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. 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), 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 into 39knots a couple of years ago. She attracts attention wherever she goes and is a real head turner.
Hull and deck:
Constructed in 1966 (hull no. 7), moulded by Thames Marine, Canvey Island; fitted out by Russell Anstey Yachts Ltd, Poole to Lloyds Specification.
Launched at Poole in May 1966 for the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club.
Part 1 British Registry (current)
White painted GRP hull with green antifouling. Historic preventative epoxy coating over original pigmented gelcoat. Encapsulated lead ballast
Painted GRP decks with non-slip finish
Teak bulwark cappings entirely replaced in quarter sawn teak in 2011
Teak cockpit grating and companionway washboards new in 2011
Rudder mountings removed and replaced with new nylon bearings 2014
New professionally made solid teak tiller 2014
Bukh DV20ME twin cylinder fully reconditioned 2007.
Deluxe specification with tachometer, oil pressure and temperature gauges.
Complete installation, including fuel lines, exhaust, filters, seacock, mountings and electrical connections, Morse controls and Teleflex cables new in 2008
110Amp Prestolite high output alternator (2012)
New Vetus anti-syphon valve and head gasket in 2015
2 x 115AH YUASA batteries (2017)
60litre GRP diesel tank – removed, cleaned out, repainted, new filtered take off fitted, 2015
Stainless steel shaft to 14×13 bronze propeller with Stripper rope cutter. (all new in 2009)
Bronze Cutlass bearing replaced in 2014
Serviced annually with new anode, impeller, filters and oil.
Bespoke Selden single spreader alloy mast, boom and rodkicker by Atlantic Spars and Rigging, Brixham. (2011)
Selden Furlex roller reefing gear, 1×19 7mm rigging throughout with StaLok chromed bronze bottle screws (2011)
Chain plates removed, checked and re-bedded in 2011
Inner forestay with Highfield lever (2011)
Spinnaker pole (2011)
Heavy duty offshore spec. main sail and genoa by Hood (2011) in white Dacron with three-step stitching, three reef points to main, white UV strip to genoa. The sails are removed and fully cleaned and dried each year, and stored in warm, dry conditions ashore.
Old working jib with hanks and storm jib
Boom cover and dodgers by Hood (2011). Pram hood over companionway (tired)
Lewmar 40 two-speed genoa winches
Gibb 6CR spinnaker winches
Barient 17 halyard winch (2011)
Lewmar C 6 reefing winch (2011)
Lewmar Ocean mainsheet traveller with RCB car (2015)
Lewmar Ocean forehatch
Muir vertical axis anchor winch
CQR 35lb anchor with 50m 8mm chain (2010) twin stem head rollers (replaced in nylon in 2010)
Pulpit rebuilt to original pattern and all stanchions re-tubed in 2011
Raymarine ST 2000 autopilot (2010)
Raytheon ST60 Speed/Depth/Wind with chart table repeater (2011)
Firdell Blipper radar reflector
Aqua signal motoring lights (2011) and Supernova LED tricolor masthead light (2015)
Navman GPS plotter (2009)
Navman VHF radio with command mic for cockpit (2010)
Full size Admiralty chart table
(Furuno 1624 LCD radar with 12”radome on Scanstrut mast bracket available by separate negotiation)
Five berths in two cabins, with good size double berth in forepeak.
Taylors paraffin heater (2013)
Eno Gasgoine gas cooker with two burners and hob (2012)
Hand pumped water from 30 gallon GRP tank (fully drained down and hand cleaned annually)
New Blakes bonze seacock to galley sink in 2015
Sestrel clock and barometer over chart table
Jabsco sea toilet new in 2017
All lockers have been painted out in bilge paint and the whole boat is thoroughly cleaned out twice a year.
Please note that the Aries Wind Vane gear and life raft in the photos have been removed are not included in the sale.
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 on 07724974270
Current Price: £15950.00
This Rustler 31 Classic Holman Grp Yacht Like Contessa 32 With New Mast Sails And Rig boat is located in Poole, BH154AQ and is being sold on eBay by thewhitehallfarm.