Konsort

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Introduction

The Konsort is one of Westerly's most long lived designs with over 700 built during a 12 year period. The Konsort is an impressive package for a 28' yacht: roomy enough for 4 people; safe wide side decks; large stowage space; good engine access and hull speed of 6.7 knots.

Early models have a fold-up table in the saloon. This was replaced by a fixed table with bottle storage in later models.

The size of sail-area is somewhat conservative by modern standards but this does mean she can carry all sail up to the top end of force 4. She is a stiff boat with no obvious vices, and a delight to manoeuvre in a crowded marina.

Early boats were fitted with a Bukh DV20. Latterly they were fitted with a Volvo 2002.

Statistics

Designer: Laurent Giles Willow dried out at Ilfracombe
Keel: Fin / Twin / Lifting
Cockpit: Aft
LOA (feet): 28' 10"
LWL (feet): 25' 6"
Beam (feet): 10' 9"
Draft (feet): 5' 4" / 3' 3" / 3' 6" - 6' 9
Displacement (lb): 8,516
Ballast (lb): 3,200 / 3,200 / 4,695
Heads: 1
Berths: 6
Rig: Sloop
Fuel (ltr): 67
Water (ltr): 135
Sail ID: KT
Main (sq. feet): 180
No. 1 Genoa (sq. feet): 333
No 1 Jib (sq. feet): 168
Number Built: 704
Built: 1979 - 1992
Air Draft (mtr): 12.2
Keel width (widest point mm): 2525


Westerly Konsort Brochure here: Westerly Brochures

The Konsort Story

Maintenance, Repair and Upgrades

Headlinings - One Konsort Owner's Approach

Saphire Sea Stove - Pictures

Rudder Bushes - Diagram

Bowthruster in a Konsort

Original fold down saloon table

Logo Files

Useful Dimensions

Konsort Cutless Bearing size

According to Trafalgar EVERY Konsort had a 25mm shaft so went and bought some callipers and measured mine and low and behold it was 25mm.

So used the callipers on the outside diameter of the cutlass bearing in the P Bracket - exactly 1.5 ins, and the length exactly 100 mm

Rudder Bushes size

Media:KonsortMerlinGriffonBushes.pdf

More Photo's of the Konsort

Konsort: Internal Pictures

Konsort: External Pictures

Konsort: Under Sail

You Tube Video

Various Forum Discussions on the Konsort

Practical Boat Owner 2010

Practical Boat Owner 2014

Round the Island Race

Year Boat Name Handicap Class Start Finish Elapsed Corrected Overall Position in Class
2016 UNITY 0.917 ISC Rating System Division 8A 10:10:00 19:03:20 08:53:20 08:09:04 62 5
2015 UNITY 0.917 ISC Rating System Division 8A 08:40:00 17:33:44 08:53:44 08:09:26 114 4

Faster Than

The new RYA National Handicap for Cruisers [1] makes interesting reading. The Westerly Konsort (0.895) is faster than:

HUNTER HORIZON 30 0.894
RUSTLER 36 0.894
CONTESSA 33 0.893
MOODY ECLIPSE 33 0.891
HUNTER 30 0.889
SADLER 29 0.855

Significant Passages

Year Boat Name Sail Number Keel Passage Comments
1990 Rhumlady KT213 Fin Atlantic Circuit On the return the skipper had to run under bare poles north east of Bermuda for 4 days due to heavy weather. He suffered 4 knockdowns during that period but said that he felt the boat handled it far better than he did.
1993 Ohayo Fin Bay of Biscay David Harding crosses Biscay in a Force 8....read more about this Biscay Crossing

References

Reviews in UK Yachting Magazines
Date/Issue No. Magazine Comments
Issue 38 Sailing Today
Issue 71 Sailing Today
February 1980 Practical Boat Owner Fitting between the Griffon and Westerly 33, the Konsort has met with great success. We sailed both the twin and fin keel versions. Looking at construction, on deck, under sail, under power, accommodation.
August 1982 Yachting Monthly Worthy Heir...
July 1984 Yachting World Kelt 8.5 , Westerly Konsort , Gib'Sea 28 , First 29 , Sadler 29 , Feeling 850 , Jeanneau Arcadia , Dufour 28. Eleven Yachting World readers joined us to test eight boats in the popular 29ft range.
January 1990 Yachting World
September 1994 Yachting Monthly
May 1997 Practical Boat Owner Westerly Konsort, Sadler 34, Gibsea 352, Jeanneau Sunrise, Moody 333
October 1997 Practical Boat Owner Used Boat Test Westerly Konsort
May 2004 Yachting Monthly A-Z
November 2010 Sailing Today Downsizing in Style
May 2011 Practical Boat Owner One of the roomiest cruisers of her size, the Konsort is also known for her solidity, interior finish and easy manners. No wonder she's such a popular second-hand buy.
July 2017 Yachting Monthly http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/reviews/yacht-reviews/used-boat-westerly-konsort

The Laurent Giles Archive - Plans for the Konsort

Atom Voyages Good Old Boat List

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