An excellent example of a Fairey Huntsman 31. Currently undergoing a professional full hull respray.
She is powered by twin 212hp Ford Sabre diesels and sleeps 4 in two cabins..
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Fairey Huntsman 31
The Huntsman 31 was Alan Burnard's brainchild as Faireys had found the hull of the 28 to be rather bluff in heavy weather and therefore tended to be very wet in moderate seas. The primary reason for this new hull was comfort at sea and racing (and staying dry!). As the 28 was still selling well at the time, Faireys' directors declined to fund a completely new boat at that time. Alan drew the hull lines in 1966/1967 roughly 7 years after the advent of the 28.
Two versions of the 31 were to be offered by Faireys, one with an aft cabin and one with an open cockpit.
5 boats competed in various Cowes-Torquay races. 'Fordsport' (race no. 707) was entered into and completed the 1969 Round Britain Race. She finished 4th overall out of 42 entries in the 1,700 mile race. Her sister boats, all Huntsman 28's finished 3rd, 5th, 6th and 12th! A very impressive result given that they were competing against out and out race boats. The Ford Motor Company filmed the race and produced a superb 25 minute film showing all the boats in action. This film is one of the few (possibly) the only colour film to actually show brief glimpses of the Huntress and Huntsman production line at the Hamble factory. This film was also used by the BBC during test transmissions prior to the launch of BBC2.
'Double Century' (race no. 200), her sister boat 'Spirit of Michaelhouse' (race no. 8) along with Huntsman 28 'Fordspeed' (race no. 909) competed in the gruelling 2,900 mile 1972 London - Monte Carlo race. Double Century completed the race in 102 hours. Double Century picked up no less that 7 awards in this race and finished 6th overall. Fordspeed finished 7th overall out of the 22 starters from London.
6 boats were open cockpit versions, the remainder being fitted with an aft cabin.
The Fairey Owners' Club
Although Fairey boats were built in the '50s until the early '80s, it was not until 1986 that the Fairey Owners Club was founded. Their basic idea, which remains the principal objective of the club, is to preserve the marque.
In its present form the Club organises rallies and events throughout the year, at which there is an easy exchange of information. It also has extensive archive information, which is constantly being added to.
Membership is currently more than 200 and is growing steadily. Although a large percentage of members are based on the South Coast of Britain, there are many in other parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland. There are also members as far afield as Holland, Corfu, Norway and the Maldives.
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