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Niagara 31
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Description: Niagara 31
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri January 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Niagara 31 is a very well built boat constructed by Hinterhoeller. A Frers design that is a very fast and comfortable coastal cruiser. It is a very good upwind and reaching vessel, especially in light airs. A tall rigged boat that only draws 5 feet. Excellent visability from the cockpit and good walking decks with a raised bulwark for safe footing. Interior is fairly simple with a galley aft, dinette and settee amidships, head and hanging locker then the forepeak. We love ours and are dreaming of following others to the sunny south.
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Review Date: Fri May 7, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have had our boat since new. We have sailed more than 15,000 nautical miles with her and she still is in good shape. A very quick boat in light air and off the wind. In heavy winds, you have to reef quickly and she tends to hobby horse if the waves pick up. The Westerbeke 21 is an excellent diesel and easily moves the boat at hull speed. Would be nice to have an enclosed head but great boat for a couple. Watch for leaks and balsa core damage particularly around the bow pulpit if the original bedding compound still not upgraded. All in all though a great boat and we intend to keep her. Very reliable and well built.
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Review Date: Sun July 16, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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First: This is the Hinterhoeller Niagara 31, not the Niagara 30 or 31. Is similar in profile looks to the Hinterhoeller 35 except more of a fin keel. Many are not aware of this. Owned this super boat since 1991. To add to comments of others: Open head actually is a plus because of quick dryouts after showers and ventilation. Added a 3-blade low-drag Campbell prop for increased umph with 21hp Westerbeke and still maintain great sailing. Continuous line main reefing from the cockpit makes quick reefs a snap and is a real plus due to the tall rig. This boat rarely needs more than 125% jib. With proper reduced sail this boat handles super in heavy weather yet is very fast in light air. Jib wenches and main sheet can be controlled from helmsman postion. Extremely easy to single hand. 6+ knots is normal with 15 knots apparent beam wind. All gear and food for 2 for a week can be stowed with nothing insight.
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