Parker 31, LIFT KEEL, 1991, much upgraded and carefully maintained including full keel overhaul; in 2016/7. Well equipped including shore power, hot water, spinnaker, self tailing winches, Habitent cockpit canopy and much more.
1991. GRP construction with aft cockpit and tiller steering, lifting keel and lifting rudder, 4/6 berth interior.
Parker Liftkeel Yachts Ltd. Hull No 26
Standard lifting keel with 1.2-ton wing, which enables her to dry out and rest fully stable. Major overhaul winter 2016-7. This included all the guides being replaced or refurbished as needed, lifting wires strops replaced, all turning sheeves checked, lubricated and replaced if needed, hydraulic ram serviced, electric hydraulic pump replaced. In other words, everything which could be done, was done.
In 2004 all antifouling was sandblasted off. The original hull finish was Coppecoat copper and epoxy, which had been overcoated with ordinary antifouling. Unfortunately, this did not bond well onto the Coppercoat, and was peeling. Hence the sandblasting. All the hull was then painted with epoxy primer, and the lead of the lifting keel painted with a special epoxy primer for metal. This therefore gives a double protection against osmosis, the Coppercoat and the primer. Standard antifouling has been used since, usually Seajet Shogun.
Standard Parker lifting rudder refurbished 2017-8.
LOA 31' 0"
LWL 28' 3"
Beam 10' 0"
Draught 2' 0" keel up to 6' 0" keel down
Displacement 7,000 lbs
Ballast 2,300 lbs
Standard Z-Spars Keel stepped mast and boom, plus spinnaker pole. Standing rigging replaced when bought in 2003. Additional spare emergency forestay fitted 1991 and not replaced in 2003 as unused. Running rigging replaced as required including new main and genoa halyards within last 3 years.
Mainsail. Parker and Kay fully battened with 4 reefs. Regularly washed and serviced. Sets extremely well due to not flogging because of full length battens. Genoa. Kemp 2007 again regularly washed and serviced. New sacrificial strip approx. 2016. Lovely sail in good condition. Blade Jib. Parker and Kay. Not used since the Kemp genoa purchased. Up till then regularly used. Great for tacking in a strong breeze. Spinnaker. Parker and Kay. Not used much so also in good condition.
Yanmar 3GM30F 27 hp Diesel (in place of standard 18hp). 3 bladed fixed propeller. Regularly serviced and maintained. October 2018 replaced engine oil and fuel filters, and engine and gearbox oils, ready for new season. Engine hours unknown as no meter fitted.
Sterling 20-amp battery charger. 2 batteries with rotary switch.
Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guardwires, spray hood, dodgers, outboard motor bracket, self tailing sheet winches and halyard winches, boarding ladder, 25lb CQR anchor with chain and warp, manual anchor windlass, kedge anchor with chain and warp, 'Habitent' cockpit tent 2017 and only used a handful of times, mooring warps and fenders. Winter 2017-8 all hull and deck/superstructure gel coat minor scratches etc. filled and buffed by professional plus decks repainted.
Furuno GPS linked to VHF and Instruments. ICOM IC-M601 DSC VHF radio and Commandmic remote microphone/speaker for use from cockpit. Top of the range when fitted. Stowe Navigation instruments - depth, log, lat + long repeater, Close hauled/running wind. The wind transducer is not functioning. Raymarine ST2000+ tiller pilot. Navigation lights.
2 fire extinguishers and fire blanket, 2 bilge pumps.
Calorifier for domestic hot water heating off engine and fitted with mains immersion heater, fitted 2010. Gas cooker Nelson, with 2 burners, grill and oven all with flame failure devices approx 2008, gas alarm and cut off solenoid, flexible gas pipes replaced 2018. Refrigerator unit in insulated box Supercool runs off 12v electricity. Entertainment radio (car type) plus speakers in both cabins and saloon. Shore power connection plus cable, through consumer unit and 4 double sockets, 1 in each cabin + 2 in saloon also feeds battery charger via spur, and immersion heater via isolating switch. Traumatic gas fired warm air heater. All upholstery replaced 2006 by Jeckells with first quality foam and covers. Trotter box conversion to enable starboard saloon berth to extend under chart table. Lee cloths on both saloon berths. Swinging seat for navigator at chart table. Full set of curtains. Shaped and whipped carpets in both cabins. Jabsco toilet replaced December 2018 and unused.
4/6 berths in 2 cabins plus saloon.
‘Cocos' was built in 1991, being one of the last 31's which numbered up to no. 30. She was originally called 'The Blakeney', as the proprietor of the Blakeney Hotel owned her. She was sold to me in 2003 and renamed 'Cocos'. She is named after an island which belongs to Costa Rica, which I had visited some years earlier. She was very well specified from new including the uprated engine, and has been continuously improved and maintained ever since. I kept her in Bradwell-on-Sea Essex throughout my ownership, and she is currently ashore at Bradwell Marina.