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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details.

Westerly Merlin 28/29

Price Guide

£22,000 to £28,000


Westerly Yachts, Hampshire


28' 8" inc. rudder (29' 0" for Merlin 29)

Sail area

442 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


23' 7"



An Ed Dubois design for Westerly, intended to compete in the mid-80s yacht market with French imports from Beneteau, Jeanneau and Dufour. The Merlin is a modern-styled yacht with good accommodation and sailing performance, plus Westerly's solid build quality. The last of the range were sold as Merlin 29s, with a small extension to the transom.


9' 11"




5' 4" fin or 3' 5" bilge keel




7,694 lbs


Buhk or Volvo diesel


2,987 lb fin keel or 3,328 lbs bilge keels


18 or 20

Keel type

Iron fin or twin bilge keels with transom-hung rudder

Built from 1984 to 1992, the Westerly Merlin was the second design that Westerly commissioned from Ed Dubois, with the aim of higher performance and a more modern and spacious hull form than the Laurent Giles designed Konsort. Although smaller than a Konsort, the Merlin has what may for most people be a better interior, with a good sized double aft berth. The Merlin is also regarded as being generally faster than the Konsort. Merlins were built with fin or bilge keels, the plan at left showing the fin keel.

About 170 were built during the production run, and like all Westerlys the hulls were moulded to Lloyds standards, and each hull issued with a Lloyds Hull Construction certificate. At different times different interior finishes were used, the example illustrated yacht having light wood bulkheads.

Later model Merlins were called Merlin 28 or Merlin 29, the main difference being a slight extension of the transom - the interiors were no different in size, although some minor layout changes were made. Most Merlins were fitted with 20 hp Bukh engines, though some later boats had had Volvo 18 hp diesels.

Many Merlins had varnished plywood headlinings, as on the example illustrated, although some also had panelled vinyl headlinings.

Photographs Yachtsnet

The forecabin berths are 72" long along the vee, with an infill to make a double berth if required.

The saloon has a shortish single berth to starboard, with the aft end of this berth forming the seat for the aft-facing chart table. To port in the saloon is a settee with an infill to make a double berth 74" by 39".

The aft cabin has a berth 74" long, and 54" wide at the forward end.

Saloon headroom is 6 feet.

Aft of the chart table to starboard is a small open-fronted hanging space for oilies, and the door to the heads compartment

Yachts seen here are no longer for sale - the data is online as a free information service for buyers researching boat types. THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD.

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Photographs February 2008

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