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Westerly Discus

Brief details

Builder

Westerly Marine Construction Ltd., Waterlooville, Hampshire

Built in two distinct versions between 1980 and 1984, with different deck mouldings, the Westerly Discus is a solid and very seaworthy cruiser. The hull continues the style of earlier Laurent Giles Westerlys, with the same distinctive bow knuckle seen on Centaurs and other smaller designs.

LOA

33' 3"

Sail area

694 sq ft main and genoa sloop, 635 sq ft ketch inc. mizzen

LWL

28' 5"

Rig

sloop

Beam

11' 2"

Cabins

2 plus saloon

Draught

5' 5"

Berths

7

Displacement

15,100 lbs

Engine

Mercedes diesel

Ballast

6,157 lbs

BHP

36

Keel type

Long iron fin keel and skeg-hung rudder

Westerly Discus

The Westerly Discus was a development of the Westerly 33 hull design, and built in two versions. The original version was introduced in 1980, and was what became known as the "bridge deck version". This took the hull of the Westerly 33 ketch and put on an aft-cockpit with a broad, high bridge deck between cockpit well and main hatch. Whilst a very seaworthy feature, and providing a "lounging space" partly sheltered by the usual sprayhood, this does make ingress to the saloon more awkward.

The "centre cockpit" Discus was more similar to the original Westerly 33, but with a walkthrough to the aft cabin in place of a cockpit hatch. The centre cockpit versions seem less common. The first Discuses had sapele mahogany joinery, later yachts having teak, as time went on Westerly progressively mproved the quality of the joinery in their yachts.


Whereas the Westerly 33s were all ketch rigged, most Discuses were sloop rigged, with ketch as an option. It also seems to be more common to find fin-keelers rgather than bilge-keelers. The move towards sloop rig had much to do with the availability of reliable genoa roller reefing gears, making sloop rigs much more manageable.

Westerly Discus
Westerly Discus

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Westerly Discus

The central saloon has 6' 3" headroom, although headroom is lower forward and
in the 'walkthrough' to the aft cabin by the chart table.

The original engines were Mercedes diesels marinised with Bowman heat exchangers.

Engine access is good, with normal checks via a lift out panel under the companionway, but with additional access to the gearbox and sternshaft from the aft cabin. The engine shown here is the original Mercedes OM36.

Although some boats have by now been re-engined these Mercedes engines are, if well looked after, smooth, reliable and very long-lived.

Photographs Yachtsnet
- all images are of bridge deck version boats

 

Westerly Discus

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Westerly Discus

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