1970 Nicholson 55 Custom
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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- £ 450,000 Tax Paid (US$ 629,145)
#1 of this extraordinary class, she was built as LUTINE. The Nicholson 55 epitomises the best of British yacht building in the 1970s and these yachts are still having extraordinary sailing adventures today. Between 2008 and 2010, EAGER was totally rebuilt at Rutherfords in the USA, little of the original yacht remains. New interior, deck, carbon spar which is higher aspect than the original, new machinery, wiring, systems and electronics. Since this rebuild, the investment has continued and she is now offered in gleaming good shape with a current survey with recommendations completed by Berthon. Every so often, we are trusted with the sale of a very special yacht - EAGER is one such yacht.
For more information on this vessel, please contact Sue Grant at our Lymington office on the numbers below.
Please contact Sue Grant at +44 (0)1590 679222
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Camper & Nicholsons
Designer: Raymond Wall
LOA: 53 ft 10 in
Beam: 14 ft 5 in
LWL: 39 ft 7 in
Minimum Draft: 8 ft 4 in
Maximum Draft: 8 ft 6 in
Displacement: 18143 kgs
Total Power: 170 HP
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3-TE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 170 HP
Number of single berths: 6
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2
EAGER was built by Camper & Nicholson and was the first of an iconic series of 55 footers built for private owners as well as for the Ministry of Defence. She was built for Lloyds of London as LUTINE and spent many years in this role. A great cruiser racer that did good service for Lloyds, some of her sisters are still in continuous service with the MoD, 40 years on. When EAGER, then LUTINE was sold by Lloyds, she spent a few years in a second ownership and was used on the South Coast until being bought by a new owner in 2007. By this time she was very down at heel, the years had taken their toll and she needed a refit. She was shipped to Rutherford Boat Works on the West Coast of the USA and there her transformation began. This was not a refit, it was a total rebuild, with the idea in mind that not only would she be put back into excellent condition, she would also benefit from the use of modern technology and design to enhance her comfort, sailing performance and looks wherever possible. The aim was to recreate the yacht without losing her essential character. Rutherfords were chosen because of their reputation as a world class repair yard.
In 2008 the transformation began. EAGER’s interior joinery, all systems, all mechanics, mast and rigging systems were removed. Beginning with a bare hull, the yacht’s longitudinal and transverse structures were supplemented with addition GRP to strengthen and stiffen the hull structure. The rig system was re-designed to accommodate a strong chain plate attachment point to the hull. Chain plates, stem and stern fittings were replaced. All external hull coatings were removed and new underwater and topside coatings were applied. The rudder skeg was rebuilt and lengthened.
EAGER’s deck, superstructure and cockpit were replaced using modern materials and building techniques. The superstructure and interior were redesigned to allow for the superstructure to extend aft giving a sweet line and additional volume below. Originally the yacht had a deep, 2 level cockpit and a companionway which perfectly drained water into the interior! There was also an overhanging deck shelter extending from the coachroof. EAGER has an entirely new deck mould and GRP upper works. The cockpit was moved aft and by stealing 18” from the deck and lazarette of the original and shrinking the cockpit length by around 22, as well as bringing the shelter deck volume back into the interior and as extending the coachroof by around 1’ she is transformed. In addition, she now has a new Yanmar aft with a V drive, taking the machinery out of the accommodation and giving a spacious machine room aft. This virtually doubles the amount of usable interior space in the main saloon.
All hatches, deck and rigging hardware, stanchions and bases, anchor roller, windlass, pulpit and pushpit were replaced. The interior bulkheads, partitions, cabin sole and all cabinetry also replaced. All fuel, water, grey and black tanks and plumbing systems were re-designed and reassigned. In addition, the electrical wiring, circuit breaker panels and associated systems were replaced.
