Best Boats 2016: Cruising Monohull 31-40 ft

Marlow – Hunter 31

The Marlow-Hunter 31 is the latest off-shore cruising model sailboat to follow the pedigree of the 40 and 37 which were also introduced by Marlow-Hunter in the last two years under the new leadership of owner David Marlow. Mr. Marlow, owner of Marlow Yachts, a luxury power yacht builder, has raised the bar by influencing quality and design of a brand that already had forty years of experience building sailboats.

The new 31, which has a Length Overall of 32’4” and a beam of 11’10” will be a tough contender for any model in her size range that tries to compete with the volume below. One of her best features is the spacious cockpit that will deliver a feel more like that of a larger boat. Performance will also be one of her strong features with a large sail plan and a Glenn Henderson hull design plus hard chine aft below the waterline which has become a signature for Marlow-Hunter sailboats built under David Marlow.

Below, her quality fit and finish is hand crafted using real teak furniture and floors, Corian countertops, ball bearing drawer hardware and name brand appliances and equipment. The construction of the hull and deck utilizes Vinyl Ester resins and gel-coats, continuous reinforcement fibers, Kevlar and state of the art Nida-coring for structural integrity for ours and our customer’s, peace of mind.

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LOA    32 ft 4 in
Hull Length    31 ft 11 in
Waterline Length    29 ft 8 in
Beam    11 ft 10 in
Draft – Shoal    4 ft 5 in
Draft – Deep    5 ft 5 in
Displacement – Shoal    12,000 lb
Displacement – Deep    11,854 lb
Ballast – Shoal    3,525 lb
Ballast – Deep    3,379 lb
Mast Height – Standard    46 ft 6 3/4 in
Mast Height – Furling    51 ft 11 in
Sail Area – Standard    581 ft²
Sail Area – Furling    542 ft²
I    35 ft 9 in
J    11 ft 3 in
P- Standard    36 ft 5 1/2 in
P – Furling    40 ft 11 3/4 in
E – Standard    13 ft 10 in
E – Furling    14 ft 7 in
Headroom    6 ft 1 in
Fuel Capacity    21 gal
Water Capacity    50 gal
Holding Tank Capacity    20 gal
Water Heater    5 gal
Inboard Engine    21 HP
Inboard Engine (Option)    29 HP
CE Classification    A


Aft Cabin
Berth, double with foam mattress
Compartment storage space
Designer bedding fabrics
Electrical outlets, AC and DC
Hanging locker
Ports/ hatches, (2) opening with screens
Seat for reading

Main Salon
Cabin lighting
Deck hatch, (1) opening with screens
Deck side windows, fixed
Deluxe cushion/fabric package
Dinette table
Electrical outlets, AC and DC
Gloss finish “cherry” woodwork
Handrails, hardwood on both sides
Head compartment, enclosed with vanity & shower
Engine access
Selected hardwood trim
Storage shelving

Electrical outlets, AC and DC
Corian® countertop
Fresh water system, pressurized, hot and cold
Port, (1) opening, with screen
Sink, single, stainless steel with cutting board
Storage cabinets
Storage drawers Storage shelving
Stove, two burner LPG

Systems/ Electronics
12-volt dc electrical system with breaker panel
21hp Yanmar® diesel engine with two blade prop
Alternator, 120-amp
Battery box, engine start
Battery box, house
Battery charger
Bilge pump, electric, automatic
Engine panel, deluxe with alarms and hour meter
Fresh water system, pressurized, hot and cold
Galvanic isolator
Gauges, tank for fuel, water, and waste
Gravity drain holding tank
LED lighting, interior
Navigation light package
NMMA certification on all systems
Propane gas system for cooking
Raymarine® i40 knot meter with log
Raymarine® i40 depth sounder with alarm
Shore power system, 120 volt with cord
Sump pump, shower
Water heater

