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'Standard' Sheer Stripe Gelcoat Colors?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 10, 2004 - 02:13 am - Just wondering if Westsail had any standard gelcoat color scheme for the sheer stripe (between cap & rub rail).Reason I ask is I would like to tou...
Sep 13, 2004 - 01:57 am - Mike,The original gelcoat used on the boats were Ferro Gelcoat colors. The owners had their choice of colors. You might check with a dealer for Ferro ...
Oct 30, 2006 - 01:20 pm - Good morning Bud--I was wondering if you could tell me where Westsail 32 WSSF 04400775 was built and when .Any other info would also be helpful. Thank...
Oct 30, 2006 - 06:21 pm - Mick, W32 #440 Born Free was originally owned by Thomas Treat, and now I have the owner as James Barker, in CT. I don't really have any info on the bo...
Oct 31, 2006 - 05:26 am - Mick, The 0775 in the hull number denotes that the hull was laminated in July of 1975. The WSSF denotes that the boat was sold as as a completed boat ...
Oct 31, 2006 - 12:09 pm - To quote Bud the hull numbers from Wrightsville were 3/8" high and Costa Mesa 3/4"
Nov 02, 2006 - 01:27 am - Tom, Sorry, you got it backwards. The numbers from Costa Mesa were 3/8" high, those from Wrightsville Beach were 3/4" high.
Nov 17, 2006 - 06:58 pm - Bud--a couple of questions regarding cabin top on a 32 that has dished down approximately an inch just under the mast itself( no tabernacle).Rest of c...
Nov 18, 2006 - 01:36 am - Mick,I have this problem as well on my 43. I have not addressed it yet.Removing the headliner underneath reveals the cabin to be normal under the mast...
Nov 18, 2006 - 04:18 pm - Adam, You can save yourself lots of work if after you remove the mast, remove the mast step on the cabintop, and cut the fiberglass and plywood with a...
Nov 19, 2006 - 12:38 am - Awesome advice Bud! Thanks for the tip!Adam

1974 W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 08, 2005 - 09:49 am - Bud, I am pretty serious about a W42, ready to make an offer. Would like to get a really thorough survey, and would like to know some general model/ye...
Sep 11, 2005 - 04:55 pm - Contact me by phone or email, and I will try to answer any of your questions and concerns.

1976 32 Cygnus; Have Any Info?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 25, 2006 - 05:15 pm - Bud,Found a 1976 WS 32 named Cygnus in Naples, FL, near Ft. Myers. I believe it is WSSK hull # 540 or 544, something like that. Appears reasonably equ...
Sep 25, 2006 - 06:31 pm - Randy, This sounds like one of the boats with the new deck with more headroom. I have not done a previous survey on this boat.
Sep 25, 2006 - 09:15 pm - Randy,I have some previous email correspondence with the broker of Cygnus. Let me know and I can forward them to you. In a few words, they don't seem ...
Sep 25, 2006 - 10:32 pm - Bud and Aaron,Thanks for the quick responses.Aaron, I sent you a separate email about your suggestions. Thanks for the tip.Randy

32 Versus 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 07, 2004 - 07:06 am - Hi,I'm dreaming about cruising. I am currently just learning to sail at long beach California and enjoying it. I don't own a boat yet, and so far I've...
Aug 07, 2004 - 07:37 pm - My wife and I "wandered about" for 12 years on our W-32 WSSK 0825 and it was just fine. I think that you will need many more $$ to cruise on t...
Aug 08, 2004 - 03:37 am - Thanks for the information Frank. Why many more dollars, (beyond the initial cost of the boat)?
Aug 08, 2004 - 12:26 pm - Simply speaking, because there is just more of it. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the boat, the more it costs to operate/maintain.For example,...
Aug 08, 2004 - 08:03 pm - Thanks for the information and recommendations.
Sep 01, 2004 - 05:34 pm - SAIL BOAT OWNERSCarpenter, cleaner, wax applier and sailor seeking a boat to maintain in exchange for use. I can deliver the boat if needed. I can ins...

4 Questions For Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 19, 2006 - 03:24 am - Hi Bud,43#441. In the survey you did for my boat you suggested drilling a drain hole at the base of the mast. How big a hole and how high from the bot...
Nov 19, 2006 - 10:01 pm - Adam,1. A 1/4" or 3/8" hole is fine. Just enough to let out excessive water, and permit air to enter and dry out any small amounts of moisture...
Nov 19, 2006 - 11:34 pm - Hi Bud, I don't have these aftmost chainplates. I have running backs. And it is a tall rig....does all that jive?Thanks for the answers!Adam
Nov 20, 2006 - 04:06 pm - Adam, For the tall rig W43 or W42, it would be better to have permanent intermediates with the additional chainplate. It might limit the boom movement...
Nov 21, 2006 - 01:07 am - Hi Bud,Interesting. Maybe when I rehab the mast I'll put those stays on. I run her mainly as a sloop right now....socal light airs.Thanks for your adv...

4-107 Propeller   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 10, 2007 - 05:08 pm - Do you recommend the same size and pitch fixed 3 blade as for the 4-108? If so, between the 16x13 or the 17x12 which is preferred for old Glorious? Sh...
Sep 13, 2007 - 04:11 am - Either prop will work, but the 17" prop for a 1" shaft is a very hard one to find. It would have to be special ordered.
Sep 14, 2007 - 02:54 am - Thanks Bud. I expect that 16"x13" will do the trick. I will let you know when it arrives. P.S. I talked to an old Forest Service buddy yesterd...

4-108 & Borg Warner   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 15, 2009 - 05:13 pm - Hello Bud from Glorious in P.V. and need your advice. Transmission/reduction houseing leak at rear shaft. Older Borg with 4 in. dia. coupling and remo...
Mar 15, 2009 - 10:43 pm - It is very hard to say how much clearance you need. You may have to pull the transmission off the engine to accomplish the job. I would advise contact...

42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 14, 2005 - 07:39 pm - I've started to work on our bottom and with the gel coat in the keel add on aft; cracking and coming off in chunks, I've now ground all the gel off of...
Jun 14, 2005 - 09:48 pm - Dave,That seam line is described on Page D-2 of my Westsail Service Manual. As follows:On the Westsail 42 and 43, this seam also ex-tends on the aft p...

42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 14, 2005 - 11:11 pm - Yeah, we had talked about this face to face and I do see it in the WSM: I do see that in your manual although mine is on page D-2, what I'm interested...
Jun 16, 2005 - 04:25 pm - This third piece of the mold is center bonded the same as the centerline of the two halves of the hull. It was done this way so that the laminators co...

43's   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 04, 2009 - 08:18 pm - Bud,I'm trying to put together a photo album of the 43's with (hopefully) the current names and owners. I've been going through the past issues of Win...

A Few Questions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 09, 2008 - 03:03 pm - Bud,My W32 is pretty well stripped or will be soon. We are on the hard. I have a list of questions, some of which I think you have answered in some fo...
Jun 18, 2008 - 05:23 am - Randy,I would offer a suggestion regarding question 3. Based on experience here on the Texas coast, I can attest that Pettit Trinidad is very effectiv...
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:26 pm - Ahoy George!Thank you very, very much for the input. Petit Trinidad became my favorite bottom paint pick just last week. Long list of past favorites. ...
Jun 21, 2008 - 02:05 am - You could use epoxy in the bilge, but a good one part paint will work fine.The coil on the outside of the hull is obviously a heat exchanger, probably...
Jun 23, 2008 - 04:02 am - Thanks Bud,Got it. Got the engine room painted today. Could eat off of it.Randy

ABI Gear Available After The End?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 19, 2009 - 01:33 pm - Hi Bud,I saw you posted to a thread that you could get some abi gear through a different supplier. How about an ABI teak block, double sheaved with be...
Aug 19, 2009 - 03:56 pm - Randy, I checked their catalog and they do not carry the teak blocks. Not sure where you can find them, but will look around.
Aug 19, 2009 - 04:11 pm - Bud, Thanks for the effort and also on the firehose idea for the tanks. If you happen to stumble across the teak blocks one size larger, 5/8" line...
Aug 19, 2009 - 08:41 pm - Randy, I checked with two of my local sources and neither has a double teak block. One has (2) singles with becket, and the other has a single without...
Aug 19, 2009 - 11:26 pm - Check with Mark Miller -- he runs a machine shop and has turned out some really nice teak blocks as a sideline. He has a beautiful 28 named after his ...
Aug 20, 2009 - 01:20 am - Thanks for all the help, Bud and Terry. Since the idea of the becketed block was to arrange a bosun's chair per the Pardeys' suggestion, I think I'll ...
Aug 20, 2009 - 02:09 am - HI Terry, thank you so much for the kind words. At one time I did make those blocks, they were simple and strong. And I even developed one that has a ...
Aug 20, 2009 - 02:31 am - Mark,Now that ABI has folded, why not take it up again? There is a serious lack of good classic blocks. Dauphany isn't going to last much longer; he's...
Aug 20, 2009 - 04:14 am - Mark, when you sent me pictures of your dodger I had admired the wooden blocks, but never realized you had made them. They are really nice looking.Her...
Aug 21, 2009 - 02:48 am - George and Aaron, thank you for your interest and encouragement, sadly my machine shop is up for sale right now. Hopefully It will be gone soon. And I...

Aloha Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 19, 2008 - 05:12 am - First I want to thank you again for coming up to Alameda to survey Asylum for me. My question is about mounting the Aires self steering windvane.It se...
Mar 19, 2008 - 05:15 pm - There is a page in the Westsail 32 factory construction manual describing the method of attaching the Aires windvane to the underside of a wooden boom...
Mar 19, 2008 - 07:29 pm - I was curious about this too, Bud- That's an earlier version of the Aries; no changes, the specs still apply?
Mar 21, 2008 - 05:05 pm - The later version of the Aires has a tilt-up mechanism, so the installation may be different in the lengths of the mounting tubes extending aft.

Aluminum Wedges   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 10, 2009 - 03:13 pm - Bud,As you suggested,I need to drive a wedge between my support block and compression post. Do you have the wedges available?
Jan 14, 2009 - 01:42 am - No I do not. Use thin pieces of brass.
Jan 14, 2009 - 02:36 pm - Thanks again......you are duhman!

Anyone With A W28 Or W32 In Pensacola Area?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 25, 2006 - 02:26 am - Im in the Navy and currently in a school in Pensacola. I am free on the weekends and would like to take a sail on a W28 or 32. They areon my final lis...
Oct 25, 2006 - 02:39 am - Sorry Everyone, wrong board. I have put it in General Discussion.

Ask Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 11, 2007 - 03:03 pm - Bud----Are there still patterns available or at least rough dimensions for the interior ply. Right now I'm looking for the original set up for the for...
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:22 pm - I do not have any patterns, but do have some interior drawings with some dimensions.
Aug 06, 2007 - 04:01 am - The floor in the cockpit of my 32 lifts up for access to the engine. I have been looking for some kind of fastner that i could install that would take...
Aug 06, 2007 - 01:16 pm - The cockpit sole on my 28 lifts up too but it is very heavy and you have to turn it just right and hold your mouth just so in order to get it out past...
Aug 08, 2007 - 11:00 pm - I had thought about using bolts epoxyed up through the flange in the four corners and using wing nuts although you could use cap nuts to make it more ...
Aug 09, 2007 - 04:54 pm - Many owners have installed a low profile aluminum hatch in the cockpit floor for easy access to the engine compartment. Bolt down the fiberglass floor...

Ask Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 08, 2006 - 12:05 am - Hello Bud, "Glorious" seem to have a bit of clunk in the rudder. It is most notable when under Monitor steering or motoring. How do I know whe...
Nov 10, 2006 - 01:46 am - Gerald, Since you have the original stainless steel pintals and gudgeons, you should check them when you haul next. You might just have to insert a th...
Nov 11, 2006 - 12:13 pm - Hi Bud, my rudder also has a bit of movement in it. It is the later model fibreglass model and the movement is up and down. For example if I push dire...
Nov 12, 2006 - 02:02 am - Rod, You are missing the washers that should be on either side of one of the gudgeons. Cut some 1-3/8" ID x 2-3/8" OD washers from any kind of...
Nov 12, 2006 - 11:03 am - As usual Bud, you have all the answers. Thanks so much for the reply.

Attaching Brackets To The W32 Cabin Top.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:23 pm - Bud,I am attaching custom mast pulpits (bun hugging sissy bars) to Mary Rose. I would like to drill and tap the cabin to to accept 1/4, 20, 316 SS hex...
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:34 pm - I know I'm not Bud but in this application I would drill through the top skin and core with a 3/8" hole and fill with thickened epoxy. I would the...
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:53 pm - 1-1/4" long bolts will go through the plywood core and probably pierce the inside layer of fiberglass, but should not bother the headliner.Since y...
Aug 13, 2009 - 11:06 pm - Great feedback. Thank you all. Much appreciated!

Autopilot Recommendations?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 12, 2004 - 03:44 pm - Hi all...I was curious what autopilots are well suited to the W32. I was thinking about the Simrad Tillerpilot but would appreciate some input from sa...
Sep 13, 2004 - 02:03 am - Daniel,The Simrad autopilot will work very well, and I have sold a number of them to W32 owners. Mount the outboard end on the caprail just before it ...
Sep 14, 2004 - 03:49 am - I just installed a Simrad TP30 on a crossmember across the boomkin. It worked wonderfully!I took off for 4 weeks and hardly touched the tiller. Get th...
Sep 17, 2004 - 02:28 am - I have an ST4000 and ST2000 as a backup as an autopilot. I also have a monitor windvane. I am considering selling the monitor windvane and just relyin...
Sep 17, 2004 - 01:35 pm - 'Conventional wisdom' is autopilots work best in calmer conditions and not so well in higher winds/larger seas. Conversely, wind vanes work better in ...
Nov 22, 2004 - 04:55 am - I started out with a tiller pilot connected between the boomkin and tiller (the usual setup)and found it worked fine in the estuary but was easily ove...
Dec 31, 2004 - 12:56 pm - does this work with the engine running? I find that there is alot of turbulance on the windvane rudder. I was wondering if that effects the performanc...
Jan 02, 2005 - 05:59 am - Yes, it works fine with the engine running. This is the setup I use under power. I'm not aware of any turbulence problems though. I suppose as a test,...
Mar 10, 2006 - 08:15 pm - I am trying to get all the parts together to install a simrad tiller pilot (from afar) The boat is Ak and I am in Idaho. I don't want to not have ever...
Mar 11, 2006 - 07:01 pm - Contact me directly by email and I can describe the procedure. I just installed a Simrad TP 32 on another Westsail 32. I can even send you pictures.
May 21, 2006 - 05:49 pm - I have an ST 4000 and engaged it in about 20-24 kts wind to help my son take down the sails. The clutch stripped. I wonder if anyone esle has had this...
May 22, 2006 - 12:04 am - Tip, I would think that you should be able to have the ST 4000 autopilot repaired by Autohelm.Many owners have been pleased with the Simrad TP 32. Imp...
Jun 04, 2006 - 04:05 pm - I have had a TP30 installed for 6 years now, it is linked to Nobeltec on my laptop and GPS. Excellent combination. The data interface is foolproof.
Jun 08, 2006 - 10:44 am - Once sailed on a boat (not a WS) with the windvane attachment for the electrical autopilot. Also had an Aires windvane on our 32. The electronic versi...

Ballast   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 06, 2007 - 04:57 am - Hi Bud, I've noticed my W32 #723 sits quite high in the water despite having plenty of gear onboard and full tanks. There is probably too much weight ...
Mar 08, 2007 - 03:01 am - Rod,Looks like you have too much weight forward, and not enough aft. The ballast is cast lead, and should be the correct amount. Move some of your STU...
Mar 08, 2007 - 05:08 pm - Did anyone shift your tankage around? I have my two 35 gallon fuel tanks in the engine compartment, and two 35 gallon water tanks along the center lin...
Mar 11, 2007 - 11:17 am - Hi Michael. thanks for the post. My tanks are pretty standard albeit one fuel tank in the engine room is not full. I think it's going to take more tha...
Mar 11, 2007 - 09:39 pm - When we had our 32 I slid our water tanks back about 6", that helped, made a passageway for the chain to drop down into the bilge (particularly wh...
Mar 14, 2007 - 11:06 pm - Yea, my chain feeds into the bilge up to about the spot where the water tanks are mounted. I think my boat sits on her lines pretty well. Sannyasin

BALLAST Used In A 1971 Westsail 32 Flush Deck   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 15, 2004 - 01:16 am - hello Bud,I am interested in a 1971 W32 flush deck version. The boat has been seriously neglected and needs some major work.There are 3 deck beams tha...
Mar 20, 2004 - 11:21 pm - Norm,Unless you are familiar with boat construction, and are willing to take on a long term rebuild project, you should not undertake this one. The ro...

Batteries   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 03, 2005 - 01:53 pm - My recently purchased W-32 has 4 - 6 volt gel batteries. They are about 7 years old and will no longer hold a charge. Batteries can range greatly on p...

Best Position For Batteries Placement?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 28, 2009 - 03:29 pm - Bud,Would like to build battery boxes and relocate batteries, if possible, for better access and maintaince. Am thinking of converting to Trojan golf ...
Nov 28, 2009 - 03:56 pm - Randy,I'm not Bud, nor do I play him on TV, so pardon my butting in. I know a 32 is not a 28 but take a look at this thread and see if this might work...
Nov 28, 2009 - 05:54 pm - Randy,Most of the W32 boats have batteries on either side of the engine, up close to the bulkhead. A possible solution to water maintenance is to use ...
Nov 29, 2009 - 04:12 am - Thanks for all.Plan: make some decent wood/fiberglass boxes for the current batteries and be ready to modify/rebuild the boxes when the current batter...
Nov 29, 2009 - 05:57 am - Randy,To help keep up with the battery water level there are various replacement caps to help limit water loss. There are also self-filling systems. I...
Nov 29, 2009 - 10:16 pm - The so-called self-filling systems are actually just caps connected in a series by thin hose, each cap with a simple float shut-off valve. As one cell...
Nov 30, 2009 - 12:05 pm - On Sapphire W32 #703 I have 6 T105 under bench seat. In this location gasing is a concern. To prevent gasing I use "Hydro Caps". The 6 batteri...
Nov 30, 2009 - 03:39 pm - I saw a boat with this placement. I wonder if the regular 6 volt golf cart batteries would fit in there. Last time I checked they were only about 50 ...
Nov 30, 2009 - 04:36 pm - Great thoughts.This project is weighing heavily on my mind. Recently, I discovered an old survey our fearless leader did on the boat years ago. Bud re...
Nov 30, 2009 - 05:04 pm - Randy,Go to their website www.trojanbattery.com and check out the sizes available.

Best Prop For W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 03, 2008 - 02:55 am - Bud: I have a 2 Blade feathering prop from Maxprop that I purchased. There is currently a three bladed fixed prop on Kibitka currently. Do you have an...
Dec 03, 2008 - 03:41 pm - The two blade Maxprop prop would be fine once you determine the correct pitch. The downside to a two blade prop is during every revolution the prop is...
Dec 08, 2008 - 02:55 pm - Michael, one other consideration is that I believe that you have to shorten your shaft to get the Maxprop to fit. So, it is more work to fit than just...
Dec 08, 2008 - 03:56 pm - The prop has to be installed up very close to the shaft log in order for the blades not to hit the rudder when the rudder is turned and under sail. Al...
Dec 08, 2008 - 04:25 pm - can the maxprop be taken off of the boat with the boat in the water? I am wondering about this. I can get the 3 blade off if I have to, but wondered a...
Dec 09, 2008 - 03:30 pm - So, Bud,Do we or do we not need to shorten the shaft and/or cut a space in the rudder to install the Maxprop on our W32s? Sounds like maybe not.Randy
Dec 11, 2008 - 01:39 am - A standard fixed prop will still work even after you do the shaft shortening and thread cutting necessary to install a Maxprop.I doubt if you could do...
Dec 11, 2008 - 01:42 am - The above picture also shows the Dave King modification to the aft end of the keel. It has been widened out to the same width as the rudder.
Dec 23, 2008 - 06:20 pm - Thanks for the input from everyone. I also found a step by step video for installation of the Maxprop at the Max-prop site that takes all of the guess...
Dec 23, 2008 - 06:52 pm - Michael:One comment on the photo and the reverse effort of the prop.If you radius the deadwood (The flat section of the keel in front of the prop) it ...
Dec 29, 2008 - 12:01 am - OK, I knew I'd heard something about reverse performance... I guess I heard it performs better! :-)

Best Self Steering Windvane For W32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2004 - 12:23 am - Any opinions as to the best windvane self steerer for a westsail 32?
Oct 12, 2004 - 11:48 am - I'm kinda partial to the Aries SS & Bronze model I have on the Haliai. Built like the proverbial brick $***house and works amazingly w...
Oct 12, 2004 - 09:14 pm - Mike, I recently bought a number of replacement bushings and things for my Aries, I got them from Helen Franklin, I think the daughter of the guy that...
Oct 13, 2004 - 01:41 pm - Michael, I guess I was misleading in that I meant the model I have (the Stainless & Bronze Model #4) isn't made anymore. You are correct in that A...
Oct 13, 2004 - 07:37 pm - David :I have a monitor ( I like it!, I like the company, the vane wasn't cheap.) recomendations well (Monitor, cape horn) others may work but, I know...
Oct 25, 2004 - 12:58 pm - Robin had a Wind Pilot on her when we bought he in May. The prior owner, Scotty Allen, said the disign is by a former Aries employee. It is much simpl...
Oct 26, 2004 - 03:34 pm - Have only used the Cape Horn Vane. I love it. installation was easy, rigging it was easy, learning to use it was easy, and it sailed my Westsail 99.5%...
Sep 20, 2006 - 08:16 pm - Has anyone tried a homebuilt windvane/servo system like the Pardeys built for each of their two boats? They say it works fine for a fraction of the co...
Sep 20, 2006 - 11:48 pm - RandyI am not sure if it is just westsailors who try to build it themselves or what, but after Building a w32 from less than a bare hull (goobered tog...
Sep 21, 2006 - 11:40 am - Just an interesting side note re; my Aries SS/Bronze model.This past weekend was Guatemalan Independence day (Sept 15). Big BIG celebration here. All ...
Sep 21, 2006 - 09:39 pm - Norm,THanks for your advice, and no, I definitely do not value my time at zero. Even the Pardeys said it may be cheaper to buy a manufactured unit giv...
Sep 23, 2006 - 12:33 pm - I've been trying to get more members to take advantage of Cape Horn group buy on their Toucana model, designed specifically for the W-32. I need three...
Apr 23, 2009 - 08:19 pm - Is there anybody who has a Cape Horn vane up and running on a 32 who could give me a few pointers?
Apr 24, 2009 - 04:02 am - Mick,We just had a group buy of 21 Cape Horn wind vanes. Some of the new owners should have something to say, and there was some feedback from current...
Aug 31, 2009 - 10:04 pm - The old Aries on my boat that I don't believe has seen duty in 11 years appears to be perfectly operable after one day of removing from the boat, clea...
Sep 02, 2009 - 08:52 pm - Bud, or anyone know of a source for the clamps that support the Aries from below the Boomkin. One of these castings is cracked adjaceant to the boltho...
Sep 02, 2009 - 11:49 pm - Probably easiest to fabricate one from a stanless steel strap, and a block of teak with a half circle cutout to accept the support tube.
Sep 03, 2009 - 02:58 am - Hey Scott,Sorry to hear of your plight.I was so fortunate to not have to tinker with those what I would call mounting clamps, much like engine mounts ...

Beta 1505 Rumble???   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 26, 2008 - 02:31 am - My new Beta has a weird rumbling at around 900 rpm in gear. Disappears at 1000 or so. I don't get it at those rpms if I'm out of gear. Any ideas? Am I...
Aug 27, 2008 - 01:17 am - I will check with Stanley at Beta Marine on Wednesday.
Aug 27, 2008 - 01:11 pm - Bud,I don't know if you received my previous e-mail but I would like to know if you know something about a w32 that was made in 1978 to a netherland b...
Aug 27, 2008 - 06:23 pm - Regarding the transmission rumble, check my response in the Iron Jenny topic.
Aug 27, 2008 - 09:31 pm - Thanks, Bud. That's what I figured. It goes right away with a change of about 100 rpm.Ken

Beta Engines   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 09, 2009 - 04:28 pm - Bud,What are the prices of Beta engines doing? With the recession and fluctuating exchange rates I was wondering if the prices had dropped recently. A...
Feb 09, 2009 - 07:03 pm - Frank,I will contact you directly regarding choices and prices on Beta engines. Would rather not discuss it on this forum, other than to say that I am...

Beta Marine Engine   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2007 - 01:31 am - Hi Bud,I am interested in repowering with a Beta Marine 37hp, what is the best way to proceed?Thanks,Chris Burger
Mar 10, 2007 - 02:10 am - Chris, Send me an email at btaplin@westsail.com, and I will send you all of the info.

Blisters   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 09, 2006 - 08:19 pm - 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 yar...
Oct 09, 2006 - 11:33 pm - TomSorry 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 ...
Oct 10, 2006 - 02:45 am - Tom I may have bad news for youHere in Hawaii the lay days will kill you.1.) They charge on over all length W32 = 39 ft+/-2.) They are running fro...
Oct 12, 2006 - 03:04 pm - 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...
Oct 13, 2006 - 02:35 pm - thanks Guys, I think I'll have it done in Mexico. Your in put was great.

Bob Stay For Anchoring   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 05, 2008 - 07:46 pm - Question in GD came up about using the bottem hole in the bobstay for anchoring. He stated and old salt told him it would cause a leak or something wo...
Oct 07, 2008 - 02:32 am - Hey Ken,I'd like to know the answer too, and, thanks for the huge compliment which I hope live up to. If you can, give me a call and I'll tell you all...
Oct 07, 2008 - 01:02 pm - Cruise on over to Westsail General Discussion under the item "Anchor chafing". Bud hasn't weighed in yet but Dave King has an anecdote that co...
Oct 07, 2008 - 07:44 pm - Steve, thats why we are here. Bud dosn't check all the threads. Thats why I noted the thread in GD in my first post. I thought Bud turned me onto this...
Oct 08, 2008 - 01:09 am - Heads up - Bud left for his Idaho cabin last Friday. It may be that he is in transit, or if he's smart doesn't have the internet in his vacation cabin...
Oct 09, 2008 - 07:00 pm - Sorry Colleen, I do access the internet once in a while here, however since I am on dialup, it takes forever to download anything.I think that I would...
Oct 12, 2008 - 04:29 pm - Dear,bud is it possible to use a boom gallows from avw42 on a w35?
Oct 12, 2008 - 09:22 pm - Eugene,No, because the W42 gallows is mounted on the aft cabintop, with all mounting pads on the same level. The W32 boom gallows is mounted on the ca...

Bobstay Fitting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 10, 2005 - 09:05 pm - Bud,I need to replace my chainlocker bulkhead due to delamination. It would seem that if I ever want to replace my bobstay fitting this would be the t...
May 11, 2005 - 01:08 am - I have seen a number of the bobstay fittings eaten up by electrolysis or crevice corrosion. The exterior of the fitting will show the signs of the pro...

Bobstay Fitting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 13, 2006 - 02:58 pm - Bud,What is the pin size of the external plate for the bobstay? And what about on the eyeband? And, are they the same?
Jun 15, 2006 - 03:18 pm - They should both be 5/8".

Boom Gallow Pipes- Diameter   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 28, 2009 - 11:57 am - Bud or anyone else, can you tell me the diameter of the Boom Gallow Pipes. The boat is 2 hours away from where I'm at and my sevice manual is aboard. ...
Jul 28, 2009 - 04:09 pm - Jean, I will send you an email with the drawings of the late model boom gallows parts.
Aug 02, 2009 - 03:07 pm - Jean, if you click on Help/Instructions at the bottom of this page, then click on Formatting, then click on something like Other Special Formatting, t...

Boom Gallows   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 10, 2008 - 03:12 am - I am looking for a boom gallows for my 32.Any used or new in good shape out there for sale?
Nov 10, 2008 - 04:48 pm - I have new ones available, but do not know of any used ones. I will send you the info by email.
Nov 13, 2008 - 02:12 pm - James & Jacqueline...Do you need just the wood piece or the whole assembly? I have the wood piece from a W28 which is as wide as the one on the W3...
Nov 13, 2008 - 03:45 pm - Teak is going for at least $25 a board foot these days, and the gallows wood is about 6 board feet. That's about $150 for the wood alone.
Nov 13, 2008 - 11:53 pm - J&J,Jatoba and Ipe on the other hand are around $8/bf. Both do fine left uncoated. They're just as, if not more, pretty than teak when clear coate...

Boom Gallows   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 24, 2005 - 09:52 pm - Bud,The wooden piece across the top of the boom gallows -- or more precisely, the u-shaped stainless pieces that attach the wood to the gallows, have ...
Mar 25, 2005 - 12:43 am - I would just remove the upright supports for the gallows and have it rewelded, a good weld job should hold it for the life of the boat. You also may b...
Mar 25, 2005 - 02:31 am - I have a couple of old Bronze gallow pc'sIf you are interested.In the next months I will be back by my storage (I would let them go cheap)
Mar 26, 2005 - 01:59 am - Best bet would to have the brackets welded back onto the tubing. The hole in the tubing was for the stern light wires. The light was usually mounted o...
Jul 27, 2006 - 12:19 am - Hi Bud,Our boom gallows was damaged in shipping. The teak was bent about 20 degrees aft and two of the legs were slightly bent. (Due to not being remo...
Jul 30, 2006 - 01:41 am - Please contact me at btaplin@westsail.com and I can give you a quote on a replacement boom gallows. Might also be able to get your straightened and re...

Boom Gallows Removal   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 25, 2005 - 07:08 pm - Hi Bud, I have been considering removing the boom gallows and adding a rigid boom vang. This would cut down on the weight aft and also give me easier ...

Boom Topping Lift   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 23, 2008 - 07:21 pm - Bud - maybe an obvious question but...I can't tell from the manual where the cable for the boom topping lift attaches to the masthead. Unfortunately w...
May 24, 2008 - 01:03 am - On most of the masts there is a 3/8" diameter clevis pin on the aft end of the welded head fitting on the top of the mast. Ahead of the 3/8" p...
May 27, 2008 - 06:20 pm - Bud - how long is the clevis pin for the mast head?

Boomkin Metal Fitting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 27, 2008 - 04:07 am - Bud, do you sell the back fitting where the wooden boomkin cross pieces meet the backstay, etc??
Feb 27, 2008 - 01:13 pm - Brian, if bud does'nt have one I think I have what you are looking for.
Feb 27, 2008 - 02:03 pm - Bud sells everything, including ice cream.Cheers,Aaron N.
Feb 27, 2008 - 05:48 pm - I do make up the stainless crosspiece, which I use for the stainless boomkins I make. It can also be used for a wood boomkin. However, if you can find...
Feb 27, 2008 - 08:59 pm - hey, nothin' wrong with chocolate... that's what powers (in the absence of a fair breeze) my Orion~
Feb 28, 2008 - 04:14 am - Clearly I'll be disassociating myself with Bud for future ice cream sales. I was under the impression he had multiple, vanilla based options.Happy cho...

Boomkin Repair?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 29, 2006 - 06:21 pm - Hello Bud,I have started to inspect the wooden boomkin assembly, it is off the boat at this time. Appears as if it is oak or fir, as they are highly v...

Borg Warner Transmission   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 19, 2008 - 02:26 am - Bud, Can you help me with these questions??A couple of questions for a perkins 4108 with a Borg Warner transmission.1. My transmission leaks fluid out...
Nov 21, 2008 - 08:20 pm - Type A transmission fluid is the correct one. Best check with a Borg Warner dealer to determine how full it should be. I have the BW manual if you do ...
Nov 27, 2008 - 03:26 am - Mine is a 72 model. Please send me a manual.Thank you.
Nov 27, 2008 - 06:24 pm - Will do.
Dec 03, 2008 - 03:42 pm - Don, the manual is in the mail to you.

Bottom Paint Removal   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 10, 2004 - 09:38 pm - Hello Bud,We have owned our W32 for a year and half. our boat has been in dry dock for about a year. We would like to remove all the bottom paint. We ...
Jul 14, 2004 - 04:03 pm - I believe that a light sandblast is one of the easiest and best ways to remove the bottom paint. Problem is that many yards will not permit it to be d...
Jul 14, 2004 - 08:36 pm - The Product is Peel Away Marine. I've not used it by I have used their other products restoring my land home. I am considering trying when I strip my ...
Jul 15, 2004 - 12:49 pm - Why would some yards not allow sandblasting? Is this maybe peculiar to Calif (i.e. an environmental issue)? Or maybe just trying to avoid sand getting...
Jul 16, 2004 - 10:49 am - Sand blasting is effective, but is hard to contain. Bottom paints are toxic and it becomes an environmental issue to clean up all the chips. Years ago...

Bottom Paint: From Fresh To Salt Water   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 17, 2005 - 01:58 pm - I've recently purchased a Westsail 28 which had been in kept in fresh water for a number of years. I'm not sure what is now on the bottom and am wonde...
Oct 18, 2005 - 07:51 pm - You might get some growth on the bottom, but you should be able to scrub that off periodically. Check with your local boatyard as to which bottom pain...

Bow Sprit Chainplates   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 09, 2005 - 10:33 pm - bud, i bent one of the chain plates on the bow sprit, holding the bow sprit on the side. can i get new ones or do i have to have them made. thanks chu...
Dec 10, 2005 - 11:34 pm - I have new ones in stock. Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com, and I will arrange to ship you new ones.

Bowsprit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 10, 2009 - 11:40 pm - Bud,I am getting ready to install the new bowsprit and stemfitting. The holes for the old stemfitting were glassed over when I did my topside job and ...
Aug 11, 2009 - 01:20 am - Tom,Your procedure sounds fine. However, I would temporarily bolt the stemfitting in place under the bowsprit before locating the bowsprit on the deck...
Aug 11, 2009 - 01:25 am - Tom,I looked at your description again and noticed that you have teak decks installed. If the top hole in the stemfitting is too high to be able to dr...

Bowsprit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 23, 2007 - 01:39 am - Bud,I'm replacing the bowsprit on Zoe shortly. My plan is to have a week or two sailing then take down the old sprit. I was thinking of sending this t...
Mar 23, 2007 - 01:37 pm - Jon, I really do not want the old wooden bowsprit. Just a drawing of it. I will send you the info by email.
Mar 23, 2007 - 06:16 pm - But Bud, just think of the broken Westsail part museum you could have by now.;-)rich
Mar 23, 2007 - 11:04 pm - Yeh, and then when his wife throws him and all the "stuff" out, think how hard it will for him to lug it all down the road!
Mar 24, 2007 - 11:32 pm - I already have a pile of corroded and broken stainless parts I would be glad to show and sell to anyone interested. See if they match what you already...

Bowsprit SS Crance Iron   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 25, 2006 - 01:05 am - Bud, After having purchased a SS bowsprit from you, a few years, I still have the original bowsprit SS crance iron. Is there a market for it and what ...
Oct 26, 2006 - 04:08 pm - Brad, I seldom get a call for one, but that is not to say I might need one to replace a bowsprit that was lost due to breakage. I would be glad to hol...
Oct 26, 2006 - 06:05 pm - Bud, Thanks for the reply. So what is its true value now? It came from Westsail in 1977. Makes a great paperweight. Or should I just hold it? Thanks a...

Bridge Traveler Conversion   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 18, 2009 - 06:06 am - Bud,We're considering how to deal with mainsheet placement in the building of our boomkin and stern pulpit. One of the options is placing the blocks o...
Aug 19, 2009 - 12:09 am - Aaron, You need to spread out the load on the boom, and should use three bails. One directly above the deck blocks, one aft as far as possible but not...
Aug 19, 2009 - 01:54 pm - Bud,Thanks for answering my question. The only concern I have with the traveler is that there is no way to avoid running the line to the gooseneck, th...

Bright Work   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 18, 2008 - 02:43 pm - I have just completed a 2 year refit of our Westsail 32 #470 "Eagle" Now to the brightwork. I am wondering if anyone has used or has advise ar...
May 18, 2008 - 06:53 pm - Don and Terri who owned Salty Dog in West Palm turned me on to Signature Finishes. http://www.signaturefinish.com/ He had a good 1-2 years between rec...
May 19, 2008 - 02:34 am - Another good product is Armada. Similar to Cetol, but without a colorant. Clear finish, available in gloss or satin. Sold by Boaters World, but not by...
May 19, 2008 - 11:08 am - I am curious which grooves you are referring to. If you are referring to the main and lazarete hatches you can use either polysulphide or thickened ep...
May 20, 2008 - 07:06 pm - I've always loved the look of oiled teak, but it requires that you recoat frequently. Cetol certainly is durable on teak, but, in my opinion, it hides...
May 23, 2008 - 07:15 pm - I also used epiphanes wood finish gloss on the exterior wood and matte on some of the interior wood. It looks fantastic, no sanding and the finish rea...
May 24, 2008 - 02:51 pm - No Iam not doing the decks , only bright work , hatches, companionway and turtle. The grooves (seniors moment)are between the teak on the hatches . Th...
Feb 07, 2009 - 04:30 pm - Has anyone tried using Bristol clear finish? I used it on my dorade boxes and they have a beautiful deep gloss finish that is supposed to last 4 years...
Feb 07, 2009 - 10:24 pm - I really like the Bristol finish - I have used it extensively on my boat and it has held up really well in the Florida sun, especially when I use 12 c...
Feb 07, 2009 - 11:21 pm - Who says I know what I'm talking about. I think I just have MOST of you fooled into thinking that I do.
Feb 08, 2009 - 02:54 am - I use Petit Flagship. I live in Ft. Lauderdale and have had great results. I just used Armada clear satin on my interior bullkheads and ordered two mo...

