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Lazarette On The 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 16, 2009 - 10:29 pm - Hello Everyone.For anyone that is familar with the round hatch on the Lazarette, do you know of a source for the latches on the hatch. Three of the fo...
Feb 17, 2009 - 01:30 pm - That round hatch is a #2048 Bronze Manhole Plate made by Rostand Manufacturing Co. in Milford, CT. I did an internet search on the name, and the compa...
Feb 18, 2009 - 02:22 pm - I do believe this is the company and they don't have a web address.Rostand R.I. , INCPO Box 737Chepachet , R.I. 02814Fair Winds
Feb 20, 2009 - 08:32 am - Thanks to Both Bud and Dave. Always appreciate this website.Regards,Christian

Westsail Sailing Lesson?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 20, 2009 - 05:51 am - What a terrific, supportive group you Westsailers seem to be! That is the second greatest reason my wife and I have chosen to buy a Westsail 32 in the...
Oct 20, 2009 - 10:37 am - Eric,Welcome aboard, and sorry about the hiccup getting your membership activated! I'm in SW FL and would be happy to take you all sailing. Perhaps if...
Oct 20, 2009 - 06:42 pm - Hello Eric and Leslie,I am located in CT (New London area). Jen and I would be more than happy to take you out. We will not be pulling Sumna for a few...
Oct 21, 2009 - 06:23 am - RJ and Jen, Leslie and I are very excited about your offer to come to Connecticut! We can come anytime between Nov 1 thru 7, or anytime after November...
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:18 am - Eric, welcome to the Westsail world. I think, as a bunch attracted to these boats, the quality of people is much higher than a bunch of run of the mi...
Oct 21, 2009 - 03:27 pm - Thanks for the welcome and the offer of a sail Aaron. If we're ever in Florida I'll take you up on your generous offer. Or maybe I will be able to tak...
Oct 22, 2009 - 07:32 pm - Hey Eric and Leslie,I will give you a call Friday or Saturday to coordinate.RJ & Jen
Oct 26, 2009 - 01:23 pm - RJ and Jen, It's Monday and we haven't heard from you which is just as well. After googling New London, Connecticut(beautiful area!), we thought we wo...

$$rough Estimate$$   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 29, 2007 - 03:29 am - Hello westsailors.We are a couple from Norway planning to buy a westsail 32 this fall, traveling to the US mid September (Florida).The big question no...
May 29, 2007 - 09:50 am - Hi John,I believe you can accomplish your goals with the budget you have in mind. I would hold out for a W-32 that has had some upgrades already, such...
May 30, 2007 - 03:15 am - Hi DonThank you for your reply. appreciate your opinion.I know the budget is a little tight,and I might be able to putt another 5-10K in it.But I don'...
May 30, 2007 - 06:34 am - Scary or exciting. You may be better off looking at ones at the top of the price range and then going sooner.I say this as we've spend almost 6 years ...
May 30, 2007 - 08:55 am - Hi John,WOW, you are ready for an adventure. Seems like with your skills, you will be able to support your sailing from port to port.I still like my p...
Jun 01, 2007 - 08:08 am - Hi Don and DaveIts very exciting!!! But its strange and a little scary to let al the "safe" things in life go.I still have a lot of things to ...
Jun 01, 2007 - 01:09 pm - John,The longer a boat stays on the market, the more willing the seller is to negotiate. There are quite a few Westsails on the market. I believe it i...
Jun 06, 2007 - 05:01 pm - Hi John,We are on about the same budget as you and we just looked at 5 W-32's in Florda this month. The one in Naples is nice and a recent survey is a...
Jun 07, 2007 - 08:07 am - Don & Lana...Maybe you could write an article for Windblown about downsizing from 3600 sq. ft. to 96 sq. ft. We're looking at doing the same thing...

"Main Marine" Turning Block   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 23, 2005 - 04:34 pm - The turning blocks on CALYPSO are made from a fiber reinforced brown material. They are marked Main Marine England. After 30 years of use and abuse th...
Jun 24, 2005 - 01:20 pm - I have not heard of any source on them. I can get you some good Garhauer turning blocks if you will switch over to 21st. century stuff.
Jun 24, 2005 - 04:32 pm - I have some of those on my windvane installation. They are made from "Tufnol". The brits used it for all sorts of marine things like blocks an...
Jun 29, 2005 - 05:36 pm - contact classicmarine.co.uk for tufnol products.

108 Year Old Westsail Grandfather   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 01, 2009 - 01:00 am - This is a neat video of one of the last Colin Archer rescue boats in action. Apparently the boat is now out of the water in a museum but the video was...
Nov 01, 2009 - 01:00 am - This is a neat video of one of the last Colin Archer rescue boats in action. Apparently the boat is now out of the water in a museum but the video was...
Nov 01, 2009 - 10:32 am - VERY COOL footage! Thanks.
Nov 01, 2009 - 10:32 am - VERY COOL footage! Thanks.
Nov 01, 2009 - 03:25 pm - Awesome footage. Back in 1971, while stationed in Bermuda, I had the pleasure of dining aboard one of Colin Archer's yachts, the Wyvern (now part of t...
Nov 01, 2009 - 03:25 pm - Awesome footage. Back in 1971, while stationed in Bermuda, I had the pleasure of dining aboard one of Colin Archer's yachts, the Wyvern (now part of t...
Nov 01, 2009 - 07:51 pm - Wonderful footage, love those double-enders. By the way, Stavanger is featured in the Nov-Dec issue of woodenboat magazine, with a great cover shot an...
Nov 01, 2009 - 07:51 pm - Wonderful footage, love those double-enders. By the way, Stavanger is featured in the Nov-Dec issue of woodenboat magazine, with a great cover shot an...

28( Or32?)   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 24, 2004 - 03:01 pm - Hi, I have just joined with a view to buying a 28 for largely single handed sailing and potentially live-aboard. I thought the 28 offered the best com...
Nov 23, 2004 - 06:14 pm - I've never been on a W28 but I have a W32 that I singlehand and I love the extra room ;)
Nov 25, 2004 - 11:16 pm - I would have loved to buy a W28, but it was so difficult to find one in Australia. There is only one here that I know about and even though I fell in ...

42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 01, 2005 - 01:44 pm - I'm refurbishing and replacing. Don't want to do this more than once.

43 Dodger Question   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 01, 2005 - 01:51 pm - Hello out there My name is Jeff Malmgren I am the new owner of a 43 & love it had a 32 for 8 years. I am looking for any help for a dodger design ...

4334Barient Winches   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 14, 2005 - 07:13 pm - On with the re-fit.Does anyone know a source for Barient Winch parts? I have 5 total and I'm starting with the two big Barient 22's.Any recommendation...
Jul 14, 2005 - 08:48 pm - JeffArco winches in australia sells barient parts... www.arco-winches.comGood luck,Jeff
Aug 19, 2005 - 08:40 pm - You can also have stuff re-chromed. Comes out looking beautiful; but, sometime's the chrome thickness is a little different than when it was first bui...
Aug 22, 2005 - 05:20 pm - Alas, I haven't had any luck getting Arco-winches to respond to my emails wanting to order some spare parts for my Barients.

A Prayer For Hurricane Ike Victims?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 11, 2008 - 05:30 pm - Hi all,W32 Satori is facing a horrible situation, hurricane Ike, and she's on the hard this time. Lots of other boats really threatened also. Any and ...
Sep 11, 2008 - 10:20 pm - Somebody's prayers are counting.Not only has the official storm landfall moved East of my boat, but, (and get this), in the last four hours, the forec...
Sep 12, 2008 - 10:35 pm - Hello Randy..Our thoughts are with you and Satori at this stressful time. I was just watching coverage of Ike,Very scary, but considering Satoris hist...
Sep 12, 2008 - 11:46 pm - s/v ORION up here in homer alaska wishes you all the best, Randy- that boat of yours is an inspiration to us all! take good care and know that a great...
Sep 13, 2008 - 04:17 pm - Hi Randy,We hope that you and Satori have faired well and hope to hear from you soon.
Sep 14, 2008 - 12:20 pm - Randy: I keep checking in for an update but see nothing posted. Where is Satori on the hard? I hope not Kemah. How did she fair? Best. Ralph
Sep 14, 2008 - 03:06 pm - I am Ken Bridger, former owner of Satori #223. Randy has Satori on the hard in Freeport, Texas. His house in Houston was in the path of Ike so he migh...
Sep 14, 2008 - 08:44 pm - Thanks for the post Michael. We'll just wait for news. The Kemah marina looked a mess. Not much you can do when the pilings snap.
Sep 15, 2008 - 10:42 am - Not much you can do when hurricanes show up.We Floridians had our fingers crossed, hoping Ike would go pester someone else. But really, it's our turn....
Sep 15, 2008 - 11:36 am - I just talked to George Shaunfield (W-28 Wings of the Morning). He reports no damage to his home or boat. Has mostly tree damage to his property. His...
Sep 15, 2008 - 06:43 pm - Gee thanks Aaron if Ike had hit Dade/Broward as originaly predicted it was estimated to cause 150 to 200 billion damage and wouldn't have slowed a who...
Sep 15, 2008 - 08:32 pm - Ed,The point is, Texas and the Gulf Coast have had too much. I'd prefer hurricanes to just buzz off all together, but that isn't going to happen. The ...
Sep 16, 2008 - 10:01 am - Good news. I talked with Randy just now. His boat Satori #223 came through without any damage and he seems to have fixed the pesky port side leak. Le...
Sep 16, 2008 - 04:36 pm - I had a call from a W32 owner who has his boat at Watergate Maina in Kemah, and he said four Westsails did sustain damage there. His had the caprails ...
Sep 16, 2008 - 05:14 pm - Unfortunately, sometimes communities never recover. Galveston never fully recovered the economic position it lost in the 1900 storm, and New Orleans w...
Sep 16, 2008 - 10:30 pm -
Sep 17, 2008 - 01:19 pm - I just remembered another W32 on the hard just outside of Watergate Marina. They have slowly been working on her and she was looking good. New paint,...
Sep 20, 2008 - 09:58 pm - Hi all,Thanks for your very thoughtful comments and concerns and prayers. And thanks to Ken for the communications in both directions. This Ike was an...
Sep 21, 2008 - 12:25 pm - Randy, we have another member named Mike McCoy who we all got to follow along with when he, like you, was searching for his Westsail, then as he refur...
Sep 22, 2008 - 11:15 am - I just received the following email from Herb Jansen, owner of W32 Morning Sun, kept on Clear Lake in Kemah, TX. His boat was damaged in hurricane Ali...
Sep 27, 2008 - 01:10 am - Many thanks to Ken Bridger for calling to check on us after Hurricane Ike. The W32 on-the-hard just outside of Watergate Marina he mentioned looks lik...

A W32 Is Gracing Page 369 Of The New West Marine Catalog   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 14, 2008 - 07:26 am - A W32 is gracing page 369 of the new West Marine catalog. It is on the front page of the electrical section.I guess we have made it!rich
Feb 15, 2008 - 12:51 pm - Oh my gosh I guess I will have to buy some products from them now!
Feb 15, 2008 - 04:08 pm - shop around PLEASE! The evil empire is taking over the world expensively.

Actual Weight Of Westsail 32 At Haulout ?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 22, 2005 - 05:03 pm - Hello allSorry for ALL the questions :-) .. you can probably tell that I tend to research things lol...Anyways.. on a haulout, have any of you guys go...
Jan 25, 2005 - 01:16 pm - Yes, I had this discussion when I had a crane come and pick up my boat out of the desert and load it on the truck. Another westsailor and I concurred ...
Jan 25, 2005 - 01:40 pm - Wow ! :-) ..Great info and thanks Steve & Vanessa, just what I needed to know. That probably explain why a lot of the boats are sitting 5" low...
Jan 31, 2005 - 08:42 pm - Yeah, but as we all have talked about in other topics, these boats have cavernous amounts of storage. I'm still amazed at how much stuff it was able t...
Feb 01, 2005 - 07:37 am - Hi Again Steve and Vanessa.I wonder if you could offer any input into the following stowage question regarding your knowledge of space and utilisation...
Feb 01, 2005 - 09:15 am - Not sure why you're against stowing your anchors on bow rollers but you could easily store numerous large fenders, anchors, etc. in the port/stbd lock...
Feb 01, 2005 - 09:51 am - Thanks for the input Mike.Re the anchor, I just don't see it as beneficial to have the extra weight forward, the (even though slight) continual abbras...
Feb 01, 2005 - 12:36 pm - Leave the anchors on the bow rollers. I wouldnt want to carry and hook up a 45 lb anchor on a pitching deck. There is also a large compartment under t...
Feb 01, 2005 - 06:26 pm - Hello Jeff.I dont really consider attaching an anchor a real problem providing the bow roller area is accessible. some need the anchor passed from bel...
Feb 01, 2005 - 09:31 pm - JoeI dont know the actual dimensions of the area under the lazarette. Maybe when it stops raining I will go out and measure it. If you have an access ...
Feb 02, 2005 - 05:20 am - Hi Jeff, great pics - thanks SirThat gives a good indication. Even if the fenders couldn't go there, it certainly is a usable storage area. The only t...
Feb 02, 2005 - 09:07 am - I have the 'old style' hull (# 394) configuration: the Lazarette just aft of the cockpit is accessible only from topside and the area under the lazare...
Feb 04, 2005 - 04:43 pm - Hi Joe,sorry for the delay in response. There's a lot of good information here. I had also thought about deflating fenders as an option, but decided t...
Feb 08, 2005 - 08:22 pm - thought I would contribute my 2 cents worth. In regard to fenders there are obviously different types on the market. I have inflatable ones but I also...

Aerial Photos Of Our W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 07, 2009 - 09:48 pm - Hey all,Boatpix found my folks while they were out sailing a couple months ago, and we just finally convinced them to email us the photos to check out...
Feb 08, 2009 - 04:06 pm - Arron:A question and some comments.1.) what is the thing hanging over the starboard side at the boom gallows?2.) I like that atlantic smoooooth water,...
Feb 08, 2009 - 09:17 pm - Norm,I have no idea what's hanging there, and my father can't remember. Usually we coil our dock lines and use a piece of small stuff to hang them out...
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:07 pm - Sorta looks like a garbage bag, though it is tied to the boomkin with a thick line.Great vantage point, but someone should tell those Boatpix guys to ...

Air Conditioning   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 23, 2004 - 08:05 am - I live in the deep south where air conditioning is one of the most important pieces of equipment on the boat. My boat currently is in "drydock"...
Nov 23, 2004 - 11:23 am - Hi! I put a 16000 btu Marine Air under the sink on my W28.Syd
Nov 23, 2004 - 06:12 pm - I have a W32. My 16K BTU A/C compressor (etc.) is located on the shelf above the stbd hanging closet/drawers just aft of the V-Berths. There is a maho...
Nov 26, 2004 - 08:08 pm - MikeThat looks like a done deal on that A/C location. I can live without the porthole but I cant live without the A/C. Thanks for the suggestion.Jeff
Jul 31, 2009 - 02:33 pm - Are there any new developments in marine A/C tech that would have bearing on the W32? I have been mulling over this for a while, and the question of p...
Jul 31, 2009 - 05:12 pm - We use a small window unit in the front hatch about 5 months a year. We leave it in for light air sailing and remove it for long trips that may encoun...
Jul 31, 2009 - 07:53 pm - I use the same shelf Mike does across from the head compartment. I didn't want to add holes to the bottom of the boat so I bring in cooling water from...
Aug 10, 2009 - 10:40 am - Ken,What kind of unit did you get? I imagine you have a generator to power it when using it away from shore power.Don,Your window unit uses 120V?Frank
Aug 10, 2009 - 02:58 pm - Frank,I have a Mermaid MarineAir M9 - 9000 btu - which is described as appropriate for a 30' boat. It has been plenty for us. No generator. We only ru...
Aug 13, 2009 - 04:39 pm - I bought a 5100 BTU window unit at Walley World for $99 and cut out some forms from a 3/4" piece of padouck(a reddish orange colored wood like tea...
Aug 17, 2009 - 04:25 pm - I installed a 16,250BTU unit under the V berth. I took a little doing but I'm very pleased with it. The cooling water is sourced off the head intake. ...
Aug 18, 2009 - 07:45 am - Larry,Did you do away with the holding tank in order to install the a/c? I have considered replacing the conventional head with and Airhead type setup...
Aug 18, 2009 - 04:59 pm - I bought a Coleman RV style A/C to hook up in the main hatch while I was in a Texas boat yard last summer. About $400. Takes about 30 minutes to insta...
Aug 20, 2009 - 04:32 pm - No, I kept the holding tank in place. The A/C was part of a larger project to lower the V-berth and install an innerspring mattress. Basically had to ...
Nov 22, 2009 - 10:50 pm - It got hot, hot, hot in later August and September in Clear Lake, off Galveston Bay. The heat sink concept didn't pan out all the way, probably from t...
Jan 30, 2010 - 10:53 am - This may be a stupid question, but why can't an air conditioner compressor on a boat be run off a belt turned by the engine like in a car? I have been...
Jan 30, 2010 - 12:25 pm - Frank,If you use your boat like a trawler that may work for keeping the boat cool while underway. The problems I see are that for use in a marina you ...
Jan 30, 2010 - 01:11 pm - I'm not trying to be obtuse, but unless you're a liveaboard in a marina, why does anyone need AC? If it's that hot below, there's plenty of room on de...
Jan 30, 2010 - 01:25 pm - Ralph,I recognize that I have a somewhat different situation than most W32 owners in that I am a) on a freshwater lake/river system where there are mo...
Jan 30, 2010 - 05:30 pm - Frank,I better understand your desire for A/C now. I'm a freshwater liveaboard and NC is probably not that much different than Alabama when it comes t...
Jan 31, 2010 - 11:37 am - We're on a freshwater lake, too, but thankfully no mozzies. Have to admit the my times sleeping on deck haven't been the most comfortable - sleeping b...

Alex Made It....   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 21, 2007 - 07:45 pm - Alex of Project Blue sphere made the 3,000 miles across the pacific. Has been a fun ride from my comfortable chair. But he's where I want to be. http:...

All That Teak?!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 26, 2006 - 10:32 am - OK, new owner here... I want my topsides teak to look good... But do not plan on being a 'slave to oil or varnish'-Life's just too darn short~ I'd be ...
Oct 26, 2006 - 11:04 am - Brian, Try Armada finish. Works great, looks good, and easy to apply and recoat.
Oct 26, 2006 - 06:54 pm - thanks Bud!
Oct 26, 2006 - 09:53 pm - We're using "Honey Teak" in Florida. Can last up to 3 years and still look good. Some friends on a WS 32 Salty Dog had used it. Said he should...
Oct 27, 2006 - 12:20 am - 'honey teak'? so, what type of product is this??bgs
Oct 29, 2006 - 06:17 am - Hi Brian, I use cetol HLS 'light oak" on my W32. (Note: not the marine cetol) Have been using it now for 2 years in the Australian sun up north an...
Oct 29, 2006 - 07:39 pm - Find all you want to know about it here: http://www.signaturefinish.com/ Tom (of Honey Teak) will answer any of your questions. The thing we like most...
Oct 29, 2006 - 08:50 pm - I will second the Honey Teak endorsement. I have gotten 3 years in florida before recoat. Here is a photo. The propane box is going on 4 years and I r...
Oct 29, 2006 - 08:51 pm -

Anastasia 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 19, 2009 - 01:02 pm - Anyone know anything about the Anastasia 32? There is one for sale on EBay, and it looks very much like a W32, only it has a shorter keel and wheel st...

Anchor Chain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 02, 2007 - 10:38 am - I have two lengths of 5/16 chain that are about 100' each. I want to connect both chains together. I went to my local Marine store and they gave me a ...
May 02, 2007 - 04:49 pm - According to Roger Olsen's "Plot Your Course To Adventure", this type of link is NOT as strong as the chain links themselves. It's main attrac...
Aug 17, 2007 - 07:27 pm - Don,This is a bit late, but I disagree *kinda* with Mr. Olsen.In most of the world, it's hard to find products with consistent and reputable p...
Aug 18, 2007 - 06:46 am - Aaron,Thanks for your comments on the C links. I did use one to connect a 100 foot chain to another rode that had 30' of chain backed by 200 feet of r...

