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Dave King
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Mike & Ivana,
On the first hull mold, the one that used the SS gudgeons and pintles, (I owned #84 for 12+ years) and also on the second mold, that used the fiberglass gudgeons, ( the bulk of the W-32's) the scribed LWL was right. Both of my 32's sailed with no weather helm problem.
Both boats were always kept level and always had the cutwater fitting out of the water. No zinc on the fitting was ever necessary. Over the years, most W-32's have had their boot stripes raised as most new owners had just a little more weight on the boat than the previous owner.
If you raise the stripe, insure that you raise it parallel so you will at least be able to know when the boat is level, as designed.
One good reason to raise the stripe is because the scum at the waterline is easier to clean off of bottom paint than it is enamel or gelcoat.
I do not know the consensus concerning the WL on the last hull mold.
Dave

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