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Westerly GK29

Brief details

Builder

Westerly Marine, Waterlooville, Hampshire

The GK29 was a production cruiser-racer, intended as a dual-purpose boat that could be cruised or raced under Half Ton Cup rules. It still makes a good club racer, and GK29s have a surprisingly big interior thanks to the wide beam, high freeboard and near flush deck, making them a relatively cheap fast small cruiser.

LOA

29' 0"

Sail area

495 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

25' 7"

Rig

masthead or fractional sloop

Beam

10' 4"

Cabins

saloon & forecabin

Draught

5' 3" or 5' 9"

Berths

5/7

Displacement

6.900 lbs

Engine

Yanmar or Petter diesels

Ballast

3,000 lbs

BHP

12

Keel type

Iron or lead (deep) fin keel with transom-hung rudder

Westerly GK29

The Westerly GK series of cruiser/racers started with the quarter ton rated GK24 in 1976, and in 1978 the larger GK29 was introduced, which rated at half ton level. A larger GK34 three-quarter-tonner was also produced from 1980.

Designed by Mike Pocock, the first GK29s built were successful in Half Ton Cup IOR racing. About 180 were built in total, production ending in 1981. Various levels of fit-out were offered by Westerly, some boats being sold part complete, so standards of finish and interior trim may vary.

GK29s were built in two versions, the "Half Tonner", and the "Family Cruiser", the cruising version having a shallower iron keel than the deep lead keel on the racing version. The cruising version was always masthead rigged, but a fractional rig was an option on racing versions.

GK29s have high freeboard, and consequentially quite spacious hulls, with 6 foot headroom. Most are now used as fast cruisers, which can also take part in club level racing.

Owners photos

Westerly GK29
Westerly GK29
Westerly GK29
Westerly GK29

Westerly GK29

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Westerly GK29

The photos above and below show two the saloons of two different GK29s, the photo above being of a boat fitted out and used primarily as a cruiser, and the lower one of a boat used mainly for racing. The cruising version has a mast compression pillar to support a deck-stepped masthead rig, the racing version has a keel-stepped mast, which could be either masthead or fractional rig.

Above: The original saloon table folds up against the bulkhead. There are two pilot berths with leecloths above the settees, but many owners use this for storage rather than as berths. If these pilot berths are used, she is a seven berth boat.

Saloon headroom is 6' 3" aft, slightly less forward. The berths in GK29s are 6' 6" long. Like all Westerlys, sag in the foam vinyl hull and headlinings is a common problem.

Westerly GK29

Above and below: an original fit Yanmar engine, and a boat re-engined with a Beta diesel

Westerly GK29

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