Westsail 32 Second Wind

W32 #296 - 1974 Westsail Kit Boat
HULL # WSSK 0296 1074
Document #631 003

Location:Melbourne, Florida
Contact:Thomas Koehl
Phone:(321) 305-4739

About Second Wind...

— Specifications —

LWL:27' 6"
Beam:11' 0"
Hull Material:Fiberglass
Displacement:20,000 lbs.
Ballast:7,000 lbs.
Sail Area:663 sq. ft.
Mast Rig:Cutter
Engine:Beta BV-1505 diesel
Fuel Type:Diesel
Fuel Capacity:76 gal.
Water Capacity:76 gal.

Her History:

The Westsail 32 was based on the Colin Archer life boats and pilot boats that were so prominant in the late 1800's, throughout the North Sea... an area known for its rough seas. I acquired Second Wind as an unfinished kit boat from the original owner's estate in 2005. She was then transported from a rural field near Saginaw, MI, to a barn in Warren, OH, where she went through a six-year completion and restoration consuming over 4,500 hours. In 2010 the boat was then transported once more to Port Clinton, OH for final fitting out. Having spent most of her youth in the rural midwest, you might say that she's a farm girl, with a sailor's heart and a pension for the open sea.

The upper hull was insulated with 1/2" foam, concealed under ceiling strips and overhead v-grooved panels, over which aminated coach roof beams were laid up and installed. Her more unique fabrications include: a custom dinette table, wine rack, teak & holly companionway ladder, medicine cabinet, shelving, plate and glass rack, oil lamp brackets, insulated ice box, navigation station, and aft galley and nav station bulkheads. She was fitted with new SS fuel tanks, poly water tanks, poly holding tank, SS bowsprit, SS boomkin with boarding ladder, SS boom gallows, Simpson Lawrence 555 Sea Tiger windlass, Force 10 propane stove & oven, spun fiberglass propane bottle in SS mount on the port quarter, SS mast pulpit with teak pin rail and bronze pins, teak P&S nav light boxes with traditional Perko oil & electric navigation lights, Perko oil & electric stern light, auxiliary Perko oil anchor light, mast-head electric anchor and task lights, C-Head composting toilet, new running rigging, new AC and DC electrical wiring with Blue Seas distribution panels and switches, new ICOM IC-422 VHF transceiver, new ICOM IC-M72 Handheld VHF transceiver, Garmin 541S Chart Plotter / Depth Sounder on swing away arm, Cape Horn wind vane, and a multitude of smaller accessories were installed since launching.

I chose to make her as traditional as practical for coastal cruising, with minimal DC power requirements and mostly manual systems... a true classic than honors her heritage.

Thomas Koehl, Owner

Interior Accommodations

Descending the teak & holly companionway ladder, you'll find the navigation station to starboard, with chart drawers beneath the spacious chart table. An outboard bulkhead cabinet contains electrical switches and VHF radio, aft fold-down electrical panel with AC & DC distribution panels, navigation light control panel, and shore-power and DC power switches. The GPS is mounted above the aft bulkhead and swings over to the companionway for use underway, and the depth sounder is immersed in a mineral oil bath and shoots through the hull. To port is the galley with a SS sink, fresh and seawater hand pumps, the Force 10 stove/oven, and heavily insulated icebox. A cubby outboard and behind the stove is reserved for a refrigeration unit (none installed), and above the icebox is a teak shelf with a custom plate and glass rack for four of each item. Cutting board and wine glass racks are fitted to the underside. There are plenty of lockers and cabinets for food and cookware.

The portside of the salon is the dinette and to starboard are the pilot and transom berths. The forward salon bulkhead is fitted with both DC Caframo fans and DC reading lamps. Above the starboard side of the salon are mounted the dinghy oars and boat hook in bronze mounts. A safety line is overhead running from the companionway to the forward salon bulkhead. A removable AC dehumidifier is secured to the teak base of the mast and the dinette base and drains into the bilge.

Farther forward is a hanging locker and dresser to starboard and the head to port, fitted originally with a Jabsco head but since refitted with a composting C-Head. Farther forward is the v-berth with a double to port and a single to starboard. Fans and reading lights are fitted to each side as well as an oil lamp mount. The 35-gallon poly holding tank (never used) is still beneath the double berth and sails storage is below the single berth and forepeak. The boat interior was largely repainted in the summer of 2020 to freshen up the off-white bulkheads (butter yellow in the head) and pale blue overhead.

The entire overhead was taken down and new 1" thick King Starboard cabin-top safety handrails were made and installed in the spring of 2020 to replace the original teak rails that had shown splitting. The staysail tracks were also re-bedded at the same time, as were the mast pulpits. All bedding was done with butyl caulk.

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Above Deck Details

The hull was painted with Interlux two-part epoxy during restoration and just a year ago, in June 2019 the boat was hauled and bottom cleaned and repainted with three-coats of Petit anti-fouling (including the propeller).

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Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics