I just bought an I 31 last year in Fl. Just like you as soon as I saw the boat I fell in love. Since I bought it I've had to do pretty much a complete refit
of most all the systems. It wasn't loved real well from the previous owner. This clown thought to drain the oil
it was perfectly reasonable to just drain it into the bilge
since the drain plug
is easy to get to and just let the pump pump it out. But anyway I have had no regrets and have found the boat to be the perfect size for my wife and I. We currently just use it for coastal cruising but I have done 1 gulf crossing in it and have came through a few good storms bringing it home. The boat handles fine, comfortable and reasonable fast.
You can't beat the style and looks, this is a classic sexy looking sail boat. Draw backs I've found and still want to correct, Yes you can't reach the stay sail wench from behind the wheel
, if single
the lines can be pulled to the head
sail wenches and for the most part you can work them just fine, plus the little stay sail really once it's out how ofen do really adjust it anyway. I'd like to have a little less draft
would perfer 4' that extra 11" sometime does make a differance, and yes it is a bi_ch to back up with any wind
but you lean and as stated earlier 90% of the time your going forward.
I knew going in the boat was in very poor condition with all it's systems but the hull
and structure was fine. A lot of sweat, blood, time and money
it's everything I had hope for it to be I still love this boat and get compliments everyday on it's classic good looks and would go anywhere in the world with it.
Don't pay attention to some of these people buy the I31, it's perfect for what you want and we can all tell you seem set on it already. I've owned a lot of boats in the past both sail and power and very few have really hit me on first impression that this was the boat. This seems to be what has happened with you and the I31 and the same happened to me when I first saw mine. When you get that feeling when you first see it and it's in the right range money and work wise, get it.