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: "BALLAST Used In A 1971 Westsail 32 Flush Deck"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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BALLAST Used In A 1971 Westsail 32 Flush Deck
norman Gundersheim (Guest)
I am interested in a 1971 W32 flush deck version. The boat has been seriously neglected and needs some major work.
There are 3 deck beams that are rotten, the rudder needs to be rebuilt, the hull where the pintles and gudgeons are attached is deteriorating etc. etc. The boat is heading for the junk heap unless someone as crazy me buys it and restores it.
One other concern is about the ballast . Looking under the cabin sole there appears to be big chunks of rusted metal at the top of what I am assuming is the ballast? Can you shed any light on the cause and whether or not I need to be concerned about this? Also any comments on the deck beams or hull deterioration would be appreciated.
Unless you are familiar with boat construction, and are willing to take on a long term rebuild project, you should not undertake this one. The rotted deckbeams would have to be replaced, and you would probably find rot in the plywood deck areas that are touching the beams.
The ballast is probably steel punchings, saturated with fiberglass resin, as were most of the W32's. If the fiberglass covering over the steel punchings is delaminated or fractured, then water will enter and rust and expand the steel. Grinding off the rusty metal, filling over with thickened epoxy filler, then putting on a few layers of fiberglass mat and roving with epoxy resin should correct the problem. The boat should be out of the water though, and any moisture trapped in the ballast allowed to dry out.
Don't know what to say about the stern, although probably what you are seeing is the crazing of the exterior gelcoat on the bonding seam of the two halves of the hull. The important area to check is the bonding on the interior of the hull, as that is where the strength lies. The exterior is only a cosmetic problem.