1985 Hunter 31 Shoal Draft For Sale

$22,000
Stock #102527 -
Available
Available
$22,000

Have Questions?

Boat Details

Year:
1985
Type:
Sail
Brand:
Hunter
Category:
Sloop/Sloop Sailboat
Model:
31 Shoal Draft
Length (LOA):
31' 3"
Beam:
10' 9"
Draft:
48"
Trailer:
No
Stock #:
102527
Location:
East Patchogue, New York
Status:
Available
Air Conditioning:
Yes
Sailboat Details
Main:
Main Sheet:
Roller Furling Jib:
Boom:
Mast:
Roller Furling Jib:
Winches:
"1985 31' HUNTER - Great boat in remarkable shape! Sails well in all types of wind! Sleeps 7 adults comfortably! She's a solid boat with no surprises!"

Located in East Patchogue, New York, this 31-foot used Hunter 31 Shoal Draft is a great sloop sailboat. Hunter Marine produces a limited number of boats per year in order to achieve quality level and technology far beyond the previous level of quality. Head out confidently onto the water with a 16hp Yanmar 2GM20F engine on board, in case you need help getting home. And with only 2 hours, you will have the peace of mind that comes with a Yanmar in great condition. She has had 2 owners and each owner treated her well. The 31 Shoal Draft has lots of space and has the amenities necessary for cruising by a couple or small family. With ample room to sleep 7 comfortably, spend the night aboard your Hunter sailboat at your favorite water front spot. It would even make a nice live aboard! This sailboat boasts an air conditioning unit and a cool CD stereo. Don't miss out on your opportunity to own this Hunter sailboat!...Read more

1985 Hunter 31 Shoal Draft Sloop Sailboat in East Patchogue, New York

Stock #102527

As written in Sailing Magazine:

The Hunter 31 can easily be added to the list of "everyman sailboats" because of its relatively affordable price, the sheer number of hulls currently on the used boat market and the sloop's overall versatility as both daysailer and family cruiser.

Would-be boat owners looking for a bargain are likely to gravitate to the Hunter 31, which has a racy look with masthead rig and swept spreaders, and plenty of room above and below deck for friends to come aboard. The Hunter 31 doesn't look like a slow-moving tub or a traditional sloop from the 1960s or 1970s with overhangs and varnish-begging brightwork. Instead, it has the more contemporary lines found on boats made during the 1980s, with generous freeboard, a stainless steel destroyer wheel, tinted hatch covers, bow and stern pulpits, reverse transom and an aluminum toerail track similar to those pioneered by C&C. The deck is uncluttered given the overall length of the boat, although the sheer isn't the most elegant ever drawn.

The 31 was designed by Cortland Steck, who grew up racing dinghies from age 7 and later sailed larger boats offshore. In 1979, he graduated from the Westlawn School of Yacht Design and five years later established Cortland Steck Yacht Design. Steck has amassed more than 5,000 designs to his credit, including the Hunter 20, 34, 40 Legend, Starwind 223 and Hunter 25.5.



Construction

Many owners agree the Hunter 31 wasn't built with the notion that it would still be sailing far into the next century. Clearly not as rugged as some production boats, with the exception of its rock-solid hull, the overall build quality is the target of frequent criticism by owners. Complaints range from substandard winches to delamination on portions of the balsa-cored deck.

The hull was made of hand-laid, pre-cut fiberglass to ensure consistency. Hunter bonded a full-length internal frame and stringer system of unidirectional fiberglass directly to the hull to increase stiffness without adding undue weight. The chainplates were fastened to this framing system and led upward through the deck just outside the coachroof, creating more interior space and minimizing deck clutter. This design distributed the load to the frame and stringer system.

The keel is cast iron so rust will always be a factor where it's bolted to the hull. The rust tends to form on the crack where the metal meets the fiberglass. Although this joinery is covered with a thin layer of gelcoat at the factory, once the material wears away, cracks develop and a rust line becomes visible. Maintenance of this area is essential by carefully grinding and cleaning the boat after haul out, then recoating.


What to look for

Delamination may be found beneath the mast and compression post along with a weakened crossmember. Look for discoloration or mold.

The shower sump and icebox drain into the bilge, which is shallow and compartmentalized, an arrangement that allows stagnant water to become trapped and inaccessible. Owners report this can cause rotting of the cabin sole.

The bilge area under the engine can also collect water from rain entering through the companionway. This water can drain into the main bilge area, adding to what is already accumulated from the sump and icebox.

