Camper & Nicholsons

Few companies in the yachting industry can boast a heritage as rich as Camper & Nicholsons Yachts, which builds “retro” luxury commuter yachts from 14 to 23.65 metres. The shipyard also is offering a 42-meter superyacht series in collaboration with an Italian builder.

History

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts finds its origins in the shipyard founded in Gosport, England, in 1782 by Frances Amos. In 1809, Amos’ great-nephew, William Camper, joined and became his apprentice. Ben Nicholson also joined the yard as an apprentice, in 1842. Both men worked their way up to leadership positions, and the shipyard was rechristened Camper & Nicholson in 1863. (The final “s” was added to “Nicholsons” when Ben Nicholsons’ three sons later joined the company.)

Camper & Nicholsons became known for its fast, wooden racing sailing yachts, which included the famed J-Class sloops that competed in the America’s Cup Races of the early 20th century, including two J-Class boats commissioned by Sir Thomas Sopwith, Endeavour and Endeavour II. Camper & Nicholsons also built the 80.2-metre luxury Motor Yacht Philante for Sopwith in 1937.

In 2001, Nautor Holding, the Finnish firm that also owns Nautor’s Swan, acquired Camper & Nicholsons Yachts, the luxury yacht-building shipyard. The yacht builder now is a wholly separate business from Camper & Nicholsons International, which offers yacht brokerage, charter and management services.

Notable Yachts

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts’ 16.65-meter Velsheda 50, which launched in 2013, is a luxury commuter yacht with a deep-V hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates.  She offers comfortable accommodations for up to six guests.

Specialisations

Camper & Nicholsons Yachts offer four luxury commuter yacht models built of advanced composites. They are named after famous yachts launched by the shipyard during yachting’s “Golden Age” – the Endeavour 42, Velsheda 50, Shamrock 60 and Gelyce 80. The shipyard also has developed plans for a displacement superyacht, the 42-metre Filante 42, with naval architecture by Horacio Bozzo, which will be built by ISA Yachts in Italy.

NORGE

Camper & Nicholsons   80.25 m •  1937

CREOLE

Camper & Nicholsons   65.3 m •  1927

MARALA

Camper & Nicholsons   58.83 m •  1931

MALAHNE

Camper & Nicholsons   50.29 m •  1937

MALCOLM MILLER

Lewis   46.6 m •  1968

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Dunston   45.81 m •  1966

NORTHWIND II

Camper & Nicholsons   45.57 m •  1966

ANOTHER ONE

Camper & Nicholsons   45.54 m •  1967

ORION

Camper & Nicholsons   44.99 m •  1910

GRACE

Camper & Nicholsons   44.81 m •  1928

BERZINC

Mallorca   44.68 m •  1977

SYLVIA

Camper & Nicholsons   43.59 m •  1925

KYMA ALPHA

Mavrikos   42.73 m •  1960

CANDIDA

Camper & Nicholsons   39.65 m •  1929

ENDEAVOUR

Camper & Nicholsons   39.56 m •  1934

EMERA

Camper & Nicholsons   39.41 m •  1974

FAIR LADY

Camper & Nicholsons   39.17 m •  1928

CHANTAL

Globe   38.74 m •  1966

GREY MIST

Camper & Nicholsons   38.71 m •  1920

VELSHEDA

Camper & Nicholsons   38.5 m •  1933

CARDIGRAE VI

Camper & Nicholsons   37.76 m •  1962

THANDEKA

Camper & Nicholsons   37 m •  1999

DIANA

Camper & Nicholsons   36.73 m •  1963

SHAMROCK V

Camper & Nicholsons   36.42 m •  1930

PACHA III

Camper & Nicholsons   36.24 m •  1936

CACOUNA

Camper & Nicholsons   36.21 m •  1932

M.FAITH

Camper & Nicholsons   36 m •  1971

YANNEKE TOO

Camper & Nicholsons   35.9 m •  1995

ARIES

Camper & Nicholsons   35 m •  1953

ASTRA

Camper & Nicholsons   34.99 m •  1928

MERRYMAID

Camper & Nicholsons   34.75 m •  1904

GRACE

Camper & Nicholsons   34.75 m •  1928

PAPA

Camper & Nicholsons   33 m •  1972

SAHARET OF TYRE

Camper & Nicholsons   32.43 m •  1933

JOYETTE

Camper & Nicholsons   32.31 m •  1907

BLUE GUITAR

Camper & Nicholsons   31.33 m •  1965

AURORA

Camper & Nicholsons   31.21 m •  1964

NAVIGATOR

Camper & Nicholsons   31.09 m •  1961

CALABUIG

Camper & Nicholsons   30.54 m •  1979

OYA

Camper & Nicholsons   30.54 m •  1989

AILE BLANCHE

Camper & Nicholsons   30.48 m •  1939

PRINCESS SOPHIA

Camper & Nicholsons   30.3 m •  1938

LAMADINE

Camper & Nicholsons   29.57 m •  1967

KITTY HAWK

Camper & Nicholsons   28.96 m •  1964

COLOMBA

Camper & Nicholsons   28.96 m •  1902