Broke A Boom   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 16, 2009 - 07:01 pm - Broke the boom on old Glorious crossing to Hawaii. It was the original seldane. Need replacement. What do you recommend on replacement and what's the ...
May 17, 2009 - 05:45 am - Gerald:What part of Hawaii are you on?checkout http://www.lefiell.com/cruisemast.htmlYou might call them on Monday, they seamed helpful at the last bo...
May 17, 2009 - 08:45 pm - Gerald, I answered your post earlier, but I do deal with LeFiell, and can get a boom blank, but the end fittings of your Seldane boom probably would n...

Bronze Dorade Cowl Vent   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 29, 2005 - 11:15 pm - My vessel came with a bronze dorade cowl vent similar to this link http://www.marinershardware.com/OrdCowlOval.htm I assume it is westsail original (a...
Jun 01, 2005 - 01:06 pm - If it helps I've seen those Bronze vents on eBay occasionally going for much less (max $150) than what Mariners Hardware is asking for them.Originally...
Jun 14, 2005 - 10:19 pm - There are bronze cowl vent available from ABI. Check out their website. Contact me for a good price on them.

Bud's Going On A Trip And Will Be Out Of Touch For A Month   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 24, 2007 - 05:09 pm - I will be leaving Saturday, January 27 for a trip around Cape Horn on a small cruise ship. I will be out of touch by either phone or email, so hold yo...
Jan 24, 2007 - 05:48 pm - Please send all of us postcards.Have funRich
Jan 26, 2007 - 05:46 am - Wonderful, Bud- Have FUN~! (Just be home by Aprilso I can buy SS boomkin, and all sorts of other fun stufffrom you!)brians/v ORION
Jan 31, 2007 - 10:43 pm - i hope this isn't your ship bud!"Cruise ship runs aground in Antarctic"http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070131/ap_on_re_eu/norway_cruise_trouble

Bud, Have You Seen An Installation Of A Really Heavy Autopilot On A 32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 27, 2009 - 02:11 am - I am tired of my simrads breaking. Has anyone installed a hydraulic or other with some modifications?rich
Aug 27, 2009 - 04:08 pm - I really don't know. Have you figured out why the Simrad is breaking. Do you have the autopilot arm mounted far enough out on the tiller to get good l...
Aug 27, 2009 - 04:13 pm - \image(autopilot}
Aug 27, 2009 - 04:16 pm - I will try once again
Aug 27, 2009 - 06:07 pm - Bud, I have that exact model, along with the 5 inch extension you recommended, but whenever I lay it out the way you have it here, I can only get the ...
Aug 27, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Michael, You need to center the throw on the autopilot, then check to see if it lines up with the tiller when the tiller is midships. That should give...
Aug 28, 2009 - 02:41 am - the simrad has broken twice by water intrusion. They were both covered by warrantee, but the shipping from the bahamas and back quickly was a killer.t...
Aug 30, 2009 - 03:58 pm - ahh, that makes sense. Thanks Bud.

Bud, Do You Know The 32 In FL That Was Just Listed??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 08, 2008 - 10:05 pm - Hi Bud, I just noticed that you have just listed a 32 in FL. It is the new style I am looking for and it just seems too low to be true.Do you know any...
Apr 08, 2008 - 10:42 pm - Jeff,I live just a bit north of Fort Myers (where Sea Gypsy lives). I've been trying to get in touch with the owner, but I think the number is wrong o...
Apr 09, 2008 - 12:42 am - aaronThe number was listed wrong. The correct number is (239) 265-3874. Boat looks like it could be a good deal. I spoke with the owner. She said the ...
Apr 09, 2008 - 07:46 pm - Thanks for the input and the number, I will give her a call and try to get an idea of the contition from her. After I get a hold of her I might try to...
Apr 16, 2008 - 01:58 am - I was just about to post an inquiry on Sea Gypsy! I'm up in Canada and am heading to Florida at the end of the month and want to take a look at her (a...

Building A Trailer For A 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 19, 2005 - 07:07 pm - I am toying with the idea of building a trailer for our 32.storage in florida during storm season would probably pay for it in two years by letting me...
Jul 22, 2005 - 05:44 pm - I have seen at least one trailer that was modified to handle a Westsail 32. Problem is you need a powerful truck to haul it, and a place to store the ...
Jul 23, 2005 - 12:13 am - yea, but they have been going up too. The pressure of all the yards closing on the coast.We had the boat hauled from indiana with a dually diesel dodg...

Bulkhead Bonding   (Active)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 16, 2011 - 07:35 am - Hello Bud,I am in the process of bonding in my bulkheads and I have two questions, The manual says to stop boning on the after side of the main bulkhe...

Bulkhead Tabbing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 22, 2004 - 10:11 pm - Hi Bud, Based on the blueprints, Crealock spec'd the bulkheads in the W43 (and other W's presumably)not to be tabbed at the top with glass cloth, but ...
May 30, 2004 - 03:15 pm - Ted,The bulkheads were not bonded probably from a production standpoint. No reason not to, as most of the well built boats do have the bulkheads bonde...

Bulkheads   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 15, 2005 - 08:14 am - How many bulk heads are supposed to be in a W32? and are they all structural? Mine has an unusal configuration with a bulkhead just forward of where t...
Jan 21, 2005 - 04:26 am - Rod,There are normally only three structural bulkheads on a Westsail 32 hull. One in the forward cabin, (between the head and the forward cabin), one ...
Jan 24, 2005 - 07:05 am - thanks Bud.

Buying In America   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 01, 2004 - 04:53 am - I am interested in purchasing a Westsail. It will be my first boat. Most of the boats that I have seen for sale are in America (I am Canadian). I was ...
Nov 02, 2004 - 02:14 am - Damon,There are lots of Westsail boats already in Canada, and some for sale. There is one listed for sale by owner on my website, at www.westsail.com....
Nov 02, 2004 - 08:18 am - Thanks, I've seen the one on your site for sale and am interested in contacting the owner. The only problem is that I'm interested in purchasing a W32...
Nov 04, 2004 - 12:51 am - Damon,You can post a note on the bottom of my "For Sale" page that you are looking to buy. I don't notify people, but leave it up to the buyer...
Nov 04, 2004 - 04:01 am - Sorry to keep bugging you like this but I have on last question. I heard that hulls made after 75 have some "unique" characteristics. Is there...
Nov 04, 2004 - 05:15 pm - Damon,In early 1976 Westsail built a new set of hull and deck molds, and the hull was laminated in a one piece mold, rather than in a split, two piece...
Sep 20, 2006 - 08:10 pm - Bud,Thanks for the info. My height is 6' 2.5" I'm in the market for a 32 and will definitely do the 1976/#625 of later hull. Great news. Boy, cont...

Buying In The States And Importing To Canada   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 12, 2005 - 06:30 am - I'm interested in purchasing a westsail in the states and taking it back to Canada. Are there any Canadians (or Americans) out there that have knowled...
May 13, 2005 - 11:54 pm - Joseph,Sorry, I cannot help you answer all of this question. However, you should not have to pay any sales tax in the state where you purchase the boa...
Jul 05, 2005 - 12:17 pm - Joseph, drop me a line. I am close to purchasing a WS32 in the US and shipping it back to Toronto. (Once Bud has Surveyed) I have the details you are ...

Cabin Heater   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 21, 2006 - 05:09 am - Any idea where I can get an old cabin heater serviced? The guy I bought the boat from said he thought it was missing a part, but wasn't sure exactly w...
Feb 22, 2006 - 02:28 am - Don't know who fixes them, but I do have a service manual for the High Seas Diesel cabin heater if you need one.

Cabin Sole   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 27, 2004 - 04:50 pm - Bud,Are the cabin soles in the factory finished W32 plywood veneer or are they boards?
Jul 29, 2004 - 05:27 pm - On the majority of the Westsail 32's, the cabin sole is a molded fiberglass pan, with a 1/2" plywood core. If the buyer ordered a teak and holly s...

Cabin Sole Finish   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 22, 2005 - 11:31 am - Bud, I can't find the thread now but you replied that the Westsail factory never varnished the interior woodwork. Rather, it was oiled.Was the teak/ho...
May 25, 2005 - 05:09 am - While I was there, we only oiled the interior mahogany and teak. We used a clear, thin teak oil. It was the easiest method of getting a good looking f...
Nov 08, 2007 - 06:22 pm - Bud - how was the interior/exterior teak cleaned before oiling/varnishing?
Nov 08, 2007 - 07:29 pm - There was no problem cleaning the wood on a new boat, as it was all new wood. On old wood, use a good grade commercial cleaner and degreaser, then san...
Nov 08, 2007 - 08:12 pm - Thanks Bud
Jun 23, 2008 - 01:37 am - Does anyone know the source for gaskets for the port holes? We have a 32 and it is 32 years
Jun 23, 2008 - 03:27 pm - I have the portlight gasket material in 1/4", 5/16" and 3/8" square rubber, with the hole down the center of the extrusion to allow a good...

Cabinet Hinges   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 21, 2006 - 12:43 am - Bud, Do you remember who made the cabinet hinges. I have some to replace and want some exact drop ins; not wanting to plug and redo any holes.The ones...
May 21, 2006 - 11:48 pm - Dave, I get my hinges from ABI. I believe that they have the same configuration as the ones Westsail used. I do not recall the source that Westsail us...

Cabinet In Foreward Berth   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 20, 2008 - 01:35 am - Bud, how can I get the plans for the cabinet in the forward berth on the Starboard side? I'm considering putting one in on the Port side of Devon's Wh...
Mar 21, 2008 - 05:02 pm - I believe a drawing of it is in the factory construction manual, which I have on a CD.
Mar 21, 2008 - 08:34 pm - Thanks Bud. I'll get back to you on this latter. Still have much to do to get the Whisper ready for this season.

Caprail Replacement On W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 08, 2005 - 06:46 pm - the teak caprail on our W42 has been aggresively sanded over the years and a lot of the fasteners are now exposed which means obviously leaking. Bud, ...
Mar 09, 2005 - 12:00 am - I just redid our caprails on a 42. You're welcome to email me: dkall@pasco.k12.fl.us for specifics and any pics if you want.
Mar 09, 2005 - 06:00 am - thank you very much for the offer, I will do that!
Mar 09, 2005 - 12:44 pm - The advantage of teak over aluminum is it isn't nearly as ugly ;)The downside of course is the expense. For 'funs/giggles' I calculated the cost to re...
Mar 09, 2005 - 02:00 pm - That would be "Fluid Motion"http://www.geocities.com/fluidmotion2/home.htmlThat guy is an awesome carpenter.
Mar 09, 2005 - 02:03 pm - The web site I think Mike is talking about is http://www.geocities.com/fluidmotion2/home.html Great site! I'm also making new caprails later this year...
Mar 09, 2005 - 03:00 pm - Last summer I replaced my rubrails (the previous owner removed them and they were trashed) I had no qualms about using IPE. In my oppinion it has all ...
Mar 09, 2005 - 03:45 pm - Has anyone considered using mahogany for their caprails? It is about a third the cost of teak, it is still available in relatively large pieces, and i...
Mar 10, 2005 - 07:56 pm - In the old days you would find Mahogany on places like the caprails. I wouldn't do it now, even if it was free. Teak is much easier to work, so your t...

Caprail Sealant   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 31, 2009 - 09:29 pm - I am digging out the caulking under the edges of the caprail. It appears the PO used a silicone sealant like for bathtubs in places. I plan to use 420...
Aug 31, 2009 - 11:55 pm - Hi: I was able to fix the leaks only by removing the caprail and filling in the void with Life Seal not fun but I don't have leaks.Try searching the f...
Aug 31, 2009 - 11:57 pm - Oops -- sorry Bud this your spot -- and I used Life Caulk not seal...
Sep 01, 2009 - 04:53 pm - The 4200 sealant should work fine.

Caps For Original Groco Seacocks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 07, 2009 - 05:47 pm - Hi Bud,I want to remove the hoses in the head because I'm going to be putting in a composting toilet. I was told that I should cap the seacoks. Where ...
Jun 07, 2009 - 09:55 pm - I've just finished installing an Air Head and do not like the looks of the now disused sea cocks. Am putting a piece of hose on each, and plugging the...
Jun 08, 2009 - 01:15 am - Where will your sinks drain go?????
Jun 08, 2009 - 04:07 am - Butch,The seacocks are measured in pipe sizes. The head discharge is most likely 1-1/2" NPT, the head pickup 3/4" NPT. I'm guessing that the o...
Jun 08, 2009 - 01:18 pm - Butch,I'm in the same boat as you (so to speak). My waste seacock was 1-1/4" and I found a threaded bronze cap at Englund Marine in Newport, OR. W...
Jun 08, 2009 - 06:13 pm - Stephen:Look under the following WOA link.http://www.westsail.org/discus/messages/11/2004.html" id="post_1233785402Copy all the way to the last 2. Jay...
Jun 09, 2009 - 02:43 am - Thanks, Norm. Now that you mention it, I do remember seeing something in the last Windblown. I read so much boat stuff it's hard to remember where I r...
Jun 09, 2009 - 01:30 pm - Thanks fellas,I think the brass caps are the ticket. I guessed that I should be able to find something like that, but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask....
Jun 09, 2009 - 11:55 pm - You can use a standard bronze pipe cap to close off an unused seacock. Put some thread sealant on it and screw it down. The thread on pipe is tapered,...
Jun 10, 2009 - 12:46 am - Indeed, I miscounted seacocks. The one that takes wastewater from the sink in the head stays because it also takes any water that enters the Air Head'...
Jun 10, 2009 - 06:55 pm - You could also drain the galley sink into a small sealed sump box located in the bilge sump, with a submersible electric pump in it that pumps the wat...
Jun 10, 2009 - 09:48 pm - Bud,Is there a concern that the cockpit could load with water if severely heeled when using an above waterline drain without a seacock? I like the ide...
Jun 11, 2009 - 12:05 am - The hullside drain line should loop up to the top of the bulwark level then back down to the outlet. That should prevent back siphoning.
Jun 11, 2009 - 03:22 am - Either I'm confused or Bud and Don are talking about two different things.A drain line for the bilge or a sump should have a vented loop that is alway...
Jun 11, 2009 - 05:45 pm - The hose going up into the bulwark would be the bilge pump hose, not the cockpit drain line.
Jun 15, 2009 - 05:40 pm - Butch,You made a good decision about leaving them in my opinion. I just pulled and glassed over two through hull fittings on my boat. That was a big j...
Jul 02, 2009 - 04:43 pm - Hi Fellaz,Still trying to get this phase done. Got back burnered due to a whole bunch of home remoldeling 'cause of some Gustov damage. Kitchen and li...
Jul 03, 2009 - 12:31 am - Any good pipe dope will work, and I suppose teflon tape would also work. The large seacocks are 1-1/2" pipe size, and the small ones 3/4" pipe...
Jul 04, 2009 - 02:36 am - Trick learned in the yard:Remove 3M5200 with heat from a propane torch on metal fittings. If they are not metal fittings why use 5200?My experience, i...

CHAIN PLATES   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:48 am - HI BUD,I AM IN THE PROCESS OF PREPING MY W32 FOR PAINTINGAND REMOVING THE CHAIN PLATES, WHAT A JOB. TRIED REMOVING NUTS AND CUTTING HEADS OF CARRAGE B...
Jun 14, 2005 - 09:56 pm - If you can reach the nuts on the inside, take them off, and tap the bolt to move it out slightly. Then grab the head of the carriage bolt with a viseg...

Climbing The Mast   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 08, 2008 - 12:51 pm - Bud,In your video about climbing the mast, Kern uses some sort of ratchet assembly on his bosun's chair so that he can raise and lower himself and the...
Aug 09, 2008 - 03:20 pm - I am not sure what Kern uses. You need to contact him to find out.
Aug 09, 2008 - 04:47 pm - Thanks. I'll do that.-Steve

Cockpit & Scupper Drains   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 24, 2009 - 04:40 am - Bud:A couple of questions: (1) What was the rational for having the cockpit drain through-hulls positioned below the waterline and are there issues wi...
Nov 24, 2009 - 03:13 pm - The cockpit drain seacocks were located where the hose took a smooth curve, and that was below the waterline because the cockpit floor was close to th...

Cockpit Bolts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 13, 2004 - 12:47 am - Hey Bud, what is the proper sized bolts to hold down the cockpit sole? Satori is in Houston. We hope to go out next spring. Ken on Satori
May 13, 2004 - 01:46 am - Ken,I heard of an interesting idea at the fla east coast rendezvous.a small boom vang type tackle on an eye under the cockpit center attached to a sec...

Cockpit Comings   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 17, 2005 - 05:55 am - Hello, I would like to build comings to protect the cockpit from spray and seas. I am thinking of a curved plywood core about 12" high (backrest) ...
Mar 18, 2005 - 05:19 pm - I do not have any plans as such, but do have a number of pictures of cockpit coamings that have been built on various Westsail 32's.
Mar 19, 2005 - 06:32 am - Bud, any pictures would be great. Do you have suggestions for construction?Joshw_32@sbcglobal.net
Mar 21, 2005 - 12:52 am - Josh,Contact me at my email address, btaplin@westsail.com, and I can send some of the photos to you as attachments.
Mar 21, 2005 - 03:11 am - Instead of coamings (where to sit?) I've considered a small 'dam' installed just aft of the scuppers (be'twixt the cabin side & bulwark).Construct...
Aug 17, 2005 - 07:20 am - Mike / Bud / all:How'd you build your rails for the slide-in dam? Sila wants to do a similar thing by building the rails out of solid fiberglass... di...
Aug 17, 2005 - 09:45 pm - I don't have the slide-in dam. I saw it on another boat.But I've never had a problem with my butt getting wet anyway. And I've been in some pretty sno...
Aug 17, 2005 - 11:50 pm - My friends back in Nevada who own Penguin have a unique set up. Their 32 has a whole damn across from the rail to the coach top, complete w/ it's own ...
Aug 18, 2005 - 02:19 am - I would love to see photos of that.Rich
Aug 18, 2005 - 05:43 pm - I had those dams built for a previous owner of Penguin many years ago when we were doing completion work on the boat for him. If I remember, we used b...
Aug 20, 2005 - 04:23 am - Thanks.Rich
Aug 22, 2005 - 01:06 pm - My boat's original owner added slightly angled cockpit seatbacks that sit in the spot traditionally used for combings (angled to make them more comfor...
Aug 26, 2005 - 09:32 am - I finished installing cockpit coamings for our cruise to Molokai this summer. There already were two five-inch lengths of 1/2 inch stainless all-threa...

Cockpit Drains   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 28, 2008 - 01:36 am - Bud,Thanks for the tips on the cockpit drain hose intallation. It worked perfectly. Also the sacrificial piece on the rub rail was an excellent idea a...
Apr 28, 2008 - 07:21 pm - You mean I FINALLY gave out some good advice. Gotta change my ways.
Apr 28, 2008 - 07:49 pm - Hah! Bud, w/o you... Well, let's just say that I pity the poor folks who own other boats and don't have a 'Guru-Mentor-Former General Manager' in thei...
Apr 30, 2008 - 02:01 am - It is just amazing how much mileage you can get out of a 2 for 1 drink coupon........
May 02, 2008 - 01:22 am - Try one of my two beer mini-surveys at the rendezvous. Just don't be foolish enough to wait until I have done three or four ( mini-surveys that is).

Combi Transducer Compatability   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 12, 2009 - 01:26 am - Hi Bud,My name is Stan Huhndorf, I am the new owner of the Westsail 43 "Leviathan" and I am going to put a new depth/plotter on her. Currently...
Mar 12, 2009 - 05:56 pm - Stan, The Combi units are now made by Simrad Electronics. They are on the web, so contact them about compatability.I do not have your contact informat...

Companionway Hatch   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 29, 2008 - 02:12 am - Bud.........I've been through the Service Manuel and all the "Ask Bud's" and can't find anything on this. The brass bars on the underside of t...
Feb 29, 2008 - 06:17 pm - There should be two stop blocks on top of the teak rails ahead of the hatch. Remove these stop blocks and slide the hatch forward to remove it. I have...

Compass(es) Arrangements On WS 32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 20, 2007 - 03:07 am - Bud,Hope I have not multiple posted this message.Do you have an opinion on the best magnetic compass (or multiple compasses) arrangements on a WS 32? ...
Mar 21, 2007 - 05:40 pm - The cabin back seems to be the best location. There is a see-thru bulkhead mounted compass available that can be read from inside the boat as well as ...

Congratulations Bud!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 24, 2004 - 01:10 am - on the wedding of your daughter!
Aug 30, 2004 - 04:51 pm - We got her married off this past weekend, and they are in Tahiti now, by air, not by slow sailboat. Now maybe I can get back to my primary occupation,...
Aug 30, 2004 - 09:31 pm - Honeymoons in Tahiti? Condos in Idaho? Hey I am wondering now if you arent charging us too much. Ha Ha
Sep 06, 2004 - 04:17 pm - Actually, the problem is that I am not charging enough, and not enough of you contributed to the wedding fund. Besides, since the wife refuses to go b...
Sep 07, 2004 - 01:29 am - Keep up the good work! I will be indirectly contributing alot of cash to the honeymoon fund in the coming year through the purchase of new tanks, rigg...

CONGRATULATIONS GRANDPA BUD   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 16, 2008 - 08:08 pm - BUD TAPLIN IS A GRANDPA NOW TO BAILEY ANN,,,,,A LITTLE SAILOR GIRL,,
Sep 17, 2008 - 12:32 am - Hey, Bud, that's great! As many have said before me, if I had known that the grandkids would be this much fun, I'd have had them first!

Corrosion In Ballast   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 10, 2006 - 10:54 am - Hi, Bud,As you know, it was my fate to have the grandlady of them all: W32 #32. The ballast is mostly steel punchings which have corroded in two place...
Feb 12, 2006 - 08:06 pm - Trying to fill and fiberglass wet areas will not work very well. If the areas are dry, then filling over with an epoxy slurry should work. You should ...
Feb 13, 2006 - 05:59 am - I have used an epoxy slurry on one section that has stuck nicely to the rusted ballast material. Can I do this gluing and glassing as long as the surf...
Feb 15, 2006 - 12:50 am - Hard to say if there is water intrusion throughout the ballast, but I doubt it. If the top of the ballast is well sealed, then there should be no oxyg...
Feb 15, 2006 - 08:03 am - I think you may be right about the water intrusion. The top of the main ballast seems to be sealed well with woven roving, with an added inch or two o...
Feb 16, 2006 - 02:20 am - Check this guys site out. He had a similar problem Scroll down to July http://westsail42.blogspot.com/

Cover For Outdoor Storage?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2004 - 12:03 am - Hello Bud,I moved my W32 to Chicago over the summer. I am storing her out doors and would like your advice on the best way to protect her from the ele...

Cradle   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 08, 2004 - 12:23 am - Bud,I am preparing my site for the delivery of my "new" W32 project boat. Could you please tell me if the the boat is centered fore and aft in...
Jun 12, 2004 - 02:20 pm - Tom,The corner posts do fit close to the hull, with room for a padded piece of plywood. and maybe a wedge here and there. Sorry, I don't have any note...
Jun 17, 2004 - 11:51 pm - Tom,I checked two of the Westsail 32's in a storage yard here in Costa Mesa, one with a wooden cradle, and the other with a steel cradle. On the woode...
Jun 19, 2004 - 03:40 pm - Bud,I think I've found someone to move the boat on a self loading trailer. As such I've decided to use Brownell boat stands. In the marina they have s...
Jun 19, 2004 - 08:23 pm - Tom,Three stands on each side would be sufficient. Can't say how high they should be, but the wider the spread on the hull the better. Be sure to chai...

Cutlass Bearing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 26, 2007 - 07:59 pm - Bud, I need a new cutlass bearing for " Flaps Up", how do I do that?

Cutlass Bearing For W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 23, 2008 - 11:36 am - Bud,With our fixed prop freewheeling under sail, we are starting to get a rattling vibration in our PSS Shaft Seal. This does not happen under power. ...
Oct 23, 2008 - 06:38 pm - The cutlass bearing is an off the shelf part. Depending on your shaft diameter, 1-1/4" or 1-1/2". The OD of the bearing is either 1-1/2" o...

Darn I Broke It.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2009 - 05:42 am - Aloha Bud,As always I hope this note finds you in good health. I just got into Gizo in the Solomon Islands this is not a good place to have a broken d...
Oct 12, 2009 - 03:52 pm - David, About the only one I would know about is Trans Atlantic Diesel in VA. They are a Perkins distributor. www.tadiesels.com eamil: tadinc@earthlink...
Oct 12, 2009 - 11:01 pm - David, Diesel Parts Sales in Houston, Texas, is a Perkins distributor with three generations of experience in the same family. You might try calling t...
Oct 12, 2009 - 11:12 pm - Thanks BudI just sent them an e-mail. I hope I get the chance to do you one some day.Best Regards. David B.
Oct 12, 2009 - 11:15 pm - Thanks Randy.David B.
Oct 13, 2009 - 02:35 am - It's about 0330 UTC Tuesday. I'll be seeing these guys at Diesel Parts Sales in about 12-15 hours or so and will favor them with a copy of your emails...
Oct 13, 2009 - 02:53 am - Hey David,I just did the math. I suppose it's about 2:00 PM your Solomon Islands local time, Monday. If you would like to try to schedule an appointme...
Oct 13, 2009 - 05:07 pm - David,I just met with Randall Caesar at Diesel Parts Sales and showed him your email. All I report here is my understanding of his thoughts. You can e...
Oct 14, 2009 - 02:54 am - Randy,I realy want to thank you for helping me with this. I know I will have to tear the engine down to get the part off. The mounting base that the a...
Oct 14, 2009 - 10:22 am - Good morning, David,Thanks for the note. You are quite welcome. You know, I don't really know anything about heily-coil operations. Guess it's time to...
Oct 14, 2009 - 03:39 pm - can you not just take that off and tap it for a bigger screw/bolt?without seeing it, I might be well off base.good luck,rich
Oct 15, 2009 - 01:10 am - If the screw is rusted enough to break, and if the adjusting nut is rusted enough to break, then what else is or may be rusted?I seem to remember a fi...
Oct 15, 2009 - 01:45 am - Hi Rich, The bolt is the anti-stall device and has a spring loaded piston in it as well as a bleed screw on top, so it is not just a mater of a larger...
Nov 14, 2009 - 09:43 pm - Hi Dave,This is Doug Hendricks... the guy who sailed with you from SF to Hilo two summers ago. I was curious to know where in the world you were, so I...
Dec 02, 2009 - 02:21 pm - David, I know this may not be a comfort to you, but another Westsail family member had their engine die on them at the start of their cruising season ...
Dec 04, 2009 - 12:15 am - Aloha Michael, Thanks for the note. I did repair the diesel at a shop on the Island of Liapari. Took the piece that was stripped off, had it drilled o...

Davit For Tender On W32????   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 28, 2005 - 05:48 am - Has anyone installed a davit on a W32? It would need to clear the windvain so I assume it would stick out a bit. I want to try to keep the deck as cle...
Jan 29, 2005 - 02:59 am - Josh,Because the W32 comes to a point aft, and it has an outboard rudder, there is not enough room or spread to be able to install davits. You need to...
Mar 28, 2005 - 02:50 am - Can a small boat (14') be put on a davit for a 47' Gibson Houseboat? The boat we are looking at (to use as a tender) weighs approximately 1200 lbs. Is...
Mar 28, 2005 - 10:53 pm - Pat,Sounds like the load is more than any commercially available davits can handle. You could have one custom made by a fabricator to be able to handl...

Deck Refinishing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 12, 2008 - 07:08 pm - Bud..............I think this is going to be the spring I tackle refinishing the deck. It has some pretty bad spots that need to be stablized with epo...
Mar 13, 2008 - 10:18 pm - If it is a fiberglass deck with the original nonskid on it, then I would patch all of the holes and loose gelcoat with epoxy putty. Then sand the smoo...

Deck Replacement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 23, 2007 - 07:59 pm - Monica and I like our teak decks, but I don't like -- and don't trust -- the hundreds of screw holes (not factory installed) going into the fiberglass...
Aug 23, 2007 - 10:55 pm - Visit teakdeckingsystems.com . I just finished this project on my boat. I labeled & removed the existing deck in sections (to keep from being over...
Aug 25, 2007 - 03:40 pm - Tom, I tried to find the website you cited but it keeps giving me a list of sponsored links instead of a website for Teak Decking Systems. Any ideas?-...
Aug 25, 2007 - 04:52 pm - Oops! Teak Decking Systems is the name of the company. Teakdecking.com is the website. Their products can be ordered directly via Teak Hut and they ar...

Deisel Holding Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:08 am - I have a W-32, my fuel tanks are leaking. Should I replace them or simply repair them. They are made of steel
Oct 21, 2004 - 01:06 pm - Andre,I have a new never installed aluminum port side fuel tank that I've offered to Bud; it is for the 32 without the cockpit locker so I need to exc...
Oct 22, 2004 - 12:48 am - Could you tell me what you mean by cockpit locker Is it the lazarette at the rear. Since I'm in the Montréal region in Canada could you tell how much ...
Oct 27, 2004 - 07:29 pm - I have no news from you clould you tell me how much you want for the tank & how you intend to send it?
Oct 28, 2004 - 10:02 pm - When Bud checks in, I'm sure he'll be able to steer you towards a soltion, as he's helped others replace theirs... I'm interested in this topic too, a...
Oct 28, 2004 - 11:54 pm - Andre,Sorry about the delay I was waiting for Bud to check in from his vacation. If the cost to send tank from CT, US to Montreal works out to be reas...
Oct 29, 2004 - 12:03 pm - Andre,I forgot to answer locker question; my understanding is the later 32's had a locker insert in the mold on the port side of the cockpit. This wou...
Oct 31, 2004 - 07:33 pm - I am finally back from vacation, and available to answer questions. However it seems that you Westsail owners have been doing a good job in answering ...
Oct 31, 2004 - 08:52 pm - I am interested by the port tank that you are proposing, it semmes that it fit because I don't have the locker you are talking about. I'D like to know...
Oct 31, 2004 - 11:43 pm - Andre,A new aluminum fuel tank for the port side of a Westsail 32 is $350.00, plus shipping. Freight to the East Coast of the US usually is about $35....
Nov 01, 2004 - 10:30 pm - Thank you very much I'm going to inquire about building one here as you adviced me. I have the plans in your book. I'll let you know about my decision...
Nov 12, 2004 - 06:24 pm - Bud, I got a look at the tanks on Nereus, Steve and Vanessa's boat... I think he said they came from you. His tank had a glass tube plumbed out from t...
Nov 15, 2004 - 04:19 pm - Michael,The fittings you described are normally on a tank. On a new tank I also install a return fitting next to the pickup fitting, so it can be used...
Nov 20, 2004 - 12:28 am - That sounds great Bud. I probably won't get around to this job until Spring. How much lead time would you need?
Nov 20, 2004 - 09:22 pm - My tank manufacturer takes about a week to make up an order of tanks, and allow another week in shipping.
Dec 09, 2004 - 12:10 am - Message to Peter ShermanHI, I'm still interested in the tank. Did you foud out the price of shipping to Montréal your tank by bus, train or truck, by ...

Depth Sounder Can't Find The Bottom!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 18, 2005 - 02:00 am - Anybody know why it sometimes takes quite a while for the readout on our depth sounder to find tthe depth? We have an older unit, and we replaced the ...
Jun 25, 2005 - 04:01 am - I figured it out: the wire from the transducer was bundled with some wire that must have had some interference. When I routed the wire lead differentl...

Diesel Generators   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 23, 2009 - 02:28 pm - Bud,What diesel generator set would you recommend for the W32?Frank
Aug 23, 2009 - 04:17 pm - Depends on how much power you are looking for. You first need to decide what you need 110 volts for, then size the generator accordingly. Many people ...
Aug 24, 2009 - 03:52 am - The portable air cooled ones can be placed on the aft deck when needed, and disturb the peace and quiet of everyone within 500 feet in all directions?...
Aug 24, 2009 - 02:37 pm - Aside from the consideration that George mentioned, there is the safety factor with gasoline powered generators--namely CO poisoning. Even if it is on...
Aug 24, 2009 - 03:38 pm - Generators scare me.In Hurricane Ike I personally heard of many more reports (radio) of deaths from Carbon Monoxide poisoning than from any other caus...
Aug 24, 2009 - 06:51 pm - I would agree with Randy, but I do not want to digress too much from my original question, is there a reasonably priced small diesel generator availab...
Aug 24, 2009 - 07:15 pm - I can get a Next Gen 3.5 KW with diesel engine. The enclosure is 30" long, 18" wide, and 16-1/2" high. Weight is 200 lbs. I will send you ...
Sep 14, 2009 - 03:25 pm - The current rage among cruisers here in the NW Caribbean is the small 'suitcase' Honda EU2000 (or 1000's).It's not available in the states but I have ...

Differences Between 32s   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 12, 2004 - 06:29 am - Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give me a general idea of the difference between a 50 000 dollar W32 and a 30 000 W32. Any help would be appreciat...
Nov 15, 2004 - 04:08 pm - Damon,The $30,000 Westsail would probably need an additional $20,000 in upgrades and repairs to bring it up to the condition of the $50,000 one. It ma...

Dinette Layout   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 14, 2004 - 03:52 am - I'm interested in the Westsail 32 with a dinette on the port side layout. Are there plans for this anywhere? Does the table drop down to make a bunk? ...
Nov 14, 2004 - 01:34 pm - There are plans of a sort in the Westsail Construction Manual available either on cd or paper copy from Bud. Yes it does drop down to make a bunk.

Door Dimensions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 04, 2007 - 07:26 pm - Hi Bud,I will get the dimensions to you by the weekend. Are there standard doors already made or are there differences with the WS28'.

ENGINE MD3B   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 19, 2005 - 08:56 pm - HEY BUD, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU WERE ABLE TO SELL MY ENGINE FROM WHEY BACK WHEN I DROPPER IT OFF TO YOU BUT HAVE NEVER HEARD ANY THINGLYNN THOMPS...

Engine Compartment Ventalation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 13, 2009 - 10:29 pm - Bud, Can you give some advice on how to properly ventalate the engine compartment?
Dec 14, 2009 - 02:08 am - The easiest way is to install a low profile 3" vinyl vent on the aft deck in the small triangle there. Attach a blower inside to blow out. If ther...
Dec 15, 2009 - 02:38 am - Talking about Engine Room... I've noticed when cleaning the bilge under the engine in my W28 that the water took a looong time to drain to the main bi...
Dec 15, 2009 - 04:59 am - I am not sure if there is a hole in the front end of the area under the engine to permit water to drain into the main bilge area. That you would have ...
Dec 15, 2009 - 06:32 am - Thanks Bud! There definitely is a passage but only dripping at the moment, most likely clogged with dirt, hard to see and get there because of the eng...
Dec 15, 2009 - 04:55 pm - Thanks Bud. I know exactely what you mean.
Dec 17, 2009 - 06:03 am - Wojciech raises a question. Should water (or whatever fluid) in the engine pan drain into the bilge?
Dec 17, 2009 - 06:28 pm - You need to prevent any oil, diesel, or coolant in the pan under the engine from getting into the bilge sump. There can be a hole in the engine pan, b...
Dec 19, 2009 - 12:41 am - It does make sense what you are saying, Bud, however in my case the packing nut is over the engine pan and the water drips there.It's not an issue for...
Dec 19, 2009 - 02:07 am - I see your point. On the other Westsail boats any drip from the packing gland goes under the pan to the bilge sump. Maybe you want to put a dam in the...
Dec 23, 2009 - 06:08 am - Good idea Bud! I'll keep that in mind until I decide on the potential re-powering as this may change the drip location.

Engine Replacement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 31, 2005 - 05:20 pm - Hi Bud I am replacing Mellow`s 23hp volvo MD11C with a Sole 33hp. Any advice on putting in new bearers to raise the front feet as new engine has all m...
Nov 01, 2005 - 03:57 pm - Charlie,There is a good description of my method of reworking the engine beds on a W32 to install a new engine in my Westsail Service Manual. Contact ...
Nov 01, 2005 - 08:45 pm - is that quarter sawn straight grain stainless steel?
Nov 06, 2005 - 06:26 pm - No, I prefer knotty pine or balsa wood.

