My Boat. Westerly Typhoon ‘Talisker 1’

Length 37’4″

Beam 12’4″

Draft 6′

Displacement 16,470 lbs

Ballast 6,040 lbs

The Westerly Typhoon was designed by Ed Dubois as a “fast cruiser with ocean racing potential”.  I have found ‘Talisker 1’ to be a fast yet easily managed cruiser.

The Typhoon was introduced in 1990. She is a larger version of the Westerly Storm 33 but with a fractional rig rather than the Storms masthead rig. I have added an inner forestay that flies a stay sail. It has been hugely successful for me and the boat.

The Typhoons were built by Westerly of Waterlooville, Hampshire.  I cannot imagine what she would cost to build new today.

In the end the design was only moderately successful.  Many felt too much space was devoted to galley and chart table. These very features, however, make her an exceptionally comfortable boat for sailors like me who do not want to sail with too many people!

Launched in 1991, ‘Talisker 1’, was the 20th out of only 40 Typhoons built between 1990 and 1993 making the Typhoon rarer than most other Westerlys.  However, the Typhoon is now regarded as one of the best Westerlys built, if you value performance.

The hull is a solid hand-laid GRP laminate, with GRP balsa sandwich deck construction, with plywood backing pads and metal plates under fittings. Westerly always had a good reputation for build quality, and the hulls have Lloyds hull construction certificates.

Westerly Typhoon

Copinsay, Orkney 2016

Deer Sound, Orkney 2016

Orkney, West Coast, 2017

Fair Isle 2017

90 miles due west of Bergen inbound to Norway 2017

Norway 2017

Norway 2017

In to the North Sea from the Bomlafjord, Norway 2017

North Sea 2017

Off Southwold 2017

East Coast 2017

North Sea 2017

Photographed from US SV ‘Endeavor’ off the Suffolk coast 2017

2017

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