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
Thread: "Kendall 32*Kendall32*Kendall 32* Kendall 32* Kendall 32*Kendall 32* Kendall 32* Kendall 32* Kendall "
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Kendall 32*Kendall32*Kendall 32* Kendall 32* Kendall 32*Kendall 32* Kendall 32* Kendall 32* Kendall
I have a Rare Kendall 32 which is the father or the Westsail 32, same hull, but It has spacious flush decks. There was approx 31 ever built before the company/molds were sold at a sheriffs auction, and the company later became the Westsail corporation. The boat then had its top sides redesigned, lost its deck space and received its plain looking cabin top(**this vessel has a small professionally built cabin**) .
What you will find with this boat that you wont find with most boats is that this particular boat was lovingly built by a factory worker that was making the boat for his wife and self. It is apparent that he put his heart and soul in this vessel, she definitely has a lot of character.
The boat was 85% completed and has never been in the water. It was very stoutly built. She has tons of open deck space with a small professionally/custom made cabin top over the galley/chart table area, it really looks great. She has a ENCAPSULATED CAST LEAD KEEL(most boats have scrap. Hey that rhymes with CRAP!). She holds 100 gal water and 100 gal fuel in new tanks. A six foot person can stand upright in her, no problem. Most every thing is new or unused down to her Volvo MD11C, just like this boat has been in a time capsule. All major components are in place and functional except for the rigging(I do have a nice mast for the boat)the sails are new Tan Barks.
As you well know this is the most capable, safest cruising boat designs ever built! This boat when the finishing touches are completed, will take you anywhere in the world safely and comfortably. I bought this boat 6 years ago for $40,000,a fair price due to how rare she is and I wanted a Kendall not a Westsail. I have added $10,000 to her. I am in the military with a family and have no time or money for her.
She is in dry storage (her entire life so far)and is easy to work on and could possible be in the water in less than two months working on her part time.
I want a quick sale, so the best offer $25k and above will get her.
I love West Sail 32's but in my opinion the Kendall with its large convex deck space and less windage is a much better designed, unique and prettier boat. The small custom made cabin top on this boat really gives it a classic look while providing more space and light down below.
Feel free to call me anytime. I will show the boat or send photos to all serious inquires. She is in dry storage in San Diego.
If you or a friend want a Westsail that was out of the ordinary not to mention much more attractive, then this is a rare opportunity, you most likely wont see another being sold for several years. The first reasonable offer above $25k she will be sold.
Duane (928)345-3290 or mobile(619)865-3125