With a production run spanning 20 years and over 200 examples being produced in that time the Nicholson 35 is something of a modern classic. Traditional lines and a high quality finish create a design which it easy on the eye, rewarding to sail and pleasant to be aboard.
TROGON is a well presented example of the class which benefits from having had a new Beta Marine 38hp engine fitted during the winter 2017/18. Offered with a full inventory, lying afloat in commission here at Ardfern she is really ready to sail away.
We have owned Trogon since 1991. Sailing her for 27 years has been a privilege and she is a much loved member of the family. She is an excellent sea boat in all conditions and having taken us through a 3 day full gale in Biscay to windward I can think of none better for the task.
We have cruised Brittany, Northern Spain, South coasts of England, the Channel Islands and Eire. She has been based at Ardfern for approximately 10 years and has visited St Kilda and Rockall during that time. Sadly, declining health suggests she is moved on to someone who will enjoy and benefit from her as I have.
Like all long fin-keeled heavy displacement cruisers the Nicholson 35 is designed to take almost any adverse weather and sea conditions in her stride. Her overhanging, deep-vee bow section means she parts the waves resolutely, with little drama or spray, exuding only a gentle rocking motion as she goes....
She makes good passage time due to her steadfast ability to drive through the rough stuff, and being so stable and sea kindly means you can live, sleep and cook aboard safely and comfortably, relaxing in the knowledge that these robust and resilient vessels have covered millions of sea miles in their lifetime......
She comes with an excellent pedigree and is fondly loved by those for whom safety and comfort at sea is more important than speed and agility. That’s not to say she can’t make impressive passage times. Given enough wind she’ll still be battling to windward in sea conditions that would make many a more modern cruising yacht owner run for the nearest cover.
The original deck gear was made from top quality materials and substantially engineered, thereby making it all simple to maintain regularly. Obviously, it depends on how they’ve been worked over the years, but it’s not unusual to find them still going strong with 40 year-old winches, tracks and cars.
Yachting Monthly. Used Boat: Nicholson 35. Chris Beeson, February 2017
Built by the highly regarded Camper and Nicholson yard in Gosport the Nicholson 35's were constructed in a traditional method with hand consolidated GRP lamainates for both the hull and deck mouldings. In this era GRP mouldings were massively over engineered and as such the mouldings are far thicker and more resiliant than you would find on modern GRP boats.
The hull has traditional lines with a long encapsulated fin keel and full length skeg hung rudder offering improved performance against other long keel designs of the day. During the production run of the design Camper & Nicholson revised the design and form of the rudder blade. The modified design increased its length to provide better performance when hard pressed and also going astern. Trogon benefits from having had her rudder blade professionally modified in accordance with the builders instructions. Below the waterline the hull is finished in a red antifouling. Above the waterline the hull has been painted in Awl-Grip royal blue, close to the original gelcoat colour, with a gold cove line.
Constructed in the same heavy duty manor as the hull the deck moulding is still finished in the original eggshell gelcoat. On deck moulded non-slip panels provide grip under foot. In the cockpit the moulding has been finished in the traditional style with solid teak trim and sole grating.
Configured as a masthead sloop the boat had a new Kemp mast and boom fitted in 1992. Mainsail of slab reefing style with halyard and reeifng lines located at the mast. The roller reefing genoa is fitted on a Profurl roller reefing system fitted here at Ardfern in 2007. The standing rigging was replaced completely around 2006/7 with the forestay being replaced again at the time of the Profurl installation in 2007. A removable inner forestay has been added to the mast and secures forward to a dedicated chainplate on the foredeck.
With the traditional styling of the deck access around the boat is generally very good with wide side decks running the full length of the boat from the cockpit forward. Stout pulpit and pushpit railings are joined with guardwires running the length of the boat, all new stanchions were fitted in 2016. Teak grabrails run the full length of the coachroof.
A new all stainless steel twin roller stemhead fitting was fitted in 2006 the Lofrans Cayman 88 electric windlass is mounted on the foredeck centrally forward of the moulded stroage locker, anchor rode self stows in the chain locker below decks. The raised coachroof runs aft to the cockpit coaming largely un-interrupted with only the ventilators, mast hole and teak cradle fitted for liferaft storage aft of the mast.
Protected by a deep cockpit coaming the cockpit provides a great space for the crew wither beating to windward off shore of relaxing comfortably in a quiet anchorage. The large cockpit lockers provided on both sides of the cockpit are topped with teak faced panels left in the natural grey finish, all tops having been replaced in 2012. At the forward end of the cockpit seating is provided for crew with deep coamings creating a deep and well protected area. The mainsheet spans the full width of the cockpit aft of the seating with the binnacle directly aft of this. The helmsman has a dedicated space aft of the wheel with a seat provided and excellent vision forward. A large volume of storage is provided with lockers on both port and starboard sides and beneath the helm seat aft.
Being a MKI version of the design the layout below deck differs from the later versions with no pilot berth provision and an aft facing chart table.
The forepeak provides two well proportioned single berths in a V-berth layout, a central infill section with cushion converts the bunk into a double berth if required. Forward a bin type locker provides some sail storage while the locker space under the aft ends of the berths is accessible through fold down doors. The fuel tank and pump assembly for the cabin heater is mounted under the starboard berth.
Immediately aft of the forepeak spanning the full width of the boat the walk-through heads compartment provides all required amenities for life aboard. Sliding doors close of the compartment from both the forepeak and main saloon areas. The Lavac Zenith sea toilet is located to port while to starboard a vanity unit is provided with sink and pressurised hot and cold water faucet which also functions as a shower head with the heads area self draining.
Of generous proportions the main saloon is an open plan layout with no partition of space between the main bulkhead and companionway creating a bright and spacious feel. The internal joinery is constructed of GRP mouldings finished with varnished teak trims and fittings. Bench type seating is provided along both sides of the saloon with a drop in section creating a small double berth to port while to starboard is a generous single with pilot berth outboard. The original saloon table although not current fitted is included in the inventory. The large chart table is located at the aft end of the port bunk with the navigator using the aft end of the settee when sitting at the table facing aft. A large volume of chart storage is provided within the table while the ships switch panel, GPS and radar display are all easily accessible. A good selection of storage lockers are provided within the saloon, outboard of the seating including a dedicated drinks locker with in built bottle and glass storage and a large dedicated wet locker is provided to port of the companionway.
To starboard of the companionway the compact galley is laid out in an L-shape with work surfaces provided either side of the two burner gas cooker. With the galley a number of full height lockers below the work surface provide storage with additional lockers outboard and a top opening coolbox.
During her 2017/18 winter lay-up TROGON benefited from the installation of a new Beta Marine 38hp diesel engine. Commissioning and sea trials were only completed in March 2018. At the time of the engines installation the opportunity was taken to clean and paint the engine compartment while overhauling and replacing the ancillary engine systems as required.
A basic battery monitor gauge is fitted at the ships switch panel to show the battery percentage of charge remaining. The ships batteries comprise of two single lead acid type batteries of approximately 110Ah capacity with both being able to function as either engine or domestic batteries.
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.