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"Shusha of Colne", Westerly Fulmar 32

Sails and Deck Gear
Nav Station


Shusha in St Annaland (Holland)

Builder's Comments

The Westerly Fulmar is a fast yet highly manageable 32' sloop whose blend of elegant looks and superb sailing qualities is scarcely even approached by other yachts in the same class. She provides enjoyable cruising in comfort for all the family as well as a level of performance that's right at home in racing company - an unusual combination, to say the least, and one in which the masterly hand of designer Ed Dubois can easily be discerned.

The Fulmar's well proportioned hull and balanced sail plan, with ; rig keep headsails and spinnakers to a manageable size and ensure stability in any weather. This in turn opens up the intriguing possibility of long-distance, deep-water cruising which every yachtsman sooner or later wants to undertake.

Short-handed sailing 

Despite her size, the Fulmar can be handled with ease. All the halyards, spinnaker pole controls and reefing lines are led aft to tough, 2-speed winches, and stoppers located abeam the main hatch; 2-speed genoa sheet winches are mounted aft of the main hatch, which is recessed into the forward cockpit bulkhead.

Furthermore, the cockpit forward end is specially rounded, giving welcome shelter, and a safe, protected working area from which the helmsman can see clearly ahead and keep complete all round control. The deck area is clear, uncluttered and extremely safe to work on, while every item of deck hardware is substantial and secure. 


6-7 adults can be accommodated on the Fulmar. There is an enormous single berth in the port quarter, aft of the navigation area. The forward cabin has two full-length berths with lockers below and shelves above. Immediately aft are two hanging lockers and the marine WC with shower and tray and basin.

The saloon features two berths, full length, of which one can convert to a double. With the table's hinged leaves raised, there's plenty of room for as many as 8 people to sit together.


The navigation area is also eminently workable, with a table that easily takes a half folded Admiralty chart. There is ample chart stowage with drawers below and a flexible chart light is fitted as standard.


The Fulmar's outstanding quality begins with her sturdy glass fibre hull, endorsed by the Lloyd's Hull Construction Certificate, and extends to every single fitting on board.

Owner's Comments

Shusha in the Veersemere (Holland)

I bought Shusha of Colne because I had previously sailed a Westerly Griffon (26 ft.) which had also been designed by Ed Dubois. Westerly boats were well built, strong and straightforward without gimmicks. The Griffon sailed exceptionally well. I was not disappointed in the Fulmar. She has a sparkling sailing performance. She has extra space making cruising, my main reason for sailing, more comfortable. She has two excellent sea berths in the main saloon. The chart table in particular was a wonderful asset as navigation is a special interest of mine.

 I have sailed her at various times with my wife, who is not an experienced yachtswoman, with my grandchildren and with up to 4 adults in addition to myself on longer passages. 

 Honfleur, Normandy

She has been to the Dutch Friesian Islands, in the Dutch inland waterways and to the Belgian and French coasts as far south as Ouistreham and Courselles on the Normandy coast as well as coastal cruising on the East and South coasts of England. I would have sailed her more and further afield had I not for much of the time been skipper of a sail training vessel. The Fulmar is an ideal yacht for cruising, including long distance cruising.

She is easy to handle under both sail and power. I replaced the original two bladed propeller with a three bladed one on the advice of Bukh, as the two bladed one was unable to make full use of the power available in the Bukh 20 engine. 6 knots is a reasonable cruising speed either sailing or motoring. She handles heavy weather very well.  Going astern is not a problem. 

St. Valery en Caux, Normandy

She is excellent for entertaining and can seat ten in the main saloon and has been known to have even more on board for a party.

 Oustreham, Normandy

My main reason for selling Shusha of Colne is connected to "anno domini". To explore new places would now require longer passages that might not be too sensible for me. 

Ijslemeer, Holland

I intend to go for a low-tech day sailing boat and explore quiet creeks and backwaters inaccessible to deeper keeled cruising vessels, both locally and trailing occasionally to more distant waters.


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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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