Hughes 31


L.O.A.: 31' 6" (9.60 m)
L.W.L.: 24' 0" (7.32 m)
Beam: 9' 8" (2.95 m)
Draft: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Displacement: 9100 lbs. (4127 kg.)
Ballast: 3350 lbs. (1519 kg.)
Sail area: 400 sq. ft. (37.16 m²)

Motor: gasoline or diesel
Headroom: standing
Berths: 5 to 6
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 186

Price range: $21,000 to $26,000

    The Hughes 31 has the appearance that many people would have expected of modern sailing yachts from the late 1970s, and it offers a lot of boat for the price it usually commands on the used market. This Sparkman and Stephens designed boat has nice looking lines, and below decks, it has a well laid out interior. Unfortunately, the reputation of this boat may have been be marred a little by the fact that it was, at one time, widely marketed as a "kit boat" for amateur completion, while, at other times, the factory finished boats suffered uneven production quality. Some of these boats were also fitted with inexpensive components such as the 15 hp inboard OMC Saildrive gasoline engine (a detuned 30 hp outboard motor). Nevertheless, the Hughes 31 is fundamentally a good design and can represent excellent value if it is in good shape and reasonably well equipped.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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