Anchor Chain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 01, 2009 - 12:38 pm - I have a SL555 windlass with a B74 gipsy.The SL chart for this gipsy lists the following chains:S-L 9.5MMS-L 7/16"American BBB 3/8"American pr...
Jun 01, 2009 - 02:07 pm - Gary,All those sizes of chain have longer pitches (lengths) than 5/16"HT/G4. It is likely that 5/16" HT/G4 will sit too deeply in the pocket a...
Jun 01, 2009 - 09:46 pm - Thanks Kevin
Jun 15, 2009 - 11:19 am - Gary, FWIW, I have the S/L Hyspeed which, by manual, accomodates BBB. I can tell you that 5/16 HT works perfectly in same windlass. Go for it. You can...
Jun 15, 2009 - 10:23 pm - The S/L 510 Hyspeed normally has an RCB60 gypsy. Look on the inside of the gypsy in one of the chainpockets you should see the number as a part of the...

Anchor Choices   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 20, 2006 - 01:28 am - I am considering swapping my 45lb CQR for a model 100 spade anchor (www.spade-anchor.com) and was hoping that someone might already have some experien...
Apr 20, 2006 - 01:53 am - Hi, Rod,Have you had trouble with the CQR? What kinds of bottom are you dropping into? Is the 45#er too heavy for you? Is it wearing out? Rusting out?...
Apr 20, 2006 - 03:57 am - Hi Chip, thanks for your comments. The 45lb CQR has held me very well in some pretty nasty weather. I generally use all chain and stick by a 7:1 depth...
Apr 20, 2006 - 10:40 am - Hi Rod,I have the Spade A100. It has worked very well for me in clay and mud. Sets quickly and usually on the first try. I'm hopefully just a few week...
Apr 21, 2006 - 03:23 am - Rod,I don't know what type or size of chain you are employing, but it does indeed seem that you approach the issue of anchoring conservatively. Well d...
Apr 21, 2006 - 07:29 am - thanks for the replies and yes Chip, I agree with your last comment regarding favourites. Jeff's comments were interesting in regard to the Aluminium ...
Apr 23, 2006 - 02:16 pm - I was at the Sail Only show in Oakland this weekend and attended a seminar by Charles Kanter.He was quite unhappy with CQR's in general but seemed to ...
Apr 23, 2006 - 04:32 pm - After the pitch for the delta I am including some of my experience.I have a CRQ and love it (two thing that I deam required)1.) you need a good swivel...
Apr 23, 2006 - 06:33 pm - Hi Norm:I am not pitching for/against anything here -- just like more real use data like you provided - thanks for your experiences with the CRQ...Wit...
Apr 23, 2006 - 10:06 pm - We anchor virtually every time we go out and use a 45# CQR. Our 35# Bruce has only been used once in 12 yrs. and that was for a back up anchor in high...
Apr 24, 2006 - 09:42 pm - Jay; for your question on the tip. It was nothing fancy just pounding it down with a big hammer.as for the regalvenize (it is rusting a bit (not to ba...
Apr 26, 2006 - 03:43 am - thanks again for all the comments. It really is a minefield and like Jim and Julie, I have had good experiences with the 45lb CQR. I have never used m...
Apr 26, 2006 - 08:53 am - Rod, I have Bud's stainless bowsprit and the Spade fits great. Have not hung both anchors together yet but don't think it will be a problem. Should be...
May 01, 2006 - 12:39 am - thanks for the info Jeff. I'll be making my final decision in the coming weeks.

Anchor Line Chafing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 01, 2008 - 04:53 pm - My anchor line chafes pretty badly on the stay that runs between the hull and the bottom side of the bowsprit (this is on a Westsail 28 but they seem ...
Oct 01, 2008 - 09:41 pm - A bolt through the bobstay fitting. Use 8-10 feet of line from the fitting with a chain hook in the end. Let out the proper scope -minus the line - Pl...
Oct 02, 2008 - 07:54 am - Ben,A section of PVC over the bobstay acts as a bearing of sort, letting the line move over the stay. Also, we have a block at the end of the bowsprit...
Oct 02, 2008 - 08:47 am - 1. PVC cover over the bobstay - good idea regardless of any other solution.2. For anchoring we cover anchor line with rag at point of contact. Though ...
Oct 02, 2008 - 01:50 pm - I also use a big block at the end of the sprit.works great.
Oct 02, 2008 - 02:57 pm - The Pardys also advocated the block at the end of the sprit, so, you can probably find detailed information about it in one of their books or videos.M...
Oct 03, 2008 - 07:10 pm - A word of caution - an old salt told me that using the bobstay fitting would loosen it in the hull ....maybe cause a leak or worse.
Oct 05, 2008 - 02:40 pm - I don't think that correct, but lets recheck with Bud down in his section Ask Bud.
Oct 05, 2008 - 06:53 pm - Ahoy Ben,I agree with Gary and his "old salt" friend. I once delivered a Down East 38 across the ocean that was leaking 200 to 300 gallons of ...
Oct 10, 2008 - 09:00 am - Yup, sometimes those old guys know what they are talking about
Oct 12, 2008 - 07:57 am - Does the W28 have a hawse hole up near the bow like the W32 does?I run my snubber line out that hawse hole on my W32 and fasten it to the rode with a ...
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:40 am - Dick, that is what I am planning to do on my W28.Actually, I was thinking of using a chain hook on a length of nylon line through the starboard hawse ...
Oct 16, 2008 - 01:32 pm - George, I looked back over my photos and this is what I actually did. I used 3 strand 1/2in with a chain hook spliced on. Randy might check in to con...
Oct 16, 2008 - 03:05 pm - Hello all,Yes, I believe Ken is correct on the 3 strand 1/2" line plus chain hook spliced on. The length though I am not sure about. Seems like it...
Oct 16, 2008 - 09:27 pm - I also use a block at the end of the bowsprit as recomended in the other thread on this subject. 50' of 1/2" nylon line attatched to the rode with...
Oct 27, 2008 - 01:21 pm - George,Ken is correct that he had 50 ft. of 1/2" 3 strand line with chain hook spliced to it. Best of luck.Randy
Oct 28, 2008 - 06:40 am - I use 1/2" line and also use a rolling hitch to attach to the chain. Easy to tie and the knot never failed.rich

Anchor Snubbers And Related Setup   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 01, 2006 - 07:48 pm - Further to earlier discussion about anchor setups I wondered if other westsailors could provide details of their snubber setups. Most of the time I wi...
Dec 01, 2006 - 09:44 pm - Your idea is fine in theory. On the big powerboats I sell, the bridle is made of two lines that attach to a piece of plate with a notch cut in it to a...
Dec 01, 2006 - 10:56 pm - My bridle setup is similar to what you are proposing, but I use a caribiner instead of a chain hook - it seems more positive that way. You might also ...
Dec 01, 2006 - 11:09 pm - The only thing I'd want to know is the strength of the carabiner, as the shock loads could be huge. A chain hook is a forged piece of steel commonly u...
Dec 03, 2006 - 01:08 am - Thanks for the information. I will endeavour to make the bridle in the next few weeks. In regard to the bobstay tang, I wonder if this is strong enoug...
Dec 03, 2006 - 02:23 pm - Rod, I tried the bridle setup that you're talking about, but found that I got way too much chaffe from the bobstay. You'd have to really let a lot of ...
Dec 03, 2006 - 09:35 pm - I have the setup that Mike talks about. I got a "D" shackle from Bud when I replaced my bobstay and used it in place of the clevis on the turn...
Dec 04, 2006 - 01:13 am - thanks again for the suggestions. I have a fellow westsailor here in Oz with that exact setup but I've never liked the look of it for the reasons I me...
Dec 04, 2006 - 03:25 pm - We also run a snubber through a block on the end of the bowsprit to reduce sailing at anchor. I have relied on this up to about 30 knots. Above 30 knt...
Dec 04, 2006 - 03:45 pm - Rod:I would add another (way of doing the tang connection)I have a large anchor shackle as my pin to the bobstay. Through this without a block I run 3...
Dec 21, 2006 - 07:13 am - Rod, the arrangement you describe works fine. Ive been using it exclusively for a while now (I always like the K.I.S.S. methods best).As far as bobst...
Dec 21, 2006 - 12:52 pm - Most of the time I just use a single nylon snubber tied to the chain with a rolling hitch and leading through the starboard hawsepipe. The snubber is ...
Jun 18, 2009 - 11:04 am - Does anyone have a picture of the end of their sprit showing how the block or D ring and block is set up?In looking at mine, I have two available hole...
Jun 18, 2009 - 12:03 pm - Perhaps (Rich) you have the stainless sprit, I am still in the dark ages and so my set up would , I assume, be different.

Anchor Types   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 12, 2005 - 03:36 pm - I lost my 35 lb CQR & 25 of chain during a particularily nasty squall in the Dry Tortugas.Im now down to using my heavy duty all chain rode 45...
Jul 12, 2005 - 08:04 pm - Good to hear from you M, where you at now. On our 32 I ended up with a 45# CQR with 30 feet of chain and 200 feet of line and on the other rode I had ...
Jul 27, 2005 - 11:46 am - Still in Isla Mujeres. Clearing out tomorrow for Belize though. Probably my last access to the Internet for a bit.Ive decided (since Im here) to go ...

Anchor Windless   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 01, 2009 - 08:26 pm - Hello all, We are very close to (finally) launching our new to us W32, Sumna, for the first time. The anchor windless on Sumna is a Simpson Lawrence, ...
Jun 01, 2009 - 09:06 pm - RJ, I've never heard of that model, the older SL's are typically either the Sea Tiger or the Hyspeed.Can you post a picture?, that might clear it up.T...
Jun 01, 2009 - 09:22 pm - I will post a picture tommorro. It mounts on deck aft of the sampson posts and has a fore an aft torpedo shaped cleat on top of the housing.
Jun 02, 2009 - 08:19 am - RJ,After googling "simpson lawrence glascow 905", I suspect that "Glasgow" is not the model but rather, SL's location.-Steve
Jun 03, 2009 - 05:50 am - Hello everyone,Having trouble posting pictures. I am sure Glascow is place of manufactor. The numbers "SL500" are cast into the side of the ho...
Jun 03, 2009 - 10:20 am - Check you email!
Jun 03, 2009 - 10:58 am - RJ & JenSimpson Lawrence did build a model 500 windlass in the 60's. It was a manual 2 speed unit.Kevin

Anybody Had Experience With Thai Teak Company?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 30, 2007 - 09:39 am - http://www.thaiteakmarine.com/Very good prices.
Nov 30, 2007 - 09:45 am - Looked into buying from them last year, but as I recall, the cost of shipping pretty much erased any savings on price. That might have changed, I don'...
Nov 30, 2007 - 10:06 am - Shipping is still high but their price on custom doors is way less then I can find here in the States...about three quarters less than here.Still amou...
Nov 30, 2007 - 10:28 am - I bought some belaying pins from them. 99% happy. They overbored a couple of holes but only by a hair. I glued them anyway. Shipping was expensive. Mo...
Nov 30, 2007 - 10:35 am - Cheers Dave
Nov 30, 2007 - 02:35 pm - Gary,(assuming you're looking into new compartment doors)As a random suggestion, consider curtains instead. They'll improve ventilation, don't bang ar...
Nov 30, 2007 - 02:58 pm - Thanks Aaron - curtains for the chain locker might be a bit flimsy ;)
Nov 30, 2007 - 06:50 pm - I bought Winch Pads (#2600) from them. I am using them for under my cabin lights (Lord Nelson-ish design).Payment method takes a while, but as soon as...
Mar 15, 2008 - 11:14 am - I would like to purchase a number of teak fittings and items for my W32 Devon's Whisper. I recently purchased her from a fellow in Morro Bay CA. Probl...
Mar 15, 2008 - 05:02 pm - They operate a bit different than other companies. I recall when I ordered from them that the owner Pete was away for a bit and nothing happens withou...
Mar 15, 2008 - 05:38 pm - Thanks Tom. I can be patient if that's what it takes because as you noted these are very good prices.
Mar 16, 2008 - 08:05 am - Don't get too excited befor you see the shipping charges!
Apr 17, 2008 - 07:49 am - I just received a large shipment from them this week. It arrived FedEx in two boxes very neatly packed and the various items are beautifully crafted a...
Apr 17, 2008 - 07:00 pm - If you don't mind me asking, what pieces did you order?
Apr 18, 2008 - 07:01 am - i bought quite a few pieces including the folding magazine rack/table, fishing rod holder/ instrument mount, name/number plate, mounting pads, vent li...

Anyone In San Diego Area With A W28 Or W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 28, 2007 - 11:03 pm - Hey Everyone, I am interested in viewing and if possible a day sail on a W28 or W32. Both are on my short list due to design, price and owners reviews...
Feb 22, 2007 - 06:27 pm - There is a Westsail 28 coming up for sale in the San Diego area, and the ad will be on my website soon. W28 #60 JOSIE. Contact the owner, Tony Eisenho...
Feb 23, 2007 - 08:00 am - Josie has been for sale for a month or better. She started out at $39,500 but last I saw was down to $35,000. For sale by the family of the original o...

Anyone Know Of A Good Transport Company For Oxnard, CA To Seattle, WA   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 30, 2009 - 12:39 pm - I am looking at a WS 32 in Onxnard and I am in Washington State. I have called Dudly Transport in Washington and I am gettin a quote of about 3,800. S...
Mar 30, 2009 - 03:24 pm - Thats a pretty good price. How many miles is it?
Mar 30, 2009 - 03:27 pm - Also try Can-Am Marine Transport (800) 363-6656, in Montreal.
Mar 30, 2009 - 05:01 pm - There are a couple of outfits out of San Diego that transport up and down the west coast. Names escape me, but they advertise in the Log. I used one o...
Mar 30, 2009 - 06:39 pm - Jeff,Try A1 Haul-A-Boat.They quoted me $2,200 to move a W32 from Galveston to SW Florida a couple months ago. They beat everyone by $1500.Cheers,Aaron...
Mar 31, 2009 - 11:33 am - Thanks for the input. While we are on the subject can anyone recommend a good rigger to de commission the boat if I get it. Thanks Jeff
Mar 31, 2009 - 11:23 pm - Jeff,You'd be a fine rigger if the boat has a tabernacle. Lowering the mast is a simple, one hour job.If not, pulling it with a crane is no biggie. Ju...
Apr 01, 2009 - 11:52 am - For a trucking company, try Warren Moger at 310-515-6859. He has moved a number of W32's I know of around CA.
Apr 01, 2009 - 02:43 pm - Jeff:I second Aaron's statement, that you would be a great rigger.That said, there are several comments to add.1.) the pin on the tabernacle may not c...
Apr 01, 2009 - 02:47 pm - Jeff:The one most important thing I forgot to say (MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS SECURED AND TIED DOWN) both inside and out.
Apr 01, 2009 - 09:37 pm - I will second Norm's comments on preping the boat for shipment. It is not rocket science to unrig and rig a sailboat. You just have to make sure you m...
Apr 02, 2009 - 11:40 am - Thanks Again for all the input! I have yet another question. The rigger I contacted said the stern pulpit and boomkin and bow sprit needs to be remove...
Apr 02, 2009 - 11:56 am - Jeff, Check the post on my Ask Bud section on shipping dimensions that I gave to another owner.
Apr 02, 2009 - 05:30 pm - I can see the pulpits needing to be removed but the sprit and boomkin should not be a height issue. Depending on their trailor I guess they could be a...
Apr 03, 2009 - 10:23 am - Try uShip.com. They solicit bids from shippers all over the country to haul your boat. You will get multiple bids through emails and text messages tha...
Apr 03, 2009 - 04:30 pm - I was a sailboat dealer in Seattle for many years and arranged trucking for lots of boats up and down the West Coast. Nothing outpoints a Kenworth goi...
Apr 03, 2009 - 05:48 pm - The final height on the trailer depends on the type of trailer used by the trucking company. Some have a dropped center rail the will allow a boat tha...
Apr 04, 2009 - 01:56 pm - We used A1 Haul-A-Boat to move our 32 from Georgia to Oklahoma last April/May and, as Aaron wrote, they undercut the nearest competitor by a couple of...
Apr 06, 2009 - 08:38 pm - Wow! I appreciate all the input from Bud and everyone else!! Too busy with the 4 letter word (work) to check in. I am on the fence with this 32. I kno...
Apr 07, 2009 - 01:57 pm - Jeff I hate to say this:35K is NOT A LOT TO PAY!!! and for that you should not expect a ready to go boat. i.e. expect to spend another 10K or more on ...
Apr 07, 2009 - 05:34 pm - Jeff, I tried contacting you with the email address on your posting of lilboat57@aol.com and the message got bounced back as undeliverable. I know of ...

Anyone Know Of A Good...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 22, 2009 - 10:16 am - 1) Cabinet maker who works on boats2) Rigger who can make eye splices on line3) Marine electrician and or good marine handyman who can install stuff o...
Feb 22, 2009 - 01:19 pm - Tom, I normally do the splicing on yachtbraid when owners order any rope products from me.
Feb 23, 2009 - 08:10 am - Tom, I sent your request to a fellow I know in Rockport who is currently building a George Buehler Diesel Duck 44. He does all his own work but, as he...
Feb 23, 2009 - 10:26 am - Stephan, great! Is his boat in the House of Boats boat yard in Rockport? It is the only one actually. I'll look out for him.
Feb 24, 2009 - 08:00 am - By now you should have gotten an e-mail from Dan with some names. He even offered yard space for your boat. Is the e-mail address listed (tstiffler@hu...
Feb 26, 2009 - 02:48 pm - There is Hooking Bull just across from House of boatbums. For finish work Travis at HOBs is great. They also have a glass guy named Ricky that is top...
Feb 27, 2009 - 10:45 pm - Tom,There is a good marine handyman in the Clear Lake area that can install most anything, do plumbing, some electrical, a lot of mechanical, most cos...

Anyone Seen The Raven Westsail 32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 04, 2008 - 11:30 am - I am looking at buying the Raven, a W32 for sale which is located in Central America. Been corresponding with the owner, Scott, a very knowledgeable a...
Dec 04, 2008 - 08:11 pm - They have a website that documents a lot of the work they did on her. I think all the work was done by them in San Carlos
Dec 05, 2008 - 11:46 am - Thanks!I found the website compliments of google.Looks good!
Dec 05, 2008 - 12:20 pm - Have fun ...looking is a fun time
Dec 08, 2008 - 09:36 am - The boat is in Central America, and I understand they will be leaving soon to sail her up to San Carlos in the Sea of Cortez.
Dec 09, 2008 - 10:16 am - I am planning on inspecting the boat in San Carlos.Per Scott, the owner.She needs refinishing of the topsides, some rigging works and new sails. Plus ...
Dec 09, 2008 - 12:36 pm - Some notes on San Carlos. We were there in July looking for a place to put the boat as I had an injury and would have to return home for a couple of m...
Jan 18, 2009 - 11:18 am - I know the boat fairly well having spent a couple of seasons hauled out in San Carlos with Raven, as well as some time spent aboard. Raven would defin...

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

Oct 24, 2006 - 09:37 pm - 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...

Aries Wind Vane On EBay   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 03, 2004 - 02:01 pm - There is a Bronze & Stainless Aries Windvane on ebay.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4508344264&rdMight poss...
Dec 11, 2004 - 06:01 pm - I watched the auction get up to $810. Unfortunately the winner had a -4 feedback and was no longer a registered user.So the auction begins again.I hav...
Dec 17, 2004 - 04:52 pm - Hey Mike, do you have any photos of where you run your control lines... I had a lot of trouble arranging the lines so that they didn't chaffe or inter...
Dec 17, 2004 - 09:06 pm - Mine don't intefere with the tiller at all (except obviously where they are clipped onto the tiller).I'll rummage thru all my pics and see if I can fi...

Asymmetric Spinnaker   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 02, 2009 - 02:45 pm - We are in need of an asymmetric for the upcoming Bermuda 1-2 event. I have a quote from a local sailmaker, whose work I like. but I'm wondering if the...
Jan 02, 2009 - 03:32 pm - Doug,Asymms of the appropriate size for a W32 are out there. I bought a used symmetric from Brian Smith (another W32 owner) and had it recut to asymme...
Jan 02, 2009 - 03:34 pm - Doug,Also, here is a link to a thread on this board that discussed Asymmetric sails: Another Asymmetric QuestionBest,Aaron
May 07, 2009 - 07:44 pm - There is a great picture of a W32 flying an asymmetrical spinnaker on Page 14 of the May, 2009 issue of Cruising World. Picture was taken by Charles S...

