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Old 15-08-2019, 15:29   #1
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Opinions wanted: Westerly 33 (Sloop)

G'day folks, I'm looking for opinions on a Westerly 33 (sloop rigged, not ketch) as a live-aboard - we're in the process of buying our cruisin' boat and the Westerly popped up as a potential candidate. From what we've seen so far they're actually quite roomy for a 33 footer, but other than that we don't know a damn thing about it's qualities and pros/cons.



So... anyone has any opinions on these boats? Do share!
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Old 15-08-2019, 15:48   #2
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Oh so British, similar construction as a Moody (good) older boats must be carefully inspected no matter how well built they were.
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Re: Opinions wanted: Westerly 33 (Sloop)

Bob Shepton ( DuckDuckGo him...) sails a Discus which I think is a reasonable enough recommendation.....

Meanwhile... lookee here...
https://wiki.westerly-owners.co.uk/index.php?title=W33
https://wiki.westerly-owners.co.uk/i..._33_and_Discus

Would you like to live aboard one? Dunno.....
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What decade? The late 90s "33" was a very nice boat. Hand built by careful old men in sheds, grp generally laid well -- they used to make a big deal of temperature and humidity control during the cure. Equipment very much down to the original purchaser. Woodwork good, build generally heavy, not quick but comfortable when it gets nasty.
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Re: Opinions wanted: Westerly 33 (Sloop)

Westerly's are great boats. Well made, solid and with good sailing qualities.

Sub 40ft is small for a liveaboard, but if that's your choice then a Westerly would tick the boxes for me!

I delivered this Westerly Konsort a few years back:



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Re: Opinions wanted: Westerly 33 (Sloop)

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Bob Shepton ( DuckDuckGo him...) sails a Discus which I think is a reasonable enough recommendation.....

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Thanks for all the links and tips gentlefolks! As far as the decade, it'd be a 1980 - it seems to have suffered from the famed droop, but the previous owner has fixed that up nicely. It's currently on our (very) short list of candidates.


I know, 33ft isn't much to live on with 2 people but it seems doable enough, compared to a 40ft Trintella IV we looked at, it's positively enormous on the inside and has a much bigger sense of "space" so, we figure it'll work. Only one way to find out



That Konsort looks nice by the way!
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Thanks for all the links and tips gentlefolks! As far as the decade, it'd be a 1980 - it seems to have suffered from the famed droop, but the previous owner has fixed that up nicely. It's currently on our (very) short list of candidates.


I know, 33ft isn't much to live on with 2 people but it seems doable enough, compared to a 40ft Trintella IV we looked at, it's positively enormous on the inside and has a much bigger sense of "space" so, we figure it'll work. Only one way to find out



That Konsort looks nice by the way!
Try YBW Forums in the UK site lots of Westerly owners and good advice
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Try YBW Forums in the UK site lots of Westerly owners and good advice

Ooh, I didn't think of that to be honest! Too busy trying to tie up all the loose boat-buying ends
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Re: Opinions wanted: Westerly 33 (Sloop)

Have sailed a Westerley Conway 36. Wonderful boat, strong and safe when making passages. Built for comfort, speed not so much.
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Have sailed a Westerley Conway 36. Wonderful boat, strong and safe when making passages. Built for comfort, speed not so much.

The first thing that springs to mind is this:


I'm fine with comfort over speed
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I still own a 36 Corsair. Best boat for safety I've ever had. Strong build, good sailor, great live aboard with plenty of storage spaces.
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