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: "Pole Length?"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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What length pole should I be looking for? For a W32
We have a 12'-22' telescoping pole and like it quite a bit. Keep lanolin on the stainless pins so they don't corrode in the aluminum end!
Thanks for that detailed answer Dave, exactly what I was looking for.
Gary Burton wrote: What length pole should I be looking for? For a W32
If you only had one pole, and you want that pole to do as much as possible, Like winging out a genoa or drifter, as a whisker pole would do, or poling out a tri-radial spinnaker, as a spinnaker pole would do, then I suggest an 18' 0" X 4" spinnaker pole. A whisker pole, which may or may not be extendable, is not strong enough as a spinnaker pole. A spinnaker pole is strong enough for anything but is not collapsible. The "J" measurement of the W-32 is 18' 0". That is how the pole length was determined. If you only cruise, you can use any length you want at any time. If you ever race and are ever rated with a spinnaker then your pole length can not excede the "J" measurement without a penalty.
When I first cruised, I used a 12' to 22' forespar whisker pole. It worked great and is still on Summer Rose in Alaska. I did not have a spinnaker. I used that pole at 18' almost all of the time. For the past 23 years I have been using an 18' spinnaker pole even though I seldom use the spinnaker.
Just my opinion. Good luck, Dave