A particularly well-cared for example of theWesterly's 31ft Tempest Sloop/Offshore Cruiser. Designed by Ed Dubois - responsible for creating many of the Westerly craft design - was also credited with making them to be more performance orientated. The Tempest 31 has and remains - has a particular design feature - the 'scoop stern'. This craft has 'bilge keels' each prepared with wedge-shaped 'bulbs' at the base, keeping a low centre of gravity. 'MOONTIDE' - is the last but one of the 107 'Tempest 31' yachts built by this famous British yard and has a modern look, with her up-to-date design features. A responsive craft in every respect, notable for 'close-winded' sailing capabilities yet easy to manage if short-handed. Equally, her spacious interior - another particular Westerly characteristic - provides a comfortable living environment for up to six in a pleasant ambiance, including excellent headroom throughout. A number of clever 'nuances' make living aboard a pleasurable experience. A superb package ready to enjoy. Currently located with the Broker in East Sussex. (Contact direct on 01273 515085 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following navigation aids are to be found to Port at the 'navigator's table' - fitted and understood operative:
- Midland VHF/DSC Radio Telephone
- Garmin GPS Plotter Navigation + Repeater (Sat. Nav.)
- Autohelm Tri-Data (Log, Speed & Depth) + Repeater
- Autohelm Compass (Electric)
- Autohelm Autopilot (located in the Cockpit)
- Suunto Bulkhead Compass
- Clock and Barometer
The following electrical features, etc., include:
- 240v Shore Power connection cable to a ring main with 3 x 3-pin socket outlets within the accommodation.
- 2 x 12v batteries (see note below)
- Main CB panel at navigation station
- Merlin Battery Charger
- NOTE: 'Cut-off ' switches for all battery provided power, are located under the double berth aft, adjacent to the Navigator's station.
The vessel is fitted with a 2-cylinder 18hp VOLVO PENTA 2002 diesel engine, located under the entry steps, which are removed to provide access to the fore-part of the engine and gearbox. The unit is sea-water cooled and - with a reduction gearbox - drives a shaft fitted with a rope cutter and a 2-bladed propeller - together with an alternator charging battery system @ 12v DC. The engine is largely accessed by removal of the top of the structure. It is understood the side panels can also be removed for additional access.
A classic varnished wooden tiller - with a little-used new, blue cloth cover - has good leverage when underway. Equally, a 'pin' for the self-steering Autohelm Autopilot connection is fitted.
Tank capacities: FUEL: 72 litres (16 glns) WATER: 90 litres (20 glns) .....it is understood no tank is fitted to accommodate 'dirty water'. Understandably, it may become necessary to install such a unit as harbours and similar 'inland'locations require such a facility on visiting craft.
The following list of 'safety items' include:
- 1 x 4-man Beaufort Liferaft (service due)
- 2 x Horseshoe life-belts (one with floating light)
- 3 x Fire Extinguishers (hand-held)
- 1 x Manual bilge pump located in Cockpit (Stbd)
Sails and Rig
The Masthead rig has a anodised aluminium Kemp mast and boom with mounted Spinnaker pole. A 'Feedback System' (ensuring separated lines come from foot of mast to the Cockpit) and single acting boom vang. Sail Wardrobe includes:
- Mainsail with slab reefing and a full length cover - matched with blue Cockpit dodgers.
-Stack Pack (new 2015) - a boom fitted bag to accept a lowered Main-sail.
-Furlex Furling system
-Furling Genoa + spare
-Cruising Chute (with spinnaker pole)
At the Cockpit:
-Barient 24-45 Sheet Winches (self-tail & 2-speed)
-Barient 18-24 Control Winches (2-speed)
-Lewmar 2-speed Spinnaker Winches
All 'hauling lines' etc. are prepared in soft 'multi-plat ropes' to winches and fixed turning blocks on both mast and Cockpit winches and cleats. Rope 'Tidies' (pockets) fwd in the Cockpit -accommodate end of lines from winches, etc.
Entry to the accommodation is from the COCKPIT where a blue canopy - complete with a supporting/folding frame - has a sliding hatch, opening directly over the engine box (see 'Mechanical ' for full details). A short vertical ladder gives ability to reach the MAIN SALOON below. Immediately to Starboard is a generous 'L' shaped GALLEY which includes:
- a laminated work-top with a stainless steel sink and a cold water tap.
- a gimbled Venessa gas hob & oven - possible to use whilst 'under way - or 'along-side'.
- a cold-box inset in the Galley work-top.
