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Parker 31

Brief details


Parker Yachts Ltd, Lincolnshire.

The Parker 31 is an unusual high performance lift-keel yacht with excellent accommodation, including over six feet headroom. The wing keel is over four feet wide, and retracts to allow drying out in 2' of water. Like all Parker lift-keel yachts, they command higher prices than you would expect compared to similar sized non-lift-keel yachts


31' 0"

Sail area


28' 3"


Fractional sloop


10' 0"




2' 0" keel up to 6' 0" keel down




7,000 lbs


Yanmar 2GM20 diesel


2,300 lbs



Keel type

Lifting wing keel

Parker 31

The Parker 31 evolved from a 1981 Tony Castro design, the 31' "Passage Maker", which was built by John Baker, the builder of the Seal range of smaller lift-keel yachts. She was intended to be a high performance, lifting-keel racer/cruiser, capable of winning events such as The Three Peaks Race.

When Parker Yachts took over the assets of John Baker Ltd., the design was modified to become the Parker 31. With 3 cabins, one en suite, to house 2 double and 2 single berths, the design offers a remarkable combination of accommodation and speed, plus the ability to take the ground. 30 of these were built between 1987 and 1993. "Yachting Monthly" said of the design: ".... the performance and handling are remarkable. She is very fast, unexpectedly stable, and finger light on the tiller"

The design was later enlarged and modified to become the Parker 325 and 335 designs. Parker Liftkeel Yachts Ltd. ceased trading in summer 2009.

Parker 31

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Parker 31

Parker 31

The accommodation consists of a forecabin with vee/double berths, with stowage under and a full height hanging locker cabinet with sliding doors. There are two single saloon berths, with a folding saloon table, plus an aft cabin with double berth and full height hanging locker. There is also a chart table with swing out seat. The heads have a marine WC and shower. The galley has twin s/s sinks and coolboxes, and a two burner and oven gas cooker.

Parker 31

The lift keel
fully retracted

Parker 31

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