Monday 6 September 2021

Westerly Gaffer

Designed by Denys Rayner and first introduced in 1963, the Westerly 22 was one of the early popular GRP cruisers setting a gunter rig on the early boats with a sail area to displacement of 16.9. 

This gaff rig conversion not only looks pretty, but the extra sail area down wind should be very useful and the mizzen should make it a very handy craft. A topsail would be nice.

Thanks to Greg for the photo.



  1. Hoisting two spars and four sails on 22 foot boat and you want a topsail?
    So do I. And a flying jib on that long bowsprit.

  2. I am such a sucker for a yawl rig. This rig simply transforms this little Westerly - Wow! ..... and they work so well on smaller boats - gives them a gravitas far above their station and why not I say!

  3. There is some text at the bottom of the photograph about a Richard Blomfield 84 - is he the skipper? Sounds like an interesting story - can you enlighten us Max?

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