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
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Tom and Sandy Hennessy
I have pulled my '78 WS32 # 613 out in La Paz for the hurrcane season (it survived) and there are about 200 small blisters on the bottom. The boat yard down there wants $2,500 to do the work. I want to sail her to Hawaii in the Spring and was wonderring if it would be cheaper there and if it would be ok to do the bottom paint for the trip and not repair the blisters. Or shoudl I just bite the bullet. Any thoughts?
Sorry for your blister problem. Don't be afraid to do the work yourself if you have the tools, time, and a yard that will let you. I've repaired a few blistered boats and though the work is time consuming, it's not difficult and Bud or others could instruct you on how to do it.
Best of luck,
Tom I may have bad news for you
Here in Hawaii the lay days will kill you.
1.) They charge on over all length W32 = 39 ft+/-
2.) They are running from 78.00/day to 82.00/ day
so if you do it your self you have less than one month to do it. pluss you will pay more for materials here.
The haul and launch is not so bad 583 +/- but on a blister repair job drying time is a big plusssssssss.
So if she has been out for a couple of months why not have it done in Mexico (the price is right if you are getting a good job?) and they are stripping the btm complete. + take a look at my skate fin write up in the spring windblown , and Dave Kings write up on fairing the rudder in the Members area. If all done at the same time may not add much to the cost.
In any case the lay at the airport is much cheaper than the lay days in the yard here in wonderful Hawaii.
Lastly if you are going to just sail over why bother with the bottom paint at all, it will save you sanding.
Tom, If you are going to do a blister and barrier coat job, make sure the hull is thoroughly dry. Not just a few days out of the water, but at least a month out. If that is the case with your boat now in Mexico, then either do it yourself, or have the yard do it now.
Tom and Sandy Hennessy
thanks Guys, I think I'll have it done in Mexico. Your in put was great.