Leaks under the steering pedestal and at the cabin windows are common. These seals should be cleaned and recaulked. Some owners have replaced the fuel tank, claiming it's flimsy. As one owner wrote in an online forum, "I replaced that cheap plastic, sorry excuse for a fuel tank." Another sailor resorted to using a portable fuel tank rather than replace the original.

The fuel filter gauge is inside the starboard storage locker, where it is difficult to access or see. The integrated water and waste tanks are sensibly molded into the hull, but their screwed-down lids should be removed and resealed after 20 years to keep leaks and odors in check.

Prospective buyers should examine the cable-linked steering for wear.


On deck

The masthead rig features swept spreaders. The deck is uncluttered, except for lifelines, genoa track and shrouds, the latter attached nearer the coachroof than to the outside rail. The shroud placement allows crew to move more easily fore and aft for sail changes or foredeck work. The lifeline stanchions are mounted outboard, creating additional room on deck. The T-shaped cockpit is somewhat cramped due to the pedestal steering column, wheel and engine controls. The cockpit lockers are large enough to stow all sails and other equipment.


Down below

There's a big-boat feel once you go below. Headroom is 6 feet 3 inches in the spacious saloon, but the V-berth is tight for two adults. The head with sink and toilet is just outside the V-berth and fitted with a privacy door.

The overall layout is social, with a U-shaped galley to starboard that allows the cook to converse or otherwise take part in the goings on. The galley has a four-burner stove, two-basin sink and an icebox. It is abutted by a dinette that seats four.

The port side features a settee and full navigation station with chart table and light. The aft cabin is roomy. Teak paneling warms the saloon and other bulkheads. Plentiful windows provide light and cross ventilation. The boat carries 35 gallons of water.



Engine

The hulls made from 1983 to 1985 were fitted with a 13-horsepower, freshwater-cooled, Yanmar diesel. Later boats were beefed up with a 16-horsepower engine. Both versions proved reliable, but underpowered when motoring to windward or in a choppy sea. Engine power has been a source of owner complaints. Panels allow for good engine access. The boat carries 18 gallons of fuel.

One owner praised the 16-horsepower engine, noting Yanmar suggested running it full bore and then backing off 10% to find the ideal rpm. "Mine runs like a top and is happy at 3,000 rpm," he said. "I can make 6.1 knots in a calm to slight chop, running at 2,900."



Underway

The Hunter 31 gets good reviews for its sailing abilities. Although the light-displacement sloop can be tender in a gusty wind, overall it's a forgiving boat with a balanced helm. Owners contend it's a no-brainer to sail and a joy to singlehand.

Opinions vary about the boat's proclivities when sailing downwind because the puffed-out mainsail hits the swept-back spreaders and doesn't always fill properly.

A few Hunter 31 skippers advocated using instead a combination of genoa and spinnaker when possible.

The boat performs nicely on its mainsail, but once the wind exceeds 20 knots, one or two reefs are highly advised. It tracks admirably once in the groove but can be slow to heel and may round up in a heavy gust. A broad reach is not its fastest point of sail.

Generally, owners find little fault with the boat's sailing characteristics. As one put it, "More than once I looked like a sailing genius because the boat handles so well."

Information On Condition

DESIGN QUALITY: Designed by Cortland Steck, the masthead sloop features a choice of deep or shoal-draft keel, fiberglass hull, spade rudder and has a pleasing overall length-to-width ratio of 3-to-1.

CONSTRUCTION QUALITY: The Hunter 31 was built from 1983 to 1987 in Alachua, Florida, by Hunter Marine USA. Complaints have been voiced about undersized winches, a weak mainsheet traveler and poor craftsmanship in some areas below deck. As one owner put it, "Details were compromised due to pricing."

USER-FRIENDLINESS: Owners seem to agree the Hunter 31 is an easy boat to sail, simple to rig, somewhat tender but able to point high in a moderate breeze. By all accounts, it's made to singlehand. Mast height from the water is 47 feet 4 inches, enabling the boat to fit under most fixed highway bridges.

SAFETY: The Hunter 31 is often referred to as high and dry, mostly due to its generous freeboard. However, owners claim it gets pushed around by heavy seas, and its underpowered diesel leaves much to be desired. Grab rails on the coach roof provide a modicum of safety on deck.

TYPICAL CONDITION: The boats vary in condition. If maintenance has been kept up, the boat may be a good value, particularly if equipment upgrades were also made. Potential buyers should keep in mind the youngest 31 is now 27 years old and could be showing its age.

