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First sail boat

Post by Joejoe » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:28 pm

Hi

Thanks for the add.

I have been looking to purchase a westerly of around 26'-30' with bilge keels .
Any advice on these size boats would be appreciated, ie pros and cons.

It would be my first sail boat.

Many thanks

Joe

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Re: First sail boat

Post by Jolly Roger » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:55 pm

Joe

Welcome to the Westerly Owners Forum.

Your idea of buying a Westerly as a first boat is a very good idea as they are very safe and stable boats.

Probably your best choice would be the ever popular Centaur at 26ft. If you want something slightly larger then the Konsort at 29ft. Both of these are Laurent Giles designs.

Slightly newer you have the Griffin (26ft) and Merlin (29ft). You can find details on all these boats here. http://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/boatRange.php

Your choice will depend where you expect to sail and type of mooring, plus your budget. The more information you can provide, the better we can advise.

You should join the Westerly Owners Association as there is more information in the members section and you can also contact boat owners as well for direct advice.

Hope this helps you.
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Re: First sail boat

Post by aquaplane » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:41 am

Joe, welcome to the forum.

A couple of questions, where are you? Where do you plan to sail from?

You say this will be your first sail boat, what sort of boaty experience do you have if any?
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Re: First sail boat

Post by Joejoe » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:23 pm

Thanks for the replies. I live on the south coast not far from Chichester,so I would be sailing in the Solent and surrounding areas.
I have sailed on various vessels in the past plus tall ships ,I have day skipper and power boat level 2.
Just need to find the right boat now.
I have been looking at the boats that you have suggested and sailed on a westerly ketch earlier in the year with the sail boat project out of Brighton.
Many thanks for your response and sorry for my late reply.

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Re: First sail boat

Post by chris.moody » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:55 pm

We keep a Centaur in The Solent and it's a great cruiser for two people. Might be a bit cramped for longer cruises with more that two people but ideal for us. We like the bilge keels as we can dry out in places like Newport or Ryde harbours.
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Re: First sail boat

Post by steve parry » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:35 pm

Hi,

I had a Chieftain (aft cabin Centaur) for 16 years! And we went everywhere in her (Misty Blue)!!! We had two boys and they, with us went along the south coast to Falmouth and any place along the wayWhen the boys left us, we continued to sail as far south as St Malo and all the other ports, nooks and grannies around that area.
They are great little boats and will take you anywhere!!

So if you want a safe little boat that will forgive your will mistakes!!!? Then the Centaur is an excellent starter boat.


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Re: First sail boat

Post by Joejoe » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:29 pm

Thanks for the info on westerly. I had a look at a couple in Chichester marine today.sounds like a lot of fun exploring the Solent and surrounding areas.

Thanks

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