Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin

Inflatable boat from the year 1973 - 9,60m length - in Cornwall (United Kingdom)

Inflatable boat of used

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56.725 €

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Featured in MBM July 2014


This lovely and very original Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin is the penultimate hull (number 30 of 31 built by Fairey Marine) and one of the few boats that retains many of her original features.

  • Annual Engine maintenance
  • Paint touch up as required
  • Batteries tested and one replaced as required
  • Antifouled and Anodes replaced
  • Sterngear polished
  • Anchor windlass
  • Boat is ready to start and go.
She is powered by twin 212hp Ford Sabre 5.95 litre 6 cylinder turbo diesels that are regularly serviced and benefits from two extra hull laminates and strengthened engine bearers from her original build. Nicolle Associates have known this boat for a number of years, having previously sold her.

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Features of Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin:

Basic data

  • Type: Inflatable boat

  • Year : 1973

  • Length: 9.60 m

  • Location: Cornwall (United Kingdom)

  • Name: -

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Fairey

  • Material: Wood


  • Beam: -

  • Draft: -

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: -


  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -


  • Number of engines: 2

  • Total power: 424 HP

  • Fuel capacity: -

Engine 1

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Power: 212 HP

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Ford Sabre 5.95 litre 6 cyl

  • Engine usage (hours): -

Engine 2

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Power: 212 HP

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Ford Sabre 5.95 litre 6 cyl

  • Engine usage (hours): -

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This Inflatable boat's equipment


Gps, Compass, Depthsounder, Log speedometer, Plotter, Vhf

Comfort / Interior

Manual bilge pump


LOA: 31’ 3”Beam: 9’ 8”Max Draft: 2’ 10”Displacement: 4.5 tons


• Hull comprises of 9 x 1/8” laminations of Agba mahogany veneers glued, compressed and baked together, painted Blue and white (2008).
• Superstructure is marina ply painted blue and white (2008), main deck is epoxied over.
• Fully strengthened body. Antifouling stripped stern to wood, dried and repainted with 6 coats of epoxy primer then re antifouled (2007).


• 2 x 212hp Ford Sabre 5.95 litre 6 cyl. turbo diesels (Fully serviced 1,185 hours May 2013)• 32 speed max speed • 140 gal. Fuel seating • 20 gal. Fresh water seating (new basin 2004) • Pressurised H&C new water unit • Calorfier with 240v immersion heater • Automatic engine compartment fire extinguisher (new 2004) • 3 x hand-operated fire extinguishers • 2 x electric bilge pumps (1 new 2006) • 2 x hand-operated bilge pumps • Trim Tabs • Vetus exhaust alarms

Navigation Equipment

• Avance blueprint GPS
• Garmin 152 GPS (new 2004)
• Lowrance fish finder
• Autohelm Bidata speed / profundity digital indicator (new 2004)
• Sestrel Grid compass
• Silva 515 DSC-VHF radio telephone (new 2004)
• Rudder position indicator
• Navigation illumination

Domestic Equipment

• Plastimo Neptune 2 burner cooker with grill (new 2004)
• Eberspacher diesel fired central heating (new 2004)
• Halfords electric coolbox (new 2004)
• Blakes Victory Manual sea toilet
• H&C shower to quantity
• Cabin Night Light
• Blue / Gold cotton cabin cushioning (new 2004)

Deck Equipment

• Stainless steel pushpit• Stainless steel pulpit rail • Transom boarding ladder • Lewmar mainstay windlass • Danforth mainstay on chain / warp • Sprayhood with sterndrop (new 2008) • New Windscreen (2007) • 3 x warps • 6 x fenders • Horseshoe lifebuoy (new 2004)

Fairey Huntsman 31

The Huntsman 31 was Alan Burnard's brainchild as Faireys had found the body of the 28 to be rather bluff in heavy weather and therefore tended to be very wet in moderate seas. The primary reason for this new body was luxury at sea and racing (and staying dry!). As the 28 was still selling well at the time, Faireys' directors declined to fund a completely new vessel at that time. Alan drew the body lines in 1966/1967 roughly 7 years after the advent of the 28.

Two versions of the 31 were to be offered by Faireys, one with an aft cabin and one with an open cockpit.

5 vessels competed in various Cowes-Torquay races. 'Fordsport' (race no. 707) was entered into and completed the 1969 Round Britain Race. She finished 4th overall out of 42 entries in the 1,700 mile race. Her sister vessels, all Huntsman 28's finished 3rd, 5th, 6th and 12th! A very impressive result given that they were competing against out and out race vessels. The Ford Motor Company filmed the race and produced a superb 25 minute film showing all the vessels in action. This film is one of the few (possibly) the only colour film to actually show brief glimpses of the Huntress and Huntsman production line at the Hamble factory. This film was also pre-owned by the BBC during test transmissions prior to the launch of BBC2.

'Double Century' (race no. 200), her sister vessel 'Spirit of Michaelhouse' (race no. 8) along with Huntsman 28 'Fordspeed' (race no. 909) competed in the gruelling 2,900 mile 1972 London - Monte Carlo race. Double Century completed the race in 102 hours. Double Century picked up no less that 7 awards in this race and finished 6th overall. Fordspeed finished 7th overall out of the 22 starters from London.

6 vessels were open cockpit versions, the remainder being tailored with an aft cabin.

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Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin

It is a Fairey Huntsman 31 Aft Cabin, manufactured in 1973 and located in Cornwall (United Kingdom). Now you can buy this inflatable boat for a price of 56.725€.

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