Quick Look: Mystery 35

The Mystery 35 hearkens back to old-school, traditional looks and values. "Boat Review" from our January 2012 issue.

December 27, 2011

Mystery 35

Billy Black

There’s no “mystery” as to which sailboat in the fleet of new models for 2012 hearkens back to old-school, traditional looks and values. That would be the Mystery 35, built in the United Kingdom by a company known for another boat that’s seemingly of a different era, the Cornish Crabber.

Despite its sweet sheer line, low cabin roof, and classic profile, however, the Mystery shares few characteristics with its gaff-rigged, full-keeled cousin. In fact, with a fin keel (with attached bulb), spade rudder, fractional Bermudan rig, and nonoverlapping headsail, the 35 is a thoroughly modern conveyance with offshore capabilities. (On top of all that, the 35 is steered with a tiller!)

That said, the boat’s accommodations plan, while beautifully rendered, is simple, basic, and time honored: an ample, sea-tested quarter berth aft of the starboard chart table; a pair of settees in the central saloon flanking a fold-down mahogany dining table; and a head (with shower cubicle) and private cabin forward that includes a generous V-berth.


Actually, given its handsome, wholesome appearance and no-nonsense layout, the only mysterious thing about the Mystery is why there aren’t more new vessels like it.

LOA 35′ 0″
LWL 24′ 9″
Beam 9′ 11″
Draft 5′ 11″
Sail Area 576 sq. ft.
Displacement 10,000 lb.
Water 43 gal.
Fuel 30 gal.
Engine 21-hp. Yanmar
Designer Stephen Jones
Price $235,000
Forum Marine
(713) 993-0797


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