Fairey Huntsman 31 “Sabre Knight” – Refit project opportunity.


This is a rare opportunity to acquire a true classic British sports cruiser, requiring refit.

When “Sabre Knight” first arrived at Preston Marina in 2006 she was is spectacular condition – befitting the heritage of the Fairey Marine name. In the autumn of 2006 she was lifted from the water, since when she has remained on the hard standing. Sadly, owing to work and other commitments, her owner has not been able to give “Sabre Knight” the continous loving attention that classic boats demand and she has slipped into a state of neglect – so a new owner is sought to return her to her former condition.

“Sabre Knight” is a Fairey Hunstsman 31 Aft Cabin – Designed by Alan Barnard and built in 1977 by Fairey Marine, Hamble (Hull No.32) – and fitted out by Attrills of Bembridge on the Isle Of White.

  • Construction; Hull is of 8 laminations of hot moulded Agba mahogany. The superstructure is of marine ply. The decks are teak laid.
  • Length; 31 ft 3″ (9.52m) Beam; 9 ft 8″ (2.94m)  Draught; 2 ft 10″ (0.86m). Displacement approx. 4.75 tons.
  • Machinery; 2 x 180 Ford Sabre turbo diesel engines. Engines last run in January 2019. Engine hour meter reads just over 300 hours. We have no reason to believe this is not an accurate record of the engine hours run – but nor are we able to confirm this. What we will say is that when we ran the engines in Jan 2019 after many years of being laid up, they sounded fantastic. Links to videos below.
  • Fuel Capacity; 150 gallons (680 litres)


Brokers Notes;

We are not qualified as marine surveyors or boat builders so we are unable to give any meaningful comments as to the extent and cost of the refit required by “Sabre Knight” – and so we strongly recommend that any buyer engages the services of a marine surveyor and/or engineer to inspect the boat thoroughly on their behalf prior to purchase. In order to assist with this sale description we did engage a marine surveyor to produce a basic condition report of the boat – this can be downloaded here; CONDITION REPORT. We have deleted the surveyor’s contact details, but we can provide these by request as part of an enquiry at an advanced stage.

Any inventory items fitted to or supplied with the boat as seen in photos or upon viewing are untested and given the long lay-up are described for the purposes of this sale as not working – but we are confident that some if not most of the equipment will work once the boat is re-commissioned.


Engine Tests – January 2019.




The photos in the first gallery below were all taken in late Feb 2019 where she currently lies at Preston Marina, Lancashire (PR2 2YP) – Viewing is available by prior appointment.


Asking Price – £12,500


Enquiries – email; info@prestonmarina.co.uk  or Telephone + 44 1772 733595 (7 Days 10am – 5pm)


The photos below show “Sabre Knight” while in commission.


PLEASE NOTE: Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed, these details are intended only as a guide. This boat and its inventory is owned and offered for sale by a private individual not acting in the course of trade. Purchasers and prospective purchasers are advised that there are no guarantees or warranties when purchasing from such an individual. We strongly recommend that independent professional marine surveyors and/or engineers be engaged to check the boat, its systems and its inventory (including any trailer) prior to purchase. After purchase there are no remedies for any faults found. Preston Marine Services Ltd. act as an agent for the private Vendor and can not offer any guarantees.