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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.
Here's our interior for comparison:
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)