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.
Forecabin and saloon
Long keel with transom-hung rudder and steel bilge plates
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.
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.
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.
The heads is to starboard between forecabin and saloon, with a hanging locker opposite to port
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!
mostly June 2021
Photo above: all the exterior canvaswork was renewed in 2019
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.
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
Engine alternator and deck-mounted solar panel
and deck equipment
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
Staysail sets self-tacking boom if required (boom not in use at present)
Mizzen with one slab reef, new sail cover 2019
2 x Antal 30 CST2 two-speed self-tailing
2 x Barlow at mainmast, 2 x Girdlestone in cockpit
35 lb CQR with 40 metres 12mm calibrated chain ( chain new 2015 )
30 lb Fisherman with 6 metres 10mm chain and 40 metres 12mm warp
Simpson-Lawrence Hyspeed manual windlass
Autohelm ST2000+ tiller pilot
Plastimo Contest 130
Warps & fenders
5 warps and 6 fenders
Cockpit sprayhood new 2019, cockpit cushions
Navigation Equipment and instruments
NASA Clipper, with transducer - available but not fitted
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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