Australian W33 ?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 16, 2005 - 05:32 am - We wanted to see a wastsail in the 'flesh' so to speak, Living in the UK, we found (we thought) one in Portugal (I's still advertised on the YBW site)...
Jan 16, 2005 - 06:27 pm - I have also seen these yachts in Australia. I've seen one with a Pilot House. I believe they were built in Western Australia. I have had debates with ...

Backwash   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 01, 2004 - 07:11 pm - Hello all,There seems to be a lot of water bubbling up along the rudder, sometimes splashing as high as the supports for the boomkin. My shaft shows n...
Sep 17, 2004 - 06:55 pm - No, I don't notice that on mine. Do you know what kind of prop you have? Maybe if it's oversized, or a Maxprop it might be churning more than normal. ...

Batteries   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 04, 2005 - 11:51 am - My W-32 has 4 - 6volt gelcell batteries that are no longer holding a charge. They were purchased 7 years ago by the prior owner.My local marine store ...
Mar 07, 2005 - 11:36 pm - After leaning toward AGM batteries for awhile I've come to believe they aren't well suited for crusing and long term anchoring out. We have 6 volt Ame...
Mar 08, 2005 - 02:23 pm - Jim,Thanks very much for your reply. I think I will go with the 6 volt cart batteries this time. I called a local dealer for Trojan batteries. He sell...
Mar 11, 2005 - 06:06 pm - We are looking at the 4dh 12ehg 210PM Rolls batteries. They run @ $600 each at 210 amps. You can buy lot of golf cart batteries for that kind of money...
Mar 14, 2005 - 08:04 pm - thanks Jim,If we were going to live a board and cruise extensively, I would opt for the Rolls / Surrettes. We believe we can cruise for about 3-5 mont...
Nov 17, 2005 - 07:21 pm - I was just over at Costco, and they have heavy-duty deep cycle marine batteries, Kirkland brand, for $62.99 in group 27 size. Anyone ever try this opt...
Dec 05, 2005 - 05:43 am - Terry, you sure about the amperage of those group 27's? My boat originally had two banks of a single Group 27's and I don't remember them having anyth...
Dec 06, 2005 - 08:56 pm - TerryWere you looking at the CCA instead of the AH ratings. The CCA (cold cranking amps) for group 27 batteries are in the 700 - 800 amp range.Jeff
Dec 07, 2005 - 12:03 am - There is always plenty of debate about which batteries are the best and it usually comes down to, among other things specific purpose/cost. Personally...
Dec 07, 2005 - 10:04 pm - Me, being a cheap bastard, went with 4 CG-2 golf cart batteries from Sam's Club for $42 ea. four years ago. They have lasted in the Nevada desert for ...
Dec 07, 2005 - 10:07 pm - Me, being a cheap bastard, went with 4 CG-2 golf cart batteries from Sam's Club for $42 ea. four years ago. They have lasted in the Nevada desert for ...
Mar 26, 2007 - 10:30 pm - I'm curious how everyone's batteries have made out. We're going to do a full sweep of new wiring, batteries, alternator/regulation/monitoring on our n...
Mar 27, 2007 - 07:10 am - Hi Aaron,I started this thread back in March of 2005. My Trojan 6 volt batteries are working fine and according to my Link system, they seem to be goo...
Mar 27, 2007 - 08:50 am - Not sure where your cruising grounds are but more than once I've seen cruisers with high end AGM's, Rolls, etc. have their batterie(s) die on them and...

Bean Bag For Cockpit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 30, 2004 - 08:49 pm - Someone familiar with Westsails suggested I get a (waterproof) bean bag for a cockpit seat. Anyone used one, find it handy?
Aug 31, 2004 - 07:32 am - Bean Bags are great on boats. They conform to whatever space is available and provide a comfortable surface to lounge on. Beats the hell out of tradit...
Sep 19, 2004 - 08:28 am - OK, I've been browsing eBay for a cheap bean bag.Problem is, they're all HUGE or fuzzy or NASCAR/NFL themed (the SpongeBob Squarepants one was intrigu...
Dec 02, 2004 - 09:10 am - I have to say, my LL Bean doggie bed turned out to work extremely well!Maybe the large size would be better but otherwise a doggie bed is just the rig...

Been A LONG Time...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 12, 2008 - 05:41 pm - since I checked in to the forum.I'm still on the Rio Dulce. I broke the first rule of boat projects and started way too many concurrent projects. You ...
Jan 16, 2008 - 09:22 am - Hey Mike, good to hear from you!Nope, same old same old, still varnishing hehe.
Jan 16, 2008 - 02:04 pm - Mike- I will be very interested to hear how Belize is- where you anchor, etc. I am planning on making that a destination as soon as I Get Out There.Jo...
Feb 24, 2008 - 05:44 am - Belize is probably the most popular local cruising ground for us here on the Rio (followed by the Hondurian Bay islands... Roatan, Guanana, Utila, etc...

Best Bronze Lube?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 30, 2006 - 09:29 pm - I need to know what type lubricant to use on 'frozen' bronze- Have both a bronze hank on a storm sail corroded and frozen up; as well as the wing nut ...
Oct 30, 2006 - 11:22 pm - Brian, Probably Liquid Wrench, or something similar, is about as good as anything.
Oct 31, 2006 - 02:14 pm - Thanks Bud~

Beta Marine Engines   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 29, 2007 - 07:53 pm - Would like to hear some of the members experiences with the Beta Marine engine as a repower?CB
Jul 29, 2007 - 10:00 pm - CBSuggest you read the blog by Dick Millshttp://dickandlibby.blogspot.com/check archives for Feb 2007 and March 2007then there is an update on June 10...
Jul 30, 2007 - 11:45 am - I have been selling and installing Beta engines since 2004, about 25 or so engines. The owners report that they are very satisfied with the performanc...
Jul 30, 2007 - 02:21 pm - Jay,Please tell where in the blog, so I don't have to sift through the whole doccument.CB
Jul 30, 2007 - 05:25 pm - Chris,I did the Beta upgrade a couple of years ago. Since I was in a yard that was only a 15 minute drive to the US importer for Beta I purchased the ...
Jul 31, 2007 - 07:35 am - Thanks for the info Jeff, sounds like a rewarding project.
Aug 03, 2007 - 04:46 pm - Chris:http://dickandlibby.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.htmlThe blog has the last day first so start here and move down the page.Hope this helps -- ...
Aug 04, 2007 - 07:11 am - Chris,I don't own a Beta but have heard many positive comments about them. I have met Dick Mills and have communicated with him since he repowered. He...
Aug 06, 2007 - 03:26 pm - Chris,Having seen both Heron (Don's boat) and Jura at the Maine RDVU, I would have to give two thumbs up for Bud's Beta setup. Not only do the lower r...

Beware The "Aloha State"   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 06, 2007 - 01:30 pm - Boy, these guys have some boating laws on the books that lie somewhere between mean and evil, or more like between evil and wicked. Things like vessel...
Apr 06, 2007 - 03:07 pm - Randy:Aloha from the Aloha state (You are correct our DLNR has some issues) And they do not take very good care of the facilities see http://groups.ya...
Apr 06, 2007 - 05:37 pm - My wife and I have had three great trips to Honolulu thanks to free lodging at her parent's condo. In all three trips, we frequented the Wakiki Yacht ...
Apr 07, 2007 - 12:22 pm - Thanks for the input and straitening me out (somewhat). Thirty years ago I lived in Honolulu for a year (ashore). But I knew a lot of people that live...

Bill Crealock Is Now In Fiddlers Green   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 12, 2009 - 12:05 pm - Saw a note on my Marine Trade bulletin board that Bill Crealock, the naval architect and primary designer for Westsail, passed away at the age of 89 a...
Oct 12, 2009 - 05:50 pm - I'm saddened to learn of his death. He lived a very long and highly productive life, and as most of us would agree, did a great job for Westsail and f...
Oct 12, 2009 - 05:51 pm - Here's a list of his designs. Quite the history.
Oct 12, 2009 - 05:54 pm - Thanks for the note, Bud,Sure sorry to hear that.May old Bill Crealock rest in peace. Great to hear he had such a nice, long run, and apparently quite...
Oct 14, 2009 - 07:07 pm - Here is the link to the LA Times Article.http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-william-crealock10-2009oct10,0,5398 248.story
Oct 14, 2009 - 11:02 pm - Fair Winds And High Tides Forever for "Gentleman Bill".....
Oct 15, 2009 - 06:00 pm - I saw several articles about his death that cited the induction of the "pacific Seacraft 36" into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame. I don't ...
Oct 17, 2009 - 01:38 pm - That's a Pacific Seacraft 25. It was designed by Henry Mohrschadlt one of the founders of Pacific Seacraft. Henry also designed the Downeaster line an...
Oct 17, 2009 - 07:35 pm - the only problem with that boat is there is no standing headroom.pretty though. (and that is partly why).
Nov 02, 2009 - 08:38 am - Here's a small coincidence, someone posted a video of Stavanger in another thread:http://www.westsail.org/discus/messages/4/2773.htmlvery impressive. ...

Blisters   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 10, 2008 - 06:19 am - It seems we have a problem with our blisters, W42,the Mexican yard has taken down 2 layers of fibreglass to grind away the blisters.Now want to peel t...

Blogging From A Westsail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 18, 2008 - 03:35 pm - I am writing a new blog from Robin, our Westsail 32, for Soundings Magazine about living and working aboard several days a week. The blog can be found...
Mar 18, 2008 - 06:05 pm - Doug:thanks for the FYI -- and an interesting blog.

Blogging To Bermuda   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 09, 2007 - 08:18 am - I don't know if this is appropriate, so let me know if it is not. I'm writing a blog on the Soundings Magazine web page www.soundingspub.com about the...
Apr 09, 2007 - 11:26 am - Hi Doug,I'm not sure why you would think there are any cons to your blog regarding your decision to be in this race. I believe most sailors out there ...
May 21, 2007 - 10:18 pm - Hi Doug,I just went to the blog. It's really great! I was suprised that there were not that many responses. I would encourage other WS owners to visit...

Boarding   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 10, 2004 - 02:16 pm - We bought W-32 Robin in May and need to replace the portable aluminum ladder that came with her. (It broke.) What works best? In our last boat, a Pear...
Jun 12, 2004 - 09:02 am - Doug,I make a stainless folding ladder that attaches to a stern pulpit. Contact me if this interests you. Bud Taplin btaplin@westsail.comPS. Did you b...

Boarding Ladder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 06, 2005 - 07:22 am - I have a boarding ladder that I'm trying to identify. I don't know if it's an original Westsail option (if ladders were even offered as an option).But...

Boarding Ladders   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 24, 2008 - 05:27 pm - My W32 has a stainless boarding ladder that attaches to two stainless 1/2 inch posts protruding about 6" from the hull attached by metal plates. I...
Jun 25, 2008 - 09:52 am - Tom, I do not recall seeing that ladder mounting system before. The majority of the ladders mount on top of the caprail. The ones I make mount on the ...
Jun 26, 2008 - 08:42 pm - Thanks Bud. I have been thinking about getting a different ladder that would mount on the stern pulpit like yours. How far down do the extend? Do they...
Jun 27, 2008 - 09:09 am - Tom, I will send you the page from my Westsail Service Manual regarding the ladders I make. Yes, they do extend into the water when folded down.

Boat Show "finds"   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 26, 2009 - 08:06 am - A couple of cool things we saw at the Seattle Boat Show this weekend:Very nice storage containers at www.getstorganized.com.And cool suction cup thing...
Feb 05, 2009 - 11:33 am - This is just my humble opinion and I don't want to offend anyone. I appreciate you sharing this info with us. Especially that these companies are taki...

Boat Transport   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 09, 2006 - 12:56 pm - Help - I'm looking for a great transport company to move a Westsail 43 from Texas to California. Any recommendations?Thanks!
Sep 10, 2006 - 06:12 pm - If you're not in a hurry you can get a good price by getting someone that is backhauling empty. There are a lot of resellers out there and you need to...
Sep 10, 2006 - 07:14 pm - Thanks Dave! I really appreciate the thoughtful advice.Fair breezes.Keith
Oct 07, 2006 - 01:39 am - Keith, I can highly recommend Deep Water Transport out of Washington, NC (800-238-8758). They cover the 48 states and some of Canada. They did an exce...

Boats Seek Shelter From Frances In Miami   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 03, 2004 - 01:49 pm - We're extremely fortunate that our Synergy is kept in one of the safest slips in the Miami River, where it is deepest and widest. This image was the s...
Sep 03, 2004 - 05:44 pm - Those don't look like floating docks. If not, are you worried about any storm surge?It's a catch 22 situation... The more lines you have the less chan...
Sep 14, 2004 - 11:26 pm - No for the report on Ivan from Mike!
Sep 17, 2004 - 09:00 am - I dropped you an email describing how things went but I'll 're-post' it here for others that might be interested:As you know, Ivan took a last minute ...

Bobstay Question   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 23, 2008 - 08:40 pm - When I bought our 32 the bobstay was very slack, no turnbuckle for tensioning correctly. I have now fabricated and installed a new wooden bowsprit to ...
Jul 23, 2008 - 10:17 pm - Chris,I'm sure Bud can get you a good turnbuckle. If not, try www.sailingservices.com.They're out of Miami and only have quality hardware. There will ...
Jul 24, 2008 - 05:11 am - For 3/8" wire you can get either 5/8" or 3/4" turnbuckles. Use the 5/8" as that is what your boat is set up to accept.That said, bobst...
Jul 24, 2008 - 01:07 pm - Brian,I stand corrected. I didn't check about the turnbuckle before answering.Please explain why bobstays do not need turnbuckles.Cheers,Aaron N.
Jul 24, 2008 - 02:43 pm - I just bought a big turnbuckle from Bud to replace the one seized up on my bobstay. It is open body bronze, ss toggles and good price.Rnady
Jul 28, 2008 - 05:24 pm - Bobstays do not need turnbuckles for the same reason forestays do no 'need' turnbuckles, there is an adjustment to tension available in the backstay t...
Jul 28, 2008 - 09:06 pm - Arron:I see some statements that I would question. and this posting is for your information.1.) If you make your bobstay 4mm short you may need to hav...
Jul 28, 2008 - 09:49 pm - Brian,Thank you for the response.While your reasoning makes sense, I do not agree with having a turnbuckle-free bobstay. I have thought on this before...
Jul 30, 2008 - 08:33 pm - I do not know where the $180 comes from for a 5/8" double toggle turnbuckle. I sell a quality 5/8" turnbuckle with open chrome bronze centerbo...

Bond   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 23, 2009 - 07:38 am - My W32 has had its Groco underwater thru hull fittings and seacocks grounded for some time, apparently, with few exceptions. I now read that that is n...
Jan 23, 2009 - 12:31 pm - Randy,Look in Nigel Calder's Boat Owner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual (Boat Owner's Bible); he gives a very good overview, and in-depth discussio...
Jan 23, 2009 - 12:59 pm - Randy:There are two schools of thought (Which are both correct)1.) If you tie in ALL of your thruhulls AND exposed metals to a (bonding system; Not co...
Jan 23, 2009 - 01:38 pm - Randy, Try reading Page H-1 of my Westsail Service Manual. I tried to describe the different "grounding" systems on a typical boat.
Jan 24, 2009 - 09:45 am - I am not bonded on Jasmine. I have had no issues so far (10 years). I am concerned about 1 part of my system though. I have a Frigoboat keel cooler fo...
Jan 24, 2009 - 10:14 am - Wow,Thanks for all the input. Now I am thouroughly confused, which is probably a good thing. Think I'll have to take Aaron's advice and get the Calder...
Jan 24, 2009 - 10:56 am - Hah! Couldn't agree more about 'the fewer changes...''If it ain't broken'~!

Books To "sail" Through Winter   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 07, 2010 - 02:30 pm - If I want to sail in winter, I have to read about it. I figure others are in the same boat, so I thought I'ld share my recent journey through some in...
Jan 07, 2010 - 07:05 pm - Currently reading "lone voyager". Pretty good so far! Starts off with the lead character having to shape his frozen hands around his oars afte...
Jan 08, 2010 - 11:18 am - Anybody read "Heart of Glass, Fiberglass boats and the men who built them"?
Jan 12, 2010 - 12:07 pm - Yes, great book by Dan Spurr on the interesting history of fiberglass boat building. I carry it onboard as a reference so I can read up on interesting...
Jan 12, 2010 - 01:07 pm - John Guzzwell had left "Trekka" in NZ to sail with the Smeetons around Cape Horn I think. After they pitchpoled they sailed to Chile and repai...
Jan 21, 2010 - 04:35 pm - Hello All,I was browsing my favorite used book store and came across "The Race" by JTW Hubbard.Here is the description from the cover. "A ...
Jan 21, 2010 - 11:19 pm - Yep! I read it and it's a must-read in my book!Chris
Jan 25, 2010 - 10:06 am - I also have a copy of the book, which I obtained many years ago. The boat is W32 #222, and I still show Tim Hubbard as the owner, with an address in C...
Feb 01, 2010 - 05:27 pm - THE RACE, by JTW Hubbard should be a classic. Perhaps, one of these days. It is a such a well-written piece of prose.
Feb 02, 2010 - 08:24 am - "princess, New York, Key Biscayne" Is a great book. About a guy who rebuilt a friendship sloop and sailed to the bahamas eventually.wonderful ...

Boomkin Repair   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 13, 2006 - 11:31 am - I have started to inspect the wooden boomkin assembly, it is off the boat at this time. Appears as if the beams are oak or fir, as they are highly var...
Dec 13, 2006 - 07:41 pm - By properly adjusting the tension on the backstay and the boomkin stays, you should be able to straighten out any bowing. Just sight down the boomkins...
Dec 14, 2006 - 04:01 pm - Thanks BudCB

Boomkin Stay Tension   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 14, 2007 - 07:49 am - I'm replacing my boomkin crosspiece due to a developing crack. Bud's replacement crosspiece is a different design from my original so the boomkin ends...
Feb 14, 2007 - 01:49 pm - Mike,Why not add a 1/2 wooden piece to the end of the boomkin. Then you don't need to worry about any of the lengths. There's only compression loading...
Feb 15, 2007 - 06:20 am - The original boomkin crosspiece was basically 2" SS (90 deg) angle. Bud's new crosspiece is 2" X 4" and is at an 82 deg angle to 'compensa...