Boom vang
Internal halyards led to cockpit Jib furling system
Jib, 110% furling with acrylic sun cover
Jib tracks with adjustable cars
Lazy jacks with standard mainsail
Mainsail, full roach with flaking system
Mainsheet purchase system
Mast, B&R with fractional sail plan reefing system, dual single line led aft
Rigging line stoppers and organizers, two sets winch handles (2)
Winches, (2) self-tailing #16, halyard
Winches, (2) self-tailing #30, jib
Windex® wind vane

Steering console with single lever engine control, wheel brake, lighted compass, space for instruments, and stainless steel wheel guard
Bilge pump, manual
Cockpit arch
Cockpit table with fold out leaves
Dual ended main sheeting
Lewmar steering
Lockers, (2) storage
LPG storage locker
Stern rail seats, stainless steel with drink holders
Stern storage compartment for shore power
Stern storage locker
Walk-through transom with fold down swim platform and telescoping stainless steel ladder

Deck / Hull
Anchor roller, single
Anchor well with space for rode and chain
Blister prevent technology – hull
Bow pulpit, stainless steel
Deck handrails, stainless steel
Hatches, (2) opening deck, with screens
Hull, FRP/Nida-Core sandwich above waterline, solid
FRP bottom
Hull, structural grid reinforcement
Keel, shoal draft
Lifelines, double with 3 gates and SS stanchions
Mooring cleats, (6) stainless steel
Nonskid deck
Ports, (4) opening, with screens
Rubrail, with stainless steel insert
Rudder, balanced spade, with stainless steel shaft
Sliding companionway hatch
Through-bolted hull/deck joint with rubrail
Through-hull fittings, all bronze below waterline

Forward Cabin
Cabin lighting
Deck hatch, opening
Designer bedding fabrics
Electrical outlets, AC and DC
Hanging lockers, (2) cedar-lined
Mattress, foam
Private forward cabin
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Storage shelving against hanging lockers
Under-berth storage space

General Safety Group
Anti-bacterial gelcoat in head
Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Emergency tiller
Manual bilge pump
NMMA/ABYC certification on all systems
Reference book, ASA Coastal Cruising Made Easy

Optional Equipment
Anchor, chain and line
Air conditioning system
Automatic engine room fire extinguishing system
Barrier coat, epoxy with bottom paint
Bilge keel
Bimini top
Bottom paint
Cabin top winch upgrade to #30
Cockpit cushions
Colored Hull (Paint or Gelcoat)
Cruise Ready Safety Package
Cruising spinnaker gear
Deep keel
Diesel heating system
Dish setting package
Dura-Leather® cushion upgrade
Electric anchor windlass
Engine upgrade: 29hp Yanmar® with sail drive
Helm sheeting package for jib with winches and tracks
High bilge water alarm and pump
In-mast furling system with rigid vang
Lewmar® folding steering wheel
LPG Stove with oven
Propeller, folding – two blade
Quiet-flush® head
Raymarine® AIS system
Raymarine® a95 MFD with GPS
Raymarine® e95 MFD with GPS
Raymarine® radar
Raymarine® Smart Controller / wireless remote
Raymarine® X5 autopilot
Raymarine® i50 speed and depth upgrade
Raymarine® wind machine
Refrigerator and freezer
Remote mic for VHF radio
Sail cover (standard main only)
Shade package
Sirius® receiver and antenna (U.S. only)
Solid boom vang (included in furling main option)
SmartPlug shore-power
Spinnaker gear
Steering: Adjustable wheel – port/starboard
Stereo: AM/FM, CD player in salon with Bose® speakers and cockpit arch pod with speakers
Transom shower, hot and cold
Traveler, arch mounted for mainsheet
TV: Main salon – 24” flat panel with DVD player
Vertical battens for furling mainsail option
VHF radio

Mariner Package
Engine upgrade: 29hp Yanmar® with sail drive
Helm package for jib with winches and tracks
In-mast furling system with rigid vang
Mainsheet with traveler mounted on stainless arch
Raymarine® i50 speed and depth upgrade
Refrigerator and freezer
SmartPlug shore-power
Stereo: AM/FM, CD player in salon with Bose® speakers and cockpit arch pod with speakers
Transom shower, hot and cold
VHF radio

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