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Golden Hind 31


Golden Hind 31 for sale




35' 0"


9' 0"


4' 2"

Keel type

Triple keel


Beta diesel



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. Ashore in Cornwall.

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 it'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.

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.



Engine details

Beta BV1505 4-cylinder 1,500cc freshwater cooled diesel - installed new 2002, run 325 hours

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

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