The Nicholson 32 Mk 10, a heavy displacement long-keeled sloop, was designed by Charles Nicholson & Peter Nicholson and built in the UK by Halmatic Ltd.
Underwater Profile: Long keel
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 33'0" / 10.1m
Waterline Length: 24.0" / 7.3m
Beam: 9'3" / 2.8m
Draft: 5'6" / 1.7m
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 12,200lb / 5,534kg
Designer: Charles Nicholson & Peter Nicholson
Builder: Halmatic Ltd (UK)
Year First Built: 1978
Year Last Built: 1981
Number Built: ?
Owners Association: The Nicholson 32 Association
The Mk10, 11 & 12 versions differ from the earlier versions of the Nicholson 32 in as much as they were 33'0" long with a sleeker coachroof, and were all built by Halmatic.
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.7
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 49.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 441
4. Comfort Ratio: 40.9
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.55
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1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.7 suggests that the Nicholson 32 Mk 10 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 49.2 means that the Nicholson 32 Mk 10 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 441, tells us the Nicholson 32 Mk 10 is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected, not that it was ever startling. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 40.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Nicholson 32 Mk 10 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.55 tells us that a Nicholson 32 Mk 10 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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