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Westerly Longbow
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Description: Westerly Longbow
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Review Date: Thu April 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is the single keel version of the Berwick. Ours is the ketch rig. It is a typical Westerly... very strong. Rides like a much heavier boat in rough going. More storage than our previous boat (1985 Hunter 34).Very satified with construction and performance. Have added a larger ice box and extra water tankage along with a complete interior and exterior makeover.
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Review Date: Mon July 30, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Solid, single keel, large coickpit, comfortable cabin, ample head, and two hanging lockers. Char table, and lots of seating. Very sturdy in seas.
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Registered: June 2002
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Review Date: Mon August 19, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Westerly Longbow is very nice to sail. She has a modified fin keel with a skeg rudder. With 10 degrees of heel she produces a 29.6 waterline on a 31 ft LOD boat. That is impressive. She is heavy, maybe too heavy, which means you have to put up a lot of canvas to get her moving. I can hit 5.4 knots on a reach with just the spinnaker flying in 8 knots of appearent wind. I also added 50 sq ft to the main sail roach area which means in light air she moves nicely. I also put on a martec folding prop, which gave me 1/2 knot sailing over the 3 blade, but I lost 1/2 to 1 knot motoring. I also upgraded all the hardware to Garhauer traveler system and movable jib cars, jiffy reefing. So all in all I have a heavy boat that I went through a tornado in Lake Worth Nov 2000, and wasn't sure just how bad the weather was, as I had the curtains closed and was reading. That's a good boat. The Longbow has a 4.6 shoal draft which is good for Florida and the Bahamas. But she is a heavy boat, she lays to the current rather than to the wind, which can be bothersome. She points high, and with the new Garhauer hardware, Boom kicker, and large main, she sails very well in light air.
The best thing about the Longbow is her size, or her layout. I have more room in my 31 than most 33 or 35 foot boats have. But she is narrow, which means no huge wide berths, which is too bad. The head - bathroom is a joy. it is large and usable. I can't say enough about the Lavac head, they are the best. In 8 years I have never had to touch the head! Right now I need to rebuild the Richardson pump, but it is still working. I lived aboard the boat for about 2.5 years. It is small for a live aboard, but I have seen people live aboard a 26 or 28 footer, so maybe it was just me. The v-berth is too short, the hull does not like hot tropical waters, and they tend to get little nickle sized zit-blisters, which means the bottom has to be pealed and epoxied. The trick is to just do it early before any damage occurs and put a hard bottom paint on, like Woosley.

All and all, the Longbow is a good all around boat that is very forgiving. She will protect a fool, which is good. And given lots and lots of canvas, you can sail 6.5 knots all day long. She will motor 6.5 all day long too, with a 3 blade prop. Ah, access to the engine is nice also. I put a new Perkins M30 in mine, along with a new fuel tank, and tubes etc...I would say the Longbow is a good cruising boat, but not an exciitng day sailor.

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