1976 Camper & Nicholsons 31' CN31

Chance Encounter


1976 Camper & Nicholsons

31' (9.45m) CN31 - Chance Encounter

This classically restored CN31 cutter rig has some notable blue water cruising features such as 5 layers of barrier coat, 2 new layers of bottom paint, transom-hung rudder, cape horn wind vane, an upgraded aluminum stern arch, brand new Harken main furler, and ground tackle gear for any geography.

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Flag of Registry: United States

Port of Registry: Seattle, WA

Vessel ID# 2795339      Last Updated: 2023-02-13 14:48:34
   Rebuilt Yanmar Engine
   Reliable Ground Tackle System
   All New Standing Rigging
   New Non-Skid on Deck
   NEW Harken Ocean Unit 0 Main Furler
Notable Upgrades: - Only 50 hours on diesel engine since 2018 rebuild - All standing rigging has been swapped out working with CN31 architect, from original through-deck shrouds and moved to exterior chainplates - All sails upgraded to roller furlers, including brand new Harken Ocean Unit 0 furler ($2,000+ upgrade) - Cape Horn Wind Vane - New non-skid throughout exterior deck and cockpit - Brand new Force 10 stainless steel 2-burner gimbaling range
   Date Listed: 12/22/2021

Ready for Blue Water Cruising!

$ 29,999 USD

€ 27,837 Euros
$ 41,409 CAD
£ 24,535 GBP



Top 5 Features Onboard The Camper & Nicholsons CN31

Monohulls are an incredible sailboat type not only for traditional day sails, but also as live-aboard accommodations. Camper & Nicholsons, who have been around since the mid-1800's, and who are is still building today, was founded as early as 1782. Fast forward well over 100 years, and you'll hardly notice the new Camper & Nicholsons as they now focus on custom superyacht design-builds being delivered all over the world.

What makes this particular Camper & Nicholsons CN31 special is she's owned and has been completely restored and heavily upgraded by Bluesail Yachting's former Chief of Maintenance over the past 8 years. While the owner has spent the last 5 years maintaining and operating some incredible yachts makes like Fountaine Pajot, Dufour, Jeanneau, Silent Yacht, Viking, and Leopard, in his spare time he has been restoring this beautiful CN31. You won't want to miss this amazingly restored cutter rig, ready to sail anywhere in the Florida Keys or Caribbean immediately upon purchase!

1.  Rebuilt Yanmar Diesel Engine

While Chance Encounter's single Yanmar 2QM20 inboard diesel engine was originally produced and commissioned in 1976 along with the boat, the owner has since meticulously overhauled and rebuilt it. Since the overhaul completed in 2018 the engine has only seen about 50 hours of use.

2. Ground Tackle and Anchor System You Can Rely On

Whether you're a sailing wanderlust cruising the Virgin Islands, residing at an anchorage for a few days, or anything in between, you'll be able to rest easy with the most reliable ground tackle gear you'll ever find on a Camper & Nicholsons CN31 sailboat. In 2019 the owner upgraded to the Mantus M1 45 lb. galvanized steel anchor. This anchor has absolutely no cast parts, the shank and shank boot are welded throughout and the roll bar is bolted to the fluke, ensuring structural integrity in even the most severe weather conditions. The M1's sharp-headed nose has been machined by Mantus to perfection, ensuring maximum penetrating power in any sea floor. If that wasn't enough, Chance Encounter comes with 125  feet of 3/8" size galvanized chain along with 120 feet of nylon rode. The chain is attached to the anchor with an oversized Mantus swivel.

As an added bonus, this CN31 sailboat also comes with both a CQR 45 lb and Fortress anchors with a surplus of extra swivels and shackles, giving you added reliability and peace of mind to drop your anchor in any geography around the globe.

3. All New Standing Rigging

As if upgrading the ground tackle system wasn't enough to get you excited, in 2022 the owner painstakingly enhanced the entire standing rigging system. Under consultation with the only surviving architect of the Camper & Nicholsons CN31, all standing rigging was swapped out from the original through-deck mounted shrouds for exterior chainplates. Alongside the new chainplates, the owner also reinforced the hull at each chainplate mounting location with oversized backing plates, reworked all the deck-to-hull joints, and reinforced a new toe rail design built directly into the joints. This CN31 is the only one on the market with upgrades like this, making this vessel even more sturdy and reliable than even the original design from 1976.

4. New Deck and Cockpit Non-skid

Anyone needing to make their way forward while underway can tell you how important having a non-skid surface is, especially in heavy wet weather. The owner of this CN31 knew this was a key feature that needed to be upgraded for the next owner, so he spent time throughout 2022 adding a new non-skid surface to both the deck and cockpit. Walk about your new CN31 with peace of mind with this incredibly functional and aesthetically pleasing upgrade.

