This is one of the very earliest Rustler 31s, being the seventh hull built. She has an interesting history, originally being owned by the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club, in which ownership she raced at Cowes Week in 1967 with HRH Princess Anne on board - she has since bought two larger Rustlers herself. In 1973 she was 3rd in class in the Fastnet Race. The RACYC kept her until 1978, when she was sold into private ownership. The present owner bought her ten years ago, and has in that time done substantial renewals and refurbishment, including new spars, sails and standing rigging, and some new electronics.
Saloon and forecabin
Bukh DV20 diesel
Long keel with lead ballast and transom-hung rudder
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. Later a
larger version was built, the Rustler
36. There is a definite family resemblance between all these
yachts, and they all share an excellent reputation for seaworthiness
and all-weather speed.
Rustler 31s have been built by a number of builders, including
Ansteys, Maltings and Orion Marine. Also, particularly in
later years, a substantial numbers of bare mouldings were
also sold for home completion.
'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".
The heads has a (possibly ex-submarine) folding sink - which the
present owner does not use but is reluctant to remove!
The saloon table folds down from the forward bulkhead when required. To port there is a pilot berth above the settee, to starboard shelving. The interior fit-out is simple but effective, and obviously little changed over the 50+ years she has been sailing.
The galley has a small Peltier fridge unit built in next to the sink,
and a gimballed Eno gas cooker
The Bukh DV20 diesel was installed in 1980, and reconditioned in 2006.
It drives a fixed three bladed prop via a conventional shaft with greased stuffing box.
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
The entire rig - spars, sails and standing rigging - was replaced in 2011
Yachtsnet photos April 2018
"White Knight" is an old boat, but remains in remarkably god and original condition. She is simple, but what was a simple and practical seagoing layout and a seaworthy hull form in 1966 is still that today, though modern genoa furling and self-tailing winches make the work lighter. After ten years the present owner has now bought a slightly newer and larger classic yacht.
Bukh DV20 2-cylinder 964cc diesel, raw water cooled, installed 1980 and reconditioned 2006
Fuel tank capacity
approx 60 litres
bronze three bladed - new 2009
115AH engine start battery and 115AH services battery, both new 2017
Engine alternator ( Prestolite 100 amp ) new 2012
and deck equipment
Sloop rig, new Selden alloy spars and rod kicker with S/S standing rigging in 2011. Removable inner forestay with Highfield lever.
Hood Sails - new 2011
Hood roller genoa - new 2011
Furlex - new 2011
Hank on - sets on removable inner forestay
Hank on - sets on removable inner forestay
2 x Lewmar 40 self-tailing - new 2008
2 x Gibb 6 in cockpit and Barient 17 on mast (new 2011)
35 lb CQR with 50 metres 8mm chain - new 2011
Muir manual windlass
Raymarine ST2000+ - new 2008
Warps & fenders
4 warps and 6 fenders
Cockpit sprayhood and dodgers
Navigation Equipment and instruments
Furuno 1622 mono LCD radar
Navman Tracker 5500 colour plotter with charting for English Channel and Western approaches
Raytheon ST60 Tridata (repeater at chart table)
Raytheon ST60 Tridata
Navman 7110 VHF with DSC and remote command mic
Normal deck level nav lights plus LED tricolour at masthead
Whale Gusher 5
3 x dry powder
Forecabin, heads and saloon
Taylors 079K bulkhead mounted paraffin heater with flue - new 2013
Vee-berths in forecabin, two settee berths and pilot berth in saloon
Water tank capacity
Eno Gascoigne 2-burner and oven - gas - new 2012
Tropicool Classic Peltier-effect small coolbox in galley
Jabsco - new 2017
are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject
to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.
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