Golden Hind 31

Aclassic Maurice Griffiths design from the late 1960s, this GRP, double chine, shoal draught cruiser

has been round the world many times. Deeply traditional in design, she is tough, sea kindly and ideal as

a sturdy offshore cruiser. Unfortunately, others think the same so prices are high. Hertriple keel

underwater profile restricts sailing speed but she keeps going in strong-wind conditions. She has

been built by manycompanies since being launched by Terry Erskine in 1976, and has appeared in a

variety of styles including ketch, cutter and sloop. The first few were built in wood but most of the 200

so far launched are in GRP.lnterior layouts have also changed but usually feature a twin berth cabin

forward, two berths in the saloon and sometimes a quarter berth. Chart tables are good and the

galley practical. She is still being produced in small numbers to order by Golden Hind Yachts for

around £1 00,000. Maurice Griffiths also designed Golden Hinds at 26ft(7.9m) and 29ft (8.8m).

LOA 31 fl6in (9.6m) lWL 26ft 9in (8.2m) beam 9ft (2.8m) draught 3ft 8in (1.1 m)

displacement 11 ,603 Ib (5,262kg). Price guide: (1 9605) £8,000 to £17,000 for

good wooden version, (1980s) £32,000 to £36,000, (modern) up to £76,000.