5. NEW Harken Ocean Unit 0 Main Furler

We saved the best for last with one of the best upgrades the owner put into this boat over the past year. As virtually any sailor will tell you, while a full batten main with stack pack is great, it doesn't lend itself well to solo operation, so this owner dropped nearly $3200 into a brand new Harken Ocean Unit 0 furler for his mainsail. The Harken Ocean furling systems are engineered for strength, reliability, and ease of use especially when it comes to solo operation. The Harken free-rolling furlers make all the difference in headsail control by allowing the skipper to reef easily from a single location in the cockpit, all while maintaining perfect sail shape and trim.   This brand new upgrade in October 2022 tops off the list of amazing restorations and upgrades in the past 6 years totaling nearly $15,000.

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Data Sheet

HIN/IMO: CNL310040376

Official Number: 1275967

LOA: 31' 5" (9.58 Meters)

Type: Sail - Used

Year: 1976

Beam: 10' 2"

Cabins: 1

Sleeps: 3

V Berths: 1

Heads: 1

Maximum Speed: 8 Knots

Cruise Speed: 6 Knots

Fuel Type: Diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

Hull Shape: Monohull

Fuel Tank: 21 Gallons (79.49 Liters)

Fresh Water: 100 Gallons (378.54 Liters)

Holding Tank: 5 Gallons (18.93 Liters)

Gross Tonnage: 10

Imported: Yes

Builder: Camper & Nicholsons

Exterior Color: White

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Restored and Upgraded Camper & Nicholsons CN31 For Sale


Engine 1

  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 2QM20
  • Engine Year: 1976
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Power HP: 20.00
  • Power KW: 14.91
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Hours: 50.00
  • Hours Date: 12-22-2021
  • Engine Location: Middle

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From the Owner...

Step into a world of endless adventure with Chance Encounter, a unique and well-maintained CN31 sailboat. Set sail from Key West, Florida, and discover hidden coves, deserted islands and white sandy beaches anywhere in the world. Chance Encounter, maintained by a professional captain and sailboat maintenance technician for the past 8 years, is ready for your next adventure.

Chance Encounter has undergone extensive rebuilds and upgrades to her hull, diesel engine, electrical systems, standing rigging, and running rigging, making her a dependable and world-class cruiser. From 2014 to 2018, she underwent a complete overhaul, including a rebuild of the Yanmar 2QM20, all new running rigging, complete electrical rewiring, and osmosis blister removal to name a few. The overbuilt aluminum stern arch, added in 2016, has capacity for even more upgrades you might want. The interior and exterior lighting have been upgraded for added safety and functionality, and the interior was also refitted with teak and mahogany for style and longevity you won't find in factory original production boats.

In 2016, under the consultation of one of the last surviving Camper and Nicholson architects of the CN31, the standing rigging was changed from the original through deck mounted shrouds to exterior chainplates. The hull was reinforced at the new chainplate mounting locations with oversized backing-plates, and the deck to hull joint was reworked from stem to stern, and a reinforced integral toe rail was built into the joint design.

Outfitted for single-handed sailing with all roller furler sails, a Cape Horn Wind Vane, and a tiller pilot with 2 backup spares, Chance Encounter is a world-class cruiser that will take you on the journey of a lifetime. This vessel has been a constant companion, taking us on many unforgettable journeys. It's hard to let go, but we hope that the new owner will continue to cherish this boat as we have, and create their own memories with her.

Notable Features

  • Under consultation from the only surviving architect of the CN31, all standing rigging was swapped out from the original through-deck mounted shrouds to exterior chainplates.  
  • Reinforced hull at the new chainplate mounting locations with oversized backing plates
  • Deck-to-hull joints were reworked from stern-to-stern and a reinforced integral toe rail was built into the joint design
  • All sails upgrades to roller furlers, allowing for easy single-handed operation
  • Yankee cut jib, staysail, mainsail - all Dacron and in excellent condition
  • Cape Horn windvane
  • Tiller pilot with 2 back-up spares
  • New non-skid applied to deck and cockpit (October 2022)
  • Hew Harken Ocean Unit 0 main furler (October 2022)
  • Yanmar 2QM20 engine completely rebuilt (2018) - 50 hours since rebuild
  • BlueSea Systems 8408 electrical distribution panel with AC Main 6 positions/DC Main 18 Positions (2016)
  • Xantrex LinkPro battery monitor (2016)
  • 2 Trojan T-105 6-volt house battery bank (2017), and have NEVER gone below 70% state of charge since installed
  • New Force 10 Stainless Steel 2-burner gimballing galley range NEVER USED (2022)
  • 6 winches, including 2 Lewmar self-tailing winches
  • Custom aluminum stern solar arch (2016)
  • 300 Watt fully integrated solar panels (2016)
  • Mantus M1 45 lbs. anchor (2019)
  • CQR 45 lbs. Anchor
  • Fortress anchor
  • Whale Galley Gusher foot pump operates taps in stainless steel galley sink for both fresh and seawater (2016)
  • Lavac manual head with spares and rebuild kits included
  • Rule Mate 1100 automatic bilge pumps (2022)
  • Rule Mate 3700 bilge pump (2022)
  • Henderson MKV manual bilge pump
  • New canvas in 2017 with snap-on Isinglass covers, removable bimini
  • 2 Ram Mount bases with 1 bracket for tablet to move from nav desk to cockpit for easy navigation
  • Mahogany countertops (2016)
  • Original plates and bowls from 1976 when the vessel was originally purchased
  • 1 new coat of West Marine CPP Antifouling bottom paint (October 2022) on top 3 coats of West Systems epoxy barrier coast with of 2 coats of Interlux Interprotect 2000 barrier coat
  • All wiring has been replaced with copper tinned marine grade wire (2016)
  • All wiring is labeled along with wiring schematic
  • Interior upholstery redone (2017)
  • Flares, Lifesling, MOB throw line, SOS flag

