Rustler – Rustler 31 for sale
£ 23,950Vat Included / Paid
South West, Dorset, United Kingdom.
A beautiful and original Rustler Class 31ft. auxiliary sloop built by Russell Anstey Yachts in 1966. This was the 7th hull to be built to the design which was later developed into the Rustler 36. The original design was a joint project between Kim Holman and Russell Anstey (hence the name) which quickly became well known for balance, seaworthiness and a surprising turn of speed. This one was built for the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club and had an illustrious career with the Regiment, with many races to both the Fastnet and Baltic for British Kiel Week. She was raced against Ted Heath in Morning Cloud, with Princess Anne at the helm in 1970.
We bought her in 2008 and have done almost every conceivable job on her to bring her up to scratch, including a new engine installation with reconditioned Bukh 20, new bespoke Selden mast with boom, rod-kicker, Furlex and Hood sails (all 2011), Lewmar self tailing winches (2010) teak cockpit grating, tiller, toe rails (2011); full Raymarine ST60 instruments and ST2000 autopilot (2010); new gas hob and oven (2012), much internal woodwork and refitting; Taylor’s heater (2013), Jabsco toilet (2017)…the list goes on… an extensive inventory with too much to list here, and tens of thousands spent.
This is a proper sailing boat. She has almost three tons of lead ballast encapsulated in the keel, she is stiff and powerful and a joy to sail. She has a snug but safe and comfortable interior with full headroom and up to 5 full length berths. She has a full Admiralty-size chart table. We have cruised her extensively all over the channel, every port and harbour from Brest to Cherbourg, all of it fabulous sailing. I only wish we had time for the sailing I had hoped for. She was fitted out with the best possible kit for long-distance sailing. This one has clocked tens of thousands of miles, but others of this class have undertaken high-latitudes and numerous trans-atlantics. Where she goes is up to you – she has never given us a moment’s worry in a huge range of conditions, including a fast and surprisingly dry beat for a few hours into 39knots a couple of years ago.
We are still using and enjoying the boat but are looking for a similar type of boat with more space. Please contact me for more photographs and detailed information.