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J77418

Rustler 31

Lying

afloat Dorset

Builder

Russell Anstey Yachts, Poole, Dorset.

Year

1966

Price

£19,500

LOA

31' 5"

Sail area

547 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details

LWL

24' 0"

Rig

Sloop

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.

Beam

9' 0"

Cabins

Saloon and forecabin

Draught

5' 6"

Berths

5

Displacement

12,770 lbs

Engine

Bukh DV20 diesel

Ballast

5,600 lbs

BHP

20

Keel type

Long keel with lead ballast and transom-hung rudder

Sailplan

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".

Rustler 31 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs April 2018

Rustler 31 for sale - moored aft

Saloon

Forecabin
Heads

The heads has a (possibly ex-submarine) folding sink - which the
present owner does not use but is reluctant to remove!

Sink

Saloon forward

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.

Saloon table
ACCOMMODATION PLAN
Saloon aft
Saloon
Chart table
Chart table detail
Radar Chart table instruments
Galley

The galley has a small Peltier fridge unit built in next to the sink,
and a gimballed Eno gas cooker

Galley detail
Engine

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.

Rustler 31 for sale

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..."

Deck

Deck aft
Rig

The entire rig - spars, sails and standing rigging - was replaced in 2011

Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit forward
Cockpit and deck

Yachtsnet photos April 2018

Brochure photo
Plan

"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.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Bukh DV20 2-cylinder 964cc diesel, raw water cooled, installed 1980 and reconditioned 2006

Fuel tank capacity

approx 60 litres

Propeller

bronze three bladed - new 2009

Batteries

115AH engine start battery and 115AH services battery, both new 2017

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator ( Prestolite 100 amp ) new 2012

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, new Selden alloy spars and rod kicker with S/S standing rigging in 2011. Removable inner forestay with Highfield lever.

Mainsail

Hood Sails - new 2011

Genoa

Hood roller genoa - new 2011

Genoa furling

Furlex - new 2011

Working jib

Hank on - sets on removable inner forestay

Storm jib

Hank on - sets on removable inner forestay

Spinnaker

With pole

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 40 self-tailing - new 2008

Secondary/halliard winches

2 x Gibb 6 in cockpit and Barient 17 on mast (new 2011)

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with 50 metres 8mm chain - new 2011

Anchor windlass

Muir manual windlass

Steering

Tiller

Autopilot

Raymarine ST2000+ - new 2008

Steering compass

Sestrel Minor

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 6 fenders

Miscellaneous

Cockpit sprayhood and dodgers

Navigation Equipment and instruments

Radar

Furuno 1622 mono LCD radar

GPS/Chartplotter

Navman Tracker 5500 colour plotter with charting for English Channel and Western approaches

Log/speed

Raytheon ST60 Tridata (repeater at chart table)

Depth sounder

Raytheon ST60 Tridata

Windspeed/direction

Raytheon ST60

VHF radio

Navman 7110 VHF with DSC and remote command mic

Nav lights

Normal deck level nav lights plus LED tricolour at masthead

Safety/emergency equipment

Lifebuoy

Horseshoe

MOB equipment

Lifesling

Radar reflector

Mast mounted

Bilge pumps

Whale Gusher 5

Fire extinguishers

3 x dry powder

Interior

Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Taylors 079K bulkhead mounted paraffin heater with flue - new 2013

Berths

Vee-berths in forecabin, two settee berths and pilot berth in saloon

Water tank capacity

30 gallons

Cooker

Eno Gascoigne 2-burner and oven - gas - new 2012

Coolbox

Tropicool Classic Peltier-effect small coolbox in galley

Heads

Jabsco - new 2017

These particulars 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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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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