The Westerly Merlin - from the drawing board of Ed Dubois -brought the Westerly brand up-to-date in the eighties, with modern styling and a sprightly performance. The clever lay-out provides good living quarters, with modest headroom and ample space to enjoy life aboard. Handling is exemplified by most control lines being feed to the Cockpit which is also of modest - yet practical size. The hull is Lloyds' Certified. Broker's Comment: Remember it's a Bilge Keel so you can explore the 'nooks and crannies' of our coastline with confidence.
WESTERLY - A PART OF OUR BOATING HISTORY
The following units are installed for navigation:
- JRC 1000 Mk.11 Radar
- President MC-8000 VHF Radio
- Autohelm 1000 Autopilot
- Stowe Dateline Echo Sounder, Log and Speed, and Wind and Direction unit.
Plastimo Contest Bulkhead Compass
12v System charged by the engine alternator.
A BUKH DV20 twin-cylinder 20hp diesel auxiliary engine - with a single-lever engine control - drives through a reduction gearbox to a shaft and a fixed bronze 3-bladed propeller. The unit has an electric start (12v battery) and alternator charging for the battery. The stainless steel fuel tank us found below the Starboard sidedeck with a 'deck fitting filler'. Fuel suppy is filtered through a primary mounted filler with wter trap and an engine mounted secondary filter. It is recommended that both filters should be 'cleaned' in a 'new -owner check list of items to be found and examined'. Both provide knowledge of these items as well as knowlege of the task of 'cleaning'.
BUKH - an engine with an enviable reputation and well supported in the UK.
The following safety items are included in the inventory of the vessel:
-4 x Life Jackets
-2 x Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Blanket
- Firdell Blipper Radar Reflector
- Bilge Pump
Sails and Rig
The craft has a Bermuden Rig with anodised aluminium mast & spars - together with stainless steel Standing Rig and coventional 3-strand running rigging, controlled by Barlow 23 Sheet winches + Barlow 20 Halyard winches.
The Sail Wardrobe comprises - 'Main-sail' -
Mainsail (fully batterned), Furling Genoa, Working Jib and Tri-Sail and a Main Boom Stack Pack and Rotostay Headsail Furler.
Basically, the craft has 6/7 berths in 3 cabins, Galley and Heads with good headroom. From forward - FORECABIN comprising two berths , with shelving above and the anchor locker access forward. MAIN SALOON has a double berth (P) and single berth (S); a centrally placed folding table and shelving outboard (under the side decks. Ample stowage is found above and below the bunks and seating. The GALLEY (P) is equipped with a stainless steel sink unit and cold water pump. The 'Flavell Vanesa' gimballed cooker, has two 'top-side' burners - and a grill/oven, cold box and stroage areas for cooking equipment.
A chart table to Starboard (Stdb) has storage for charts and the mounting for electronics / communication equipment. The HEADS (toilet) compartment has a sea toilet and wash/hand basin with a manual water pump.
The 'deck-gear' comprises:
- CQR Anchor + Chain + Warp
- Spray Hood blue) accommodation entry - with a 'fold-down' frame. The hood offers a good head-room and mo
- Aluninium alloy stanchions, mounted to alloy sockets with full-length guard wires from bow to stern matching structures. Each carrying the 'for' and 'aft' navigation lights
- Mooring Warps and Fenders
Whilst built in 1985, the Westerly range of yachts have always been known as 'tried and tested' and enjoyed by their 'Skip and Crew' - including friends - over the past 30 years! This one is a good example of both the design and ability to enjoy the handling of the vessel 'under canvas'.
'The Westerly range of sailing craft is well known and ideal for craft of this type as the lines come aft to the Cockpit winches and cleats. Ideal for family and friends as it is seldom necessary to 'go forward' unless with 'fitted safety lines' to Skipper and Crew.
About 170 of these craft were built during the production. run, and likeall Westerlys, the hull were moulded to Lloyds ' standards and each hull issued with Lloyds' Hull Construction Certificate. At different times, different interior finishes were used, some having light ash veneers on the interior bulkheads. Some were built with vinyl head-linings - others had wood veneer on the head-linings. Later model Merlins were called Merlin 28s and Merlins 29s. The main differnce being a slight extension of the transom. The interiors swere no different in size, although some minor l;ay-outs changes were made. Most Merlins were fitted with 20hp Bukh engines, although some later boats had Volvo 18ho diesels.