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Elizabethan 31 ketch

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Peter Webster Ltd., Lymington

The Elizabethan 31 is a classic long-keeled cruising yacht. Most were aft-cockpit sloops, but a few centre-cockpit ketch-rigged versions were built. These had much greater headroom than the aft-cockpit sloop versions.


31' 0"

Sail area

430 sq ft


24' 2"




9' 4"


Forecabin, saloon and aft cabin


4' 8"




11,200 lbs




5,600 lbs



Keel type

Long fin keel

Elizabethan 31 ketch

The Elizabethan 31 was introduced in 1968, as a long-keeled family cruiser. She was the first commercial design by David Thomas, who later went on to design the Sigma and several Hunters. Around 40 sloop rigged Elizabethan 31s were built by Peter Webster Ltd., though after the company's closure in 1976 the moulds were used to produce additional hulls, mostly home completed.

In 1970 a ketch-rigged version was built, with centre cockpit and a higher deck moulding, giving much greater headroom in the saloon, as well as a separate two-berth aft cabin. The long-keel hull is exactly the same as the sloops, with 50% ballast ratio. Elizabethan 31s are well regarded as long-distance cruisers with several having made notable ocean passages. The yacht illustrated here is one of these rare ketch-rigged versions (only four ketches were built)

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Elizabethan 31 ketch

The Elizabethan 31 has a classic long keel hull, with moderate draught. This example has legs to allow her to dry out upright.

The saloon has a dinette (convertible to double berth) to port, and the galley to starboard. Headroom in the saloon is about 6' 6"

The aft cabin has two single berths, with a shelf dividing them

Left - the heads compartment, with hanging locker opposite, has a stainless basin and a marine WC.

The forecabin (below) also has two single berths. The tube in the centre is the chainpipe leading from the deck to the chain locker.



Elizabethan 31 ketch

On deck she has a ketch rig with triatic stay. The cockpit is deep, and has wheel steering. The diesel inboard is installed under the cockpit sole, with good access via removable panels.

Elizabethan 31 ketch


Elizabethan 31 ketch

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