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Old 12-06-2017, 15:16   #1
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Camper & Nicholson 43

Anybody sailed/owned this beauty for longer term? How does it sail in too little/too much wind/rough weather?

How about build quality? Any blistering/delamination issues over the years? Anything specific to watch for, when buying a 40years old piece?
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Re: Camper & Nicholson 43

I have owned one since 2008. The initial build quality was good and she has aged very well. A fantastic sea boat and reasonably swift performance. You need to be handy with varnish and a winter cover reduces maintenance hugely. My vessel has the original mast and spinnaker poles - although the boom is new. She has had an osmosis treatment under prior ownership and remains reasonably dry with no blistering other than locally on the deck. You need to watch the balsa sandwich and I have had to undertake some localised repairs. These boats sail as well as they look, and are perfectly liveable for a crew of 4 or 5 Although the cabins feel cramped by modern cruiser standards there is tons of locker space - way more storage than in contemporary cruisers. Provided you keep on top of routine maintenance especially brightwork she will look good and be straightforward to maintain...
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