Of course modern systems were also installed – generator, water maker, invertor and charger, pressurised hot and cold water, air conditioning, flat screen TVs, and refrigeration. A new carbon fibre spar and boom were designed and built for EAGER with new standing and running rigging. At the time of her build the IOR rule penalised sail area heavily, making LUTINE underpowered. Jim Antrim therefore re-rigged EAGER for greater sail area, yet easy handling. Her new carbon fibre rig is 12’ taller than the original. Whilst the hull had been reinforced and was hugely strong, nonetheless to be sure, the shroud anchorages removed inboard by means of moulded carbon shroud boxes bonded and carbon riveted to the hull. Her light airs performance has thus been massively improved. She also has new winches, 3 of which are powered.
Note: Antrim spar has since been replaced, by a Hall spar, due to damage when EAGER was in transit to Hong Kong.
EAGER retains her integrity as a modern classic. However, the sympathetic treatment of the rebuild has also allows her crew to enjoy modern technology and comfort not dreamt of in the 70s.
RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- GRP solid laminate for Hull, epoxy treated and painted in grey white Awlcraft.
- There is a grid of internal transverse and longitudinal members.
- The deck is of fibreglass with a Divinycell core and teak planked overlay, the covering board and king plank are both varnished.
- The superstructure and cockpit are also fabricated from composite fibreglass which has been sheathed in teak and then gloss varnished.
- On the interior wooden beams have been fitted to give the feel of the wooden original.
Keel & Rudder:
- Original underwater profile with a lead keel. There are drawings and information available on file of the underwater profile and works carried out to EAGER’s structure during her rebuilt at Rutherfords
- Rudder redesigned and built with a high aspect ratio, deeper and semi-balanced. The skeg was also rebuilt and lengthened.
Engine & Gearboxes:
- Yanmar 4LH-DTE 4-cylinder diesel engine, 170hp, (125kw).
- Freshwater engine cooling via raw-water inlet and heat exchanger.
- Flexible coupling to an Aquadrive stainless steel shaft on V drive.
- Twin Racor fuel filter system.
Maintenance & Performance:
- Engine hours: 494 at August 2017
- Cruising speed: 6 knots.
- Max speed approximately 7 knots.
- EAGER has benefitted from the replacement of all old wiring, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.
Propulsion & Steering:
- Maxprop propeller
- Wheel steering with the original Camper & Nicholson steering mechanism & pedestal stripped + rebuilt with collapsible Lewmar wheel.
- Complete overhaul of the original C&N designed steering system fitted with collapsible Lewmar steering wheel.
- 12vDC domestic system with 230vAC ring main from shorepower or inverter.
- 230vAC (60 cycles) ring main with sockets throughout interior 12vDC socket at nav station.
- Circuit breaker for AC and DC are provided with AC and DC volt meters.
- All wiring is marine grade tinned copper stranded.
- 12V DC /230V AC electrical systems.
- All replaced 2013.
- 1 x Mastervolt AGM for engine, generator and windlass.
- 3 x lead acid for sail handling systems.
- 3 x Mastervolt AGM for house bank.
- Palmar M6-612 alternator/regulator.
- Fischer Panda PMS 4200 Plus 120/60hz 220/50hz AC.
- 230vAC shore supply.
- Shore power cable.
- In 2014 the electrical system aboard EAGER was upgraded. The service bank was enlarged and the AC distribution panel was rewired. A larger invertor/charger was fitted as well as an isolating transformer. The rewire was carried out using tinned wiring. The Master Shunt was replaced and the DC wiring was replaced. The mains supply and distribution outputs were replaced to suit the new set up.
- Mastervolt Mass GI 7.0 Isolating Transformer with remote 2014
- Mass Combi 12,2500-100 invertor/charger 2014
- Masterview Easy Display 2014
- Multifunction Digital AC meter 2014
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
- Pressurised water pump for supplying fresh water both hot and cold, and galley foot pump
- Hot water supply via engine calorifier and 220vAC immersion heater element in hot water tank powered by shorepower and generator.
- Domestic water is moved by a 4.5 gpm Flojet water pressure system, and through an engine, generator and shore power supplied hot water heater.
- Jabsco Deckwash on foredeck on starboard side fitted 2014
- Spectra MPC -5000 Watermaker.
