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1968 Camper Nicholson 32

$22,900 USD

Seller's Description

Price reduced for winter sale. Please email for website link.

This Camper & Nicholsons 32 is a Mark VI, equipped for long distance cruising. She was moulded under Lloyds supervision. Her hull has been peeled and blister treated. She is located in Maple Bay near Victoria in British Columbia.

Highlights include wind vane self-steering, 2 autopilots, GPS chartplotter, radar, VHF & HF radios, great sail inventory including drifter and pole, electric windlass, 4 anchors, refrigeration, diesel heat, solar, wind generator, and inverter. Reliable Yanmar 2GM with rebuilt injectors and salt water pump. A small inflatable and unused Honda 2.3 hp outboard are included. Safety gear includes a drogue with reinforced deck attachments, staysail, and storm trysail on its own track, aluminum shutters for the windows, and emergency rudder. Also includes 4 man liferaft (needs repacking), and EPIRB (requires new battery). She is rigged as a sloop with a removable inner forestay, giving the advantages of a cutter rig when needed.

Proven offshore boat having transited the Panama canal, sailed the US east coast , and voyaged to Mexico. We have had her since 2019 and have sailed her to Desolation sound, Princess Louisa inlet, and in the Broughtons.

Being an older British design she is narrower than a modern boat has headroom between 5’11” and 5’9” in the salon and galley.

Her decks are solid fibreglass (no core) and hence no delamination issues. Her chainplates are fastened to large solid glass knees and she has none of the issues that occur with bulkhead mounted chainplates.

She was hauled in April and painted with two coats of Micron CSC, good for two to three years.

No recent survey, but I will assist you in arranging one and help ensure that she passes an insurance survey.

If you are looking for a safe, capable, but manageable cruising boat that will take you to Alaska or Mexico and beyond, please drop me a line. Price is 29,900 Canadian dollars (US dollar price is for reference).

Equipment: Chart Plotter

Wind speed and direction (not currently working - possibly a wiring issue)

VHF Compass Radar Autopilots (ST 4000 and Navico (Simrad) TP10) HF Radio (older with manual tuner) CD player/radio CARD Radar Detector Depthsounders (one modern and one original, both work well)


Furling genoas (3 including one nearly new) Drifter Storm jib Storm Trysail on own track Fully battened cruising mainsail

Rigging Spinnaker pole


Inside Equipment

Fresh water maker (membrane preserved)

Electric bilge pump

Propane Oven - Force 10 burners fitted to original cast iron and brass stove

Sea water pump

Manual bilge pumps

Refrigerator/Deep freezer

Diesel Heater

Battery charger

Composting head

Electrical Equipment Shore power inlet


Outside Equipment/Extras Radar reflector

Swimming ladder

Wind generator

Liferaft (canister on deck - out of service)

Solar panels (3)

Electric windlass

Covers Large boat shade cover

Mainsail cover

Spray hood with extension and cover

MECHANICAL Yanmar 2GM20F 2-cylinder 18 hp diesel inboard with approx. 6000 hours (New 1991)

Includes spare water pump, filters etc.

Oil change/ extraction pump

Monell 20 gallon fuel tank & separate 13 gallon gravity tank (feeds heater & engine)

Lofrans 1000W electric windlass with gypsy & capstan

2 x windlass controls (at bow, inside anchor locker)

45 lbs CQR anchor with 250’ 5/16 high test chain (chain will need regalvanizing soon)

Large Danforth anchor with 250’ nylon rode

Bruce stern anchor


4 x golf cart house batteries in custom battery box

1 starting battery

High output Balmar alternator

MTM Mans Tech battery charger


Power monitor

Air X wind generator

3 x Solar panels


Standard Horizon GPS Chart 175C chartplotter

Lowrance Global Map 2400 GPS chartplotter (backup - not connected)

Raytheon SL70 radar

Raymarine ST4000 autopilot and backup Navico Tiller pilots

Standard Horizon wind speed & direction (not functional)

Depth sounders (two)

Icom IC-M422 VHF radio

Icom HF Transceiver IC-745 HAM/ SSB radio

MFJ Versa Tuner II antenna tuner

Ritchie compass with light

12V plug

Tiller steering with Spinlock tiller extension


Fleming Global wind vane self-steering with spare blades

Doyle premium offshore mainsail

Separate trysail track installed on mast storm sail ready

SpinTec headsail furler

3 x Headsails 150%, 130%

Removable inner forestay with 70% blade


Whisker pole

Standing rigging replaced with 5/16 & large bronze turnbuckles

Reinforced Masthead fitting & newer lower mast tangs

4 x Anderson stainless self-tailing winches


Small drogue

Drogue attachment plates at stern and reinforced bow chocks with retaining plates for sea anchor

Masthead light with 15 mile visibility

Rule electric bilge pump

Manual bilge pump

Emergency backup manual bilge pump

Aluminum storm plates for port lights

Safety latches on lockers & floorboards

Water tight rings inside boat to seal dorades in extreme conditions

Emergency rudder & tiller

Radar reflector

Global Fix EPIRB (Requires servicing)

Sea Sava 4-person life raft in custom stainless steel cradle (Requires servicing)



Charles A. Nicholson
Halmatic Ltd.
Camper & Nicholson
Nicholson 32 Association
# Built


Length Overall
31 11 / 9.8 m
Waterline Length
24 0 / 7.3 m
9 3 / 2.8 m
5 6 / 1.7 m
12,200 lb / 5,534 kg
6,800 lb / 3,084 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
470′² / 43.7 m²
Total Sail Area
470′² / 43.6 m²
Sail Area
228′² / 21.2 m²
33 1 / 10.1 m
13 9 / 4.2 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
241′² / 22.4 m²
38 3 / 11.7 m
12 7 / 3.8 m
Forestay Length
40 3 / 12.3 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
20 gal / 76 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
53 gal / 201 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.3 kn
Classic: 6.57 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

6.31 knots
Classic formula: 6.57 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
>350: ultraheavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


One of the most successful yachts built by Camper & Nicholson. Hulls were molded by Halmatic, at the time, sister company under the same corporate umbrella. A number of changes were made to the design during it’s nearly 20 year production run. Beginning around 1968, a number of boats were built under license by Rudder Yachts of Australia. Some of the later boats were sold directly from Halmatic.

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