Engine Room Bilge   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 16, 2009 - 12:18 am - Hello Bud,I own W32 #38 Sumna. Prior to our ownership she had a well done engine room upgrade including new engine (Beta) and engine pan. The pan appe...
Dec 16, 2009 - 04:43 pm - As I remember, on those original engine pans there was only an inch or two clearance between the top of the ballast and the underside of the pan. That...

Exhaust   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 20, 2008 - 10:01 pm - Bud -What is a safe distance lengthwise from the water injection point to the muffler? I have read about mufflers melting - was this from lack of cool...
Apr 23, 2008 - 12:31 am - If you use one of the Vetus plastic mufflers, they will melt if you lose your water cooling. No way to repair it. If you use a Vernay fiberglass muffl...
Apr 23, 2008 - 03:18 am - Thanks for that Bud - I'm using a horizontal Centek fiberglass muffler.
Jan 15, 2010 - 10:20 pm - Bud: I can procure a reconditioned Universal m-50with a hurth trans for $4000.00 from Trans Atlantic diesel. By all accounts this looks to be a good m...
Jan 18, 2010 - 06:18 pm - That engine should work fine, provided it was not made back in 1902. The only problem may be in the location and width of the rear mounting brackets, ...

Faryman Diesel   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 13, 2004 - 12:36 am - Bud, I have a 1973 Kendal (#6)with a Faryman SW-25 Diesel with a Paragon hydraulic transmission. From the looks of the engine and requisite parts, it ...
Dec 15, 2004 - 07:49 pm - I certainly do. Contact me by email at btaplin@westsail.com, and I will send you all the necessary info to pick and provide a new engine for your Kend...

Figurehead For W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 08, 2007 - 04:02 pm - Bud,Just wondered if putting a small figurehead on a W32 would be okay (the extra weight in that location bothers me). I have had a little 4 pound by ...
Apr 09, 2007 - 12:06 pm - I've often considered this myself. If weight is a concern why not use the one you have as a plug to makee a mold then fabricate out of fiberglass? Who...
May 05, 2007 - 02:23 pm - Just carry a slightly lighter anchor on the bow roller!
May 06, 2007 - 12:41 am - A nice busty figurhead will lift your spirits, so it should also lift the bow.
May 09, 2007 - 10:29 pm - Ha, ha, ha, ha!Bud, you make me laugh. Seriously, the lady I have is finely blessed in the bustiness department, and has a tobacco pipe in her hair, a...
May 10, 2007 - 01:27 am - Show us a picture of her!
May 10, 2007 - 05:30 pm - Better lash her on well. She may be attracted to some good looking sailor and decide to seek better cruising grounds.

Filler For Hull Joint   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2009 - 02:04 am - Bud,The filler used on the exteriror hull joint running from bow to stern on my 1974 Westsail 32 has cracked and fallen out in some places. I would ap...
Oct 12, 2009 - 02:33 pm - Ennis,Check out these links:http://www.westsail.org/cgi-bin/discus/show.cgi?tpc=24&post=3209#POST3209http://www.westsail.org/cgi-bin/discus/show.c...
Oct 12, 2009 - 03:47 pm - The filler on the seam between the halves of the hull was originally mishmash, which was a mixture of polyester resin and asbestos. For any repairs, I...
Oct 12, 2009 - 10:54 pm - Bud,Thanks for the info on the seam filler repair. I will mix some mill fiber with the epoxy to give it a peanut butter consistency and then fill the ...
Oct 12, 2009 - 11:03 pm - Aaron,Thanks for the links. I will be doing the caprail seam repair after I finish the bottom work so the information provided sure will help. Ennis

Finishing Spruce Boomkins   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 18, 2010 - 03:56 am - (1) Have just stripped the boomkins (were painted) and found one of the bronze (assume) carriage bolts with maybe 1/16 of corrosion on the head. This ...
Jan 18, 2010 - 05:53 pm - I do not have a local source on bronze bolts, but you should try Jamestown Distributors in RI.I always recommend a few coats of saturating epoxy resin...

Fittings For Fuel Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 23, 2008 - 05:08 pm - Bud,Have your nice new tanks all coated and ready to install. Also have the various fittings referred to in your manual. I want to be sure I have them...
Jul 23, 2008 - 07:22 pm - I will let Bud answer your question (But you have described what I have done less the coatings) Just remember the fuel pickup has the long tube inside...
Jul 23, 2008 - 09:02 pm - Norm,Thanks for the notes.Are you saying you cut an actual hole in your deck for access to the tank shutoff valve? Not sure I understand. Why would yo...
Jul 23, 2008 - 09:18 pm - Oh Norm,Another thing. I was wondering alot about that long tube inside the tank for the fuel pickup. Seems to me it could get clogged, and if it did ...
Jul 23, 2008 - 11:08 pm - Randy:Why? The reasion I have the valve accessable from the cockpit is; (shut off time) 1.5 sec. hole VS 12 sec.through the engine room (Fire issue as...
Jul 24, 2008 - 07:56 pm - To answer my questions for future reference of the group, I contacted Bud. Essentially, on his tanks, the fuel pick up line goes in one of the two for...
Jul 24, 2008 - 07:57 pm - By the way, Norm,Thanks for the great input. Yes, I already have tanks, thanks to Bud. I'll be taking all your ideas and experiences into consideratio...

Fore-and-aft Trim   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 19, 2004 - 05:33 pm - I have recently bought a W32 - "Sixpence". The surveyer thought that she was a little down at the bows. I thought she could benefit from alter...
Aug 24, 2004 - 03:52 am - probably an obvious response, but have you considered the current location of water/fuel tanks. I have 2 x 200litre water tanks in the aft section of ...
Aug 24, 2004 - 12:44 pm - I have the same 'problem' (water pooling just forward of the scuppers) due to a 35lb & 45lb CQR hanging on the bowsprit & about 125' of 3/8...
Aug 24, 2004 - 05:52 pm - Ahoy Jonathan & Liz Reece :I am trimed close to design i.e the tang is just out of the water, the top gunion is at the waters surface at its aft m...
Aug 26, 2004 - 06:13 pm - I'm sure that many of us share the minor annoyance with the standing water just forward of the aft hawsepipes. I'm wondering if anyone has installed a...

Forestay Release Lever   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 11, 2006 - 09:33 pm - I have an opportunity to pick up a 5/16 lever but own a 9/32 forestay (WS32). Can the larger lever be easily made to work with the smaller wire? I pl...
Mar 12, 2006 - 05:46 pm - Check the thread size of the turnbuckle body on the lever. You should be able to find a Norseman or Staloc fitting for 9/32" wire that has the thr...

Forward Bulkhead   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 03, 2004 - 11:54 pm - BudI am in the process of removing the forward bulkhead (its rotten) and have found that the sampson posts do not extend all the way to the bottom of ...
Apr 05, 2004 - 02:17 am - The sampson posts were not usually fastened to the hull. They normally had two carriage bolts on each post, attaching them to the chain locker bulkhea...
Oct 25, 2005 - 12:46 am - OK, it looks like I'm buying Inalla, hull #197. Any ideas for a good location for a chart plotter? I want to be able to see it and access it from the ...
Oct 28, 2005 - 11:06 pm - You could mount it on a swing arm in the companionway opening. The other choice is to install a portlight on the starboard cabin back, with the chart ...
Nov 12, 2005 - 11:15 pm - I happen to be working in the chain locker myself (rewiring bow lights) and noticed my sampson posts didn't extend to the bottom of the locker/hull as...

Forward Hatch   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 15, 2007 - 12:42 pm - Bud,I am trying to decide if I should rebuild my forward hatch or replace it with an aluminum one. While I prefer the traditional look a lighter bette...
Sep 15, 2007 - 11:17 pm - I would recommend an aluminum hatch. Obtain an aluminum hatch with a flat mounting flange. Cut the teak trim down to the level of the boss. That way y...
Sep 16, 2007 - 04:21 pm - Any preference on make and model? Should the molded drains in the boss be filled?Thanks,
Sep 16, 2007 - 04:38 pm - Pick a hatch that fits and that you can purchase at a somewhat reasonable cost. No need to fill in the molded drains, as they will not be needed anywa...

Fuel Tank   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 05, 2005 - 08:21 pm - Believe I have leaking portside fuel tank, evidence of diesel fuel in bilge and streaking of what appears to be fuel on tank support shelf. Upon inspe...
Sep 20, 2005 - 10:15 pm - I was hoping others would comment as I have a similar problem. I believe my tank is the original stainless and I suspect that I'm going to have to rep...
Sep 21, 2005 - 02:04 pm - I believe that I heard that the original fuel tanks were black steel. The replacements are made of aluminum. We developed a leak in the Starboard fuel...
Sep 22, 2005 - 01:16 am - Some of the early Westsail 32's had stainless steel fuel tanks. Most had steel fuel tanks (called black iron, but don't believe it, they were mild ste...
Sep 26, 2005 - 11:14 pm - I just replaced my starboard aluminum tank in a W32 due to suspected leaking. Prima facia evidence was that slight discoloration of the shelf from the...
Sep 27, 2005 - 10:11 pm - I once had a fuel tank on an old Cape Cod catboat that begin scaling and stopping things up. I could get it out of its resting place enough to rotate ...

Fuel Tank Plumbing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 09, 2008 - 01:02 pm - OK- so I am in the midst of installing a new Beta per Bud's instructions- so far so good- I am confused on how to plumb the fuel lines though- I am do...
Jul 09, 2008 - 05:00 pm - John,We only have one return line. It goes to our Starboard tank. So we always draw from our starboard before port.Our port tank does not have a retur...
Jul 10, 2008 - 04:00 am - Iam contemplating my return line setup. Currently I only have one tank installed but the other one will go in soon. I'm thinking that I will install t...
Jul 10, 2008 - 04:11 pm - Gary, You are correct that you will need two selector valves. Mount them next to each other do you can easily see that you have switched both when cha...

Fuel Tank Procedure   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am - Does anyone know how to replace a fuel tank. I know that there is a procedure but I don't have it. If anyone can tell me the how to I'll manage my cha...
Feb 22, 2005 - 06:52 pm - Andre,Check my Westsail Service Manual, Page G-1 and G-2 for the W32 tanks, and Page G-3 for the W42/43 tanks.
Feb 25, 2005 - 06:26 pm - I do not have the manual
Feb 25, 2005 - 07:55 pm - Andre, I think that was a subtle hint that buying the manual from him might be a good idea ;) Bud's website is www.westsail.com
Feb 26, 2005 - 09:40 pm - Andre,I sent you the instruction page from my Westsail Service Manual on an email.
Feb 28, 2005 - 10:06 pm - I received it thank you very muchHow can I get a copy of your instructions manualI'd like to have it on a CD if it's possibleAndré

Fuel Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 29, 2007 - 01:20 pm - Well, the nightmare has happened. Lots of fuel dripping out from under the portside fuel tank Can the starboard be far behind? As you recall, Glorious...
Oct 31, 2007 - 02:06 pm - I had to pull my port-side tank this year, too, because of a leak. Turns out the bottom of the tank was eaten away with electrolysis. So much for alum...
Oct 31, 2007 - 03:04 pm - Terry, My poly tank maker will not say his poly tanks can be used for fuel because of the liability problem. If there is a fire in the engine compartm...
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:13 am - My tanks are fiberglass - anybody alse have them?
Nov 27, 2007 - 06:02 pm - They must have been made by the previous owner. I have never heard of a commercially available one.
Nov 27, 2007 - 06:08 pm - I think they were Bud. It looks like he used 1/4" plywood for the forms....and then glassed inside and out.I think I will replace them.
Nov 28, 2007 - 02:57 pm - Fiberglass fuel tanks are OK if they have an interior surface made on a mold, and are completely smooth with rounded corners. The problem with most fa...
Jun 19, 2009 - 08:44 pm - Bud: I will need two new fuel tanks for Hull #36. Will it be cheaper for me to drive down from NO CA. (and take in six flags)and pick them up vs shipp...
Jun 21, 2009 - 02:49 pm - Just a note that after much soul searching, and use of several conflicting professional opinions, I went with Bud's aluminum fuel tanks on my 32 and a...
Jun 22, 2009 - 07:53 pm - Randy: My tank shelfs were totally rotten. I will have to pull them out. The tanks were on some foam insulation and were in great shape on the bottom ...
Jun 24, 2009 - 01:56 am - Hey Alan,Yes, the idea of adding zincs really makes me happy. What I did, so far, is build a collar of ss hose clamp around the joint of the bronze de...
Jun 24, 2009 - 04:17 am - I can't imagine how zincs would do anything unless they were immersed in or in contact with the same water that is in contact with the steel tank. And...
Jun 24, 2009 - 03:33 pm - Alan and Sue,To make up new tanks I have to be sure of the size of the existing ones. Most of the early W32's used a tank that was shorter in height t...
Jun 25, 2009 - 12:25 am - My twin brother (now THAT'S a scary thought!!!) is a full-time motor-homer, and when we were together the last time, he told me that the fuel tanks in...
Jun 25, 2009 - 10:47 pm - There was a time when steel fuel tanks were made, and then a rubbery material was poured into the fill fitting, and the tank rotated to line the insid...
Jun 27, 2009 - 11:27 pm - Bud: My tanks do not match this drawing. It does appear that the design you sent will work. Mine are 18.5 tall 36.5 long and 20.5 wide without the tap...
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:39 am - Alan, Since all of the tanks I have made are done at the time I place the order, there is no problem or change in cost to have them made at some diffe...
Jun 29, 2009 - 03:59 pm - Bud, my fuel tank was installed by you. Can you give me the details of the tank and the installation. I have no idea if it is sitting on any cross pie...
Jun 29, 2009 - 04:23 pm - When I help do an engine instllation, I advise the owner to check, and if necessary, replace the fuel tanks prior to the engine installation.The piece...
Jun 29, 2009 - 05:17 pm - Bud, I believe you provided the fuel tank. I wondered if you had any records of the make up of the 'custom' tank and any details of your installation....

FYI To Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 22, 2005 - 01:35 am - Just FYI... I don't know if anyone else trying to email you is having this problem but your ISP is now bouncing my emails to you. I get a 'delivery fa...

Garhauer Products In New Zealand   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 21, 2006 - 08:42 pm - We are very proud to be the Australasian agents for Garhauer USA and have been for the past two years. The products are top quality and excellent valu...
Mar 27, 2006 - 03:14 pm - Lou, Glad to hear that you are an agent for Garhauer in Australia. I will certainly recommend anyone in your area inquiring about Garhauer parts to co...
Mar 27, 2006 - 03:20 pm - Lou, I said Australia in the previous post, but should have said New Zealand. Sorry about that.

Gelcoat Cracks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 03, 2006 - 01:19 am - Bud, The previous owner applied an Awlgrip product to the extire deck, cabin top, and cockpit on Journey my W32 Hull # 103. It looked great when I acq...
Mar 03, 2006 - 03:05 am - Bob.... My boat has never had any deck work done and suffers from some fairly sever gelcoat cracking and crazing. I just posed a similar question to t...
Mar 08, 2006 - 05:15 am - Larry,Thanks for your very helpful response. Just got back from taking my first step to follow the advice you gave by grinding part of the deck down t...

Goosebumps Like Pimples Above Waterline   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 07, 2004 - 03:46 am - Hi Bud,I have found several areas of these tiny "pimples" right above boot stripe area. Some effected areas are several feet in diameter. I ha...
Dec 09, 2004 - 11:17 pm - Henry,You got boat acne, otherwise better known as blisters. Pop any loose ones, leave them alone until the hull is dry, then fill with an epoxy putty...

Groco Connect To Anode??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 10, 2008 - 02:14 pm - hi bud and fellow westsailers!i have recently purchased a W32 with Groco seacocks. the seacocks are wired to two anodes on the hull (each about 4x6 in...
Aug 11, 2008 - 04:16 pm - Rene,I have experience with your seacocks. I just bought my W 32 and the discharge head, Groco, was frozen open. All the others pleased to work after ...
Aug 11, 2008 - 04:45 pm - If they are connected to the chainplates, sounds like someone wanted to use the seacocks as a lightning strike dissapater. Bad idea in my opinion.Agre...
Aug 12, 2008 - 06:28 am - thanks randy and budi had a similar experience with the heads discharge, although it gave with a big of elbow grease. i bought some silicone grease, g...
Aug 12, 2008 - 02:24 pm - If you have the Groco seacocks with rubber cones, then they have a Tee handle on the side opposite the handle that operates the seacock. If there is a...
Aug 12, 2008 - 02:57 pm - If I were to replace my Groco seacocks, should I go with bronze or Marlon?
Aug 12, 2008 - 06:30 pm - ReneI believe the nut you talk about is a freeze plug (removed when on the hard for the winter) there should be less than a cup of water in it, when t...
Aug 12, 2008 - 09:19 pm - Bud,I have just purchased Serendipity, a 1974 Westsail 32 with a Delaware registration showing HIN# WSSF01660374. I purchased the boat from Alan Ford....
Aug 13, 2008 - 04:31 am - Ryman,The boat I recently acquired is a 1974, also. The former owner and I spent quite a lot of time searching for the factory serial number, but it w...
Aug 14, 2008 - 01:23 am - Ennis,The hull identification numbers are on the starboard aft end of the boat. If the numbers are about 3/8" high, then the boat was probably lam...
Aug 14, 2008 - 01:28 am - Seacocks. There is a drain plug on the sidewall of the Groco seacock to open in the wintertime with the boat hauled out.I personally do not like Marel...
Aug 14, 2008 - 02:35 pm - Ryman or anyone seeking hull I.D. nnumbers,I did some measurements and seem to recall it is about 18 inches above the waterline and 12 inches from the...
Oct 24, 2008 - 07:17 am - hi everyone,thanks for the feedback and ongoing discussion. "mico verde" is currently on the hard. i haven't seen the seacocks dismantled yet ...

Groco Valve   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 07, 2008 - 08:01 pm - Bud would you happen to have a Groco SV 750 laying around you would like to part with?
May 09, 2008 - 04:16 am - Sorry, I do not have any complete seacocks available. I have some of the bronze bodies, but without the rubber cones. No new rubber cones are availabl...
May 14, 2008 - 12:51 am - Bud--I have all of the other parts I just need SV 750 body. Of course another problem has arisen and unless I can remove the galvinized couplings from...
May 14, 2008 - 02:42 pm - I have some. Call me as I am back in town now after the MD rendezvous and a survey in Maine.

Gult Coast 22 Rudder Modification   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 08, 2005 - 02:35 pm - Bud, I am refurbishing a 69 GulfCoast 22. I have been told it is a good boat only requiring a modification to the rudder. I cannot find any informatio...
Jul 08, 2005 - 06:10 pm - Sorry Jon, I am afraid I cannot help you with this one. I am not familiar with the GulfCoast 22 sailboat.

Hard Dodger   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2004 - 03:39 pm - Hi Bud, have you ever run across any plans for a hard dodger for a 32
Mar 20, 2004 - 11:06 pm - Jim,I have, and have seen some wood ones, fiberglass ones, and one that was fiberglass put over the canvas dodger. I believe that there is a mold avai...
Mar 22, 2004 - 07:01 am - Bud,I am interested and sould like more details and information. What would be the best way to go about contacting him? Feel free to pass on my email ...

Haul Out Checklist?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 11, 2004 - 10:49 pm - We are about to do our very first haulout on our Westsail 43 (Hull #: WSSF30070376 March '76). We were wondering if you have a standard checklist of t...
Oct 25, 2004 - 07:23 pm - Rick,Sorry I have not answered sooner, but I am on vacation in Idaho for the month of October. I do not really have a list of items to check, but the ...

Hawse Pipe Location   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 22, 2009 - 05:10 pm - Bud, I'm preparing to install the new Hawse Pipes you sold me. My boat does not currently have hawse pipes. The only location information I can find i...
Aug 24, 2009 - 05:35 pm - On the bulwarks between the chain locker bulkhead and the first stanchion. Not critical, except to clear these two items.

Hawse Pipe Replacement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 08, 2006 - 03:09 pm - The manual seems pretty clear on how to install new hawse pipes, but not so clear on removing the old ones. Do you just remove all of the screws and p...

Headroom   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 04, 2006 - 05:39 am - We are looking for a W32. We understand the mold was changed around #625. Does this affect the headroom of the later models? What is the headroom of t...
Jan 04, 2006 - 02:32 pm - I have hull #197; I'm six-one and I haven't had any problem with head room at all.
Jan 04, 2006 - 08:20 pm - Thank you Terry.I had assumed that all the cabins were about the same having never been aboard. How much clearence do you have? I'm 6'4"
Jan 05, 2006 - 11:22 pm - I have one of the first of the later models built in 1976. I suspect the headroom could vary slightly depending on the floor level when installed (if ...
Jan 07, 2006 - 05:02 am - Hi Tim,I'm on hull #91 (1973) and we have 6'5.5" in the galley and 6'4.5" at the compression post. The only person who can't stand up is my 6'...
Jan 08, 2006 - 04:01 am - Thanks Christie,Good news, thats just what I was looking for.We are new to this association and the helpful responses are a pleasant surprise. A suppo...
Jan 21, 2006 - 05:05 pm - The boats made with the last deckmold do have more headroom, as there was more crown put into the cabintop when the mold was made. Many of the earlier...

Hi Bud Do You Know Anything About Hull # 392?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 19, 2009 - 10:24 pm - Hi Bud, do you have any knowledge of # 392 it is for sale in Oxnard Ca. And also I am wondering if you are available for a survey if I make an offer. ...
Mar 20, 2009 - 05:38 pm - Jeff,I have W32 #392 Sealegs on my list, owned by Wayne Baldwin. I do not have a current address on him, so do not have any contact information. I do ...
Mar 20, 2009 - 05:46 pm - Thanks Bud,I am going to make an offer in the morning. Here is a link to the YW listing http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/pl_boat_detail.jsp?curr...
Mar 25, 2009 - 04:26 pm - Ok Bud, I did make an offer on #392 but he is stuck on his asking price that may be fair but since I have to factor shipping and my limited budget. I ...
Mar 25, 2009 - 05:37 pm - Jeff, W32 #490 is Makarios, owned by a man in WA, but I do not have a current address for him. If this is the same boat, I believe I sold parts to a p...

Holding Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 16, 2005 - 09:42 pm - Bud,I want to put a holding tank in Robin, our W-32. Is there a best place to locate it? I've found what appear to be holes for hoses leading from the...
Nov 18, 2005 - 02:03 am - I sent you info on holding tanks from my Westsail Service Manual. That should explain your options.

How-To Video   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 29, 2008 - 08:44 pm - Bud,I think that you could make a few bucks if you made a video on the care and handling of Westsails.Frank
Jul 31, 2008 - 01:40 am - I do have a couple of videos available. One is of lowering a tabernacle mast. Another is of cutting and installing a cockpit sole hatch. I also have s...
Jul 31, 2008 - 01:54 am - What I'd like to see is project (like mine to replace the boomkin) in a step-be-step process.I'll do the boomkin one and make it available, if anyone ...
Jul 31, 2008 - 03:53 am - The gross returns from a video for the audience represented by the WOA would be an extremely small fraction of the cost. Now, if someone wants to be r...
Jul 31, 2008 - 06:02 am - Although the idea of a video of changing a roll of toilet paper was tongue-in-cheek, I do thing that a few step-by-step shots during a major project w...
Jul 31, 2008 - 12:52 pm - Bud,I have your mast-lowering video already. Are the others you mentioned for sale as well? They all sound interesting and, if not too expensive, wort...
Jul 31, 2008 - 05:13 pm - Yes, I do have a DVD burner on my computer and can make copies of any of the DVD's that I have. I do charge $10 for a DVD to recoup my costs, and that...
Aug 01, 2008 - 12:06 am - Another way to to this is to share photo's using Picasa from Google. You get a free 1G of space and a small app to install locally on your computer th...
Aug 01, 2008 - 04:12 pm - Bud,I'll contact you back channel about the DVDs. Thanks,-Steve

Hull Blisters   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 26, 2004 - 12:50 pm - Bud - I am looking at a boat ('74 vintage in warm water) that is reported to have 20 - 30 hull blisters which are 3" - 6" in in diameter. Woul...
Mar 27, 2004 - 03:16 am - Mike,A given is that all fiberglass boats will eventually get some blisters, unless the hull was laminated with, or covered with, epoxy or vinylester ...

Hull Drying   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 13, 2005 - 08:57 pm - Bud,The boat I purchased last summer has aprox 100 nickle to quarter sized blisters on each side of the hull. They extend just past the gelcoat into t...
Apr 15, 2005 - 07:01 pm - I would obtain and use a moisture meter before drilling any needless holes in the hull. The moisture meter will tell you any areas of moisture accumul...
Apr 15, 2005 - 09:25 pm - Tom,The hull does have to dry out from the inside of the bilges, as well as from the exterior. Use a moisture meter. Additionally, you might want to d...

Hull Identification Number   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 15, 2004 - 02:50 pm - 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 i...
Jun 17, 2004 - 11:42 pm - Michael,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 unknow...

Hull Insulation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 03, 2004 - 03:23 pm - Bud,Do you sell the ethafoam or volara foam insulation or do you know of any vendors which sell the foam in small amounts? I have looked all over and ...
Nov 04, 2004 - 12:54 am - I just purchased Volara from The Foam Factory http://foambymail.com/ . They sell it by the foot or by the roll. The only thing to note is that if you ...
Nov 04, 2004 - 01:15 pm - Tom,Thanks for the info. Did you glue it to your hull and if so what glue did you use?Jeff
Nov 04, 2004 - 02:10 pm - Has anyone tried Thinsulate? It's hydrophobic and has high R value. I don't know if it's priced for the working class (that would be me) but it is bei...
Nov 04, 2004 - 05:05 pm - It takes a special contact adhesive to glue Volan or Ethafoam to the hull, as nothing likes to stick to it. I have used 3M #4693 contact adhesive, and...
Nov 05, 2004 - 03:38 am - I haven't installed it yet but the folks at foam factory have a couple of recommendations which they also sell. I'd clean the hull with acetone first....
Nov 11, 2004 - 10:42 pm - While I am nor familiar with Volara, I have checked out Ethafoam with the following insight. Sold as an "insulation" product it is surprisingl...
Nov 12, 2004 - 01:12 pm - But as a packaging material are you able to find it with some sort of face on it?
Nov 17, 2004 - 01:53 am - I have never seen Ethafoam with a "face" on it. What do you mean by "face?"
Nov 17, 2004 - 05:50 pm - It is skin on the surface so that you can scratch the surface, and the foam will not tear. Also it can be easily cleaned.Bud
Nov 26, 2004 - 06:23 pm - I just used 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive to apply 1/2 in. Volara on the overhead and hull sides in the v berth. So far so good.
Nov 27, 2004 - 02:04 am - I found a supplier of the ethafoam..... (www.silcom.com/~css ) They sell 75' x 48" x 1/4" rolls of the white for around $82. They also sell th...
Nov 27, 2004 - 05:44 pm - Here is another source for EthaFoam http://www.bobsfoam.com/
Feb 10, 2008 - 01:33 pm - Are there any newer, better options for hull insulation since the last post here (2004?)
Feb 10, 2008 - 04:17 pm - Ethafoam or Volara has always worked well. I don't know of any other material that is reasonably priced and easy to use.
Feb 11, 2008 - 04:41 pm - Good Old Boat had several insulating articles in the last few issues.
Feb 12, 2008 - 03:50 am - I found an outlet for the insulation but have not been able to find the 3m adhesive locally. Any help???
Feb 13, 2008 - 03:17 pm - I am surprised that the supplier of the insulation did not carry the 3M 4693 adhesive. Find some store that carries 3M products, and I bet they can ge...
Feb 13, 2008 - 10:35 pm - 3M lits the product as not for consumer use. This limits availability to more industrial type suppliers. If you can't find it locally their are numero...
Feb 20, 2008 - 10:34 am - Has anyone tried spray-on polyurethane insulation for the hull? There seems to be at least two companies on the net advertising diy two-part foam kits...
Feb 20, 2008 - 04:31 pm - Spray-on foam gets awfully messy unless in a very open workshop area. Not really suitable in the confines of a finished boat.

Hull Liner Delamination?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 14, 2005 - 12:59 am - Bud,While we were headed down the coast from Seattle a couple of years ago with our W32 Chaika we became used to a variety of rigging and hull noises ...
Mar 15, 2005 - 03:27 pm - I have not heard of that particular problem before. The cabin sole liner should be bonded to the hull, but it may have come loose. You would need to c...

Hull Number 425 "kabuki" Does Anyone Know Some History?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 14, 2007 - 08:29 am - Paul and I purchased Kabuki in March, we were just wondering if anyone out there new a little history about Her. Apparently she did have another name....
Oct 14, 2007 - 01:45 pm - Wendy,I have two listings (other than yours) in the membership roster for your boat, all with the name Kabuki. The first isJohn Lelak and Linda Ojajar...
Oct 14, 2007 - 01:46 pm - opps, this is the Ask Bud section!
Oct 22, 2007 - 12:20 am - Wendy and Paul, My records show that you are the fifth owners, the boat was built from a kit, and still has the original name. The first owner was Phi...
Oct 23, 2007 - 02:24 am - Thanks Bud, I thought Ross said the name had been changed. We are happy with Her as she is,but I was just curious.Thanks again Wendy

Hull Numbers And Production   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 26, 2006 - 08:52 am - Hi Bud, I was hoping you could clarify a couple of things. My W32 is a WSSK hull number 723 built Dec 76. It is the new mould with rounded cabin top a...
Jul 26, 2006 - 08:52 am - Hi Bud, I was hoping you could clarify a couple of things. My W32 is a WSSK hull number 723 built Dec 76. It is the new mould with rounded cabin top a...
Jul 30, 2006 - 02:02 am - Rod, I think the number was read incorrectly on W32 #616, and should be 0176. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between an 6 and an 8.Since boats we...
Jul 30, 2006 - 02:02 am - Rod, I think the number was read incorrectly on W32 #616, and should be 0176. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between an 6 and an 8.Since boats we...
Jul 30, 2006 - 12:55 pm - Bud, so the info I have on my boat is:Factory Finished #38 - Year Built: 1972Hull No. WSSF 0611 0177 This is before the hulls were numbered, but this ...
Jul 30, 2006 - 12:55 pm - Bud, so the info I have on my boat is:Factory Finished #38 - Year Built: 1972Hull No. WSSF 0611 0177 This is before the hulls were numbered, but this ...
Jul 30, 2006 - 07:41 pm - Peter, Your boat was built before the Coast Guard required a full manufacturers hull identification number (HIN) to be engraved on the exterior of the...
Jul 30, 2006 - 07:41 pm - Peter, Your boat was built before the Coast Guard required a full manufacturers hull identification number (HIN) to be engraved on the exterior of the...
Jul 31, 2006 - 12:31 am - Bud,So how did it turn out that #38 was one of he first 4 built? Does that mean there were numerous bare hulls and sail away models and #38 was the fo...
Jul 31, 2006 - 12:31 am - Bud,So how did it turn out that #38 was one of he first 4 built? Does that mean there were numerous bare hulls and sail away models and #38 was the fo...
Jul 31, 2006 - 03:02 pm - Because when Westsail took over from Kendall, there were already 31 boats built by Kendall from a hull only. Westsail built a wood deck and house on h...
Jul 31, 2006 - 03:02 pm - Because when Westsail took over from Kendall, there were already 31 boats built by Kendall from a hull only. Westsail built a wood deck and house on h...
Jul 31, 2006 - 04:39 pm - Ah, thanks, I didn't know there were that many Kendalls out there.
Jul 31, 2006 - 04:39 pm - Ah, thanks, I didn't know there were that many Kendalls out there.
Aug 01, 2006 - 06:30 am - Thanks for the clarification Bud. I had heard rumours that due to the financial problems Westsail experienced around '76 , '77 that some of the hulls ...
Aug 01, 2006 - 06:30 am - Thanks for the clarification Bud. I had heard rumours that due to the financial problems Westsail experienced around '76 , '77 that some of the hulls ...
Aug 01, 2006 - 11:12 am - Speaking of hull numbers. Does the coast guard require the number to remain visible? I am preparing to fair and paint my hull and it seems the stamp i...
Aug 01, 2006 - 11:12 am - Speaking of hull numbers. Does the coast guard require the number to remain visible? I am preparing to fair and paint my hull and it seems the stamp i...
Aug 01, 2006 - 10:48 pm - Tom, Yes, it is a requirement for the number to remain visible. Most people mask off the area where the number is located before fairing and painting.
Aug 01, 2006 - 10:48 pm - Tom, Yes, it is a requirement for the number to remain visible. Most people mask off the area where the number is located before fairing and painting.
Aug 09, 2006 - 02:31 am - Bud, I thought I read somewhere that the hull numbers were not necessarily unique between the East and West coasts (in other words, two boats might ha...
Aug 09, 2006 - 02:31 am - Bud, I thought I read somewhere that the hull numbers were not necessarily unique between the East and West coasts (in other words, two boats might ha...
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:17 am - Michael, The numbers were issued by the Costa Mesa plant, and the NC plant was assigned blocks of numbers to use that were different from those used i...
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:17 am - Michael, The numbers were issued by the Costa Mesa plant, and the NC plant was assigned blocks of numbers to use that were different from those used i...
Aug 29, 2009 - 12:46 pm - BUD,I CAN'T FIND A SERIAl NUMBER ON MY 1974 WESTSAIL 32. THE REGISTRATION FROM THE PRIOR OWNER, ALAN FORD, LISTS THE VESSEL NAME AS SERENDIPITY AND TH...
Aug 29, 2009 - 12:46 pm - BUD,I CAN'T FIND A SERIAl NUMBER ON MY 1974 WESTSAIL 32. THE REGISTRATION FROM THE PRIOR OWNER, ALAN FORD, LISTS THE VESSEL NAME AS SERENDIPITY AND TH...
Aug 29, 2009 - 05:11 pm - Yes, Bud, I agree wholehearedly. I masked off the area before painting and that was definitely the way to go. My 1974 serial numbers (NC plant) are cr...
Aug 29, 2009 - 05:11 pm - Yes, Bud, I agree wholehearedly. I masked off the area before painting and that was definitely the way to go. My 1974 serial numbers (NC plant) are cr...
Aug 29, 2009 - 09:06 pm - Ryman, My records show that the number is correct, except for the F being a K. That would denote that the hull was laminated for a kit buyer. I show a...
Aug 29, 2009 - 09:06 pm - Ryman, My records show that the number is correct, except for the F being a K. That would denote that the hull was laminated for a kit buyer. I show a...
Aug 29, 2009 - 09:25 pm - Oh, by the way, Bud, did you ever see any serial numbers starting with "WWSF..." (two W's, instead of one) on a W32?
Aug 29, 2009 - 09:25 pm - Oh, by the way, Bud, did you ever see any serial numbers starting with "WWSF..." (two W's, instead of one) on a W32?
Aug 30, 2009 - 05:50 am - BUD,THANKS FOR THE HULL ID INFO ON SERENDIPITY. AS BEST I CAN TELL, THE INTERIOR OF THE BOAT APPEARS TO BE FACTORY FINISHED. THE EXTERIOR DOES HAVE ON...
Aug 30, 2009 - 05:50 am - BUD,THANKS FOR THE HULL ID INFO ON SERENDIPITY. AS BEST I CAN TELL, THE INTERIOR OF THE BOAT APPEARS TO BE FACTORY FINISHED. THE EXTERIOR DOES HAVE ON...
Aug 30, 2009 - 03:19 pm - Ennis, I would not worry about the size of the numbers. Just make them at least 3/8" high. The Coast Guard requirement is that they be visible and...
Aug 30, 2009 - 03:19 pm - Ennis, I would not worry about the size of the numbers. Just make them at least 3/8" high. The Coast Guard requirement is that they be visible and...
Aug 30, 2009 - 03:29 pm - Randy, I have not seen a hull number starting out with WW, but that is not to say it was not possible. Depends on if the person using the lettering ma...
Aug 30, 2009 - 03:29 pm - Randy, I have not seen a hull number starting out with WW, but that is not to say it was not possible. Depends on if the person using the lettering ma...
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:23 am - The good stuff must have been really good. Haha.Thanks for the info, great as usual, and, I might add, quite entertaining.
Aug 31, 2009 - 12:23 am - The good stuff must have been really good. Haha.Thanks for the info, great as usual, and, I might add, quite entertaining.
Aug 31, 2009 - 07:08 pm - Mine appears to be a factory finished boat but there must have some indecision at the time of layup, it has neither K nor F. (WSS02210774)scott
Aug 31, 2009 - 07:08 pm - Mine appears to be a factory finished boat but there must have some indecision at the time of layup, it has neither K nor F. (WSS02210774)scott
Aug 31, 2009 - 08:58 pm - Scott, Must have been that new guy that did your label.
Aug 31, 2009 - 08:58 pm - Scott, Must have been that new guy that did your label.