Boomkin, SS Vs Wood??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 18, 2006 - 08:17 pm - Hello all- Brand new owner of W-32 #553 'Orion' here,currently hot-berthed (err, not the most accurate term)in Seward, Alaska- Still in the 'pinch me'...
Oct 19, 2006 - 11:22 pm - Welcome aboard Brian. I have Bud's stainless boomkin on Glorious and think it is the best way to go. There is no rot or splitting problem -period and...
Oct 20, 2006 - 06:39 am - My vote is for wood. To me, the wood boomkin is a visual 'counterpoint' to the wood bowsprit on a W32. It's part of what gives the W32 its asthetic ap...
Oct 20, 2006 - 06:50 am - Point-counterpoint... I took some 2x4 SS rectangular tubing and fabricated a one-for-one replacement for the wooden boomkin. It has the aesthetics of ...
Oct 20, 2006 - 07:21 pm - Hlywa, I'm thinking of doing the same and wondered if there is anything I need to be aware of in doing a SS boomkin like that?
Oct 20, 2006 - 08:07 pm - I had both on our 32. I will say it was nice not having to work around the boomkin as far as seating was concerned. The cockpit is small enough as it ...
Oct 20, 2006 - 10:41 pm - Option #3 is to get ridd of it all together. See above photo of twin back stays replacing the boomkin.Just an Option: But you will need to cut about 2...
May 08, 2008 - 10:54 pm - I'm leaning towards Bud's SS boomkin, and I'm wondering how tough it is to install. I have the manual, and I've read the procedure, but would like som...
May 08, 2008 - 11:10 pm - I'm with you there, Terry- about to jump in next week finally with my SS boomkin installation. Bud's directions are great, but as always feedback from...
May 09, 2008 - 06:15 am - Funny, I've spent the week stressing about putting in a coupla foot pumps. Thank you for putting things in perspective! Good luck, you'll get it right...
May 14, 2008 - 09:34 am - We did the whole installation at a Florida rendezvous one year with the boat stern to at the dock. Lots of beer drinking and wise ass comments. Went w...
May 14, 2008 - 10:19 am - 'Have a rendezvous in Alaska and see if anyone shows up...'Thanks Bud, that's very helpful~ And yes, I'll be doing this installation this week, by mys...
May 14, 2008 - 08:08 pm - Measure twice and drill once..... ;)

BORG WARNER TRANSMISSION   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 23, 2005 - 11:46 am - I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 1976 W32 WITH A PERKINS 4108 ENGINE. COULD ANYBODY TELL ME WHAT MODELBORG WARNER TRANSMISSION IS THE BOAT?
Apr 24, 2005 - 07:38 pm - It should be a Model 70C or 71C, with a 1.91 to 1 reduction gear attached to the transmission. I have the workshop manual for that transmission and re...
Apr 25, 2005 - 02:15 pm - IS THIS A GOOD TRANSMISSION? I HAVE IT OUT OF THE VESSEL. THERE IS A RUMOR OF A LEAK FROM THE REVERSE GEAR, ALTHOUGH I CAN NOT CONFIRM THISSHOULD I HA...
Apr 26, 2005 - 02:34 pm - Check with Marcus at Trans Atlantic Diesel in VA for info on rebuilding. They are a Perkins and Borg Warner distributor. 800-927-9295

Bottom Barrier Coat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 22, 2005 - 08:22 am - Hello Members,I am in the process of redoing a barrier coat on my W-32. It looks like the former owner did one about 10 years ago and it did not bond ...
Mar 22, 2005 - 09:14 am - DonWhen you say you can't remove the thru hulls are you talking about the seacocks or the actual thru hulls? If it is the seacock then open them up an...
Mar 22, 2005 - 05:49 pm - See my link in the other forum: http://www.westsail.org/discus/messages/11/334.html" id="post_1111104349Great discussion on barrier coats.
Mar 22, 2005 - 07:12 pm - Hi Jeff,I thought that I could just remove the thru hulls without removing the seacocks by unthreading them from the outside. The seacocks themselves ...
Mar 22, 2005 - 07:16 pm - Hi Dave,Well I went on the link you gave me and I'm more confused "and worried" than before. They make it sound that there is NO cure for a bo...
Mar 22, 2005 - 07:59 pm - DonI had a tool made which goes inside the thru hull in order the spin it. It basically is a solid piece of steel with grooves cut into it which match...
Mar 22, 2005 - 08:02 pm - Oh yeah...forgot to mention that there is a question out there about backing nuts on the thru hull. So far no one with the older groco seacocks has fo...
Mar 22, 2005 - 08:18 pm - Good day Don And Margaret:The thru hull should be removable with a tool just for this application from the outside of the boat. West marine sells the ...
Mar 23, 2005 - 07:05 am - Hello All,Thanks so much for the incoming information. Some of the areas where the old barrier is coming off has some fairing compound showing over th...
Mar 23, 2005 - 05:26 pm - If it were me I WOULD NOT GRIND on the hull - I don't care who you have or what recomendations you get. You can use some products that will take off t...
Mar 24, 2005 - 01:15 pm - Good day Don:I reread your post and see it is a failed barrier coat job. two items to remember.1.) Fair out the sanded bottom with a long board and fi...
Mar 24, 2005 - 04:17 pm - Hi Norm,Thanks for the input. I did try a pressure washer before the boat went into the building. Not much came off!Thanks for your recommendations on...

Brand New   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 10, 2007 - 10:49 am - Question is this, I have some new in the box "Navico" brand equipment. A tiller pilot with remote, depth sounder and knot meter. The boat has ...
Aug 10, 2007 - 01:30 pm - Navico was taken over by Simrad, which is in business. They should be able to help you out.
Aug 10, 2007 - 02:34 pm - Thanks Bud,Any thoughts on the quality of their equipment?
Aug 11, 2007 - 08:15 am - Both Navico and Standard Horizon have very good reputations. So does Simrad.
Aug 11, 2007 - 05:15 pm - Thanks Bud

Bronze Coating   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 02, 2007 - 06:49 pm - Just received letter about titanium nitride coating."I know that you say that you are not concerned about wear resistance, but if the coating star...

Bronze Hardware   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 20, 2009 - 03:33 pm - Does anyone have a couple of spare bronze nuts, 3/8-16, that they could part with? A couple of mine on the seacocks were pretty messed up and by the t...
Oct 20, 2009 - 04:30 pm - Try http://www.boltdepot.com/product.aspx?cc=7&cs=9&cm=5
Oct 20, 2009 - 04:31 pm - They will get you with shipping though
Oct 20, 2009 - 09:33 pm - Does Fsstenall carry bronze fasteners? I know they're good for stainless. They're nationwide so should be accessible to almost everyone in the US.
Oct 21, 2009 - 06:42 am - No, I tried Fastenal and every other fastener/hardware store in town - just stainless and some brass up to 1/4-20, but nothing in 3/8-16.
Oct 21, 2009 - 09:38 am - Tom,No 3/8, but I have a bunch of 5/16" and 7/16"!Here are a few other sources for bronze bolts:www.ccfasteners.comwww.aaronssiliconbronzefast...
Oct 21, 2009 - 07:16 pm - Aaah! McMaster . . . I can probably have our parts dept at work add a couple to their next order. Thanks, Tom
Oct 26, 2009 - 10:04 am - I have plenty of them. Let me know how many you need, and I can send them by US Mail.

Bud's Web Site   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 27, 2006 - 07:05 am - Does anyone know status of Bud's web site? I haven't been able to get on for 3 days.Peter
Mar 27, 2006 - 09:04 am - There seems to be a problem with the service that is hosting my website. I was not able to receive any email for a few days, but that seems to be work...
Mar 28, 2006 - 09:10 am - As of today, Tuesday the 28th, both my website and email are now working.

Bulkhead Mounted Table   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 25, 2006 - 09:00 am - I would like to convert my fixed table for a bulkhead mounted folding table. Was wondering if anyone had some good plans for this design.Some of the t...
Oct 26, 2006 - 06:45 pm - Check out this one! http://www.geocities.com/fluidmotion2/proj_nz_int_frame.html
Oct 28, 2006 - 09:25 am - Awsome interior work, and after checking out the whole site I'm amazed at the extent of their rehab work - new deck, caprails, interior, engine rebuil...
Oct 28, 2006 - 12:23 pm - I agree, it is a fabulous installation but WELL beyond my woodworking capabilities.If someone else has a simpler design, please let me know.Don
Oct 28, 2006 - 01:38 pm - Find a book called "boat joinery simplified" By Fred Bingham. I think there is a good fold up table in there. I will check when I get home.All...

Butterfly Hatch   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 08, 2004 - 12:56 pm - Now that my brightwork project is nearing completion (after a two month postponement), I'm looking forward to my next project: installing a butterfly ...
Mar 09, 2004 - 01:13 am - I'll have to dig through the Westsail manual and see, but I think there are drawings of it. I'll check, and if so, I have most of the drawings .pdfed ...
Mar 09, 2004 - 10:54 pm - Bud Taplin has plans...
Oct 16, 2006 - 08:43 am - I have a Westsail 32 & would like to install a butterfly hatch above the main cabin which opens. Does anyone on the board have any plans or know w...
Oct 16, 2006 - 10:06 am - J&J,Bud has the plans for the hatch.
Oct 16, 2006 - 06:51 pm - Note that the WS hatch was only a butterfly lookalike. It did not open as such as most butterflys are notoriously leaky. The plans don't always match ...

Cabin Heater   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 28, 2006 - 01:51 pm - I'm planning some cool day and colder night sailing for the fall of 2006. My W-32 does not have any heat on board now. I don't have propane installed ...
Jan 28, 2006 - 07:45 pm - We have that exact thing with our dickensen diesel heater.we use a small fuel pump to send the diesel to the heater.Rich
Jan 28, 2006 - 11:46 pm - We have a Dickensen diesel heater mounted on the main bulkhead to starboard. It is fead by gravity from the starboard tank. As long as the heater is ...
Feb 03, 2006 - 07:25 am - Thanks for your reply Rich and Gerald. The dickinson requires a 3" diameter stove pipe to go through the cabin ceiling. What did you use to cut su...
Mar 05, 2006 - 11:05 pm - Don and Margaret. I rented a big hole saw the day before it started to rain - for a month - I live in Oregon. Returned it and waited for a no rain da...
Mar 05, 2006 - 11:33 pm - D&M, I had another thought. I applied epoxy to the cut surface to seal the wood as is usually recommend when drilling through plywood. Later I got...
Mar 06, 2006 - 01:50 pm - The epoxy is good through 400 but if you use silicone after the epoxy has set, The Silicone is good for 650F temps.I would recommend the rout Gerald t...
Mar 06, 2006 - 09:09 pm - Don & Margaret, I have a Hi-Seas diesel heater attached to the bulkhead of my W32. I have used it regularly in winter and it is extremely efficien...
Mar 09, 2006 - 12:45 pm - Norm, thanks for the information regarding silicone. I wish I asked the question before the job.
Mar 19, 2006 - 08:08 am - Hello All,Thanks for all the valuable info on heaters. The Dickinson Heater just went on sale at Hamilton's Marine. Their price was $649 less another ...
Mar 19, 2006 - 08:11 am - One more question. Hamilton also carries the Sigmar brand of diesel heater. They are very fond of this unit since it has a separate intake for fresh a...
Mar 21, 2006 - 10:11 pm - I use use an older version of the Sigmar and love it! It kept us plenty warm on our way south from the Great Lakes. We had a couple of nights on the H...

Cabin Heater Recomendations   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 19, 2009 - 09:53 pm - I am planning on installing a cabin heater on our W32, Sumna this winter. I am leaning towards a diesel heater. But like the idea of a low tech wood s...
Oct 20, 2009 - 12:25 pm - I don't think you could carry enough wood or coal to be practical. I do not think we had enough space to give up to a bulky fuel source. Diesel seems...
Oct 20, 2009 - 02:16 pm - Our W28 came to us equipped with a Webasto diesel heater. It's pretty nice since the heater unit is tucked away in the engine room. There are some hos...
Oct 22, 2009 - 09:39 pm - I use the Sigmar 180. It is a diesel cabin heater with the balanced draft. The balanced draft is an outside air intake so there are no carbon monoxide...
Oct 23, 2009 - 12:57 am - RJ,We have a little Newport propane heater we've used a few times. Don't have much need in south Florida, but FWIW, it got our cabin toasty enough to ...
Oct 28, 2009 - 09:39 pm - Hello all,Thank you for your helpful input. After reading your recomendations/experiances. I have doing some research and think that the Dickenson, Lo...
Oct 29, 2009 - 03:35 pm - Pictures please :-)
Oct 29, 2009 - 09:59 pm - I have a dickenson newport diesel heater on Jasmine.I haven't used it in several years as the boat is in florida and A/C is more important there.It wo...
Oct 30, 2009 - 10:21 am - RJ,Sounds like a job for SAWZALL, The Defender! In times of fear and desperation, this cavortic champion of artistic cunning is always ready and willi...
Oct 30, 2009 - 01:33 pm - So far, the only "advantages" I have realized from my propane Force 10 cabin heater are a cabin top leak around the flue and a headache from t...
Oct 30, 2009 - 06:29 pm - Years ago I cruised on a wood boat in Maine with a woodstove that was probably a Luke heater, made with brass frame and soapstone sides. It really war...
Oct 30, 2009 - 11:10 pm - There's not a whole lot of room below, and I've never figured out a place to put even a 12 x 12 x 12 stove where I wouldn't trip over it. Right now we...
Oct 31, 2009 - 10:51 am - I have the for and aft centerline table layout. There is enough space between the forward end of the table and the bulkhead, just portside of the mast...
Oct 31, 2009 - 12:19 pm - We have the port side table that converts to a tight squeeze, keeps-you-toasty-in-winter double berth so the only remaining place seems to be... nowhe...
Nov 09, 2009 - 07:43 pm - Hello to all,I feel that I owe an update to the heater decision. After even MORE thought about heating SUMNA, and the complexities, parts, spares, con...
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:10 am - RJ,Would love to see some photos of your stove installation. Where are you putting it?
Nov 10, 2009 - 12:59 pm - RJ & Jen;Glad to hear it. I love woodstoves and, like David, I would love to see pictures of the installation.Here's to some nice toasty evenings,...
Nov 10, 2009 - 05:14 pm - I would be happy to post some pictures of the install. But I have not been able to figure out how to post them on this site.The stove will be mounted ...
Nov 10, 2009 - 11:33 pm - If you go to the bottom of this page under "help/instructions", then to "formating", and under "other formating" scroll down t...
Nov 11, 2009 - 10:10 am - David, I believe that I heard that regular BBQ charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide when they burn, so one should never use them in an enclose...
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:12 am - Good point Mike,Navigator stoveworks recomends burning wood or "hardwood" charcoal (not sure if "briquettes" qualify), but not coal, a...
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:17 am - I once saw a relatively tiny wood burning stove on a fairly good sized boat-- 46'. It was round and had ceramic tile and stone base and sidings, if I ...
Nov 11, 2009 - 01:16 pm - No one has mentioned Hurrican Heaters. I use less than 1/3 gallon an hour for heat. Heat exchangers keep the engine prewarmed. It is a hydronic system...
Nov 11, 2009 - 07:15 pm - I think you'll find that all fuels that contain carbon (coal, charcoal, petroleum products, propane, etc.) all generate CO if they receive insufficien...
Nov 12, 2009 - 10:12 am - Getting to the main problem I see with solid stoves is BTUs. Just how much wood or coal can you store and how long will it last? Propane or liquid fu...
Nov 12, 2009 - 01:52 pm - Christian: Never heard of the Hurricane stove before. I checked their website. I like the ability to pre-warm the engine or to use engine heat to warm...
Nov 12, 2009 - 03:02 pm - http://www.itrheat.com/models.html" id="post_section=1Yes the system Vents outside the vessel. Very nice system. I am an all season sailor and it make...
Nov 14, 2009 - 07:15 am - Plus,A flame is mighty fine encouragement in cold, dark, dank enviroments, too. For a shipwreck in the Artic, the survival guides say first priority i...
Nov 14, 2009 - 09:28 am - Here is a shot of the stove that a friend of mine has on a little 24 foot boat. Looks pretty friendly to me. Lets see you do that with a diesel or pro...
Nov 14, 2009 - 12:27 pm - Awesome, Michael,That stove is just like the stoves used in Alaska in the bush or any little cabin. One stove heats and cooks all. Inomparably more ef...
Nov 14, 2009 - 02:28 pm - That looks like a Navigator "sardine".
Nov 16, 2009 - 01:51 pm - Correct, that's the Navigator 'sardine'. It measures about 1 foot square, and the flue is 4" in diameter. They have a plain cast iron model for &#...
Dec 13, 2009 - 08:40 am - Michael, is this diesel heater friendly enough for you?When our dock broke again this past week from some straight line wind they wouldn't let me stay...
Dec 13, 2009 - 12:00 pm - WE liyeaboar inanacortes wash. and just went through a week of weather in the teens and 20s found our dickenson diesel heater more than up to the task...
Dec 17, 2009 - 05:18 pm - Jeff, it does indeed look pretty friendly, but I wouldn't appreciate the plumbing much (but you don't have to clean out ashes either).To each his own!

Cap Rail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 02, 2010 - 10:21 am - Hi,I'm redoing my caprail. Mine are damaged and need replacing. Here are my thoughts as I begin this process.1) The process does involve major removal...
Jan 02, 2010 - 02:12 pm - Chris:I redid my cap rails 2 yrs ago -- fixed the leaks. http://picasaweb.google.com/jaybietz/Caprail?feat=directlink for photo's of the job.I would r...
Jan 02, 2010 - 10:11 pm - Jay,Drill the heads!! What a great idea! That eliminates the crawling around inside. Thanks for the ideas.Lingo Check:5/16 SS (stainless steel) FT (fi...
Jan 03, 2010 - 08:54 am - I rebuilt my caprails using ipe. Ipe will hold up to the elements as well as teak but it is brittle so if impacted the damage will be greater than wit...
Jan 03, 2010 - 04:23 pm - Yeah, most of the posts I have been reading have been a few years old. I don't know when teak jumped up in price but it sure is high now! As I ponder ...
Jan 03, 2010 - 05:14 pm - If you don't varnish IPE the raw wood will have many small fine splinters to grab ya!
Jan 04, 2010 - 05:01 am - Like most woods ipe varies in color from board to board but is generally more brown than teak. It is extremely dense but cuts reasonably well with a b...
Jan 04, 2010 - 08:51 am - Chris:Lingo Check:5/16 SS (stainless steel) FT (fine thread?) Use NC threads.5/16 SS MS (machine screw??) bolts - Yes these are the fasteners (Machine...

Ceiling Strips   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 01, 2008 - 06:34 pm - As you can probably tell, I have about five different projects going at one time - get stalled on one, move to the next - and I'm getting frustrated w...
May 01, 2008 - 07:41 pm - Let me suggest something For your ceiling strips thin them to 3/8". Then add some pieces on the hull running vertically. Say 6" from each end ...
May 01, 2008 - 08:37 pm - Dave, my problem is with the vertical "furring strips" bonding to the hull. I'm fine with the actual ceiling strips that line the hull. If I u...
May 02, 2008 - 06:06 am - Tom, Barb,I can't really imagine contact cement bonding them. Unless of course you sand the hull flat and have really good contact. You can either gla...
May 02, 2008 - 06:19 am - The curvature is pretty extreme in the v berth. If you don't mind a straighter look use a piece of 3/4 x 4" solid stock (I wouldn't use red oak it...
May 02, 2008 - 08:39 am - Tom & Barb,I'm doing a similar job on my W28 except that it's the overhead that I'm working on. At Bud's suggestion I used Liquid Nails to attach ...
May 02, 2008 - 07:13 pm - Steve, Good idea about the Liquid Nails - LOTS cheaper than 5200 and probably just as strong for what we're doing. I'll use it! BTW, are you planning ...
May 03, 2008 - 10:43 am - Tom,Nope. No plans to glass over the strips. I have very little experience with fiberglass and was really hoping not to have to gain any on an overhea...
May 04, 2008 - 06:54 pm - Tom,Just got home from the boat where I finished hanging the remaining furring strips on the overhead. Tried to pry one of the ones I did last week lo...
May 09, 2008 - 07:00 am - Thanks for the info, Steve. I laminated up the strips from scraps of teak decking in 1/4" layers to match the hull curvature and I'll try the Liqu...

Chris Chadwick   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 01, 2008 - 09:56 pm - Dear Jeff & Wendy, I just recently joined the site and was pleasantly surprised to see that you had an obit for Chris in your Spring 2008 Windblow...

Climbing Ye Old Spar~   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 21, 2007 - 10:07 pm - ok, made it halfway up my mast over the weekend- tothe spreaders with steps. not comfortable going higherwithout a safety system of some sort- singleh...
May 22, 2007 - 02:41 pm - Brian, Unshackle your mainsail halyard and connect it to the deck or a mast cleat,put tension on it and cleat other end. Now using a 2 to 3 foot loop ...
May 22, 2007 - 02:56 pm - Brian,I've solved the mast climbing problem using mountain climbing gear. Check out my blog on the Soundings Magazine web site www.soundingspub.com . ...
May 24, 2007 - 01:11 pm - Check out the OnRope1 mast climbing system:http://www.onrope1.com/store/index.php?p=product&id=252&parent=18
May 24, 2007 - 02:42 pm - I've used a prusic (aka friction hitch) to ascend my halyard solo....takes a little practice but it's probably the cheapest option. I purchased a clim...
Jun 10, 2007 - 09:00 pm - Mast Mate mast steps! I have a set and they take a lot of stress out of going up. See them at http://www.mastmate.com
Nov 18, 2008 - 06:32 pm - Has anyone had any experience with Prime-Climb steps?Frank
Nov 21, 2008 - 04:28 pm - A friend of mine, Philip, came up with one of the coolest mast-step/ratline systems I've seen. Basically, they are removable steps that use the shroud...
Nov 21, 2008 - 05:48 pm - That's a great idea, but isn't there a lot of play in the top steps when collapsed? Seems they could wiggle fore and aft a lot because of the grooves....
Nov 22, 2008 - 07:11 am - Well, you don't try to climb them when they are collapsed!If you're worried about grabbing ahold of them as you are wandering around the deck, you hav...

