Nicholson 39 ketch Capercaillie for sale

Nicholson 39 kits Capercaillie te koop


Nicholson 39 Capercaillie was built in 1977. In 2011 the present owner, Mr. Bruno Carpentier, bought her. He has done yearly maintenance since, and did several improvements. Her home port is Boulogne, but she is ashore at the boat yard ‘Chantier Naval du-Crapaud‘ in Aber Ildut (North-Brittany).

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asking price € 49.000


LOA:11,88 m
Beam:3,50 m
Draft1,70 m


Indeling van de Nicholson 39

Sleeps up to 8 in 3 cabins, 2 heads wit shower

Saloon – teak folding table – U-shaped settee that transforms into a double bunk with table down. Aft facing charts table top port, aft of the U-shaped settee. Single bunk to starboard.  

Fore cabin with V-bunk, which transforms into double with infill. Hanging lockers and vanity.

Aft cabin with double bunk plus single. Settee and vanity, drawers and hanging locker. Ensuite heads/shower.

2 heads with manual Lavac vacuum toilets, washbasins and shower. Hot and cold running water.


  • alongside galley to starboard.
  • 2 stainless steel sinks with hot and cold running water
  • large fridge, compressor was replaced 5 years ago
  • Flavel 2 burner stove with oven and griddle
  • ample storage


Ford 55 HP diesel, fuel consumption approx. 5 litres per hour at 1500 RPM, which equals 5 knots under normal circumstances. Starter motor and cooling system replaced 2011.

steering system

At this time, (mid November 2021) a new hydraulic steering system is being installed, replacing the old cable system after the cables broke and could not be replaced as they are no longer available. Consequently, the autopilot needed to be replaced as well. Total investment €10.000 approximately.


  • fuel tank: 150 lt
  • water tank: 300 lt
  • used water tank 100 lt


  • GPS Garmin 2011
  • VHF Garmin 2011
  • depth sounder
  • wind instruments Raymarine
  • compas at the steering pedestal

electriscal installation 12V

  • batteris and charger 2019
  • electric fresh water pump (+hand pump)
  • mains connetion


  • stainless steel and wood steering wheel
  • CQR anchor
  • cockpit cushions (blue)
  • 2x 44 ST Lewmar genoa winches, several secundary wiinches

rigging and sails

Zeilplan Nicholson 39 kits
sailplan Nicholson 39
  • alloy main and mizzen mast, alloy booms
  • manual reefing
  • rolling genoa 10 years old, in good shape
  • fully battened mainsail and mizzen, 10 years old, in good shape, both with lazy jacks and lazy bags
  • originele spinnaker, little used, in good shape
  • some secundary sails, in good shape

Bruno says

We took the decision to put the Capercaillie up for sale because of my wife’s health condition, which no longer allows her to join us on the summer trips we take each year.

We bought this 1977 boat in 2011 for the price of 40.000€. Since then, we have invested around 30.000€ in her. We have replaced the sails, the autopilot, the cooling system, the propeller, the prop shaft and the starter motor, the spray hood, the lazy bags, the batteries, the battery charger, the radio and the GPS. 

The boat has been taken out of the water every year and has always been well maintained.  All maintenance and repair bills are available. The boat is currently (mid-November 2021) being repaired at the Aber Ildut yard (North Brittany) after the steering cables broke.

interested in this beautiful Nicholson 39?

contact the owner, Bruno Carpentier