The Westerly Konsort proved to be popular right from the outset and remains one of Westerly’s most popular cruisers with eight hundred and twelve built between 1979 and 1992. The project to introduce a ‘gap filler’ between the Centaur and Longbow models demandeded the yacht being designed twice: the first brief from the builder was for a performance club racer(November 1977) this carried Giles’ in house design number 0761 ‘Westerly GK 27′ but the concept was shelved in favour of the Konsort designed a year later and very much with the cruising yachtsman in mind. Unlike Centaur the emphasis was on performance combined with comfortable and spacious accommodation, ease of handling and robustness of construction. The Twin keel version proved most popular with a draft of just 3’ 2½”, and the designers also developed a shoal fin with ballasted swing keel arrangement which was fitted to a few yachts, but Konsort’s design working drawings feature the 5’ 4” single fin.

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