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Rustler 31

Brief details

Builder

various, including Ansteys, Maltings and Orion Marine

A long-keel classic, the Rustler 31 is sought after both as fast coastal cruiser and as a long-distance passage-maker. Good examples command high prices, though as with all long-keelers with a high reputation for seaworthiness, many Rustler 31s have covered a lot of miles in their life, and some inevitably are a little tired.

LOA

31' 5"

Sail area

547 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

24' 0"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 0"

Cabins

2

Draught

5' 6"

Berths

4-5

Displacement

12,770 lbs

Engine

various

Ballast

5,600 lbs

BHP

typically 12 - 27

Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast

Rustler 31

The Rustler 31 was designed by Kim Holman in around 1964/65, and is generally regarded as a bigger version of his famous earlier Twister design, itself a development of the Folkboat type. Later a larger version was built, the Rustler 36. There is a definite family resemblance between these yachts, and they all share an excellent reputation for seaworthiness and all-weather speed. When first built, Rustler 31s were competitive in offshore racing, but nowadays are prized more for their seaworthiness, many having made long ocean passages.

Rustler 31s were built initially by Anstey Yachts, run by Russell Anstey, the Rustler 31 design name being a play on his name. Later boats were built by by Maltings Boats, before the builder switched to Orion Marine in Cornwall, who then became Rustler Yachts. Over the years quite a number of bare hulls (particularly from Orion Marine) were sold to both amateur builders and other boatbuilders.

Practical Boat Owner described the Rustler 31 thus - "....She exudes an air of rugged durability and inspires immediate confidence that she will behave predictably and correctly at all times, being easily handled by a small crew, yet weatherly and reasonably fleet of foot. There is a wonderful feeling of purposefulness and solid predictability that comes with a boat of moderate to heavy displacement - I would call it 'twitch resistance..."

Moored
Moored

Rustler 31s are the sort of boats on which it is not uncommon to find vane gear self-steering
- they have long been a favourite of short-handed long-distance sailors.

 
Saloon

Above and below - with many builders there can be a lot of detailed variations in fit-out,
though most are fairly similar overall. Many early boats had pilot or pipe cot berths for
offshore racing crews above and outboard of the saloon settees - many of these pilot berths
have since been converted into lockers. Most Rustler 31s have saloon tables that hinge down
from the forward bulkhead, though you do find different options.

Rustler 31
Rustler 31
Forecabin
Heads

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The forecabin of this Rustler 31 has been modified slightly by making the vee-berth into a permanent double, instead of having a removable insert. A large hanging locker is opposite the heads compartment

Saloon table
Saloon aft
Galley
Chart table

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Deck
Rustler 31
Cockpit
Rustler 31
Under sail

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