Coach Camber   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 25, 2008 - 10:47 pm - Hi all,I'm curious how the coachtop camber differed between W32s. Was it different for the different molds, or did it vary between boats?My 32, #482, ...
May 25, 2008 - 11:32 pm - Kia Ora Aaron,Our 32 Kabuki #425 has a very similar problem, we actually get pools of water sitting around our Gas bottle box which is forward of the ...
May 26, 2008 - 02:41 pm - I have W32 Hull number 128. It was a kit boat. The cabin top has only a slight camber which makes it appear almost flat in the mid cabin top area. Fro...
May 26, 2008 - 09:46 pm - Tom, my boat's cabintop is just about 1" thick, although it may vary slightly. The more I work on it the more anomalies I find! My forward hatch i...
May 27, 2008 - 08:09 am - Tom, my boat's a W28 but I imagine the structures are similar. I installed 3 vents this weekend. The cabin top in the V-berth area was about 1-1/4"...
May 27, 2008 - 12:37 pm - Thanks for the info guys. I was hoping it was over an inch thick as most fittings call for that.
May 27, 2008 - 03:41 pm - All,I'm curious to hear from more people as to difference in camber. If my coach is creeping in, how do I stop it?Cheers,Aaron N.
May 27, 2008 - 05:05 pm - Arron:One more pointCamber at mast beam 1.25"at centerCamber halfway between mast bulkhead and front of companionway opening 1.5" at centerBea...
May 28, 2008 - 01:32 pm - Arron,I have Hull #431 and have the same issue. When I installed three sets of deckbeams I laminated them in place using a 4x4 post and a floorjack to...
May 28, 2008 - 07:00 pm - All,Thanks for the responses. I think it's clear that later-mold boats had a greater camber. I have been aboard several, but it was before I owned and...
May 29, 2008 - 07:17 pm - Aaron,I have the same problem. I have boat 488. I think your boat is close. I have the same issue with the stays'l tracks.I am not sure there is much ...

Cockpit Comfort   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 11, 2008 - 05:30 pm - This might sound like a frivolous question to the guys on this list, so I'll ask the women...How do you stay comfortable in a Westsail 32 cockpit? My ...
Jul 12, 2008 - 02:15 am - Kia Ora John and Helena, We have Westsail #425, we previously owned a Cavalier 32(New Zealand designed boat) with the standard cockpit. We did at firs...
Jul 12, 2008 - 02:33 am - Hi John and HelenaWe use those self supporting high back seats from westmarine,they work very well for me because I can position them where they work ...
Jul 13, 2008 - 11:29 am - You can also take some of the white resin chairs and cut the legs off. They make a dandy seat and are easy to clean and stow.
Jul 13, 2008 - 06:36 pm - Thanks for the great ideas. I guess the wide flat space opens up many ways to get comfortable.I might even buy one of those West Marine seats to try o...
Jul 13, 2008 - 11:32 pm - John,If you're ever in SW FL, let me know. We'd be happy to take you sailing.I second the WM chairs. They're really great and you can get them to matc...
Jul 14, 2008 - 04:41 pm - Aaron,The stern pulpit chair also sounds interesting. The Moody we cruise on has two, one on each corner of the (flat) stern.From checking out Mike's ...
Jul 14, 2008 - 04:50 pm - John - I give a second big thumbs up to the Westmarine self-supporting padded seats/chairs. We sat on them on another boat at the last SoCal Rendezvou...
Jul 17, 2008 - 03:42 pm - Colleen - sold! I'm going to get one for Helena and see how she likes it. I like the couch idea!-- John
Jul 27, 2008 - 11:13 am - I've been looking through my WM catalog but I'm having a hard time figuring out which chairs/pads you all are referring to. Can anyone help with a mod...
Jul 27, 2008 - 12:33 pm - Is this what you are referring to? http://www.sportaseat.com/
Jul 27, 2008 - 03:38 pm - Here you go. And they are on sale:http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001 &langId=-1&catalogId=10001&...
Jul 27, 2008 - 06:31 pm - 2 for 1 on the low backed chairs at west marine! got 2 today and they work nice.
Jul 28, 2008 - 08:05 am - You guys are 'da bomb'! Ask for a part number and get a buy-one-get-one deal in return. Just ordered 2 of the high-backs for the price of 1. Such a de...
Jul 28, 2008 - 09:02 am - The link 3 posts above is to an old web page. According to West Marine, this deal ended at the end of June so if you order via the above link you will...
Jul 28, 2008 - 12:07 pm - Dang! The link was on their Home page yesterday!
Jul 28, 2008 - 06:27 pm - they were still at the store at two for one this past weekend
Jul 29, 2008 - 07:42 am - I used the link and got the deal yesterday (7/28). The cushions shipped this morning.
Jul 29, 2008 - 10:45 am - Folks, you are correct. I placed the order on-line on Sunday and was surprised to see full price charged so I called West Marine on Monday to enquire ...
Jul 29, 2008 - 10:47 am - And my apologies to the Almbergs for misleading you. Sometimes trying to be helpful just isn't.
Jul 29, 2008 - 11:08 am - I just ordered two at the special price today... I also had trouble ordering the special via the website this weekend and sent them an email re the pr...
Jul 29, 2008 - 04:24 pm - I just got two also. Great deal.Don
Jul 29, 2008 - 04:48 pm - Haven't checked the site for a few days, and am having a good chuckle seeing how many of us are going to be seriously comfy now!!
Jul 29, 2008 - 06:09 pm - I've got seatbacks that double as a cockpit coaming and they make things pretty comfortable, if you sit with your back to the coach house.These folks ...
Jul 29, 2008 - 08:04 pm - Of course, for *real* lounging, dockside or anchored out, you can't beat a Brazilian hammock, which can be tied up just about anywhere...<...
Jul 29, 2008 - 08:07 pm - Whoops...

Cockpit Sole Fastening   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 19, 2004 - 01:55 pm - How do other people fix their cockpit sole down? Mine is fixed with nuts and bolt around the edge. This involves two people, one above, and one of who...
Aug 20, 2004 - 09:25 am - ON the subject of cockpit bolts. (I have used barrel nuts epoxied in place) The barrel nuts look like a screw but they have female threads instead of ...
Aug 20, 2004 - 12:55 pm - I remember that afternoon like it was yesterday. I was headfirst in the engine room all sprawled out across the Volvo when I realized I needed a 12mm ...
Aug 20, 2004 - 03:11 pm - Reading these posts, I'm compelled to ask a question. Just what type of stuffing box do you guys have on your boats? In every class I ever attended th...
Aug 22, 2004 - 08:35 am - I'm interested in some good ideas of how to better seal the cockpit sole myself. Mine is currently hinged with no gasket or way to secure the sole to ...
Aug 23, 2004 - 11:35 pm - Has anyone made the split cockpit sole modification which Bud refers to in his manual? I wonder if this modification causes the cockpit sole to leak i...
Aug 24, 2004 - 07:08 am - Personally I think I prefer a solid, one piece cockpit sole for just the reason you mentioned (i.e. a two piece door being a 'weaker' design due to mo...
Aug 27, 2004 - 08:48 am - I think I may have found an latch that might be a good solution to the cockpit hatch question.It's a 'turning lock lift handle' from Jamestown Distrib...
Aug 27, 2004 - 02:39 pm - Where is the hinge located on your cockpit sole? With engine controls engine instrument covers and a winch handle holder my sole has to be twisted til...
Aug 27, 2004 - 09:21 pm - I have a single piano hinge basically running the length of the cockpit sole on the stbd side.On the port side of the well I have a Vetus single lever...
Aug 28, 2004 - 08:34 am - This is one of the longer threads I've seen on the site. I was thinking about your flush mount locking handles this morning. One may not give sufficie...
Aug 29, 2004 - 08:24 am - Looks like the 'Nautical Star' thread is thus far the champion (gotta get me one of those ;)I'm with you. I think it would take two latches to truly s...
Sep 07, 2004 - 01:51 pm - I have found another, maybe more 'precise' solution... a device specifically designed to secure sole panels. They also meet ISAF requirements for offs...
Sep 15, 2004 - 03:03 pm - They look very good. How would you fix the female (lower) part to the rather thin deck moulding?
Sep 17, 2004 - 08:13 am - The rim of the opening on the Haliai is like an inverted 'U' at the edge.Upon closer examination I've decided to use the turning lock lift handles I a...
Sep 17, 2004 - 06:45 pm - I'll just add a couple of new thoughts here... I leave my cockpit bolts out unless I'm going offshore, but I really hate the thought of having to try ...
Sep 19, 2004 - 01:50 pm - It was me. I spoke to a fellow at a rendezvous that did this. He used a small boat vang that was a 3 part tackle with a cam cleat.He attached it to an...
Oct 25, 2004 - 07:51 am - We have tried the vang approach on Robin and it works well. We used an old vang from our 27-foot Pearson Renegade. We put a 1x1 oak beam across the so...
Nov 19, 2007 - 09:19 am - Hello All.I recently acquired Jenny Leigh (W32 #475) and am in the processes of refitting/refurbishing.My cockpit sole has been sawn-in-half. I plan t...
Mar 02, 2008 - 12:54 am - Hey Doug, you still happy with your vang arrangement? Thought I might try something similar...
Mar 09, 2008 - 12:03 pm - Here's something to think about regarding bolting the sole down:The previous owner never treated the diesel and I'd been continually plagued with alga...
Mar 09, 2008 - 03:17 pm - I have the same locking latches available from ABI at a lower cost if you are interested.
Nov 14, 2008 - 04:25 pm - Mike:I was planning to hinge mine as well. With a piano hinge mounted, can you get full range of motion or does the hatch stop at vertical. I was thin...
Nov 15, 2008 - 10:58 am - Okay, gang, I have some info to share.You've answered some of my questions. I was replacing the engine of Satori and what did I find but THREADED stai...
Nov 16, 2008 - 07:30 am - here is another idea for the cockpit floor. I split mine. otherwise I had to remove my LPG bottles. go here for picshttp://captainmontgomery.blogspot....
Nov 16, 2008 - 11:29 pm - Someone may be interested in what the original owner whom I bought my W28 from had done to fasten the cockpit sole. See photos. I don't know the prope...
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:00 pm - George,Those clamps are pretty cool. Maybe one of the better solutions.Anyway, I had never thought about it much before this thread started, but I hav...
Nov 18, 2008 - 08:43 am - Well, so much for being sure. I am currently "sure" that the metal strips under the coaming are machine screw tapped aluminum. :-)

Companionway Ladder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 20, 2009 - 09:16 am - I'm building a new companionway ladder, since the one that came with my boat was a cut-down six foot stepladder (hardly nautical or sturdy) and have r...
Oct 20, 2009 - 02:08 pm - When I rebuilt my ladder I used the same size lumber as Westsail originally used. I'll go back down to the boat and measure the sides and post the mea...
Oct 21, 2009 - 10:05 am - Tom & Barb,I checked my ladder and the sides were built of 1x6 oak so they're about 5-5/8" wide. This may be a skosh narrower than the origina...
Oct 21, 2009 - 03:26 pm - Steve,I'm interested to know how you attached the top and bottom of the ladder to the companionway and the sole. It needs to be locked in place --- di...
Oct 21, 2009 - 07:14 pm - Stephen, thanks very much for the info and the photo - it really helps! I'll add two more strips to mine to come up with 5-1/4 - I plan to cut hand-ho...
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:23 pm - Ralph,My ladder is attached at the top using hooks and eyes just like my original Westsail ladder was. The bottom of the ladder sits on top of a batte...
Oct 22, 2009 - 04:03 pm - I use hooks at the top and barrel bolts at the bottom.works fine that way.
Oct 22, 2009 - 04:07 pm - I use hooks at the top and barrel bolts at the bottom.works fine that way.
Oct 22, 2009 - 04:09 pm - here is my ladder. I laminated the curved steps on a form.
Oct 22, 2009 - 08:59 pm - Tom and Ralph,There is a link to a photo of our ladder below (from when we first bought our boat). We've done a thing or two since then...http://picas...
Oct 23, 2009 - 04:54 pm - Aaron,Thanks for the link. I see what you mean by the ladder encroaching into the galley and nav station areas too much. If I had to cut the ladder of...
Oct 24, 2009 - 08:28 am - Ralph,We thought about conventional steps the whole way, but I'm not confident that the bulkhead in or boat is strong enough for that. It's not really...

Companionway Ladder Treads   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 25, 2009 - 08:54 pm - I just finished my new companionway ladder in teak and ash and want to improve the traction without detracting from the teak. My son suggested clear s...
Nov 26, 2009 - 11:09 am - We just used the black "traction tape" from Home Depot. First used 1/2 inch strips and used 3 strips but it did not last. Then used a single ...
Nov 26, 2009 - 02:18 pm - I used crushed black walnut shells on an ash ladder in place of and applied in the same manner as the usual sandy non skid paint additive. I'm happy w...
Nov 26, 2009 - 09:03 pm - Ken,That traction tape is holding up great! I must have been over it 1,000 times, literally. Still holding up fine (unlike me).Randy
Nov 27, 2009 - 01:51 pm - Thanks for the input. Walnut shells, huh? Interesting.
Nov 27, 2009 - 02:00 pm - Tom,We have treadmaster pads on our steps and they work great. But if you want a clear finish, you can sprinkle any sort of aggregate into any hard co...
Nov 28, 2009 - 08:54 am - If you are varnishing the ladder you might consider Ultimate Sole. It is purported to be a non slip varnish. I have not used it personally but it gets...

Companionway Sliding Hatch Lubrication?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 09, 2009 - 12:10 pm - How are people keeping their hatches sliding easily?Parrafin wax, silicone, tephlon, vaseline, bar of soap?So far I've only used teak oil that I had r...
Oct 10, 2009 - 07:28 pm - We're using Turtle Wax. Has to be reapplied every few weeks but it's easy and cheap.

Compass Installation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 15, 2009 - 07:19 pm - Guys, I'm replacing the original 30+ year old Ritchie compass (it's an obsolete model and they can't rebuild it) with the new bulkhead mount Navig...
May 16, 2009 - 07:35 am - try http://www.islandcompass.com/They can usually fix any decent compass.
May 16, 2009 - 12:41 pm - Rich, I called them and gave them the serial number and they said "sorry". I thought they could do it too, but apparently the crazed lens is a...
May 16, 2009 - 08:14 pm - Tom,I don't know about the mounting angle/bezel for a new compass as we had our old Ritchie reconditioned. Perhaps check to see if these guys can do y...
May 17, 2009 - 07:48 pm - Tom,Compass cards on better quality compasses are available and balanced for different hemispheres and variations around the world. As I recall there ...
May 18, 2009 - 07:55 am - Kevin, Interesting info about the compass card balancing! Thanks, and I think I'll just add a 3/4 inch flat teak bezel for now. As you say, I can alwa...
May 18, 2009 - 08:00 am - I have two old danforth constellation bulkhead compasses. they helped me with parts to rebuild them.rich
May 24, 2009 - 09:31 am - Thanks, guys. I sent the old compass off to Viking for an estimate. -Tom
Jun 23, 2009 - 08:15 am - Viking was unable to repair the old broken compass on my W28, so I have replaced it with a new Ritchie Navigator bulkhead compass. A really nice compa...

Congratulations Chris & Mary & WANDERING ALBATROSS   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 10, 2007 - 11:05 pm - Lord Nelson's realm,not bad for some overweight, undercanvassed race winners like yourselves. :-) Congratulations!I heartily congratulate you, your bo...
Jul 11, 2007 - 11:57 am - If you're lucky enough to never need to be anywhere at any specific time, if you can time your passages w/o worry of night landfalls you may get away ...
Jul 13, 2007 - 06:11 pm - Or if your name is Larry and Lynn Perfect.
Jul 13, 2007 - 10:27 pm - Or if you are Amish.But If you can wait another 15 years the fuel cell will be just the ticket. It could even replace those battries.
Jul 16, 2007 - 05:42 pm - I guess if Lyn and Larry Perfect had a boat in a match race with a Westail 32 that carried an engine, and the WS 32 won, why the heck worry about the ...
Jul 21, 2007 - 02:44 pm - personally, I wouldn't dare try getting in and out of my slip, surrounded by half-million dollar boats, without some form of mechanical propulsion. An...

Congratulations Dave Kall!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 13, 2007 - 08:53 am - the boat looks great!RichSV jasmineLying Hopetown, Abaco
Jul 13, 2007 - 08:06 pm - Thanks Rich, Wanted to get over there this summer but still many last min things (some take longer than a minute (Grin)), to do. So we're doing some s...

Connecting The Anchor To The Chain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 22, 2008 - 03:03 pm - I've obviously got something wrong. Just bought new chain and it rides perfectly in the windlass. Once the shaft of the 45 CQR gets to the bow roller,...
Jul 22, 2008 - 03:55 pm - Watch the shackle. When we had our 32 I made sure the pin was always installed from outside in so the end didn't get caught. Also make sure the pin on...
Jul 22, 2008 - 04:36 pm - Another point:we use a swivel connecting our chain to the anchor, and have had good sucess with the getting the anchor over the roller.One point to lo...
Jul 22, 2008 - 05:46 pm - be aware that a significantly higher load is required to get the anchor to make that jump, as instead of a straight pull lifting the anchor, it has to...
Jul 23, 2008 - 03:58 pm - Norm makes a very good point about having a swivel between the anchor and chain.Not all anchors will launch or load back into the roller without a lit...
Jul 23, 2008 - 07:05 pm - Stainless Steel is not to be used underwater !We find stainless swivels, chain, and shackles more common on anchor gear as years roll by, and nearly a...
Jul 23, 2008 - 08:28 pm - Jeff :I am assuming you are elec. on the windless. If not; could elaborate a bit on your setup as I do go forward to set the anchor and am open to new...
Jul 24, 2008 - 08:05 am - Norm,You are correct, it is electric (Lighthouse). Counter with up/down switch at cockpit and pendant with up/down switch at the bow.Brian,Agree about...
Jul 25, 2008 - 09:26 pm - I had a 35lb CQR on my Southern Cross bowsprit. I didn't have a windlass, so know exactly how much effort it took to lever it up onto the roller. And ...
Jul 26, 2008 - 05:13 pm - One item I made a while back for an older couple that had a hard time getting the anchor up over a single roller, was to build a short frame out of a ...

Construction   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 10, 2004 - 07:49 am - I have the original documentation from when my boat was purchased in hard copy. Is electronic copy available? PDF's or CD?
Mar 10, 2004 - 11:37 am - I have them all scanned in .pdf. However, someone else out there made a cd with them. I don't know who.At one time, I planned on making a "book...
Jul 05, 2004 - 08:32 pm - I'd be interested in that .pdf CD as well.Maybe I could pick up where you left off, take a whack at organizing it for an indexed acrobat CD.Sorry, I'm...
Oct 18, 2004 - 10:26 am - I wondered about the progress on the .pdf CD, I would have an interest for that. I coud do the formatting work if that would help.Thanks,Peter
Oct 18, 2004 - 03:06 pm - There's a service called CafePress.comYou can upload your pdf at no charge and they will print books to order. So there is no startup cost at all and ...
Oct 31, 2004 - 05:51 pm - A CD of the Westsail 32 construction manual is available. An owner just sent me a copy of the CD he made of the 460 page construction manual that came...

Conversion Of Shipmate Kero Stove To Propane   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 21, 2007 - 06:34 am - I have a Shipmate two burner stove with oven that was original on my 1980 Westsail. According to Bud's manual, some members were able to convert this ...
Mar 21, 2007 - 09:18 am - That's the orifice. You need to remove it (square nut) and VERY CAREFULLY drill the hole out. The drill is so fine that it's VERY easy to break. I act...
Mar 21, 2007 - 12:34 pm - Ed, Thanks for the info on the conversion. With your permission, I will update the page in my Westsail Service Manual with this procedure to clarify t...
Mar 22, 2007 - 11:21 am - Hi Ed,Thanks for your response. I'm not sure exactly how to proceed. I don't know much about burners. I will take one of them apart to see if I can fo...
Dec 15, 2009 - 11:52 am - I don't see this covered at all in my copy of Bud's Manual, but fully understand what was done - however I have one question -what size should the old...
Dec 15, 2009 - 12:41 pm - Brian, It is on Page E-4 of the current version of my Westsail Service Manual. I am sending you a copy of that page by email.
Dec 16, 2009 - 08:58 am - Thanks, have you made many updates in the past year (or has it been two) since I bought my most recent a copy?Maybe I should buy another... Pretty exc...
Dec 17, 2009 - 07:51 pm - Don, Don't feel like the Lone Ranger on this upgrade! I've been staring at my old Shipmate for quite a while and came to the conclusion that it may be...
Dec 18, 2009 - 03:50 pm - the alcohol stove has two 'stems' supporting the upper burner, the kerosene 4 'stems' i have notice, having owned both.I am living abaoard now with my...

