Rustler 41 Motor Yacht – a boat to be proud of

20 July 2021

Rustler 41 Motor Yacht – a boat to be proud of

Rustler Yachts has announced its first motor yacht, which naturally offers the same unique blend of world class craftsmanship, seakeeping, performance and elegance as the world-renowned sailing yachts they've been building for more than 50 years.

Designed by Tony Castro, the Rustler 41 has a deep-V planing hull that will deliver exhilarating performance with a comfortable motion while still retaining excellent slow-speed manoeuvrability. She is expected to have a have a comfortable cruising speed of around 25 knots and a top speed of 35 knots.

“We’ve been asked many times if we would build a motorboat, by both existing Rustler customers and those who simply understand our philosophy towards building boats,” says Rustler director Adrian Jones. “Our sailing boats are loved for their design, build quality and craftsmanship; all traits which are carried over to the new motor yacht.”

The Rustler 41 will demonstrate British boatbuilding at its best. “It’s designed as a perfect ‘gentleman’s launch’ as they used to be called,” Tony Castro explains. “This boat is all about pride of ownership, it’s not just a tool or a vehicle you go out in for the weekend.” Adrian concurs: “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here. We are simply refining the design to make it work well, then building it properly with no corners cut.”

Each Rustler 41 will be hand-built and extensively customised for her owner. If they want a contemporary interior, they can have it. If they prefer a traditional oak interior, they can have that instead. Any part of the yacht can be personalised.

Rustler can fit any type of powertrain, and they’re not tied to any engine manufacturer. The standard engine configuration sees the Rustler 41 fitted with twin 320hp Yanmar 8LV320 diesels on straight shaft drives, although pod drive, outboard and sterndrive options are also factored into the design.

The standard layout is sociable and practical with an emphasis on luxury. She has a comfortable wheelhouse with forward-facing helm seats and ample room for two people to sit together. Behind the helm position is a galley with stove, sink and fridge. Opposite the galley there’s U-shaped dinette seating around a table that can drop down to make a third double berth or a daybed if required.

Aft of the saloon, doors lead to the cockpit, which has L-shaped seating in each aft quarter, a wet bar and more seats forward. A through-transom door gives easy access to the boarding/bathing platform, which can also be used to stow a jet RIB. Side doors in the hull improve access when the boat is moored alongside. ‘Ease of boarding is important,” Tony explains. “I don’t see why people should have to clamber in from the transom platform.”

The high bulwarks of the cockpit reduce going forward, giving easy access to the foredeck and the sunpad on the coachroof. Down below, the master cabin has a big, aft-facing double berth and the guest cabin has an athwartships double berth that runs beneath the cockpit. The heads compartment is very spacious with a separate shower.

As with all Rustler yachts, buying a Rustler 41 can be an involving experience. Owners are encouraged to visit their yacht in build as often as they like, and to have as much involvement as they want in design, styling, personalisation and customisation.

The team at Rustler pride themselves in not just building ‘a’ boat for an owner, they are building their boat, for them, from the very start. “We have had decades providing this bespoke service to sailing boat owners,” Adrian says, “and we’d like to offer that opportunity and experience to motorboat owners too.”

Principal Dimensions

Length overall           12.50m           41ft

Beam                          4.00m             13ft 4in

Draft                           0.64m             2ft 4in

Water capacity         300 litres        66 gallons

Fuel capacity            1200 litres      265 gallons

Cruising speed         25 knots

Top speed*               35 knots

* Dependent upon engine choice

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