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News Release August 2005

Westerly Is Back. In Black

Westerly, one of the most recognized marine brands, is back on the water and ready to shake the sailing world with its sexy, black and silver epoxy-infusion carbon hull.

Debuting at the Southampton Boat Show (16-25 September, 2005), the Westerly GK 35, brainchild of New System Yachts, is poised to set the standard as the ultimate Boys’ Toy, combining performance and style with a serious serving of sex appeal.

Company Background
Klemen Puklavec, Niko Prodan and Andrej Knego met whilst studying mechanical engineering at university in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Working together, the three men developed new technology in vacuum infusion, epoxy and carbon. Seeking a medium to show off their new technology, they chose the Westerly 35, designed by the renowned naval architect Ed Dubois.

Then they brought on board the intellectual property rights to the Westerly brand, contracts and technical tooling, owned by Gordon Mowat and Jeremy Hood, both resident in the United States. The eventual joining forces of these six men is an intriguing story in itself, and culminated in January 2005 with the birth of this new and stunning range which includes the Westerly GK 35, and the Ocean 35 with a choice of fin or twin keels.

The technology
Through the development of a unique vacuum-infusion process derived from the aeronautical industry, using high-tech carbon fibre mat, they have created a yacht that is lighter, stiffer and stronger. A special keel has also been designed to lower the center of gravity, thus allowing a bigger sail area to be used.

The range, with its leading edge technology, continues the Westerly tradition of strength and safety, with the addition of the new and unique technology providing high performance in an even stronger yet lighter boat.

The result gives a sensationally strong sailing performance

The GK 35 boasts a fresh look at excellent interior layout and finish. The high standard of craftsmanship shines though the quality of the seamless woodwork and there is a wide range of options for interior colours, fabrics and veneers.

Standard Specification
The superior standard specification includes Harken deck kit, TackTick instrumentation, Yanmar diesel & saildrive. Dual 12 VDC and 220VAC sockets are located throughout, with pressurized fresh and seawater, and automatic electricity management, water cooled fridge, stainless steel fittings and valves.

MD Niko Prodan said, “We are committed to constant innovation and design development in order to produce this exclusive range of performance cruising and club boats. We are concentrating on the finest design, finish and technology and want to offer a wide range of customizable options. This is a very individual boat for a very individual sailor.”

“This boat will never disappoint and certainly turns heads on the water. What an achievement from the team! This is absolutely why Jeremy and I acquired and cherished the Westerly brand until we found exactly the right team to bring our dream for a new Westerly to fulfillment,” Gordon Mowat.


For further information please contact Andrej Knego, Westerly Marketing Director on
+386 (0)15211913 andrej.knego[email protected]

For media information please contact:
Louise Ellis, Carswell Gould Associates, 02380 238001
[email protected]
Eastgate House, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY

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