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Westerly cirrus 22
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3 10441 Mon October 16, 2006
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100% of reviewers $3,250.00 9.3












Description: Westerly cirrus 22
Keywords: Westerly cirrus 22
 


Author
voodooacrobat

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Registered: June 2002
Location: Southeastern Michigan
Posts: 18
Review Date: Thu January 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sturdy, roomy, easy to handle, damned cute too!
Cons: It'll take you anywhere, but you won't get there first. Slow.

I've owned my British-built 1970 Westerly Cirrus 22' for over a year now and have found this to be an excellent pocket cruiser.

I have a fin keel model (most Westerlys are twin keel) which draws 3.5'. I was amazed at how roomy and comfortable it is below for a 22 foot sailboat. I'm 5'10" and can stand fully erect in the main cabin, most of the v-berth, and in the head. The deep cockpit is also large enough for four or more adults to sit comfortably in safety. The interior sleeps four; two in the v-berth, one in the pilot berth under the cockpit, and another on a wide berth created by folding down the dinette table. It has a galley with an icebox, electric sink, dinette table with facing seats, and plenty of storage. The head is enclosed with a ten gallon holding tank. Some models came with a 7hp diesel, but I use a 6hp outboard which leaves a cavernous amount of storage space behind the companionway ladder. There are cockpit lockers in the stern and one on the starboard side. All are plenty deep enough for anchors, mooring lines, fuel tanks, and other accessories.

Mine has the Ian Proctor designed mast with "baby" stays. Overbuilt standing rigging ensures a very safe ride. I have a roller furling boom which allows the mainsail to wrap around it like a window shade. I've only practiced using it at the dock and have yet to reef the main underway. I have hank-on headsails including a #1 and #2, a working jib, and a 150 genoa. The boat handles very well and is especially stable in a chop. I have been out in some rather brisk winds and find it hard to make her heel more than about ten degrees. I experience a little weather helm, but it's more due to my sloppy sail trim than the boat itself. I have had her up to 7 kts, but 5.5 kts would be her normal cruising speed in decent wind.

Comfortable, stable, and easy handle, this boat serves my needs very well for day sailing and occasional cruising on western Lake Erie. Small enough to manage singlehanded without a problem, yet large enough to take family and friends out for an enjoyable time.

UPDATE: It's two years later and I still own this excellent little yacht and I'm still very happy with her. Other than paint and varnish she's been trouble-free. I've updated the depth sounder and a mast light, and this year I bought an Autohelm. Everything else is already there! If you're looking for a great little boat that won't eat the budget, look for a Westerly Cirrus. It's still slow, but when I'm aboard my Cirrus I'm already where I want to be.
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Review Date: Thu September 21, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very roomy and well built
Cons: Slow slow slow

I just wanted to add my 2 cents on this boat. Mine I believe is possibly the cleanest in existence today. It has a full custom dodger rebuilt 7hp Vir engine and 6 sails from a spinnaker to a 30% storm jib. It also has a self steering wind vane. Rumor has it that this boat has been to Hawaii and back. From the extensive amount of gear on Board Iím sure there is more to this than just rumor. I donít know how strong the wind was but last weekend I had it pegged at 35 degrees with a full main and 110 jib. It was tracking perfectly but could only get 5.1 knots out of it. Iím currently selling this boat and moving to a larger one. If anyone has any questions please let me know. I have had this boat out in every type of condition and have always felt safe. altitudeal@yahoo.com
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Review Date: Mon October 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Roomy
Cons: -

My Westerly 22ft Cirrus is a very comfy and safe little SHIP. I would not be scared to take it out on the ocean despite its only 22ft. have had it for three years and i am the third owner. its a super cirrus wich means it has a higher mast. will probably have it forever :-)
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