Sailing Vessel “Great Expectations” is a Westerly Typhoon 37 from 1991. Built by Westerly of Waterlooville, Hampshire, to their usual high standards, the Typhoon 37 was introduced in 1990, and is generally a larger version of the Westerly Storm 33.

“Great Expectations” is the only “Westerly Typhoon 37” registered under the Portuguese flag.

With only 40 Typhoons built between 1990 and 1993, The Typhoon is rarer than most other Westerlys, but is definitely considered by many, the best yacht Westerly ever built, specially if you value performance and comfort. The hull moulding was later recycled as first the Westerly Regatta 370 (1994-1997), and then the Ocean 37 (1999-2000), with new interiors, but very few of these later incarnations were ever built. 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 has always had a good reputation for build quality, and the hulls have Lloyds hull construction certificates.

In December 2000 “Yachting Monthly” tested the Typhoon 37, and commented:

A good looking yacht, with her low coachroof and a tall powerful rig that gives her a purposeful appearance and, whatever point of sail she’s on, the Typhoon is quick.

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