RUSTLER 31, built 1980. Attractively priced at £19,950
'Callisto Mio' is a professionally fitted out example of the renowned Rustler 31, built by Maltings Boats of Essex and, in common with the 28' Twister and bigger Rustler 36, the Rustler 31 shares an enviable reputation for sea kindliness and all-weather speed. Class examples are much sought-after for their long-distance passage making ability.
This example's original engine was replaced with a Yanmar 3GM30F (indirectly-cooled) engine; the underwater surfaces have been epoxy coated; the standing rigging has been replaced (in 2021); some of the running rigging has been brought aft to recent clutches for easy handling from within the cockpit.
Rustler 31’s do not come on the market often and 'Callisto Mio' represents a real opportunity to purchase a very capable cruising boat with a proven pedigree. This hull will take one as far as one wants to go and the emphasis will be of the yacht caring for the occupants - as opposed to the the now more commonly experienced; other way round.
Contact us at the Barbican Yacht Agency on 01752 228855 in the first instance, this yacht is located on a river mooring away from our office, so prior arrangement needs to be made for a viewing.
The boat's traditionally laid out accommodation plan with four berths in total has been altered slightly with the forward cabin's original 'V'-berth configuration having been converted into a full-time, full width double, with a chain locker provided in way of the original soleboard at the time of a manual windlass being fitted to the port forward end of the coachroof (to ensure that the berth was not compromised with a centre-line chain pipe running through), a feature devised to bring the weight of anchor cable aft from the stem of the vessel).
The galley is placed to port side (thereby enabling the vessel to be hove to on starboard tack) while 'brewing up' or preparing a meal, while an aft-facing chart table is conveniently located close to the companionway to starboard and affords plenty of protection to the chart table itself.
Straight (and parallel to the centreline) settee/berths in the main cabin are 6'6" & 6'9" respectively, located amidships for maximum comfort and utility and are provided with lee-cloths and additional lee boards, while a bulkhead-mounted and fold-away table with two leaves maximises the useable sole area.
In the Rustler 31, the relatively generous heads compartment could be accommodated to the port side of the centreline and consequently is totally independent of the need to serve as access to the forward cabin. The vestibule area to the starboard side of the centre-line, opposite the heads compartment features a hanging locker, fiddle storage and a shallow locker over that side's saloon berth.
Forward Cabin: Features a double berth beneath an aft-facing acrylic forehatch for light and ventilation. Cushions are of deep foam and appear to be of good, heavy quality. Artificial lighting from two swivelling, bulkhead-mounted lights. Hull sides and undersides of forward and side decks are vinyl lined on independent, screw-fastened plywood panels. Sail stowage under the forward end of the berths, while the two under-berth lockers at the head end of the berths are retained too, with the original space between the berths has been converted into the chain locker.
Heads Compartment: Fitted with a 'Lavac' marine flushing toilet, this compartment is more than just a 'cupboard with toilet squeezed in' and has a deep hand basin (with hand-pumped freshwater), and mirrored splashback to the main bulkhead. Well placed grab handles at both high and low positions and deep under-deck, closed lockers. Headroom in this compartment is approx.5'6".
Main Cabin: Two parallel settee berths face each other across a relatively narrow sole, with deep lockers (used for food and staples beneath the port side's berth and battery and sailing equipment to starboard). These under-berth lockers are ventilated to assist in maintaining freshness. The berths' backrests offer large, closed lockers within and, in the case of the port side, a deep fiddled shelf above, while to starboard there are more individual and closed lockers and a fiddled book shelf. Lee boards have been provided to supplement the original lee cloths fitted to these two berths.
Galley: Located to port of the companionway, the original cooker has been replaced with a more modern Plastimo unit, fitted with flame-failure devices to the two burners and grill. The space beneath the cooker is sensibly utilised for a swing-top rubbish bin and bulk stowage. The galley is fitted with a stainless steel sink and moulded cool box (no refrigeration). Note the lifted laminate to the cool box lid seen in our pictures has subsequently been re-bonded. Dedicated crockery stowage beneath the port side deck and large staples storage in closed locker abaft the cool box.
Navigation Area: This is located to starboard of the companionway and faces aft. The deep chart table features significant for' and aft depth to accommodate paper charts, with a significant stowage locker beneath. The Navtex Pro, VHF radio and Garmin 152 GPS are mounted on a fascia above. A generous degree of stowage for books and almanacs has been provided beneath the starboard side deck, alongside the Navigator's left arm.
Fitted with a Yanmar 3GM30F, indirectly cooled, three cylinder marine diesel, driving a fixed, three-bladed propeller through a conventional stainless steel shaft sealed by a Volvo Penta dripless seal. The engine had been fitted prior to the current owner's purchase, with no record of engine hours maintained, however the current owner has diligently maintained a log of hours running that shows approx. 800 hrs run in the last 12 years of his ownership.
The owner reports a comfortable and economical cruising speed of 5 knots, with consumption of approx. 1 litre per hour running.
2 lead acid batteries are fitted. They are selected and switched through a conventional rotary, three-way selector switch. Battery No.1 is rated as having 110A/hr capacity and is located beneath the navigator's seat at the chart table. No.2 battery is physically slightly larger, with 120A/hr capacity and located beneath the aft end of the settee/berth immediately ahead of the chart table's seat.
Charging is by Yanmar 55 Amp alternator and trickle charge topping up by deck-mounted photo-voltaic cell (Solar panel).
Fuel: A stainless steel fuel tank, believed to have an approx.35 litres maximum capacity is mounted at the forward end of the cockpit's starboard locker. Filling is via a filler on the coaming immediately above.
Freshwater: A stainless steel tank with a large inspection/cleaning access point in its top face is mounted beneath the main cabin's sole and within the keel, thereby assisting in maintaining a low centre of gravity for the hull when in service. The tank appears to be marked as having a 200 litre capacity - notably large for a vessel of this size!
The mast is a gold anodised aluminium alloy spar supplied by John Powell Masts of Emsworth, while the boom looks to be of younger age, possibly to have been by Proctor Masts of Swanwick (also gold anodised) - presumably a replacement of an original boom to facilitate the slab reefing of the mainsail.
A removable inner for'stay, with tensioning lever may be deployed just abaft the outer for'stay for setting of heavy weather canvas.
A gold anodised, fixed length spinnaker pole is carried.
The standing rigging is of 7mm, 1x19 stainless steel wire, with chromed alloy turnbuckles. The standing rigging was new in February 2021. A Rotostay II roller-reefing system is fitted to the for'stay.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.