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British Hunter Channel 31




Hunter Boats Ltd., Hamble.






30' 9"

Sail area

498 sq ft (main and 100% foretriangle)

Brief details


26' 8"


Fractional sloop

Not to be confused with the American Hunter Legends, the British Hunter Channel 31 is a thoroughly modern fast cruiser with a very good double aft cabin. This is a factory finished example and is in extremely good condition. She also has an excellent inventory including recently replaced standing rigging and an almost new full cockpit "camper" cover.


10' 4"


2 plus saloon


5' 11"


max 6


9,399 lbs


Yanmar diesel


3,547 lbs



Keel type

Bulbed fin keel and spade rudder


The Hunter Channel 31 was designed by David Thomas, with interior design by Ken Freivokh, and introduced in early 2000. David Thomas has been quoted as saying the design was ".... straight down the middle between a club racer/one design and a cruiser that will look after the crew and take you anywhere".

Construction is entirely conventional, with the hull being a solid GRP laminate, laid up by hand and stiffened by foam filled frames and stringers. The bulkheads are laminated in place. The deck is GRP laminate with coremat and reinforced deck beams. The plywood furniture bases are laminated to the hull to further stiffen the structure. The heads unit, engine tray and Galley are built on one internal moulding glassed to the hull giving easily cleaned areas. She has a bulbed iron fin keel and a semi-balanced spade rudder. The Yanmar engine has shaft drive. These yachts were sold either as completed factory fit boats, or as kits for owner completion - this yacht for sale being a factory finished one.

David Thomas's many designs range from the long-keeled Elizabethans of the 1960s through the Sonata and Impala one-designs and various Sigmas cruisers and racers of the 1970s and 80s. He also designed most of the British Hunter range of yachts.

The Hunter Channel 31 is significantly heavier than most comparable production cruiser/racers such as the Jeanneau Sun Fast 32, yet with a big rig is more or less comparable in speed. She also has almost 50% more ballast than the Jeanneau, and is RCD Cat A. Twenty years earlier Westerly's Fulmar 32 aimed for a similar fast cruiser/club racer design: however it's one snag for many people these days being that it does not have a separate aft cabin. By comparison the Channel 31 has a double berth forecabin, saloon with 6 ft headroom, an L-shaped galley with icebox and two burner cooker with oven and grill, a chart table with seat, separate heads, and a proper aft cabin with a double berth measuring 6' 6" x 6' 4". Despite the much better accommodation the Channel 31 is also similar in performance to the slightly larger Fulmar.

The Channel 31 is, like many smaller Hunter designs, fractional rigged, with a relatively large mainsail. This gives sail area for light winds performance, a small headsail with consequent lower sheet loads, and easy and efficient reefing from the cockpit. 'Practical Boat Owner' tested the yacht on her introduction and wrote: "..... She's incredibly obedient and will still run rings round most cruising boats of similar size even under reduced canvas" and ".... she should appeal to those who might otherwise be torn between something light, fast and French and one of the stodgier alternatives"

Hunter Channel 31 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs September 2017 - when photographed
the cockpit enclosure was not fitted

British Hunter Channel 31 for sale
Hunter Channel 31 - moored stern
British hunter Channel 31 - saloon
Saloon forward
Accommodation plan

Saloon headroom is a fraction of an inch over 6 feet

Saloon aft
Chart table
Chart table detail
Aft cabin
Wet locker in heads

The heads compartment is excellent for a 31-footer, with a shower and shower tray, a wet locker aft, an overhead ventilator and an opening port-light.

Hunter Channel 31 moored
Bow detail

Alternative headsails can be set on the furling gear: as the present owner at times sails single-handed he usually uses a blade jib, which is self-tacking and sheeted to the curved deck track. A larger genoa is on the inventory, but this does not self-tack.

September 2017

Deck aft
Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward

The Yanmar 2GM20F engine does not have an hour meter, but hours are very obviously very low.
The engine has excellent access both from under the companionway steps and from the aft cabin.

Gearbox and shaft drive
Ashore October 2016
British hunter Channel 31

This Hunter Channel 31 is a very lightly used example, with a good inventory. These Hunters were 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 they upgraded the interior finish considerably compared to their earlier models.

'Yachting Monthly' tested the prototype in 2000 and wrote ".... She'll make a tough and capable coastal or offshore cruiser, easy to handle for a couple or small family, and with a pedigree that guarantees she'll be fun to sail when it blows."

Equipment List:

Engine details

Yanmar 2GM20F 18 bhp 2-cylinder diesel, raw water cooled

Fuel tank capacity

60 litres


Two bladed folding prop, shaft drive. New Volvo shaft seal 2017


120AH services battery new 2015, and 100AH engine start battery new 2016

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator, and Ctek shorepower battery charger new 2015. Sterling Prosave galvanic isolator, and shorepower circuit with 4 outlets.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Fractional sloop rig, Z-Spars alloy mast and boom, all standing rigging replaced 2014, cap shrouds replaced again 2016


Elvstrom Sobstad slab reefing main, all reefing lines led aft to cockpit. Stackpack and lazyjacks new 2017.


Elvstrom Sobstad self-tacking blade jib


Elvstrom Sobstad 110% furling laminate/taffeta headsail, fits on roller reefing.

Headsail furling

Z-Spars roller reefing, new bearings fitted 2016


Cruising chute with bag

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar ST30 self-tailing

Halliard/reefing winches

2 x Lewmar ST16 self-tailing

Bower anchor

10Kg Delta




Raymarine 2000 tiller pilot with remote

Steering compass


Warps & fenders

4 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, and full cockpit enclosure - new 2017. Also LED nav lights installed 2014.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine RC435 6" colour chartplotter with GPS, charting for English Channel - factory exchange new unit in 2017.


Raymarine ST60

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60


Raymarine ST60

VHF radio

Raymarine 54E with DSC - new 2014

Safety/emergency equipment


Horseshoe with floating light

Radar reflector


Bilge pump

Whale manual

Fire extinguishers

2 plus fire-blanket


Gas safety certificate October 2016


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon, heads and aft cabin


max 6

Water tank capacity

100 litres


Plastimo Neptune 2000 2-burner, grill and oven


Isotherm refrigerated with temperature control


ITT Jabsco

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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