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Rustler 31




Hull moulded to Lloyds 100A1 specification by Maltings Boats of Essex, fitted out by Tucker Brown Ltd., Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.



Price reduced



31' 5"

Sail area

547 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


24' 0"



A long-keel classic, the Rustler 31 is sought after both as a fast coastal cruiser and as a long-distance passage-maker. This yacht is very well equipped including a Seafeather windvane gear,and is one of the best examples of a Rustler 31 you will find, having had a great deal of refit and refurbishment work done by the present and previous owners, who are selling now only because they have bought a much bigger boat for long-term long distance cruising.


9' 0"




5' 6"




12,770 lbs


Beta BD722 diesel


5,600 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast and transom-hung rudder


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 at Poole, run by Russell Anstey, the Rustler 31 design name being a play on his name. Later boats were built by by Maltings Boats in Essex, before the builder switched to Orion Marine in Cornwall, who then became Rustler Yachts. Over the years quite a number of bare hulls were sold to both amateur builders and other boatbuilders, this yacht for sale being completed by the well regarded East Coast boatyard Tucker Brown of Burnham-on-Crouch.

Moored quarter

Yachtsnet photographs November 2019

Moored starboard
Stern view

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The topsides were completely regelled in 2005, and now as you would expect look like a a 14 year old boat and not a 38 year old one. The hull below the waterline had a full osmosis treatment in 2014. Add in all sorts of other work including a replacement engine, prop, rewiring, resealing windows and capping rail, plus a comprehensive inventory, and you have a remarkably well sorted boat.

Ashore 2019
Deck aft

The standing and running rigging was entirely renewed in 2016, along with all wiring, cabling, VHF aerial and masthead light fitting.

Cockpit from port side
Cockpit instruments
Cockpit from starboard

She has two self-steering options, a Raymarine tiller pilot with ACU100 computer and P70S display installed in 2015, and a Seafeather servo-paddle wind vane gear installed in 2017.

Seafeather vane gear
Anchored 2017
Engine installed 2002

The three-cylinder Beta 20 diesel was installed in 2002, with new sterngear driving a three bladed prop which was renewed in 2014. It is freshwater cooled, providing hot water to galley and heads sinks via a calorifier. Engine hours are believed to be approx 2,000 (like almost every marine VDO LCD hour meter in existence, the LCD display has gone blank).

Heads washbasin
Saloon forward - table folded

The saloon table folds away against the bulkhead, opening space in the saloon.

Saloon table

Below: both saloon settee backs hinge up to create wider berths
- though definitely singles and not doubles.


Saloon aft
Chart table
Galley detail
Ashore 2019

'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..."

'Sailing Today' commented in a review - ".... She's easy to sail and will look after you in a blow. Despite her long keel she tacks like a dinghy on a turn of sixpence"


We sold this Rustler 31 to the present owners in 2015, after a fairly long term previous owner had spent a lot of money on her, and completed an AZAB Azores race circuit. Since then her present owners have also cruised her extensively, and have now bought a (much) larger boat to go further.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Beta BD722 20 hp 3-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, installed 2002 with new sterngear, run approx 2,000 hrs.

Fuel tank capacity

15 gallons, with fuel gauge


3-bladed - new 2014


2 x 85AH AGM service batteries (new 2019) and 85 AH engine start battery

Battery charging/electrics

60 amp engine alternator with Driftgate charge controller. Inverter for 220v supply. Victron battery charger. Solar panel on coachroof. LED lighting throughout.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Boyce alloy spars with S/S standing rigging dated 2016. Rod kicker and spinnaker pole.


Dart Sails, slab reefing with lazyjacks and "stackpack" type cover, also spare mainsail


Dart Sails roller genoa, also spare genoa

Genoa furling



Masthead spinnaker with pole and gear, also spare spinnaker

Heavy weather jib

No 2 headsail on removable inner forestay

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 40 two speed self-tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Lewmar 8

Halliard winches

2 x Lewmar 40 two speed on mast - fitted 2016

Bower anchor

15 Kg Rocna with 60 metres 8mm calibrated chain

Kedge anchor

Fortress type

Anchor windlass

Lewmar manual windlass




Raymarine tiller pilot with ACU course computer and P70S display - all new 2017


Seafeather servo-paddle windvane gear - new 2017

Steering compass

Plastimo bulkhead

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers and mainsail covers all replaced 2016

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Furuno 1623 monochrome LCD radar


Magellan GPS


NASA Clipper - new 2012

Depth sounder

Seafarer 700 with cockpit repeater


NASA Clipper - new 2012

VHF radio

Icom IC-M411 with DSC - new 2009 with deck speaker

Radio receiver HF

NASA SSB receiver - new 2018

Radio receiver

Sony radio/CD - new 2011

Safety/emergency equipment


Horseshoe with floating light


Offshore dan buoy


Webbing jackstays along coachroof sides

Radar reflector

Firdell mast mounted

Bilge pumps

2 x manual pumps

Fire extinguishers

2 x extinguishers in cabin and auto extinguisher in engine compartment


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Trumatic gas blown hot-air heating - requires servicing



Water tank capacity

30 gallons, hot water from engine calorifier - with water monitor


Plastimo two-burner, grill and oven - gas


Coolbox with Coolmatic refrigeration installed 2011


Blakes Lavac





Waveline 2.3M inflatable with deck cover


Various spares including spare alternator, filters, belts etc.

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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