Harstad 31 Pictures

Published in: Boat Information on September 4, 2015 at5:13 pm Comments (0)

Harstad 31 Sold

The wife and I have sold our beloved Harstad 31 Motorsailer.  We found that, although we loved our time with her, she was too small for the extended family we have.  We ended up with a Columbia 36 that has fit our family.

We will miss the Harstad and will always keep pictures of her around.  Once you own a boat you will always have an affinity for that boat.

Published in: General Postings on November 19, 2010 at10:28 am Comments (0)

Harstad 31 Information

I’ve posted a new Harstad 31 information page that I will be updating from time to time.  I’ll have specifications and pictures there, too.

Published in: Boat Information on April 19, 2010 at3:11 pm Comments (0)

A Harstad 31 Motorsailer Editorial

A Crealock design and fairly fast under motor or motor sailing, this is a nice interim sailboat if you are looking to become serious about sailing extended. If you just want a coastal cruiser, this is a nice boat. We live in southern California and have had her to Catalina Island several times for overnighters, and she performed well. On one trip, we left port only to find ourselves in gale force winds about 10 miles out. We were hitting 15 foot seas at about 5 second intervals, so it was a bit rough. With her 22+ HP Yanmar, she plowed through the waves even after taking the sails down. No problem with power.

Her sail plan is a bit weak. She is not a fast boat by any stretch, unless you have the diesel fired up. If you have a good wind (12-15 knots), then you can count on 8+ knots on wind alone.

Her fit and finish could have been better. Typical of the 1970’s, there is a lot of laminated particle board, but there is some nice Teak trim. Nice sized head/shower, and she has hot and cold pressure water. The cockpit was typically bare-bones, so plan to add a pedestal support, table, bimini or dodger, gauges/depth/radar. There are sooo many little things that were added to sailboats starting in the 1980’s that are not on this boat, but the Harstad 31 gave you a lot for the little money you spent on her. And these days you can have one for a song, that is if you can fine one. There were between 6 and 13 built, depending on who you ask. As I understand it, the Harstad Trawler Company built 6 operating under the Clipper company, but later there were a few more made using the molds. Clipper also made one that was almost identical, and was called a Clipper 32. The Harstad 31 is actually 31’7″ on deck, so it should probably be called a 32.

Another nice aspect of this motorsailer is that she was trailerable. With the 8′ beam, she could be trailered without the need for any special permits. She originally came with a trailer, but the one I bought did not have the trailer with it.

All and all we have really enjoyed sailing/motoring this boat. Lots of good times and lots more to come. As I said in the first paragraph; she is a good interim boat. We have plans to sell her and buy something in the 40+ foot range for extended voyages. I will say that if we had to stick with the Harstad 31, we wouldn’t really be disappointed. She has a LOT of potential and there are sooo many mods that can be done to her interior to make her almost as good as a modern day motorsailer.

Published in: Boat Information on April 11, 2010 at7:25 pm Comments (0)

Working on the Boat

We were finally able to get back down to the marina and get some things done on the boat.  Our of our list of things to get done, we managed to build the shelves in the storage closet.  That was a really big deal because it has allowed us more space for more food staples.

We currently have about 250 pounds of food on board.  Most of it is stored in the stern area of the boat, but the storage closet towards the bow was mostly empty.  It was originally designed to have clothes hanging in it, so it was a big open closet.  We built several shelves into the closet that allows us to store a lot more food and other items.

There are several more subtle modifications that we are going to make to get her into shape for extended cruises.  There is a lot of unused space there, and a lot of places for goods and extra water.

More to come…

Published in: General Postings on March 3, 2010 at5:59 pm Comments (0)

Rudder Repaired

We managed to repair the rudder!  It’s not a permanent repair, but it is working.

We took our gudgeons to Minney’s in Newport Beach, and after quite a bit of rummaging through parts, found replacements that look almost exactly like the originals.  We will ultimately want to find some heavier duty pieces, but the originals lasted over 30 years, so these should work until we order better ones.

The most difficult part was getting the steel cables from the helm back around the pulleys and then adjusting the cables for tightness.  The steering is working great for now, though.

Published in: General Postings on November 15, 2009 at10:37 am Comments (0)

Pictures of my Harstad

Published in: Boat Information on October 30, 2009 at11:56 am Comments (0)

Weakness in Rudder

I have recently found a weak spot in the rudder linkage on my boat.  It seems that Harstad used a weak gudgeon on these boats.  On the way back from Catalina, we had our lower support snap, and then later the upper snapped.  When the upper went, we lost all control and had to call BoatUS for a tow.

When we made it back to the slip, we were met at the dock by a gentleman named Dan who has repaired and renovated sailboats in the past.  He looked at what was left of the pintle and gudgeon, and told me that the metal piece was way too thin and that is probably why it ended up snapping under the stress of the weather were were in.  We have found a replacement that appears to be much stronger, and I will be installing it this week.

Published in: Boat Information on October 28, 2009 at10:00 am Comments (0)

Work to be Done on Our New Boat

We have just recently bought our Harstad 31′ and have not yet had the chance to sail her, although we did a bit of a sea trial with the previous owner before consummating the deal.  The diesel ran great and the sails went up and down without a hitch.  The paint is all in good condition and it has a shine to it.  Some of the woodwork will need a light refinishing, but all and all it is in really great condition.

The following are areas to be worked on:

  • Tachometer needs to be connected/fixed
  • Choke cable needs to be lubricated
  • Fuel meter (sender unit) needs to be fixed – it only partially works
  • Although the volt meter and switch panel seem to be in great shape, I need to check them
  • Mizzen mast halyard was pulled to the top somehow and the end hook needs to be retrieved
  • Check the  fresh water system to make sure the pressure water does not have any leaks
  • Test hot water heater
  • Test bilge blower

Beyond that, there isn’t much else that needs attention.  The boat is clean as a pin and looks great!

Published in: General Postings on October 9, 2009 at7:33 am Comments (0)

The Harstad 31



Builder: Harstad Trawler Company
Model: Harstad 31
Designer: W.I.B. Crealock
Auxiliary: 20 hp Diesel Yanmar 2WM20H
LOA: 32′
LOD: 31′ 7″
W: 26′ 4″
Beam: 8′
Draft; 3′ 6″
Cabin Headroom: 6’6″
Year Model: 1976
Hull #: 008
Rig: Ketch
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Sailboat Weight: 8000 lbs which includes the keell/ ballast weight
Keel/ Ballast: 1950 lbs
Water: 52 gallons which includes the hot water tank
Fuel: 25 Gals
Holding Tank: 5 Gal
Cockpit: Center
Steering: Wheel, Pedestal
Sails: Jib 192 Sq ft., Genoa 292 sp. ft, Main 120 sq. ft.,
Sail Are (Jib): 353 sp. ft. (Genoa) 453 sq. ft.
Main Mast above deck: 28′ 0″ Mizzen mast 17′ 4″
Main Mast above water: 32′ 0″ Mizzen Mast 23′ 4″
Disp/ Length: 204
SA/Disp: 14.22
Capzie Ration: 1.6
Max speed under sail: 6.9 kts
Max Speed under power: 8 kts

Published in: Boat Information on October 7, 2009 at6:23 am Comments (0)