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
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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using a lazy jack kit with blocks, rings and polyester line can be very hard on your sail.
i use a kit made of dyneema single braids that is easy on the sail, easy to set and deploy, low windage, and light weight too. we often run the fall internal so as to avoid slapping lines, although a fairlead on the spreader achieves the same end.
lazy jacks that can be retracted remove one of the major drawbacks - with the lazy jacks stored there is nothing to catch the sail on the way up, and no windage while sailing. just deploy for dousing. oh , also when lazy jacks are retracted a normal sail cover works fine, so no holes are there to let light in....
like bud, I will provide drawings and splicing instructions for do-it-your-selfers...