Monday, August 18, 2014

Westerly 22 Yacht

Westerly 22s were built between 1963 and 1967 at Westerly Marine Construction Ltd, formerly Beacon’s Boat Co., founded by Commander Denys Rayner. These four berth GRP triple keel sailing cruisers were designed by him. They were developed from his 21’ plywood West Coaster of which about 60 were built. Early Westerly 22s were rigged as Gunter sloops, but by popular demand, later ones were mostly Bermudan.

In 1966 Westerly Marine came up with a larger upper moulding for the 22 and renamed her Westerly Nomad*.  Instead of being open plan, a bulkhead was added to create two cabins. Evinrude outboard engines were the preferred auxiliary, but new owners had the option of having an internal engine.


*Westerly Nomad

Westerly Nomad - Part 2

Westerly 22 at Sailboat Data

Westerly 22 Statistics and Information

Westerly Marine Construction Ltd.

Westerly Sailboats Background Information

Before Westerly,

Four Westerly 22’s for Sale at Apolloduck from £1,750 to £3,000

Westerly 22 for Sale in Fife £3,500

Westerly 22 – this boat has been sold, but good photos

21’ Plywood West Coaster ‘Spring Brezz’- Renovation nearly completed


Unknown said...

Hello Bill,the Westerly22 is particular favourite of mine. Those and the Nomad make regular appearances on ebay, in a range of different conditions. I was sailing my dinghy on the river Cam a good many years ago, when round the bend came a Westerly 22 in really lovely nick. Her owner and I had quite a pleasant conversation about our respective boats.

William Serjeant said...


The 22s pop all the time, some in good nick, others in a poor state, but they'll be around for more years yet, because they were built over spec with heavy GRP layup.

There's no easy answer for the disposal of abandoned fibreglass vessels of this ilk. They hang around in creeks, boatyards and clubs for yonks. How do you get rid of them?

You can't burn them because of air pollution; you can't grind them to powder, and if you did, where would you put the stuff? Crunching them and burying them is not pracical.

Apart from renovating and using them, is there a safe way of disposing them?


Unknown said...

That's a $64000 question Bill, apart from osmosis, there's very little to affect glassfibre vessels. I think the best way has to renovating and putting them back into service.
I was cycling along the Cam yesterday, a favorite route of mine, and came to where the river bailiff and his trusty crew are based. One of their less pleasant jobs is to seize and tow away unregistered and abandoned boats. They have a motley collection indeed, there is an old Lowestoft trawler with the fish hold stripped out and sporting a less than appropriate superstructure, two bare hulls, sans cabins, and they were in the process of removing someones efforts from what was a Teal cabin cruiser. The origional cabin had been cut away and a 'structure' consisting of a wooden framework loosely adorned with sterling-board added to it. They were removing this prior to putting yet another bare hull up for sale by tender.

William Serjeant said...


What does the Bailiff do with confiscated boats he cannot sell?