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Westerly Tempest


ashore Cornwall


Westerly Yachts Ltd., Waterlooville, Hampshire



Price reduced



30' 7"

Sail area

523 sq ft main and 150% genoa

Brief details


24' 6"



The Tempest 31 is one of the later generation Westerlys designed by Ed Dubois, with a modern hull design with two double aft cabins. These yachts also have a higher quality interior finish than most of the earlier Westerlys. This 1988 bilge-keel version has had the engine replaced, and is a very well equipped and well maintained example. She had new standing rigging and Eberspacher heating installed at the time we sold her to her present owners in 2016. Price reduced as the owner has already bought a larger boat.


10' 10"


2 plus saloon


3' 9"




9,020 lbs


Volvo MD2020 diesel


2,866 lbs



Keel type

Twin bulbed iron bilge keels and spade rudder


The Westerly Tempest 31 was designed by Ed Dubois in 1987 as a smaller version of the racing-orientated Storm 33. Thanks to broader aft sections it acted as a more cruising-friendly alternative to the existing 32 ft Fulmar design, the Tempest having two proper double aft cabins instead of the somewhat small double quarterberth of the Fulmar. The Tempest also had rather higher quality joinery than the earlier Fulmars, which were conceived as racing-capable boats. The Fulmar continued in production in parallel with the Tempest.

The bilge keel option had twin well-angled and efficient keels with bulbs at the base to keep the centre of gravity low, as well as slightly more keel weight than the fin keel versions.


As with two aft double cabins there was no need for a forecabin, the forward part was split into an excellent full-width heads, and a large sail/gear locker with access from both heads and deck. This was called the "Original Option" for the Tempest design, this yacht for sale being of this type.


At the end of 1988 Westerly offered a choice of layouts, with an alternative design with a single larger aft cabin, aft heads, and conventional vee-berth forecabin. This option provided a much larger cockpit locker, and was called the "Classic Option". Most boats sold, however, were the "Original" twin aft cabin version.


Just over 100 Tempests were built between 1987 and 1993, when the hull design, interior and rig was reworked and renamed the Regatta 310, which nominally remained in production until 1997, though in those six years only five were built. By then Westerly sales were being hit hard by cheaper French imports, and the company was in trouble, eventually closing in 2000.

Photo 2018
Westerly Tempest bilge-keeler for sale
Westerly Tempest for sale

Yachtsnet photographs all August 2018 except three photos ashore from October 2015

Westerly Tempest for sale
Motoring quarter view


Sail locker

The lack of a forecabin allows a spacious (for a 31-footer) heads compartment, with a large sail and gear locker accessible through the door in the forward part of the heads, plus a deck hatch.

Accommodation plan

By the late 1980s Westerly was steadily upgrading the quality of the joinery and finish in their cruising yachts to compete with cheaper French imports, which sometimes had rather more spartan interiors. The interior of this yacht is in very good condition for her age.

Saloon aft

The saloon has a settee berth with trotter box to starboard, and another longer C-shaped settee
with an infill section to port. Theoretically you can thus have three small double berths plus a single, though the boat would be very crowded indeed with 7 crew aboard.

This yacht's headlinings are unusually good for a Westerly of this age
- we suspect that the headlinings have been renewed at some point.

Galley detail

Aft cabin

Chart table

The chart table has a hinge-out seat

Chart table and seat

The original raw water cooled Volvo MD2002 engine was replaced in 2001 with a freshwater cooled MD2020, which drives a three-bladed Brunton Autoprop feathering propeller. Engine hours to date (July 2018) are approx 880. New exhaust elbow and Volvo shaft seal January 2019.

Westerly Tempest 31 for sale

The twin bilge keels are moderately deep and have wedge-shaped bulbs at the base to keep the CG low.

Bow view

Photographs ashore

winter 2015/16

Bow detail
Deck aft

The standing rigging was entirely renewed in spring 2016

The teak grating at the companionway is removable, but forms a useful liferaft or dinghy storage


Photo 2018
Westerly Tempest

This is a nicely looked after example of the Westerly Tempest design,
with a newer engine than the original, plus a good inventory. Since we sold her to the present owners in spring 2016, she has been lightly used and well maintained.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Volvo Penta MD2020 18bhp three-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, installed new in 2001 and run 880 hours.

Fuel tank capacity

72 litres


Brunton Autoprop auto pitching and auto feathering. New Volvo shaft seal 2019


125AH services battery (type 655) and 96AH engine start battery (type 643) - both new 2017

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator plus solar panel

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, alloy spars with S/S standing rigging renewed in April 2016.


Jeckells - slab reefing with 3 reefs


Jeckells 120% roller genoa - new 2010

Genoa furling

Rotostay IV

Other headsail

150% roller genoa



Primary winches

2 x Barlow 25

Secondary winches

2 x Barlow 21 on coachroof

Bower anchor

10 Kg stainless steel Bruce with 20 metres galvanised chain and 40 metres warp

Kedge anchor

10 Kg Sword




Autohelm tiller pilot with two linked control heads (ST6000+ and ST4000+)

Steering compass

Plastimo Contest bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 7 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood with companionway cover, stack-pack type mainsail cover, dodgers

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPS551 5" colour plotter with UK and Brest-Elbe charting


NASA AIS engine with separate aerial



Depth sounder




VHF radio

M-Tech 500 with DSC

Safety/emergency equipment


Horseshoe with floating light

Radar reflector

Mast mounted

Bilge pumps

Manual pump in cockpit, and heads compartment has electric pump


Webbing jackstays, 2 x fire extinguishers and fire blanket.


Cabin layout

Sail locker, heads, saloon, and twin aft double cabins


6 ( 2 doubles and two singles in saloon )

Cabin heating

Eberspacher blown hot-air diesel heating installed 2016

Water tank capacity

20 gallons


Flavel Vanessa two-burner, grill and oven


Coolbox only


Jabsco twist-and-lock

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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