Longbow 31

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One of the Westerly 31 family with the Renown 31, Berwick and Pentland. The 31s were available in aft or centre cockpits with fin or bilge keels. They were also available with sloop or ketch rigs. Introduced as a progression from the Westerly Centaur range they were (and still are) very capable blue water cruisers. The aft cockpit Longbow was the first model to be introduced in 1971 followed by the centre cockpit Renown in early 1972. In 1973 demand for bilge keel versions was such that the aft cockpit Berwick and centre cockpit Pentland were launched. Well over 1,000 boats were made.

The Longbow has a theoretical hull speed of 7.5 knots under sail and about 6.5 knots under engine. Dependant on weather conditions, a 5 knot average for passage planning is easily obtained.

The engine compartment, which is spacious, is easily accessable from the cockpit hatch and the main saloon. Volvo MD2B engines were originally fitted.

Longbow 31 Statistics

Designer: Laurent Giles More Westerly pictures can be found on the Westerly Owners Web site
Keel: Fin
Cockpit: Aft
LOA (feet): 32' 6" Ketch, 31' 0" Sloop
LWL (feet): 25' 0
Beam (feet): 9' 6
Draft (feet): 4' 6
Displacement (lb): 9,400
Ballast (lb): 4,200
Berths: 6
Heads: 1
Rig: Sloop/Ketch
Fuel (galls (UK)): 25
Main (sq. feet): 150 + Mizzen 54, Sloop 206,
No. 1 Genoa (sq. feet): 330 Ketch, 333 Sloop
No 1 Jib (sq. feet): 236
Sail ID: L
Water (galls (UK)): 30
Built: 1971 - 1980
Number Built: 265

Westerly Longbow Brochure here: Westerly Brochures

The Westerly Owners Association Definitive Guides

The 31 Footers

Longbow Maintenance and Repair

Longbow Upgrades and Enhancements

Longbow Other Topics


Laurent Giles Archive - Plans for the Longbow

Also refer to Berwick, Pentland, and Renown 31 classes as they are very similar.

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