Cork   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 27, 2007 - 09:03 am - I'm working on refinishing my deck/cabin and my non-skid is worn. I really don't want to do the paint + sand route because once you do it you're p...
Mar 27, 2007 - 12:42 pm - sand and paint can be removed with paint remover.cheers.Rich
Mar 28, 2007 - 12:34 am - Mike,I've used the cut-to-length non-skid with the self-adhesive backing, albeit not on deck. I used it on the companionway ladder. It worked great. N...
Mar 28, 2007 - 09:11 am - Mike,I've been doing a plethora of research on non-skid options for use on our boat. Pintail's deck has a bunch of nicks, cracks and random drilled ho...
Mar 28, 2007 - 11:42 am - Rich - We used Interlux Interdeck non-skid (an all-in-one nonskid coating) to paint over the imprinted grid after removing the teak deck. It looks gre...
May 20, 2007 - 02:12 am - Rich, I just discovered this material at a boat show here in New Zealand (http://www.tek-dek.co.uk/) and I'm going to look into it. It looks and feels...
May 20, 2007 - 10:48 am - Hi Mike, I've got the treadmaster on my deck. The original owner did a nice job of matching the pattern between different cut sheets. As mentioned, it...

Cover For Simpson-Lawrence Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 29, 2004 - 09:07 am - Anyone have a source for a sunbrella cover for the Simpson-lawrence 555?My windlass is the only thing I DON'T have a cover for and rather than having ...

CREW WANTED   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 25, 2007 - 08:20 am - Hello All,I am planning to sail my W-32 from Penobscot Bay, Maine to the Chesapeake in early September. My goal is to get the vessel down to the the D...
Apr 26, 2007 - 07:43 am - Don,I am in a position to volumteer. I'm retiring in June and will be at the Belfast rdvu, so we could meet and discuss it (and me). I am restoring a ...

Cruise And Top Speed Of A Westsail 32??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2008 - 07:22 pm - I would like to know what is a cruise and top speed of a westsail 32 and don't want the spec sheet. I want to know from personal experience here of ow...
Dec 27, 2008 - 11:57 pm - Hull speed is always limited by LWL. Engine size is a major factor, as is the size of the prop, and finally what's the condition of the bottom? I have...
Dec 28, 2008 - 01:02 am - sorry I meant cruise or top speed just by the power of the wind not the motor. Sorry I should have said that
Dec 28, 2008 - 04:14 pm - First owner of Satori said he just planned for 100 NM a day and usually hit it close. He mostly single handed. He had quite a few off shore passages....
Dec 28, 2008 - 05:56 pm - Chris, there are too many factors to give you an accurate number.The spec sheet says max 7.2kts given the waterline length, but I saw 8.5 once with on...
Dec 29, 2008 - 03:12 am - I was just wondering Thank you all for the help, boy it sure is tuff searching for you're first boat. Very exhausting LOLChris
Dec 29, 2008 - 04:18 pm - Ahoy Chris and others,In the past I have answers this question in direct response to the questioner. I have been called a liar in print and twice dire...
Dec 29, 2008 - 05:44 pm - On a windy day 25-30 knots on SF Bay last summer I hit 9.8 knots on my knotmeter and my GPS read 10.8 (I was going with tide). We were on a beam reach...
Dec 29, 2008 - 06:04 pm - Thanks for the post Dave. I have had the knot meter on my W32 register in the 8-10kt range several times over an extended period of time, and over 11 ...
Dec 29, 2008 - 09:50 pm - Chris my addition to Dave K. and Dave W. is that of a less raced sailor.I faired and installed flush thru hulls and did some thing like Dave K.'s mod ...
Dec 30, 2008 - 01:46 am - Thanks guys for the replys it's nice to hear these numbers of course I'm sure you all are far great sailors which I probally couldn't go that fast but...
Dec 30, 2008 - 01:27 pm - Chris:The westsail 32 tracks very very well!The other question you almost asked is how is the light air performance = not bad if you HAVE, and USE lig...
Dec 30, 2008 - 10:18 pm - We're a firm believer in sailing a boat as efficiently as we can even though we don't consider ourselves to be great sailors. We have new sails and tr...
Dec 31, 2008 - 01:19 am - Thanks Norm,Thanks Jvfocha I've narrowed it down to a few boat that I would like to go check out.one westsail is near me but the others are pretty far...
Dec 31, 2008 - 01:48 am - looking at another thread I just rememberd this.The main hatch you slide open to enter the inside of the boat are these hatches pretty water tight??I ...
Jan 02, 2009 - 10:23 pm - I'm biased but have had quite a few boats from Catalinas to Hans Christians to Ericsons. Far and a way the Westsail 32 is the best value on the market...
Jan 03, 2009 - 02:38 am - I'm in Louisiana is this CA? oh and I sent you an email-dfharris02
Jan 05, 2009 - 09:22 pm - Chris, the main hatch is not water tight. Ken (formerly of Satori)

Curtains   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 01, 2008 - 04:50 pm - Anyone have a clever solution to curtains for the round port holes? I was thinking of making elastic banded circles that'd work with open or closed po...
Oct 01, 2008 - 08:09 pm - Ben,After years of trying to make elastic porthole covers that actually worked, we have found that round wicker trivets work great as porthole curtins...
Oct 01, 2008 - 09:31 pm - We used the elastic circle thing. Worked well. Ken
Oct 02, 2008 - 08:04 am - We screwed 2 cup hooks on either side of the porthole in line with the hinge. Then we made simple little squares out of fabric and sewed little plasti...
Oct 16, 2008 - 09:45 pm - I'll second the wicker paper-plate-holder idea. Simple, looks great, works with port open letting some air through. When open, we used rubber bands sp...

Dale Voss   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 20, 2005 - 08:50 pm - Anyone know if Dale is still around and sailing. We were sitting around with some other westie friends and discussing where he went. Last we knew he h...
Apr 24, 2005 - 07:46 pm - Dale contacted me in January and I shipped him a new water tank. I guess he is back from cruising. I shipped it to his Lehigh Acres, FL address.
Apr 25, 2005 - 06:15 am - Thanks Bud. Glad to hear he's still around and has his boat.

Damaged 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 28, 2008 - 08:16 pm - I was in Indian Town, Fl @ Indian Town Marine right on the ICW last weekend and came across this damaged 32. Was interesting to note the hull integrit...
May 28, 2008 - 09:02 pm - I don't have a boat by that name in the WOA database, but Bud may know something about her. What did they do to her, get rear-ended by a truck?
May 29, 2008 - 05:20 am - No, looks like one of our 4 storm years got her. There were lots of mark on her side and the cap rail damage. I didn't get pics all the way around. Lo...
May 29, 2008 - 06:41 am - Wow, the rudders are hollow?
May 29, 2008 - 08:34 am - I know that boat - Selah, from Merritt Island. She was owned by a local minister and was berthed at the Indian Cove Marina in Merritt Island, FL back ...
May 29, 2008 - 11:52 am - Very painful to see... 'Sacrificial' boomkin and rudder...If the hull is still intact that is certainly something...
May 29, 2008 - 12:33 pm - Balance,No, the rudders, or most of anyway, are full of polyurethane foam. If you look closely, you'll see a orange/caramel color inside. That's the f...
May 29, 2008 - 07:12 pm - I met this boat in vero in 2003. there was a couple on it and that boat had so much stuff on deck that I couldn't believe it.I think the guy was a pre...

DC Wiring   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 30, 2008 - 01:06 pm - I'm totally rewiring my boat (actually, there was precious little wiring in it to begin with) and have read Casey, Mate, etc. concerning wire sizing, ...
Apr 30, 2008 - 02:13 pm - that is the way I did it. I have the lights wired to buss bars, but make sure the smaller wire running off to the lights is fuse or breakered. I put h...
Apr 30, 2008 - 02:57 pm - I know exactly how you feel. I've read several books in preparation for my own wiring project and they are all basically the same. Enough theory just ...
Apr 30, 2008 - 08:09 pm - Okay, that makes me feel better about it all. If one takes the books literally, they want you to run all the positive feeds up the starboard side and ...
Apr 30, 2008 - 08:13 pm - Rich, I forgot to ask you - are you back in IN now, or still in FL? I'd like to get together with you later this summer to talk running rigging. I'm v...
Apr 30, 2008 - 10:31 pm - Tom,We've just finished rewiring our W32. I feel we've done an ABYC compatible job - feel free to get in touch with any questions!For cabin lights, we...
May 01, 2008 - 03:16 am - I am back in indiana. Probably will go down again before midsummer. Let me know when.email toolowd AT aol DOT com.rich
May 01, 2008 - 08:56 am - Aaron, Good idea. So basically separate the positive feed lines, but group the negative returns? You're just substituting a terminal block for a buss ...
May 01, 2008 - 02:51 pm - Tom,You've got it. Running a common return is easiest for places where you'll have multiple things from different switches/power sources. Just make su...

DC Wiring Sizes   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 15, 2008 - 07:17 pm - Okay, I've managed to confuse myself with the literature on DC wiring. The formula for CM is straightforward, but would I be correct in my thinking th...
May 15, 2008 - 07:27 pm - #10 wire is good for 30 amps....are you sure you need such big wire? (#8 is bigger than #10)
May 15, 2008 - 08:45 pm - Tom,What is "CM"?All you have to worry about with sizing wire is the maximum load the wire will carry, and the distance away from the power so...
May 16, 2008 - 05:17 am - Aaron, thank you for the sources - much better pricing than even Jamestown Dist. - and I'll take you up on your offer to be the middleman! Now, to exp...
May 16, 2008 - 07:28 am - Tom,Remember, wiring calculations are all based on your acceptable level of voltage drop.You're correct with your 10 AWG rating if looking at keeping ...
May 16, 2008 - 08:31 am - Interesting setup. I never thought about using the fans on plugs. As for the cold cathode lamps, are the fixtures purposely designed for the CCFLs or ...
May 16, 2008 - 08:57 am - Tom,I designed and made the boxes for my CCFLs. I have 6 12" light boxes, and 6 4" light boxes for when one wants less light. Each one has a r...

Dealing With Yacht Brokers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 25, 2006 - 08:39 am - How do yacht broker deals work? Some are demanding a 10% deposit just to submit an offer to the seller. Theydon't volunteer their contract terms. A ye...
Sep 25, 2006 - 09:30 am - Although I'll probably offend some folks, I agree with the premise that yacht brokers are generally sales people who couldn't make it in the used car ...
Oct 07, 2006 - 03:40 am - Randy, 10% of your offer amount for escrow is normal. At first it seemed strange to me to negotiate a price and, if accepted, then get a survey. But i...
Oct 14, 2006 - 12:04 pm - Randy, I bought my boat through a broker. It worked out really well. Yes, they want you to put down a sizable deposit, but that serves a couple of pur...
Oct 25, 2006 - 06:14 pm - Hey, Michael, and everyone,Thanks for the notes. I especially appreciate your comments, Michael, as you seem to hit the nail on the head. For instance...
Nov 14, 2006 - 11:35 pm - Yea, clauses like that would get the red ink from me. Basically, the seller pays the broker. Period.The seller may ask more for the boat to cover the ...
Nov 15, 2006 - 11:05 am - As a yacht broker (no, I don't deal in sailboats or anything under $1 million for that matter), you guys need to realize some of the issues at work he...
Nov 18, 2006 - 12:59 pm - I won't comment on fair price for brokers, but, as a surveyor, I have to take issue with Adam's statement: "Brokers provide great bargaining powe...
Nov 18, 2006 - 06:36 pm - Hi Jessie,I'm way out of a normal broker's leauge. My deals are in the multi-millions. It's a different world up there. As a matter of fact, it's a wo...
Nov 19, 2006 - 08:02 pm - It is good to see all of the comments on this one:Adam pointed out correctly some of the details concerning a sale.But I think the long and short of i...
Nov 19, 2006 - 09:53 pm - Hi Norm,All that said I would not use a broker to buy boats like ours. A smart individual who does his homework has no need of one in this price range...
Nov 30, 2006 - 09:34 pm - Hi All,Thanks for all the information. I suppose most of my questions/concerns have been answered. However, I would like to point out that although so...

Design Challenged   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 07, 2004 - 12:36 pm - I am beginning the keel to masthead refit of my "new" W32. I have pretty fair mechanical and carpentry skills but must confess my design skill...
Aug 07, 2004 - 02:26 pm - Check out Yachtworld.com classifieds for interior pictures of W32s. Also, www.moonrise.ws has some really nice pictures of his W32. good luck.
Aug 09, 2004 - 09:49 pm - You won't be the first, Capn Tom, so go for it. There are also the members sites list on this site that will have a few photos. Also, I have tried to ...
Aug 12, 2004 - 12:34 pm - Steve, how about an update? Are you still planning to visit Florida? This week's weather is guaranteed to help you reach, or far exceeed, hull speed.
Aug 12, 2004 - 02:19 pm - Check out the boats for sale on my webpage. Lots of photos.Bud Taplin
Aug 16, 2004 - 10:44 am - I have a fair number of photos on my site as well... http://www.greatsoftware.net/SannyasinYou can also check out the other Member Sites listed under ...

Did You See....   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 14, 2007 - 06:22 am - Inside front cover of Lats n Ats looks like a Westsail 32. Beautiful shot. They don't identify the boat but from close inspection' Bowsprit, caprail t...
Apr 14, 2007 - 09:16 am - She looks like a beauty. There is a Charles Scott listed as the owner of the Westsail 32 Antares on a boat registration site. You've gotta love Google...
Jan 04, 2010 - 08:39 pm - Antares surfaced again in Cruising World's Sept 2009 issue. It showed her redecorated interior - nicely done - but it stated that Charles Scott lives ...
Jan 24, 2010 - 10:20 am - Antares is sure making the rounds. She is in SAIL this month.
Jan 25, 2010 - 09:55 am - I got in touch with Charles Scott. He lives in Ann Arbor when he's not on the boat. Keeps Antares on the Detroit River where he can get out to Lake St...
Jan 28, 2010 - 08:14 am - Dave.Exactly, it's the advertising dollars. Westsail simply did not play the advertising game according to the rules of the powers that be of the megl...

Dingy Size?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 21, 2008 - 06:27 pm - What's the biggest dingy that can be tied onto the coach roof of a W32? I'm thinking of buying a dingy, but want it to fit on a W32, if/when I can swi...
Aug 21, 2008 - 09:30 pm - I have a 7'9'' fatty knees that just fits.rich
Aug 22, 2008 - 07:59 am - Another option is a nesting dingy. I haven't got around to building it yet, but I purchased the plans and wood for making a Spindrift 9N.http://www.ba...
Aug 22, 2008 - 08:57 am - my boat's original owner put chocks up and fit a 7' hard dinghy that cleared the mast by a few inches. I put a 7' rigid inflatable there and it barely...
Aug 22, 2008 - 12:30 pm - My W32 came with a 9' Dyer Dhow that was made with a tranlucent bottom to let light through to the skylight when it's on top of the cabin. It just fit...
Aug 22, 2008 - 11:43 pm - I have an 8 ft Fatty Knees sailing dinghy that the original owner whom I bought my W28 from put forward of the mast. Trouble is it's bow fits right up...
Aug 23, 2008 - 04:28 pm - H'mmm... I never heard of a nesting dingy before. I must lead a sheltered life. Very interesting!I found this interesting article that lists a full ra...
Aug 24, 2008 - 09:51 am - We'll be using a 10' PortaBote, folded up and lashed to the stanchions on the side deck of our W28. We'll stow the seats and transom in the 'garage' (...
Aug 24, 2008 - 05:38 pm - I built another nester very similar to the Catspaw. It took a little over $1000 in materials and ten full days of labor after all was said and done. I...
Aug 25, 2008 - 12:05 pm - Wandering Albatross has a 10 foot fiberglass Trinka on the cabin top. The dinghy bow eye clears the mast by 2 inches and the transom is directly over ...
Aug 26, 2008 - 01:58 pm - John, a nesting dinghy is just a dinghy you cut in two, then seal up the gap with bulkheads so that each half independently floats. Then, you figure o...
Aug 27, 2008 - 11:45 am - Mike, I've got a couple of agendas... First, I'd like to have a decent dingy to do some sailing on, whilst I wait for the economy to un-tank so I can ...
Aug 28, 2008 - 01:53 pm - We had both a fatty knees and an 11? Achilles inflatable/15 h.p. Honda when we left for Mexico. We found the Fatty Knees not a good choice for us for ...
Aug 29, 2008 - 02:25 pm - Jim, thanks for the real world perspective. I've never had an inflatable, so don't have any practical experience with them (I've been ferried out to a...
Aug 31, 2008 - 08:48 am - I agree that the fatty knees is a great boat but we use the inflatable more. It is more stable and better for carrying cargo. They are much more durab...
Aug 31, 2008 - 08:54 am - John, I know what you mean... that's why I bought my 18' Marshall Catboat...
Oct 09, 2008 - 06:01 pm - Michael, how is that boat in light winds? I have just spent another summer crewing on a big boat with (mostly) very little wind. I'm starting to wonde...
Oct 21, 2008 - 08:18 am - They're great in light winds. 5-6 knots are perfect, but she'll ghost along with less. It doesn't take much.On the other hand, NY Harbor can get prett...
Oct 23, 2008 - 02:53 pm - When we made our run down the ICW & east coast, I had an old Avon Ridgecrest with the soft transom and a 1946 Johnson Seaking 3 hp out board that ...
Nov 27, 2008 - 03:00 pm - We currently have an 8.6' rollup. I bring it onboard with the main halyard and the bow ring. I first remove the Merc 3.3 with the engine harness and a...
Nov 27, 2008 - 03:04 pm - Has anyone installed davits on a w/s 32? If so please share details, pros and cons, etc.
May 23, 2009 - 11:04 pm - We have a 9'3" hard dinghy that we stow on deck forward of the mast on our W32 (no staysail boom). This allows us to have a nice dodger and a life...

Dirty Laundry   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2008 - 12:09 pm - You know, I've lived on my W32 for 4 years now and I still have not found a good place to 'stow' dirty clothes.I prefer a net bag to 'air my dirty lau...
Mar 10, 2008 - 01:53 am - I don't think there is a good place to hang it. We keep ours in the dock box, if we go somewhere I just keep it in the wet locker in mesh bags. Just g...

DIY Windvane ?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 16, 2005 - 05:23 am - Hello allHas anyone tried a simple trim tab design homebrew windvane on a W32 or similar - the rudder size and positioning would seem to make this pos...
Jan 17, 2005 - 11:57 am - Joe and Jayne:Look under the (In the Yard section ) on ruddersIn short Yes the Idea is a good one.In long It would be cheaper to use a wind vane, But ...
Jan 17, 2005 - 04:41 pm - Hello NormGreat to meet up here as well.I missed the comment in the rudder thread, yes, thats a good idea. I am not too well versed in hydrodynamics b...
Jan 20, 2005 - 06:31 am - I have a trim tab on my westsail rudder. Or rather the previous owner put it on there. We took it off during our refit and just never got around to pu...
Jan 20, 2005 - 07:24 am - Thanks RichI wouldnt want to use it for general trip really, purely for use with a DIY cane system.. With an outboard rudder it seems illogical to add...
Jan 20, 2005 - 04:19 pm - sure would make an autopilot work easier connected to the trim tab.

Documentation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 20, 2009 - 04:44 pm - If I took paying customers out on my boat to watch whales, would I have to document the boat as a commercial vessel?Thanks for any insight
Feb 20, 2009 - 06:14 pm - Gary,Not if you carry an OUPV license, and take no more than six customers. If you want to take more than six, you'll have to have a Master's license ...
Feb 20, 2009 - 07:06 pm - Thanks Aaron...

