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Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hello All,

Well I did go and try the fatty knees on the forward deck and found that it fits the boat well. There is still sufficient room to walk around the bow of the dinghy on the fordeck. The best part is that the visibility from the cockpit is still very good since the dinghy is way forward and the bow of the dinghy slops downward from view. If the boat could be placed between the dodger and mast, it may be a better place overall but visibility is certainly compromised.

I still have two additional dinghies that came with my vessel. A 10 foot Zodiac with inflatable floor and a 9' Avon Redcrest. I will most likely keep one and sell the other.

I found lifting the Fatty Knees with a spinnaker halyard was easy when I was guiding the dinghy and someone was working the winch.

I am very pleased with the boat, the way it rows, the incredible amount of storage it has, dual rowing stations, and of course its salty appearance which is in perfect harmony with the looks of the W-32. It is so superior to the Puffin dinghy I've had for 13 years.

I have not yet tried the sailing rig but have made brackets along the inside starboard cabin top which keeps the entire rig out of the way and does not effect head room. The tiller and dagger board is stored in my starboard quarterbirth.


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