Sailing yachts

43′ Camper and Nicholson sloop

(REF: 21541)


  • Designer: Camper and Nicholson
  • Builder: Camper and Nicholson
  • Year: 1951
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 43'2"
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 6'8"
  • Tonnage: 13TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 43′ Camper and Nicholson sloop

Camper and Nicholson sloop designed by Charles E. Nicholson and built by C&N in 1951.  She was a revolutionary boat due to the method used for the construction of the hull.  The plank seams are edge glued rather than caulked and payed in between making her a very tight and dry boat.  Her build and early years are well documented in Yachting World articles.

Unlike her later C&N sisters, she is slightly narrower in the beam and with more sheer, making her a very elegant boat with her long counter stern.

In present ownership since 1994, she has been used for family cruising around the south coast as well as racing in classic regatta events. In previous ownership she sailed to the Baltic, to France many times, also Spain  and round  Ireland.

Fitted with alloy in- mast furling , she is now a very easily handled boat, often sailing single handed even in stronger winds.

The boat comes with a detailed maintenance log going back to 1995, a well cared for and properly used pedigree classic yacht.  2015 survey available.


Length on Deck                                 43’2″

Length Waterline                             29′

Beam                                                    9’6″

Draft                                                      6’8″

Thames Tonnage                             13 TM




Carvel planked in 7/8″ teak fastened with copper nails and roves to laminated oak timbers.

The planking was fitted tight together with glued seams using Aerodux glue (resorcinol), a revolutionary method of construction at the time she was built.

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline.  In 2014 70 floor bolts were replaced using galvanised steel and insulating nylon washers.

External lead ballast keel with iron keel bolts, last drawn in 2014, 4 bolts replaced using black iron.

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued to marine plywood subdeck.  She had a canvas sheathed plywood deck when built, and the current owners had the sheathing removed and 14mm teak laid over the ply  in 1995.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with a raised dog house aft.  Chromed bronze port holes and windows.  Coachroof deck is painted plywood replaced in 1995.

Large self draining cockpit with wheel steering on cables.  Varnished teak cockpit thwarts and scrubbed teak gratings.




Fractional bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped alloy mast.

This replacement mast has in-mast furling, fitted by the present owner in 2001 to enable him to sail single handed.  The furling system makes for an easily handled mainsail even when sailing alone.  The mast has been finished in a paint system carefully specified to give a pleasing traditional wood effect.

Alloy boom, finished in a similar way to the mast.

8mm stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2018, to internal galvanised chain plates.

Beamshelf reinforced with a clamp in way of the rigging

Harken ESP 2 roller furling headsail system new in October 2018.

Staysail boom fitted with self-tacking track but rarely used, can be sailed as a cutter with inner forestay set up.  It has been found more effective to sail her as a sloop with a 100% foresail as originally designed.

Single standing back stay.  Running backstays on tackles for use when off the wind or inner forestay is being used.

All new halyards in 2016.

Pair of Lewmar 2 speed mast winches.  2 pairs of bronze cockpit sheet winches, primary pair are self tailing geared direct and also with 32:1 worm gear handles.

Mainsail 2018, Jib 2015, older sails include Spinnaker, yankee 2002, storm jib, trysail and  ghoster.




Perkins 4108 4cyl 43hp diesel installed in 1976.  Fresh water cooled with a heat exchanger.

TMP mk4 gearbox with single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 7 knots cruising speed, 9 knots max.

30 litre alloy fuel tank under the cockpit sole.

2 x 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine starting, and third battery fitted in forepeak for the windlass. All  charged from engine alternator.

1 manual bilge pump and 2 auto electric bilge pumps.




5 berths including 3 singles and a double.  6’6″ headroom in the saloon.

Steps down from the cockpit with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.  Engine is under the sole with a slightly raised box.

Chart desk faces outboard with drawers below, all original joinery and fittings including the chromed bronze drawer catches.  Large hanging locker forward of chart desk.

Galley has a gimballed Taylors 2 burner paraffin stove with oven.  Twin stainless sinks with pressurised cold water to the taps.  12 volt  fridge to starboard.

Half height bulkhead with vertical grab rail separates off the main saloon.  U shaped settee berth to port around a saloon table,  Single saloon settee berth to starboard, both with hinged stowage seatbacks above. Bookshelves both sides. Drinks cabinet for bottles and  stowage for glasses with serving shelf above flag locker.

Joinery in main saloon is traditional oak panelling including doors.  Gimballed oil lamps on the bulkhead.  Taylors Victory paraffin cabin heater.

Starboard side passageway going forward with heads compartment to port.  Jabsco manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.

Forward cabin with original joinery in Honduras cedar.  Twin V-berths with storage beneath, and infill panel to Port to form double berth.  Central anchor locker  under the berths. Twin deep wardrobes with cave stowage Port and Starboard .

Forward is a large storage locker accessed via the forehatch on deck, and lazarette stowage above counter aft of cockpit with access below helmsman’s seat.




Full specification and details available upon request





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.