Documentation - Name And Hailing Port   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 16, 2009 - 10:23 pm - Does anyone know what font is permissable for a documented boat name on the hull?I know the lettering has to be at least 4" in height in letters o...
Mar 17, 2009 - 01:43 am - I don't know that there's any restriction on fonts.
Mar 17, 2009 - 09:48 am - Gary,The following link should be helpful;http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/nvdcfaq.asp#11If you are ordering vinyl lettering bear in mind the font size...
Mar 17, 2009 - 01:48 pm - Thanks a lot for that Scott
Mar 17, 2009 - 02:05 pm - Which font was that on your boat Scott?
Mar 17, 2009 - 03:09 pm - Black Chancery with a mild negative slant.http://www.westsail.org/discus/messages/611/2242.html
Mar 18, 2009 - 02:12 pm - Does anyone have or has anyone seen wood 'name boards' on a Westsail?
Mar 18, 2009 - 11:00 pm - Satori has some type of plastic for her nameboards. It's about 1/8 inch material and is black. Satori in block white letters. Randy might be able to t...
Mar 19, 2009 - 06:50 am - We purchased our graphics at the Miami International Boat Show. The company has two web sites. http://www.myboatsign.com/ and http://www.gulfstreamgea...

Documentation Procedure   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 19, 2008 - 08:48 am - Has anyone been through this with a previously unregistered, untitled boat?The part I'm hung up on is the builders certification and first transfer of...
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:09 pm - I was a vessel dealer several years ago. Normally the Builders Cert. is used like a birth certificate to issue the original Document or registration. ...
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:06 pm - Thanks Kevin. I think I'm going to title it locally and then do the simplified method
Nov 19, 2008 - 05:21 pm - Beware!If you title it locally and someone else has the builders certificate and they document it you loose the boat or you have a fun lawsuit.This in...
Nov 19, 2008 - 07:00 pm - Hi Dave! Are you in the Bahamas now?????Don and Lana
Nov 19, 2008 - 07:17 pm - Yikes! I plan on documenting it as soon as it is titled localy. What a nightmare that would be!
Nov 21, 2008 - 02:11 pm - I have been preparing an affidavit of origin for Westsail boats where the owner does not have a builders certificate. They are normally accepted in li...
Jan 20, 2009 - 05:11 am - So if I understand Dave correctly a builders certificate supercedes a bill of sale/title only for an UNdocumented boat?In other words, if I'm currentl...
Jan 20, 2009 - 01:37 pm - A builders certificate, or an acceptable substitute for it, is used to prove that the vessel was built in the US, and gives the necessary specificatio...

Dodger And Bimini W 42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2004 - 07:45 pm - I am looking for ideas on a dodger and bimini top for a Westsail 42 Ketch. Any ideas, photos, donations, etc. appreciated, thanks, Will

Double Enders   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 10, 2009 - 01:44 pm - Some of you may find this link leads to interesting discussion...http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11748
Dec 10, 2009 - 04:42 pm - Good read..but of course as expected..Westsail was trashed once again..LOL..Fair WindsAndrea

Doug Campbell And Robin - Newport To Bermuda   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 13, 2009 - 07:15 am - Congratulations to Doug Campbell and S/V Robin - they came in 2nd in their class - corrected time - in the Newport to Bermuda race - the single handed...
Jun 13, 2009 - 03:48 pm - UN-POSSIBLE! Everyone knows Westsails are too slow to get out of their own way. These racing results are going to increase the price of these boats a...
Jun 15, 2009 - 12:24 pm - Way to go!! Accolades to Doug and S/ Robin. They make us look so good.

Doug Campbell Article On Westsail Coming?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 10, 2008 - 01:45 pm - http://blog.soundingspub.com/Life_Aboard/?p=33%22This might be interesting to read.
May 12, 2008 - 02:16 pm - I just got the publication in the mail. Don't see any such article.
May 12, 2008 - 07:30 pm - The interview just happened --- so I'd expect something in the next issue.

Dreadnaught   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 12, 2009 - 08:06 am - Excuse my ignorance, but I've noticed the Dreadnaught 32 appears to be very similar to the W32. Please note I said "appears to be." Is there s...
Aug 12, 2009 - 09:05 am - Not really. The Dreadnaught is a fiberglass version of the John Hanna "Tahiti Ketch" design. The company was in Carpenteria, CA during the 197...
Aug 12, 2009 - 09:31 am - Thanks, I'm generally suspicious about claims and this was presented to me as "the same." Not by a broker, just someone I know. I only had pic...
Aug 13, 2009 - 08:55 pm - Know anything about the "windjammer 33" Bud?I looked at one up in Washington a couple of years ago...nice boat, same hull as the w32?
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:20 pm - It was a boat built by one of the original guys that started with Larry Kendall. Sometime after he left he took the Atkins plan, built a 33' plug, and...
Aug 15, 2009 - 09:59 pm - Interesting - thanks

E- Charts Anyone??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 24, 2007 - 07:53 pm - ok, my little garmin map 76cs is a good start...but has no charts, and perhaps time to upgrade to a screen that i can actually see as well? i'd be cur...
May 24, 2007 - 08:15 pm - Hi Brian,I've had great luck with my Standard Horizon. It is EASY to use and navigate, has lots of features, been on my boat(s)for 6 years and uses C ...
May 25, 2007 - 12:26 am - thanks don/margaret- anybody using a laptop PC, or maybe even PDA wth GPS for e-charts out there???
May 25, 2007 - 01:05 am - Brian,I have a Mac laptop that runs GPSNavX( $60), plugged into an old Garmin 48. Downloaded the charts for free. It works very well.
May 25, 2007 - 05:18 pm - Brian:See my PDA notes in Gear for the boat.Jay
May 25, 2007 - 10:58 pm - OK, thanks for all the hard-earned 'how not to'advice, Jay-appreciate it...Now, anybody want to tell me what they are using out there that really WORK...
Jun 13, 2007 - 06:15 pm - I'll echo everything that Don/Margaret Lacoste says about the Std Horizon. I have the CP150C and it's easy to use, CMap coverage is excellent and the ...
Jun 13, 2007 - 06:23 pm - p.s. I also have a backup nav system on my laptop.I use MaxSea (again, w/ CMap... I love em) on the laptop.I originally interfaced the laptop to my Ga...

E-Versions Of Wind Blown   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 06, 2004 - 07:05 pm - Hey any chance this wil happen
Jul 09, 2004 - 07:19 am - Hi, Norm. We currently print Windblown in a PDF version for those who wish to receive it electronically. Another version that may be available later t...
Jul 10, 2004 - 02:02 pm - Thanks for the mail PDF would be great.Please send it on to Steller_norm@yahoo.com

Email On Board   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 02, 2006 - 04:17 pm - My wife and I plan to cruise the Bahamas in the winter of 2006-07. She runs a small business and is very dependent on retrieving and sending email. We...

Emergency Rudder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 29, 2006 - 09:18 am - Monica and I are hoping to enter Robin in the 2007 Bermuda 1-2. One of the requirements is that the boat have a suitable emergency rudder. I'm looking...
Nov 29, 2006 - 03:25 pm - A windvane with an independent rudder will probably fulfill their requirements. Also check out the December Cruising World for info on this subject. D...
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:37 am - Doug:You might look at the scanmar web sitehttp://www.selfsteer.com/products/monitor/index.phpThey have a kit set up for there unit.You could also use...

Eric   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 24, 2008 - 11:16 pm - Eric is for sale. See the August 2008 Woodenboat, last page. It needs quite a bit of work; frames and planking replaced.I thought Eric had a flush dec...

Fabricating Custom Bowsprit Cost?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 18, 2010 - 05:01 pm - Does anyone have a clue as to what it would cost to have someone design and build one of these?
Jan 18, 2010 - 05:03 pm - I'm sorry, I can't figure out how to upload a pic.
Jan 19, 2010 - 09:37 am - Eric, I have two different types of stainless steel bowsprits available, and can also have special ones fabricated. I will contact you directly by ema...

Fall 2007 Windblown   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 05, 2007 - 09:58 am - The 1st day of fall is in a few weeks and as we promised the Fall 2007 Windblown should be coming out soon. One problem however, we have?maybe? a one ...
Sep 20, 2007 - 06:44 pm - Jeff,Still time to add an article to Fall's Windblown?Hope all is well with everyone out there!Shady quarters,Aaron N.W32 #482 Asia Marie

Fisheyes!!!!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 09, 2009 - 09:26 am - I have spent the weekend trying to refinish some cabinet sliders from my W32 Devon's Whisper. Apparently the previous owner wiped down the varnished w...
Feb 09, 2009 - 01:35 pm - Good to know. Interesting info on the Shellac,thanks for posting.Fair WindsAndrea

Fleming Windvane   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 24, 2006 - 03:23 pm - I am rehabing the Fleming Windvane that came with my 32 and I notice that the trim tab sits very deep ( 6" below the waterline). Fleming folks su...

Fond Memories Of Westsailing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 19, 2008 - 01:45 pm - (posted by request of an unregistered user)As ex-owners of Westsail 32 "Flying Cloud" for 5 years of cruising out of Newport Beach in the 80's...

Forward Head Conversion For W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 24, 2007 - 10:58 am - I know it has been discussed on this board but was wondering if anyone has actually converted the standard forward head layout to the "charter"...
Sep 03, 2007 - 08:05 pm - We have begun the process. I have gutted the foreward head, all there is, is hull and bulkheads. This winter will be the rebuild, my wife is insisting...
Sep 04, 2007 - 04:44 pm - Heartland... Please do. WE are interested in the layout you have designed.Regards,Chris
Sep 04, 2007 - 07:29 pm - My email address is cholm@neptuneaviation.comThanks in advance
Oct 13, 2007 - 07:30 am - Heartland, are you planning on putting the tub on the centerline? There isn't really a lot of room in the beam up forward. I to would be interested in...
Oct 15, 2007 - 12:18 pm - I built a tub and shower forward on one of the W42's I built. Will see if I can find any of the pictures.
Oct 17, 2007 - 11:12 am - Bud thanks for any and all design ideas on the forward area for the W42.

FourWinds II   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 01, 2004 - 07:08 pm - Hello,I have the opportunity to get a very lightly used FourWinds II wind generator for my W32 and was wondering if any other owners have installed th...
Oct 26, 2004 - 08:58 am - Yes, I have the FourWinds II mounted on my W32. It works great and produces lots of energy. Finding a good mounting point is a concern. The generator ...
Dec 19, 2006 - 10:41 pm - Hello everyone,Is anyone familiar with the different Four Winds generators that have been produced. I have one that came with my previous boat that ha...
Feb 04, 2007 - 05:19 pm - Yes, it is Fourwinds 4. In my fourwinds II manual is written about Fourwinds 4 allso. It makes less power than II, but you don't need an air brake for...

Free "westsailor.com" Email Addresses For Members   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 13, 2006 - 07:05 am - I own the domain name 'westsailor.com' and one feature of my hosting is 100 email addresses which can be diverted to any other address. I'm certainly ...

Fresh Water Manifold Mounting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 10, 2009 - 05:35 pm - I'm installing new fresh water tanks (boat just had one loose in the bilges!) and would appreciate some guidance on fabricating the mounting bracket f...

Fuel Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 04, 2006 - 02:26 pm - O.K. time for the dumb question of the month (year?) award. How many gallons of fuel do the old steel tanks hold. You know, the ones with no guage or ...
May 04, 2006 - 02:38 pm - They hold 25 gallons each. What are you thinking of doing with them?
May 04, 2006 - 05:05 pm - I'm thinking of filling them up. "Glorious" is hull #42 and incredibly, the origianl tanks XXXXXXXX (statement omitted for the usual supersti...
May 04, 2006 - 07:15 pm - The early Westsail 32's had plywood shelves for the fuel tanks, and the shelves were mounted high. The tanks were 15-1/2" high, 41" long, abou...
May 04, 2006 - 10:10 pm - Bud, thanks for those dimensions and as you know, she is one of the early ones.
May 05, 2006 - 12:21 am - I guess that proves me wrong. I have the earliest Westsail 32, so I should know. I could have sworn that the figure in the manual was 25 gallons.
May 05, 2006 - 11:36 am - Lawrence, You boat was actually built by Larry Kendall before I came to work at Westsail, so he may have installed fuel tanks of a different size than...
May 05, 2006 - 07:10 pm - I drew up detailed specs for our tanks when we ordered replacements from Bud. If they would be useful to you, you can download them from http://es.ucs...
May 12, 2006 - 07:14 am - I have the 38 gal version with lots of crud inside that has built up over the years.Lesson: I came this >||< close to losing the boat on the c...
May 12, 2006 - 07:40 am - Mike,I think it was in a post here, the 32 I had before the one I have now had the galley and nav station torn out to remove tanks by the previous own...
May 12, 2006 - 11:39 am - I have been in the process of recomissioning our Westsail 32 "Moondance" and have been absolutely enjoying every minute of it. The vessel has ...
May 17, 2006 - 07:58 pm - Mike, I have the Racor dual filter, your gonna love it! About removeing tanks in order to clean them. There may be another way. In our area we can ren...
May 18, 2006 - 06:17 am - Gerald,Most people I've talked to that has tried fuel polishing reports the same results: expensive and marginally effective. In any case, about the o...
May 20, 2006 - 11:24 am - Mike,The removal instructions are on G-1 of the service manual april 2003 edition. Let me know if you don't have this and I will provide it. I tried t...

Fuel Tanks Installation Report   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 18, 2008 - 12:30 am - After many (5)months of research:I bought Bud Taplin's Tanks:reasons:Certifed welder, perfect 1/8 in. thickness, 5052 marine grade aluminum.They fit.T...

Gaff Rigged 32s?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 05, 2006 - 01:27 pm - Michael Douggan, I believe, has a gaff rigged 32. Is it true these rigs put less pressure on the standing rigging? Do I understand that there may be a...
Nov 14, 2006 - 11:15 pm - Hi Randy,I'm not an expert on rig loading, however it seems that gaffers are less concerned about having the rigging tuned like a viola. I do believe ...
Nov 30, 2006 - 09:26 pm - Michael,Finally got to read your reply. Thank you SO much. Yep, sounds like your style of sailing would be in line with my own if I had my druthers. A...

Galley Sinks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 13, 2008 - 01:16 pm - We are looking for 2 galley sink drain hole fittings complete, the couple on our W42 have corroded, will also require the 1 1/2" straight tail fit...
Mar 13, 2008 - 04:33 pm - If I were buying a sink I would buy a stainless bar sink since the marine versions are prohibitively expensive. The drains are not normally stainless ...
Mar 13, 2008 - 05:09 pm - The sink drain fittings are available very inexpensively in any plumbing supply store. They are brass, but should last at least five years or so. The ...

Gratitude To WOA Staff   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 23, 2008 - 09:19 pm - A hugh Thank You to Aaron and those of you contributing past Windbag and Windblown copies for inclusion on the WOA website. Tom, thank you for coverin...
Oct 23, 2008 - 10:00 pm - I second the Note of Thanks.Great Job!!!!!!!!Wow the 70's were sure more colorful than I remember.
Oct 24, 2008 - 07:58 am - Thanks from me as well. I'm really enjoying reading the Windbags. I didn't even know of their existence before. I also agree with the sentiment from s...
Oct 24, 2008 - 09:20 am - Steve,It's probably easiest for you to just forward the check:All,Glad to be able to help out. Just don't forget to offer suggestions! And get it on t...
Oct 24, 2008 - 11:06 am - Aaron is on a roll, thanks man!
Oct 24, 2008 - 08:20 pm - Yeah - thanks a ton for all the hard work! Really enjoying reading the old magazines, the hairstyles and clothes are a hoot!

Half Hull Models Of A West Sail 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 07, 2007 - 01:17 pm - Anybody know where to find a half hull model of a West Sail 32? I would really like one on my bulkhead. Thanks!!!Paul
Jan 07, 2007 - 01:52 pm - Paul, I asked the same question a year ago and got only silence! There is a website for a custom builder of half-hull models (google "half hulls&#...
Jan 07, 2007 - 04:46 pm - Hello to both of you...I had one custom made last year for our W32 Moondance...believe it was halfhulls.com...looks great on the bulkhead! really good...
Jan 07, 2007 - 08:43 pm - Good day Debbie & ChrisI am just checking in on this thread for an alternate Wish.a couple of questions1.) Is the half hull a true to scale reprod...
Jan 08, 2007 - 10:11 am - Sorry, its a true half hull mounted on a board, finish is true to boat. Perhaps you can contact them to see if they can custom make what you are looki...
Jan 13, 2007 - 01:26 pm - I have a full hull fiberglass shell of both the W32 and W42, as well as a half hull of the W42. The 32 shell is 1"=1', and the 42 is 3/4"=1'.
Jan 16, 2007 - 03:57 pm - Bud:I will be in the Temecula area during Jan. 28th - Feb 2nd (training class) and would love to get together with you and take a look.No hurry though...
Nov 01, 2009 - 06:17 pm - Does anyone in WOA have one of the original half hull models that they would be willing to loan me so that I could take a mold off it? With a decent m...

Handicapped Sailing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 24, 2008 - 05:40 am - I was asked by a friend who has a son who lost an arm in Iraq if I knew how his son could get into sailing. My usual response is to advise newcomers t...
May 24, 2008 - 03:51 pm - Wow... I dont' know that I have anything constructive to add here... But must say that I admire this individual for wanting to tackle something as phy...
May 24, 2008 - 04:09 pm - Frank,I do not believe it is necessary to start on small boats to get an understanding of sailing, especially if the eventual goal is to sail larger b...
May 24, 2008 - 10:00 pm - Frank: If he is in the SF Bay area -- there is an association for handicapped and sailing.
May 25, 2008 - 09:02 am - Frank: (Cont)as well as several single sailor clubs etc.Jay
May 25, 2008 - 05:26 pm - Thanks for all the input. The man in question lives in North Alabama, as I do. I believe he wants to see how much he can handle before he jumps into o...
May 25, 2008 - 10:20 pm - quote:Even the little snark I learned on, though it had only one sheet to manage, still required a second hand to hold the tiller.Frank,This is where ...
May 28, 2008 - 08:31 pm - Knees, feet, bungie cords, tiller pilots, they all can help.Here's a link for ideas and/or possible help for making sailing work... and some inspirati...
May 30, 2008 - 08:53 am - As Aaron said, I think sailing a larger boat might even be easier than a small boat, as you're always trying to do everything at once on a smaller boa...
Jun 01, 2008 - 11:02 pm - Well, at least I can add a fresher perspective perhaps. Just posted a note to the discussion bulletin board regarding heaving too. The reason I opened...
Jun 02, 2008 - 12:07 pm - Randy, you hove-to in 25 kts? That's just when the Westsail wakes up and starts to dance ;-)Just kidding, it's time to heave-to whenever YOU are ready...
Jun 02, 2008 - 02:33 pm - thanks Michael, and yes the boat was very happy, but I needed some rest and was, frankly, caught out between jetties. Anyway, great training.Randy
Jun 02, 2008 - 11:10 pm - Frank and Melanie,On my limited experiences, I would encourage your vet's family to go for it.The W32 is probably the most managable, comfortable/safe...

