guard rails to fore deck
- Yacht-laid scrubbed teak deck,
- Chromed mushroom vent
- Chrome and teak mooring cleats
- Varnished mahogany raised cover on Lewmar alloy waterproof lazarette hatch
- Wide side decks
- High mahogany cockpit coaming aft
- Deep and well protected cockpit with raw teak grating sole
- Helmsman’s varnished lifting seat aft in cockpit over gas locker
- 2 x Lewmar 45 ST winches on teak pedestals outboard
- Engine controls inboard to port
- Elegant teak and chromed ship’s wheel on pedestal with steering compass binnacle over
- 2 x Garmin navigation repeaters mounted each side of the helm
- Coamings each side continue to the trunk cabin
- 2 x Lewmar 43 winches on steel pedestals outboard
- Mainsheet traveller separating aft from forward cockpit
- Lewmar 30 ST main sheet winch on leading edge
- Raw teak seating each side forward of helm lifting over locker on port side
- Hatch in cockpit sole to access the engine
- 2 x Lewmar 55 ST winches on steel pedestals outboard
- Bridge deck
- Coach roof aft overhangs the bridge deck for cover
- Trunk cabin with slightly raised well proportioned doghouse section aft
- Wide sliding hatch and double doors access the accommodation
- Engine instruments to port
- Varnished teak handrails running forward over coach roof each side
- Lewmar Genoa cars on track on toe rails each side
- Raised lifting hatch with port light and round ports each side in coach roof over saloon
- Mid deck cleats each side
- Mast
- 2 x Varnished dorade boxes and chromed vents on trunk cabin
- Carbon spinnaker pole on deck chocks to port
- Raised varnish framed fore hatch with raw teak planking insert and chromed port
- Teak and chrome mooring cleats each side
- Chromed mushroom vent under protective frame
- Lofrans anchor windlass with foot controls
- Stainless steel pulpit
- 22 Kg CQR anchor and chain
- 2 x Bow rollers on stem


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Sliding hatch and companionway steps down
- Good height cabin space
- Varnished mahogany joinery contrasting with white bulkheads and deck head

Galley to port
- Frigoboat top loading fridge 2012 by aft bulkhead
- Plastimo Neptune 4500 two burner hob and oven 2012 to port
- Lockers outboard and under
- Stainless steel sink with hot/cold mixer and manual salt water pump
- Locker below

Navigation area stbd
- Full size chart table with lifting top over chart stowage
- Drawer and locker stowage under
- Navigation instruments and electric panel
- Single quarter berth aft

Saloon fwd
- 5 x Opening ports and hatch in deck head
- 3 x Deck head lights and 2 x reading lights
- Long settee berth to port
- Folding settee back folds up to make a single pilot berth above
- Drop leaf table on centreline
- L shaped settee berth to stbd
- Lockers outboard
- Lockers to port fwd above and below
- Hanging locker fwd to port

Head compartment to stbd
- Jabsco manual WC
- Stainless steel wash basin with hot / cold mixer / shower head
- Raw teak grating sole
- Opening port and deck head light

Fore cabin
- Double berth offset to stbd
- Stowage under
- Hatch in deck head to fore deck
- Reading, bulkhead and deck head lights
- Anchor locker fwd


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Yanmar 57 HP Diesel
- Shaft to folding propellor
- 2 x Batteries110 Ah 12 V; one domestic, one engine start (110 amps)
- Stainless steel fuel and fresh water tanks
- Tank gauge


Navigation communication and electronics

- Sestrel steering compass in the binnacle
- Instruments all new 2012
- Garmin GHC 10 Autopilot
- Garmin GM 10 instrument suite
- Clock and barometer on saloon stbd bulkhead fwd
- Kenwood radio and CD player
- VHF radio and AIS



- Manual bilge pump


Restoration / refit 2010- 2012

- New iroko planking below waterline
- New galvanised frames and floors
- Mast step rebuilt and refastened
- Toe rails removed all fittings refurbished and all re fastened
- Cockpit rebuilt
- Cockpit and trunk cabin coamings refurbished
- All handrails refurbished and re-fastened
- Pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and bases refurbished
- Engine bed stripped re-galvanised and re fitted
- Engine and windlass reconditioned
- New engine instrumentation
- Steering gear removed and completely refurbished 2010-12
- All windows, opening ports and hatches refurbished and metalwork re-chromed
- All cockpit winches new
- New electrics, plumbing and tankage
- Skin fittings renewed
- Complete interior removed, re designed and rebuilt in period


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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