Additionally, there is ample stowage below the laminated work-top, ready to accommodate cooking equipment, utensils, etc. Immediately aft of the Galley, a solid door opens to a HEADS compartment which has good head-room - by use of space from a Cockpit locker above. The compartment has a generously sized laminate work-top - with stowage spaces under. Adjacent is a sea toilet and a hand-basin with water pump. A wooden hand-rail is fitted, ready to accept towels, etc. Returning to the Galley and passing the engine box - is the 'MASTER & OWNERS' double aft-cabin. which provides a hanging space with a 'zipped' fabric front, together with a 'cave locker'. A generously sized double-berth is set further aft, complete with appropriate sized mattress. NOTE: Under this berth - and accessible - are the vessel's main 12v batteries - charged by the engine alternator. Shore-power connection of 240vDC is also brought to this location, allowing the 'top-up' of batteries when alongside.
Returning to the Main Cabin, the NAVIGATOR'S table is immediately located forward to Port with a 'chart sized' work-top, book-shelves and stowage spaces. Spot-lights are also fitted. The Navigator has a comfortable, upholstered stool. Over-head lighting and a warm-air outlet makes for a good 'working environment'. Forward of this location is the Port-side seating arrangement - converting to a double berth, A matching bench seat/berth is located opposite - to Stbd. Storage bins are provided under both seats/berths. Similarly, stowage spaces are also found - under the side decks - each having hinged wooden fronts. On the centre line is the yacht's main dining table. With the sides raised, a generous 'work-top' is created to reach both the Port & Starboard seating. Purpose-made stowage (for bottles) is found under the work-top of the table. The 'mast support' is positioned through the centre of the table. When under-way, this offers a good 'hand-hold' whether 'going forward - or aft'. The lockering above, below and behind the seats, offer generous stowage spaces The 'teak and holly' sole (floor) within the Main Cabin provides an attractive environment - together with the 'buttoned', light blue seating, together with back-rests and curtains to the glazed sections at deck level. The 'easy-clean' deck-head material and general feeling of comfort, creates a welcoming Main Cabin location. Ahead - on the centre line, is the door to the FORE CABIN - wihich has a 'V'-berth format. Fitted cushions - including a purpose-made infill - creates a comfortable double berth. The stowage spaces under the berth accommodate the craft's sails, when not 'bent-on'. Above, a foredeck hatch provides light and ventilation - as well as an emergency escape facility. Teak and holly veneer is used throughout the accommodation, as an attractive and hard-wearing floor material. With light blue fabric curtains and coverings to the seating, the whole 'fit-out' provides a comfortable ambiance throughout. Warm air heating system serves the accommodation spaces. (The Broker recommends a service of the unit if regular use is contemplated).
The Pulpit construction (fwd) is in round-section stainless steel with matching Push-pit fittings aft. To both Port & Starboard, a single stainless steel wire is continuous from fore to aft, supported by side-deck stanchions. Cleats and fair-leads for mooring lines are fitted at fore, mid and aft locations (P & S) together with toe-rails from fore to aft.
The craft has a CQR Main Anchor - with a forward anchor well - together with chain & warp, allowing the anchor to be accommodated whether under-way or alongside. Additionally, a Kedge anchor, with chain and warp, are stowed in a large Cockpit (Stbd) locker. Additional deck equipment includes a Sprayhood Canopy prepared in blue fabric, with a large transparent section forward and supported by a folding frame. Mooring warps & fenders are included, together with Cockpit Dodgers (blue with white letters). A manual bilge pump with handle - are stowed in Cockpit lockers. An Ensign and Staff.....with other items the owner may be willing to include.
'My family and I - often together with friends - have enjoyed our time with MOONTIDE during the past years. Ed Dubois' designs for Westerley craft are still much enjoyed by their owners. The abundance of stowage spaces and the general ambiance of the Westerly Tempest make for an ideal passage-maker, equally as 'just around the cans' at week-ends. "We have endeavoured to maintain the craft as best able and our Broker has agreed the craft has still a good number of working years ahead". (See Broker's Comments)
The Westerly Tempest 31 quickly became a 'much up-dated' Westerly craft when put on the market - following the Centaur and others - now well established yachts. Quickly recognised as one of the many designs from Ed Dubois' drawing table, these craft were quick to find a demand for a larger, more 'sporty' - yet comfortable - yacht. Such is her build quality - with a wide appeal for a more modern craft, the Westerly Tempest became - and remains - a very popular yacht for the 'yachting family'. 'MOONTIDE' has clearly been well-cared for and regularly serviced. Currently offered for sale - due to a change of circumstances - the craft is now with the Broker at Newhaven, East Sussex. Ready for inspection and a new owner, family and companions to enjoy - call us on 01273 515085 (Monday to Friday - leave a msge on Saturday and Sunday) to make an appointment.