For Sale: Nina III – Christina 27 – Available for Restoration

FOR SALE    £5,000.00 or very near offer

This hull is based on the racing prototype and famous powerboat GIOVANNA and built by Halmatic

Nina III – Christina 27 – Available for Restoration

Dimensions - LOA 27 ft – Beam 9 ft 4 in – Draft 2 ft (outdrives up) 3 ft (outdrives down)

Builder - Bruce Campbell (Christina) Ltd – Launched 1974 – Built for Paris Boat Show 1968

Construction - High quality glass fibre deep-vee hull using hollow GRP ribs on close centres and marine ply stringers for high strength offshore capability – Teak decks – Teak and mahogany superstructure with solid teak corners and cappings.

Engines - Twin Chrysler TS3 supercharged diesels, 125 bhp each continuous, 150 bhp intermittent (now no longer functional). Enfield 200H outdrives with electro-hydraulic trim & tilt. Twin 36-gallon GRP diesel tanks.

Max continuous speed 27 knots

Accommodation - 2 permanent berths in fore-cabin; galley; WC with basin; full headroom; enclosed wheelhouse (space for two further permanent berths); large open cockpit

Launching Trolley - Purpose-built, four-wheeled, four docking arms

Current Condition - Now in very poor condition, requiring total restoration. She has been stored onshore for many years, on her launching trolley. The hull is in good condition, but the external woodwork is not. Deck fittings have been removed and are in storage, in good condition. New engines are required. The outdrives are stripped to component level awaiting rebuilding, and are complete with new bearings.

Nina III - On display on the Bruce Campbell stand at the Paris Boat show in 1968

↑   On display on the Bruce Campbell stand at the Paris Boat Show in 1968, without engines. The boat was a bare shell when my father and I bought it in 1970—lovely woodwork but no services or engines. We had a blank canvas.

This outline line drawing was with the very few original documents that came with the boat, when we bought her, part-finished, in Lymington.   ↓Nina III - Original document, outline line drawing when bought, part-finished, in Lymington

Nina III - Being craned from the yard where we finished building her

↑   Being craned from the yard where we finished building her, on to the launching trailer.
The deep forefoot of the hull, and the pronounced spray-rails along the bottom, are evident.

First launch in 1971—on the slipway at Littlehampton (at the mouth of the River Arun in Sussex).

At that time she did not have her custom-built launching trolley, and the yard didn’t have a proper boat-lift !

The very pronounced deep-vee hull form, and the two Enfield 200H sterndrives, are clearly visible.   ↓Nina III - First launch in 1971—on the slipway at Littlehampton (at the mouth of the River Arun in Sussex).

Nina III - Moored in Brighton Marina

↑   Moored in Brighton Marina, when that was the base for an offshore powerboat race. Nina III made an ideal spectator boat.

Currently in storage onshore on her launching trolley  ↓Nina III - Currently in storage onshore on her launching trolley

Nina III - Internal view of spacious cabin

↑  Internal view of spacious cabin

Enquiries should be sent to: John Hother at
or telephone: +44 796 872 6779

For Sale: 25ft Christina – Contango A

The 25ft Christina “CONTANGO A”

In 1961 the first Cowes Torquay Powerboat race featured 4 boats from the Bruce Campbell yard at Hamble they were Thunderbolt no 3 the eventual winner, Christina no 6, Campbell’s own boat Coralie no 4 and Contango A no 5 driven by P.Raymond.

Contango A - 1961

Contango A – 1961

Of those four boats, 2 are missing Coralie and Christina, which was last heard of on the east coast.
Thunderbolt is now fully restored and now Contango A is up for sale.

75% RESTORED she is now looking for a new owner who can complete her revival.

She is a Mark V hull which was redesigned for Campbell by Ray Hunt. The cold moulded hull was built by Walter Lawrence Ltd using the same techniques as they used for the Mosquito fighter plane bodies and finished in Campbell’s yard on the Hamble.

Carrying race no 5 she was originally powered by 2 Palmer engines totalling 270hp then in 1963 with race no 29 was converted to stern drive using the then new and successful Volvo Penta engines totalling 170 hp.

Although she was not as successful as her sister hulls she is still never the less a very important part of the history of this race being one of the very few boats still surviving that raced in 1961.

Current photographs will be supplied soon

Works carried out are as follows:

  • Hull stripped and rotten wood replaced where necessary.
  • Top half of transom replaced.
  • New cabin sides and top.
  • New cockpit coamings.
  • New capping rails etc in mahogany (varnished but not fitted).
  • Hull professionally repainted in original black enamel finish.
  • All upholstery re-upholstered in red with white piping.


  • Twin Volvo AQ145a 4 cylinder petrol engines with 280 legs.
  • Long range fuel tanks.
  • Separate heads compartment.
  • Anchor and chain.
  • Fenders.
  • Mooring lines.
  • Compass and sounder.
  • Full spray hood and cockpit cover.
  • Four wheel road trailer.

I have not worked on her for four years, and she has been stored under cover (barn) during this time. However the hull was painted two years ago. The engines were turned over last year. The outdrive legs are removed. A new mahogany deck/cover strip for the top of the transom has been made and shaped to fit. She currently looks rather sad, and I will endeavour to smarten her up before any one comes to view. Windows have been stripped ready for re-build. I have the period navigation lights, and also a new set of original engine controls. She also has her original “Blue Book”.

Initial enquiries should be sent to: Richard Rance at

Price will be circa £18,000 or sensible offers

Contango A - 1961... notice RAFYC pennant...

Contango A – 1961… notice RAFYC pennant…