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Rustler 31


ashore Hampshire


Russell Anstey Yachts, Poole, Dorset.






31' 5"

Sail area

547 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


24' 0"



This is one of the very earliest Rustler 31s, being the fifth hull built. Although well over 50 years old, she is in only her second ownership from new and is almost certainly one of the very best condition Rustler 31s you will find anywhere. The hull is in excellent condition, she has a new Beta 25 diesel run just 14 hours, with Darglow feathering prop, an electric windlass, recent standing rigging, a full cockpit 'camper' cover and a wind charger as well as an very comprehensive inventory. After 27 years in her present ownership she only for sale now due to health reasons.


9' 0"


Saloon and forecabin


5' 6"




12,770 lbs


Beta diesel


5,600 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with lead ballast and transom-hung rudder


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. There is a definite family resemblance between all these yachts, and they all share an excellent reputation for seaworthiness and all-weather speed.


Anstey Yachts ws set up specifically to build the Rustler 31s, and remained in operation until 1974, later buiding a number of other designs as well as Rustlers. These Anstey-built Rustlers were built to Lloyds 100A1, and were sold new for £5,500 in 1966.


'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
Rustler 31 for sale - owners pghoto under sail

Yachtsnet photos May and September 2019

Ashore September 2019

The hull and deck are in exceptionally good condition for her age. The topsides are painted, with the starboard side (photo above) looking like original gelcoat with a very good gloss. The port side (photo below) is also painted, to a good standard,
although there are some slight flaws in the paintwork now from winter covers rubbing.

Ashore September 2019
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The unusual shaped pulpit was standard on early Rustler 31s, the C-shaped side pieces
are to give a secure place to lower a spinnaker pole into.

Bow detail
Deck aft
Mast base Rig

The mast and boom are not original- the present spars are modern Kemp items,
with S/S standing rigging renewed in 2012. Both primary and secondary cockpit sheet winches
are self-tailing Meissner two-speed 25/43s and 21/32s.

Cockpit - Rustler 31 for sale

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Cockpit forward
Cockpit tent
Rustler 31

Yachtsnet photos May
and September 2019,

owners photos various

dates 2012 onwards.

A short
owners video

of this yacht

under sail

available here

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Below: The original Rustler 31 fit-out had five berths, one of which was a pilot berth above a saloon settee. This yacht has been modified to four berths, with the pilot berth removed to give locker and stowage space on both sides of the saloon berths. There is a vee-berth in the forecabin, with infill to make a double, and two single berths with leecloths in the saloon. The original sliding door to the heads has also been replaced with a bi-fold door.

Saloon from companionway
Saloon through to heads

Between saloon and forecabin is the heads to port and a hanging locker to starboard.

Not shown in the photo at left is the pull-out sink fitted above the WC, which is a new Jabsco fitted in 2019.

Below: The original sliding door from the saloon has been replaced with a bi-fold door. The saloon table hinges down from the bulkhead.

Saloon table
Saloon aft
Chart table
Chart table detail
Galley detail

Left: A refrigerated coolbox is
installed under the chart table seat,
with a keel-cooled compressor.


Above and left: The engine is a Beta 25 hp 3-cylinder diesel, installed new in 2017, and run just 14 hours. This drive a new Darglow 3-bladed feathering prop via an Aquadrive flexible coupling.

Ashore - owners photo

This is a really exceptional example of a Rustler 31.
She has clearly been lovingly maintained and updated
over the years, whilst retaining her essential character of a
serious all-weather sailing yacht, though modern genoa furling
and quality self-tailing winches make the work lighter, plus a
full cockpit 'camper' cover for use in harbour.


Engine details

Beta 25 898cc three-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, installed new 2017 and run 14 hours only

Fuel tank capacity

Believed approx 60 litres


Dargow Featherstream 3-bladed feathering propeller, shaft drive with Aquadrive flexible coupling


2 x 85AH

Battery charging/electrics

75 amp engine alternator, plus Rutland 914i wind generator and Solara solar panel with Marlec HRDi charge controller.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Kemp spars new approx 1995, with S/S standing rigging replaced 2012


Foil Sails, slab reefing with three reefs


Foil Sails roller genoa

Genoa furling

Rotostay II

Primary winches

2 x Meissner 25/43 two speed self tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Meissner 21/32 two speed self tailing

Halliard/reefing winches

2 x Lewmar 16 and one Lewmar 8 on mast

Bower anchor

35 lb Lewmar Delta with 55 metres chain and 30 metres warp

Kedge anchors

25 lb CQR with approx 40 metres chain and warp, also one Fishermans anchor

Anchor windlass

Lewmar Pro series 1000 electric windlass with up/down footswitches - new 2012




Simrad TP32 tiller pilot - new 2014

Steering compass

Plastimo Contest 130 bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers, full cockpit 'camper' cover with S/S frame and windows, also covers for hatch and mainsail.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPS128


Standard Horizon CP-300i 7" colour plotter with GPS and charting for UK-wide and channel coverage


Brookes & Gatehouse Network Quad

Depth sounder

Brookes & Gatehouse Network Quad



VHF radio

Standard Horizon Matrix GX2100 with DSC and AIS ( AIS targets display on radio LCD and on chartplotter )

VHF radio (handheld)

Standard Horizon Matrix HX28E submersible


NASA Target Navtex Pro

Safety/emergency equipment


Ocean Safety Ocean 4-man ISO9650 canister type new 2014, now requires service


Horseshoe with danbuoy

Radar reflector

Firdell Blipper mast mounted

Bilge pumps

Henderson Whale manual pump plus electric pump


Webbing jackstays


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon



Water tank capacity

40 gallons


Plastimo Pacific 2000 two-burner, grill and oven - gas


Frigoboat refrigerated coolbox under chart table seat (coolbox heavily insulated and keel cooler for compressor)


Jabsco - new 2019

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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