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Westerly Renown

Brief details


Westerly Marine


32' 6"

Sail area

440 sq ft

The Westerly Renown is a solidly built family cruiser offering five berths in three cabins. The example shown here has been fitted with a non-standard fixed doghouse, which offers the cockpit and companionway much more weather protection than a normal sprayhood.


25' 0"




9' 6"




4' 6"




10,080 lbs


Volvo MD2B diesel


4,200 lbs



Keel type

Iron fin keel with rudder on half skeg

Westerly Marine built about 250 Renowns between 1972 and 1979, the Renown being one of four models * sharing the same 31 foot hull moulding. The design was by Laurent Giles, the hull showing it's obvious family similarity to the Centaur. As with the smaller Centaur, sailing performance is actually rather better than you would expect from looking at the hulls. All were solidly built, with the hulls moulded to Lloyds standards, and every hull having a Lloyds certificate. When introduced they were regarded as medium displacement - though compared to most current yachts they are fairly heavy. Add to this a powerful diesel and you have a sensibly priced family cruiser offering very useful and flexible accommodation. "Yachting Monthly" has described them as ".... safe, steady, all-weather cruisers".

* The Renown was a fin keel centre-cockpit sloop or ketch, the Pentland the same thing but bilge keeled. The Longbow was an aft-cockpit sloop or ketch, the bilge-keeled variant being the Pentland. Ketch rigged versions of all four models had a short bowsprit extending the basic 31' hull length to 32' 6"

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A number of Renowns have been fitted with fixed wheelhouse covers to varying designs - one example is shown here

The saloon has a long settee berth to port, with galley to starboard, with a berth and chart table aft of the galley. The saloon table was originally intended to be able to be lowered by replacing the long steel legs with shorter ones, to form a double berth. On this yacht the short legs are absent, and the table top does not look as though it is designed to form a berth base. Saloon headroom is about 6' 2".


The chart table is at the foot of the starboard settee, and in the corresponding space to port an electric coolbox has been fitted on the yacht shown. The galley is a large GRP moulding, the front and sides covered in wooden panelling in latrer boats

Forward of the galley the passageway to the forecabin has a large hanging locker to starboard, and the heads to port. The forecabin has a vee-berth convertible to a double

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The aft cabin is accessed from the cockpit, and has two single berths

not to scale

A Volvo MD2B diesel, driving a three-bladed fixed prop via a conventional sternshaft, was the usual engine installation when new, though by now some engines will have been replaced.

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Left and right: Although you see many yachts with 'add-on-bowsprits similar to this, the Renown was built with this as standard.


Below: Although non-standard, the GRP doghouse looks in keeping with the rest of the coachroof. We have seen several Renowns with similar doghouses added

The cockpit is separated into two parts by the wheel pedestal and mainsheet traveler, on which is also mounted the mizzen mast. The cockpit has deep lockers on either side, and a large part of the forward cockpit sole can be lifted to give full engine access, although all normal access is via the front panel under the companionway steps

 As with most ketches, many owners regard dropping the mainsail entirely as the first reef, then sailing under foresail and mizzen. With the genoa on a roller and the mizzen actually in the cockpit, sail handling is thus very easy.

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