31' Mariner Ketch 1971 – Price Reduced

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ID 1531 REF h1 Year: 1971 Flag: US: Location: Spruce Head, Maine Price: $6,500
Length: 31' Beam: Draft: HP: Boat Name:
31' Mariner Ketch 1971 For Sale
Price reduced from $8,400. now $6,500.
Hull Type: Long Full Keel
Rigging Type: Masthead Ketch
LOA: 30.67 ft
LWL: 25.50 ft
Beam: 9.75 ft
Sail Area (reported): 482.00 ft2
Draft (max): 3.67 ft
Displacement: 11,500 lb
Ballast: 5,000 lb
Hull Speed 6.8 knots
Builder: Far East Yachts (Japan)
Designer: C. Oberly

This is a nicely appointed yacht finished in the Herreshoff Style, nicely crafted Mahogany woodwork inside and out. Spacious main cabin with lots of storage. A very pleasing interior.

Water: 40-58 gals in stainless steel tank
Fuel: 35-38 gals black iron

Steering is worm drive and all looks in good condition
Heavy mahogany and brass steering wheel

Hull: solid fiberglass with matt and roven to highest standards. The hull has styrofoam laminated to the inside of the hull for insulation, and then painted.
Hull exterior is in good condition, no evidence of damage from grounding, there is some scuffing on the port side amidships
Rudder is wood and in good condition
Cutlass bearing is tight
2 Blade propeller in good condition
Stainless driveshaft about 1"
Decks are fiberglass covered marine plywood
Cabin sides are fiberglass covered 1" marine plywood
Coamings: African Mahogany
Cockpit: Marine plywood with Teak planking over in Thiokol bedding compound
Bowsprit: Spruce with stainless steel catwalk
Interior Philippine Mahogany in good condition

All Dacron Sails in good condition
Genoa on roller furling, seems like a 150% sail
Working jib

Main mast aluminum
Main boom aluminum
Mizzen varnished Spruce
Mizzen boom varnished Spruce

Stainless rigging 7 x 19

Interior cushions have been recovered in light blue soft canvas type cloth with beaded corners

This boat has been stored for the past 12-15 years with shrink wrap covers over a stout frame.
Engine was started easily in 2017 by Belmont Boatyard, Belfast, Maine where the boat has been stored
Masts and booms were stored inside and all are in good condition.
There is also a spare wood main mast and boom.
Sails stored at owners home, have been inspected and all in good condition.
All interior Mahogany trim and teak decks are in good condition
Interior bulkheads and overhead ply are in good condition, need painting.
All doors and drawers are in good condition.
Forward skylight is in good condition, needs varnish

Inspection by tapping and knife tip into suspect wood areas - this was not a survey - findings as described on June 30, 2019 by current owner / broker

Decks covered in fiberglass appear in good condition, need repainting.
Samson Posts are most likely teak and are in good condition full length
Bowsprit is most likely Sitka Spruce and water has damaged the most aft bottom edge where it intersects with the Samson Posts. This was caused by bowsprit not being covered and water running down in this area.
I believe the bowsprit can be removed, soft wood cut out and new epoxied in rather than replacing the bowsprit. This would be a good time to waterproof this intersection and where bowsprit lays on deck.
There is a backing plate of plywood / deck strengthener under the foredeck that looks appears fine.
Backing plywood plate under deck at junction of cabin trunk forward corners have small areas of soft wood, can be replace from underneath, see photos
Plywood to hull attachment for port chain plate main mast is soft, needs replacement, starboard side feels solid
Port side cabin trunk had delaminated wood removed between port lights as seen in photo, this can be easily repaired from inside with layers of ply and epoxy.
Plywood around large glass areas is all solid.
Stbd side cabin trunk has same issues, but smaller areas. Are not difficult repairs.
Aft corner of stbd. cabin trunk has soft plywood, will need to be cut back about 3" from corner and replaced.
Cockpit plywood at seating level has some relatively minor areas in the corners that can be repaired with epoxy, see photos
Cockpit plywood surround from seat level to engine hatch level should all be replaced, the framing below the engine hatch, mostly filler pieces are soft. Plywood under seating/teak finish appears ok.
Recommend a plywood / fiberglass finish in this area to effectively capture water and divert to a larger drain to overboard. Use of a watertight hatch here would allow access to back of engine, driveshaft and transmission.
Coamings are African Mahogany and appear fine
Cabin top, rails, toe rails appear fine.
Note that bronze track for the headsail sheets has pulled loose on stbd side, cannot get to this area with cover on to inspect.

Thru-hulls are all bronze
Opening portlights are stainless with screens

There are no electronics

This is an opportunity for a hands on buyer to have a generally sound vessel at a very affordable price. The work required is not especially difficult.

Photos with remarks to indicate findings


While this boat currently under cover does not present very well, I find a good solid boat and not a difficult project. I would estimate 500 hours or an easy winter project to have her back to Bristol Fashion.

My qualifications are 30+ boats owned in wood, fiberglass and steel, and hands on refits with tens of thousands of hours. I am not a surveyor, and recommend a buyer do their own due diligence with a marine surveyor.

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