Boat Details

The Nicholson 31 is a very worthy addition to the Nicholson range and she easily fulfills her role as a comfortable and easily handled cruising boat of the go-anywhere variety. Strongly built to a very high standard. This model is exceptionally well maintained by an avid Nicholson fan and indeed the second owner since 1992 and highly regarded as being one of the best. Last major works were in 2015 with a hull and deck spray paint, running and standing rigging replaced, sail covers and refrigerator. 

Interior and Accommodations

  • 4 fixed berths with 2 additional if required.
  • Saloon with two settees
  • Navigation table at Starboard side shelves and instruments
  • Forward cabin with large V-bed shelves
  • Heads with sink, Lavac pump toilet and waste water tank (built in 2011).
  • Galley with 2-burner stove and a refrigerator, sink and plenty of storage.
  • Lots of headroom and lots of storage space throughout.

Rig, Sails and Deck

Aluminium Mast and Boom.

  • Standing rigging renewed in 2019
  • Furlex Roller headsail system with furling jib cover for when not in use.
  • 5 sails in total, 
  • Mainsail 2012
  • Main sail slab reefing 2017.
  • New Boom with three Reefing lines 2014
  • Genoa 2014, very lightly used.
  • Asymetric Gennaker. 2006 rarely used


  • 4 x manual winches ( 2 - Harken self tailing ) 
  • Sprayhood, sail cover, headsail cover and winch covers have also recently been renewed

  • Anchors & material: 1 x CQR plough anchor Galvanized

  • Anchor attachment: Line & chain

  • All deck fittings newly chromed in 2015

  • Guard rails.

  • Pulpit and pushpit (s):

  • 6 Fenders, lines:

  • 1 x Lifebuoy:

  • 6 man Life raft:

  • 1 x EPIRB:

  • Bilge pump:  Manually

  • 2 x Fire extinguisher:

  • MOB System:  on E7 and Garmin plotter

  • 1 x Radar reflector:

  • Offshore Flare pack:

  • Gas bottle locker:

  • Self-draining cockpit:

Engine and Electrics.

Yanmar 2 QM 84978/1978/ 2 Cylinder - 20 hp Diesel Engine.

Driving a straight shaft.


2 x 12v 100ah Lead acid batteries.

Mastervolt battery charger 12/15-2

Battery monitor

Mastervolt 12v - 220v 300w Inverter.

Mastervolt MICC Control panel

Shore Power cable.


Systems and electrical

  • Raymarine ST60 Tri-data Log/Speed & Depth
  • Raymarine ST60 Tridata Wind
  • Sestrel Moore Compass
  • Clipper GPS Repeater
  • Garmin GPS152H Plotter (2014)
  • Raymarine E7 Hybrid touch plotter & GPS (2015)
  • Raymarine Autohelm ST 4000.
  • Raytheon RC520 LCD Radar with scanner on pole.
  • AIS Watcheye transponder B with splitter. (2016)
  • Navtex ICS Nav 4
  • Epirb 
  • Standard Horizon GX2200E VHF
  • LED lighting navigation and cabin lights.

Introduction to the model. ( But surely this classic needs no introduction )

The Classic Blue Water Cruiser

The design brief in 1975 for the Nicholson 31 was for a small cruising yacht capable of passage making in any condition that could be met by its crew undertaking coastal and deep water cruising. To have the displacement to accommodate its equipment and stores for extended cruising and to provide the necessary accommodations.

That the brief has been met in the intervening years is answered by the voyages made by 31's throughout the world, to so many cruising destinations and countries. 

Raymond Wall, Nicholson 31 President and Designer.

Extracts taken from the Second Hand Focus: Yachting Monthly 2000

We sailed ‘Duloe’, a 1979 example owned by John Bishop, whom we met at the Cowes Classics rally last summer. While obviously a GRP boat, ‘Duloe's’ kinship to the painted classics around her was equally evident. The pretty sheer line, a gentle curve of her stem, the slight tumblehome in her aft sections, and the business like transom-hung rudder puts her in a different aesthetic class to most of today's smaller cruisers.

...Construction was conventional, hand-laid GRP to Lloyds specifications, with balsa-cored decks and coach roof and encapsulated lead ballast.

C&N made full use of GRP technology, and most of the 31's interior -galley, heads, furniture bases- is made up of moulded modules bonded to the hull. Allied to stringers and frames, this makes for a very strong unit. It would also make for a rather plasticy feel to the interior, but for the extensive use of teak trim and joinery.

...There is a vast amount of stowage outboard of and under the settees, and also in the forepeak. Much of this is due to the location of the tankage; the 65-gallon water tank is part of the keel moulding. The 17-gallon fuel tank is under the cockpit sole and batteries are below the quarter berth.

The full report appeared in a 2000 issue of Yachting Monthly and may be available from them.

Sailing Review: Yachting Monthly 1977

With the modern trend of yesterday's racing boats becoming today's cruiser's or cruiser/racers, it was a refreshing change when Camper & Nicholsons introduced the Nicholson 31 as a pure cruiser at the 1976 Earls Court Boat Show. Although at first sight, with her long keel, she seems very similar to her older sister, the ever popular, classic Nicholson 32, she is very much a more modern boat. Unashamedly a cruising boat, owing nothing to rating fomula and current trends, the emphasis in the design is on comfort and sea kindliness, rather than speed (not that she is a sluggard in any way). She is very solidly constructed and has been put together to the standard that one has traditionally come to expect of her builders.

Performance under sail

Conditions at the time of the review sail, although not the most pleasant (cold north-easterly Force 5), were ideal for putting a boat of this type through her paces. Most bad traits would have shown up in these conditions and the Nicholson 31 showed just how much of a thoroughbred she is by no vices and indeed demonstrating many very desirable characteristics for a cruising boat. She proved to be as good, if not better mannered, as any boat I have reviewed for Yachting Monthly.

Under the main alone she could be easily controlled and tacked, ideal for close quarters manoeuvering, and if the helm was left she slowly luffed up, tacked sailed off a little, luffed and tacked again, virtually marking time on the same spot. Ideal for the shorthanded sailor working up for'd or just jilling around. With two rolls in the main and the No. 1 jib we sailed her out into the Solent on a beam reach and she sailed along quite happily at about 6 knots and although she was over canvased in the gusts there was only a little weather helm - just enough to remind the helmsman that another reef might be needed.

Having put a further three rolls in the main we hardened up on to the wind and it was on this point of sailing that she showed her real forte. There was a very short stopping sea but she kept on sailing, her weight giving her the power to drive through it at a steady 4 knots. She was very well balanced, even when laid fairly far over and she could be left to steer herself for long periods, only luffing up slightly but carrying on sailing. She was surprisingly dry too, with no more than the occasional splash reaching the weather deck and nothing finding its way past the dodgers and into the cockpit. Above all, she gave a great feeling of sure footedness and confidence. A Hydrovane self-steering gear is offered as an option and it should be quite enough for this boat.

MSandP Disclaimer

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

Please Note:

Whilst we make best effort to obtain documentation from Vendors it is advisable to check what is available before travelling to view or making an offer.


  • BuilderNicholson
  • LocationNetherlands
  • Built1978
  • Price£24,950
  • Length9.32 m
  • Hull MaterialFiberglass
  • Beam3.12 m
  • Max Draft1.52 m
  • Displacement5.9 tonnes
  • Ballast Weight4,806.08 lb
  • Water Tank Capacity352|liter
  • Fuel Tank Capacity79|liter
  • Engine 1
    • Make: Yanmar
    • Model: 2 QM
    • Year: 1978
    • Fuel Type: diesel
    • Propeller Type: Inboard

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