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

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)

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)