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Westerly Longbow

Brief Notes


Westerly Marine, Hampshire

The Westerly Longbow is the fin-keel sloop-rigged aft-cockpit variant of the same 31 ft hull used in several Westerly models. The accommodation was considered huge for a 31 foot boat when introduced, and is still spacious. Sailing performance is good if unspectacular.

Length OA

31' 0"

Sail Area

442 sq ft

Length WL

24' 0"




9' 6"




4' 6"




9,261 lbs

Engine type

Volvo Penta MD2B


4,000 lbs

Engine bhp


Keel type

Iron fin keel and rudder on half skeg

Designed by Laurent Giles, and introduced in 1972, the Westerly Longbow is a solid fin keel cruiser. The same hull moulding was also used with a centre cockpit deck to produce ketch-rigged versions. Over a thousand of the various versions were produced, of which about 260 were Longbows. Other models using the same hull are the Westerly Berwick, with sloop rig and bilge keels, the Pentland, with centre cockpit, ketch rig and bilge keels, and the Renown, with centre cockpit, ketch rig and fin keel.

As with all Westerlys of the period, they were built to Lloyds specifications which meant that the building processes were rigorously monitored and all materials had to be approved by Lloyds in order that a certificate could be issued. Although now long out of production they still represent excellent value for money, and offer an excellent combination of price, performance and accommodation space

Westerly Longbow
Westerly Longbow

The hull has the typical "Westerly look" with a pronounced bow knuckle, and is of moderate displacement with a good ballast ratio

Westerly Longbow

The interior has a conventional forecabin with vee-berths, a separate heads compartment between the forecabin and saloon, and a saloon with a removable table, which can form a double berth if required. Opposite this is another settee berth. Finally there are twin quarterberths aft, giving a total of up to seven berths. Alternative accommodation layouts were built, but the one shown in the two plans here, and these pictures, is the most common.

By now all Westerlys of this period are suffering from drooping headlinings, unless these have been replaced, or as in the case of the yacht shown here at left, refastened with a series of trim battens

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Photographs here are of several different examples. Early boats used less real wood in the interior trim, and more GRP and plastic laminates: later versions had more wooden joinery

Right: the chart table is a slide-out panel over one quarterberth

Above and below: the interior of a Westerly Longbow that has been refitted with a permanent chart table aft of the galley, and a divider in the ultra-long port settee berthing

Westerly Longbow

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