Nicholson 32 Pocket Offshore Cruiser

Nicholson 32 Pocket Offshore Cruiser

EQUIPPED FOR EXTENDED OFFSHORE CRUISING AND TO BE COMPLETELY OFF-GRID

WATERMAKER, HUGE SOLAR SUPPLY, ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME INCLUDING AIR CONDITIONING WHEN IN HARBOUR, MODIFIED TO SUIT LIVE-ABOARD IN MANY INTELLIGENT WAYS OVER THE 20 YEARS OR OWNERSHIP FROM SAME OWNERS.

AN ABSOLUTE GEM. WE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE 'CARIBEE' IN 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY.

IMPORT TAX PAID FIJI AND USA

 

Caribee' must be seen to be believed. Upon climbing up the ladder to her cockpit when meeting her and her delightful owners for the first time in hot and sweaty Vuda Marina where she is kept in dry storage, I could scarcely believe my eyes. Accustomed to larger cruising boats, I was not prepared for what she had to offer. Escaping the mosquitoes and the intense heat, we took refuge inside where the air conditioning provided great relief. Instead of finding a cramped, tiny interior, I was immediately impressed by her feeling of light and openness. The owners and I sat inside for hours talking about their 20 years on board and their incredible adventures. It took me all about 5 minutes to fall head over heels in love with both the owners and this astonishing little yacht.

To begin with, the Nicholson 32 needs no introduction as a fast, seaworthy, strong and valiant little cruising yacht. Many have tens of thousands of miles under their belts, and they sit proudly up there with their hugely famous soul-sister the S&S 34, known for getting through pretty much anything the ocean can throw at them in spite of their relatively small size.

After thousands of cruising miles myself, if someone asked me if I felt safer on a 45' modern production boat or a sturdy little long keel 32' with a high ballast ratio such as the Nicholson 32, I would emphatically chose the later. When it comes to being safe on the ocean, smaller is often better.

If safety is one thing, comfort is another thing altogether, and not always an easy sacrifice. This is why Caribee is so extraordinary. Somehow, in spite of her size, one doesn't feel claustrophobic inside. Her delightful renovations and fit out are guaranteed to make you fall in love, and the love that her owners have shown her during the past 20 years of their vagabonding across the ocean is in every detail, from the exquisitely set up little bathroom, to the gourmet galley leaving no prisoners for the larger boats, the airy saloon with the gleaming varnished table, the added drawers and clever storage system everywhere, and the comfortable V berth and salon. 

Sure, everything is in reduce size, but I could stand and move about comfortable at 5'7". In spite of her high amount of gear, tools and spare parts, as well as the owner's own personal effects, there was no clutter. Everything fit in the lockers and cupboards, and there is room for more. 

The only blemish, inside and out, are some small areas of peeling paint on deck (recently repainted but not done properly by the local painters, who must have painted close to a boat being polished, which might have corrupted the paint with flying particles of silicone, which are now bubbling). The standing rigging, more accurately the wires (turn buckles are fine) will need replacing to be on the safe side. They are oversized and show no damage but are old. This is an easy job to do one stay at a time, or get the very good local rigger to do. This is quite cheap in Fiji and should cost no more than $2000 including labour. There is a tiny bit of superficial bubbling at the base of the mast, which is just a matter of a bit of wire brushing and re-paint.

Other than this, Caribee cannot be faulted and will make her new owners very happy and safe on the ocean for many, many years to come. 

 

Who said that one couldn't find a really good cruising yacht at that price?

 

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