Hull Paint   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2005 - 05:33 am - I'm looking at repainting my 32 (1976/flush deck) I've heard you mention what color was used at the factory ( it's not really white, not really ivory...
Oct 15, 2005 - 06:49 pm - It was originally Ivory gelcoat, made by Ferro. Probably faded to a more white color by now.

Hull To Deck Joint; Post #625 Hull   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 22, 2006 - 01:29 pm - Bud,I read in your manual, I think, that at the time Westsail increased the headroom in its 32, it also changed the hull making technique. Seems they ...
Sep 24, 2006 - 12:44 am - The later boats did have a one piece hull, which eliminated the gelcoat touchup on the centerline seam. The layup was the same. The hull to deck joint...
Sep 25, 2006 - 01:23 am - Except on the East coast facility, those were all two piece.
May 07, 2008 - 06:30 pm - Can this be better clarified for me? How do I determine where my hull came from (WSSK 0442 0775)?If the later boats (which I read to mean all boats af...
May 07, 2008 - 08:53 pm - Balance,Hulls from around #100-625 on the west coast were laid up as if someone cut the boat down the centerline. Then they were glassed together. So ...
May 08, 2008 - 04:23 pm - OK, thanks, that clears that up, but the hull to deck joint is the same on all WS32's?I'm gathering that some of us have a void under the cap rail and...
May 09, 2008 - 04:12 am - Hull #442 would have a two piece hull, and a fiberglass flange on the hull to bolt the deck to. Check out Page D-2 of my Westsail Service Manual to un...
May 09, 2008 - 10:55 pm - First of all, please understand that the manual makes my eyes cross.Now, IF, I've read it all correctly, my hull has the centerline seam and the hull ...
May 10, 2008 - 06:01 pm - Hi Balance:http://picasaweb.google.com/jaybietzTo clarify the cap rail leaking issues on Pygmalion #567 use the link above and choose the album Cap ra...
May 10, 2008 - 09:19 pm - It will leak if the sealant has failed in the joint between the edge of the deck flange and the hull. The caprail can be removed and the gap recaulked...
May 12, 2008 - 07:22 pm - Jay, thanks for the pictures. They remind me of an unanswered question for you. Where did you get your propane lockers? They are obviously custom made...
May 12, 2008 - 07:30 pm - Jay, I sent you an email.

I'm Back   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 23, 2007 - 01:00 am - I got back on Tuesday evening, February 20. Had a great trip, but we had calm seas all the way. Even out to Robinson Carusoe Island, and to the Falkla...
Feb 23, 2007 - 02:03 pm - Welcome back, Bud. We missed you.
Feb 24, 2007 - 03:59 pm - Calm seas at Cape Horn,You are a blessed man. Or did you really want those greybeard seas as you say?Glad you got on the right ship and had a safe tri...
Feb 24, 2007 - 07:18 pm - Frankly, I wanted to see this 578', 22,000 ton cruise ship stick its bow into the waves around Cape Horn, and have the water come up over the foredeck...

I.d. And Significance Of Sail Away Kit Plan   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 17, 2007 - 12:52 am - Bud,Could you tell me what the sail away plan was and how one may be able to determine whether a particular hull was finished out to that extent from ...
Jun 18, 2007 - 11:41 pm - Bud,Thanks for the help today. No need to respond again here, as far as I'm concerned. Just for the benefit of the group I understand more now, that t...

Ice Box Drain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 28, 2008 - 11:30 am - Bud, do you know the size of the hose needed for the ice box drain?

Illana   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 25, 2005 - 06:10 pm - I'm looking at a 32 currently named Illana, with the thought of buying her as a retirement boat. Does anyone know anything about her? I don't have the...
Sep 25, 2005 - 10:21 pm - On my list of about 800 or so Westsaail 32's, I do not have one named Iliana. Need the hull number, a previous name, or previous owners names. The hul...
Oct 11, 2005 - 05:01 am - Sorry, I got the named wrong -- it's Inalla, formerly Ciao Bello. I don't have the hull number, but can get it. It's current owner is Steve Coyne. Wit...
Oct 15, 2005 - 06:52 pm - Yours is hull #197 WSSK 0197 0674.

Initial Rig Tuning WS42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 05, 2007 - 05:44 pm - I own hull #24. She is cutter rigged. When I bought the boat the mast was noticably leaning forward about 2-3 degrees. Is that right? I have a basic u...

Installing Radar And Wind Generator On Poles   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 21, 2005 - 09:19 pm - I want to install both a radar on a pole and a wind generator. I looks like they have to go on the wood brace to clear the boom. It looks like the bla...

Interior Dimensions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 07, 2009 - 02:23 pm - I thought I had asked this question already, but apparently I didn't. Is there somewhere I can look that will give me interior dimensions on the W32? ...
Apr 07, 2009 - 05:34 pm - The W32 CD is of the Westsail factory construction manual, and does have lots of dimensions and diagrams. I can make a copy of the CD and mail it for ...
Apr 07, 2009 - 07:47 pm - Thanks, I sent you an email.
Apr 11, 2009 - 02:22 am - i recieved the CD today, thanks. If you didn't get the payment let me know.Thanks again for your help.

Interior Varnish On Factory Westsails?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 21, 2004 - 03:52 pm - I want/need to do a little touch up on the interior mahogany/teak in the high traffic areas, i.e. places like the most inboard side of the icebox, com...
Nov 21, 2004 - 10:01 pm - Westsail never did use any varnish on the interior. They used oil, sometimes Watco, and sometimes a clear oil. It was much more expedient to oil the i...

Interior Woodwork   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 06, 2006 - 05:34 am - Bud, do you know of any good, cheap labor in the Alamitos Bay area for finishing out my dad's W32 interior? It just needs a few mahogany or teak trim ...
Apr 09, 2006 - 04:54 pm - Lori, I don't know of anyone at Alamitos Bay, however there is an excellent person working out of the downtown Long Beach Marina. He did an superb job...
Apr 19, 2006 - 03:16 am - Thanks!!!!And my lungs/sinuses thank you too. After three surgeries, I'd rather not inhale too many fumes and fine dust....

Is It Really That Bad?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 16, 2006 - 12:42 am - I really like the safety/design/aura/size of the W32. I really like everything I?ve heard about them except for the performance issue. I?ll be frank i...
Jul 16, 2006 - 01:21 am - You might check out the PNW rendezvous in Poulsbo over Labor Day weekend for some firsthand looking, Q&A, and maybe even snag a test ride...
Jul 16, 2006 - 11:26 am - Nathaniel, I am a very INEXPERIENCED sailor having bought my W32 just 2 years ago. It was the first boat I had ever sailed and have now only sailed 15...
Jul 17, 2006 - 11:38 pm - Good day Nathaniel:I see you are looking to others for your information. In doing so you are getting it second hand which is always second rate.I have...
Jul 23, 2006 - 02:31 pm - Hi Nathaniel,I have only owned my W-32 for two summer seasons. I previously owned a Ranger 33, Pearson 33 and now the W-32. The Ranger was the fastest...

Is This Boat A Relative Of Westsail, Or...Worldcruiser?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 17, 2008 - 04:13 am - I saw this boat in Cornucopia, WI on the south shore of Lake Superior. The bow profile looks alot like a Westsail. The bowsprit and platform, cranze i...
Oct 17, 2008 - 10:30 pm - No, it is not a Westsail. I recall the design, but have to check my files to verify the name and builder.
Oct 19, 2008 - 05:53 am - Looks like a Golden Hind 31.Kevin
Oct 20, 2008 - 05:48 am - It does look a bit like a Golden Hind, but this boat doesn't have an outboard rudder or raised cabin that I could see. It's a fiberglass boat, about 3...
Oct 24, 2008 - 01:42 am - The boat is a Safari 37, designed by Klaus Grohnert, and built in Costa Mesa by Safari Marine. I believe they only built a few of them. I believe that...
Oct 24, 2008 - 04:05 pm - Wow, a Westsail schooner, I'd love to see a photo of that.
Oct 24, 2008 - 04:07 pm - Michael, It is on my website under W42 boats for sale.
Oct 29, 2008 - 02:28 pm - Thanks, that looked pretty cool. Good job!
Nov 03, 2008 - 12:35 am - Is the Islander 44 listed on Yachtworld one of your schooners?
Nov 03, 2008 - 04:58 pm - I contacted that owner and found it was not one of the two I built. He used the original Islander deck, and we built our own deck on both boats. Also ...
Feb 01, 2009 - 12:28 am - Bud,Does the schooner rig shorten the mast heights versus a ketch rig? I have wondered about upgrading to a W42 some day, but I unless I keep a boat s...
Feb 01, 2009 - 05:51 am - I'll let Bud answer officially, but my experience with schooners is that they have a significantly shorter boom dimension, and, I would assume, to kee...
Feb 01, 2009 - 08:05 pm - The schooner I built should have that bridge clearance, maybe. We used a 50' W42 mainmast, and it is mounted on the cockpit floor, which is probably o...

Jib Sheet Track Removal   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 07, 2007 - 03:45 pm - Hi: (Westsail 32 #567)I have 21 of the 25 5/16 SS PH MS from the stbd jig track removed for resealing (rain water leaks into the lockers below).I plan...
Jan 08, 2007 - 12:52 am - Jay, That should work, but what are you going to do with the WENCH that you have hidden behind the fuel tank. My advice is to be kind to her.
Jan 08, 2007 - 03:37 am - You mean these boats are supposed to come with a wench??? I got hornswaggled and bamboozled!
Jan 09, 2007 - 01:27 pm - Jay,If the riser on the track is not integral you can cut the bolts off by running a sawzall between the track and the riser then just tap the bolts t...
Jan 10, 2007 - 01:38 am - Hi:SHH! please don't tell my wife about the wench -- she'll know why I'm at the boat all the time!!Tom: The track lays right on the teak cap rail - so...
Jan 10, 2007 - 01:27 pm - JayA neat trick for installing the bolts is to countersink the hole in the wooden rail which effectively makes a cup to hold more caulk.Jeff
Jan 13, 2007 - 08:03 pm - Jay, Instead of dealing with all of the bolts and nuts, seal all the old holes. Move the track so that you have new fastening locations, and pilot dri...
Jan 14, 2007 - 02:47 pm - Bud and Jeff, et al:Well, we were at the boat yesterday and I didn't see Bud's message until this am -- so we reinstalled in the same location and the...
Feb 01, 2007 - 01:16 am - Resealing the genoa track did NOT fix the leak. I was at the boat on Sunday and had wet compartments again. Dried off the track and cap rail (rain) an...
Feb 04, 2007 - 02:02 pm - Update on the sealing experiment.Saturday, I drill 4 3/8 holes just outboard of the Genoa track and centered around the leak and low area of the cap r...
Feb 06, 2007 - 03:39 pm - Interesting idea. The only thing I might suggest (and I know you didn't ask would be to drill and fill one hole at a time, then you might be able to f...
Feb 13, 2007 - 02:00 pm - Update: The drilling and filling failed to do more the slow the rain leaks in one area. I'll have to remove the cap rail to really fix the leaking. Ma...
Feb 13, 2007 - 08:13 pm - Jay,If you're going to replace the caprail you may want to put a slight crown in her; ala Tayana 37's. Worth looking at. Then any water will run off e...
Feb 14, 2007 - 12:40 am - Dave,Sounds like you are suggesting that the inside half of the teak cap rail is planed to slope down toward the center line of the boat -- sounds doa...
Feb 14, 2007 - 07:51 pm - Jay,Find a Tayana 37. They have a crown to their caprails. Not a skew. The top center is higher than the edges. Don't really know how this will look b...

Keel Offset For In-hull Transducer?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 30, 2009 - 05:32 am - Hey Bud, I think this one's for you... Dig out those old blueprints?!I've just installed a Hawkeye, in-hull depth transducer- at a position maybe 6...
Jul 30, 2009 - 01:26 pm - 3'-6" from cabin sole to bottom of keel. Now give me a hard one to figure out.
Jul 30, 2009 - 02:41 pm - Hah! Thanks Bud~

Kendall Versus Westsail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 12, 2004 - 06:52 pm - Hi,I see that a Kendall 32 is being sold on yachtworld. Is there any difference in the construction of a Kendall boat as opposed to a Westsail.
Aug 12, 2004 - 07:26 pm - Yes there is. Most of the Kendall boats were built with a flush deck, and maybe a small trunk cabin, and a well fore and aft. There were only about 30...

Lashing Spreader Tip   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 17, 2009 - 10:27 am - Morning Bud, How do I properly lash the tip of the spreader to the upper shroud and with what?Thanks for your assistance Bud.Jean
Sep 17, 2009 - 05:33 pm - Stainless steel wire works fine if you have a spreader tip with a shallow notch, and holes through the tip to pass the wire.If you have the round tip ...
Sep 17, 2009 - 06:10 pm - Presently there is a hole will a bolt through the spreader, but what keeps it from either moving up or down?
Sep 17, 2009 - 10:35 pm - By installing a vinyl boot over the tip, and taping it to the spreader and the wire, it will hold the tip in place.
Sep 18, 2009 - 06:23 pm - Jean:You could also use ss or monel wire and sieze the spreader to the wire.About 8 tight turns right above the spreader then figure eight through the...
Sep 21, 2009 - 12:58 am - Norm and Bud, thanks for your advice.Cheers,jean

Later Models   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 15, 2007 - 12:50 pm - Hi Bud, I wonder if you could tell me how many of the later model W32's with the rounded cabin top were made and whether they all have the same modifi...
Apr 15, 2007 - 02:59 pm - Rod, Westsail built that last set of molds with the changes you noted, after about #630 or so. Can't say exactly though. The other change was a one pi...
Apr 15, 2007 - 08:47 pm - Hi Bud,My vessel is hull 809. Do you know the last number built?
Apr 16, 2007 - 08:26 am - thanks for the reply Bud. I didn't know about the bowsprit riser, aperture fairing or boss being different but can now see them on my W32.
Apr 16, 2007 - 11:22 pm - Don, My list of numbers runs pretty consistent up to #810, then jumps to #825, with none in-between, or beyond with a Westsail number. I do have nine ...

Lazarette Hatch Ventilation For Engine?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 03, 2009 - 06:22 pm - Hi, Bud,Just thought I remembered you saying that there should have been a block of wood under the lazarette hatch to provide ventilation for that hot...
Sep 04, 2009 - 01:19 am - Don't mean to butt in here but we installed an exhaust fan that vents out through the bullwork and the engine runs about 8 degrees cooler and the cabi...
Sep 04, 2009 - 04:47 am - Thanks Don for the info. You say the fan vents through the bullwork: where would that be exactly? I don't understand that detail. My boat has a hole i...
Sep 04, 2009 - 01:38 pm - When clearing out the crap from my boat I discovered a small blower attached to a short 1x6 with angled ends, as though it was meant to wedge into the...
Sep 04, 2009 - 11:31 pm - Randy,We installed an inspection port forward of the aft hawse pipe that we unscrew when we want to vent. We placed the fan as high as we could in the...
Sep 05, 2009 - 04:47 pm - I installed a solar-powered Nicro vent on the lazerette hatch on my W28.
Sep 06, 2009 - 02:34 am - Pygmalion has a ~3" squarrel(sp) cage fan that pulls air from the ER into the cockpit.It's on with the engine - runs all the time. Does keep the e...
Sep 06, 2009 - 01:08 pm - Perhaps I could consider doing a combination of the above. There's already a hole cut in the cockpit for an old fan installation. I could rig it for a...
Sep 07, 2009 - 02:49 pm - There are many ways to accomplish getting more air into the engine compartment. Westsail took the simply solution originally by putting blocks of wood...
Sep 09, 2009 - 07:49 am - My partner Paul went for an option similar to the original. He designed some wooden blocks that sit on all four corners of the hatch base, but can be ...
Sep 09, 2009 - 02:34 pm - I installed a nicro solar vent in a hole behind the laz hatch. It draws air out.I also put a solar vent in one of my anchor pipes when the boat is sto...
Oct 05, 2009 - 01:26 pm - Bud, it appears that the later model deck mold has a vent gap built into the aft lazarette. I have a bilge blower mounted in the aft lazarette which m...
Oct 05, 2009 - 02:20 pm - Well, Bud,Got to hand it to your Westsail engineering once again. On rechecking my hatch (for the umpteenth time), I found a perfect spacing allowed b...

Lazarette Vents   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 17, 2004 - 05:35 pm - I have 2 vents, one on each side of my lazarette. They are screewable and have about 5 inches of diameter. Here in Canada I cannot find those, I wish ...
Sep 20, 2004 - 04:37 pm - Are the vents plastic, sheet brass or stainless, or cast bronze? There were a few different manufacturers of vents used on the boats. They may have be...
Sep 27, 2004 - 10:18 pm - They are soft plastic and the screw is aluminium.Since I'm french speaking, what do you mean by ABIThank's
Sep 28, 2004 - 12:24 am - 'ABI' refers to ABI Marine, a manufacturer of marine hardware. Here is a link to their ventilation products:http://www.abimarine.com/ventilation.htmNo...

Lead Keel   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 18, 2009 - 01:12 pm - Hi Bud, On Sapphire WS32 #703 I have drilled and drained water from the keel. I have removed the covering over cast lead keel which had seperated from...
Oct 19, 2009 - 12:39 am - John: For the rest of us - can you take photos and record the process and results of your repair?
Oct 26, 2009 - 03:15 pm - If the factory installed the ballast, I am surprised that they did not fill in around it.I would recommend mixing a filler material with the resin to ...
Oct 27, 2009 - 07:30 pm - Bud: After my boat has dried out all summer the California storm of 10/13 left a few inches in the bilge. The rudder holes are weeping water again. Th...
Oct 27, 2009 - 10:50 pm - Apparently there is a break in the fiberglass covering the ballast, probably in the sump area. Try blowing air back into the rudder holes that are wee...
Nov 09, 2009 - 12:28 pm - The keel on Sapphire is now encapsulated. Required 13 gal of epoxy mixed with 10 lbs of micro fibers. Then a new fiberglass floor over the keel. Had a...
Nov 09, 2009 - 05:42 pm - John,Thanks for the update on your procedure. I am sure you took care of the problem.
Nov 09, 2009 - 05:55 pm - Bud,Does that mean I messed up when I drilled through the fiberglass and into the underlying lead to mount the bilge pumps and float switch in the sum...
Nov 09, 2009 - 08:58 pm - No, just put some caulking around the fasteners. Or better yet, pull the fasteners, put a drop of caulking into the hole, then reset the fasteners.Act...
Nov 09, 2009 - 09:11 pm - Even better mount the pump and switch to a thin sheet of aluminum or acrylic so that you can lift it up and clean it when it gets fouled.
Nov 09, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Another step forward, two steps back.Will I ever get done refixing things I thought I fixed already?Great ideas, thanks. I think I'll go with the plan...
Nov 10, 2009 - 12:25 am - From a stainless steel garden, naturally.

Leaking Caprail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 22, 2006 - 08:14 pm - We have caulked and cetoled and everything we can think of to keep the water out of everything. Any suggestions? We are actually thinking of removing ...
Sep 22, 2006 - 10:44 pm - Linda and Michael,Would you mind sharing with me what year model and hull number you are dealing with? I'm in the market for a 32 and trying to get gu...
Sep 23, 2006 - 12:45 pm - Where exactly are you seeing the leaks? Other potential places of entry are: rubrail screws, beneath caprail and through bolt holes (caulk edge)scuppe...
Sep 24, 2006 - 12:55 am - If anyone decides to remove the caprail to better seal the hull to deck joint, it is a better idea to use 5200 or polysulphide rather than fiberglass....
Sep 24, 2006 - 11:00 am - You may not have to go to the trouble of removing your caprail (BIG job!).I had a chronic portside aft caprail leak since the day I bought my Westsail...
Dec 14, 2006 - 04:52 pm - I'm in the process of resealing my hull-deck joint. When I pulled the caprail I found dry cracked poly. I'm replacing it with a two-part polysulfide t...
Dec 24, 2006 - 08:34 am - Bill thanks for the great photos on your website of the caprail repair. I was going to suggest in this thread that there was no need to remove the cap...
Aug 13, 2008 - 09:25 pm - Bud,The caprail on the 1974 Westsail 32 that I just purchased has some serious damage and will need to be replaced. Do you have a source for the bow a...
Aug 13, 2008 - 10:39 pm - They aren't steam bent. They are cut from 16/4 teak. That'll be fun to find!
Aug 14, 2008 - 01:14 am - It is hard to find the thick teak to bandsaw out the pieces. I have the complete procedure for the caprail construction available in the Westsail 32 c...
Aug 15, 2008 - 05:05 pm - Ennis,You can get thick teak from Maritime Wood Products. Look in the IPE for exterior wood discussion under the In The Yard section. There is a link ...

Leveling Hull...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 17, 2008 - 12:05 am - We want to ensure that the boat is set level to the waterline so when we start working on it we can build the interior level. Where should we measure ...
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:47 am - Neil,The easiest way is to use water in a hose. You can either use a garden hose filled with water and position the ends at bow and stern, or buy 40 f...
Jun 18, 2008 - 05:27 pm - The water level sounds great but how do you assure the boat is blocked to match it's true orientation in the water? Is the waterline parallel to the b...
Jun 19, 2008 - 12:03 am - Block it so the water line is level. Assuming the boat will ride on her lines this will make your interior level.
Jun 19, 2008 - 12:40 am - Scott,You use the water line to loop all the way from gunnel port to gunnel starboard and fill it with water until it is level on both sides.rich
Jun 19, 2008 - 01:36 am - I think Scott's question is "Where's the waterline?" On an unpainted hull it's not marked so there has to be a reference line somewhere to loc...
Jun 20, 2008 - 12:27 pm - bud has measurements and I think they are in the construction manual. this gives the measurement of how much higher the caprail at the bow is over the...
Jun 21, 2008 - 01:55 am - I am in Idaho "sailing" our condo, but I will answer anyway. The hull should have a scribe mark on it for the waterline. Use the bottom of the...

Lexan Or Plexiglass For Hatch Covers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 04, 2008 - 03:18 pm - Bud,Yesterday my hammock broke and I cracked my head on the Nicro fan on the V-berth hatch cover. My head is OK but the 25x25x0.5 inch transparent hat...
Feb 04, 2008 - 04:23 pm - If you are going to put on the teak strips, then It does not matter. Without the strips, the 1/4" material will flex and possibly crack. If you us...
Oct 09, 2009 - 01:05 am - Hi, Bud,I have a forward hatch that looks like tired plexiglass/Lexan under teak strips. Now that I'm an expert hatch rebuilder, having completed the ...
Oct 09, 2009 - 03:59 pm - My Dad always said "If it's not broke, don't fix it".However, if the caulking is bad, the plex cracked, or the hatch leaking, then put in a ne...
Oct 12, 2009 - 10:56 pm - I'm listening to your dad, Bud. After re-examining I decided it twarn't broke.

Lifting A W32 Onto A Cradle   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 17, 2005 - 12:55 pm - I'm making arrangements to have my "new" W32 transported from it's backwoods retreat in MI down to a heated barn in IN where I can restore it....
Sep 17, 2005 - 09:16 pm - Usually the cradles do not have a coutinuous beam running fore and aft under the keel. They have cross beams that the keel sits on, and areas between ...
Sep 17, 2005 - 09:18 pm - I have a drawing of the steel cradle that Westsail used, if you want a copy. I can send it as an email attachment if you send me an email.

Liner In W42 Engine Room   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 08, 2005 - 06:29 pm - the liner in the engine room on our W42 has a well below the engine which is obviously for catching oil and diesel and other nasties. forward of this ...
Mar 10, 2005 - 07:28 pm - That other well was usually used to contain the waterlift muffler when a Perkins 4-236 engine was installed. There usually was a 3/8" to 1/2" ...

LOA Or LOD   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 13, 2004 - 08:22 pm - Sometimes I see the W32 listed as 32 LOA, Sometimes it is listed as 32 LOD. Which is correct?
May 13, 2004 - 09:02 pm - It's 32 LOD. Right at 40 feet LOA. When you try to put a W32 into a 32 foot slip, you learn these things. Don't ask how I know.Ken Schatz
May 18, 2004 - 01:31 am - When transiting through the Panama canal , overall measurement came to 43 1/2 feet! That included windvane.
May 20, 2004 - 04:19 pm - We are 43 feet over all also, (windvane)Richs/v Jasmine
May 20, 2004 - 09:14 pm - Right you are! I didn't have the windvane when I measured. I have one now and it's 43 feet!Ken
May 24, 2004 - 05:02 pm - If you are now measuring 43 ft, do you have to use a 50 ft slip to dock your boats? I'm considering purchase of a Westsail and am curious what the sli...
May 25, 2004 - 01:54 am - My slip is 19 by 48 and accepts up to 44 foot boats. We fit neatly. Next step down is 16 by 38 (34 foot accepted) and we can't fit. Difference in pric...
Feb 14, 2006 - 12:39 am - The W32 is 32' 'Length Over All'. This is the length from stem to stern of the solid boat. The USCG documentation stuff is definitive about this. Visu...

Locked Thru-hull   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2005 - 09:23 pm - The thru-hull to my sink has locked up and I don't know how to get it working again. I am afraid to put too much pressure on it for fear of hurting th...
Mar 10, 2005 - 07:07 pm - When you say the butterfly type, I assume it is a Wilcox seacock, that has a small ear on one side, with a hole in it, and a nut on the opposite side....

Looking For My Old Boat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 14, 2006 - 02:57 am - Hello, Bud! My name is Kelly Nicholson...used to be Kelly Covington. I used to own a Westsail-32 with my ex-husband. We sold it & I have not been ...
Feb 15, 2006 - 12:56 am - My records show that Ed had the boat in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, then sold it to a Canadian by the name of Alan McMackin. I sold a number of parts to Ed ...

Lubrication In Tiller Box?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 09, 2009 - 01:38 am - I have a new tiller from you. The old one is of questionable integrity despite my best efforts to salvage it.The old tiller was laminated layers of te...
Oct 09, 2009 - 03:55 pm - Randy, I do not think having grease in there makes any difference. I recommend formica for shims because it is thin, and easily cut and glued in place...

Main Sheet Location   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 23, 2007 - 06:03 am - I am in the process of having a dodger installed. The mainsheet track sits forward of the cockpit in front of the companion way. I would like to exten...
Dec 24, 2007 - 11:47 pm - I have pictures and parts available for either location for the mainsheet. They are well described in the current edition of my Westsail Service Manua...

Mainsail Track   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 30, 2006 - 06:23 pm - My 1972 W32 (hull #42) has the external type main mast track, square in profile, riveted to the mast. The sail slides are the plastic 7/8" (if I ...
May 01, 2006 - 10:54 pm - If you send me a drawing of the track, I may be able to find you a piece. I surveyed the boat in 2003, and noted it was a Sparcraft mast. They are no ...
May 04, 2006 - 07:19 pm - Thanks, I will do that soon as I can.
Jun 19, 2006 - 10:31 am - Gerald, You can contact me, I've replaced my entire track and have it sitting around not knowing what to do with the old. I'm in FL and if you want it...
Jun 20, 2006 - 01:48 am - Dave, Sorry, but I have so much junk in the garage and storage shed now, that the wife threatens to throw me out along with all my stuff.

Mast Assending Steps & Mainsail Track System   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 25, 2007 - 01:46 am - Bud, you sent us a photo and dimensions of the mast ascending steps that you offer. We like the enclosed SS model. I made a mock prototype and there i...
Aug 28, 2007 - 11:07 pm - Sorry, that is the only size of stainless closed step that I know of. You could bend the straps out some at the end of the teak tread, then back in. T...
Sep 04, 2007 - 11:17 am - There is a good article on mainsail mast tracks in the September, 2007 issue of Latitudes and Attitudes.
Sep 05, 2007 - 12:23 am - Have you heard anything Pro or Con about TidesMarine's "Strong Sail Track". Their low friction sail track is made of a UHMW-PE material which ...
Sep 16, 2007 - 04:40 pm - I have a copy of the article, scanned in if you need it.
Sep 21, 2007 - 12:12 am - Yes, thank you that would be greatly appreciated. Can you post it here or would it be easier to send it to us at jdkaiser2928@sbcglobal.net.

Mast Lowering   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 15, 2008 - 02:27 pm - Bud,Do you know the approximate weight of the mast on a W28? Also, you once offered a video of the mast-lowering procedure. I'd be interested in seein...
Jan 17, 2008 - 07:09 pm - Steve, I do have the lowering procedure available on a CD. Contact me directly.Not sure what the W28 mast weighs.
Feb 17, 2008 - 05:24 am - Steve, I have not raised my mast yet since I just reattached the chainplates recently and have started work on installing my "new" used Kubota...
Feb 18, 2008 - 05:20 pm - Thanks, George. That's helpful. I was concerned that I'd get the thing down and then need and army (navy?) to move it anywhere. Sounds like two people...
Feb 20, 2008 - 02:22 am - Normally you should remove the standing rigging from the mast before you start to move it. That lightens the load considerably.

Mast Slapping Noise   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 09, 2009 - 04:03 am - Bud,I am experiencing a slapping noise coming from inside the mast. It appears that the plastic conduit has come loose in some places. It looks like i...
Jan 09, 2009 - 10:17 pm - Not really. Evidently the plastic tube that holds the wiring has broken loose from the rivets due to the age of the plastic tubing. You would have to ...

Mast Tabernacle   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 06, 2005 - 01:36 am - Bud, l am the new owner of Zaca #757.As you know, I had the mast un-stepped in preperation for shiping to my home town.The mast pin was frozen into th...
Aug 06, 2005 - 06:17 am - Take a look under (In the yard) and then under mast removal.It seams we all have this issue untill we fix it.If you keep the Aluminium sleve Make sure...
Aug 09, 2005 - 06:33 pm - Terry,Page A-21 of my Westsail Service Manual describes the problem, and the fix.

Mast Tabernacle Pin Sleeve Replacement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 27, 2005 - 06:35 pm - Bud, as you know I had issues with Zaca's seized tabernacle pin.I followed your instruction on cutting the pin and sleeve from the inside of the mast....
Nov 29, 2005 - 06:02 pm - I cannot tell you if the welding has compromised the strength of the mast. I usually do not recommend welding in a new tube. See Page A-21 and A-22 of...
Dec 03, 2005 - 01:39 am - I talked with Lefiell manufacturing, the original manufacturer of my mast. Rodney Hegera (??) has worked in there marine group for 28 years and is a g...

Mast Wall Thickness   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 07, 2007 - 06:46 pm - Bud, or anyone...Do you know the wall thickness of the mast on a W28? I have some aluminum mast steps to install and need to buy the right size rivets...
Oct 25, 2007 - 06:32 am - Steve,Hope this isn't too late. Since my mast is down (all paint scraped off, getting ready to prime and repaint), I measured it with a calipher. The ...
Oct 25, 2007 - 01:41 pm - Not to worry. At the snail's pace that I move, information seldom arrives too late. Thanks for the info. Oh and I decided to scrap the rivet idea unle...
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:41 pm - Use duct tape on the base of the steps where they come in contact with the mast. This will insulate the mast. Use Tefgel from Forespar on the screws.

Masthead Sheeves   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 20, 2008 - 06:14 am - Bud, I have cleaned, used emory cloth on until shiney, applied metal primer, and painted the two aluminum plates that divide the three sets of sheeves...
Jul 20, 2008 - 01:51 pm - I hope not to step on Bud's toes, but i notice others answer questions directed at him too, so...Any waterproof wheel bearing grease will be fine. We ...
Jul 20, 2008 - 08:44 pm - Any good waterproof grease will work well.

Maxprop   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 22, 2006 - 07:39 pm - Bud( others)... I'm thinking of installing a 16" Maxprop on Bellefiore (#561). Any things I should pay attention to in switching out the exsistin...

May Have My 43 Sold Looking For A 32 By July   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 04, 2008 - 06:00 pm - Hello Bud,I might have my 43 sold. I will be looking for a late model 32 If you know of one that I can look at that might be on the west coast or NW l...
Feb 05, 2008 - 06:27 pm - There are a number of W32's listed for sale on my website. Check them out.If your W43 sells, I would appreciate receiving the new owners info for my r...
Feb 06, 2008 - 01:25 am - Thanks Bud,When did the deck and house change on the 32'sThat is what I am after.Thansk AgainJeff
Feb 07, 2008 - 02:28 pm - The last set of hull and deck molds were about at hull #625, which was mid 1976. There were about 200 of the boats built from these molds.
Feb 08, 2008 - 03:43 am - Kibitka just sold to a couple from Canada...she was for sale about 5 months ago!
Feb 22, 2008 - 06:24 am - Hey Bud,I have read and heard you say that the deck molds changed around #625 but My Star is #611 and she has the newer deck mold. My Star is very dif...
Feb 22, 2008 - 03:34 pm - So call me a liar for 14 hull numbers. Remember, I said AROUND hull number 625. Westsail did not necessarily laminate all of the boats in order of the...
Feb 27, 2008 - 04:42 am - Thanks for the help with the numbers.Darn the bad luck about Kibitka,timing is everythng. I hope the new owners will take good care of her. I have til...
Jan 31, 2009 - 09:43 pm - Well it finally happened. Leviathan is sold to a great guy I am sure he will be will join the group shortly. So now I have Cash in hand and I am looki...
Jan 31, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Check out W32 Windsong in Newport, OR. It is listed for sale on my website.
Feb 01, 2009 - 02:11 am - Bud, wind song is a beautiful boat, my budget is about 20K less that their asking price I guess I should have mentioned my budget (or my limited budge...

MD11C Mounts In W28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 13, 2008 - 01:10 am - Hello Bud, you may have read my post in the Iron Genny section so you'd undertand that I've been spending some time in the engine room recently starin...
Oct 13, 2008 - 03:43 pm - I have only done one replacement of a Volvo engine in a W28, and found that the rails were thrubolted to the fiberglass engine pan. There may be some ...
Oct 13, 2008 - 07:49 pm - Thanks Bud!
Oct 16, 2008 - 06:41 am - Wojciech, does your engine bed look like this? I have wondered if this is the original engine bed. It appears to be double aluminum plates on each sid...
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:19 pm - George, my engine bed looks very much the same but the plates look more like bronze. I have since located the nuts underneath and will be trying to ti...

MD3 To Perkins 4-108   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 27, 2006 - 03:05 am - Bud, I recently purchased my dream boat, the w32 named Flaps up. The engine MD3 was frozen up and I removed it. I have purchased a used 4-108 and need...
Feb 27, 2006 - 03:42 pm - Since your boat is one of the later ones, #730, then you should find no problem in installing a Perkins engine, providing the engine beds were not mod...

Md3 To Perkins 4-108   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 17, 2006 - 05:05 pm - Bud, how do I contact you. I have tried using your email address and I guess it is not working. HELP
Mar 18, 2006 - 08:47 pm - Danny, My email address is btaplin@westsail.com. I know it is still working. You can also access my website at www.westsail.com, and click on the enve...

MD3B Volva Penta Engine   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 04, 2005 - 07:33 am - Need the torque settings and tappet clearances please.
Nov 06, 2005 - 06:24 pm - I have a copy of the Volvo Workshop Manual. If you contact me by email I can arrange to make a copy and mail it to you. btaplin@westsail.com

MD6B Volvo - W28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 26, 2005 - 03:07 pm - Bud, I noticed temp gauge just started to rise to far end of green and then dive to lowest cool green and back and forth on about a 10 -15 sec interva...
Mar 27, 2005 - 08:43 pm - Sounds like it may be the thermostat. The entire cooling system should also be cleaned out periodically. The salt water pump also needs to be checked ...
May 08, 2005 - 03:05 pm - Bud, you were right once again - simple replacement of thermostat. I am also introducing a de-salinization and anti-calcifier liquid to the cooling sy...

Mounting Radar On Mast.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 03, 2008 - 10:16 pm - Hi Bud,Maybe you can tell me what what placement on the mast works best for a 24 inch dome. I had thought to place it just above the spreders.I see th...
May 09, 2008 - 04:19 am - A radar dome on the mast is usually mounted so it clears above the staysail stay. That way the staysail will go all the way up.
May 11, 2008 - 06:11 am - Thanks Bud,Now I'm not sure if I ordered a long enough cable.How far is the staysail stay above deck?David.
May 14, 2008 - 02:54 pm - 30' from the mast base to the staysail stay attachment point on the W32. Since the dome is out in front of the mast, the mounting bracket can be lower...

Mystery Wood   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 21, 2005 - 04:32 pm - I've been carrying a piece of wood around with me that I inherited with the boat and I can't figure out what it might be for. Everyone I've asked seem...
Dec 22, 2005 - 01:43 pm - Sounds like it might be a cover for the sink. So you can use it as a counter. Maybe?

