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1998 Golden Hind 31

Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom


The Golden Hind 31 "Keppel" as featured for many years in Practical Boat Owner and other publications is now reluctantly for sale. Cruised extensively throughout Europe with a Decade service carried out in 2012/13 including full engine overhaul, new rigging, new Treadmaster and much more. Excellent opportunity to acquire this cherished and much publicised cruiser that has been set up for comfortable cruising in all conditions, particularly the Mediterranean.

Basic Boat Info

Price: £54,950
Make: Golden Hind
Model: 31
Year: 1998
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Twin Keel


Length: 31'6 ft / 9.60 m
Length Overall: 32'10 ft / 10.00 m
Length Of Deck: 31'6 ft / 9.60 m
Waterline Length: 26'9 ft / 8.15 m
Beam: 9 ft / 2.74 m
Max Draft: 3'11 ft / 1.20 m
Min Draft: 3'11 ft / 1.20 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Nanni
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 29hp
  • Type: Inboard


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 110 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 150 L
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 38 L


Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Sloop, Cruisers


Howard Ford
Howard Ford Marine Sales


Howard Ford Marine Sales
Tidemill Yacht Harbour Tidemill Way
Woodbridge, Suffolk, GB, IP12 1BP
Tel:+44 (0)1394 385577


The accommodation offers up to four berths in two cabins with 6'3 headroom to saloon. Forward cabin with V berths, with infill converting to a double berth. Storage above and below berths. Opening hatch to foredeck. Heads compartment to starboard with Jabsco sea toilet with holding tank. Vanity unit with moulded sink and pull-out H&C shower. Storage cupboards. Hanging locker opposite to port. Saloon with settee berths port and starboard with storage above and below (one with optional berth widening facility). Navigation area aft to starboard. U Shaped galley opposite to port with Techimpex gimballed two burner cooker with oven and grill. Twin stainless steel sinks with H&C freshwater supply and drinking water filter. Generous storage. Steps up to cockpit, with seating and stowage under. Full interior LED lighting. Curtains. Smoked glass opening windows throughout.

Mechanical Systems

Located abaft the companionway. Nanni 29hp diesel engine. Electric start. Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger. Shaft drive to fixed three bladed propeller. Single lever engine control. Maximum speed 7 knots. Cruising speed 5 knots. Engine removed and overhauled in 2013. 15litre calorifier.

Alternator charging to 2 x 12 volt batteries (2013)

12 volt switch panel

240 volt shorepower

Sterling alternator regulator

Battery charger

Voltwatch volt monitor

Immersion heater

Demountable 30w solar panel


Sails & Spars

Masthead cutter rigged sloop. Gold anodised aluminium mast and boom. Whisker pole. Stainless steel standing rigging (2013). Terylene running rigging (much renewed 2013).

2 x Mainsail



Storm jib

All sails triple stitched throughout and in excellent condition

Deck Equipment

35lb Delta bow anchor with 30m of 8mm chain and 20m of warp

FOB Kedge anchor and transom roller with 16m of 6mm chain plus extendable length of anchorplait warp.

Additional anchor rode, 25m of 8m chain/25m warp

Manual anchor winch

Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions & lifelines

Mainsail cover

Cockpit awning


Bimini with demountable side and rear panels

Cockpit tent


Various fenders & warps

Mast supports for inland waterway cruising

Bathing ladder

Navigation Equipment

Plastimo bulkhead steering compass (2000)

Navico 300 tiller pilot (2000)

Garmin 152 GPS (2010)

NASA AIS Radar (2010)

NASA AIS Transponder (2010)

Standard Horizon DSC VHF (2010)

NASA Sting Ray echo sounder (2000)

NASA Target St Weather information (2013)

Clock & barometer

Full navigation lights

Safety Equipment

Life belt

MOB Recovery belt and line


Built by Golden Hind Marine to RCD Ocean standard up to hull, deck and cabin construction plus all structural bulkheads in 1998, fitted out by owner and launched in 2000. White GRP hull with Oxford blue sheerstrake with Iroko rubbing strake and toe rails.  GRP cockpit and lazarette.  Cabin and decks of Iroko and marine plywood with all exterior facing plywood epoxy sheathed and finished with a minimum of two coats of 2-pack paint. Encapsulated ballast in long iron fin keel. Teak coach roof grab rails. Tiller steering to skeg hung rudder. Aft self draining cockpit. Self draining gas locker. Anchor locker.

Owners comments

Keppel differs from most Golden Hind 31s:

Taller than normal mast and cat-head bowsprit deliver a more powerful rig. Longer fore cabin berths and increased headroom throughout. No chain pipe to divide the fore cabin berth. First Golden Hind 31 to have a GPR cockpit and aft deck. First Golden Hind 31 to have a GRP heads and shower module. First Golden Hind 31 to have a GRP cooker enclosure. Believed to be the only Golden Hind 31 with hydrofoil bilge plates; these remove the plate vibration associated with Golden Hind 31s. Being wider they also better resist cheese-wiring on soft ground. First Golden Hind 31 to have a balanced rudder to deliver superior manoeuvrability. Extra large lazarette seats to increase the cockpit seating capacity. De-mountable inner forestay to provide a cutter rig as well as a practical 'snug' staysail and storm jib. Dual position cockpit table. Equipment for mast stowage on deck (inland waterways)


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.

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