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Golden Hind 31 ketch


ashore Cornwall


Terry Erskine Yachts, Plymouth.


1976 - major refit 2000-2001




35' 0" including bowsprit

Sail area

560 sq ft working sail

Brief details


26' 9"


Staysail ketch

The Golden Hind is one of Maurice Griffiths most enduring designs. Conceived as a shallow draught family cruiser, for many years the design was also favoured for long-distance sailing. She is very much a go-anywhere boat, from drying harbours to long-distance passage-making. This 1976 GRP hulled example has a ketch rig with a taller mainmast, and had a very major refit/rebuild in 2000/2001 including a new 4-cylinder Beta diesel.


9' 0"


Forecabin and saloon


4' 2"


max 5


11,600 lbs


Beta diesel


4.,100 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with transom-hung rudder and steel bilge plates

Golden Hind 31 ketch

The original Golden Hind was a 28 ft plywood hulled design by Maurice Griffiths in about 1963/64 in the heyday of amateur plywood boatbuilding. It was taken up by Hartwells of Plymouth for production building, as a way to expand their business from the company's origins as coffin makers. Sloop rig was standard, but cutter and ketch rigs were options.

To give more interior space Maurice Griffiths then modified the design to 31 ft, and most of the 250+ boats built were thus Golden Hind 31s. When Hartwells closed down in 1971 one of the staff, Terry Erskine, took over the boatyard and had a GRP mould for the hull made, so most of the later Golden Hinds, including this yacht, were GRP hulled with epoxy-coated ply decks and solid mahogany coachroof sides. Terry Erskine ceased building Golden Hinds in the early 1980s, but a few more boats were built in the 1990s from the same moulds by Golden Hind Marine and later Newson Boatbuilders. These last boats had a taller rig.

Most Golden Hinds were built with a relatively short sloop rig, which was very conservative, and these boats tended to be slow under sail. Later boats had a larger rig, this ketch version having had a taller mainmast fitted to increase sail area. With both a long full keel and two bilge plates in the water, the Golden Hind’s underbody has quite a lot of wetted area, making her not the fastest in light airs, but the hull tracks extremely well and will steer herself for lengthy periods even without self-steering gear. It also points to windward better than one might expect, and the bilge plates help dampen the boat’s motion in a seaway.

Golden Hind 31 for sale - photo June 2021
Golden Hind 31 for sale


Golden Hind 31 saloon

The coachroof sides are solid mahogany,and the floorboards are solid (not veneered) teak.
The vertical panelling under the berths and under the galley area is laminate.

Forecabin berths

She is MCA Part I registered, and is only in her second ownership from new.


Yachtsnet photographs mostly June 2021, some

photos afloat are earlier - the photos afloat show older canvaswork as new canvaswork has recently been fitted.

Heads sink

The heads is to starboard between forecabin and saloon, with a hanging locker opposite to port

Saloon port side

In the saloon the starboard berth base lifts out and converts to a double using the backrest cushion as infill, the forward part of the bunk base resting on part of the table frame and supported aft by a drop-down leg. To port the settee has a trotter box to make a full length single berth. Above this trotter box is the Taylors bulkhead-mounted heater.


Under the worktop in the galley is a sink and large icebox.

The Taylors cooker is paraffin/kerosene fuelled, as is the cabin heater, so there is no gas on board. These Taylors cookers are still made - if you have £2,500 to spare!

Taylors cooker
Chart table


mostly June 2021

Keel and rudder
Golden Hind 31 ketch for sale
Ashore June 2021

Photo above: all the exterior canvaswork was renewed in 2019

Bowsprit and windlass
Deck aft
Cockpit forward

This GRP hulled Golden Hind 31 ketch is only in her second ownership from new, and after a near-total refit early in their present ownership has clearly since been well looked after.

She is a very solid traditional cruising yacht - equally at home on long passages or in small drying harbours.

Owners photo


Engine details

Beta BV1505 4-cylinder 1,500cc freshwater cooled diesel - installed new 2002, run 333 hours to date

Fuel tank capacity

2 x 7 gallon tanks


three-bladed bronze on shaft drive


95AH engine start battery and 75AH services battery

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator and deck-mounted solar panel

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Cutter ketch rig, Sparlight alloy spars with S/S standing rigging. Standing rigging pre-2000, fitted with re-usable Norseman type terminals. Mainmast replaced with taller mast late 1990s.


Tab Sails, slab reefing, two reefs with lines led back to cockpit. New sail cover 2019


Roller genoa

Genoa furling



Staysail sets self-tacking boom if required (boom not in use at present)


Mizzen with one slab reef, new sail cover 2019

Primary winches

2 x Antal 30 CST2 two-speed self-tailing

Other winches

2 x Barlow at mainmast, 2 x Girdlestone in cockpit

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with 40 metres 12mm calibrated chain ( chain new 2015 )

Kedge anchors

30 lb Fisherman with 6 metres 10mm chain and 40 metres 12mm warp

Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence Hyspeed manual windlass




Autohelm ST2000+ tiller pilot

Steering compass

Plastimo Contest 130

Handbearing compass


Warps & fenders

5 warps and 6 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood new 2019, cockpit cushions

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPS128


NASA Clipper, with transducer - available but not fitted

Depth sounder

Seafarer 501

VHF radio

Icom M505 with DSC

Handheld VHF

Icom M3 Euro


NASA dual frequency Navtex

Radio receiver


Safety/emergency equipment

Fire extinguishers

2 x new 2015 and fire blanket


Horseshoe with floating light and danbuoy

Radar reflector

Firdell Blipper

Bilge pumps

Henderson Mk 5 manual pump


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads, saloon

Cabin heating

Taylors 079K paraffin heater


5 ( one double and three singles )

Water tank capacity

20 gallons


Taylors 030 paraffin - two-burner, grill and oven


Large coolbox (coolbox only)


Baby Blake

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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