Need A Fitting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 11, 2007 - 11:08 pm - Hello Bud,I started to re-install the boom gallows and their respective stanchions today. I am missing one of the male fittings that attach the boom g...
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:21 pm - I have a big boxfull of dohickies left over from 25 or so years of boatbuilding. Do you want me to ship the whole box to you so you can rummage throug...
Jul 14, 2007 - 12:18 am - Hi Bud,I will take a picture and email it to you.Thanks,CB
Jul 19, 2007 - 09:13 pm - this has to be the winner of best post of the history of this new board....go Bud, go!
Jul 20, 2007 - 06:15 pm - Rich, You probably had more dohickies on your Westsail when I saw it alongside your barn in Indiana than most any other Westsail I have seen in the pa...
Jul 22, 2007 - 12:08 pm - I could send you some, I have extra ones.

Off-sets   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 03, 2005 - 05:29 pm - Bud,-Wondered if the lines or the offsets were available for the 32, I don't need bevels or anything like that, just enough to do a half hull.Thanks,P...
Mar 04, 2005 - 01:13 am - I'm interested too. I've been wanting to carve a half hull as well.
Mar 10, 2005 - 07:38 pm - I do have a copy of the Atkins plans, with offset tables, from which Kendall made the original set of molds. Westsail purchased the hull mold from the...

Oily Bilge Water Staining   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 11, 2005 - 01:00 am - I'm restoring a W32 that was neglected for years and at one time the main hatch was left open for an extended time and the bilges filled to 3" abo...
Oct 11, 2005 - 11:00 pm - Have you tried a two part teak cleaner such as TE KA. It's pretty harsh stuff but since your planning to paint it shouldn't be a problem. You might al...
Oct 13, 2005 - 12:15 am - Tom, Thanks for the suggestions. A customer also suggested "floor dry", the shop oil absorbent - he claims it took a gallon gas spill out of h...

Original Westsail 32 Color Schemes   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 08, 2008 - 02:32 pm - Bud, Just out of curiosity, what were the original color options for the W32 gunwhale stripe? I've seen blue (both dark navy and royal), yellow (or is...
Nov 08, 2008 - 02:55 pm - There was no standard original sheer stripe color. A buyer had his choice if he did not want white, which was standard. I have seen some in red, and i...

Our Ringband   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 20, 2007 - 12:43 am - Hi Bud,I am getting ready to install the bowsprit and noticed that the ringbands port tang is bent slightly downward, should I be concerned?
May 21, 2007 - 05:12 pm - That should not be a problem. I have seen them bent down slightly sometimes because the teak platform interfered with the turnbuckle and wire on the w...
May 21, 2007 - 10:06 pm - Should I have it bent back straight?
May 21, 2007 - 11:55 pm - I do not see any reason to. The weld might fracture if you do.
May 22, 2007 - 02:23 am - Bud, We are headed to Florida this weekend to look at 5 W-32's. I hope to have a boat for you to survey very soon. We really appreciate the support of...
May 22, 2007 - 09:58 pm - Sorry, Newbie here....this should have been a new topic.I will figure it out......

Pat Tilson   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2004 - 02:43 am - Can anyone tell me where Pat Tilson is? We are old sailing friends and I have not been able to get up with him by phone, email and even his Christmas ...
Dec 27, 2004 - 03:26 pm - Hi Les, send me an e-mail at boardmanager@westsail.org and tell me what e-mail and address you've been trying... if what we have on file is different ...

Perkins 108 Cruising Speed   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 28, 2005 - 06:07 pm - I've only owned Tarwathie, my Westsail 32, for a few months, so I'm still learning her "normal" characteristics. While she sails beautifully, ...
Jul 28, 2005 - 09:39 pm - Dick, Sounds like the problem may be the incorrect prop pitch. Also, the 80 percent number is the correct one to use when you have the correct prop. I...
Aug 04, 2005 - 09:41 pm - 1800 RPM is the speed my boat's PO recommended as top cruising speed... at that RPM I can get between 5 and 6 knots with my Volvo MD11C. So, with the ...
Aug 06, 2005 - 08:44 pm - I can run the 4-108 in Intuition W32 #0825 @ 2400 RPM continuously without overheating. Usually pushes her along at about 5 kts. I can redline her for...

Perkins 4-107 Oil Filter   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 29, 2006 - 05:58 am - I am missing the "element support plate" and "centralizer plate" located inside the filter container. The result is that the filter e...
Jan 30, 2006 - 05:57 pm - I changed mine some time ago, and went to a remote filter addapter kit.It is highly recomended.I think they are still available (i have the Westerbeke...
Jan 30, 2006 - 10:02 pm - Thanks Norm. That seems to be the direction I am heading. Sure would make the filter change easier and less messy.

Perkins 4-108   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 19, 2007 - 07:08 pm - Hi BUD, just wondering how many westsail boats were fitted with the perkins 4-108? The number need not be exact, just your best guess. THANKS
Apr 21, 2007 - 11:34 pm - Probably about 1/3 of the original factory finished boats. The rest had two and three cylinder Volvo's.

Perkins 4-108 Injector Equivalency   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 08, 2009 - 06:53 pm - Bud,I cracked the flange on #4 injector and am attempting to R&R with a different Model injector. Trans Atlantic Diesel shipped a Model BG (C.A.V....
Jan 09, 2009 - 10:20 pm - Sorry, I do not have the expertise to answer that question regarding the Perkins engines. You would need to contact TransAtlantic, or some other quali...
Jan 09, 2009 - 11:05 pm - OK, thanks Bud.
Jan 10, 2009 - 03:09 pm - I used this company to rebuild my injectors and injector pump. They are an authorized Perkins dealer and I found them to be very knowledgeable.Give em...

Perkins 4-108 Installation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2006 - 04:21 pm - Bud, I am repowering hull #730 (Flaps up) with a perkins 4-108. I need the engine mounting brackets and the shock mounts to continue the process. I ha...
Oct 13, 2006 - 03:16 pm - Danny, I will check to see if I have a drawing of the brackets used by Westsail for the Perkins engine. It also depends on the make of transmission yo...
Oct 13, 2006 - 06:54 pm - Danny, I checked my files, and I do not have a drawing of the brackets used on the Perkins engine with the Borg Warner transmission. The engine must h...
Oct 19, 2006 - 03:45 pm - I have just purchased a Westsail 32. I need a new prop. The engine is a Perkins 4108 (50 hp) & a Borg Warner Velvet Drive. What would be a good re...
Oct 19, 2006 - 11:10 pm - James, A 16" diameter x 13" pitch, right hand three blade prop is the appropriate fixed one to use. A 16" three blade feathering prop is b...

PHRF Raiting For Westsail 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 12, 2006 - 08:36 pm - Bud, do you have any information on PHRF ratings for the Westail 32. I would like to participate in the Ontario 300 and need a PHRF-LO rating and part...
Jun 12, 2006 - 10:07 pm - Well There is a blurb on the Westsail/PHRF in the Yahoo group.athttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/westsailownersgroup/files/
Jun 14, 2006 - 02:52 pm - Thanks Norm, this will help. I am also looking for the following published dimensions.JJSPISPEP AK FactorAny IDeas? I have almost every single doccume...
Jun 14, 2006 - 06:31 pm - Good day Terry:I posted some definitions in the file section of the yahoo groups. But as there are so many variations of the W32 (mast mfg, boom lengt...
Jun 15, 2006 - 03:25 pm - Norm. I have some numbers that were given to me by one of the owners. Not sure how to attach the file to this reply, so I will send it to you by email...

Please Advise Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 23, 2005 - 02:58 pm - Hello BudPlease could you take a look at my post in the general discussion area regarding W32 Bowsprit extension to improve light airs performance and...
Jan 23, 2005 - 06:10 pm - Joe,The W32 already carries plenty of sail area. Most owners have to reef down when the windspeed exceeds 15 or so knots, otherwise the rail is in the...
Jan 23, 2005 - 10:28 pm - :-)Thanks BudThe wheel will stay round.Joe. :-)
Jan 24, 2005 - 10:40 pm - One last question (and you can slap me if you want to lol :-) .....In your opinion Bud, is the westsail design somewhat constrained by it's heavy layu...
Jan 25, 2005 - 03:16 pm - Joe,When the fiberglass layup of the Kendall (later Westsail) was first decided upon, it was 1969, and not much was done then regarding weight savings...
Jan 25, 2005 - 07:35 pm - Hi BudExcellent info, many thanks Sir.Yes, I thought that may be the case.. I went to look at what I thought was a W32 in Portugal a few months back, ...
Jan 25, 2005 - 08:52 pm - JoeFor what its worth...I can see daylight through my W32 hull above the waterline.Jeff
Jan 26, 2005 - 12:16 am - Jeff,You must be looking out the portlight.
Jan 26, 2005 - 03:21 am - Nope It is in the bow area. I have all the ceiling boards removed and can see light coming through the hull.
Jan 27, 2005 - 03:10 pm - Jeff,Fiberglass, without any paint or gelcoat, is translucent. Even with white gelcoat on the exterior, it is still somewhat translucent. The black ba...
Jan 27, 2005 - 04:01 pm - I knew that. No worries here about the integrity of the hull. I do have a valid question about the portlights....how do you remove them? I removed all...
Jan 27, 2005 - 09:43 pm - Hi Jeff.. If I may interject... a couple of softwood blocks and 'Large' screwdrivers or chisels under the rim should pull the offending item out.... :...
Jan 28, 2005 - 02:44 am - I haven't got around to it yet but I want/need to remove my portlights as well... one, to recaulk and two, I want to polish the inner half. A big PITA...
Jan 28, 2005 - 01:25 pm - MikeThanks for clarifying my problem and suggesting de-bond..I think I have seen it on ebay. I definitely dont want to tear any of that lovely mahogan...
Jan 28, 2005 - 02:29 pm - Actually that 'green crud' is a crust of copper sulfate or copper chloride that forms on bronze/copper/brass in a salt air/water environment. The prop...
Jan 28, 2005 - 03:51 pm - I didnt remove the frame. I just removed the window part. That was easy. The frame itself is the problem. That thing just wont budge. I might try a he...
Jan 28, 2005 - 06:25 pm - Jeff,You can clean up the green stuff on the portlight with industrial strength toilet bowl cleaner. It has a high concentration of muriatic acid, tha...
Jan 28, 2005 - 07:13 pm - You should be able to break the bond by heating the blade of a putty knife with the heat gun and then sliding it beneath the rim. it's a bit slow sinc...
Jan 31, 2005 - 04:24 am - Just to add my two cents. Several years ago I removed all of my portlight frames to reseal them. I removed each port light and all of the fasteners - ...
Jan 31, 2005 - 12:53 pm - Jeff,A method I've used in the past is to cut the bead or otherwise soften or loosen whatever was used,hopefully polysulfide and not 5200, then with a...
Jan 31, 2005 - 01:00 pm - Thanks for all the help. I successfully removed the portlight with little to no damage to the veneer. What veneer was pulled away was glued back down....
Feb 01, 2005 - 05:58 am - Ahoy Jeff, I have another penny's worth. I never seal the inside of the porthole frame to the cabinside. It should not need anything as the seal is on...
Feb 01, 2005 - 01:38 pm - New Found Metals the manufacturer of my new ports recommends butyl rubber strip caulk. It doesn't harden therefor the seal won't fail and the port won...
Feb 01, 2005 - 03:21 pm - Thanks Dave and Tom... you confirmed my thoughts/plan exactly.
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Aug 06, 2007 - 01:57 am - I recently replaced the portlight gaskets with 0.266? silicon.I have 20? left over if any one is interested.Should last a life time.Contact me at smor...
Aug 10, 2007 - 10:47 pm - Remaining quantity (~20 feet) sold to fellow WOA member.Sorry.If you desire same product, my source is:Quick Cut Gasket192 Erie StreetLancaster, NY 14...
Aug 11, 2007 - 01:35 pm - The only problem is that most of the portlights use a 5/16" square gasket, not 1/4" square. (.312" instead of .250").
Aug 17, 2007 - 03:01 pm - Bud,Thank you for the correction. I put a dial indicator on it, you were right (as usual). Those old eyes of mine again.New info below.Quick Cut Gaske...
Aug 17, 2007 - 07:51 pm - The 5/16" portlight gasket material I have is a black rubber material, with a hole down the center. This allows the ridge on the portlight glass f...

Polar Charts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 15, 2008 - 07:35 pm - I know Arron has had a bit of flack asking about Polars (Not bearsSo Bud: did Westsail have any published data (table or plotted form) for the W32 on ...
Jul 15, 2008 - 09:13 pm - There were, or are, no polar charts to my knowledge. Although this question might be best answered by Dave King.

Poly Water Tank Capacity?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 01, 2008 - 03:41 pm - Bud, thinking of buying one of your polyethylenewater tanks (as per the service manual, page G6)-I don't see one stat here... Capacity in gallons?Thnx...
Mar 01, 2008 - 04:40 pm - They hold about 37 to 38 gallons each. Same exterior dimensions as the original stainless tenks. Thicker walls though, about 1/4", and they weigh ...
Mar 01, 2008 - 04:42 pm - Thanks Bud- sounds like the ticket~

PORT FUEL TAKE INTALL   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 05, 2008 - 01:03 am - Bud, Can the port side fuel tank be installed without removing the tall fixed loop in the exhaust system?Thanks
Mar 06, 2008 - 07:48 pm - Depends on what engine you have, although I would probably say that the exhaust loop would interfer with getting the tank in place.
Mar 06, 2008 - 11:57 pm - Don,It would have interfered with our port tank removal.Fair leads,Aaron N.
Mar 18, 2008 - 11:40 pm - Note to self.......DO NOT post when drinking!
Jun 05, 2008 - 06:13 pm - My WS 32, Zoe (#329), was fitted with new aluminum fuel tanks supplied by Bud by the previous owner. The starboard tank is feeding the engine fine but...
Jun 09, 2008 - 02:49 pm - Ahoy Mates,Jon, I completely understand, and I think I can shed some light on your problem. I just spent an entire afternoon draining the small amont ...
Jun 09, 2008 - 04:20 pm - Thanks Randy. My tanks are quite new and have probably only been filled five or six times at most. In my case I doubt it's crud but I'll try and check...
Jun 16, 2008 - 10:16 am - Another thing I just learned while on the hard. Fuel lines often collapse from inside. They may appear to be fine from an exterior examination. So, a ...
Jun 16, 2008 - 05:32 pm - In 1979 I had a problem with one of the tanks. Past a certain level no fuel would come out. I cut a tube that was small enough to pass through the exi...
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:39 am - Well, it seems that only Carl (a friend with a Cape Dory 30C) and I are the only ones having any fun this summer. You know, real fun! Like pumping out...
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:29 pm - Wow! Way to go. I'll be installing Bud's aluminum on Satori soon, I hope.Randy

Port Gaskits   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 26, 2006 - 04:54 pm - bud i have a 1975 westsail i'm looking for new gaskits for all my ports as some of them are starting to leek, are they still avalable. chuck cannon
Jun 27, 2006 - 12:30 pm - If they are the round ABI ports you can find gaskets at http://www.sailboatstuff.com/cb_RndPorthole.html#brnzrndportJeff
Jun 27, 2006 - 11:23 pm - Check out : http://www.mcmaster.com/ Take out some of the gasket and get the exact dimensions. I think I order my gasket material twice cause I measur...
Jun 27, 2006 - 11:45 pm - I do have the gasket material available in 1/4", 5/16" and 3/8" square material. Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com and I will send you th...

Porthole Cover   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 16, 2008 - 03:00 am - Guess I did not do it correctly. Try again

Porthole Rail Covers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 16, 2008 - 02:55 am - I have been in contact with a manufacturer that is making plastic porthole covers to keep out the rain, but permit the porthole to be kept open. They ...
Nov 16, 2008 - 03:02 am - Here is the picture
Nov 16, 2008 - 05:20 pm - Bud -We're in for 3 6" covers. I'd like to replace the pretzel jar we've been using successfully, if inelegantly, for some years. Jackie keeps kic...
Nov 16, 2008 - 05:24 pm - I will keep track of the requests, and when I feel there is a sufficient quantity to justify arm twisting the manufacturer, I will approach them. I wi...

Portlight Polishing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 15, 2006 - 05:33 pm - Hi Bud,I have the portlights out on 43#44. I was wondering whether you'd reccommend having them chromed or polished to a high luster and then lacquere...
Nov 15, 2006 - 06:44 pm - Adam, I know of a very good and reasonable priced polisher here in Huntington Beach. I use him for chainplates and any other parts I need polished to ...
Nov 15, 2006 - 07:59 pm - The part I'm worried about is the lacquering....will it last? I want them bright for quite a while.I was quoted 45-50 per port for chrome...
Nov 16, 2006 - 08:11 pm - I powder coated clear the bronze rings on my bulkhead compasses. It still looks new after about 4 years. Cost about 20 bucks. You might check it out.I...
Nov 16, 2006 - 09:19 pm - Powder coated clear?I've never heard of it...tell me more...Adam
Feb 23, 2007 - 07:52 pm - Couple years ago in sailing world (I think) I read an article. It was about big classic yacht renovation. They send all bronze parts to company in Ger...

Portlights   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 18, 2009 - 12:07 am - I discovered delamination on the portside cabin side under center portlight in the saloon on the mahogany where the two pieces meet(1/4") glued an...
Feb 18, 2009 - 04:11 pm - The only person I know who removed portlights said it was simple and easy. So, you must have some tenacious caulk like 3M 5200 or something. White is ...
Feb 18, 2009 - 05:32 pm - Since the water can only get in from the outside, than rebedding the exterior ring and fasteners should do the trick. However, if the gasket is leakin...
Feb 19, 2009 - 11:44 pm - Thanks for the info by the way the nuts on all my portlights were loose by 3 or 4 turns I don't know if they were never tightened or worked loose migh...
Feb 20, 2009 - 12:26 am - After 30 years the rubber gaskets are usually dried out. Bud sold me the new gasket material and it's actually very easy to install..about 20 minutes ...
Mar 09, 2009 - 05:59 pm - I had the same problem (delamination on the portside cabin side under center portlight in the saloon on the mahogany where the two pieces meet) The ma...

Price Question For WS32 Running Rigging   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:16 am - Hi Bud...could you please tell me what you sell the complete package of running rigging for? Both with the quick disconnect end fittings and without?T...
Jun 16, 2005 - 04:21 pm - I will send you a message and price quote by regular email to your address.
Jun 17, 2005 - 05:52 pm - Bud,Could you please send to burgerc@verizon.net as well? We have the same question..
Jun 17, 2005 - 05:54 pm - Also, running backstays...
Jun 18, 2005 - 12:53 am - Will do.

Pro Furl   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 27, 2009 - 07:11 pm - And now the roller furler unit: The Pro furl P-40 sealed bearing in the lower unit has bit it. Oil is leaking out. I hear the bearing can be replaced...
Jun 28, 2009 - 01:42 am - Gerald, I am not familiar with a shop that does repairs on Profurl units. I would recommend contacting Profurl and get their suggestions as to what to...
Jun 29, 2009 - 08:36 pm - They are just bearings and seals. There is a seal that is leaking. The problem is that profurl has chosen to use a weird size and they can't be had un...
Jun 30, 2009 - 02:43 am - Thanks for the info guys. I shall do something.
Jul 11, 2009 - 05:43 pm - I dont have plans for the rigging for my vessel which is a cutter rig W42. I have a profurl on the forestay but want to install and change to a freefo...
Jul 12, 2009 - 03:22 pm - Christian, Your staysail stay should be 5/16" (8 MM) diameter, which means that the Profurl Model C-350 is the smallest one you can use. If your m...
Jul 12, 2009 - 07:30 pm - Thanks so much for your time in Monitoring this website and adding value.Regards,Christian

Propaine Tank For WS 43   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 26, 2005 - 01:01 am - Hello I just purchased a 43 that had the old shipmate kero stove and I am in the process of putting on a new Force 10 I can't seem to find a good and ...
Sep 02, 2005 - 06:18 pm - The W43's normally used the lazarette for the propane locker. There can be a drain hole at the floor through the hull to vent any leaking propane.
Sep 23, 2005 - 02:19 am - I have a Westsail 32 "Database", and a bad Starboard fule tank. I was considering removing it and installing a propane locker there instead. A...
Sep 23, 2005 - 06:32 pm - Paul,Obtain the smaller diameter vertical propane tank (about 6" to 7" in diameter) and then get a piece of PVC sewer pipe that the tank will ...

Propellor Line Cutter Installation For W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 22, 2009 - 02:44 am - Hi Bud,We are still on the hard. Satori has a line cutter of Stainless steel, base, cutter (attacthed to prop shaft) and SS deflector attached to hull...
Jan 22, 2009 - 11:52 pm - The ones I have seen are clamped to the shaft. I do not know about any other parts needed. Better try to contact the manufacturer.
Jan 23, 2009 - 12:48 am - Thanks, Bud.I just went online, which I should have done before I wrote you, and promptly found the Spurs line cutter with 11 pages of detailed instal...
Feb 05, 2009 - 03:52 pm - Just to complete the report for any other Westsailors who may wish to install a line cutter, I learned alot. Installation was previously custom made, ...
Feb 06, 2009 - 08:54 pm - Bud: I am about to remove the "Albin Vega" diesel motor from Hull #36. I belive this to be a VolvoMD? It still ran a year ago when last used. ...
Feb 07, 2009 - 01:45 am - Alan,Put it into the FOR SALE section of this message board. Very hard to say what the value is. I guess just take offers, and accept what you feel is...

Push Rod Extensions And Stuff   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 22, 2008 - 05:11 am - You can expect a call from me soon, like tomorrow (which is probably today as you read this). Now a different subject. Our "Glorious" is a W3...
Jul 26, 2008 - 10:26 pm - Not a twin, only a mistake in the number. Elohssa Repus (spelled backwards) is #47, not #42.
Jul 27, 2008 - 09:51 pm - I just got done changing the boat number for Elohssa Repus from 042 to 047. Gotta keep this as accurate as I can!

Putting In A Heater   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 21, 2004 - 11:52 pm - I am putting in a heater in my w32.Could you recommend one? The Cozy by Froce 10 puts out only 6000 BTUs. I am not sure that is enough for the w32. I ...
Jul 22, 2004 - 01:50 pm - The Dickinson Diesel/Kerosene heater produces 16,000 BTUs. I will have a slightly used one for sale in the next month if you are interested.
Jul 22, 2004 - 09:23 pm - I am interested. I have heard that diesel heatersare a bit dirty. Have you found them dirty? How much would you be selling it for?
Jul 23, 2004 - 03:27 pm - Diesel heaters usually burn clean, if they are properly vented and adjusted. A charcoal burning heater does leave a lot of soot on the cabintop. A fan...
Jul 23, 2004 - 05:00 pm - Thanks for the response.Here's dump question:The dielel/Kerosene heater needs a pressured fuel supply;is that correct? What would this entail, some ki...
Jul 23, 2004 - 06:39 pm - You need to install a low pressure pump unless the unit is mounted lower than your fuel tanks (which would allow gravity feed). The unit is installed ...

Putting In A Shower On A W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 21, 2004 - 11:49 pm - I would like to put in a shower on my w32.And would like any advise, books, kits, etc that you could recommend. One problem is that right now there ar...
Jul 23, 2004 - 03:22 pm - Robert,On most of the Westsail 32's there was a molded fiberglass showerpan in the passageway, with a drain to the bilge. For a shower, a grate can be...
Jul 23, 2004 - 04:44 pm - Bud,thanks for your response. It sounds like you would recommend putting the shower in the passageway and not the head area. I have never seen a showe...
Jul 27, 2004 - 01:18 am - i have recenly put in a shower a whale faucet/shower put in over the sink in the head you can then stand over the sump in the companionway the sump is...
Oct 13, 2005 - 04:04 pm - I'm in the process of buying a 32, and I couldn't help but notice that there wasn't a shower -- seemed like a strange thing to leave out! Short term, ...
Oct 14, 2005 - 12:50 am - When I first bought my westsail 32 I had planned to install a shower in the head area. However having lived aboard now for over 1 year I realised that...
Oct 19, 2005 - 01:27 am - Hi, We are about to become live-aboards on our Kendall 32 & an indoor shower was one of my must-haves, for those crowded harbours which only have ...
Oct 21, 2005 - 08:41 am - Jill's method sounds great and easily adaptable for indoor/outdoor use. We are planning a system much like Rod's neighbors (but somewhat simpler) with...
Oct 22, 2005 - 01:40 am - Christie, we have a shower pan in our boat with a one pass propane heater and use it all the time in cold climates and sometimes in hot. It's nice to ...
Oct 31, 2005 - 05:11 pm - Hi Bud, two things. First I am upgrading Mellow`s 23 hp Volvo MD11C with a 33hp Sole. Any ideas or have you experience of a similar task where you hav...
Dec 09, 2005 - 07:22 pm - bud, can i get 2 stainless bow sprit chain plates, i bent one banging into another boat, should i hav one made or can i get them ready made thanks
Dec 10, 2005 - 11:36 pm - Chuck, see previous post. Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com
Dec 11, 2005 - 04:29 pm - to get back on the shower topic, my boat came with a shower pan (although I had to re-plumb the drain to the aft sump). A removeable 'hatch' in the so...
Aug 17, 2008 - 04:20 pm - Hi Gang,A late note here, as in 4 years late. I just found a shower pan tucked away on my "new" W32. Was about to post a question for discussi...
Sep 07, 2008 - 04:08 pm - I'm not near my boat right now, so i can't look for myself, but was wondering if the shower pan is easily removed. We've never used it in the two year...
Sep 08, 2008 - 03:24 pm - The shower pan is not able to be removed because it is part of the molded fiberglass cabin sole liner. You can cut out the center though to gain acces...
Sep 08, 2008 - 05:08 pm - Drwienckle:For cutting out the center, it is the easyest to use a jigsaw after drilling pilot hole. Sanding is needed after the cutout is completed.Re...
Sep 08, 2008 - 11:10 pm - Thanks Bud and Norm. I thought it looked like it was part of the boat.David

Question About Bob Stay On A 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 28, 2008 - 07:54 pm - I just looked a Margareta a 42 in Anacortes WA. the price was just reduced to 54K Seemed pretty low so I went to look. The bob stay has been hit real ...
Aug 28, 2008 - 11:45 pm - I can make up a new bobstay fitting for about $225. The bowsprit should be able to be straightened out by a metalworker, or a section cut out and a ne...
Aug 29, 2008 - 12:40 am - Bud, The other thing odd about this boat is it has what looks like gel coat crazing all along the waterline (cracks about 2-3 inches long) any ideas t...
Aug 29, 2008 - 06:22 pm - Typical of gelcoat that is now over thirty years old and brittle. Most boats need an LP paint job by now.
Aug 29, 2008 - 11:14 pm - Thanks Bud, My boat yard guy is asking if there is picture of what the bob stay looks like or how it is installed so we can get an idea of how it is b...
Aug 30, 2008 - 04:38 pm - Cneck Page A-8 of my Westsail Service Manual for a description of the bobstay fitting and its installation. If you do not have the manual, let me know...
Aug 30, 2008 - 08:29 pm - Bud, I do not have one if you could e-mail one that would be great. Thanks Jeff my e-mail islilboat57@gmail.com
Sep 16, 2008 - 12:14 am - Bud, on the topic of this boat it is hull #7 was the original name Margateta and do you have any thing on record about this boat? Thanks

Question For Bud - My Mast Step   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 06, 2006 - 02:31 am - Hi Bud,I don't expect you to remember Cloud Nine's (43#44) mast step as you've probably seen a zillion boats after her.My question is this: The steel ...
Dec 09, 2006 - 05:35 pm - This is just what we are doing to our 42. The "pad" for the compression post run's the length between the joists. Specifically designed to tak...
Dec 09, 2006 - 08:19 pm - I saw your site...it is actually what prompted my question. The four floors built up with the beam on top actually seems like a great way of spreading...
Dec 09, 2006 - 10:48 pm - I am not so sure the steel I-beam was so much for spreading the load, but for simplifying production. When you make a sloop, yawl, and ketch rig as We...
Dec 09, 2006 - 11:06 pm - I get it....you stepped the mast on your own custom base and then deleted the floors....that is very, very interesting. It would leave one with a ton ...
Dec 09, 2006 - 11:08 pm - You are right, the long I beam was for ease of production purposes, however it did help spread the load. If you have to do any replacement, then I wou...
Dec 09, 2006 - 11:12 pm - I must be getting really old and absent minded. Slight change to the above, as I forgot that there is a stainless post going down from the deck to the...
Dec 10, 2006 - 01:10 am - Thanks Bud.Care to comment on the value of the floors after this modification? Leave them alone or can they be removed?Also, how is it that the mast d...
Dec 10, 2006 - 03:45 pm - If you have to do the job without pulling the mast, install a temporary support post in the cabin to be able to do the job without pulling the mast. H...
Dec 10, 2006 - 03:51 pm - Adam,Just to give a sense of how much space there is down there. The original construction called for the I-beam to be supported by four joists tabbed...
Dec 10, 2006 - 07:50 pm - Hi Rob,Yes, my boat is a cutter. Now that I think about it, I think it would be next to impossible to pull those floors out as they are in excellent s...

Question Regarding Dodger   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 22, 2005 - 04:51 pm - Bud,I would like to build a dodger. Probably canvas on ss frame.I would like to ask you:'what is the best setup you have seen? I posted this about a y...
Jan 23, 2005 - 06:13 pm - Rich,There is no "best" setup. Each one has a plus and a minus, and it depends on the sail handling gear, traveler, etc. You need to talk to a...

Questions On Next Haul Out.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 10, 2005 - 02:17 pm - Hi Bud:I am having to haul Pygmamion later this month and have a few questions.1. I am replacing the 3/4" cold water engine thruhull. If I install...
Apr 11, 2005 - 12:38 am - Jay,A 3/4" seacock is ample for a Beta engine. I have a good 3/4" Groco seacock (with rubber cone) available if you want it.The choice for a l...
Apr 11, 2005 - 02:02 pm - Bud:Thanks for the offer of the orginal type seacocks. I plan to use the SS ball type valve.I understand about the wire size etc -- by defination a li...

Radar Scanner Placement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 27, 2004 - 01:36 am - i am looking to put a 12 inch scanner on my westsail 32 what is the most used system back stay. mast or on a pole at the stern. i am trying to keep t...
Jul 28, 2004 - 11:56 am - Hi Chris, have you seen http://www.questusmarine.comthey have a backstay system, probably not availabe in Aus, but might be worth contacting them.
Jul 28, 2004 - 01:42 pm - Yikes! $1100 for a backstay mount for 18" (or less) dome! Costs more than the JRC 1500 I'm thinking about ;)Nice tho with the 'always horiz' gimba...
Jul 29, 2004 - 05:21 pm - Chris,I would recommend putting the radar dome on a small pole mounted on the starboard boomkin, with a brace tube going forward to the boom gallows, ...

Recommended Prop   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 08, 2007 - 04:28 pm - Hi Bud- I am thinking about repowering with the 1505 and wondered what you recommend for prop size if I am considering the J-Prop- also, in your manua...
Jun 10, 2007 - 06:13 pm - I recommend a 2.5 to 1 reduction on the transmission, and use a 16x15 or 16x16 RH fixed prop. If you choose a 2 to 1 reduction, then a 16x13 prop is t...
Jun 14, 2007 - 03:21 pm - Thanks Bud- so does that mean that the prop shaft has to be cut? Or is there room for adjustment with engine mounting, etc.?
Jun 14, 2007 - 06:28 pm - We just went through this proceedure over the winter. The shaft that to be shortened. A good machine shop will be able to cut down the shaft (coupling...
Jun 16, 2007 - 02:47 pm - Ageed, you really have to measure carefully to change the shaft length to fit any of the feathering props. They all have to be right up close to the s...

Reefing Blocks For 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 06, 2008 - 04:18 pm - Bud, I bought a manual for the 42 from you when we started this project but don't find any page showing the placement of the reefing blocks for slab r...
Jun 21, 2008 - 02:14 am - You will need to use the reefing rings on the mainsail that you have to locate the positions of the reefing blocks. I do not believe that there was ev...

Remaining WS28's   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 04, 2007 - 01:58 am - Bud,Just how many WS28's do you know of that are still around/sailing. People like to stop and talk with me about mine, and they're surprised to hear ...
Apr 06, 2007 - 04:37 pm - The highest number I have on my list is #78, a kit boat laminated in the spring of 1979. Of the 78 boats, I have hull numbers on 66 of them, and four ...
Apr 07, 2007 - 05:57 pm - How many 28s were built? The W28 page on this website says 60 but you have hull numbers as high as 78 accounted for. So how many were there?-Steve

Removing Muffler Hose   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 22, 2008 - 05:12 pm - Hi Bud,Any tricks in your bag to get the hose to come off of the muffler? It seems to be fused. It is in the way for the fuel tank to go in through th...
Sep 22, 2008 - 05:54 pm - Heat has caused the rubber hose to fuse onto the muffler. Try using a large pipe wrench and rotate the hose slightly to break the bond.
Sep 22, 2008 - 07:20 pm - got itthanksbowing to the guru

Replacement Cusions For Settee, V-berth And Pilot Berth   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 12, 2006 - 08:29 pm - Hello Bud,Do you have any recommendations re: source for obtaining replacment cushions for a Westsail 32'. There are many on-line custom options, and ...
Jun 15, 2006 - 03:20 pm - I don't really have any suggestions. You need to have a local person come and measure for the cushions to be able to get them to fit properly.

Replacement Groco Seacocks On W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 19, 2005 - 10:28 pm - Bud,I need to replace a thru hull and seacock (original) on our W42. I am going to be doing it on a tidal grid in SF bay, which will give me about 5 h...
Mar 21, 2005 - 12:37 am - Nickthose bolts are 3/8" machine screw (counter sunk) flat head slotted silicon bronze. Jamestown Distributors sells them. I just ordered enough t...
Mar 21, 2005 - 12:48 am - Nick,Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com. I do have some replacement seacocks available.

Replacement Gudgeons And Pintals On Early W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 23, 2008 - 09:29 am - Hello Bud,I just took off my rudder for the first time yesterday because I suspected corrosion problems on the Pintals and Gudgeons on my early versio...
Sep 23, 2008 - 10:43 am - Bud,I am also interested in a quote on the Gudgeons and pintals for my 1974 Westsail 32. My hull number is WSSF01660374. My email is enniskay@gmail.co...
Sep 23, 2008 - 05:02 pm - I have not had any of the stainless steel pintal and gudgeons made in the last 15 years or so. I usually recommend cutting off the straps that have el...
Sep 24, 2008 - 02:27 am - If someone is going to have bronze cast I would be interested as well....may keep the cost down.I have the old rounded rudder and SS gudgeons and pint...
Sep 24, 2008 - 02:32 am - Group buy?
Sep 24, 2008 - 02:44 pm - I had my gudgeons and pintals fabricated by Svendsen's in Alameda Calif for $1800 and it included the silicon washers--Beautiful job.Bud has the origi...
Sep 24, 2008 - 04:22 pm - What style did you have fabricated Greg.....do you have the older rudder?
Sep 27, 2008 - 04:53 pm - Mine are the older exterior style along with the older style rudder.My gudgeons and pintles were damaged almost beyond repair by corrosion which promp...
Sep 28, 2008 - 01:45 am - Sea Breeze is W32 WSSF04740171. Her rudder has the pockets and the stainless steel pintals and gudgeons, as Bud describes. There have always been zinc...
Sep 28, 2008 - 03:40 pm - Galvanic corrosion can be a result of different grades of stainless. Use a bolt and regular nut, and stake the thread. Forget locknuts, washers, and l...
Sep 29, 2008 - 10:51 pm - Bud,Can you tell me the approximate weight of the WS32 rudder on my hull # 103? I ran a line from the top of the rudder over the main sheet attachment...
Sep 30, 2008 - 02:28 am - My rudder (hull 119) weighs about 200lbsNo water in it.
Sep 30, 2008 - 04:33 am - Those early rudders were filled with mishmash, which is a mixture of asbestos powder and resin. The later rudders are high density foam, and weigh abo...
Dec 10, 2008 - 09:02 pm - Bud: OK so now I have just read this whole thread and with my my Ws32 , Hull #36 it sounds like I will have corroded gudgeons & pintals, asbestos,...
Dec 11, 2008 - 01:26 am - There should not be a real need to build a new rudder. Dry out the rudder you have, grind and sand the surface down to original gelcoat, seal any crac...

Replacing Sampsson Posts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 25, 2005 - 08:29 pm - Has anyone used stainless steel sampson posts? If so what wall thickness would be best?ThanksJosh
Apr 26, 2005 - 07:37 pm - Go with whatever you can find in a 2" x 4" stainless box section.

