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Nicholson 345

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I am the owner of one of the 26 Nicholson 345's built in 79/80 and I am trying to find out where the other 25 have gone. I have now contacted 4 other owners but am keen to find the remaining owners. If you know where any are please do let me know so I can try and contact the owner. Many Thanks.

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Re: Nicholson 345

Neil, they made quite few of these boats in Brazil under the name "Fast 345" by Fast Yachts. I believe a team from Nicholson came to set up the tooling and they were built to the same high standards. They still have a cult following here and are commonly used today for club racing and cruising. One of the Brazilian ones circumnavigated without any problems. Sailnet moderator Faster (Ron) has one of the Brazilian ones. If you are looking for info on the ones made in Brazil as well, he would be a good person to contact.

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Neil, they made quite few of these boats in Brazil under the name "Fast 345" by Fast Yachts. I believe a team from Nicholson came to set up the tooling and they were built to the same high standards. They still have a cult following here and are commonly used today for club racing and cruising. One of the Brazilian ones circumnavigated without any problems. Sailnet moderator Faster (Ron) has one of the Brazilian ones. If you are looking for info on the ones made in Brazil as well, he would be a good person to contact.

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Re: Nicholson 345

Hi Neil,

We own a 345 hull nr. 01. We are currently refitting her. She is located in Lyme Regis. Let me know if you find out more about the other owners.

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Re: Nicholson 345

My boat partner has a connection with a guy in the UK. He seems to be the unofficial historian for Camper Nicholson. This guy gave us hundreds of pages of documentation on our vessel. He had records of when our boat was built and when arrived in US and who it was delivered to (broker)and who bought her. He knew where most boats went and when. I'll ask my partner for contact info when he gets back from taking his son to college. We were curious about the same thing. Found 2 others. Only 12 303's were built. Sadly now I can confirm one less. Loved that boat. Amazing sailing and built quality. No need for a bilge pump on this dry boat. I lust for a Fast 345

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We own a 345 hull nr. 01. We are currently refitting her. She is located in Lyme Regis. Let me know if you find out more about the other owners.

cheers, Tobias
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Thanks for getting back to me, Is your boat called Blue Moon? I pass Lyme Regis reasonably often and would like to see her, is she in a yard or at home? Please do contact me at neilpearson2285 at hotmail.com.

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The Fast man is back. Has he seen this thread ?

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Re: Nicholson 345

Thanks for the heads up, Andrew

I think, though, the OP is primarily interested in actual Nicholson boats.. I corresponded briefly years back with a William K who hung at at Boat Design Forum and had just bought an N 345. I've lost that contact information, unfortunately.

The Fast boats varied over the years, but were much more 'cruisified' than their Nich predecessors, with more storage, more joinery but fewer pilot and pipe berths. They also widened the aft double somewhat. After our Hull #41, they went to masthead rigs and this caused some more minor mods to interior cabinetry and shroud tie bar locatation. I've also seen quite a variety of aft cabin configurations. Browsing the Brazilian sites is an interesting diversion.

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Many thanks for the picture of the interior of your boat. Sorcerer was built with cupboards on the stbd side and a pipe cot to port. I am slowly transforming what was quite a bare interior to one more suited to cruising. I had to replace all the hatches and windows last winter and while I have nearly completed the re-trimming on the inside have yet to get round to curtains. I suspect I have 2 or 3 more winters work to do before I get anywhere close to where I would like to be! your boat is certainly well loved from what I can see.

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Re: Nicholson 345

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.

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