Spare Parts & Equipment

  • 300 feet of extra 3-strand rode
  • Brand new 300' spool of 5/16" Samson braided nylon extra running rigging
  • Misc. spare parts for Yanmar engine
  • Wind scoop hatch ventilation
  • Seaway triple block 3/8" w/twist shackle
  • Harken 8mm ratcheting single block
  • Snatch blocks of various sizes
  • 2 x 1/2" stanchion mount blocks
  • 2 x 1/2" Tuphblox double blocks
  • 2x RWO triple blocks
  • 1/2" ZSpars single block
  • 3/8" RWO single block
  • 4x SS pad-eyes w/rings
  • 2x SS Ronstan pad eyes
  • 2x 1/2" bronze pad eyes
  • 2x heavy duty 3/8" SS pad eyes
  • 2 bronze 5” pelican clips
  • Bronze swivel carabiner clip
  • 1/2" galvanized anchor swivel
  • 3 x galvanized 3/8" anchor shackles
  • 2 x galvanized 3/8" anchor swivels
  • 2 x galvanized 5/16" anchor shackles
  • Davis Secure chafe guards
  • Assortment of wooden bung sizes
  • West Marine stainless steel rigging kit
  • 2 x heavy duty Lewmar T-track jib lead car
  • Spare Sta-lok fittings for shrouds
  • Various extra deck cleats
  • 12mm Lewmar double line clutch
  • Spare wildcat for windlass
  • Rechargeable air horn
  • Spare Lavac pump with 2 rebuild kits
  • Whale Gusher bilge pump with 1 rebuild kit
  • Whale floor button style foot pump
  • Extra seals for Gebo portlights
  • Extra seals for hatches
  • Rule 800 emergency/utility bilge pump with extension leads


Mechanical Disclaimer

Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

Contact Us

For more information about this yacht please contact Scott Mayer.
We look forward to working with you!

Pier One Yacht Sales

Perry Hotel and Marina
7005 Shrimp Road
Key West FL 33040 USA
Phone: 1-941-639-7777
Fax: 1-941-639-7778
Email: sales@pieroneyachtsales.com
Website: http://pieroneyachtsales.com

Pier One Yacht Sales is one of the leading brokerage firms selling power and sail boats worldwide and one of the largest firms in Florida. With 6 offices in Southwest Florida, Pier One has been serving boaters in buying and selling their vessels of any size since 2004.

Scott Mayer

Perry Hotel and Marina
7005 Shrimp Road
Key West FL 33040 USA
Office: 1-941-639-7777
Fax: 1-941-639-7778
Cell: (813)6015243
Email: scottm@pieroneyachtsales.com

Scott was born and raised in the Chicago area, though he now lives in beautiful Key West, FL. Prior to his time in Key West, Scott was the Chief Operating Officer of a private aircraft management/charter business, led flight departments, and held various strategic sourcing and contracting roles for several Fortune 500 companies for about 13 years. In 2018, Scott founded Bluesail Yachting in Key West. His objective was to take all of his experience and training in technology, process management, customer service, leadership, and innovation, then apply it to his passion for sailing to disrupt an industry longing for change. Since then, Bluesail, and Scott’s team, have earned dozens of awards and accolades for customer service and maritime experiences, leading him to ask one more question: “what else can we do to improve this industry?”


In 2022, Scott and Bluesail joined the Pier One Yacht Sales team to expand on their mission of bringing flexibility, integrity, and transparency to the maritime brokerage industry, with Pier One being the perfect cultural fit to aid with this objective. While Scott’s true passion is monohull sailing, the expertise he brings to the Pier One team is expansive. From sportfish and center consoles to express cruisers, motor yachts, and all types of sailing vessels, Scott is the full package. He understands the basic tax regulations for owning a boat as a business, regulations with regard to foreign and domestic built boats, maintenance, and what to expect from recreational or charter boat ownership. Scott is excited to share this experience and values, and looks forward to working with you to achieve all your boating objectives


International Yacht Brokers Association - Scott Mayer, Active Member - Vessel ID:  2795339