Repower Questions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 03, 2005 - 05:22 am - Hi Bud,my old MD3B served me well but its time for new motor.I understand you are a distributor for Beta engines. I have few questions about it.Does i...
Dec 07, 2005 - 01:59 am - Henry,I will send you all of the info on the Beta 1505 engine by email attachment. I have installed a good number of them by now, and the owners are p...
Dec 10, 2005 - 11:42 pm - Henry, The engine prices from Beta Marine are going up by $630 on January 1. If you can get your order in before December 30, I can get the engine at ...

Rig Too Tight?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 12, 2006 - 08:10 am - Bud, I keep my standing rigging tight so that Evangeline does well when beating into our trade winds. However, I have noticed that the little step loc...
Mar 12, 2006 - 05:52 pm - I don't think the rig is too tight. Maybe the support to the ballast top is not sufficient to handle the load. There should not be any load passed ont...
Mar 20, 2006 - 06:27 am - Thanks for your advice, Bud. I will check into this further.

Rigging   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 11, 2009 - 11:08 pm - After 2 years of refit hull #470(Eagle) is in the water. Have had some great sails especially last week 6.3-6.7 knots on a 4 hour broad reach 10-15km ...
Aug 12, 2009 - 12:07 am - James, Those two wires were specified by Westsail to be able to go up and stand on the spreader when coming into a reef strewn anchorage. Otherwise, t...
Aug 12, 2009 - 04:56 am - I noticed a slight slackness in the diagonal bracing on the spreaders which seems to have appeared after that 70 mph wind blew out my headsails. I'm n...
Aug 12, 2009 - 02:09 pm - Ralph, Just means that the spreader tip has moved up slightly along the stay. Pull it back down.

Rigging Plans   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 13, 2007 - 12:47 pm - Hello Bud,I understand that there may be rigging plans available on DVD, if so I would like to purchase a copy. Also can you please tell me what the c...
Jun 16, 2007 - 02:55 pm - I do have the rigging plan available in a scanned in file. Contact me directly for a copy, and also for chainplate info. I have them available and in ...
Jun 16, 2007 - 09:54 pm - Hello Bud - does that include rigging plan for 42's?
Jun 19, 2007 - 06:38 pm - There is some rigging dimension information in the Westsail factory construction manual for the W42, but it is not scanned into files. I also have som...
Jul 08, 2007 - 04:25 pm - Bud, Could you tell me the mast height on my WS32 factory #329. Thanks, Jon
Jul 11, 2007 - 12:36 am - The mast itself is 43' long. The cabintop is about 5' above the waterline, so the overall is about 48'.
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:39 am - Thanks. I was thinking around 50'. Good to know!Much appreciated.Jon
Oct 05, 2007 - 02:59 pm - Bud,Last month I crewed for Don Lacoste, sailing his Heron down from Belfast ME to Mill Creek VA - GREAT experience. I've been able to study both Hero...
Oct 11, 2007 - 04:04 pm - Tom, I do have a blueprint of the sailplan. Also there is some info on the CD I have of the factory construction manual.Regarding your question about ...
Oct 15, 2007 - 07:13 pm - Bud,I'm out of town again, but when I get back later this month I'll email you to get a copy of the sailplan blueprint. I've searched the construction...

Roller Furling   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 06, 2006 - 04:19 pm - Bud,I dropped you an email inquiring about roller furling. Did you get it?I found my Harken catalog so I have a better idea re: the unit 1. I am defin...
Mar 07, 2006 - 06:09 pm - Bump

Rotten Foredeck   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 25, 2008 - 12:01 am - A dockmate of mine also has a westsail(78) he has rot in his foredeck from about 3to4" aft of the sampson posts forward several drill holes throug...
Sep 25, 2008 - 11:26 am - Your solution is the correct one. The important part is to cut back the plywood and fill the void with epoxy around the cutout for the sampson posts a...
Sep 25, 2008 - 02:01 pm - I would agree with Tom's solution, as that is probably the best one.
Sep 25, 2008 - 05:13 pm - Bud,The wood is completely gone below the deck in my chain locker. I was told by the previous owner that it was not a structual issue and it was not l...
Sep 26, 2008 - 02:47 pm - Because the deck area above the chain locker is small, and you have the vertical surfaces of the bulwarks close at hand, then no plywood in this area ...
Sep 26, 2008 - 07:31 pm - The other issue is of course determining the cause and taking steps to prevent the problem from spreading.

Rudder Frame Construction   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 27, 2005 - 01:25 am - Hello Bud,Say we are finalizing the drawing for the rudder frame for the rudder of our W42. I am basing it on the drawings in the construction manual ...
Oct 28, 2005 - 11:03 pm - The rudder plate was mild steel, not stainless. I believe it was 1/2".Since the original rudder post was 2-3/8" OD, the fiberglass tube bonded...

Rudder Modification   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 08, 2004 - 04:16 pm - On Yachtworld.com there is a boat listed as a Westsail 33. The profile shows significant rudder modification. Have you seen such rudder modifications....
Sep 13, 2004 - 01:52 am - Keith,The Westsail 33 is not a Westsail boat, but a copy made in Australia of the Atkins design. They may have modified the rudder to suit their own r...

Rudder Modifications On A Prairie 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 27, 2005 - 09:57 pm - Bud,I joined your association, since my Prairie 32 has many similarities to the Westsail 32, but the rudder on my Prairie has a flat leading edge for ...
Sep 28, 2005 - 06:16 pm - Bill,I am not familiar with the Prairie 32, so I cannot advise you on her. A tapered trailing edge to the rudder will improve performance. A flat lead...
Sep 29, 2005 - 04:06 pm - Bud,I am not surprised that you haven?t heard of the Prairie 32, since only about 40 boats were produced in Clearwater, FL in the late?70s and early?8...

Rudder Play   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 07, 2009 - 06:28 am - Aloha Bud, I have a bit of play(side to side) in the top gudgeon and pin on Asylum's rudder. Can you tell me how much is to much, is there a replaceab...
Apr 07, 2009 - 05:50 pm - David, Not much you can do about stopping the sideplay except fot inserting some pieces of a plastic material. Your boat has fiberglass gudgeons with ...

Sail Track   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 27, 2008 - 11:33 pm - I have mis-placed a small piece of sail track; its the piece you would remove to install new sail or remove your goose neck. Its approx. 3" and in...
Mar 29, 2008 - 02:10 pm - Dan, I have some pieces of sailtrack in my "old parts" bin. I will let you know how wide they are when I return to So Cal tomorrow.
Apr 01, 2008 - 02:53 pm - I have a piece in my spares bin. Need to know the location of the ends from the hole in the track, and a mailing address.

Sailboat Manufacturers Mass Extinction Event   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 15, 2008 - 04:17 pm - Bud,Do you think the current economic crisis is likely to result in a lot of boat manufacturers going under? The automotive industry seems to be enter...
Nov 15, 2008 - 05:16 pm - Reading the trade magazines that I receive regularly, there have been major layoffs at many of the boatbuilders. Also, there have already been some sh...
Nov 16, 2008 - 01:33 pm - So can one assume that the value of previously sailed boats will increase????
Nov 16, 2008 - 05:19 pm - Not always. The values of the W32's have increased since the original construction, as they usually sell for more now thirty years old than when they ...

Samson Post Repair   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 08, 2008 - 06:43 pm - Hi Bud,Have a samson post made of teak (port) W32. The cap was off for awhile and a shallow bit of rot got hold. I estimate rot has affected 1/5 of th...
May 09, 2008 - 04:06 am - West System epoxy is probably your best bet.
May 22, 2008 - 05:28 am - What would your "cap" look like on the sampson post...is/was there a cap at one time?!One of our posts is powdery for an inch or so under deck...
May 22, 2008 - 05:59 pm - You just do not want open end grain on the top of the post. Attach a 3/4" thick piece of the sampson post wood (or a contrasting wood for effect) ...
May 23, 2008 - 05:50 pm - Bud,I've just encountered rot at deck level also on my starboard samson post. considering replacing just the one, what material do you recommend. If i...
May 24, 2008 - 01:16 am - Straight grain kiln dried fir is the wood of choice.I just happen to have a very nice pair of new sampson posts available for sale. 2" x 4" x ...
May 25, 2008 - 02:22 pm - The sampson posts have been sold to an owner who did not snooze.
Jun 01, 2008 - 10:17 pm - If anyone is interested, I have a made up a plan to tie my boat's two samson posts together down near the base just above the floor of the anchor lock...
Jul 08, 2008 - 07:27 am - On my W28 (no sampson posts) the original owner mounted a strong pad eye through-bolted to a bulkhead below the V-berth and attached about a 7 foot le...
Jul 08, 2008 - 05:15 pm - George - can you post or send some pictures of your setup, I'd like to get something figured out for my 28-footer (also no sampson posts).Thanks,Colle...
Jul 08, 2008 - 10:43 pm - George,My setup is similar to yours. A well backed U-Bolt on the bulkhead. The chain is tied to the U-Bolt with a 30 or 40ft polypropylene rope. I'd b...
Jul 09, 2008 - 12:53 pm - I'm with Colleen. I'd like to see pictures of both of your setups George and Jeff.-Steve
Jul 09, 2008 - 06:47 pm - I'll run the chain out this weekend and post a couple of pics next week. Right now all you can see is a pile of chain.Jeff
Jul 14, 2008 - 10:03 pm - I don't know that they show all that much but below are a couple of pictures.The U-Bolt picture is looking down and back. The Dri-Deck lining the lock...
Jul 20, 2008 - 05:05 am - Here are pictures of the line from the chain to the bulkhead. (I have the chain off the boat right now.) The second picture is taken looking aft with ...
Jul 20, 2008 - 08:51 pm - You really should have a sacraficial line going from the eyebolt to the shackle on the anchor line. The sacraficial line should be long enough for the...

Screws   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 18, 2009 - 05:14 pm - Bud, got them, thank you, what do I owe you? No bill included.Nanette
Jun 24, 2009 - 03:36 pm - No charge.

Scuppers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 19, 2004 - 06:35 pm - In the course of curing a scuppers that was leaking into the boat, I wondered about making the passage from inner hull to outer out of GRP instead of ...
Aug 31, 2004 - 01:47 am - I've wondered why there are two 'small' tubes instead of one big scupper outlet myself.I'm could be wrong but I can't think of a particular design rea...
Sep 06, 2004 - 11:42 pm - I do have fiberglass tubing available to replace the spun brass tubes for scupper drains. Also, Dave King made some oblong fiberglass scupper drains, ...
Jan 07, 2005 - 07:46 am - When you install the fiberglass tubes do you remove the brass tubes all together, or do the brass tubes fit in side the fiberglass tubes?
Jan 21, 2005 - 04:33 am - Rick,You should remove the original spun brass tubes before installing the fiberglass tubing.

Scuppers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 03, 2006 - 10:16 pm - Bud, The maintenance manual discusses replacement spun glass tubes for the W32 scuppers, however my boat (#296) has a simple oval opening in the hull ...
Dec 03, 2006 - 11:28 pm - I was just talking to another guy on my dock today about the fact that the original scuppers seem to be too small in really heavy seas, and I was chat...
Dec 04, 2006 - 01:15 am - Tom and Terry,I think they are too small in even less than really heavy seas. I want to hear more about this. Here is a thought - I saw a custom 32 in...
Dec 04, 2006 - 12:12 pm - I replaced my scuppers with an overall fiberglass tube I laid up. I got a bit of guidance from DAve King. Looks good, probably doubles the drainage, w...
Dec 04, 2006 - 05:54 pm - FYI, the original two little ones were; well, to small. Then in the later boats WS had enlarged them to the 3" size. On our boat the 3" draine...
Dec 04, 2006 - 11:11 pm - Wow,is my boat unique?? It was one of the kits, but it sure looks stock to me. From what you all are saying, I'm not going to touch my scuppers! Thank...
Dec 09, 2006 - 11:23 pm - You might want to consider installing a hawse pipe close to the scupper drains. This would serve a double purpose. It will remove large quantities of ...

Scuppers , Kit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 06, 2008 - 02:58 pm - Hi Bud, Nice to see so much support for the W32. Amazing! I have contracted to close next week on my next project boat. The hull # is WSSK00780273 . T...
Jul 07, 2008 - 03:43 pm - Hi Jay,Bud can give you the official word, but as far as I know, we all just have the two scuppers where you have indicated.The high bulwarks keep wat...
Jul 07, 2008 - 04:21 pm - The early boats like the one Jay has aquired had only 2 small scupper drains going through the bulwark and not recessed into the deck like the later t...
Jul 09, 2008 - 07:53 pm - ahh! That would make quite a difference.
Jul 10, 2008 - 03:44 am -
Jul 10, 2008 - 03:48 am - My goodness that looks rude! Scroll to the right
Jul 10, 2008 - 04:01 am - PS - That is not me ;)
Jul 10, 2008 - 04:23 pm - W32 #78 did go out as a factory finished boat. It was originally ordered as a kit, but the buyer changed his mind after the hull was laminated. I shou...

Sea Hood   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 08, 2005 - 03:29 pm - Bud, I'm looking to replace the companion way deck hatch on Papillon. the current hatch is wood and Lexan and easily weighs 10 pounds. My kids can't g...
Jan 21, 2005 - 04:31 am - Joe,I have seen a number of owners fix the wood hatch as a sea hood, and use a sheet of 1/2" plexiglass as the sliding hatch. You need to cut the ...
Jan 22, 2005 - 04:47 am - Bud,Are you aware of any images that you can direct me to? I am putting together some plans to build a slider seahood combination made of plywood and ...
Jan 23, 2005 - 06:22 pm - Joe,I do not have any drawings of the plex sliding hatch, but I will check to see if I have any pictures of it. If so, I will send them to you by emai...
Oct 22, 2007 - 11:55 pm - Hello! We are new owners of W32 #244 Flushdeck, and have leaks from our companionway hatch (as well as some dodger paraphenalia that will be removed a...
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:49 pm - You might want to check into the sliding aluminum frame hatches with a plex center. They are pricey, but seal well.

Seacock Help   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 16, 2005 - 10:47 am - Bud,Thank you for the advice on moving the head sink drain. I think, for right now, I would like to keep the current seacock and save moving it for th...
Dec 17, 2005 - 11:42 pm - Jeff,Sorry, no can do. Groco has stopped making replacement cones for the seacocks, and they say they will not resume making any. I occasionally can f...
Dec 19, 2005 - 02:17 pm - Bud,Thank you for the info. It looks as if all good things must come to an end, and so is the case with trying to keep alive these old seacocks. Looki...
Dec 20, 2005 - 12:11 am - we have the new grocos and haven't had any problem so far. they are about 6 years old now.richW32 Jasmine #488
Dec 21, 2005 - 11:15 pm - I am getting ready to replace all the seacocks on my 42, and I am sure many of the plugs are still good (although the Bronze is in very poor shape). I...
Dec 22, 2005 - 02:29 pm - NickThanks for the offer! I would love to have two of the 1.5 inch cones and one of the 3/4 inch cones.Jeff
Jan 07, 2006 - 05:08 am - Hi all,We are also looking to replace our original seacocks very soon. Has anyone tried marelon seacocks? there is obvious price incentive over bronze...
Jan 07, 2006 - 05:15 am - Hi all,We are also looking to replace our original seacocks very soon. Has anyone tried marelon seacocks? there is obvious price incentive over bronze...
Jan 16, 2006 - 12:00 pm - We are also looking at replacing our seacocks. Does any know if the flange bolt holes on the new Groco sea cocks will match up with the existing thru ...
Jan 16, 2006 - 02:38 pm - I was interested in the marelon seacocks so I read some articles on the internet about them. apparently if they are not maintained properly they freez...
Jan 19, 2006 - 03:19 am - I replaced all the seacock on our boat. All the below the w/l are the newer groco bronze and some of the above the water line (non critical I figure) ...
Jan 21, 2006 - 05:00 pm - If anyone replaces their original Groco seacocks, I would gladly purchase the old cones if they are still useable. I get calls regularly for rubber co...
Jan 31, 2006 - 02:15 pm - When I replaced my old Groco's with the new ones I first patched all the old holes and then redrilled for the new seacocks. Since I eliminated or relo...
Feb 26, 2006 - 08:06 pm - Per the post on "In The Yard" the Spartan seacocks have almost the same hole pattern as the Groco seacocks, so the conversion should be relati...

Securing Cockpit Flooring   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 18, 2009 - 07:05 pm - Hi Bud,What is the best way to secure the cockpit flooring in such a way that one can still have easy access to the aft part of the engine room?thanks
Mar 18, 2009 - 07:33 pm - Check out Pages C-5 and C-6 of my Westsail Service Manual. If you don't have them, let me know and I will email the pages.

Serial Numbers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 09, 2008 - 01:05 pm - Bud,Were any W32s built without the serial numbers stamped into the starboard side of the stern? I saw a W32 in Newport (OR) this weekend. She was bac...
Jun 09, 2008 - 05:56 pm - Stephen,I don't have a number on my exterior. I think a previous owner filled it with epoxy or something. This seems to happen often when boats are re...
Jun 21, 2008 - 02:09 am - The requirement for marking a hull with the HIN did not come into effect until sometime in 1973. The early Kendalls and W32's were not marked. I belie...

Service Manual   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 08, 2007 - 08:04 pm - Bud,I'd like to purchase a service manual for use as a guide as we move into the home stretch of our purchasing. I sent you an email a few days back a...

Shaft Security   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 07, 2008 - 01:24 am - Bud - I've been working on the engine for a few days. Finally got it running well today, and then almost had a heart attack when the propeller shaft p...
Jan 07, 2008 - 01:07 pm - that hole is for wire to keep it from backing out. I would also put a hose clamp on the shaft about 1/2 inch away from the stuffing box. This will kee...
Jan 17, 2008 - 07:13 pm - The setscrew HAS to have lockwire around it. OR ELSE. You can also install a zinc collar just ahead of the stuffing box to prevent the shaft from slid...

Shipmate Stove   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 23, 2006 - 04:20 pm - Hi Bud,Where do I find a conversion kit for my K-1 Shipmate stove. I would like to convert to LPG. Do you sell these?Don
Oct 24, 2006 - 04:06 pm - Don, Good news and bad news. First the bad.Shipmate is long since out of business, and no conversion kits are available.Good news. Check Page E-4 of m...

Shipping From Philippines   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 18, 2006 - 03:34 am - 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 intende...
May 21, 2006 - 11:57 pm - 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, f...

Shipping Water   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 18, 2006 - 07:55 am - Dear Bud:I have been having a problem with water shipping down below after a day's sail. Last Saturday, we went out in fresh trades of 20 knots, gusti...
Apr 18, 2006 - 01:42 pm - Hi ChipFirst off, do you have scuppers? My expierence has been similar. I removed my bronze scuppers and found room for water to ingress. Solution was...
Apr 19, 2006 - 06:46 am - Robert:Thanks for responding. I have the first W32 that was built. She does not have the scuppers for drainage from the side decks that I have seen on...
Apr 22, 2006 - 04:28 am - Bud,Do you have a comment to make here? I suspect that the boat is leaking in more places than the drain pipes. Have other boats had problems with the...
Apr 26, 2006 - 08:41 pm - Chip,The following is info from Page J-2 of my Westsail Service Manual.HULL TO DECK JOINT LEAKS - ORIGINAL WESTSAIL 32 HULL MOLDIf your boat is one of...
Apr 30, 2006 - 06:49 pm - Chip, I have the tenth Westsail built and suffered your exact problem. Also, when heavy rain fall was combined with heavy winds, (we live in Oregon wh...
May 02, 2006 - 08:07 am - Thanks, all, for your help. I will continue to pursue this problem.Especially, thanks to Bud for your help here and for coming down to meet me on shor...
May 04, 2006 - 01:14 am - Chip, Thanks for your kind words. If I wrote a book, who would read it except for Westsail owners. I have already put most of my thoughts down in my a...

Shortened Boom And   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 31, 2005 - 08:28 pm - Hi Bud,I've seen a W32 with the boom gallows moved forward of the main hatch. Opinions?Also, what is your knowledge about shortened booms on the W32?(...
Feb 12, 2005 - 02:26 am - The later models of the 32 had a flush lazarette hatch.
Feb 20, 2005 - 05:47 pm - Lori,The closest thing you can come to a flush lazarette hatch is to use a low profile aluminum hatch, installed directly on the fiberglass boss aroun...
Feb 27, 2005 - 12:44 pm - Lori, in regard to making your aft end flush, I saw a really nice modification on a boomkin once. It was a teak grate which fited inside the boomkin w...
Feb 27, 2005 - 01:28 pm - Mike Dougans boat (Sannyasin) has a teak grate 'inside' the boomkin like that.He has a link to pics of his boat in the members area.
Feb 27, 2005 - 06:41 pm - Here is a closer view of the teak grating... I really like it, but mine only goes as far forward as the lazerette hatch. I'd guess that you'd want to ...

Shower Curtain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 17, 2004 - 03:54 pm - Greetings Bud, Do you know if the track on the ceiling (its a small upside down u track approx. 1/4" x 1/4")was from the factory and do you kn...
Sep 20, 2004 - 04:34 pm - Ken,Sorry, I don't remember the source of the track and plastic slides. Try a store handling curtains, or an upholstery shop.

Shrouds, Standing Rigging Questions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2009 - 03:41 am - Hi Bud,On the phone you were kind enough to give me some tips on how to install shrouds in a fashion that only required going aloft one time, per wire...
Dec 27, 2009 - 03:07 pm - just use a halyard to stabilize the mast. Remember that if you loosen the opposing stay (or stays) to the one you are working on, there is not much lo...
Dec 27, 2009 - 03:35 pm - Remember to use the running backstays while replacing standing rigging. They add a lot of support. Ken
Dec 27, 2009 - 06:33 pm - If you start by removing the four lower stays, the upper stays will keep the mast in place. After the four lower ones are removed, then do the same wi...
Jan 17, 2010 - 07:55 pm - Bud,Approximately how many feet of stainless rigging is on the '43 Ketch? Mine has running backstays, I think.And would you happen to know the pretens...
Jan 18, 2010 - 06:12 pm - The 42 and 43 usually used 5/16" or 3/8" for the headstay, 5/16" for the rest of the main shrouds, and 9/32" for the mizzen. Running b...
Jan 18, 2010 - 08:59 pm - The main is the 50' single spreader
Jan 19, 2010 - 03:41 pm - What about the mizzen?
Jan 19, 2010 - 05:10 pm - No spreader on the mizzen
Jan 25, 2010 - 08:25 pm - The following lengths are approximate, but probably slightly longer than actual.Main3/8" x 54' headstay5/16" x 56' backstay5/16" x 36' sta...

Simrad TP32 Tiller Pilot Positioning   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 11, 2005 - 06:38 pm - Hi Bud, I read your recomendations below regarding where to mount the outboard end of the tiller pilot... in my instructions, they require a 90 degree...
Apr 12, 2005 - 03:16 pm - Mounting the tiller pilot on top of the rise of the caprail, and adding a 5.9" extension to the end of the rod does permit the pilot to be at righ...
Apr 12, 2005 - 03:41 pm - Thanks! I would have mounted the tiller pin in the wrong place for sure... so, then, would it be simply a matter of drawing the right angle to the til...
Apr 12, 2005 - 06:52 pm - MichaelLook at the wiring in your manuals for your GPS and autopilot. The NMEA bus requires only data in, data out, and common. If you are powering bo...
Apr 14, 2005 - 09:14 pm - Thanks Jeff... it might even be simpler than that... I think that I just need the data out from the GPS going to the data in on the tiller pilot (the ...
Apr 15, 2005 - 02:31 am - Mikethe serial port is either a 9 pin (DB9) connector or a 25 pin (DB25) connector. it uses the RS232 standard. just type rs232 into your search engin...
Apr 15, 2005 - 09:21 pm - Michael,If your tiller does not clear over the stern sampson posts, then I would either cut down the posts, or shim the tiller. In the event of an eme...
Jun 02, 2005 - 11:04 am - the tillerpilot will not move further than your sampson posts. The simrad travel is only about 5-6" in either direction.
Jun 04, 2005 - 02:09 pm - Yea, that's what's got me a little nervous about Bud's installation recommendation... the further forward on the tiller the attachment is mounted, the...
Jun 13, 2005 - 02:58 pm - We mounted ours on the curve of the caprail. It is fine. It doesn't move as far as you would expect to stay on course.rich
Jun 14, 2005 - 10:00 pm - The tillerpilot should be mounted at right angles to the tiller. Re-read my previous post, as I felt I fully explained the procedure, including adding...
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:43 am - Hi Bud, before I drill permanent holes in my teak I really want to have a good understanding of what the various placements are actually going to do f...
Jun 16, 2005 - 04:18 pm - Mike,I do not advise using a tillerpilot for anything more than keeping a boat on course, and making small course changes. If you try to use the tille...
Jun 18, 2005 - 02:47 pm - I second bud's remarks. Our's will tack the boat in the right conditions, but sometimes the boat will end up in irons. Very easy to release the tiller...
Jun 18, 2005 - 04:03 pm - Thanks all...point taken.However, a large part of why I bought the TP in the first place was to assist when single-handing... the thought being that I...
Jun 19, 2005 - 10:07 pm - Michael, you won't know how it turns out until you overheat the autopilot motor and it burns out. Since the rudder on a W32 is so large, there should ...

Singlehanding W42 And Schooner Rig   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 17, 2008 - 06:26 pm - Hi Bud,Was wondering if it is ever in any way feasible to rig a W42 for single-handed ocean work. Also, I saw one on which you had built a schooner ri...
Jan 17, 2008 - 07:04 pm - It is fairly easy because all of the sails are in small packages, and when it gets nasty, you shorten down to the fore staysail, main staysail, and a ...
Jan 23, 2008 - 04:03 am - Wow, Bud, Thanks. I'm excited. Sorry for the late reply. Was out of town and have family coming in--busy.Can't believe your response. I thought it wou...
Jan 24, 2008 - 03:26 pm - I love the schooner rig. I've been on a smallish 35' steel pinky schooner and a large, home-built 70' schooner. The rig is great to work with. You nee...

Siphon Break , 4-236   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 25, 2006 - 04:00 am - Hey Bud,I had my engine rebuilt six months ago. I just saw some old pics of it and it had a siphon break on the raw water exhaust. The new engine does...
Nov 26, 2006 - 04:41 am - all engines need it if they are below the waterline.
Nov 26, 2006 - 05:22 pm - Well that's the thing. The 4.236 on a 43 is above the waterline by about 10-12". It's right on the cusp of what's acceptable. Just wanting to know...
Nov 27, 2006 - 02:11 am - Hate to get in Buds way but this is a biggie. Our 32 had a siphon break and when I had an impellor go bad, before the engine overheaded and there were...
Nov 27, 2006 - 06:59 pm - I agree, there should be a siphon break on the cooling water line between the water leaving the manifold, and entering the exhaust elbow. Take the dis...

Sliding Companionway Hatch   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:52 am - Bud,Are the later W32 models equipped with a sliding companionway hatch? I have determined that I want a slider and have settled on a track design, bu...
Feb 21, 2006 - 12:25 am - Hi Joe, I have a 1976 W32 which was one of the first of the new design. I have a few close up photos of the sliding companion way hatch in my "Apr...
Feb 22, 2006 - 02:31 am - A number of owners have made the sliding hatch out of a piece of 1/2" plexiglass, and used the original hatch as a turtle for the plexiglass to sl...
Feb 22, 2006 - 01:30 pm - Rod, Bud,Thank you for your replies, Rod your pictures are helpful, what a meticulous log you keep! I wish I had that kind of discipline. Bud, i would...
Feb 26, 2006 - 07:59 pm - I sent you a picture of the plexiglass sliding hatch that I had on file.
Feb 28, 2006 - 03:14 am - Bud, Thank you for the picture. I've drafted a plan using some of the images that you've all provided, thank you. I will post some pictures as the pro...

Sound Advice Would Be Much Appreciated...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 16, 2004 - 07:46 pm - Hello,My partner and I have been doing the usual daydream of?buy a boat, travel round the world?. We?ve all been there? and many on this site are doin...
Apr 17, 2004 - 02:48 pm - Daniel,Thanks for the email. The Westsail 32 is certainly capable of fulfilling your plans. There are a number of them in Europe, but may not come up ...
Apr 17, 2004 - 06:20 pm - Thanks Bud - I'll drop you an email.

Speaking Of Seacocks...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 21, 2005 - 03:50 am - I have a small 3/4" bronze seacock for the head inlet that is almost impossible to open/close. Plus, if it's not set 'just right' when it's open i...
Mar 21, 2005 - 05:15 pm - MikeIf it looks like a smaller version of the 1 1/2" groco seacock then it disassembles the exact same way. plug your thru hull from the outside i...

Spiniker Halyard   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 11, 2006 - 10:28 pm - i want to add a geniker but do not have a halyard, do you sell the a spiniker halyard attachment. thanks
Aug 12, 2006 - 05:24 pm - To properly set a spinnaker or genniker halyard, you need to mount a plate on top of the mast, with provision to mount a halyard block out in front of...

Split Backstay   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 28, 2006 - 02:29 pm - Bud,I've read, somewhere, that by adding chainplates to the stern, athwartships and aft of the sampson posts, I can add a split backstay and eliminate...
Aug 28, 2006 - 07:26 pm - What is the problem with boomkins on W32s? I'd imagine if you want to get rid of it, it causes some problem. Seeing as I'm in the market for at a W28 ...
Aug 29, 2006 - 01:57 am - The wooden ones have been known to fail, either by rot or undersized and corroded boomkin stay tangs (is that what they are called).A solid wood boomk...
Aug 31, 2006 - 03:02 am - I'm worried primarily about unseen rot in the boomkin. It is fairly well loaded and even a little failure will be catastrophic. The second reason I wa...
Aug 31, 2006 - 06:11 am - Thanks for the info.I seem to be reading a lot of people using travelers aboard W32s. Is this because of dodgers or for some performance gain?I've sai...
Aug 31, 2006 - 06:01 pm - The wood boomkin is certainly prone to rot, and must be carefully checked quite often. That is the reason I designed a stainless steel boomkin, and it...
Aug 31, 2006 - 06:03 pm - Papillon was originally rigged with a 4:1 boom-end mainsheet mounted on a bronze bar across the lazzurette and tiller. There are no control lines for ...
Aug 31, 2006 - 06:09 pm - Bud, I was planning to rely on the topping lift and vang and eliminate the gallows anyway. I did install a traveller on the bridgedeck, I used a 1.8 m...

Spreader Length Tip To Tip And Sweep   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 09, 2007 - 01:23 am - Bud, any idea on tip to tip length for the spreaders on a W32? Isomat also need to know the sweep.Thanks for any help,Gary
Nov 09, 2007 - 03:31 pm - Each manufacturer designs the length of the spreader based on the height above deck, beam of the boat, and the strength of their mast section. Let Iso...
Nov 10, 2007 - 02:39 am - Thanks Bud

Spreaders   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:51 am - The spreaders on my recently-purchased 32 have a little fore-and-aft movement when I push or pull on the shrouds -- is this normal, or am I in for a t...

SQ FT FOR BOTTOM PAINT   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 19, 2009 - 07:54 pm - Hi Bud,Time to hual out and paint the bottom. What sq ft number should I use when buying bottom paint?
Nov 19, 2009 - 09:58 pm - Don -We just did Ellipsis' bottom. If you are careful 2 gallons of Trinidad will give you 2 coats and about a tablespoonful to spare
Nov 20, 2009 - 06:08 pm - Don:We use about 1 Gal and 1 qt per coat. I am not as careful, and we do the bottom of the keel (Also I have a fin that takes five extra teaspoons to ...
Nov 21, 2009 - 03:42 pm - Depends on how well you roll out the paint, but a gallon plus a quart should be sufficient.

SSB Ground Question   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 15, 2005 - 03:03 pm - Bud -I have seen advise that suggests that the best way for me to build a counterpoise on a Westsail is to tap into the encapsulated lead keel with a ...
Feb 15, 2005 - 09:00 pm - Ken,I would do no good to try to attach to the three separate pieces of lead ballast. The dynaplate is a useful means of a counterpoise, but nothing e...
Feb 17, 2005 - 01:24 pm - Thanks, Bud. That's what I'll do.Ken

Stainless Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 02, 2006 - 03:21 am - Hi Bud, I am planning to remove the timber boomkin this year from my W32 and want to add a stainless one similar to your design on page B-5 of your se...
Mar 11, 2006 - 06:56 pm - Rod, No problem. Contact me directly by email and I can send you drawings.

Stainless Steel Pintals And Gudgeons   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 30, 2004 - 11:04 pm - Bud,I have one those changeover W32's mentioned in your service manual, pockets molded into the rudder with stainless steel pintals and gudgeons.I'm g...
Sep 06, 2004 - 04:20 pm - Scott,The bronze (not brass) pin is bolted to the pockets in the rudder with bronze bolts. A description of the construction of the fiberglass gudgeon...

Standing Rigging ?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 02, 2006 - 06:26 pm - Bud,I am seeing boats for sale, but mostly with standing rigging over 10 yrs. old. For ocean passage work, say So. Pacific, and beyond, what would I w...
Nov 02, 2006 - 08:03 pm - Randy, You should only consider replacing any shrouds that show starting of cracks on the swage fittings, or any obviously broken strands. My experien...
Nov 03, 2006 - 01:25 pm - Bud,Thanks for the prompt reply and good tips. I'll look forward to working with you. Like I said, I've decided there is no way to improve on the orig...
Nov 08, 2006 - 12:39 am - Bud,The serial number or our W32 is WSSK06410976, is there any way to find out who the original owner was?Best Regards,Chris Burger

Starboard Thru Hull   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 25, 2009 - 03:13 pm - On the starboard side, just forward of the water take there is a Thru Hull that in my boat is sealed with a PVC pipe. Any idea what this 1 1/2 inch th...
May 25, 2009 - 07:18 pm - Sounds like it may have been for a speedometer paddlewheel that can be removed from the inside and a plug insertrd in its place.
Jun 05, 2009 - 08:07 pm - thanks Bud

Staysail Release Lever   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 23, 2008 - 06:03 pm - Bud: Do you have any release levers for the stay'sl stay available? Thanks
Dec 24, 2008 - 03:47 pm - It is in my Westsail Service Manual, Page A-5.

Staysail Track???   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 06, 2005 - 08:42 pm - Hey Bud,We've got an older W32 #81 the Oo La La. How can we get the ends off the staysail track? There's the stub of a SS pin going in at the top of t...
Feb 10, 2005 - 11:55 pm - Jeffrey,You need to pull that pin out of the end piece, as it goes into a hole in the track. You may have to cut away some of the rubber end piece, an...
Feb 12, 2005 - 02:25 am - I believe this company has the rubber ends. http://www.hollandmarine.com/Main.htmlNeed to download their pdf catalog and call or mail them. Long downl...

Stem Fitting Caulk   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 04, 2008 - 01:13 am - Bud,I have some white SIS440 left over from caulking the edges of my teak deck. Do you think it will work OK if I use it to caulk the new stem fitting...
May 09, 2008 - 04:17 am - You could probably use it, and it would work fine.

Stern Pulpit Installation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2009 - 02:48 pm - Bud,I recently acquired a stern pulpit from another Westsailor and I'm having a small problem finding just the right position for installation. If I p...
Mar 09, 2009 - 07:26 pm - I think you just have to play around with the location to arrive at a good compromise. Is it possible to move the Aires vane slightly aft?
Mar 09, 2009 - 08:07 pm - looked at it this morning but only considered shifting the entire assembly, which didn't appear to work, I'll look closer tonight to see if the Aries ...

Sticky Bilge Hatches   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 04, 2009 - 07:24 pm - The hatches covering the bilge/water tanks under the sole of my boat have been almost impossible to remove for several months since last fall. I assum...
May 04, 2009 - 10:54 pm - The wood has probably swelled up, and has not shrunk back down. Probably best to trim some off of the edge of the hatch. On most boats, the underside ...
May 05, 2009 - 01:48 am - I do have the holly and teak sole, but I have to admit that I do not know if the underside is sealed. I will do so.Frank

Storm Sails   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 18, 2005 - 03:34 pm - Hi Bud,I am looking to add a trysail and storm staysail to my W32. Do you have any recommendations as to size? Also, how essential is the trysail? Wou...
Apr 20, 2005 - 04:29 pm - Best to contact a sailmaker like Kern Ferguson regarding storm sails. The standard Westsail ones are about 70 sq. ft., of 9.25 oz. dacron. Both storm ...
Apr 20, 2005 - 10:03 pm - AndrewBud's 'construction manual' ($10 CD-ROM) has the dimensions, weight, etc. for both the storm jib, Spitfire jib, & trysail (among others) on ...
Apr 21, 2005 - 01:20 pm - I don't think a westsail will heave-to with just a storm jib. there is way too much windage up front to need it. You might email Dave King and ask him...
May 01, 2005 - 01:02 am - Thanks for the info!
May 10, 2005 - 05:54 pm - Just checked the dimensions of mine (on the receipt my boats previous owner gave me). Says the storm staysail (I have a boomed staysail) is 80 sqr fee...

