Weston 8500 Catnap
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Catnap, Weston 8500 fin keel sloop, Lying  Essex

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Owner's Comments

I was immediately attracted to Catnap when I saw her ashore, due to her classic lines; she is a very pretty design. Down below she is very cosy, ideally suited to eating on board under the oil lamp while anchored in a quiet creek.

Her interior layout lends herself to day sailing rather than long passages; I usually sleep in the fore cabin, being generously built, but the quarter berths are quite comfortable when you get in! That said I have been a long way with her, to North Holland and Germany this year. I usually sail with two or three on board. The sails are easy to handle with roller reefing genoa, lazyjacks and main halyard and reefing lines led to the cockpit; you only need to go up to the mast to reef the main.

She is well-balanced under sail and very responsive but it is crucial to get the sail set right and reef in good time, if over pressed she will try and screw into the wind. I once had to take her into Ramsgate under sail after an engine problem and it was a lot easier than I had imagined. She manoeuvres under power beautifully, though like most boats her stern will find the wind when going astern, but there is not too much propwalk due to the saildrive.

As any other boat of this size I plan on 4 knots upwind and 5 downwind, she will do 4 knots under engine at 2000 revs in reasonably smooth water, 5 or 6 flat out.

I havenít been in serious offshore weather in her, but havenít been frightened in squally 7ís, the hull shape is sea kindly and she is quite a dry boat, but the upwind performance suffers when the jib is furled to less than half.

Why am I selling her? Iíve been sailing from Brightlingsea for more 20 years and probably been almost everywhere I can with a fin keel 27 footer. I didnít use her as much as I had hoped this year; Iím now looking to start my own business and may not have as much time over the next few years. Iíll be back later either in something big or something little to take the ground!

Manufacturer's Data Sheet: - 

Designed for serious cruising or just pottering around the coast, the Weston 8500 can be sailed singlehanded. All halyards and controls are led aft to winches and self jamming cleats on the aft end of the coachroof and even though you may not sail single handed it is a comforting thought if you sail with your family as crew

Wide sidedecks, guardrails and handrails make for safe working on deck. The cockpit is deep with high coamings which carry the genoa winches and cleats.

The foredeck has a large hatch for stowing sails below, two large mooring cleats , a self draining anchor well and a Stainless Steel stemhead fitting with Stainless Steel pulpit.

Practical Boat Owner - about the Varne 27 (same mouldings)

Probably the best second-hand boat you've never heard of...
.....The Varne in contrast was a revelation: beautifully balanced, close-winded and with a motion that would rock you gently to sleep. She was clearly designed for the kind of weather most people try and avoid. Sadly such good old-fashioned qualities have largely fallen by the wayside, displaced by modern obsessions like creature comforts in a marina berth. 

Of course, generous overhangs and fine bows have long been unfashionable - and may indeed be considered impractical by many - but they soften the ride on a day like this. In fact, until you try it in something like the Varne, it's easy to forget that beating into a Force 6 can actually be fun. In any event, there's no escaping the fact that the Varne is a Premier League performer - even if she is not widely known.



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