The Westerly Konsort remains one of the most popular Westerly designs, offering a great deal of interior space for a 29 foot hull. This 1981 example is a bilge keel version. The hull had a full professional osmosis treatment in 2007 and her inventory includes hot-air cabin heating and an unused full cockpit tent. The standing rigging was renewed in 2019.
Forecabin and saloon
Twin iron bilge keels with transom-hung rudder
The Westerly Konsort was designed by Laurent Giles in 1979 to "fill the gap" in Westerly's range between the 26 ft Centaur and the various Longbow/Medway/Berwick/Renown models all based on the same 31 foot hull. The Konsort was offered with a choice of three keel options - fin, twin keel or lift keel - the twin bilge keel version being the most commonly found. The Konsort ( and the bigger Conway ) were the two designs by Laurent Giles that did not have the "bow knuckle" of most of his other Westerly hulls.
With 10' 9" beam the Konsort offers a lot of interior space, effectively as much as the narrower and older 31 ft designs, which made her one of Westerly's most long-running and popular models, with 700+ built between 1979 and 1992, though most of those sales were in the first six years of production, after which the Konsort became expensive in comparison to similar sized foreign imports.
By the mid 1980s there was also a trend to new boat buyers wanting separate aft cabins (something many French boats offered) rather than the more traditional layout with quarterberths, and Westerly emulated this with the Merlin in 1984. From 1984 to 1992 the Merlin and Konsort were on sale at the same time. The Konsort remains however the bigger boat overall, despite not having a separate aft cabin.
In 2017 'Yachting Monthly' reviewed the design, reporting ".... She’s an eminently practical boat for coastal cruising with plenty of living space and ample room for a family, or even a full crew of five adults, including oodles of stowage" and "....She is light on the helm, super responsive but by the same token she’s not directionally stable. She has a superbly secure cockpit for offshore sailing: easy to use solo, yet with buckets of room for a full crew."
Yachtsnet photographs ashore May 2018 and afloat June 2018
The port settee berth can be extended to the edge of the table frame to form a double berth.
The deck was repainted in July 2018 with new non-slip
Above: the sprayhood has solar panels fitted into the top section - sprayhood renovated 2019
Yachtsnet photos May 2018
Bukh DV20ME 20 hp diesel, raw water cooled
three bladed bronze with ropecutter
believed 67 litres (standard for Konsort)
110AH services battery and separate engine start battery
Engine alternator and solar panels on sprayhood top. Shorepower and inverter.
and deck equipment
Sloop rig, alloy spars with S/S standing rigging - standing rigging new 2019.
Battened mainsail new 2011
Sanders Sails roller genoa
2 x Lewmar 30 two-speed
2 x Lewmar 10 on coachroof
25 lb CQR with 180 ft 10mm chain
Danforth and CQR as spare
Lofrans Royal manual windlass
Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilot
Plastimo Contest bulkhead compass
Warps & fenders
6 warps and 6 fenders
Sprayhood (renovated 2019) with built-in solar panels, dodgers. Also an unused full cockpit tent.
Navigation Equipment and instruments
NASA Clipper Navtex
Standard Horizon GX1500E
4 person valise liferaft, serviced and in date to July 2019
Horseshoe with danbuoy
MOB retrieval unit
Forecabin, heads and saloon
Mikuni hot-air diesel heating
Water tank capacity
believed 135 litres (standard for Konsort)
Flavel Vanessa 2-burner, grill and oven
are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject
to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.
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