Structural Beams Cut.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 02, 2005 - 06:04 am - Hi Bud, I recently asked about bulkheads in a W32 and have just seen a W32 which a friend of mine is interested in, where the laminated beam between t...
Mar 09, 2005 - 05:23 pm - I bet the guy that cut that beam out of there suffered from one too many knots on his head.
Mar 09, 2005 - 09:16 pm - Not to answer for Bud, as I defer to his judgment on these things.I don't think that the beam in the forward side of the head is very structural. Of c...
Mar 10, 2005 - 07:11 pm - You are correct Rich, the deckbeam between the head and forward cabin does not really do much for the integrity of the cabintop or mast support. You s...

Summer Lee   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 31, 2010 - 02:43 am - Hey Bud,Did Summer Lee sell? It's not in the list of boats for sale any more.Chris
Jan 31, 2010 - 04:54 pm - Yes she did. Went to Gil Carner in Mobile, AL.

SV Liberate And A MaxProp   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 28, 2007 - 01:02 am - Bud, this is Terry Singh. You surveyed Zaca in Georgetown, Maryland 3 years ago. She is indeed a fine vessel and now named Libeate! I am looking at th...
Oct 28, 2007 - 11:25 pm - Terence, You should have a 1" shaft. You should not have to modify the rudder opening if you shorten the shaft. The front of the hub of any feathe...

Swim Ladder For W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 24, 2008 - 11:40 pm - Bud, my W32 Devon's Whisper has a stainless folding ladder that affixes to two hull mounted 1/2 " ss posts that protrude about 6" out just bel...
Jun 25, 2008 - 02:58 pm - Tom, I do not recall seeing that design, however I will check through my old catalogs to see if I can find a ladder that mounts that way. I would thin...

Symmetrical Spinnaker   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 10, 2009 - 04:01 pm - Would a spinnaker with a 40' 10" luff and 24' 8" foot be too small for the W32?
Jul 11, 2009 - 01:15 am - It should be about the right size considering the mast is 43' long, and the spinnaker halyard block is on top of the mast. Check with a sailmaker thou...

Tank Replacement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 14, 2008 - 02:39 pm - I would like to ask for advice on removing/replacing our 3 ss water tanks on our WS42 CC. I know the sole will have to be cut apart, ect. Is it pretty...
Mar 15, 2008 - 11:54 pm - About the best advice I can give is described on Page G-3 of my Westsail Service Manual. If you do not have it, let me know and I will send the page b...

Teak Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 24, 2009 - 05:58 pm - Bud,I'm considering replacing the Teak Boomkin with more of the same. thought I'd check to see if you still have the ruggedized stainless crossmember ...
Mar 24, 2009 - 09:47 pm - Scott,Teak would probably be fine, though somewhat expensive, for the boomkin. I do have the SS crosspiece available.
Mar 28, 2009 - 04:07 pm - Scott: I replaced our boomkin last year with high grade straight grain quarter-sawn douglas fir. Worked out well, looks great and was relatively easy ...

Teak Deck   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 25, 2008 - 03:27 am - Bud, do you suggest using sis 440 to caulk the outer edges of the teak deck to the fiberglass deck? If so, does it come in white or should black be us...
Jan 25, 2008 - 12:00 pm - It is available in white. I'll leave the rest to Bud.
Feb 02, 2008 - 04:25 pm - I would say that black might look better in the longrun.

Teak Deck WS42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 05, 2007 - 05:54 pm - The teak deck is in serious need of repair or replacement. All of the experts (Surveyor, Broker) have recommended removal. I'm considering replacing i...
Jan 05, 2007 - 08:09 pm - Teak decks, you either love them or hate them. I removed my deck boards and was able to get consistent clean material at about 1/2" using a thickn...
Dec 02, 2007 - 08:41 pm - Capn Tom, it looks like I'm going to go the same route. My W32 teak decks were nasty and I have a couple of small areas that I suspect have core damag...
Dec 03, 2007 - 01:00 pm - I can't say that it is superior. Only time will tell. My thoughts on 5200 are that it would be more expensive and take much longer to cure. If I were ...
Dec 03, 2007 - 01:10 pm - Thanks for the tips. I took a 1/4 inch chisel and regroved each seam as I was removing the caulk (I don't think my knees will ever be the same again!)...
Dec 03, 2007 - 02:52 pm - A note about teak decking system's adhesive. It is made by fiberglass coatings inc in SW florida. It is their product called "superbond".FCI i...
Dec 03, 2007 - 04:43 pm - Rich, Thanks, and are you back in Bloomington or in Florida? We need to hook up some time and talk over a beer or three. I'm just in Fort Wayne.
Dec 04, 2007 - 03:50 pm - yep, I am in bloomington. I am going to muncie tomorrow to pick up something. Are you free?email me. (click my name in the post).rich
Dec 05, 2007 - 12:00 am - Tom, What the hell are we all doing landlocked? I'm in Northern Kentucky. My deck peeled right up. My seam caulk was still in place so I used a utilit...
Dec 05, 2007 - 12:12 pm - Tom, Thanks for the encouragement! As for the being landlocked, maybe after global warming melts the icecaps we'll have nice lakeshore property! I ret...

Teak Drawer Fronts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 09, 2007 - 05:48 am - Bud,Since I'm rebuilding the icebox my wife thought it would be nice to have several drawers about 12 inches deep on the inboard face of the icebox ca...
Aug 09, 2007 - 04:49 pm - You should be able to get similar ones from H & L Marine in the LA area. 323-636-1718. I have the drawings of the faces available. They are on the...

Teak Lazarette Hatch Cover Rebuild   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 21, 2009 - 03:13 am - Bud,1974 W32 has a teak hatch cover 2ft. x. 2 ft. over the lazarette. A couple of the strips of teak have come off but are salved. These are a full 1/...
Aug 21, 2009 - 03:53 pm - Randy, I will email you a copy of the construction of the lazarette hatch from the Westsail factory construction manual.To rebuild your existing hatch...
Aug 21, 2009 - 05:58 pm - Thanks, Bud,A few more years sounds fine to me.I can't believe you. You're so incredible.I'll do exactly as you say and let you know how it goes. We c...
Aug 21, 2009 - 07:30 pm - Bud,thanks for the schematics of the hatch. I feel that I am way ahead of where I would have been shooting from the hip and tearing up stuff I really ...
Aug 22, 2009 - 06:00 pm - Bud,I just left a note on the "in the yard column".The lazarette hatch appears to have been rebuilt twice in the style you recommended yesterd...
Aug 22, 2009 - 06:09 pm - Sorry to be a pain, (again :-) ), Bud, but I was unable to read the details regarding the teak strips on the data sheet you emailed me.My teach hatch ...
Aug 23, 2009 - 10:21 pm - Randy,I have a hatch cover that is in fair to good condition. I would part with it for a very resonable amount. Any interest? Pics of it are on my blo...
Aug 24, 2009 - 12:25 am - Randy, On my copy of the manual it appears that the teak strips are 3/16" thick, and there is a 1/4" piece of plywood under it. Total 7/16"...
Aug 24, 2009 - 02:03 pm - Ah, thank you so much Bud. I was way off on alot of fronts. If I refurbish, I'll depend on the plywood for most of the structural integrity, and assum...
Aug 24, 2009 - 02:24 pm - Don, I may be interested in your hatch cover, but could not locate your blog and am not sure your email link will get to you. If you could direct me t...
Aug 24, 2009 - 04:08 pm - Randy, go to Member's Sites, go down about 5- Called a Salty State of Mind Mary Rose, I read it often. Also another idea, Look on the first boat on y...
Aug 24, 2009 - 04:47 pm - Thanks to all of you.I just found some 1/4" teak marine plywood a mile from my front door. So, looks like I'll be rebuilding the old hatch for $50...
Aug 24, 2009 - 05:29 pm - Randy, Remember that teak plywood has only a very thin veneer of teak on the surface. If it is exposed outdoors and not protected or covered, it will ...
Aug 26, 2009 - 06:14 pm - Bud,The new line on teak did not work out. So, I cleaned up the old strips for possible re-use.Also, I opted out of teak plywood and went with Lloyd's...
Aug 26, 2009 - 06:47 pm - Randy, Just space them accordingly. The seam caulking will fill up the seam with no problem. Actually, I would recommend not screwing the strips down....
Aug 26, 2009 - 07:03 pm - I redid my hatch before this thread got started, and I bedded the strips in thickened epoxy. After I got done and varnished the whole thing, I think i...
Aug 26, 2009 - 09:34 pm - Hey, Thanks for the advice.I have been stalling around the house hoping for input. You always come through. At least I got some boulliabase out of the...
Aug 26, 2009 - 09:35 pm - Oh, Bud, and I will be most happy to not screw those teak strips down. Thanks.That is actually what a full boatyard carpenter recommended last year.
Aug 29, 2009 - 09:09 pm - Just for the benefit of future hatch rebuilders:Since doing some research, for me, as a woodworker with some experience, I will probably go with the R...
Aug 29, 2009 - 10:52 pm - Okay, Bud, you win!An hour or so ago, I posted a message about all my great research efforts, woodworking, la de dah. I was wrong.The Resorcinol glue ...

Teak Paneled Doors   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 13, 2008 - 10:58 pm - Bud, For spare drawer fronts you referred me to H&L, but I discovered that I'm short one paneled door for the V-berth's chain locker bulkhead (app...
Nov 14, 2008 - 08:13 pm - The company that made them originally is long since out of business. Possibily H&L can make one for you. You would probably have to send yours to ...
Nov 15, 2008 - 12:54 am - Bud, I was afraid of that. I could have sworn I had all the doors I needed but just can't locate the one. I've posted the need to the WOA site and may...

Temporary Shroud Bracing? Bull Clamps And Wire?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 08, 2009 - 05:40 pm - Hey Bud,I have an idea on how to brace a shroud the marine surveyor did not like (although it dutifully took the hurricane winds of Ike at full force,...
Sep 10, 2009 - 06:41 pm - Randy,I personally do not like the idea of clamping a wire onto the existing wire, except in extreme emergency. If you are planning on replacing the w...
Sep 11, 2009 - 05:57 pm - Thanks, Bud,I finally got hold of a professional rigger here in the area. He agreed to not use the cable clamps for anything but an emergency. Lesson ...

Tensioning The Rig In W28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 10, 2008 - 05:03 am - Bud, What is the significance of the order of tensioning the stays? I've read your instructions in the manual and did it accordingly when replacing th...
Jul 10, 2008 - 04:03 pm - No you don't. Just measure the length of the existing turnbuckle from pin to pin, and then install the new turnbuckle with the same spacing.

Termites   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 22, 2004 - 10:41 pm - I am looking at a W32 currently and it is clear that termites are present. They have eaten a small bulkhead or partition of timber at the very front i...
Sep 25, 2004 - 09:46 pm - It is hard to believe that you can hear them munching.Termite damage in the furniture or trim is not a structural problem, and fumigation should take ...
Oct 05, 2004 - 09:44 pm - Check out my website ( http://home.earthlink.net/~muthaiga/ ). If you have any questions, send me an e-mail. Bottom line: If I were to do it all over ...
Oct 08, 2004 - 12:05 am - thanks for the advice.

Thank You!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 12, 2010 - 01:41 am - Bud,Lana and I are jumping off this week for our first long distance, multi-month sailing adventure. We want to thank you for all of your help and adv...
Jan 14, 2010 - 06:02 pm - Don and Lana,Thanks for the kind words. I try to be as helpful as possible to all of the Westsail owners, as you all are helping me make a living sell...

Through-deck Conduit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 12, 2009 - 02:54 am - Bud,The previous owner of my boat ran a rubber propane line through the foredeck and caulked the hole with some sort of caulk (probably boat life), bu...
Sep 12, 2009 - 02:08 pm - Frank, Your approach is the correct one.
Sep 12, 2009 - 08:03 pm - Frank:I will chime in with one other suggestion. If you use a PVC pipe thread on the top that matches (an electrical strain relief you can use this st...

Throughall Backing Plates   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 23, 2005 - 12:04 am - Hi Bud,what do you think about using 3/8 or 1/2 thick plastic as backing plates instead off plywood.Thanks,Henry
Jul 23, 2005 - 04:53 pm - A smooth plastic material should work fine. Probably better than plywood, as it could not rot like plywood sometimes does.

Transmission On Volvo MD3B Interface?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 24, 2004 - 05:19 am - Hello,I am investigating the possibility of re-powering my W32. I have located an afforadable Perkins 4-108 and currently have a factory installed Vol...
Nov 28, 2004 - 07:58 pm - Tom,I doubt that you would be able to find an adapter plate to go between a Perkins 4-108 and your Volvo transmission. Besides, the Perkins normally u...

Transporting Our Westsail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 25, 2006 - 02:53 pm - We are planning on moving our Westsail 32 from CA to KY and need to know the height of the boat, from bottom of keel to top of cabin. Can you assist? ...
Oct 26, 2006 - 04:23 pm - John, A W32 is 12'-3" from keel to top of pulpit. If they load the boat slightly down by the bow, they can get it under 12'. The boom gallows may ...
Oct 26, 2006 - 11:42 pm - Whereabouts in Ky?
Oct 28, 2006 - 03:39 am - I moved my W32 from FT. Pierce FL to Chicago IL. I had to remove the bow pulpit. Total height could not exceed 13 feet 10 inches.
Oct 29, 2006 - 12:47 am - I moved FLAPS UP from CT to SC and the question was never asked. I used Youle yacht transport.

Trucking Dimensions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 31, 2009 - 02:39 am - Bud, For shipping purposes, what is the approximate measurement from the keel to the highest point of the cabin/pulpits?Thanks,Norm
Apr 01, 2009 - 05:26 pm - Norm, These dimensions may help for a Westsail 32:Keel to top of pulpit when loaded slightly bow down? 12? 3?Keel to top of bowsprit without pulpit? 1...
Apr 01, 2009 - 05:36 pm - Thanks
Apr 03, 2009 - 12:01 am - Bud,How tall is the mast above the deck?From the water line?Don
Apr 03, 2009 - 01:24 am - Don, Depends on if the mast is up or down.Up it is 43' plus 5'-3" from step to waterline, or 48'-3" plus the light, antenna, or anything else ...

Trunk Cabin Sides   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 19, 2004 - 03:48 pm - The majority of the Westsails have veneer plywood liner on the sides of the trunk cabin (around the portlights). Some of the boats I see have what app...
Sep 20, 2004 - 04:40 pm - Tom,Use as thin a wood as you can find, and cut around the portlight ring, rather than going under the ring. Glue the wood on with contact cement, gor...

Trying To Locate Owner   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 08, 2006 - 12:47 am - Hello Bud,The serial number of our W32 is WSSK06410976, would it be possible to find out who the original owner was and maybe his last known address. ...
Nov 08, 2006 - 10:40 pm - Good day Debb and Chris:I am not sure on the tracking him down. I would assume asking him about her or showing off you new boat would be allot like as...
Nov 09, 2006 - 12:31 pm - Well put Norm
Nov 10, 2006 - 01:55 am - Chris, My records show that you are the fifth owner. The boat was formerly named Moonshadow. The first owner I have on my list is Howard Cosgrove, the...
Nov 15, 2006 - 05:57 am - Does she have a red and white stripped genny? If so, I might have a little more information.
Nov 24, 2006 - 02:25 am - Thanks Bud, for the background. The boat was extremely well built by the original folks who had her, and we are taking the time and energy to restore ...
Nov 26, 2006 - 11:47 pm - Hi Bud--What do you know about Westsail 32 Escargot ( Manchester, Mass)--no hull numbers, so I guess a fairly early boat.I am probably making an offer...
Nov 27, 2006 - 07:09 pm - Mick, I have two W32's on my list with the name Escargot. One is #227 in FL. The other is in MA, however the owner has told me that she could not find...
Dec 01, 2006 - 04:08 am - Information on previous owners and previous boat names can sometimes be found at:http://www.st.nmfs.gov/st1/CoastGuard/VesselByName.htmlThis is the of...
Dec 01, 2006 - 04:15 pm - Thanks all for trying to help us with finding past owners. As our vessel was a kit I was attemting to talk with the individual who did the beautiful w...

Tubular Bowsprit On W28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 22, 2009 - 12:12 pm - Hi Bud,I've been reading the description of your s/s pipe bowsprit in your Service Manual. It's been designed for W32.I'm considering using your kind ...
Jul 22, 2009 - 04:37 pm - I will contact you directly to answer the questions.
Jul 22, 2009 - 08:35 pm - Thanks Bud!

Tuning The Rig   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 28, 2006 - 11:04 pm - Hi Bud,I've been sailing my W-32 and over the last couple years she tends to go higher to wind on her starboard side over her port side. The mast was ...
Jul 01, 2006 - 07:00 pm - Don - Maybe that's because both you and your boat are right handed. Otherwise, I don't know why, but you should ask Kern or Dave King. Maybe they can ...

Turning A W32 Into A Sloop   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2005 - 01:36 am - Has anybody tried turning the w32 into a sloop by removing the stay for the staysail? This would make handling the boat easier. What would it do the s...
Mar 09, 2005 - 12:47 pm - If I'm not mistaken mast placement (fore/aft) would preclude simply removing the inner staysail stay.
Mar 10, 2005 - 07:17 pm - Many owners have deleted the staysail boom, installed a release lever on the staysail stay, and move the stay back to easily tack with a large jib or ...
Mar 11, 2005 - 06:25 pm - Thanks so much, Bud.Can you talk about how this might change the sailing dynamics of the boat.
Mar 12, 2005 - 12:53 am - Robert,You should pose that question to Dave King, or possibly Kern Ferguson, the sailmaker.

Unfinished Kit - 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 21, 2004 - 12:17 am - Bud - I have located a a 1977 unfinished 32. She has been stored outside, partially covered & looks abyssmal....dirty & neglected. Mast has ne...
Mar 23, 2004 - 03:38 pm - I am guessing from your name you are located along the florida ala miss coast. Is this the boat located in Atlanta? I too am in the refurbish mode wit...
Mar 27, 2004 - 03:05 am - If you decide to undertake a refurbish of this boat, I hope you are prepared to spend two or more years on the task. You need lots of experience and p...
Apr 01, 2004 - 07:40 pm - LA Sailor - I am actually on the Texas coast (Houston area) & the boat is west coast. I feel your pain - the deal on the boat is inviting mostly b...
Apr 01, 2004 - 09:55 pm - Houston Area guy - There was a westsail 32 hull with alot of extras for sale on ebay a few weeks ago. If was located in Albuquerque or Santa Fe NM of ...
Apr 05, 2004 - 01:51 am - Thanks for the tip...I see the hull did not sell...at least the $1,000 bid did not meet reserve. Will check it out. And, BTW, it's houston area GAL ;-...
Apr 06, 2004 - 01:44 pm - Houston Area GAL - my apologies. That was somewhat sexist of me to assume you to be male.
Apr 07, 2004 - 03:43 am - No harm; no foul. Sail on!
Mar 07, 2006 - 10:02 pm - I know this message is dated however; I am in the middle of building W32 #634 and, I was wondering Bud, if you knew about the boat that Houston Area G...
Mar 11, 2006 - 07:05 pm - Michael, Not sure what boat they were talking about. Contact me by email and I may be able to find the part you need.
May 07, 2006 - 02:35 pm - i have a new 1977 westsail never been in the water i want repower the old new engine volvo 2 cylinders what should i put in a vetus 2cylinders or a 3 ...
May 07, 2006 - 08:40 pm - Germain, I have a page in my Westsail Service Manual regarding engine choices for the W32. I will send it to you in another email

Unreadable Dimensions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 19, 2009 - 01:08 pm - Bud,I'm currently building a new sliding hatch for my W28. I have the construction manual but some of the drawings are really hard to read. Do you hav...
Mar 19, 2009 - 04:18 pm - Steve,I can mail you a readable copy of the drawings in the manual. Not full size though.
Mar 20, 2009 - 01:07 pm - As long as it's readable, I don't care about the size. I can always use a magnifying glass if need be. I assume you have my address but just incase, i...
Mar 20, 2009 - 05:30 pm - Steve,I will make copies and mail them to you. If I scan them in, they may not turn out very well.
Mar 24, 2009 - 12:27 pm - Got the drawings in the mail yesterday, Bud. Thank you.-Steve

Variations In Westsail 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 24, 2004 - 02:54 pm - I've come to understand there are variations in design/construction among W32s based on the year built.One ad I viewed seemed to make a particular poi...
Jun 24, 2004 - 06:53 pm - Michael,Come to the Westsail rendezvous this coming Saturday at Oxford, MD, and we can talk about the differences in the years based on the molds the ...
Jun 25, 2004 - 02:52 pm - As much as I'd *really* like to I can't make it to the rendezvouz this weekend.I've not purchased one yet. I'm still 'getting my act together'...
Nov 09, 2004 - 01:31 am - Bud, i am looking at hull #18, a 32. do you know anything about it specifically or what the pluses and minuses of that batch of hulls? its a flush dec...
Nov 11, 2004 - 03:26 pm - Jim,I am familiar with that boat. I looked her over in Alameda during the last Westsail rendezvous. Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com, and I can tell...

Velvet Drive 1.91:1 (Borg Warner) Problems   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 25, 2009 - 11:01 am - Hi Bud and fellow Westsailors!My Velvet Drive transmission has been in and out of the boat 6 times - the mechanics discovered some parts that needed r...
Mar 25, 2009 - 05:13 pm - Try Trans Atlantic Diesel in Virginia. www.tadiesels.com
Mar 27, 2009 - 02:45 am - Hey Renee,Left you a message on the iron genny portion of the board, or whatever it was.Randy

Vintage Autohelm 2000 (Nautec)   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 31, 2009 - 05:04 pm - Bud, I inherited a vintage Nautec Autohelm 2000 with my boat. I don't think that Fred Nelson used it more than a few times and it has the windvane opt...
May 31, 2009 - 07:56 pm - Raymarine is still making the Autohelm autopilots. Contact them for a manual and any necessary information regarding this model.The Model 2000 is a li...
Jun 04, 2009 - 02:13 am - Bud, I had checked out the Raymarine site and downloaded the 2000 manual, however the control unit on my old model is different. Apparently all the ne...

W-32 "My Star", W-32 "Flying Cloud" And W-28 "Nomad"   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 21, 2008 - 05:13 pm - (message posted for an unregistered user)This message is really for Bud Taplin whose name I recall from contact with the Westsail factory in the early...
Sep 22, 2008 - 04:34 pm - Michael, If you can pass this message to John Wilson I would appreciate it.The Westsail 28 that I have on my old list that was named NOMAD, is #31, an...
Sep 24, 2008 - 01:19 pm - Done
Sep 24, 2008 - 06:21 pm - Thanks. David did contact me when he found out about my message.He had a good crossing, and now he and Jill are cruising England and enjoying it.Wests...

W28 Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 24, 2008 - 03:24 pm - Bud,Do you have any boomkins for the W28 available?-Steve
May 24, 2008 - 06:29 pm - I do have a drawing of the stainless boomkin for the W28. Contact me directly and I will send the info to you.

W28 Compression Post   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 03, 2008 - 02:56 am - Bud, Namaste has a slight problem with the compression post. It appears that the bottom end has become somewhat soft. I've noticed that the head door ...
Apr 03, 2008 - 09:46 pm - Wojtek, I have a 28' with a compression post problem also. The area around the post in front of the head door is actually cracked and sunk in. There i...
Apr 04, 2008 - 12:25 am - Paul,I've examined the bottom of my post further last night and the piece of wood that sits on the top of the ballast seems solid. But I've noticed th...
Apr 05, 2008 - 03:49 pm - Wojtek,Yes, the post is tappered down starting at the seat. There is another piece of wood about 2 inches wide bolted into it however. Its under this ...
Apr 05, 2008 - 10:42 pm - Paul,No it doesn't. It is smooth and solid. I actually cannot locate any softness in the wood in the post or under it. I only assume there is some pla...
Dec 24, 2008 - 07:51 pm - Gentleman -I have the same issue with my W28. The compression post is slightly cracked, and the door to the head won't close completely. The compressi...

W28 Construction Documents   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 17, 2008 - 05:42 am - Bud,Do you have copies of the construction documents on the 28? Kendall McKibben does and he has now put Gulliver up for sale. I have an interest in a...
Aug 27, 2008 - 01:19 am - I do have a factory construction manual for the W28. 285 pages, plus a large sailplan drawing. I can have copies made if you want. Contact me directly...
Aug 28, 2008 - 06:08 pm - I am arranging to have the W28 factory construction manual scanned into files, along with the owners manual and some pictures. Should have a CD availa...
Aug 30, 2008 - 02:21 pm - Bud,The owner's manual CD went out in yesterday's mail. You should see it next week. I'm missing a few pages (see my post in the W28 section of the me...
Aug 30, 2008 - 04:35 pm - Thanks Steve. I mailed the construction manual out yesterday to be scanned in. Hope we can locate any of the missing pages to your owners manual.
Sep 01, 2008 - 05:38 am - Bud,I will be interested in getting copies of these manuals when they are available. Should I email you directly to get the cost?
Sep 01, 2008 - 02:16 pm - When I have all of the info available on one CD, I will let you know.
Sep 08, 2008 - 03:31 pm - I have the Westsail 28 CD available now. It contains the owners manual, the factory construction manual, and pictures of the interior and exterior of ...

W28 Questions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 07, 2005 - 06:10 pm - Hello Everyone,I have narrowed down my boat selections and have some questions about the Westsail 28, which now tops the list.1. Does all W28 have one...
Sep 25, 2005 - 11:29 pm - Hi Fred, nice choice. I love the W28 and if I could have sourced one here in Australia it would have been my choice of boat. They tend to be around ha...
Sep 27, 2005 - 10:04 pm - Rod, Thanks for the reply. It is tough to find info about these gems on the net. Your answers helped me out. Do you happen to know if the hull is one ...
Sep 28, 2005 - 05:43 am - Fred, I can't answer your questions with any certainty. However I seem to remember reading somewhere that the ballast was cast lead, like the later mo...
Sep 28, 2005 - 06:10 pm - All of the W28's used cast lead ballast, except for maybe the first 3 or 4 boats, which had less ballast to start, and more was eventually added. I do...

W28 Tally   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 05, 2008 - 01:22 pm - Bud,How many W28s do you have records on? And what's the highest hull number you have? I've seen various estimates for # of W28s built, anywhere from ...
Nov 05, 2008 - 02:53 pm - The highest number I have on my records is #78 (WSSK 0078 0279). I am missing 77, 76, 75, and 74, but have most boats from #73 on down on my list.
Nov 05, 2008 - 08:25 pm - Thanks, Bud. I wonder how many were actually built. Apparently more than the 52 that was referenced in a 1990 issue of Windblown or the 60 referenced ...

W28 Tankage   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 07, 2007 - 05:58 pm - Bud,How big are the water and fuel tanks on the factory-finished W28s?Thanks, Steve.
Apr 09, 2007 - 01:18 pm - Almost forgot. How big is the holding tank? I'm sure the kit boats have all sorts of various sizes but I'm assuming that the factory boats were somewh...

W32 Construction Manual On CD   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 04, 2004 - 01:08 am - One of the owners has scanned in his 460 page copy of the Westsail 32 factory construction manual, and sent me a CD copy of it. If anyone wants a CD c...

W32 Drifter   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 30, 2005 - 11:54 pm - Bud,According to the Westsail manual that came with our boat, the "reacher drifter" sail plans call for the dimensions:luff 43'2" leach 40...
Jan 05, 2006 - 02:25 am - Good day Eva:I am almost sure it won't fitand if it did the leach of 32 ft would lift the clew to high.I have a drifter which works oh so well, here a...
Jan 21, 2006 - 05:09 pm - This is a question best posed to a sailmaker, and I do recommend contacting Kern Ferguson regarding it. He has probably made more sails for Westsail b...
Jan 21, 2006 - 05:32 pm - I would suggest that the luff won't be a problem. the only time you need the luff tight is when trying to close reach, and most people use these sails...

W32 Hull Number 700   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 14, 2009 - 08:03 pm - Hi Bud,Do you have any information on a W32 that may be hull number 700. I believe the original owner was a Mr. Hill and it was named 'Wild Duck'.It w...
Jul 15, 2009 - 03:51 pm - She did contact me, and I sent her the info and the name of the current owner.

W32 Owners Manual   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 01, 2009 - 06:14 am - Hi Bud,We'd like to buy a W32 and we're learning as much as possible about them. How can we get an owners manual from you? Is there another manual for...
Feb 01, 2009 - 06:16 am - PS: Forgot to ask how much a W32 bowsprit would cost.
Feb 01, 2009 - 07:55 pm - If you send me your mailing address, I will mail a copy of my Westsail Service Manual. The manual should answer most of your questions about the Wests...
Feb 01, 2009 - 09:30 pm - Here's our address:Sharon & Soma84 Holly RidgeMount Ida, AR71957Thanks!

W32 Pintles   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 21, 2005 - 03:45 am - We're up to our elbows in our W32 refurbishing project and have emptied the contents but have yet to uncover the rudder pintles. Is there a source for...
Nov 06, 2005 - 06:36 pm - I am sending you a drawing of the bronze pintal pin.

W32 Rudder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 22, 2005 - 11:40 pm - Hi Bud thanks for such a great site. Am about to but a w32 which needs a new rudder. Can I buy a complete unit new (how much $!), or are there plans a...
Jul 23, 2005 - 04:56 pm - Mark,I sent you an email already. A new rudder is not available, since the mold is long gone. I would recommend building one from high density foam, w...
Oct 09, 2005 - 02:05 am - Bud,My boat just came out in Sydney BC and has experieced a delamination of the rudder skin from the foam core. A very pricey repair. Any wisdom to of...
Oct 09, 2005 - 11:14 pm - James,It should not be that difficult a repair. Cut away the loose fiberglass skin, and let the foam dry out. Fill any voids with foam, and seal the f...
Dec 10, 2008 - 07:43 pm - Bud: I will be removing the rudder on my W32 "High Cotton" for restoration work. I have noticed that some rudders have modifications, such as ...
Dec 11, 2008 - 01:30 am - If you want to do some modification to the rudder, then I would recommend shaping it similar to the rudder on the majority of the W32's. I can send yo...
Aug 17, 2009 - 07:52 pm - Bud: I have now completed the modifications and fairing out the rudder. I am ready to replace the cheeks. The original Ash cheeks have way too much ro...
Aug 17, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Alan, I have one of the stainless steel fabrications available in stock. It will properly transmit the load from the tiller to the rudder. The wood ch...

W32 Running Foresail Sheets   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 08, 2006 - 02:42 pm - 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...
Jun 09, 2006 - 09:43 pm - Kevin - Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com. I have lots of pictures and drawings of the hardware you are interested in.
Jun 24, 2006 - 04:09 pm - 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
Jul 03, 2006 - 05:23 am - 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 ha...
Dec 14, 2006 - 04:56 pm - I've posted all the drawings on my site. They might help.http://www.sv-galena.com/WOM/index.html
Dec 23, 2006 - 06:23 pm - Michael,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 ha...
Dec 23, 2006 - 08:56 pm - 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...
Dec 24, 2006 - 05:12 am - Bud,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 tun...

W32 Running Rigging   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 09, 2005 - 05:34 pm - Hi everybody...I'm wondering if anyone knows off-hand how many total feet of 7/16th running rigging line (full set of halyards, jib sheets & stays...
Jun 09, 2005 - 10:31 pm - (3) 100' halyards to masthead, 70' staysail halyard, 90' mainsheet, 90' jibsheet, 50' staysail sheet
Jun 14, 2005 - 10:05 pm - Tom, thanks for answering for me. These dimensions for the four halyards are actually 10' longer than those recommended by Westsail, as I felt the ori...

W32 Stainless Steel Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 07, 2005 - 02:04 am - Bud, I see in your service manual the stainless boomkin similar to that used on the W28. I would like to use one of these, but wonder if you could ass...
Jun 14, 2005 - 10:16 pm - Rod,I have sold probably 50 or so of these stainless boomkins, and the only failure I have heard of was with a broken boomkin stay wire, the boomkin p...

W42 Bow Roller   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 01, 2005 - 04:57 am - Bud,The W42 bowsprit has two rollers which are centered with one forward one aft, they appear in our drawings as factory original. my question is, wha...
Apr 01, 2005 - 01:22 pm - Nick,I put a PVC tube on my bobstay. Since I forgot to do it when I made the new bobstay I cut down the length of the tube using a cutting wheel on a ...
Apr 13, 2005 - 06:47 pm - that seems like it would be a great solution in most anchorages, but what happens in less than ideal conditions? is there anyway to stop the anchor ch...
Apr 13, 2005 - 08:19 pm - On the 32 there is an extra hole on the bobstay fitting on the hull. We have a 50' piece of double braid anchor rode spliced onto a thimble/shackle co...
Apr 14, 2005 - 09:08 pm - now that sounds like a great solution. have you tried attaching two lines when using two anchors? you just leave the line permanently attached to the ...
Apr 14, 2005 - 09:21 pm - Yes we do leave the line attached to the fitting and pull it tight thru the bow roller next to the anchor when under way. We have not tried two lines,...

W42 Dodger   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 11, 2006 - 05:16 am - We have a ketch rigged W42 and would like to build a cockpit enclosure. becasue the traveler and main sheet would be in the way and would prohibit a f...
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:38 am - Why not put a bridge traveler over the companionway?
Aug 10, 2006 - 05:37 am - A traveler over the hatch would put the mainsheet too far forward on the boom. Since the traveler on the ketch is on top of the aft cabin, just ahead ...
Aug 13, 2006 - 03:12 pm - I do have a set of pictures available of one W42 with a hardtop and full cockpit enclosure. Send me an email if you want to see them.

W42 Forward Head Conversion   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 24, 2005 - 06:51 pm - Bud,We have the factory standard layout with a forward head and a sail locker forward of that. we are going to convert that space intoa forward stater...
Jul 26, 2005 - 08:15 pm - Nick, you can eliminate any of the bulkheads forward of the main bulkhead seperating the main salon from the forward area. If you devote a 3 foot area...

W42 Hull   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 09, 2006 - 04:13 pm - Bud,Might you recall the approximate weight of the W42 hull and deck as they came out of the molds (center cockpit)Also, how accurate would you say th...
Dec 09, 2006 - 11:17 pm - I don't think I ever saw any records of the weight of a hull and deck. Usually the weight of the ballast was pretty close, and Westsail purchased barr...

W42 Mast Lights   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 03, 2005 - 09:19 pm - Bud,or anyone else, our W42 has two lights located near the top of the main mast. one is red one is green, they are each 180 degree lights and are mou...
Mar 04, 2005 - 05:25 pm - Red over green lights on the mast was a pattern that identified you as a sail boat 2 decades ago. This pattern of lights is no longer used and could b...

W42 Mast To Compression Post Chase   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 31, 2007 - 02:21 pm - Bud, Viking Rose is a factory built (#111) W42. I need to replace my VHF coax to the mast top antenna. Having not had the opportunity to unstep the ma...
Dec 31, 2007 - 03:26 pm - The factory normally put a hole through the mast base and the cabintop in line with the stainless pipe used as an internal support. That hole should g...

W42 Masthead Crazing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 01, 2006 - 04:10 am - We have found many small crazing cracks in the metal directly adjacent to the welded-in masthead fitting on our main mast (it's the tall mast version....
May 01, 2006 - 10:46 pm - John & Julie,I have not heard of that problem before, and I have seen plenty of older masts. Try contacting LeFiell and Forespar, who both built m...

W42 Prop Size And Rotation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 24, 2005 - 12:16 am - I have W42 with Perkins 4-108.The original transmission was a Velvet Drive 2.57:1 rotatio.The yard installed a what they though was a duplicate transm...
Mar 25, 2005 - 03:41 am - I'm sure after such an expensive mistake on their part they would clearly want you to 'consider' repropping. Makes it much easier for them.I could be ...
Mar 25, 2005 - 12:40 pm - Over the years I've been on both sides of the table,as a contractor, or at times employed by yards, and at times a boatowner/customer. In my oppinion ...

W42 Rudder Post And Gudgeon   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 26, 2005 - 06:02 pm - Bud, a couple questions if you dont mind <g>- Did the 42's have a bearing sleeve in the gudgeon where the lower end of the rudder fit? (Accord...
Sep 28, 2005 - 06:31 pm - Westsail used two nylon or teflon washers between the bottom end of the rudder and the bronze gudgeon. I have a drawing of the rudder backbone assembl...

W42 Stanchions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 23, 2009 - 07:13 pm - Hello Bud -Do you sell stanchions made for the W42?
Jul 24, 2009 - 06:30 pm - I can have them made up with no problem. Recently had a new set made for a W42 under construction, as well as a replacemnt one for a bent gate stanchi...

