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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details.

Westerly Pembroke

Brief Notes


Westerly Marine, Hampshire

The Pembroke is the fin-keel version of the bilge-keeled Centaur, one of the most popular British yachts ever. They are strongly built, offer excellent headroom and accommodation for their size, and sail well.

Length OA

26' 0"

Sail Area

294 sq ft with working jib, 401 sq ft with genoa

Length WL

21' 4"




8' 5"




4' 3"




5,000 lbs

Engine type

Volvo Penta MD1 or MD11C


2,800 lbs

Engine bhp

13 or 25

Keel type

Iron fin keel and spade rudder

The Westerly Pembroke was built between 1976 and 1979, as a replacement for the slightly smaller Westerly Tiger, the change probably having more to do with rationalising production lines than anything else. The hull and deck, and most interior mouldings, are almost identical to those of the much better known bilge-keeled Westerly Centaur, of which thousands were built from 1968 onwards.

As with all other Westerly Marine yachts the Pembroke was massively built. This was partly a result of previous building experience within the company and also a reflection of the state of GRP technology at that time. All Centaurs 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.

Sailplan, from Laurent Giles' plans

As with the Centaurs, Pembrokes were built with a choice of three different interior layouts. The yacht shown in the photos here has the 'B' layout, which provides up to six berths.

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Above deck, the Pembroke shares the Centaur's deep cockpit and wide side decks, creating a sense of safety when aboard. Like all Westerlys, they are solidly built. Under sail the fin keel and deeper draught offers slightly more speed under sail than the Centaur, whilst remaining a reassuringly stable and vice-free performer.

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