- Bilge pumps in each hull section with monitors, aqua alarm and manual / auto overrides.
- Digital tank gauges for water tanks as well as black and greywater tanks.
- Fuel tank capacity – 40 gallons (181 litres) approximately.
- Main tank capacity - 42 gallons (189 litres) approximately.
- Reserve tank capacity – 17 gallons (76 litres) approximately.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
- Polyethylene tanks for both grey and black water with macerator pumps for tank pump out – both heads have a Y value of overboard pump out.
- Black water capacity - 23 gallons (106 litres) approximately
- Grey water capacity - 27 gallons (121 litres) approximately.
- Propane, the 2 x gas bottles are stored in an air tight locker on the aft deck.
- Solenoid activation switch.
- Ritchie Pedestal Compass.
- Raymarine E 80 and E120 Chartplotters.
- Raymarine ST 602 Autopilot.
- Raymarine ST 60 wind/speed/direction (2x).
- Icom M505 VHF.
- Raymarine AIS Transceiver 2013
- Raymarine Ray 101E Hand held VHF
- Raymarine NX 300 dual station Navtex 2013
- Icom M80 1E SSB.
- KVH TacPhone V3 Satellite Communications 2013
- Force 10 stainless steel propane gimballed cooker with 4-burners, oven & grill.
- Top-opening stainless steel fridge and refrigerator; and custom upright unit with hinged stainless steel door with 2 x 12vDC Frigoboat compressors.
- Twin stainless steel deep bowl sinks with pressurised hot & cold water supply.
- 2 x Raritan Marine elegance electric fresh water flushing heads fitted 2014.
- Basins & shower with hot & cold water.
- There are adjustable showers in both heads compartments with shower trays that drain to the grey water tank.
Heating & Ventilation:
- 2 x Climma air conditioning units, 4,000 BTU in owners’ cabin and 16,000 BTU in main saloon. The unit in the man saloon was fitted in 2014 together with new controllers. There is a spare back up unit in addition.
- There are ample opening ports and hatches ensuring good airflow.
- Sole CD player.
- Kenwood CK/Radio.
- Cockpit speaker.
- 2 x flat screen TVs – one in main saloon – retractable and one in the owner’s cabin – flip down.
- Apple TV in the main saloon fitted 2013.
- Halogen lighting throughout in custom build teak surrounds.
- Stainless steel reading lights at all bunk positions.
- Halogen lighting throughout.
- Clock and Barometer.
Summary of Accommodation:
- The interior of EAGER is executed in teak veneers with teak trim and door frames.
- The exposed inner hull sides are in yellow cedar and she has a teak sole throughout.
- All woodwork is varnished with a satin finish.
- Her interior cushions are in dark blue leather.
- The counter tops are in Corian on an off white flecked pattern that complements the teak interior.
Description of layout from forwards:
From forward is a chain locker and sail storage area with access to the underside of the anchor windlass motor. There is a hinged opening hatch above this locker and steps welded to the back of the chain down tube to provide easy access to the locker from deck level. There are two small hinged “pipe berths” used as shelves for sail bags. The aft opening door to this locker is also a book case for the forward stateroom.
Next aft is the owners’ cabin with large queen sized bed with storage cabinets and drawers under to port, a small seat followed aft by a hanging locker. This cabin is air conditioned. At the forward end of the bed at the overhead is an actuator arm controlled drop down TV. Beneath the bed is a self-contained sump container with pump for automatic anchor locker drainage. Aft of the bed is the forward head compartment with a Corian counter top with single stainless steel sink and shower. There is a wall mounted adjustable shower wand holder. Outboard of the sink are two sliding mirrors with storage behind. There is a removable teak grating with sump drainage to a grey water tank. The head is electrically operated.
Further aft and to port is the guest stateroom with a full size expandable bed with storage under. Opposite to starboard is the aft head with a Corian counter top with single stainless steel sink and shower. There is a wall mounted adjustable shower holder. There is a small hanging locker forward of the counter. Outboard of the sink are two sliding mirrors with storage behind. There is a removable teak grating with sump drainage to a gray water tank. The head is electrically operated.
