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1950 to today

During the 1950s, things began to change within the boating industry as rapidly advancing technology and innovation created new opportunities to expand. Having largely been associated with yacht design and build, Camper & Nicholsons formed a new division for yacht charter. Around this time, George Nicholson moved to Cannes to help Camper and Nicholsons appointed agent Derek Burton to generate refit business. In 1961, their hard earned success led to the formation of Camper & Nicholsons International. This success inspired the opening of the Monaco and Palma offices during the 1960s. The brokerage side of the business performed steadily, the company set many records for the most expensive yachts sold, becoming leaders in the industry. Half a century later, our brokerage division remains unequalled. Our worldwide network of brokers count more than 200 years of loyal service to Camper & Nicholsons International. In 1969, Peter Nicholson stepped into his father’s shoes and in 1972, Campers merged with house building company Crest Securities Ltd to form Crest Nicholson.

As yachting continued to grow in popularity, the charter element of the company soon began to flourish alongside the design, build, refit and brokerage divisions.
Along with all the expertise in superyacht design, build, charter and brokerage, we added professional charter marketing, yacht management and crew placements to our company’s services. To reflect our increasing success, we have continued to expand globally over the years. The 90s, in particular, saw phenomenal development. Camper & Nicholsons International opened an office in Antibes in 1991, complemented by a strong presence in Cannes, and in the mid-90s, the London division moved from its original offices to occupy Mayfair premises.

In 1989, Crest Nicholson sold Camper & Nicholsons International to new management, and the company entered a new chapter in its history. The name of Camper & Nicholsons has long been renowned worldwide, but in 1992, Camper & Nicholsons crossed the Atlantic and made its mark with a string of offices in North America’s most celebrated yachting destinations. The first to open was in Palm Beach, a powerful force in both charter and sales, followed by Miami in 1998 and Fort Lauderdale in 2001. At the advent of the new millennium, Camper & Nicholsons International future took an exciting leap forward when the company was purchased by the Rodriguez Group in 2001. With George Nicholson remaining as chairman, the company maintained its well founded name and reputation whilst enjoying an exciting new level of opportunity. This was further enhanced in 2002 with the purchase of Bob Saxon Associates (BSA). The combined knowledge of the Camper & Nicholsons International and BSA staff, together with the largest fleet of quality yachts under management, and an unparalleled global presence, enables Camper & Nicholsons International to offer clients the most professional and comprehensive services of any luxury yachting company.

Camper & Nicholsons today

Today, Camper & Nicholsons has 10 offices around the world. Our staff numbers have grown significantly over the years and every Camper & Nicholsons employee has a genuine passion to deliver exceptional results. While our technology and communications remain unmatched, our belief in the traditional values of customer service and friendly professionalism has remained unchanged. Building on more than 200 years of celebrated heritage, our greatest asset is, and always will be, our unparalleled experience and dedication to excellence in yachting.

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