RAVEN 31: Big volume, comfortable cruising

Our Raven 31s, Kokako, Liaison, and Misha are NZ designed and built, comfortable, cruising yachts.  The Raven 31 rig is modest, with the intention being to provide sails and gear that can be easily handled by a couple.  Features include a walk-through transom for easy swimming and dinghy access, roller furler headsail, lazy jacks and two reefs in the mainsail, comfortable appointments and an inboard motor.

The maximum number of sailors is six, ideal for for a couple, group of friends or a family.  Comfortable cruising with four adults or two adults and three children.


  • LOA: 9.45m Beam: 3.2m
  • Draft: 1.9m
  • Sail area: 38.08m2
  • Bed layout: Double forward cabin, double and single midships, large quarter berth
  • Engine: 20 HP diesel Volvo
  • Water: 260 litres


Main cabin with settee berth to starboard, u-shaped settee and table to port.  Main cabin saloon table drops down to create a double berth. Navigation table with refridgerator on starboard side. Full galley, two burners and oven with generous workspace to port.  Generous quarter berth aft.  Forward cabin may be left as two singles or centre insert to create another generous double berth. Separate head with hot and cold water for showers.

Cookware and tableware for six. Linen provided on request.
All Great Escape boats are fully equipped to Maritime New Zealand safety standards and well maintained to ensure a hassle-free sailing holiday.

Excellent 5 night charter on a Raven 31 “We thoroughly enjoyed our charter with Great Escapes. Communications from our initial enquiry to the end – were handled perfectly. The handover from Bill and Julie was very professional. The boat itself had clearly had a lot of money lavished on it: new fully battened main, new genoa, new engine. We sail a more modern boat back in Europe – but the Raven has a great solid quality, with nice woodwork in the main saloon.The forecabin in particular is very impressive for a 31 foot boat. As for the cruising ground, it is hard to imagine anywhere with a greater number of sheltered anchorages – most with beautiful walks ashore. We walked to Cape Brett from Deep Water Cove, and also enjoyed walking around Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands and others.”


Kokako motoring along in the beautiful Bay of Islands

Port side interior showing midships table, galley aft.

Interior looking forward, head on port side, generous forward berth.

Layout in day configuration

Layout in night configuration

Kokako at anchor, Motuarohia (Roberton) Island

Details for your charter

  • Your charter commences 9.30am on day one and concludes at 4.00pm on the last day.
  • Minimum hire: early season 3 days, peak 6 days, summer 4 days, late season 3 days.
  • Charters of seven days or more have a 10% discount applied to the daily rate.
  • Dinghy and oars standard tender, RIB and outboard on request.
  • For bareboat charter, the skipper must have a sound knowledge of sailing and boat handling. Ideally a recreational sailing qualification and/or significant experience in a similar vessel. We provide a comprehensive vessel safety briefing and an overview of navigation in the Bay of Islands, with suggested highlights before you cast off.
  • If it has been a while since you last sailed, if you haven’t sailed a similar boat, or your crew has limited experience we recommend an instructor for the first day.  Your instructor will join you at the dock on the morning of departure, they can recap sailing skills, boat handling, anchoring, navigation and weather interpretation in the Bay of Islands and will share with you some of their favourite spots to anchor.  Your instructor will also cover VHF use and retrieval of a person overboard.  The instructor departs around 3.00pm, plenty of time for you to get to a lovely anchorage for your first night.

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