Niagara 31


L.O.A.: 31' 3" (9.25 m)
L.W.L.: 24' 3" (7.39 m)
Beam: 10' 4" (3.14 m)
Draft: 5' 0" (1.52 m)

Displacement: 8500 lbs. (3855 kg.)
Ballast: 3500 lbs. (1610 kg.)
Sail area: 492 sq. ft. (45.67 m²)
Vertical clearance: 47' (14.33 m)

Motor: Westerbeke 21 hp diesel
Headroom: standing
Berths: 4
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 156

Price range: $52,000 to $57,000

    The Niagara line of boats was built by Hinterhoeller, so it should come as no surprise that they all share the same look and style. Indeed, the 31 looks a lot like the Mark Ellis designed Niagara 35 (and even the Aloha 32 , which was designed by Mark Ellis, but built by Aloha). However, the Niagara 31 was actually designed by German Frers, an Argentinean who has gained a considerable reputation drawing the lines of very fast offshore racing boats. As a result, despite its placid cruising exterior, the Niagara 31 offers some very good performance. This confirmed by its PHRF rating of 156, compared, for example, to the Aloha 32's rating of 171 (faster boats have lower PHRF numbers). The only drawback with the Niagara 31 is that it is a little more tender than most cruising boats in its size range.

    Down below, the Niagara 31 has a very traditional interior that one would expect to find on a cruising boat. Some of the earlier Niagara 31s had a dinette arrangement and were powered by a diesel on a saildrive unit. Later boats did away with the saildrive unit and had an interior with parallel settees and fold down table.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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