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: "Shipping From Philippines"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Shipping From Philippines
G'day Bud,thanks for your tech. manual and all the advice I get from here.I have an Atkins Eric in the Philippines and after a total refit had intended to sail to the States.Fate has intervened and following a recent hip replacement I have the balance of a drunk and this has cramped my ocean voyaging abilities a lot.Thus I'm contemplating sea-freighting the boat to the US and fulfill my dream that way.
I'm presently here at home in Australia but will return to Cebu in a few weeks to sort a few things out and see how it evolves.The boat is truly a work of art now and I'm loathe to deal with shippers without some recommendation.
Any advice from yourself or fellow Westsailors would be appreciated - probably look at offloading in LA or San Diego.
Many thanks James Butterfield
James, Sorry, I do not have any recommendations on shipping companies. I know some owners that have shipped by Dockwise. They they flood their ship, float yours to its location aboard, tie it down with jackstands under it, then pump out the water to float their ship. This relieves the nescessity of unrigging and packing your boat, and having a cradle made up. I understand that you can go along on the trip, aboard your boat if you wish.