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Norm Rhines

Good day Peter:

I would like to address your question and then your description of w32sail characteristic.

1.) I would suggest a Catalena 34 or like boat for bay cruising and to learn on (less $$$ more entertainment space and good racing groups)

And after a year or two You could then look to find a offshore boat for your trip to Mexico or Alaska. The Westsail being one that you could look at.

2.) As to the pitching, the reason for this is two fold.
a.) The current owner has much weight in the ends making a pendulum effect.
b.) The design is fair on both ends also like a pendulum. (so it does not pound)

these pendulum effects go away with wind load on the sail and also finding a heading that does not match the natural frequence of the boat (as loaded)

With this said the w32 does Handel seas just fine (my most enjoyable trip was in 8' seas with 18 knots of wind) the design is quite good in most conditions and is a lot faster than most believe, if you have a clean bottom, are setup for sailing and not entertaining.

with all of the above said I have added a bit of improvement to my vessel to deal with Low or no wind condition with lumpy seas (a skate fin "see yahoo group under Imagine pictures/skate fin)

I have not had the opportunity to do great amounts of testing on the new fin, but the two things that are confirmed (less then 0.001 Knot loss in speed at 6 kt, the rotation point move aft about 2ft) But for further detail on performance I will need more testing in different conditions.

I hope this helps you out, Please do not take this information to mean the w32 is a bad performer (IT PREFORMS WELL 45DEG OFF THE WIND AND LOWER AND IS STILL MY PREFERENCE FOR A OFFSHORE VESSEL she is a stout one)

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