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W32 Running Foresail Sheets

Kevin McBride (Guest)

Hello - can anyone help? I'm assembling a neglected W32 (? age) which had all its fittings removed for storage for many years, so have had to work out how it's all put together from scratch. Being in England, there are no other W32s about to check!. We've managed to work out the standing rigging, but are having difficulty working out the leads for the two foresail sheets. there are no screw-holes on the deck to indicate previous fittings, and no travellers to adjust sheeting angle. there is one winch either side of the companionway, with two cleats behind each, presumably for the sheets. Are the sheets led from blocks attached loosely to the wooden bulwarks? Do they run outside the shrouds?
We also cannot find a mainsheet traveller - is it normal on a W32 to have an immobile attachment for the mainsheet? Anyone got any photos which might be useful? Many thanks

Bud Taplin

Kevin - Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com. I have lots of pictures and drawings of the hardware you are interested in.

Charlie Walters

Kevin, I have a westsail out in Croatia but live in UK. I can help you with any problems charliewalters@aol.com. Contact me. Charlie

Michael Dougan

Kevin, don't know if it's typical of most Westsails, however, I believe that the Jib sheets would pass through the shrouds... depending on what you have for shrouds. I have two that go up to the mast directly, then one that goes up to the tip of the spreader, then the mast head. The sheet for the Jib goes inboard of the shroud to the spreader, but outboard of the two shrouds to the mast directly. Then, it threads between the lifelines down to a track that runs fore and aft on the side deck. There is a block there, which then feeds the line back to a self-tailing winch on either side.

My staysail is on a boom, and had a block that attaches to an eyebolt on the center-line of the boat, then leads back to the cockpit through a series of blocks.... so, just one sheet (good), though, the center-line eyebolt is a bad idea... you should really have some sort of free traveler setup for the staysail to get the proper downhaul on the staysail boom.

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Bill and Jane Shaw

I've posted all the drawings on my site. They might help.

Gerald Astrella and Cathy Calisch


Our Glorious also has the jib sheet tracks on the side decks. Sannyasin is the only other 32 I have seen with this feature. My big question has been "where do I run those sheet?" I had not considered between the shrouds. Does this work for all points or only close hauled? Do the sheets rub on either the lower or upper shrouds? I see from your pictures Sannyasin is a beautiful boat, congratulations.

Bud Taplin

Gerald, Do away with the jib sheet leads on the deck, and put track on the caprail. Some of the early boats had the single jib sheet block on the deck, and some had a short track on the deck. We later went to putting the track on the caprail.

Gerald Astrella and Cathy Calisch

Thanks for the encouragement. I am getting tired of tripping over those things and trying to scoot the trapped water over to the scupper. Stay tuned, after re-reading the manual I am going to have lots of questions.

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