Mark Cameron Yachts

Nicholson 38




Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelNicholson 38
NameEcho Papa
DesignerCamper & Nicholson
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with full encapsulated long fin keel.
Keel TypeFull keel


EngineBeta Marine Diesel, Beta 43. 43hp @2800rpm. 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled marine diesel engine. TechnoDrive Twin Disc hydraulic gearbox.
Engine Hours117
Fuel Capacity170l


Drinking Water Capacity340l


The Nicholson 38 has gained an enviable reputation during her long years of service with many owners having enjoyed the boats for many decades. At the time of her build the design was regarded as a rare combination of pleasing sweeping hull lines, good sailing performance, predictable handling under sail and spacious comfortable accommodation. This combination of attributes still stands the design in good stead today.
ECHO PAPA is a much-loved example of the class. Below decks, the accommodation provides comfortable living space for a full crew of 6 with two separate heads compartments, the aft cabin having an en-suite. She benefits from having had a new Beta 43 diesel engine fitted in 2013 and a full osmosis treatment professionally completed below the waterline in completed in 2006.
Lying afloat in Tarbert Harbour, Argyll viewing is by appointment.

A traditional GRP hand laminated construction built to Lloyds 100 A specifications with the hull and deck mouldings fabricated by Halmatic and the final fit out and finishing being completed by Camper and Nicholson.
Single piece, hand consolidated, GRP moulded hull incorporating encapsulate full-length ballast keel.
Lead ballast within keel.
Full depth rudder supported on bronze keel pintle.
Professional full professional osmosis treatment completed below the waterline in 2006.
Topsides professionally re-painted with International Two-Pack paint system in 2001.
Single piece, hand consolidated, GRP moulded incorporating coachroof and cockpit.
Balsa core in way of side decks and coachroof.
Moulded plinths for mounting of deck fittings.
Fixed windscreen and hardtop doghouse over the cockpit.
Teak laid decks, original and in need of renovation.
Teak toe rail.

The ketch rig configuration of the class was one of their major appeals when launched. Providing offshore cruisers with a flexible sail plan to suit all conditions.
Masthead ketch rig.
Keel stepped main mast with deck stepped mizzen mast.
Both masts manufactured by Sparlight and finished in gold anodising.
Stainless steel 1x19 wire standing rigging.
Furlex 300s roller reefing system on forestay for mainsail.
Slab reefing main and mizzen.
Spinnaker pole

Primary Winches - 2x Lewmar 40, two speed.
Main Mast - 2x Lewmar 8, single speed.
Mizzen - 1x Lewmar 8, single speed.

Genoa - Roller reefing.
Main - Slab reefing, 3 full reefs.
Mizzen - Slab reefing, 2 reefs.
Spinnaker - Old.

Cockpit Tent - Removable panels around sides and aft edge of the hard top.
Mainsail Cover - 2012
Mizzen Cover – 2012

Bower Anchor - Plough anchor on 80m chain rode
Manual Anchor Windlass - Simpson Lawrence Hyspeed.
Mooring Warps - Selection
Fenders – Selection

Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
Stainless steel stanchions supporting stainless steel guard wires.
Moulded toerail outboard with teak capping rail.
Original laid teak decks.
Twin bow rollers.
Stout mooring bollard located centrally on the foredeck
Below decks anchor locker to starboard.
Grab rails running length of forward and aft coachroofs.
Fixed screen with hard top doghouse protecting the cockpit.
Removable canvas side and aft panels to create a fully enclosed cockpit.
Lockers outboard under cockpit seating port and starboard.
Small aft deck aft of after coachroof.
Lazarette locker beneath aft deck, centrally.

Depth Sounder - Autohelm ST50
Log - B&G Network
Plotter - Garmin GPS MAP 450
VHF - Navico RT6500S
Autopilot - NECO pilot in place, not operational.
Compass - Sestrel Compass.

Fresh Water System - Pressurised hot and cold water, faucets in galley, forward heads and at aft cabin wash hand basin. Single built in GRP water tank 340ltr tank capacity. Hot water provided from calorifier heated from the engine and 240v immersion heater.
Galley Stove - Vanessa Flavel gas cooker. Two burner, grill and oven.
Refrigerator - Built-in front loading fridge, outboard of port saloon bunk.
Heads - Lavac manual marine toilet, overboard discharge.

Designed and built in a time when yachts were built for life on the open seas the layout below decks very much focuses on practicality and comfort while on passage and in many ways was ahead of its time. This forward-thinking design has created a snug and comfortable living space with everything close at hand and finished in a classic style; with a separate aft cabin complete with heads providing two independent living spaces. With quality materials used throughout the interior, a renovation of the interior finishes would restore the joinery work easily.
Forward Cabin -Two single berths in the traditional V-type configuration. Storage provided in lockers beneath, accessible without lifting bunk cushions and a large hanging locker. Light streams into the cabin through a large opening deck hatch.
Forward Heads -Of generous proportions and constructed of a single piece moulding with timber detailing, meaning the whole space is easily cleaned. Fitted with marine toilet, sink, vanity unit and separate shower area.
Saloon -Occupying the centre of the forward accommodation space. Laid out with a U-shaped saloon settee and the large table on the starboard side. Small bench style settee to port. Centrally mounted table cleverly opens out to full size accommodating both seating areas. The table also drops down to create a well proportioned double bunk in the saloon when required. Storage provided throughout the saloon in a selection of lockers with the large front opening fridge located outboard above the port settee.
Nav Station -Aft end of the saloon on the starboard side with the navigator using part of the saloon settee facing aft. The area provides an aft facing chart table with ample storage below for additional charts and is protected from any weather coming from the cockpit via a perspex screen at the companionway.
Galley -To port of the companionway. Well appointed to cater for a full crew it is equipped with stainless steel sink, gas cooker, selection of storage and large volume front loading fridge.
Aft Cabin -The master cabin. Accessed through a separate companionway from the cockpit and is a completely separate accommodation space. The cabin provides two generously proportioned single berths. A porcelain wash hand basin and vanity unit is provided between the berths centrally. A second more compact heads compartment is also provided with marine toilet.

Liferaft - 4 person ORC cannister raft. Serviced lapsed May 2018.
Horseshoe Buoy - x2
Manual Bilge Pump
Electric Bilge Pump - Manual and auto switching.
Battery Charger - HDM 12v/40amp charger.
Stereo - Kenwood head unit and CD multi-stack CD changer with speakers in the saloon.
Davits - Single tube galvanised steel.

A dedicated engine space if provided beneath the cockpit sole. Access to the area is via two lifting sole hatches in the cockpit provide access from above the engine. The compartment is full sound insulated.
Beta Marine Diesel, Beta 43. 43hp @2800rpm.
4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled marine diesel engine.
TechnoDrive Twin Disc hydraulic gearbox.
Conventional shaft type sterngear.
Beta Delux ignition panel. Analogue gauges for RPM, Oil Pressure, Water Temperature, Volts. Engine hour counter. Alarms for charging, water temperature and oil pressure.
Recorded running hours 117 @ October 2018
Engine fully serviced autumn 2018.
Single lever morse control.
3 blade, fixed, bronze prop.
170ltr capacity fuel tank.

Engine Battery - 1x 12v, lead acid (2018)
Domestic Battery - 2x 12v, lead acid.

Shaft drive steering system.

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.

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