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British Hunter Channel 31 (twin keel)


ashore Cornwall


Hunter Boats Ltd., Rochford, Essex.






30' 9"

Sail area

496 sq ft

Brief details


26' 8"


Fractional sloop

The Hunter Channel 31 is a modern fast cruiser, this twin keel example being the 2003 Boat Show exhibit, that has been in the same ownership from new. She is in extremely good condition, and though quite extensively cruised by the family, has clearly been very well maintained. The hull is coppercoated and she has a Gori feathering prop. She has a good cruising inventory and Eberspacher heating, along with recent standing rigging. She will be recommissioned for 2023 shortly, after which she will go onto a mooring near Falmouth.


10' 4"


2 plus saloon


4' 1"




9885 lbs


Yanmar 2GM20F diesel


3,899 lbs



Keel type

Twin iron bulbed keels and spade rudder


Hunter Boats Ltd. built yacht and keelboats in Rochford, Essex from 1968 onwards, initially building the Oliver Lee designed Squib keelboat. By 1975 David Thomas became the main designer and they built the popular Hunter Sonata and Impala 28 cruiser/racers, then the various Hunter Horizon models in sizes from 21 to 32 ft. The final larger cruiser model was the Hunter Channel 31.


In 2003 Hunter Boats was bought out by the Select Yachts Group who already owned Cornish Crabbers and Red Fox Yachts amongst other smaller boatbuilders In 2008 Select Yachts went into voluntary liquidation in the middle of the then current financial crisis. In 2009 Lauren Marine of Southampton purchased the rights and moulds for most of the Hunter range of boats and built them under the brand of British Hunter.


The British Hunters have never had any connection with the Florida-based Hunter Marine, even when that company briefly also operated a factory in the UK. American Hunters and Hunter Legends which were the UK built Hunter Marine versions, are American designs generally more lightly built than British Hunters.

The Hunter Channel 31 is a David Thomas design that offers a remarkable combination of easy handling with good performance and the ability to dry out on her twin keels. Hunter always referred to these boats as "twin fin" rather than "bilge keel" to emphasise their performance. She is one of the few boats of this size to achieve a RCD Category 'A' rating even for the twin keeled version, achieved by a higher ballast ratio than most comparably sized production yachts, combined with quite deep bulbed twin keels. This allows her to carry a good sail area, in a mainsail-biased 7/8th rig. This yacht has a 120% genoa as shown on the sailplan at left, although she has the track for the optional smaller self-tacking jib. The hull is solid laminate, with foam filled frames, stringers and floors for stiffness. The deck is solid laminate with Coremat stiffening. Unlike most earlier British Hunter models, the Channel 31 had an interior designed by Ken Freivokh - much more attractive than the rather utilitarian fit-out of many earlier Hunters.

When introduced she was thought of as very much a cruiser-racer, but now is simply a good fast cruiser. In the words of' 'Yachting Monthly' ".... She'll make a tough and capable coastal or offshore cruiser, easy to handle for a a couple or small family, and with a pedigree that guarantees she'll be fun to sail when it blows".

Owners photo
Hunter Channel 31 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs March 2023

Ashore March 2023

The hull is coppercoated, but the twin iron keels are antifouled, as Coppercoat is difficult to keep adhered to iron keels.

Ashore starboard
British Hunter Channel 31 for sale
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Forecabin berth

Saloon table
Saloon aft

Saloon headroom is approximately 6' 1"

Chart table
Accommodation plan
Aft cabin
Aft cabin
Gori feathering prop

The original fixed two bladed prop was replaced with a Gori three-bladed feathering prop in 2010

Ashore March 2023
Bow detail
Deck aft

The mast has (expensive) Harken ball-bearing batten cars, added to make mainsail hoisting, lowering and reefing easier. The standing rigging was replaced in winter 2018/19

Hatch instruments
Cockpit forward

These Hunters were quite expensive boats when new - costing over 40% more than a
comparable sized Beneteau First or Bavaria 31. British Hunters construction was always solid,
and with the Channel 31 the Ken Freivokh designed interior finish is much better finished
than many of Hunter's earlier models.


Engine details

Yanmar 2GM20F twin-cylinder diesel

Fuel tank capacity

58 litres


Gori 3-bladed feathering, new 2010, on shaft drive


110Ah engine start battery and 2 x 115Ah services batteries. VSR for charge splitting.

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator with Adverc charge controller and Kisae ABSO 40 amp shorepower smart charger, also 2 solars panel on deck with PWM charge controller. Galvanic isolator for shorepower.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Fractional sloop rig, Z-Spars mast and boom with track for self-tacking jib on deck. Mast fitted with Harken ball-bearing batten cars. Standing rigging replaced winter 2018/19


Ultimate Sails, Hamble, approx. 6 years old


120% headsail by SKB Sails, Penryn, approx 12 years old.

Jib furling



Sobstad cruising chute


2 x Harken 16 self-tailing on coachroof

Bower anchor

Delta with 10 metres chain and 20 metres warp

Kedge anchors





Raymarine Evo tiller pilot with ACU-100 controller - approx 4 years old

Steering compass

Plastimo bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood and winter covers

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine SL72 Pathfinder Plus monochrome 7" LCD radar


Garmin GPSMap 751xs with charting UK to Ushant


Raymarine ST60

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60

VHF radio

Simrad RD-68 with DSC


Garmin AIS receiver


NASA Target Navtex Pro

Radio receiver

JVC KD-R331 Cd/radio/MP3 player

Safety/emergency equipment


Avon 4-man valise, needs servicing


Horseshoe with danbuoy and floating light

Radar reflector

Mast mounted

Bilge pumps

manual and electric pumps


2 x fire extinguishers and fire blanket, gas detector


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon, heads and aft cabin

Cabin heating

Eberspacher Airtronic D2 blown hot air diesel heating



Water tank capacity

Over 150 litres (150 litres is the standard tank, this yacht has a non-standard larger tank). Pressurised hot and cold water with caloriifier and shorepower battery charger.


GN Espace Levante 4-burner and oven


Coolbox with Waeco refrigeration


Jabsco with 42 litres holding tank and Y-valve for sea or marina pump-out





3D inflatable

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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