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John Butler was commissioned by Westerlys to come up with some designs for fast fin-keeled cruising yachts and the Cirrus was the most successful. It hit the spot so to speak with the Westerly public of the late 60s being just the right size and price. The Cirrus had proper headroom, 4 decent size berths, and an inboard engine. As such she was ideal for family cruising, with the added plus that she was also a very successful racing craft as well. In just 5 years 398 boats were sold.

Cirrus Statistics

Designer: John Butler More Westerly pictures can be found on the Westerly Owners Web site
Keel: Fin
Cockpit: Aft
LOA (feet): 22' 0"
LWL (feet): 19' 0"
Beam (feet): 8' 0"
Draft (feet): 3' 6"
Displacement (lb): 3,240
Ballast (lb): 1,460
Berths: 4
Heads: 1
Rig: Sloop
Fuel (galls (UK)):
Main (sq. feet): 117,
No. 1 Genoa (sq. feet): 182,
No 1 Jib (sq. feet): 118,
Sail ID: C
Water (galls (UK)):
Built: 1968 - 1972
Number Built: 398

The Westerly Owners Association Definitive Guides

The early designs

The Westerly 28, Cirrus and Tiger

More Photos



Cirrus Maintenance and Repair

Cirrus Ruder Stock Length 18" (useful to know in case you nee to drop Rudder)

Cirrus Upgrades and Enhancements

Cirrus Other Topics


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