Parker 31 Lift Keel for sale

Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom

£29,500 GBP

Tax Paid / Included

General information
Parker 31 Lift Keel
Used sail boat for sale
£29,500 GBP
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Tony Castro
Length overall
9.44 metres
3.05 metres
1.83 metres
monohull, fibreglass
Lifting keel
Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom

About this Parker 31 Lift Keel


Price: £29,500 (VAT paid)

Make and model: Parker 31, sailing yacht

Year: 1989

Location: Christchurch, Dorset - viewing by appointment

Keel Type: Lifting wing keel

Length Overall: 9.44m (31ft)

Draft: 1.83m (6ft) keel down, 0.61m (2ft) keel up

Berths: 6 (2 double, 2 single)

The seller has owned this yacht since 2006, and implemented a program of improvements and regular maintenance, including low hours Beta 16 engine (2009), folding propeller (2015), mast overhauled and standing rigging replaced 2017, lifting keel overhauled 2016, new mainsail 2017, new autopilot 2018, cabin windows resealed and hatch perspex replaced 2015. This has resulted in a mechanically sound and reliable good performance yacht, equipped to a modern standard for cruising or racing.

For further information, high definition pictures, or to arrange viewing please contact seller at:

07584 662319


Boat Name: White Light

Model: Parker 31

Hull No. 6

SSR No. 119072

Construction: Fibreglass

Designer: Tony Castro

Electrical Circuit: 12V, and 240V shore power

Single Berths: 2

Double Berths: 2

No. of cabins: 2 + main cabin

Hot and cold running water


Length Overall: 9.44m (31ft)

Length Waterline: 8.61m (28’3ft)

Beam: 3.05m (10ft)

Max Draft: 1.83m (6ft) keel down

Min Draft: 0.61m (2ft) keel up

Displacement: 3,175 kg (7,000 lbs)

Keel ballast: 1,043 kg (2,300 lbs)


Engines: 1

Make and model: Betamarine 16

Drive Type: Direct shaft drive

Fuel: Diesel

Engine Power: 16hp

Type: Inboard

Gearbox: 2.6:1

Engine year: 2009

Engine hours: 380 hours (at end of 2018 season)

Propeller Type: Flexofold 2 Blade (2015), folding, 15 x 12 RH

Cruising Speed: 5 kn

Maximum Speed: 6 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1

Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 ltrs (approx), with fuel gauge display in cabin

Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel

Water Tanks: 1

Water Tank Capacity: 80-100 ltrs (estimated), under front bunk

Hot and cold running water to double sink in galley and basin in heads

Sails and Spars

Fractionally rigged sloop. Anodised aluminium mast (cabin sole mounted) and boom by Z Spars. Mast overhauled 2017 with new main halyard sheave, new forestay/jib halyard fitting, new electric wiring, new VHF aerial cable, new wind instrument (NASA) and wiring. Stainless steel standing rigging (replaced March 2017). Polyester running rigging (main halyard replaced 2015). 3 x slab reefs in mainsail, with luff spectacles, and leech lines to winch on mast below boom, with jammers on boom exit. Seafurl (Hood Yacht Systems) headsail furling system (assumed 1989, serviceable).


2 x self tailing sheet winches (Enkes 22 ASC)

2 x self tailing halyard winches (Enkes 10ST)

1 x Enkes winch on mast below boom, for reefing lines


1 x Mainsail (2017 Sanders sail and sail cover, excellent condition)

1 x Genoa (Parker & Kay, date not known, used since 2006, overhauled and new sacrificial UV strip 2018, fair condition)

1 x blade Jib (Parker & Kay, date not known, used only occasionally since 2006, good condition)

1 x Spinnaker (date not known, fair condition), and spinnaker pole, and related equipment


Located under companionway steps a 2009 Betamarine 16 marine diesel engine. Two cylinder 16 hp, fresh water cooled with heat exchanger to sea water cooling. Electric start and stop, tachometer and engine hour meter, 40A alternator. Serviced every year. Engine heats calorifier (hot water tank) in cockpit locker. Shaft drive with conventional stern gland (repacked 2015) to a Flexofold 2 blade folding propeller (2015). Single lever engine controls. 50 ltr (approx) stainless steel fuel tank in cockpit locker.

Storage area above engine compartment, behind companionway steps.

Electrical Systems

2 x 12 volt deep cycle marine batteries (125Ah, 2011 and 100 Ah from earlier, resting voltage 12.5V), and 1 x 60Ah engine battery (Varta, 2016). Charging from the engine alternator, with automatic split charge system.

Shorepower lead, supplying 240V battery charger, and 1 double and 1 single 240V sockets in main cabin.

300W Inverter, with 2 x 240V single sockets, in main cabin and forecabin.

12V cigarette lighter socket by chart table.

NASA BM-1 battery monitor for boat batteries, and separate digital voltmeter for engine battery.

Solar panel – 20W.

Fresh water pump (under forecabin berth) and standard household style filter.

