Douglas 31/32

1967 — 1982
Designer
Edward S. Brewer
Builder
Hinterhoeller Yachts Ltd.
Associations
?
# Built
?
Hull Type
Long Keel
Construction
FG

Dimensions

Length Overall
32 1 / 9.8 m
Waterline Length
24 6 / 7.5 m
Beam
9 6 / 2.9 m
Draft
4 7 / 1.4 m
Displacement
11,500 lbs / 5,216 kg
Ballast
?
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
459 ft2 / 42.6 m2
Total Sail Area
459 ft2 / 42.6 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
220.8 ft2 / 20.5 m2
P
31 11 / 9.8 m
E
13 9 / 4.2 m
Mast Height
?
Foresail
Sail Area
238.1 ft2 / 22.1 m2
I
37 6 / 11.4 m
J
12 8 / 3.9 m
Forestay Length
39 7 / 12.1 m

Auxilary Power

Make
?
Model
?
HP
?
Fuel Type
?
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
?
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
6.63 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
14.41
under powered
Ballast/Displacement
?
Displacement/Length
349.1
heavy
Comfort Ratio
32.86
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
1.68
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

DOUGLAS 32 is like 31 with extended reverse transom.
Similar to HULLMASTER 31, ALCONA 31.

HISTORY:
DOUGLAS MARINE CRAFT - Douglas Badgley commissioned Ted Brewer to design the original Douglas 31s. His company, Douglas Marine Craft, built them in Port Stanley, Ontario, starting in 1967. Around 1970-1971 Douglas Yachts went out of business, and the molds were reportedly seized by creditors.

NORTH AMERICAN FIBREGLAS MOULDINGS - Jeffrey White of North American Fiberglas Moldings Ltd. in London, Ontario acquired at least one set of DOUGLAS 31 hull and deck molds, and modified them with a reverse transom designed by Ted Brewer to create the DOUGLAS 32.(shown here)

COMMAND YACHTS - In 1974, North American Fiberglas went into receivership and emerged as Command Yachts with the same crew and president, and a new model - The D-32 MKII. Command Yachts was purchased by De Leuw Cather Canada who dissolved the boat building division around 1976.

THE FIRST “KIT” BOATS- BRUCE PENINSULA YACHTS - Apparently, the D-32 molds were then acquired by Bruce Peninsula Yachts, who produced the first kit boats with all the original molds including those for the interior layout. While the location of the molds is currently unknown, production rights are still owned by Mary Ellen Duncan, former wife of Bruce Lapier, who together formed Bruce Peninsula Yachts.

HULLMASTER BOATS, LTD. - Hullmaster Boats, LTD acquired one or more of the original Douglas 31 molds about the same time as North American Fibreglas Mouldings, and concurrently built HULLMASTER 31s in Picton, Ontario. The last HULLMASTER 31 was built in 1979.

When Hullmaster went out of business, Doug Smith acquired the DOUGLAS 31 molds.

J&C FIBERCRAFT - It has been said that Doug Smith later sold his business to Jed & Carol Benoit of J&C Fibercraft. It appears that J&C D-31s are direct descendants of Hullmaster. Either way, custom yachts of a high quality as well as kit boats from the D-31 molds were built by this company in Barrie, Ontario.

HINTERHOELLER - It is believed that the last six D-31 hulls were built and delivered as kit boats by Hinterhoeller Yachts out of Ontario around 1982.

Thanks to Richard for providing corrections. Also thanks to Mary Ellen for providing further corrections.


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