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: "Jib Sheet Track Removal"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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- Archived Message from Inactive Forum -
Bud and Jeff, et al:
Well, we were at the boat yesterday and I didn't see Bud's message until this am -- so we reinstalled in the same location and the same methods with lots of Teak Life Caulk.
I did manage to squeeze into the port side of the engine room and with about 30" of 3/8" extensions remove and replace the last 2 bolts near the port winch. (The Wench as gone!)
We did have to drill out 1 bolt as it would not spin up and I couldn't push it up -- wasn't to bad - small hole first in the center of the slot and 5/16" drill to remove the head and a punch pushed the bolt out.
After the track was removed, I found the original sealant under the track was hard and no longer functional.
I removed the existing sealents, sanded the cap rail, drilled out the existing holes with a 5/16 drill and used a counter head drill to provide a caulk pocket. We used a 5/16 bolt to coat the holes with caulk by running it through the hole with caulk. We then inserted the bolts into the track and the cap rail. By leaving the track up an inch, we could caulk around each bolt as it passed through the cap rail and added a bead of caulk between each bolt hole. We then pushed the track into place and tightened the nuts. During the tightening process we had good squeeze out on all sides.
I didn't install 2 of the bolts, as they were to close to other bolts to be properly tightened. I'll seal up those holes.
Total job was about 30 man-hours plus more time to reassemble the port side cabin pieces removed to provide access.
I can't imagine the work it would take to remove the cap rails for recaulking.
Looking at the Sbd side and the cabinetry for the nav station, I'd have to drill out 1/2 the bolts and use Bud's method to re attach.
Thanks to all for the advise/ideas and I hope we got the leaks caused by the track.