Nicholson 26 “Tumbleweed” For Sale



Nicholson 26

4-berth long-keel Bermudan Sloop

Camper & Nicholson 1967

Classic GRP cruiser with good performance

Survey available – 2017


Design & build

Designed by Charles Nicholson, the Nicholson 26 has become a classic masthead sloop, representing a good compromise between sailing performance and cruising comfort.  Tumbleweed was built by Camper & Nicholson in 1967 of GRP.  She has a long deep keel, tiller steering and 6’ headroom in the saloon.

LOA     26’ 7”  (7.9m)

Beam   7’ 9”  (2.3m)

LWL     22’  (6.01m)

Draft    5’ 6”  (1.7m)

(The dimensions are as given and not as measured, and no undertaking is given or implied as to their accuracy)

Hull number  1427 manufactured by Halmatic 10.04.67

Construction  GRP hull, superstructure and deck.  Transom hung rudder

Displacement 5.5 tons

Auxiliary Engine:       

8hp Saab HG Diesel with straight shaft drive

8 gallon stainless steel fuel tank

25 gallon water tank


Main – Wilkinson slab reefed (3)

Winter main – B Banks

Self-furling foresail (Facnor SD130 system, recut Wilkinson yankee)

Other foresails not converted for self-furling

  • No 1 Genoa –   B Banks
  • 2 working jibs and a storm jib
  • Spinnaker

Mainsail cover, cockpit cover, dodgers


  • Garmin GPS
  • Compass X 2,  Silva & Sestrel
  • Wind speed and direction, Stowe
  • Echosounder, Clipper Duet
  • Speed and distance log, Clipper Duet
  • VHF (with GPS), Standard Horizon

Radar reflector and lights

Autohelm 1000

Navico TP100 Autopilot

Hasler wind vane self-steering


4 berths in single cabin layout

Teak joinery

Galley with Plastimo gas cooker and grill

Separate heads with Lavac Sea Toilet.  Basin

Chart Table and navigation equipment

General Equipment

  • Avon Redstart inflatable
  • Winter storage cradle
  • 25lb Plough anchor with 30 fathoms chain
  • 20lb CQR anchor with 2 fathoms chain and 10 fathoms warp
  • Ladder, boat hook, bosun’s chair
  • Fenders and warps, foghorn, life ring with light and danbuoy
  • Flares

Special Remarks

Tumbleweed is a comfortable, well fitted out boat, used regularly and equipped and ready to sail.

She sails very well in light and strong winds

Full osmosis treatment was carried out by Gillingham Marina in winter 2000. 

Antifouling build-up removed 2020 and osmosis treatment patched where necessary

Insurance survey available March 2017


Mike Poole  01822 840612