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Bud Taplin
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Joe,

When the fiberglass layup of the Kendall (later Westsail) was first decided upon, it was 1969, and not much was done then regarding weight savings and strength calculations. The guys just felt that the fiberglass should be about as thick as wood planks. Over the years of the construction of the Westsail 32, there was discussion amongst the owners, sales, and engineering, about reducing the thickness of the laminate. Sales won out, with the argument that if the public found out the the Westsail boats, after hull number XXX, had a thinner layup, then that might give the competition something else to complain about, considering the popularity of the W32, and possibly kill sales.

So yes, a lighter layup might increase performance, however you gets what you pay for with a Westsail. Go smash breakwaters and hit whales, and you boat won't sink. That's happened already.

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