Mark on Camper 58
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Grand Rapids Michigan
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You sure are correct on the Camper & Nicholson. We bought our 58 after my cousin sailed his 58 twice around and loved it as a blue-water cruiser. He ran into several others on his way and a fleet of three crossed the S Pacific together. They made 12 to 16 in the trades on the crossing.
We discovered the "blister problem" in the first restoration season and put a new bottom on in year two. I hand ground several hundred thousand small gel coat pops and dug out 8 big blisters of dinner plate size. I should have just peeled it or had the sand blaster wipe it clean. Its a really nice boat with fantastic interior details. You have to appreciate the classic lines. Ours rode out GRACE years ago at sea. I have a copy of the article written in a sailing publication. The boat was RASCAL at the time and we have 'before and after photos' from the time. Easy to see the improvements made following that ride.