W42 Thru Hulls And Sea Cocks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 03, 2005 - 09:28 pm - bud, or anyone else,One of the seacocks(original) on our W42 was broken off above the valve and the thru hull was plugged with a wood DC plug just in ...
Mar 04, 2005 - 12:15 am - Nick:On my WS32 circa 1976, the thru hull I replaced last winter didn't have a nut under the wood block, as I recall.I wish I had replaced all the thr...
Mar 04, 2005 - 02:41 am - Nick, This one is pretty much a no-brainer...your $150k boat vs a few hundred dollars to pull it out of the water.I have just removed four of my seven...
Mar 04, 2005 - 01:58 pm - Nick,I also had the old Groco seacocks with the two bolts through the hull. I don't recall a nut but would have to check pictures to be certain. I eli...
Mar 04, 2005 - 04:58 pm - JeffI am curious about which seacocks you eliminated? I am almost at the point where I either put them all back in or get rid of some...the two draini...
Mar 04, 2005 - 06:09 pm - Jeff,I eliminated the head sink drain which goes to the shower sump. Next time I haul out I'll do the same with the galley sink drain. I also eliminat...
Mar 07, 2005 - 11:28 pm - I have a solution which may interest people in the same situation. Obviously the thru hulls need replacing, but in the bay area that means a thousand ...
Mar 08, 2005 - 01:44 am - Nick,I understand your financial plight - I owned a boat in the bay area and know what it costs. However, have you researched the cost of salvaging yo...
Mar 08, 2005 - 02:41 am - Hi Nick:One choice of many boat yards in the bay area is Svendsen's see their rates athttp://www.svendsens.com/boatyard/rates.htmlI have heard that th...
Mar 08, 2005 - 05:50 pm - I understand fully that it is more expensive if the boat sinks, which is why I am trying to devise a way to stop the boat from sinking. anyone have an...
Mar 09, 2005 - 12:30 pm - Have you given any thought to using underwater epoxy putty as a temporary fix to secure the thruhull to the hull from the outside?It would grind off e...
Mar 09, 2005 - 04:45 pm - interesting possibility, it sets underwater?
Mar 10, 2005 - 01:01 pm - Yes, it is an epoxy that will set underwater. Used to repair outdrives, etc.. Pretty common stuff. I'm sure I've seen it even at West Marine.
Mar 19, 2005 - 10:16 pm - a quick update for anyone in the same situation. I have discovered from a local rigger that there is an old tidal grid in Sausalito that can still be ...

W42 Water Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 13, 2005 - 11:15 pm - I was reading a post by Mike Perkins in another section and he said he had significant corrosion in the water pickups in his tanks when he removed the...
May 13, 2005 - 11:50 pm - The aluminum water tanks many times had an aluminum pickup tube welded in place. I have seen these tubes get holes in them due to corrosion, then when...
May 14, 2005 - 11:39 am - We had a coper pickup tube welded in place in ours and it had corrosion about 30-40% of the way up the tube making cutting out about 1/3 of the tanks ...
May 14, 2005 - 08:53 pm - right, I figure if I go to that much trouble I may as well replace the tanks with non corrosive polythylene. I figured I could use a rotary saw to cut...
May 14, 2005 - 10:10 pm - The easier thing to do is cut a hole next to the pickup tube, and install an 8" screw-in plastic cleanout lid. You can then reach inside the tank,...
May 15, 2005 - 04:00 am - now were talking! sounds like a great idea. any sugestions about ways to prolong the life of the tanks once I have a nice 8" hole to access them f...
May 15, 2005 - 10:10 pm - On my last boat, a w32 I had SS tanks and only filled them with rainwater. After 15 years I pulled them to clean them and they looked like new. What a...
May 17, 2005 - 12:10 am - One idea to coat the inside of the tank is to use hot tar. Messy, but effective. If you pull the tanks out to clean them, use automobile undercoating ...

W43 "Sweet Cheeks"   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 17, 2009 - 05:49 pm - Hi Bud,I was wondering what you know about a W43 Ketch called "Sweet Cheeks" from Victoria but now in WA. I'm waiting on my re-enlistment bonu...
Apr 17, 2009 - 09:50 pm - Robert,  I believe that I saw the boat when we had a Westsail rendezvous in Poulsbo a few years ago.  From the pictures on the ad, she appears to be v...
Apr 18, 2009 - 03:27 am - Thanks Bud.
Apr 18, 2009 - 08:56 am - Bud,I'd like to get one of your service manuals, what would be the best way to get my paws on one? I'll have my military mailing address here in Iraq ...
Apr 18, 2009 - 05:13 pm - Robert, I can mail you a copy of my Westsail Service Manual. Send me an email with your mailing address.The service manual does have a breakdown of pa...
Apr 18, 2009 - 05:15 pm - Hi from near Poulsbo. If you are looking right away, we can recommend Alain Vilage of Port Townsend (about 45 minutes away from Poulsbo.) His website ...
Apr 18, 2009 - 05:49 pm - Bud,I'll get that addy emailed to you when I can verify it's good, and I'd love a copy of the factory manual as well.Julie & John,Thanks for the r...
Apr 30, 2009 - 09:11 pm - Bud,I should have that address for you in about a week, also the broker informed me that the hull number is #33. Would you happen to have any info on ...
May 01, 2009 - 04:16 pm - Robert,Excuse me butting in here, but I see that part of your question went unanswered (unless it was answered back-channel). So, yes, the 45 minute c...
May 01, 2009 - 05:59 pm - Robert, My records show that the current owner is at least the fourth owner, however I have not been in contact with him at all. I talked with and sol...
Aug 02, 2009 - 04:31 pm - What parts did you sell to the Canadian owner? I'm starting a to do list in addition to the minor fixes from the survey.Rob
Aug 02, 2009 - 04:56 pm - Just a few small items to keep the boat running, and that was back in 2002.
Aug 08, 2009 - 05:33 pm - Bud,How tall is the mizzen mast? and what are the heights to the spreaders on both the main and mizzen masts? I'm roughly estimating how many steps to...
Aug 09, 2009 - 12:43 am - Robert,I do not have a copy of the sailplan for the W43 Ketch. I do have the sailplan for the W42 ketch, and the masts should be about the same.The st...

W43 Stuffing Box   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 17, 2007 - 03:58 pm - Good Morning Bud, I have the original Owner's Manual for Hiatus, however, the parts breakdown does not show the size of the flax packing that goes int...
Mar 18, 2007 - 05:43 pm - Once Bud gives you the proper size, you might consider using the GFO gortex packing flax. It doesn't require water for lubrication, so, you can tighte...
Mar 19, 2007 - 10:50 am - Hey Dan and Ally,I sent you an email. Don't know if you received it. If not email me or call please. 727-842-5087. I've some questions about your Auto...
Mar 19, 2007 - 02:37 pm - I usually use 3/16" teflon impregnated packing on the stuffing boxes. You might be able to fit 1/4" packing in the space though.

WATER   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 14, 2008 - 09:26 pm - This weekend I removed both s/s water tanks so as to paint the bilges. I would like to replace them with the poly tanks and was wondering if these sti...
Jan 14, 2008 - 10:35 pm - I'd be curious to hear the pros and cons of stainless vs poly for water storage... which cleaner, better over the long haul for drinking... which long...
Jan 16, 2008 - 12:46 pm - I would also be curious to hear why you want to replace the stainless- I am about to pull mine to paint the bilges, replumb, etc., I am leaning toward...
Jan 16, 2008 - 03:38 pm - The tanks were really never fitted or installed correctly. There wasn't any straping installed so the tanks have a lot of movement and there isn't eno...
Jan 16, 2008 - 05:18 pm - Just for the recordI installed Buds Poly tanks and have never regretted it.I can clorox them (cant do with SS)They are quietI have not seen a spot of ...
Jan 16, 2008 - 06:41 pm - I'm glad to hear that my choice of poly tanks will be ok but now back to the original question. Can I reuse the SS tanks for fuel?
Jan 16, 2008 - 09:16 pm - The SS tanks are OK for fuel, except1.) They will not have a certified MFg sticker on them (insurance / coast guard issues ( pressure test req.)2.) If...
Jan 16, 2008 - 10:54 pm - Norm--Thanks for the information. I never thought about the need for the tanks being certifyed. I'll clean them up and put them on e-bay.
Jan 17, 2008 - 12:01 am - you can't chlorox ss tanks? really?? glad i read this post,was going to this spring... what do people do to recommision ss freshwater tank??
Jan 17, 2008 - 04:00 am - Further, why can one not put bleach in stainless water tanks? I've never heard of this, at least not in the quantity about which we're speaking (cap f...
Jan 17, 2008 - 08:16 pm - Aaron:As long as you stay in very very low concentrations of the bleach you will be fine but I have found (Pool Shock treatment con bleach works for m...
Jan 19, 2008 - 03:54 am - Chlorides and the 300 series stainless steels are incompatible because chlorides cause stress corrosion cracking. Although bleach performs by the acti...
Jan 20, 2008 - 06:43 pm - The poly tanks I have made for drinking water are from a food grade polyethylene, and should last forever with no problems. The poly holding tanks are...
Aug 05, 2009 - 01:18 am - Bud, I got the replacement poly water tanks from you and I'm just now getting ready to install them. Checking the drawings in the Construction Manual,...
Aug 05, 2009 - 04:32 pm - Tom, I supplied pickup tubes with the tanks, as well as the vent fitting and a cap for the fill. If you have misplaced them, let me know and I can sen...
Aug 06, 2009 - 02:15 am - Bud, Thanks, I'll look tomorrow and let you know. I may have mixed them up with the fuel tank parts. Sorting out all the plumbing is like a jigsaw puz...
Aug 06, 2009 - 03:01 am - The water tank fittings are all plastic, with a copper tube on the pickup, held in place with a piece of plastic tubing and cement.
Aug 08, 2009 - 01:19 am - Yep, I found them with the fuel tank sight glass. They've been sitting in the back of the barn until now. Thanks. By the way, is there a drawing for t...
Aug 18, 2009 - 10:20 pm - I was worrying I had wasted an asset when I trashed my old ss water tanks. Now I don't have to think about it anymore.
Aug 18, 2009 - 11:52 pm - Grind the fiberglass in the areas where you will me mounting the pads. Score the bottom of the plywood pads, and put some resin soaked mat under the p...
Aug 19, 2009 - 01:44 pm - My old boat has stainless steel straps that press directly against the new Bud's poly water tanks I recently installed and have yet to fill. Two strap...
Aug 19, 2009 - 03:51 pm - Randy, You just have to make sure that the stainless straps do not cut through the rubber inner tube pieces and then possibly rub directly on the poly...
Aug 25, 2009 - 02:20 pm - Bud, when I unpacked the new water tanks I recall an instruction sheet as to how to clean/prep the tanks but can't locate it amongst all the other pil...
Aug 25, 2009 - 05:08 pm - Tom, I will email you the page. It is in my Westsail Service Manual.
Aug 26, 2009 - 07:03 am - My W28 has a 70-gallon aluminum water tank mounted under the raised floor of the settee (ie. inaccesible except for the fill, pickup, and vent connect...
Aug 26, 2009 - 02:05 pm - George,All the talk about messing up an old aluminum tank by using chlorine scared me. So, we just started using the tank as-is. We've filed it with c...
Aug 26, 2009 - 05:15 pm - George,A few gallons of white distilled vinegar will kill anything in there, and shouldn't hurt the metal. Just flush the tank out a few times afterwa...
Aug 26, 2009 - 11:40 pm - The problem that was discovered with aluminum water tanks is a calcium buildup in the tank when using water that has a high mineral content (hard wate...
Aug 27, 2009 - 10:16 am - The best non lethal way to remove hard water deposit is as Aaron said white vinegar. Bought by the case a a warehouse club it's cheap. also good for c...
Aug 28, 2009 - 01:18 am - Rydlyme -- Why did I not think of that sooner? It is a biodegradeable, non-corrosive liquid for removing calcium and scale buildup in many types of eq...
Aug 28, 2009 - 01:35 am - I'll second Bud's opinion that you should definitely use a filter coming out of the tanks if you plan to use that water to keep you happy, healthy and...

Water Lift Muffler Installtion   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 18, 2009 - 03:05 pm - Hello Bud,My W 32 with the 4-108 has a pretty large waterlift muffler. It is mounted on a plank directly over the cutlass bearing. That bothers me as ...
Mar 18, 2009 - 05:42 pm - Randy,On my new installations with engines, I have always used a horizontally mounted muffler. I have some pictures that I will send to you by email. ...
Mar 18, 2009 - 05:52 pm - Sorry, that did not work. Will try again. One picture is in a boat with a full engine room liner, and the other is one with the small engine pan, and ...
Mar 18, 2009 - 05:57 pm - In the picture with the full liner, the muffler is not installed yet, but the hole for it is there. The outlet hose is resting on the shelf, but will ...
Mar 21, 2009 - 03:29 am - Wow Bud,That looks like the way to go.Do you sell the horixontally mounted ones? If so, what kind of dimensions or capacity are there?Thanks for the g...
Mar 21, 2009 - 05:44 pm - Randy,The info is in my Westsail Service Manual, of course. But I will send you the page by email.
Mar 24, 2009 - 03:18 pm - I'll find it in the manual.Thanks.

Waterline   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 23, 2007 - 04:39 am - Hello Bud, I'm quite concerned about the way my 32 seems very stern heavy. I just came back from the shipyard after a new awlgrip job and bottom job a...
Oct 25, 2007 - 05:46 pm - I don't think you have any problems with the ballast. Probably just a trim problem. Try moving some weight forward. With the engine, fuel tanks, and b...
Oct 26, 2007 - 09:54 am - Hi Anthony I have the opposite problem. I have two 45lb anchors up front with 100 metres of chain in the locker. I will be installing a routing pipe t...
Oct 26, 2007 - 03:45 pm - Try not to put more than about 60 to 80 feet of chain in the bow locker. Rode is fine.Any additional chain should be pulled away from the bow if possi...
Oct 30, 2007 - 02:48 am - Thanks for the advice. This last weekend I used the tabernacle and lowered the mast. With the mast resting on the pulpit and hanging over she sat corr...
Dec 16, 2007 - 05:53 am - thanks for the tip Bud. I will move one of my anchors midship and reduce the amount of chain currently stowed in the chain locker up front.

Waterline   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 05, 2005 - 08:23 pm - Am in the process of topsides for W32 and have removed bootstripe and approximately 5 in. of bottom paint below that.Could you please tell me how I wi...
Sep 08, 2005 - 12:09 am - I don't know if this helps, but here is what you could do.1.My stripe (factory I think) starts about 1/2" above the bottom of the forward tang. Th...
Sep 11, 2005 - 05:03 pm - This may also help. When level, the bow should be exactly 14" higher than the stern.
Sep 13, 2005 - 05:52 pm - Once you have her leveled out, use a clear piece of tubing, filled with water, one end attached at the forward tang, and you can mark the level water ...

Weather Helm   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 13, 2005 - 06:38 am - Dear Bud,I am having trouble with weather helm on my W32. No, it's more than that. Let's say I am having problems with the hydrodynamic forces on the ...
Oct 15, 2005 - 06:46 pm - Chip,Since you have the grandfather of all the Westsail 32's, you also have the original design rudder on her. Perhaps modifying the shape of the rudd...
Oct 17, 2005 - 04:11 am - Hi, Bud,I was excited to get your reply. Thank you.To delve further...what do you mean by "chord"? Thickness? Shape? Surface area? I have noti...
Oct 18, 2005 - 07:56 pm - Chord is the distance from the leading to trailing edge of the rudder. Certainly, the bottom of the rudder should be at least 1" above the bottom ...
Nov 02, 2005 - 09:41 pm - Chip,An old racing techinque for a boat overpowered on a reach may help. Instead of pulling the tiller to windward and holding it there, try returning...
Dec 20, 2005 - 05:07 am - I have cut and refinished the old wooden (spruce? fir?) staysail boom to be my new tiller. With the original bronze gooseneck still attached it comes ...
Dec 21, 2005 - 07:00 pm - Good day Chip :Where about in Hawaii is your home port.I am over here in Oahu (Keehi marina) and would be interested in talking to you. There are some...

Web Site   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 27, 2006 - 01:07 pm - Bud,Is your site down or is the trouble on my end?Peter
Mar 27, 2006 - 03:06 pm - Service provider is having a problem. I hope they will get it fixed today.
Mar 28, 2006 - 03:07 pm - As of today, Tuesday the 28th, both my website and email are working.
Mar 29, 2006 - 06:12 pm - Bud, Did you get my previous post re:maxprops et.al? Mark "BelleFiore"#561
Mar 31, 2006 - 06:07 pm - Mark, The history that I have on the boat is that she was originally built by Robert Shaw in Long Beach, CA and named Pisces. She was then owned by Al...
Apr 11, 2006 - 12:00 am - Thanks Bud, The boat history is great ( sorry about Phillipe being such a pain....). I'll let you know how the Max prop turns out, I'll be installing ...

Weeping Steel Shot Keel   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 19, 2008 - 07:02 pm - Our W42 (hull#10) has been on the hard for 9 years receiving a complete overhaul/rebuild. I had noticed a soft-spot on the bottom of the keel about 6 ...
Sep 19, 2008 - 09:17 pm - You may want to contact Robert in his 42 build out. Here is a link to discover how he handled the situation. http://westsail42.blogspot.com/2005/05/su...
Sep 20, 2008 - 04:57 pm - They built the Westsail 42's after I left the company, and I believe that what happened was that they used foam to fill in some areas, and also put a ...
Sep 22, 2008 - 04:53 am - My opinion: if the holes have been open for a long time, you are probably not going to get it much drier. Yes, having it as dry as possible is desirea...

Westsai Belt Buckles   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 15, 2005 - 10:57 am - Hi Bud, a friend of mine with a W32 was given a W32 belt buckle by the previous owner. I have never seen them before and wonder if you know the histor...
May 17, 2005 - 12:05 am - The bronze belt buckles were made up by one of the previous heads of the owners association. I don't think there are any of them left around anymore. ...

WESTSAIL 22 Double Ender 1974?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 23, 2006 - 07:29 pm - I have a westsail 22 that supposedly was one of only 2 or 3 built specifically to cross the Atlantic (which it did several times) It was my crusty fat...
Feb 24, 2006 - 09:41 pm - Westsail never built a 22' sailboat. There was a boatbuilding company that did build a boat called a Westerly, and they may have made a 22' boat. I re...

Westsail 28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 27, 2006 - 03:14 am - Bud,As I've posted in another area, I'm considering a W28 along with W32s and Bristol Channel Cutters for purchase soon. I've had a chance to look at ...
Feb 27, 2006 - 03:33 pm - I answered your post in another area. The boat does steer well with most any windvane.

Westsail 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 27, 2008 - 01:12 pm - Bud,I don't know if you received my previous e-mail but I would like to know if you know something about a w32 that was made in 1978 to a netherland b...
Aug 27, 2008 - 06:28 pm - On my records, I have W32 #706 RUNDO owned by Wesley Hamburg in the Netherlands. This is from 1997, so the ownership may have changed since then. I do...

Westsail 32 As Singlehander?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 15, 2004 - 11:13 pm - 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 sing...
Jun 17, 2004 - 11:47 pm - 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 e...
Aug 18, 2004 - 01:33 am - I am trying to locate info on 2 boats:One is a Reinell 13'5 with a hull id# 52114. Possibly produced between 1960-64The other is a Higgins(?)17' hull ...
Jan 11, 2005 - 05:16 am - 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 purchas...

Westsail 32 Decals   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 11, 2008 - 11:18 pm - Bud, Do you have the Westsail 32 decals in the fancy font? Thanks, Don
Apr 12, 2008 - 02:14 pm - Good question. And, Bud, if you do, do you also have the Westsail 28 decals? I was going to try to make a mock-up using the lettering that's included ...
Apr 12, 2008 - 09:55 pm - I do not have the decals, but I do have a tracing of the letters. I can mail a print, or possibly send it by email.
Apr 12, 2008 - 11:52 pm - Thanks for the reply Bud, I will trace the ones on the boat before I remove them for painting.Have a great day.
May 24, 2008 - 01:20 am - New decals for all the boats should be ready soon. Contact Terry at the WOA for color choice, price and availability.
Jun 22, 2008 - 03:05 pm - The decals for the W28 and W32 are available now from Terry Shoup, and ones for the W42 and W43 can be made up when some are requested.

Westsail 32 Decals   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 09, 2009 - 01:54 am - Bud,We need another set of Westsail 32 Decals. Can you help? I have tried Terry and Colleen.Thanks,Don
Oct 09, 2009 - 05:46 am - I gave all of the "stuff" I had to Colleen -- I have an email to her pending. I'll let you know as soon as I have any information on decals.
Oct 14, 2009 - 09:06 pm - Terry/BudNot having any luck with this. Bud, do you have the source that printed these so I can contact them????ThanksDon
Oct 15, 2009 - 06:32 pm - Don,The shop was close to my home. However I am a few thousand miles away from my home just now. Wife and I are going on a cruise from Quebec City, ou...
Nov 10, 2009 - 05:54 pm - Hi Bud,Hope the cruise went well? Any smoked fish on board???We are still in need of Westsail Decals. It looks like I will have to have some made. Not...
Nov 11, 2009 - 02:15 am - Colleen dropped off two boxes of stuff she had, and there are lots of decals in black and in white for the W32, and some for the W28. They are marked ...
Jan 31, 2010 - 03:00 am - I just now noticed the message from Nov 11 regarding W32 decals. Do you know if any more are available?Thanks.Jack
Jan 31, 2010 - 03:54 pm - Yes, there are decals available. Contact Kirk Brown at <1cptkirk@msn.com>. I know he has some for the 32 and for the 28.
Jan 31, 2010 - 04:52 pm - I also have one set for the W32 in white available.
Feb 04, 2010 - 01:23 am - Bud, I'll take the white W32 decal set. Payment still to WOA? -Tom
Feb 04, 2010 - 06:06 pm - Tom, I will mail them to you. Send the payment to the WOA.

Westsail 32 Flush Deck   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 15, 2004 - 06:33 pm - Are the flush deck versions laid up in the same way as the cabin versions?What are the differences, if any?
Oct 25, 2004 - 07:27 pm - The flush deck Westsail or Kendall boats have the same laminated hull, but the deck is built up using laminated deckbeams, covered with two layers of ...
Feb 27, 2006 - 09:58 pm - looking for a west sail 32 bowsprint wood or stainless please contact me 423 342 7084 . I have hull #401 If anyone knows any history please contact al...
Mar 01, 2006 - 02:21 am - I can supply you with a stainless steel bowsprit, as I make them up all the time for Westsail owners. I will contact you.Your boat, W32 #401 Head Firs...

Westsail 39   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 10, 2004 - 05:52 am - Hello all --I have recently discovered the Westsail 39 and love the boat !! However, I'm having problems finding information regarding construction te...
Oct 24, 2004 - 06:47 am - It is a great boat, indeed. A Perry design. It is a modernized Valiant 40 that weighs 3,300 lbs less, has 1,300 lbs more ballast, and is a foot shorte...
Oct 26, 2004 - 06:22 pm - Correction. The ballast increase on the Westsail 39 aka Fair Weather Mariner 39 relative to the Valiant 40 is 700 lbs, not 1,300 lbs, as I mistakenly ...
Oct 26, 2004 - 06:29 pm - Further correction: The PHRF for both the Valiant 40 and the FWM 39 aka Westsail 39 is 138, not 128, as I said. Sorry.

Westsail 39 Vs. Fairweather Mariner   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 22, 2005 - 11:23 pm - I know the Fairweather Mariner is a Westsail 39 made in Taiwan but that is about all I know. Does anyone on this board have any addition info on the F...
Mar 23, 2005 - 07:50 am - I know that in 1990 a Fairweather marine 39, designed by Robert Perry, beat a Westsail 32, under racing conditions, to Hawaii by 6 hours and 1 minute....
Mar 26, 2005 - 02:06 am - Ed Parker purchased the Westsail 39 molds at the auction in 1980, and after building a few of the boats here, he shipped the molds to Taiwan, and a ya...
Mar 26, 2005 - 03:24 pm - Sure I would be interested in the Westsail 39. Please send along any info on it.I have a question about these boats maybe you can help with. They have...
Mar 27, 2005 - 08:45 pm - Send me an email at btaplin@westsail.com with your web address, and I will respond with the widow's name and phone number.

Westsail 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 17, 2004 - 07:01 am - Hello Bud,My husband and I have located a Westsail 42, 1975 model, hull #25. We would like to get it surveyed asap, how much do you charge to do this?...
Oct 25, 2004 - 07:19 pm - Kay and Harvey,Sorry I have not responded sooner, but I am on vacation in Idaho now. Will be back in So Cal the end of October. I do not have any plan...

Westsail 42 Dimensions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 09, 2009 - 04:26 pm - Bud -I am getting prices from freight carriers on hauling our W42. What is the 'beam' dimension of a W42?Thanks, Tom G
Feb 09, 2009 - 07:09 pm - Westsail 42.Beam 13' 0"Keel to cabin top hatch and bow caprail 12' 0"Keel to cabin top 11' 9"Keel to bow 11' 9"Keel to bow pulpit 14' ...
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:06 am - Thanks !

Westsail 42 Midships Cleat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 25, 2006 - 02:58 pm - Bud,Our Westsail 42 #111 does not have a miships cleat, making docking a challenge on occassion. If I were to add a midships cleat to the top of the c...
Oct 26, 2006 - 12:01 am - Have you tried a cleat attached to the jib/genoa track? I know West sells them, and they seem to work just fine on my friend's boat.
Oct 26, 2006 - 12:19 am - Unfortunately my jib track starts at the forward portion of the center cockpit, and goes aft from there. Not an ideal postion for the track, and too f...
Oct 26, 2006 - 04:30 pm - Richard. Bad idea to attach a mooring cleat to the caprail, or even worse, to the genoa track. Best to attach the cleat to the deck bulwark. Use a pie...

Westsail 43 # 20   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 03, 2006 - 08:59 pm - Hi Bud,Looks like I'm about to close on the Westsail 43 # 20. Do you have information about her original plans, construction, or modifications.
Sep 05, 2006 - 02:53 am - I do have some info on the boat. I did a survey on her in Newport Beach in 1989 when she had a previous owner, and named TYEE. Contact me by email.

Westsail In A Charter Fleet?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 15, 2005 - 04:57 pm - Hi Everyone,My lady and I are looking at several boats for long term cruising. Everything we read seems to point us back to the westsail 32. I would r...
Nov 16, 2005 - 07:38 am - Yep - there sure is... in Kona, the big Island of Hawaii. Here is the Website: http://www.sailkona.com/index.htmlIf you check them out - please let us...
Nov 16, 2005 - 06:39 pm - See my post on Cruising Destinations

WestSail Kits And The Steel Punching Ballast   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 23, 2005 - 07:41 pm - Hello Bud,Say, did all kits produced by the factory include the ballast in place? Particularly the steel punching ballast on those that were installed...
May 24, 2005 - 01:27 am - An update,I drilled a hole at the bottom of the keel and very large quantities of water came out.The good news is that the water was fresh and clean. ...
May 25, 2005 - 05:07 am - I know that after I left Westsail they started using plywood over the top of the ballast. Prior to that, we smoothed the top of the punching with a fi...
May 25, 2005 - 01:08 pm - There also appears to be some settling of the steel punchings. Probably during the numerous times the hull was moved (especially the 1000 mile trip fr...
May 25, 2005 - 02:37 pm - I don't think the ballast moved at all. I think that they simply did not level off the top of the ballast. That's why they put a piece of plywood over...

Westsail Logo   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 03, 2008 - 03:17 pm - Bud, can I ask if I am allowed to use the Westsail Logo on this website for Liberate's contact cards? I would also like to make a rubber stamp for all...
Nov 03, 2008 - 04:51 pm - I will send the logo to you.
Nov 03, 2008 - 06:35 pm - Terence, I tried sending the logos to you, but the email was bounced back as undeliverable. The email address above is tsingh@rogers.com. Evidently no...
Nov 03, 2008 - 07:01 pm - Terence,Also, if you're a member, we have some of the logos available in the redesigned Member's Area of the site. Not sure which you're looking for, ...
Nov 06, 2008 - 07:46 pm - Bud, I know you're not a lawyer, but do you think it would be OK to use the Westsail logo on boat contact cards? I don't want to use it if there's a l...
Nov 08, 2008 - 02:34 am - I do not see how there could be a legal issue, as Westsail has been out of business since 1980, and no one has tried to use the name other than the as...

Westsails In Australia   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 18, 2004 - 02:05 am - Hi Bud. You have previously provided to me some valuable advice and I have purchased your service manual and Im very pleased with it, thank you. I am ...
Apr 19, 2004 - 02:20 pm - Rod,Sorry, I do not know of any W32's for sale in Australia, nor anyone planning a voyage to there. I do know there are a number of W32's cruising in ...
Apr 26, 2004 - 11:29 pm - thanks Bud, I would appreciate the details of the W32 you mentioned as I am exploring all options at the moment.
May 05, 2004 - 12:07 am - Rod,Contact me at my regular email address of btaplin@westsail.com, and I will give you the info on the boat.
Jul 25, 2004 - 12:19 pm - Hello Bud and RodI have recently listed my W32 'Moonshadow IV' for sale in Australia.Please feel free to pass on my email to any enquirers.You have a ...
Jul 27, 2004 - 04:33 am - Thank you to all who have contacted me with advice and leads. I am now the proud owner of a Westsail 32 which I took delivery of in Sydney Australia e...

What Quality SS In Standing Rigging For 32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 01, 2006 - 02:47 pm - Am planning on installing new standing rigging. Read that 316 SS was best for tropics, as more rust resistant than 302 or 304, but with 15% loss of st...
Oct 02, 2006 - 01:55 am - I think the general consensus is to go with 304.SS rigging will probably outlive you as an owner. With good care, 8-10 years is a good rig life and, m...
Oct 02, 2006 - 06:32 pm - Aaron,Thanks for the info. 304 SS it is. Sounds like perhaps the 316 SS on old fittings introduces dissimilar metals, if I hear you correctly, as to y...
Oct 02, 2006 - 11:56 pm - Randy,SS doesn't really have nobility issues like we think of between brass and stainless or aluminum and brass. I've seen plenty of 304/316 combinati...
Oct 12, 2006 - 03:10 pm - Stick with 9/32" wire size for the W32 and W28. My rigger uses high moly wire, and all 316 end fittings. The key to long life for the rigging is a...
Oct 09, 2009 - 01:18 am - Hey, I'm ready to do standing rigging replacement. Cannot believe it after one and half plus years of almost full time work. Still, it's true....I'll ...
Oct 09, 2009 - 02:20 am - I my memory is correct Satori has English wire thats one size over. I can't recall the size or type. Ken

What Should I Look For   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 20, 2004 - 02:53 pm - Hi, we intend on buying a westsail 32 in the next year or two,We now own a Contessa 26 and need to sell it first (next year) and will be looking at bo...
Sep 20, 2004 - 04:44 pm - Kent,Check out some of the boats for sale by owners on my website, at www.westsail.com. You might also want to purchase a copy of my Westsail Service ...

Why Westsail?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 26, 2004 - 12:06 am - Hi all,My boyfriend and I are looking to buy a boat to live on for a few years which would be worthy for some blue water cruising when I finish school...
Jul 29, 2004 - 09:31 pm - Since no one is piping up I thought I'd give a few reasons.You know those boats you say you can buy for about the same money but with more bells &...
Aug 05, 2004 - 12:45 am - Thank you all for answering for me. It saves me time.FYI, the original four complete W32's, with Volvo engine, teak decks, sails, etc., went out in la...
Aug 05, 2004 - 01:54 am - Wow... I surely thought I remembered Westsails selling for more than $40-60K. I guess in the mid 70's $40-60K just seemed like $75-90K (as in todays d...
Aug 06, 2004 - 11:21 am - Perhaps to sum it up...Life if too short to sail an ugly boat!One drawback that I've found though... While in the slip I am constantly being interrupt...
Aug 16, 2004 - 04:18 pm - Hi Christie,There are a number of good boats out there that would be great to live aboard and do blue water cruising on, but there is a good chance th...

Winch Brackets   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 14, 2008 - 10:54 am - Hi Bud:Do you sell the SS brackets for primary winches?Mike
Apr 17, 2008 - 01:52 am - I do have one old bracket in my supply of left over parts, and can have some made from that pattern. Contact me at btaplin@westsail.com

Windward Performance   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 10, 2008 - 07:53 pm - In bucking wind and tide without much forward progress, I get to wondering what my expectation should be. I can see about what the angle between wind ...
Jul 10, 2008 - 08:06 pm - Hammond your question is not as easy as you put it.The wave height is a factor.the current is a factor.in General I have sailed up to about 30 deg off...
Jul 11, 2008 - 01:50 am - Even,45deg made good (+/- a few) is my peak full-and-by. Any more and I feel the headway/leeway ratio is too out of whack. I can get up to 30deg a...
Jul 12, 2008 - 11:51 am - Does anyone have Polars for any of the Westsail Models. Would be nice to have them in the Members section!
Jul 13, 2008 - 05:21 pm - Dave,I remember this from some other thread a long time back. What is/are polars?Thanks!Aaron N.
Jul 13, 2008 - 07:49 pm - They're big white bears, aren't they?
Jul 14, 2008 - 06:46 am - Terry you have to be nice at least use a big game rifle when hunting for those polars.Arron Polars are a diagram (Looks like circle chart recorder pap...
Jul 15, 2008 - 03:46 am - Aaron has Polars... In Florida?! Gee, they're just about extinct up here in AK~ (sorry, couldn't resist- this is like that game where you whisper a wo...
Jul 15, 2008 - 12:20 pm - Guys, Hammond's question isn't really about how high you can point into the wind. Let's say that you are sailing on a river, and the wind is blowing d...

Wiz Bang Mainsail Car For The 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 07, 2005 - 09:11 pm - Do you know who made the Wiz Bang car for the Main traveler track for the 42? I can't find any manufacture reference anywhere. Do you know any manufac...
May 08, 2005 - 01:16 am - Dave,The Whiz Bang unit was made by Mariner, and they are long since out of business. I can get you a Garhauer car, but I am not sure it will fit the ...
May 08, 2005 - 01:52 am - What I really want to replace is the blocks on each end of the track. My car is fine and I'm replacing the block attached to it.
May 08, 2005 - 04:21 pm - You should be able to remove the blocks from the fittings on the ends of the track, and attach new ones from one of the available sources.

WS 42 Hull # 24 Re-fit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 04, 2008 - 01:31 pm - Bad News: Termites "cored" the plywood in 2/3s of the boat.Good News: I'm looking for fresh design ideas on rebuilding:The V-HeadAll cabin flo...
Jan 04, 2008 - 03:10 pm - David - don't know if this helps but this is a site that detail the building of a w42 from bare hullhttp://westsail42.blogspot.com/
Jan 17, 2008 - 07:16 pm - David, Too many questions to answer on the bulletin board. Contact me directly by email and I will try to help.
Jan 22, 2008 - 10:46 pm - Bud, I don't know your e-mail address. My e-mail is adventuring@hawaii.rr.com
Jan 23, 2008 - 05:37 pm - Mine is btaplin@westsail.com. I am on vacation just now at our condo in Idaho, but will be back in So Cal on Sunday.

WS 43 CUTTER VS YAWL   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 21, 2005 - 10:28 pm - Hi bud, Is there a difference in the height of a yawl vs a cutter in a 43., Why I ask is Iona's Tan bark sails where just turned in at a used marine s...
Sep 22, 2005 - 01:11 am - My understanding is that Westsail only used two sizes of mainmasts. A single spreader 50' mast, and a double spreader 55' mast. I do believe that most...
Sep 26, 2005 - 06:10 pm - Thanks Bud,Anybody else out there with a 43 that has a dodger I am looking for ideas on what one should look like.Thanks in advace Jeff

Ws 43 Tip To Tail?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 04, 2005 - 06:49 pm - I am looking for a WS,in the 42-43 range, is the LOA of 42'11" inclucive of the bowsprit? I have a limitation with regaurd to space at my dock. 45...
Dec 06, 2005 - 10:51 pm - For a Westsail 32, you're probably OK, but there are some variations in the size of the bowsprit, and LOA can also be affected by the presence of a wi...
Dec 07, 2005 - 12:10 am - My 32 is 40' 4" tip to tip -- had it measured when I had it hauled for survey. A friend of mine has a Catalina 38, and he had to have a seven inch...
Dec 07, 2005 - 01:57 am - The 42'-10" is the length of the hull. With the bowsprit, the boats are right at 50' overall, possibly a little more to the end of the bow pulpit.
Dec 08, 2005 - 12:33 am - our westsail 32 is 43 feet windvane to pointy end.measured it myself.rich

Your Email Fatal Error Message   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 27, 2006 - 04:42 am - My computer has been trying for a week to send you an email reply to btaplin@westsail.com . I have been getting messages back stating that there is a ...
Oct 28, 2006 - 12:17 am - James, Since I get at least 30 email's every day (mostly to get a mortgage, buy penny stock, or get a new sex toy), my email address is working. Maybe...

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