Deck / Cockpit Equipment

Autopilot – Raymarine ST200 Tillerpilot (2018), and wooden tiller lock using same fittings

Plough style main anchor, with 10m x 8mm chain and 35m x 12mm warp, all stored in anchor locker

Spade anchor, and warp


Boarding ladder on starboard quarter

6 x Fenders

Several mooring warps and spare lines

Cockpit cushions

Guardwires, with detachable pelican hooks on port side

Wooden cockpit table, slots on to tiller

Mast ladder, with slides that fit into mainsail track

Cabin roof mounted main sheet track (fixed in centre position)

Aluminium toe-rail

Outboard engine bracket

Large cockpit locker

Navigation Equipment

Bulkhead compass

Depth (Raymarine ST40, with spare through hull transducer)

Speed/Log (NASA)

Windspeed/Direction (NASA, new display unit 2018 and mast unit 2015)

VHF Radio, DSC, AIS (Radio Ocean RO4800, 2013), connected to chartplotter via NMEA 0183, and remote speaker by companionway

Chartplotter (in cockpit, Lowrance HDS-5M Gen-2 with Navionics Silver UK charts, 2013), displays AIS data via connection to VHF radio

Satnav (by chart table, Garmin, with cockpit repeater)

Navigation lights: tricolour (LED 2017), bow and stern, steaming, deck light, and portable LED anchor light

Safety Equipment

2 x manual fire extinguishers, in main cabin and forecabin

1 x automatic fire extinguisher in engine compartment

1 x fire blanket by galley

Liferaft (Seago 4 man valise, 2014), requires first service

2 x cockpit harness points

2 x jackstays, running along each side deck

Horseshoe lifebuoy, and automatic light

2 x bilge pumps

Radar reflector (hoisted when required)

Triangle (motoring signal) and ball (anchor signal)

Keel and rudder

Lifting keel, major overhaul in 2015, with keel sliders and cables replaced, hydraulic ram serviced, and new hydraulic pump with portable remote control switch on lead.

Tiller steering to lifting rudder, with additional shallow water rudder.


The accommodation provides two double berths, forward and aft, and two single berths in the saloon/main cabin.

Forward cabin: V berth forward with infill, and stowage under. Opening hatch to foredeck, with blackout blind. Hanging locker to port, and good sized stowage cupboard to starboard. 2 x spotlights.

Saloon/main cabin: two settee berths (foam replaced 2015), with starboard one running under chart table, both with storage under. Fixed table with drop leaves and storage in middle. Chart table, lifting to access storage for charts and navigation equipment, pivoting seat below, and electric panel (most circuit breakers replaced), VHF, satnav, radio (with aux input) above, and LED light. Two burner gimballed gas cooker with grill and oven (Plastimo Neptune), with electric solenoid to turn gas on/off (camping gaz cylinder in cockpit locker). Double sink with hot and cold running water. Storage space for food, crockery and cutlery, and cupboard under sink. 80-100 litres estimated freshwater capacity. Fridge (top opening), operated by 12V compressor in cupboard below sink. 2 x LED central ceiling lights, 1 x LED above galley, and 3 x LED spotlights. Catalytic gas heater.

Cabin windows (6) removed and replaced with new seals in 2015. Perspex in forehatch and heads hatch replaced 2015. Headliner replaced in forecabin (2014) and aft cabin (2016), and part main cabin (2017).

Aft cabin: Double berth aft (foam replaced 2015), with hanging locker and storage cupboard. LED ceiling light and LED spotlight. Rear access to engine.

Separate heads compartment to port: accessible from main cabin and forward cabin, with Jabsco marine toilet (pump replaced 2015), shower and washbasin. Shower drain. 2 x storage cuboards above, and cupboard under basin, with seacocks. Wall light.

Design history

The Parker 31 is an unusual high performance lift-keel yacht with excellent accommodation, including over six feet headroom. The wing keel is over four feet wide, and retracts to allow drying out in 2ft (0.61m) of water. The design has stood the test of time and compares favourably with newer yachts.

The Parker 31 evolved from a 1981 Tony Castro design, the 31' "Passage Maker", which was built by John Baker, the builder of the Seal range of smaller lift-keel yachts. She was intended to be a high performance, lifting-keel racer/cruiser, capable of winning events such as The Three Peaks Race.

When Parker Yachts took over the assets of John Baker Ltd., the design was modified to become the Parker 31. With 3 cabins, 2 double and 2 single berths, the design offers a remarkable combination of accommodation and speed, plus the ability to take the ground. 30 of these were built between 1987 and 1993. "Yachting Monthly" said of the design: ".... the performance and handling are remarkable. She is very fast, unexpectedly stable, and finger light on the tiller"

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Betamarine 16, 16hp diesel Inboard, 2009, 380 hours); Propeller Type: Flexofold 2 Blade (2015), folding
Engine hours
Fuel capacity
50 litres
Maximum speed
11 kph
Cruising speed
9 kph
Number of cabins
Number of berths
Passenger capacity
Drinking water capacity
100 litres
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