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I don't know if the Nich's were built the same as the Fast's but you may want to check out Fasters thread about rebuilding the keel/bilge reinforcements in his boat. It was a year ago.
Thanks SloopJonB, I have seen that thread and the Nic's don't seem to have the same problem (although I still have plenty of others to sort out!!!!)

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Thanks SloopJonB, I have seen that thread and the Nic's don't seem to have the same problem (although I still have plenty of others to sort out!!!!)

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Yeah, the story I've gotten is that Fast Yachts redesigned/modified the floor grid specs vs what Nicholson was doing.. However with over 100 built and still going strong and being very popular down there they must still be OK...

Yoda - we're quite fond of our unique (around here) boat, and have nearly got her to the state we want after 9 years of use and upgrading. Does yours have the marinized VW engine?

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Yeah, the story I've gotten is that Fast Yachts redesigned/modified the floor grid specs vs what Nicholson was doing.. However with over 100 built and still going strong and being very popular down there they must still be OK...

Yoda - we're quite fond of our unique (around here) boat, and have nearly got her to the state we want after 9 years of use and upgrading. Does yours have the marinized VW engine?
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Sorcecer was fitted with a Vetus M3.10 about 20 years ago which is a great engine. I have not yet struggled for power (only 20hp) and have no complaints about it. The control panel is a little tired but hope to sort that out this winter. In time I will investigate the fitting of a 'Halyard' aquadrive to help reduce vibration and noise.

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Don't know IF anyone is still following thread but I am selling s/v No Regard hull #13 if there is any interest. Original CN 345...located in Lwr NY Harbor/Raritan Bay.

Please contact Jerry Van Campen 9086120172
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Please contact me by email if you don't mind. Neilpearson2285 at hot mail . Com (excuse the deliberate mdoifications to avoid spam) Thanks.

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Re: Nicholson 345

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I own a Camper & Nicholson 345.
I thought there were only 25 built but here I see 26.
Maybe Bluefin is 26...if not , 27 ?
There is no hull #.

I believe she's the last one built in England.
I would also like to find info on other 345s from owners. Interior, deck & cockpit pics.
Bluefin is registered as a 1985 but was launched in England in 1984 several years after production ceased. Hull Id# DLZAMO390785
There is a plaque that says
"BLUEFIN,
Built by
Camper & Nicholson's
Yachts LTD
Gosport England, Jan. 1984"

The PO said she was a custom build for the President of CN.
He wanted a race boat & chose the 345.
Bluefin started off as either a hull that was never finished or they used the molds for one more hull.
I have some paperwork with the boat supporting this including the ships log of her voyage to America from England.

She was built lighter, marine ply decks, thinly sheathed with teak.
There are no combings, the V berth is just a storage area for sails.
It's a fractional rig with the traveler in front of the companionway hatch.
The cockpit is larger. The area directly behind the companionway hatch is low not deck height. There are 2 large lexan windows,1 port & 1 stbd. The little aft cabin port does not exist.

There are 8 self tailing Lewmar winches & running backstays. 2 sets of sails, one set is very light & a spinnaker .
She's in bad condition but I've stabilized her. The decks are gone & most of the interior has been removed.
1/3rd of the decks are now Coosa board, working aft.
The all new Coosa decks will be sheathed w/ 2 layers of double biaxial glass & epoxy.
9 /10 people would have scrapped her for the sail gear & the YANMAR 3ym30 .
But.... I'm a sucker for a fun project.😉

The plan is to get Bluefin back to a usable barebones racing by next spring.
She's also available as a project boat for a motivated person..

I work in yacht restoration near Annapolis,MD

My email is nautidogwoof @yahoo .com
Thanks, ...Kevin
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Hello,
I own a Camper & Nicholson 345.
I thought there were only 25 built but here I see 26.
Maybe Bluefin is 26...if not , 27 ?
There is no hull #.

I believe she's the last one built in England.
I would also like to find info on other 345s from owners. Interior, deck & cockpit pics.
Bluefin is registered as a 1985 but was launched in England in 1984 several years after production ceased. Hull Id# DLZAMO390785
There is a plaque that says
"BLUEFIN,
Built by
Camper & Nicholson's
Yachts LTD
Gosport England, Jan. 1984"

The PO said she was a custom build for the President of CN.
He wanted a race boat & chose the 345.
..........
Thanks, ...Kevin
Hey Kevin

Interesting post. We own a 1984 345 but one of the Brazilian-built Fast Yachts models. I'm surprised to read that yours was built in that year, as I was led to believe that all the tooling had gone to Brazil by then. Our hull# is 41, fractional rig, presumably the 41st 'Fast' as the HIN letter sequence is different from CN. If that's correct then one would have to think the tooling went south in the early 80s at the latest.

From the pics I've been able to track down it's apparent that Fast did things quite different, finishing the V berth are to some extent initially, and more completely later on (we have a V berth but still the same fabric-on-rods below the berth level). We also have significant storage where the CN had pilot berths, and our aft berth is slightly wider. There are also other differences re the aft storage lockers/cockpit lockers etc.

Under Fast they also evolved to a masthead rig which resulted in further changes below.

It sounds like your hull was just that, and the factory deck was never put on. I wonder if CN ended up with a leftover hull....

Anyhow will be interested to see pics as your project progresses.

Ron

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