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CA Nicholson 42 ft Bermudian Sloop 1960/2012 - Sold



CA Nicholson 42 ft Bermudian Sloop 1960/2012

Designer C A Nicholson
Builder Berthon Boat Company
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 laminated elm frames
Engine Yanmar 57 hp diesel
Location Ireland
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended




Almost a total rebuild and restoration and thoroughly modern systems make SWANILDA a very usable classic. Indeed, following her 2010-2012 reconstruction her design and condition now should allow ocean passages as well as summer cruises and classic races. A recent topsides repaint and mast and spars refinishing at Elephant Boatyard leaves this very English lady looking very smart. Given the treatment she has received, SWANILDA is undoubtedly very reasonably priced.




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 Indeed she raced in RORC and Royal Southern events with varying degrees of success until rating rule changes made her outdated and she went into retirement as a fast passage cruiser from 1965.

In 1967 Broom 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 recent ownership SWANILDA 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 totally in keeping interior. In 2012 she crossed the Atlantic both ways.


Restoration / refit 2010- 2012

2020 Spring Fitting-Out
(See also items elsewhere dated 2019/2020)
- Underbody faired and antifouled
- Deck locally recaulked
- Coachroof refinished with Epifanes paint
- Mast book and deck structures re-varnished
- Engine service
- All cordage washed

2010-2012 At The Elephant Boatyard
- New iroko planking below waterline
- New galvanised frames and floors
- Mast step rebuilt and refastened
- Toerails 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
- All windows, ports and hatches refurbished; metal re-chromed
- All cockpit winches new
- New electrics, plumbing and tankage
- Skin fittings renewed
- Complete interior removed, re designed and rebuilt in period



- Original mahogany planking above waterline; new iroko planking below
- All copper clench fastened on laminated elm frames
- Moderate long keel hull form; lead ballast keel secured with bronze bolts
- Solid teak laid deck


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
- Pushpit varnished seat. Cushioned cover (2020)
- Teak laid teak
- 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
- Cockpit table
- 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
- Teak and stainless steel ship’s wheel (2020)
- Steering pedestal epoxy powder coated and new chain drive (2020)
- 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
- 2 x forward facing windows (2020)
- 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
- Believed original wood mast
- 2 x Varnished Dorade boxes and chromed vents on trunk cabin
- Carbon spinnaker pole on deck chocks to port plus spare pole
- 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 and switch at helm
- Stainless steel pulpit
- 16 Kg Delta anchor; 40m of 10mm chain
- Fortress FX 23 kedge; 50 m line (unused)
- 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
- Taylors kerosene hob grill oven to port (2019)
- Lockers outboard and under
- Stainless steel sink with hot/cold mixer and manual salt water pump
- Locker below
- Cups, crockery stainless steel pans, kettle, place mats cutlery etc

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
- Kenwood KDC iPod iPhone stereo system

Head compartment to stbd
- Lavac WC (2019)
- 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


Rig, spars, sails and canvaswork

- Sitka spruce 2 spreader mast and boom
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Stainless steel stem head fitting, chain plates, backstay and runner fittings
- Laurent Giles stainless running backstay tensioners
- Running rigging new 2012
- 2 x Lewmar 40 halyard winches 2012

- Main
- 150% Genoa / Furlex 330s roller-furling
- 130% Genoa
- Storm jib (unused)
- Spinnaker
- Gennaker

Covers in beige Sunbrella fabric
- Mainsail cover
- Hatch covers (1 x new 2020)
- Pilot house cockpit side cover
- Cockpit tent sprayhood; removable rear access; stainless steel frame (2020)
- Bimini
- Full, three-piece sun awning, elk Hyde trim
- Cockpit cover (2020)
- Boat hook cover deck gear cover
- Cockpit cushions bespoke in navy
- Cockpit table cover
- Navy fender covers 2018
- Elk Hyde bottle screw covers
- Halyard arrangement bags by mast foot


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Yanmar 57 hp Diesel
- C33 Morse cables (2018)
- Flex coupling non drip seal (2018)
- Shaft to folding propeller

- 4 x 12V 110Ah batteries: 1 x engine, 3 x domestic (2018-2022)
- 2 x CTek battery chargers, xs3600 multi and cm 200
- Balmer AT-5 multi stage voltage regulator
- Phoenix 12/350 inverter
- 2 x Solar panels with regulator (2019)
- 3 x mains sockets, five "cigarette" 12 V fittings throughout
- Shore power fitting aft locker

- 2 x Stainless water tanks (2017)
- Sigma marine boiler compact water heater
- Calorifier via engine and mains water heater.
- Flojet self priming 4405 automatic water system pump
- Johnston Viking power 16 pump
- Jabsco 50880 shower drain sump pump/ bilge pump
- Aft bathing shower in aft locker hatch, hot cold.
- Stainless steel fuel tanks
- Tank gauge

- Planar diesel blown air; outlets, saloon, heads, forward cabin (2020)
- Newport charcoal heater in saloon (2019)

- Various mechanical, electrical spares


Navigation communication and electronics

- Sestrel steering compass in the binnacle
- Searchlight; 12 V socket in cockpit
- Garmin autopilot linear drive hydraulic (2020)
- Garmin GM 10 interfaced instrument suite 2012
- Garmin 5012 display: AIS, chart plotter, radar
- Clock and barometers: saloon bulkhead fwd & at chart table
- Kenwood radio and CD player
- Garmin GHS10i VHF radio and AIS



- Manual bilge pump, self priming operated via cockpit or bilge.
- Electric bilge pump, switch by chart table
- Radar reflector
- Life raft, Plastimo RORC off shore 6-person
- Life buoy
- Life jackets three, harnesses various.
- Pilot house lights, two way red night sail facility



- Boarding ladder
- Nestaway 8ft Nesting Pram Dinghy
- 2 x Boathooks


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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