Further aft and up a step are the main salon and galley areas. The “U” shaped galley is to port with a Corian counter, double stainless steel sinks. Refrigeration is provided via top counter access compartments and one custom made upright unit with a hinged stainless steel door under the counter. The galley stove is a four burner with oven gimballed unit.
Opposite the galley is the large “C” shaped salon with large teak table and storage outboard. The outboard side of the galley counter has a hidden seat that faces the salon and allows additional table seating.
Aft of the saloon is a partition with vertical hand rail and a hidden pop up TV. There are also beveled, armored glass cabinet fronts in this area. Opposite is a chart table which has a removable chair allowing the navigator to sit down when at work. Further aft are quarter berths port and starboard. This area is air conditioned. Aft of the navigation table is the engine room access, there is also a dedicated wet locker with heat channeled into it from the engine room.
- 2013 Hall Spars custom built carbon tapered spar and boom of standard modulus 34-700 unidirectional pre-preg carbon fibre with 2 sets of spreaders, all cream painted. Halogen lights on both spreaders.
- The rig designed by Jim Antrim is 12' taller as the original mast which was restricted by the then important IOR Rule.
- Harken mast gear with ball bearing cars for full battened mainsail with stack pack and lazy jacks fitted 2014.
- Rod rigging from previous spar from 2011.
- Kevlar runners.
- Mainsheet blocks with leather protectors.
- GMT Composites carbon spinnaker pole stowed on deck.
- Solid stainless steel rod kicker.
- Navtec hydraulics for backstay with custom stainless steel ram.
- Stainless steel custom fixing for radar on backstay.
- Harken MK IV 3E electric furling for genoa fitted 2014.
- Spinlock clutches.
- 2 x Lewmar 50 S/T manual at mast.
- 1 x Lewmar 30 S/T manual at mast for mainsail reefing.
- 1 x Lewmar 48 S/T electric at coachroof for main sheet.
- 2 x Lewmar 68 S/T electric primaries.
- 2 x Lewmar 34 S/T manual secondaries.
- Harken MK4 3E Electric Halyard Winch.
- Maker. Pineapple, West Coast USA. All are 2010.
- Fully battened mainsail in carbon/taffeta with 3 reefs.
- Furling genoa in carbon/taffeta.
- Storm Trisail.
- Ripstop spinnaker in grey.
- Large furling genoa built by One Sails in 2014.
- High gloss varnished external trim including bulwarks and king plank - all re-varnished 2017.
- Custom Satcom mast by Scanstrut white painted fitted on aft deck for practical deployment of communciations aerials fitted 2014.
- Stainless steel dorados with blanking plates.
- Stainless steel stanchions, pulpit and pushpit.
- Custom single point stainless steel mainsheet arrangement in cockpit with teak cockpit table attached to it.
- Retractable helm seats in varnished teak for the helmsman.
- Original C&N fairleads re-chromed.
- Twin gloss varnished washboard and louvered doors above at entrance.
- Bowmar hatches with stainless steel surrounds.
- Yacht’s name EAGER embossed on coachroof top.
- Custom build boarding ladder built by Berthon 2013.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- Retractable cleats.
- Lewmar electric windlass with foot switches
- 73lb Rocnor anchor with anchor connector
- Custom stainless steel bow roller, rebuilt 2013 to accept the Rocnor anchor
- There is also a protector for use under the deck when the anchor is being deployed.
- 50m high grade 3/8s chain with 60m 18mm magabraid nylon warp spliced to it.
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
- Sail cover.
- Pedestal cover.
- Winch covers.
- Coachroof cover
- Overall foredeck cover
- Cockpit bimini and frame
- Sun awnings
- Topsides skirt
- All covers are executed in light tan
- Ships’ tender (named BEAVER) with 4hp Yamaha outboard 2014.
- Viking hard canister liferaft.
- Jackstays in white webbing
- Soft wood bungs for all seacocks
- Fire extinguishers
- Gas detector
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.
EAGER (Nicholson 55 Custom) 360 Degree Tour