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Rustler 31


Rustler 31 for sale




31' 5"


9' 0"


5' 6"

Keel type

Long keel


Beta diesel



This is one of the very earliest Rustler 31s, being the fifth hull built. Although well over 50 years old, she is in only her second ownership from new and is almost certainly one of the very best condition Rustler 31s you will find anywhere. The hull is in beautiful condition, she has a new Beta 25 diesel run just 14 hours, with Darglow feathering prop, an electric windlass, recent standing rigging, a full cockpit 'camper' cover and a wind charger as well as an excellent inventory. After 27 years in her present ownership she only for sale now due to health reasons.

The Rustler 31 was designed by Kim Holman and Russell Anstey in around 1964/65, and is generally regarded as a bigger version of Holman's famous earlier Stella and Twister designs, these also being a development of the Folkboat type. There is a definite family resemblance between all these yachts, and they all share an excellent reputation for seaworthiness and all-weather speed.

Anstey Yachts ws set up specifically to build the Rustler 31s, and remained in operation until 1974, later buiding a number of other designs as well as Rustlers. These Anstey-built Rustlers were built to Lloyds 100A1, and were sold new for £5,500 in 1966.

'Yachting Monthly' published a used boat review of the Rustler 31 in 2016 and wrote ".... Compact and superbly built, the Rustler 31 is ideal for a two-man crew" and "With her sound design, substantial build quality, encapsulated long keel and high ballast ratio she is steadfast and sea-kindly". Another comment was "The deep vee-sectioned, overhanging bow cuts through waves rather than slamming, and little water reaches her cockpit unless you push her too hard. Though slower to react to the helm than a lightweight fin-keel yacht, she is thoroughly predictable and gets on with the job regardless of sea and weather".


Equipment List:

Engine details

Beta 25 898cc three-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, installed new 2017 and run 14 hours only

Fuel tank capacity

Believed approx 60 litres


Dargow Featherstream 3-bladed feathering propeller, shaft drive with Aquadrive flexible coupling


2 x 85AH

Battery charging /electrics

75 amp engine alternator, plus Rutland 914i wind generator and Solara solar panel with Marlec HRDi charge controller.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Kemp spars new approx 1995, with S/S standing rigging replaced 2012


Foil Sails, slab reefing with three reefs


Foil Sails roller genoa

Genoa furling

Rotostay II

Primary winches

2 x Meissner 25/43 two speed self tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Meissner 21/32 two speed self tailing

Halliard/ reefing winches

2 x Lewmar 16 and one Lewmar 8 on mast

Bower anchor

35 lb Lewmar Delta with 55 metres chain and 30 metres warp

Kedge anchors

25 lb CQR with approx 40 metres chain and warp, also one Fishermans anchor

Anchor windlass

Lewmar Pro series 1000 electric windlass with up/down footswitches - new 2012




Simrad TP32 tiller pilot - new 2014

Steering compass

Plastimo Contest 130 bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers, full cockpit 'camper' cover with S/S frame and windows, also covers for hatch and mainsail.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPS128

GPS/ Chartplotter

Standard Horizon CP-300i 7" colour plotter with GPS and charting for UK-wide and channel coverage


Brookes & Gatehouse Network Quad

Depth sounder

Brookes & Gatehouse Network Quad

Windspeed/ direction


VHF radio

Standard Horizon Matrix GX2100 with DSC and AIS ( AIS targets display on radio LCD and on chartplotter )

VHF radio (handheld)

Standard Horizon Matrix HX28E submersible


NASA Target Navtex Pro

Safety/emergency equipment


Ocean Safety Ocean 4-man ISO9650 canister type new 2014, now requires service


Horseshoe with danbuoy

Radar reflector

Firdell Blipper mast mounted

Bilge pumps

Henderson Whale manual pump plus electric pump


Webbing jackstays


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon



Water tank capacity

40 gallons


Plastimo Pacific 2000 two-burner, grill and oven - gas


Frigoboat refrigerated coolbox under chart table seat (coolbox heavily insulated and keel cooler for compressor)


Jabsco - new 2019

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