Designed by Laurent Giles the Westerly Konsort was introduced in 1979 to fill the mid-range gap in the Westerly range. The newer styling and increase beam proved a success with the boat buying public and the model stayed in production through the 1980's and into the early 1990's. Around 800 boats were produced over the production run.
A fin keel version of the popular design SALAD DAYS has provided her current owners with lots of enjoyable sailing over the years and has become a loved member of the family. Retirement from sailing forces a reluctant sale and as such the boat is offered for sale with a full inventory highlights including:
Now afloat, in commission and being enjoyed by the vendors viewing is strictly by prior appointment. Lying North Argyll.
'The Konsort was designed by Laurent Giles and Partners with very much the cruising yachtsman in mind, the emphasis is on performance combined with comfortable, spacious accommodation, ease of handling and robustness of construction.
The Konsort is a big yacht for her length with clean lines, a modern interior
and a sailing performance good enough to please the really experienced helmsman.'
The Konsort under sail is well balanced with the performance and seaworthiness to make fast time over a long distance. She is a stiff boat with a determined feel about her and one which will give safe, enjoyable family sailing.
She will handle and go about under headsail alone and will heave to for as long as she may be required to do so. Her semi-balanced rudder makes her light on the tiller and produces just the right degree of weather helm which should be an essential part of the designed safety in any yacht.
Considerable thought has been given to the siting of deck fittings and to the sheeting arrangements to ensure that the boat is easily handled under sail. The halyards are led aft to winches on each side of the main hatch and the sheet winches and mainsheet are all within easy reach of the helmsman. It is important in a family cruising yacht that the boat can, if necessary be sailed by one person.'
Extracts from the original Westerly Konsort sales brochure.
What’s she like to sail?
The Westerly Konsort seems to be a bigger boat than she really is. At a fraction under 29ft in length, her appearance is deceptive because of her generous volume. It’s not until you take the helm that you realise you are not really sailing a 34 footer, even though it may look like it!......
She has a superbly secure cockpit for offshore sailing: easy to use solo, yet with buckets of room for a full crew.
She may be a little under-canvassed but her hull, which has little wetted surface, is easily driven in light airs. When the wind pipes up, reefing is not necessary until winds reach the top end of a Force 4.
Her voluminous sprayhood can take half a knot off your boat speed upwind, so it’s often worth folding it away if you have a long beat to windward and it’s not too cold.
What’s she like in port and at anchor?
She’s a cinch to manoeuvre under power and goes astern almost as predictably as ahead – handy if you’re between the tightest of marina finger pontoons. You might want a step fender or soapbox to step off from the deck to the pontoon as her topsides are rather high, and there is no bathing platform for easy stern access........
Her long cockpit benches are comfortable for lounging and there’s space for sunbathing on her wide, flat cabin top. She has a transom-hung ladder for bathing.
Her big cockpit lends itself to a removable enclosure, which can offer a ‘conservatory’ for sheltered sailing in foul weather and on warm nights, two extra crew could bed down on the cockpit seats.
Would she suit you and your crew?
She’s not a fast passage-maker, but she’s lively, nimble and responsive. She’s an eminently practical boat for coastal cruising with plenty of living space and ample room for a family, or even a full crew of five adults, including oodles of stowage. Not that you’ll need a crew – she’s also an easy boat to sail singlehanded, with all sail controls to hand.
If you’re a keen cook, you may find the Konsort’s basic galley restrictive and lacking in workspace. That and the rudimentary heads are drawbacks for those seeking luxurious comfort. However, the huge volume below decks more than makes up for this. You get 6ft standing headroom pretty much throughout; comfortable, wide and long berths – even the quarter berth can take two adults at a push – and a saloon table that could hold a banquet.
Dick Durham. Yachting Monthly.
USED BOAT: Westerly Konsort. July 2017
The masthead sloop rig of the Konsort is widely acknowledged to be a little smaller in area than many comparable designs. The small wetted surface area of the under water hull however see her easily driven and hold full canvas after many other designs have to be reefed.
As you would expect from a family cruiser the cockpit is spacious and well protected with a deep moulded coaming and full sprayhood providing protection.
The Westerly Konsort feels like a boat far larger than her 29' when you venture below decks. The accommodation provided is comparable with many designs with 4' more in the waterline. The combination of spacious accommodation and predictable handling under sail proved popular when she was new and make her a desirable cruising yacht today.
Joinery and bulkhead formed in mahogany with sapelle veneer faced plywood, finished in a satin varnish. Soles in the traditional teak and holly strip planking style.
Description of below decks accommodation from forward.
Forepeak - Two single berths in the traditional V-berth layout. Infill section provided to create a double berth when required. Shelve above bunk outboard running the full length of the berths, bin storage lockers beneath bunks. Light and ventilation provide from opening deck hatch.
Heads - Dedicated compartment located on the port side with a locking door. The base of the compartment finished in single piece GRP moulding incorporating mounting plinth for toilet and sole. Sink mounted within a slide out worktop immediately above the toilet. Compartment appointed with manual marine toilet, sink, water faucet and vanity unit.
Hanging Locker - Opposite heads to starboard. Dedicated hanging locker, draining to the bilge.
Saloon - Making full use the generous beam the saloon dominates the below decks space providing a light and spacious living space. Centrally mounted, drop leaf saloon table with bottle storage below the central part of the table. Full-length bench settees port and starboard. A slide out extension on the port side converts the settee to a generous single bunk, the starboard bunk being standard width. Storage lockers provided behind seat backs with lockers and deep fiddled storage shelves above the seatbacks outboard.
Galley - Starboard side of the companionway. Compact galley appointed with 2 burner gas cooker, stainless steel sink and a small area of the worktop. Storage provided below worktops with small lockers above worktop outboard.
Nav Station / 1/4 Berth - Opposite galley to port of the companionway. Forward facing chart table with navigator sitting on forward end of quarter berth cushions. Table of a generous size for a boat of 29' with VHF easily reached. Ships switch panel mounted on side of engine box inboard with battery isolator switch below the seat. Large quarter berth stretching aft from nav station.
Located within dedicated engine space beneath cockpit sole. Access to the engine is gained by removing companionway steps. Access around the engine is good for routine maintenance tasks. Additional access to the sterngear can be gained via a removable panel in the bottom of the starboard cockpit locker.
In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.