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Sold: 57ft. NICHOLSON KETCH 10 METRE R CLASS – 1927 – Professionally restored – Lying: Sweden



Boat Details

Overall Length: 56ft. 6ins
Waterline: 36ft. 7ins
Beam: 10ft 3ins
Draught: 7ft 3ins
Displacement: 19 Tons T M
Engine: 115hp Cummins QSD2 Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: Ketch Rig sets 1,346 sq.ft.
Designer: Charles Nicholson
Builder: Neglingevarvet, Norway
Year Built: 1927
Location: Sweden


GHOSTER is a beautiful classic yacht with an immense history. Restored over a period of four years at Holmen Yachtverft and now appears in first class condition. New engine, new glued seam underwater hull, electrical system, instruments, see also list. Everything documented. GHOSTER has sailed to Svalbard, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

When a boat sails well on a mirror-shiny sea in almost no wind .
Hence the name Ghoster …..
A pure racing boat that was built according to the R rule of 1926. GHOSTER is a 10m R – Class Design.

Charles E Nicholson became one of Europe’s leading Yacht designers and he is the only one who designed 3 J-Class yachts for racing in the Americas Cup. GHOSTER was built and launched in Stockholm in June 1927 at the famous Stockholm boat builders in Neglingevarvet in Saltsjøbaden.

When the English owner Boucher wanted an R-boat that could sail in and out of Hamble River regardless of wind, he was thrilled with the R-10’s sailing abilities in light wind that she was christened GHOSTER – a nickname for something ghostly that comes hovering above the water level. In the English-speaking world, a great genoa is called a Ghoster or a Driver.

GHOSTER was the third Refanut and the most successful 10-meter R boat in the Baltic Sea from 1928-1939 then under the ownership of Jacob Wallenberg. After a new Refanut was built, GHOSTER was sold to Jacob’s nephew, Henry, who named her RENDEZ-VOUZ. She was in his possession until 1968 before being sold to England and renamed GHOSTER.

In May 1976, she was sailed back to Denmark by her new owner Bent Lyman. During the 1980s, she was converted from a sloop rig to a ketch to make it easier for two people to sail. Since then, GHOSTER has crossed almost every ocean in the world. In 1979 around Zealand – record 32 hours 28 min.There they beat Torrild’s record from 1968 of 34 hours and 43 minutes.

In 1983, S / Y Ghoster received one of the Royal Danish Yacht Club’s most prestigious honorary awards – the Kronborg Cup after completing the short – handed regatta Round Britain & Ireland Race in 1982.

In the four RB&IR, 1982,85,93,98, GHOSTER was the oldest vessel to have sailed, competing with ultra-modern racing sailing machines.


25-35 mm Honduras mahogany on oak and steel. Essentially original

Solid 25 mm teak, mahogany scan deck, fish and hatches

Lead about 8 tons

Displacement 20 tons

125 sq.m / 1,346 sq.ft

Large mast height 20 m

Mizzen mast 13.50m

In 2013, S / Y Ghoster was extensively restored

Below the waterline, 70% of old planking replaced, parts of timbers and iron frame have also been replaced
New oak keel and log on lead keel
New teak on acid-proof steel bases
New pine plank for waterline on steel frame
New floorboards with support strips in mahogany and teak
New engine (2017) Cummins Mercruiser QSD 115 hp
New Diesel tank – acid-proof
New water tanks – acid-resistant
New septic tank
New navigation instruments
New sails, New fitted tarpaulin cover.


An historic racing yacht, one of the first of her class and with a successful racing and cruising pedigree during recent years. GHOSTER’S design and condition are remarkable for a yacht built in the 1920s and with her current rig is easily managed by a crew of two. Beautiful period style accommodation for two/four with modern amenities and new engine. A superb yacht for classic Med sailing or racing or a stunning long distance cruiser for blue-water adventures.


LYING: Sweden


DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig.  Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.