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A Good Example

  • Year: 1990
  • Current Price: £ 15,950 Tax Paid
  • Located in Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 78476-3486797

Other photos: Deck, Saloon, Layout, Port View, Alongside, Forepeak, Saloon Sofa, Saloon Seating, Switch Panel, VHF, Colour Plotter, Tridata, Eberspacher Heating, Galley, Aft Cabin, Volvo 2002 - 18 HP, Heads, Calorifier, Cockpit, Companionway, View Forward, Bow, Spray Hood, Bow, Fin Keel, Rope Cutter & Prop, Stern, Westerly Graphics.

General Description

This Westerly Merlin is one of the last built fin keel versions and is in our opinion, presented in really good condition for its age. Designed by Ed Dubois & widely recognised as faster than the Konsort with better headroom & accommodation, the Merlin was a very popular model. This particular boat has clearly been well maintained by its Owners & comes well equipped with Hot water Calorifier, Eberspacher Cabin Heating, Colour Chart Plotter, VHF & Tiller Pilot. She has the original Volvo 2002, 18 HP engine that is winterised and serviced annually as well as a Rope Cutter & 2 blade fixed prop. Her cabin is clean and tidy with volumes of space, a good size aft cabin, fore cabin, comfortable saloon, galley & generous heads as well as Nav Station with Plotter & VHF. She comes with a Fully Battened Main Sail, new in 2008, a Furling Genoa & Cruising Chute. She is currently lying Southampton.

Main Specifications

Stock Number :               ABS 1892


Year of Build :                 1990


LOA :                                 8.74m


LWL:                                   7.20m


Beam :           3.03m


Draft :                               1.53m


Displacement :                 3490 Kgs


Ballast :                             1335 Kgs


Keel Type :                       Fin Keel


Engine :                             1 x Volvo Penta 2002 18 HP / Sea water cooled


Fuel :                                 72 Ltr


Water :                               75 Ltr


No of Berths :                 6


VHF :                                 Cobra Marine with DSC


Plotter :                             Standard Horizon CP180 Plotter


Tridata:                             Autohelm Tridata

Main Features



The layout offers up to six berths, with two double sleeping cabins separate from the main accommodation.  In the forecabin, V berth with infill.  Opening hatch to foredeck.  In saloon, dinette to port, converting to double berth, with single settee berth opposite.  Fixed table with drop leaf.  Chart table to starboard with galley opposite.  Flavel Vanessa gimballed gas cooker with grill and oven. Stainless steel sink with pressurised hot & cold water supply (via Calorifier ).  Separate heads compartment to starboard with marine toilet and washbasin.  Aft cabin to port with double berth and hanging locker.  Eberspacher diesel fired hot air central heating.  


Mechanical Systems

Located behind the companionway, Volvo MD2002 twin cylinder 18hp diesel engine.  Electric start.  Seawater cooled.  Shaft drive to two bladed propeller with Rope Cutter. Maximum speed under power 6 knots.  Single lever control.


Electrical Systems

3 x 110 amp hour 12 volt batteries


Alternator charging


240 volt shorepower system


Spars & Sails

Fractionally rigged sloop.  Anodised aluminium mast and boom  Stainless steel standing rigging (2004).   Slab reefing mainsail with lazyjacks.  Headsail furling system.  Lines led aft to cockpit.  To sheet winches & Two halyard winches.  Whisker pole.  


Mainsail  -  Fully Battened ( 2008 ) -  good


Furling Genoa  -  Original - good


Cruising Chute  -  Original  good


Navigation Equipment

Plastimo steering compass


Autohelm Tridata


Cobra DSC VHF radio


Standard Horizon CP 180 Colour Plotter


Navico Tiller Pilot


Masthead and deck level navigation lights

Deck Equipment

25lb CQR anchor with chain

Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guard wires

Teak coach roof grabrails

Sail cover with lazyjacks


Cockpit spray dodgers with boat name

Winter Cockpit Canvass Cover

Stainless steel boarding ladder

Various fenders and warps


White GRP hull, deck and superstructure Blue & red hull banding Tiller steering Spade rudder Iron fin Keel

Built from 1984 to 1992, the Westerly Merlin was the second design that Westerly commissioned from Ed Dubois, with the aim of higher performance and a more modern hull form than the Laurent Giles designed Konsort. Although smaller than a Konsort, the Merlin has what may for most people be a better interior, with a good sized double aft berth. The Merlin is also regarded as being generally faster than the Konsort. About 170 were built during the production run, and like all Westerly's the hulls were moulded to Lloyds standards, and each hull issued with a Lloyds Hull Construction certificate.

Brokers Comments

In our opinion, this Westerly Merlin is a boat that has clearly been loved and cared for by her current owners. This 6 berth, very comfortable fin keel cruiser packs a huge amount of accommodation into her relatively short length, whilst still being a very capable & somewhat faster craft than her predecessors. She has a generous aft cabin, separate double forepeak, large saloon, good sized heads, Nav Station & functional Galley. This particular boat has the luxury of hot & cold pressurised water & Cabin Heating, vastly extending its usability and practicality as a family boat. In addition, it is relatively easy to sail with a fully battened mainsail with lazyjacks, furling Genoa & Cruising Chute with lines led back to the cockpit. It also has a colour plotter, VHF, Tridata & Tiller Pilot


Presented in a clean & tidy condition her hull was stripped back to bare only a few years ago & she has recently painted non slip decks as well as the smart navy & red Westerly hull stripes to compliment her off white GRP Hull. This Merlin is a boat that you will be proud to own that will give you & your family a lot of pleasure and enjoyment at a very affordable price. She is currently lying Southampton & is available for viewings through Aspire Boat Sales.





To arrange a viewing or for more information on this great boat

Call : 01489 572480    

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Please contact Mark Matthews at 01489 572480

Contact Aspire Boat Sales Ltd.

Unit 15, Universal Marina
Crableck Lane
Sarisbury Green, Southampton United Kingdom
Tel 01489 572480
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