Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Post: "Corrosion In Ballast"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Lawrence and Mayumi Wheeler
As you know, it was my fate to have the grandlady of them all: W32 #32. The ballast is mostly steel punchings which have corroded in two places that I can see. One is the area under the teak grating between the head and the hanging locker: i.e. the kingpost and the area forward of that. The other is the area under the companionway steps, between the main cabin bilge and the engine room: another area that looks like a ballast barrier between the engine sump and the main bilge.
I doubt whether it is true of the later boats, but these two areas are built up to a level just under the sole. Oddly though, these are the only two areas where the punchings show evidence of water intrusion and severe corrosion. The outermost punchings have expanded and separated from the pack. The upper surface of the main ballast that forms the bottom of the bilge is intact and relatively smooth except at its lowest point. My boat does not have a deep sump.
Last haulout, late in 2003, when diesel fuel was sloshing around in the bilge, we removed the rudder only to find diesel "fuelish" water coming out the holes to fasten the gudgeons. Does this mean there is water throughout the ballast?
I have read your comments elsewhere about grinding off the rusted punchings in the ballast, filling with epoxy slurry, then glassing over...but you advise that that be done during a haulout. Since the areas affected are high and dry, do you think I can accomplish this while the boat is in the water? Will epoxy remain adhered to rusted ballast material? What number filler should I use with the epoxy resin? Must I use glass mat before a layer of woven roving?
Thanks for you help.