A fine example of this robust but lively cruising yacht. Her early years were spent on Lake Windermere, followed by coastal cruising in the Clyde and off the West Coast of Scotland. She has had 16 years under her current owner.
Merlins are famous for how much headroom and living space the designer, Ed Dubois, achieved - 6ft headroom, good galley and toilet spaces: features equivalent to larger Westerlys and other marques.
As a Westerly the boat is strongly built, and well balanced under a simple but effective sail plan (easily handled solo), has a deep cockpit, and yet has the assurance of a powerful 20HP Bukh engine as back up or for ?motor sailing?. A great family cruising yacht for coastal, island, and inland waters.
|LOA||: 28' 8" (8.7m)|
|LWL||: 23' 7" (7.2m)|
|Beam||: 9' 10" (3m)|
|Draft||: 5' 3" (1.6m)|
|Engine||: Bukh DV 20 HP|
|Fuel Capacity||: 60 litres|
|Water||: 60 litres|
3 cabins, forepeak (2 people in triangular berth, each 6ft length): main saloon (3 people in two berths either side of main walkway / table): quarterberth (2 people in 6ft captain's double berth). So 7 berths.
Roomy and light toilet with sink, manual water pump, Jabasco toilet, cupboard for toiletries etc, mirror.
Main saloon has attractive panelled ceiling and long windows. A brass oil lamp, varnished wood, and curtains add character to a warm and light saloon. Good sized folding table.
Plenty of storage space below and above seats. Generous chart / navigation table. Wet locker.
Headlining is sagging in parts (a common Westerly issue after time). The current owner has dealt with these areas by installing plywood sheeting, painting, or re-gluing the headlining. The sale price reflects this aspect of ?wear and tear. The boat can be enjoyed immediately as is.
Butane gas gimballed Flavell cooker with 2 burners, grill, and oven. External gas locker in cockpit ? 2x cylinders included. Inbuilt cool box.
Spacious galley with sink served by electric water pump. Good work surfaces, and lit cupboard.
Galley fitted with wall-hung fire extinguisher and fire blanket.
Kemp Mainsail and Genoa both carefully maintained and in good working condition. Halyards fed to cockpit. Furling foresail. Recent new sail bag on boom for mainsail, with lazy jack lines. Spinnaker pole included.
New NASA log transducer and display 2010. New NASA depth internal transducer and display. Also original Seafarer depth transducer through hull, with display at navigation table.
ST 1000 Autopilot included
New NAVMAN DSC VHF radio with external speaker (switchable) in cockpit
Compass mounted in cockpit
Sale includes about 12 paper charts for Clyde and West Coast.
Boat is fitted with masthead navigation lights, in addition to original deck-level navigation lights.
2 x 12v batteries, Engine and Auxiliary, charged from engine generator. All 12 v circuits (and engine battery) protected by Westerly fuse box and switch control panel. 12 v lights in all cabins (and cockpit locker), and 240v table lamp included. A 12v car radio and stereo speakers are fitted into the main saloon. Also there are two 240v sockets, with internal fixed wiring from a shore power socket in cockpit. Sale includes shore power lead with outdoor connectors.
Dinghy (including seat, pump and oars) included in sale - in excellent condition. Also, 2 manual lifejackets, 2 x horseshoe flotation aids, assorted flares.
3 fire extinguishers in total; fog horn
Fixed manual bilge pump and handle; portable hand pump
Eberspacher diesel heater.
Yahama 3.5hp outboard (very old and in need of service and repair)
2 x winch handles; extendable aluminium boathook; bosun?s chair harness
2 x CQR anchors and chains (main is 25lb with 30m of 8mm chain; kedge is 15lbs with 30m of 6mm)
3 x 10 litre cans of diesel (with about 20 litres in fuel tank) and plastic filler
1 x 5 litre can of two stroke petrol mix, with spare 2 stroke oil
Assorted spares for electrical equipment and engine, paints etc
Aluminium radar reflection kit ; 2 x plastic buckets; oil lamp;
All mooring lines, fenders, and running rigging ; hull protection sheet; new red ensign on varnished pole
Westerly / Bukh / Yamaha manuals
Windjammer is on an excellent pontoon position in Oban Marina. This ideal base for West of Scotland sailing is available to the new owner, if required.
The below-waterline hull was professionally sand-blasted and 5-coat epoxy treated in 1995. This was a precautionary measure after 10 years as there was no sign of osmosis, and none since. The boat has been over-wintered on land for 6 months every year since 1994 excepting 2010, with annual pressure wash, antifouling, and servicing of sea-cocks, engine, and rigging. It has just been antifouled, and serviced (including new anode) and is fully ready for the 2011 season.
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visited and photographed by Claire France and Robert White for Western Horizon Yachts, Scotland
Listing started in September 2010
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