I just wanted to cast my lot into this conversation. I have 1968 Mark VI Nic' 32, usually here in Casco Bay, Maine
. I've owned her since 97, and she is my pride, though I must admit I'm starting to look at more modern boats (i.e. beamier) with the idea of longer periods aboard. It will be hard to replace her, since she's fast and comfortable, and stands up when the wind
is cranking (her North Sea heritage...)
She came across the Atlantic on her own bottom with her original owners (Jyll and Derrick Humber, hence her original name: 'Jylder") and spent some time in the Carrib before making her way to NE. It's said that Blondie Hasler and Sir Francis used to 'cocktail' aboard her, and a previous owner, Theobold Sprague, recently did a Northwest Passage
in a motor
I've kept her well, with ongoing improvements and maintainence, culminating in this winter's project
, having the hull
Awlgriped by the guy who used to run the paint
shop for Hinckley and Morris yachts. She'll be a treat on the eyes, when I get her back this spring...
There is at least one Nic 31 in the area, but I don't know of any other 32's in Maine
. There are several 35's and a 39 or two on the coast, and there's talk of a Nic rendezvous this summer, perhaps near Camden/ Rockland. All are welcome to come, and if there are any others out there interested in attending, contact me, and I'll let you know what I hear about dates, etc...
They are great boats, though i might be a little prejudiced....