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: "Velvet Drive 1.91:1 (Borg Warner) Problems"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Velvet Drive 1.91:1 (Borg Warner) Problems
Hi Bud and fellow Westsailors!
My Velvet Drive transmission has been in and out of the boat 6 times - the mechanics discovered some parts that needed replacing. They were replaced, the engine and transmission ran fine for a few hours and then I started loosing power. That's when the problems really started. After trying repeatedly to get things going the mechanics now believe the transmission casing was damaged and needs to be replaced!!
Does anyone have or know of someone with a casing? I don't need the gears and bits inside since most are new... I am in Singapore so cannot come and inspect the casing so we'd have to find a way to do this with trust and some payment agreement.
Please, anything will help even some ideas for what to look out for.
Try Trans Atlantic Diesel in Virginia. www.tadiesels.com
Randell 'Randy' Kocurek
Left you a message on the iron genny portion of the board, or whatever it was.