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: "Hull Identification Number"
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Hull Identification Number
I've heard a few different explanations about how to decode the hull identification number (HIN)... I wonder if you can set the record straight?
Mine is WSSK04790975
And from that I understand that it was a hull kit, hull number 479, produced in September, 1975?
I've heard that the third and fourth characters might tell you which factory produced the hull, and that the zero 4th from the end is just a spacer... others say the zero in the fifth position indicates which model (a 3 there for the W43?)
Also, if there were more than one factory producing the hulls, would the 3 character hull number be unique across all factories, or just within one factory?
There is an explanation of the hull numbers on Page D-1 of my Westsail Service Manual. The WSSK denotes the boat went out as a kit, but unknown as to how much was done by Westsail, and how much left for the owner. The 0479 is the hull number, and when Westsail was laminating the 32's at the Wrightsville Beach plant, they were assigned some of the numbers in sequence. The last 4 numbers 0975 denote that the hull was laminated in September, of 1975. Or at least, the laminating shop was given the order in September.
The Wrightsville Beach plant had their own numbering machine, and their numbers were about 3/4" high. The Costa Mesa plant had a numbering machine with letters about 3/8" high. Some of the first boats laminated by the Wrightsville Beach plant used numbers sent out from the West Coast numbering machine, to further stir the mix. Those boats were probably laminated in the spring of 1974, just after the plant opened up.
On the W43's, they put a 3 after the WSSF or WSSK to prevent the confusion with the W42's.
I hope this explanation is clear as mud, and you understand it, as we expect you to explain it at the next rendezvous.