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Westerly Tempest

Brief details

Builder

Westerly Yachts Ltd., Waterlooville, Hampshire

The Tempest 31 is one of the later generation Westerlys designed by Ed Dubois, with a modern hull design with two double aft cabins. These yachts also have a higher quality interior finish than most of the earlier Westerlys. As with two aft double cabins there was no need for a forecabin, the forward part was split into an excellent full-width heads, and a large sail/gear locker with access from both heads and deck. This was called the "Original Option" for the Tempest design. At the end of 1988 Westerly offered a choice of layouts, with an alternative design with a single larger aft cabin, aft heads, and conventional vee-berth forecabin. This option provided a much larger cockpit locker, and was called the "Classic Option". Most boats sold, however, were the "Original" twin aft cabin version.

LOA

30' 7"

Sail area

523 sq ft main and 150% genoa

LWL

24' 6"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

10' 10"

Cabins

2 plus saloon

Draught

3' 9" bilge keel or 5' 0" fin keel

Berths

6

Displacement

9,020 lbs

Engine

usually Volvo MD2002 diesel

Ballast

2,866 lbs bilge keels or 2,690 lbs fin keel

BHP

18

Keel type

Twin bulbed iron bilge keels or iron fin keel and spade rudder

Sailplan

The Westerly Tempest 31 was designed by Ed Dubois in 1987 as a smaller version of the racing-orientated Storm 33. Thanks to broader aft sections it acted as a more cruising-friendly alternative to the existing 32 ft Fulmar design, the Tempest having two proper double aft cabins instead of the somewhat small double quarterberth of the Fulmar. The Tempest also had rather higher quality joinery than the earlier Fulmars, which were conceived as racing-capable boats. The Fulmar continued in production in parallel with the Tempest.

The bilge keel option had twin well-angled and efficient keels with bulbs at the base to keep the centre of gravity low, as well as slightly more keel weight than the fin keel versions.

 

Just over 100 Tempests were built between 1987 and 1993, when the hull design, interior and rig was reworked and renamed the Regatta 310, which nominally remained in production until 1997, though in those six years only five were built. By then Westerly sales were being hit hard by cheaper French imports, and the company was in trouble, eventually closing in 2000.

Westerly Tempest for sale

Westerly Tempest

Westerly Tempest

Heads

Sail locker

The lack of a forecabin allows a spacious (for a 31-footer) heads compartment, with a large sail and gear locker accessible through the door in the forward part of the heads, plus a deck hatch.

Accommodation plan

By the late 1980s Westerly was steadily upgrading the quality of the joinery and finish in their cruising yachts to compete with cheaper French imports, which sometimes had rather more spartan interiors.

Westerly Tempest
Galley detail

Aft cabin

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Chart table

The chart table has a hinge-out seat

Chart table and seat
Engine

Most Tempests had a raw water cooled Volvo MD2002 engine - on the boat illustrated above
this was replaced with a freshwater cooled MD2020

Autoprop
Westerly Tempest 31 for sale

The twin bilge keels are moderately deep and have wedge-shaped bulbs at the base to keep the CG low.

Bow view

Photographs Yachtsnet

Deck
Bow detail
Deck aft
Rig

The teak grating at the companionway is removable, but forms a useful liferaft or dinghy storage

Companionway

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