REFITTING: Common upgrades include adding a wind speed indicator and gauges for water, fuel and holding tank. Installing a beefier mainsheet traveler; larger winches and anchor roller are typical improvements.

SUMMARY:

Located in East Patchogue, New York, and this 31 foot used Hunter 31 is a great sloop sailboat. Head out confidently onto the water with a 16hp Yanmar 2GM20F engine on board, in case you need help getting home, you will have the peace of mind that comes with a Yanmar in great condition. This boat is in very good condition and systems are working well, according to her owner

Approximate boat location: East Patchogue, New York

Have a Question?
Sea Tow memberships for free with boat purchase

60-day Sea Tow membership* comes standard with your boat purchase!

Shop With Confidence!
Our company has the proud distinction of being on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list.
Basic Details
Year:
1985
Type:
Sail
Brand:
Hunter
Category:
Sloop/Sloop Sailboat
Model:
31 Shoal Draft
Length (LOA):
31' 3"
Stock #:
102527
Location:
East Patchogue, New York
Engine & MechanicalMech.
Count:
1
Year:
1985
Brand:
Yanmar
Model:
2GM20F
Hours:
2
Size:
16 hp
Fuel Type:
Diesel
Fuel Tank:
18 gals
Propeller:
Bronze
Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Config.:
Inboard
Bilge Pump:
Bottom Paint:
Fuel Filters:
Fuel Injected:
Windlass:
Cooling System:
Raw Water
Cockpit Type:
Aft
Dimensions & Specifications & Specs
Length Overall:
31' 3"
Length at Water:
26' 2"
Beam:
10' 9"
Min. Draft:
48"
Weight:
9,100 lbs
Water Capacity:
33 gals
Bridge Clearance:
47' 3"
NavigationalNav. Equipment
CD Player:
Cockpit Tables:
Compass:
Fuel Gauge:
Masthead Light::
Navigation Lights:
Tachometer:
VHF:
Deck Features
Anchor:
Anchor Chain:
Anchor Drum:
Anchor Locker:
Steering Wheel:
Safety EquipmentEquip.
First Aid Kit:
Carbon Monoxide Detector:
Fire Extinguisher:
2
ElectricalElec. Components
Circuit Breaker:
Cockpit Lighting:
Docking Lights:
Flat Screen TV:
Fuse Panel:
Shore Power:
Shore Power Cord:
Stereo:
Tachometer:
4 Switch Circuit Breaker:
Batteries:
Battery Switch:
Perko
Sails
Main:
Main Sheet:
Roller Furling Jib:
Rigging
Boom:
Mast:
Roller Furling Jib:
Winches:
Accommodations & Passengers
Pass. Capacity:
10
# Cabins:
1
Sleep. Capacity:
7
# Berths:
3
Generator:
No
Air Conditioning:
Yes
Cabin Appointments:
Cabin Door:
Dinette:
Fridge:
Head:
Microwave:
Sink:
Stove:
Table:
A/C:
Pressurized Water:
TV:
Cabins:
1
ConstructionConst. Features
Hull Material:
Fiberglass
Hull Shape:
Sloop
Exterior Color:
White
Interior Color:
White
Gel Coat:
Engine Cooling:
RWC
Propeller:
Bronze
Ask a Question
Submit an Offer  
Priced At:
$22,000
My Offer:

  All reasonable offers will be reviewed and presented to the seller.

  All offers are contingent upon being fully satisfied with unit after personal inspection and/or professional inspection.

This form is only for starting a conversation. Submitting this form DOES NOT actually obligate you to proceed with submitting a written offer.

We work closely with several marine lenders to offer you competitive rates and flexible financing options to get you approved and on the water quickly. Click the button below to view some of the lenders we work with.

Financing may not be available for this vessel, due either to its age or category. However, banks are giving marine loans, and we would love to get you started in a discussion about financing.

Zack Hamric
Offshore Financial
Offering the most competitive loans for boats from runabouts to megayachts
(941) 961-9477
JR Bates
Intercoastal Finance
Working with quality lenders to offer you the most competitive rates and options
(772) 559-1562
Tom Bell
Excel Credit, Inc.
Boat Loans

**We Finance Fun**

Have Some!!!
(407) 712-2806
Vernon Blanc
Newcoast Financial
From sport boats to cruisers to megayachts, we design finance programs to meet your needs
(727) 324-1362

Similar Boats to the Hunter 31 Shoal Draft For Sale

More Near East Patchogue, New York

Call us at (941) 257-0111