www.EasternYachts.com, "Shaheen" Westerly Seahawk 35 Lying Levkas Greece
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We bought the boat new in 1989 with a view to eventually taking her to the Med. What attracted us was the large, comfortable after-cabin, spacious galley and more than adequate stowage for longer term living-aboard. Having owned three previous Westerlys we knew how well constructed and finished she would be.
For the first few years we sailed her in the Channel and as far as Northern Spain. In 1997 we sailed her from her base in Emsworth across Biscay to Coruna and then up the Spanish and Portuguese coasts via Gibraltar to Southern Spain. Since then we have visited most of the Western Mediterranean islands including Malta before going east to the Aegean and Turkey. We returned this year to the Ionian to put her on the market, as now even the Seahawk is not large enough to accommodate our expanding number of grandchildren!
We have sailed her, usually my wife and myself, in most conditions. 50 Knots of wind in the Bay of Biscay worried us a lot but Shaheen behaved admirably. With the correct combination of sail she is very well balanced and will track to windward with hardly a hand on the helm. This means the helmsman can handle the genoa and main sheets single-handedly.
Manoeuvring under sail, she does what is asked of her and with her super new sails she tacks through 90 deg. Under motor she turns in her own length and astern, once she has a little way on, is easy to slot into the narrowest marina berth.
Under sail a reasonable cruising speed with a fair force four on the beam is 6 knots and over 5 to windward. Under motor on a flat sea she has a maximum speed of 7.2 knots. At a more sedate 1800 revs she slides along happily at 5.5 knots and is very happy at 2200 revs doing just over 6 knots.
She is a dry boat. In heavy weather she behaves very well. Despite having been out in some very strong winds and big seas she has not taken any water in the cockpit. The bilges have also always been dry. She has been well loved and well looked after and in return has looked after us equally well.
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