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Westsail 32 As Singlehander?


mike mccoy (Guest)

I'm finally footloose & fancy free, have come into some money and I'm seriously contemplating finding a Westsail 32 to liveaboard/Cruise. I'm single, 56 YOA in good health, avg shape and definately 'mechanically inclined'. My choice of a Westsail (aside from the obvious quality) is the full keel displacement hull. Something I decided long ago would be more 'forgiving' in a singlehanded boat. I'm not interested in racing (I have the rest of my life to get there). As a potential singlehander I'm more interested in seaworthiness and safety.

In the mid -80's I was a Coast Guard licensed Captain, captained a 36' stinkpot (Tybee Island GA) and singlehanded my O'day 21 sloop offshore many many times. I know it's not the same as a larger boat but I feel certain I could come back up to speed fairly easily. My plan would be to remain on the East Coast/FLA/Carribean until I became proficient (then who knows?).

But that was then and this is now... I'm sure there are many Westsail 32's set up as a singlehander but realistically I'm wondering if in reality I might be overextending myself physically. Despite my lifelong dream am I possibly biting off more than I can chew? Am I living in a fantasy world thinking I can manage a Westsail 32 by myself?


Bud Taplin
(Member)

Mike,

You should be able to easily handle a Westsail 32 by yourself. Many other owners of all ages have done so. The key is setting up the boat to be easily handled, and having an autopilot and/or windvane to steer for you while you are doing other things.

Come to one of the Westsail rendezvous and talk with other owners to get their comments.

Bud


Christina Potis
(Guest)

I am trying to locate info on 2 boats:
One is a Reinell 13'5 with a hull id# 52114. Possibly produced between 1960-64
The other is a Higgins(?)17' hull id#161043. Both are old classics that want fixing up. How do I go about locating the history of these boats?
Thanks,
Christina


Mike Carnall

Mike,
I have a good deal less experience than you and am a bit older but I have been singlehanding my Westsail in and around the SF Bay since I purchased her in 2002. The key is having good auto steering and being practiced at shortening sail. I have a monitor which is almost always engaged while under sail and a tillerpilot which is used mostly under power. Next step is to rig the tillerpilot to the Monitor sail.
My main has a Dutchman furling system which works well but my headsails are still hanked on. A downhaul on the jib brings it down from the foredeck so no trip to the end of the bowsprit is required.
My previous boat was a Catalina 27 which I also singlehanded. The Westsail doesn't require much more effort and is a much more stable platform to work on.
Happy sailing,

Mike C.

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