Handling A Big, Long Keel Sailboat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 12, 2009 - 07:59 pm - I'm going to be crewing on an Ingrid 38 in a few weeks. A cousin of the WS32 I think. The owner admitted he is not very good at docking and boat handl...
Jan 12, 2009 - 09:08 pm - John :A note for you: prop flow over the rudder will give you good turning ability.My use of this is to come in slowly, (most of the time) using rever...
Jan 12, 2009 - 09:50 pm - John,You might get a copy of "Dockmanship" by David Owen Bell. It is a small 100 page book that concisely discribes how to "berth" and...
Jan 13, 2009 - 07:58 am - Norm, I agree about the Captain always being right, but in this case the (rather over-boated) Captain mentioned the problem himself, and I took it as ...
Jan 13, 2009 - 11:03 am - I totally agree about use the engine in short bursts..really assists in tight turning conditions also. When docking I generally always secure the mids...
Jan 13, 2009 - 12:51 pm - See if you can arrange dock-side help. Springlines. You don't have to get into the slip right away. Plan to land someone on the end of the fingerpier ...
Jan 13, 2009 - 02:51 pm - I picked up 'Dockmanship' for $2.69. You gotta love Amazon's used book deals. Thanks!
Jan 13, 2009 - 02:58 pm - My Southern Cross had a cut-away keel and a huge rudder, so it turned on a dime. I never had much trouble docking her. But my philosophy was always, i...
Jan 13, 2009 - 06:00 pm - I have to make three right turns after entering my marina, and I have gotten pretty good judging the necessary speed (steerage way) for my rudder to b...
Jan 13, 2009 - 10:48 pm - Hey all,Few things make me respect a skipper more than use of long lines for warping in and out of tough spots. I believe it is the most valuable smal...
Jan 14, 2009 - 01:48 pm - Warping is an interesting idea. Can't say I've ever seen it done in a busy, tight marina, though I have seen plenty of boats lose steerage way and ...
Jan 14, 2009 - 07:47 pm - Captain Kirk does the best warping...
Jan 14, 2009 - 07:48 pm - I'll get my coat
Jan 14, 2009 - 08:20 pm - Leaving the dock, I have used long lines (actually old sheets) to keep the bow from being pushed off the wrong direction by the wind, when the wind is...
Jan 14, 2009 - 09:05 pm - Gary:One caution about warping, Not all docks were build and have cleats installed by Scotty and some can not "give her all she got captain" s...
Jan 14, 2009 - 09:15 pm - Norm: I love your idea of landing a crew member on a more accessible part of the dock. That might just solve the docking problem we have with the boat...
Jan 14, 2009 - 11:23 pm - You know, this reminds me of several jokes, my favorite of which goes along with our recent Airhead endeavors:How are the USS Enterprise and toilet pa...
Jan 15, 2009 - 10:30 am - John, when I bought my boat, it was on a finger dock, bow in, with the dock on the port side. It was easy to get in and off the dock, as the prop walk...
Jan 15, 2009 - 11:37 am - quote:Be careful that you aren't trailing any lines in the water... it's a perfect scenario for wrapping the prop... This includes the dinghy painter,...
Jan 15, 2009 - 09:42 pm - Gary,While the USS Enterprise is physically larger, I doubt that its' displacement is any more than our Westsails. I bet it is more manuverable in rev...
Jan 15, 2009 - 10:52 pm - I have found that my boat backs up pretty well if I keep the revs down and the rudder straight. After I get some way on I shift to nuetral and point t...
Jan 16, 2009 - 10:31 am - To reverse out of my slip (and I never lie stern in) I have to turn immediately to port. Because of prop walk, reverse powering must be limited to one...
Jan 16, 2009 - 10:18 pm - Ralph:Quick option for the dock rings is to use a clip on a pole (like for a mooring ball) use your forward line and hook it to the stern ring and mot...
Jan 17, 2009 - 02:51 pm - Norm:Is the clip like an open slip hook (as opposed to a logging chain hook) that is on the end of the dock line and is fastened into the ring with a ...
Jan 17, 2009 - 04:18 pm - Ralph:The hook could be open or closed like a carabener SP. West has something that maybe useful and removable.http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/st...
Jan 17, 2009 - 10:20 pm - Thanks for the suggestion, Norm. I'll try it as soon as the temperature gets above 50. And thanks for the link.Ralph
Jan 19, 2009 - 08:52 pm - Sorry - my turning description above is backwards.. to much warping probably!

Handling In Close Quarters   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 19, 2007 - 10:48 am - With the engine controls down in the cockpit, and especially with a dodger installed, it looks as if you can either run the engine or see where you're...
Mar 19, 2007 - 11:14 am - My engine controls are on the starboard side in the cockpit about half way the distance of the well. I have learned to use my foot as the throttle and...
Mar 19, 2007 - 02:04 pm - If you have to the two lever controls and you ever think of changing, on our 32 we had the single lever Morse controls and that worked great.
Mar 19, 2007 - 02:44 pm - Bill,My boat has a single lever control.Don
Mar 22, 2007 - 10:20 am - Don -Thanks for the reply. Makes sense, expecially the part about practice.Bill
Apr 01, 2007 - 08:59 pm - I replaced my old morse 2 handle with a shinny, new single handle from Vetus. What a difference! I'm now a foot pilot also!
Apr 03, 2007 - 09:58 am - I too have a (Vetus) single lever throttle and like the convenience.I just stumbled across what (I think) is an excellent idea and even more convenien...
Apr 03, 2007 - 08:26 pm - Now I think that is a damn good idea!Best,Aaron N.
Apr 04, 2007 - 10:11 am - the only bad thing about those is the price!

Happy Holidays Everyone!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 15, 2004 - 06:51 am - Just wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Hannaka, or whatever celebration you have this time of year, may it be a Joyous (and SAFE!) Holiday for you a...

Happy New Year   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 31, 2004 - 09:45 pm - I hope we all have a great new year.It is for me as it is about 77 deg F outside and I am sitting here drinking a Hawaii'n Margarita, thinking life is...

Happy Thanksgiving!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 27, 2008 - 08:52 am - Happy Thanksgiving to all you westsailors and wannabees! My your turkey be moist and quarters be sunny!Best,WOA Staff
Nov 27, 2008 - 12:37 pm - Here, here,And I second the motion.Just pulled up the computer to wish Thanksgivings best to all the members.Happy Thanksgiving! My firstThanksgiving ...
Nov 27, 2008 - 02:58 pm - This is our second thanksgiving livingaboard our Westsail,the turkeys in the oven making the whole boat smell good enough to eat, my husband is out in...
Nov 27, 2008 - 09:29 pm - '...Yes, the W32 may be considered just an object'-- WHAT?! Don't let my Grand Old Lady hear such blasphemous sentiments! (Or I'll never hear the end ...
Nov 28, 2008 - 08:03 pm - It may be just a object to some, but they must be dumb as a brick. I thank my lucky stars Satori has Randy to take care of. I hope she will take care...
Nov 28, 2008 - 08:19 pm - Our second year living aboard and 49 weeks until we set sail for our SUUPERVOYAGE!Happy Holidays to all!
Nov 29, 2008 - 07:10 am - Believe me, as Ken probably knows, Satori makes her personality sparkling clear from the get go and just keeps on pushing. I always knew boats had per...

Harken Vs. Lewmar What Do You Think?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 14, 2009 - 08:37 pm - I'm wondering what the consensus is on which make of winch is best for a W32. I know there is going to be a group buy for Lewmar through Bud and that ...
Feb 14, 2009 - 09:17 pm - Tom,Harken, Lewmar, Andersen, Barient, Barlow; they're all great winches. Harken and Lewmar are popular because they work, have tons of dealers and th...
Feb 14, 2009 - 11:23 pm - Aaron, I have used Barlow, Barient and Lewmar. I never have used Harken or Andersen. Harken has a great reputation among serious sailors and yacht rac...
Feb 15, 2009 - 12:41 pm - Tom, If you can get the Harken 40 winches at a better price than the group buy of the Lewmar's, then that makes the most sense. Harken's are great win...
Feb 16, 2009 - 01:55 pm - Harken, Andersen and Lewmar all build good winches. The significant differance is in servicing the winches. The current generation of Lewmar ST winche...

Has A Chainplate Ever Actually Failed On A 32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 28, 2007 - 08:06 am - I've been worried about chainplates in boats I am examining for purchase.Does anyone know if a chainplate has ever actually failed on a WS 32?Thanks.
Jan 28, 2007 - 04:06 pm - Had a noticable crack in one chainplate and replaced before failure, had a crack in a boomkin stay at the bolt and replace before failure.Either lose ...
Jan 28, 2007 - 10:41 pm - Never had a chainplate fail. But...Last year I found cracks in both of the boomkin tangs and replaced them.I currently have an obvious crack in the po...
Feb 22, 2007 - 06:31 pm - There have been some failures of chainplates on the Westsail boats. The failures are usually on the swages on the wires, or on the boomkin tangs. Howe...

He Will Be Greatly Missed...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 16, 2005 - 01:00 pm - I just heard the sad news that Sterling Walker, the pillar of our cental FL Westsail community had passed away on Sunday, Feb 13th. This wonderful ma...
Feb 16, 2005 - 01:20 pm - STERLING WALKERCOCOA BEACHSterling W. Walker, 62, of Cocoa Beach went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 13th, 2005. Born September 13, 1942 in H...
Feb 17, 2005 - 08:49 pm - May he sail the stars for eternity.
Feb 18, 2005 - 04:39 am - We met him at the rendezvous last year. Welcomed us at the dock to help tie up.He did a great job on his westsail refit.Sad dayRich Morpurgo

Head Dimensions W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 21, 2007 - 08:47 am - I have access to a piece of countertop. I think it is sized well for the head. The boat is currently shrinkwrapped so I can't measure easily. Does any...
Dec 21, 2007 - 05:32 pm - I have w32 #730, I am currently re-doing the entire boat. I made a mental note that a 36" counter top would work, and would have to be cut off sli...
Dec 21, 2007 - 07:14 pm - Thank you! I remembered it being bigger? The granite is 50" long with a nice center hole for a sink.
Dec 22, 2007 - 04:08 pm - The layout was originally designed for a 36" opening between bulkheads. That is if was built to the factory dimensions.
Dec 24, 2007 - 09:16 am - Measure twice, cut once. Mine is 36 3/8. The fun part will be maneuvering it into position. Might need to cut it shy and cover the gap with back/ side...
Dec 25, 2007 - 11:29 pm - It is a no-go at this point. I was thinking it would be a good fit. If we have to pay to buy-it AND cut-it - it doesn't make sense to replace an other...
Dec 26, 2007 - 12:04 am - A couple hundred for a meter of granite? That seems awfully heavy! I hope corian isn't that much!Fair leads,Aaron N.

Hello   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 19, 2004 - 02:59 pm - Just thought I'd drop in and say hello.Me and my partner just joined yesterday. We're over in the UK and have this long standing dream to one day own ...
Apr 23, 2004 - 07:39 am - Welcome Daniel & Michelle! I'm sure you'll find the members quite helpful in answering your questions and a good source for resources. And don't h...
Jul 29, 2004 - 04:23 pm - Hi Daniel and Michelle, I have just seen you are from the UK. So am I and I have a Westsail 32 Mellow in Croatia. Give me contact details and we can s...
Aug 19, 2004 - 10:20 am - Hi Daniel and Michelle... just wanted to welcome you to the WOA and... at the same time, I'm using this post to test another member's login which seem...
Dec 14, 2007 - 11:51 am - Hi folks,Wife and I have just joined WOA live in UK,and are in the process of buying W42,currently called Red Feather,Great 'club'
Dec 14, 2007 - 02:17 pm - Welcome aboard, Daniel and Michelle. WOA is really a worthwhile organization. Lots of good info through this message board. Many member sites have use...
Dec 14, 2007 - 11:31 pm - 2nd all of that- Welcome! And Bud is indeed your one-stop shop for info and upgrades, parts...
Dec 16, 2007 - 04:29 pm - George, Daniel and Michelle have been members for some 3 years now, but I'm sure you won't mind my extending all of our welcome to Ivan and Jane ;-)
Jan 01, 2008 - 10:26 pm - Thanks to Michael for correcting my oversight.Welcome, Ivan and Jane. Be sure to give us a report when you get your Westsail.

Hello All   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 15, 2005 - 12:46 pm - Hi Guys n Gals.Just a small note of introduction (some of you I have been honoured to meet on other boards!)Joe and Jayne here, UK based. I have retir...
Jan 16, 2005 - 11:04 am - Welcome aboard!
Jan 16, 2005 - 06:31 pm - Hi Joe & Jane. I also did about a year of research on yachts and decided on the W32. I bought mine in Australia last July. I know I found it helpf...

Hello Westsailers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 16, 2005 - 08:49 pm - I have purchased hull number 753 from Bud's site, it is just a hull and deck with boxes of bronze parts and such. The boat has never seen the water an...
Apr 18, 2005 - 06:12 am - That's got to be quite an undertaking but just think... when it's over you will have what is an essentially brand spankin new Westsail!Since you've ow...
Apr 18, 2005 - 04:34 pm - thanks for asking and thanks for the welcome; I am toying with the idea of putting the galley and chart table area next to the main bulkhead and the s...
Apr 18, 2005 - 09:27 pm - Ahoy JohnIf you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay area stop by. I Have done exactly what you are looking to do i.e. galley and chart table area ne...
Apr 19, 2005 - 05:14 pm - Norm, do you have any pictures of your interior
Apr 19, 2005 - 08:37 pm - Hey John, I'm confused by "it's just a hull and deck" and then "she will see water in a couple of weeks". Does that mean that you're m...
Apr 19, 2005 - 09:05 pm - MichaelThe hull has the ballast installed and the main bulkhead. I will barrier coat the bottom and apply bottom paint, install two thru-hulls for the...
Apr 20, 2005 - 10:19 am - I'm curious. I can think of a lot of cons. What are the 'pros' of building it in the water?
Apr 20, 2005 - 12:08 pm - Mike, by building in the water you: do not need to carry all your supplies up a 6 foot ladder you get time to spend on the water during the constructi...
Apr 20, 2005 - 05:01 pm - I have to admit it was MUCH easier to work on the boat this Winter when I left it in the water -- especially in light of the fact that I didn't have m...
Apr 23, 2005 - 01:29 am - Well John I did snap a couple of shots of my galley forward arrangement:Not totally clean (Fixing the cleaning this weekend)but you most likely see th...
Apr 23, 2005 - 09:20 pm - Thanks Norm, very nice, really like the galley in that location, no sure about the chart table in that location, any thoughts.

Help, I Could Use Some Information On Mounting An Aries   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 13, 2008 - 04:04 pm - Aloha' I recently bought a Westsail 32 It came with an Aries that has not been installed for maybe 15 years. During it's time in storage boomkin was r...
Apr 14, 2008 - 09:22 pm - Hey, David on Asylum,Aloha.Randy here with Satori awaiting my return. You may be in some degree of luck, and we may be in a share-share relationship. ...
Apr 14, 2008 - 10:07 pm - Aloha Randy,Hey that would be great. Is Satori fitted with the heavy ss boomkin cross piece? This would efect the thickness of the shims.Thank you. Da...
Apr 15, 2008 - 04:13 pm - David, do you mean the SS piece at the very end of the boomkin? If so, that sounds like the setup that I have. I'll go and have a look at how mine is ...
Apr 15, 2008 - 05:09 pm - Hi David,I can confirm that the O/D of the mounting tubes is one and a half inches. I don't think that I have the SS cross-member you are talking abou...
Apr 16, 2008 - 12:52 am - Whew,YOu guys are way ahead of me, but maybe I can get some measurements tomorrow.Still, looks basically like the same set up Satori has. Plus, I may ...
Apr 16, 2008 - 01:17 am - Aloha Michael,Fantastic, Thank you so much for the pictures and specs. I could not see the cross piece on the end of your boomkin but the tangs coming...

Hi Seas Diesel Heater   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 27, 2005 - 04:33 am - I have a Hi Seas Diesel heater which seems to produce a great deal of black smoke. I am reluctant to use it as it causes black soot to get all over th...
Jun 27, 2005 - 07:40 pm - I have a copy of the original High Seas diesel heater manual. Contact me and I can make a copy for you. btaplin@westsail.com
Jun 27, 2005 - 09:37 pm - Our Hi Seas only smokes a little on start up. When it runs at operating temp. it should be clean. They tend to dirty the cabin top some even when runn...

Hinged Vs. Sliding Cupboard Doors   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 27, 2008 - 09:07 am - I know most of you probably aren't in the position to change your cupboard doors, but I'm starting from scratch. The Westsail I crewed on last year ha...
Oct 27, 2008 - 09:55 am - All I know is we replace all of our sliders with Doors. However; beware that double doors will want to make a little noise as they're connected by hoo...
Oct 27, 2008 - 10:21 am - You can drill a small 1/8" hole through the sliding doors where they overlap and insert a cotter pin when you are out sailing and do not want them...
Oct 27, 2008 - 06:26 pm - Tom,We recently replaced all of our galley's opening doors with four black-plastic sliding panels. We hated having to move things from in front of the...
Oct 28, 2008 - 08:08 am - I wasn't too crazy about the sliders in our W28 when we got her but the longer I live with them, the more practical they seem to be. I, too, hate to h...
Oct 29, 2008 - 08:53 am - I appreciate all the feedback and would love to see some photos of how others have dealt with the doors. I like the look of hinged doors, but I've als...
Oct 29, 2008 - 09:25 am - I like the look of my hinged doors. they have a raised molding around the border, which looks great, but makes having a hardware catch or latch diffic...
Oct 30, 2008 - 08:11 am - Tom,I'm with you on preferring the more 3-D look of hinged doors. Since I haven't built my replacement doors I'll be pondering ways to get a more 3-D ...
Oct 30, 2008 - 08:14 am - Tom,I'm with you on preferring the more 3-D look of hinged doors. Since I haven't built my replacement doors I'll be pondering ways to get a more 3-D ...
Oct 30, 2008 - 12:01 pm - I've been giving it a lot of thought and I'm going to try a couple of different materials. The sliders make sense from the standpoint of efficiency of...
Oct 30, 2008 - 12:42 pm - A dark plex also looks nice for a slider.
Oct 31, 2008 - 07:50 am - Tom,I like your idea of approaching it like a matted art print. Please post a picture of whatever you ultimately come up with.I think I just came up w...
Oct 31, 2008 - 09:16 am - How about frosted/engraved acrylic (or other plastic)? Talk to a local trophy shop, for instance. Get some dolphins on there, or maybe a Navy anchor.B...
Oct 31, 2008 - 10:15 am - Bill,We have glossy black plexi panels for our sliders - I really like you're idea of engraving on them.Pictures coming!Aaron N.
Oct 31, 2008 - 12:27 pm - Bill,I like the idea of the anchor! Makes a good vent hole and not too hard to cut. I'm going with a white finish to match the white beadboard on the ...
Oct 31, 2008 - 12:32 pm - Bud,I just thought of something instead of a cotter pin to secure the sliding doors. Has anyone ever tried using the spring loaded quarter-turn aircra...
Oct 31, 2008 - 12:32 pm - Bill,I like the idea of the anchor! Makes a good vent hole and not too hard to cut. I'm going with a white finish to match the white beadboard on the ...
Oct 31, 2008 - 01:51 pm - Tom,I noticed on your blog that you have a bunch of lamps and fans. Did you find a place with reasonable prices from which to buy these? I'd like to p...
Oct 31, 2008 - 10:33 pm - the Hella fans are great, put out a lot of air, but they (re: one) tends to run down a single house battery overnight.I use these little hand-held bat...
Nov 01, 2008 - 12:52 am - Mike,I've installed DC outlets throughout the boat and plan to put an extension and clip on each, this way people can move the fan close to them while...
Nov 01, 2008 - 08:05 am - Aaron, I got the fans and lights them Defender.Mike, I know that PVC gives off toxic fumes when burned, but so does half the other materials we use on...
Nov 03, 2008 - 06:23 am - Hey all,My father took a few photos. He couldn't make it out at night, so no shot of the undercabinet lights, but one day I'll get them in action!Befo...
Nov 03, 2008 - 08:00 am - Aaron,Your black panels look really nice. It looks like you've already figured this out bit to anyone who hasn't: Do yourself a favor and drill finger...
Jan 16, 2009 - 11:57 am - Hey all,I finally took a few photos of the LEDs we installed under the handrail in the galley. There is a toggle switch mounted in a whole one of the ...

Hood Electric Stowaway Mast   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 10, 2005 - 08:49 am - We are proud new owners of the Viking Rose. In compiling information on the boat's systems, we have been unable to locate any manuals on the Hood Elec...

Hood Seafurl   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 01, 2006 - 12:55 pm - Our W32 has a Hood Seafurl system. I am trying to find the Norsman threaded eye that screws into the bearing shaft,the locknut as well as a couple of ...

How Full Is My Tank?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 21, 2007 - 08:08 am - This is primarily to my fellow W28 owners but you bigger guys might be able to help too. The fuel tank on the W28 is beneath the port quarter berth. T...
May 21, 2007 - 12:06 pm - Steve, If I remember right, there is a small plug on top of the tank next to the outlet fitting. This is used to insert a stick to tell the fuel level...
May 22, 2007 - 07:59 am - Thanks, Bud. I'm going back up to the boat this weekend and I'll check that out.-Steve
May 28, 2007 - 07:08 am - another suggestion may be to use a sight tube. On my tanks I have a fitting plumbed into the bottom with a plastic tube running up the outside of the ...

How Long Is A 32-foot Boat?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 07, 2006 - 12:17 am - The local constabulary is hassling me.I have moved my W32, Evangeline, to a state harbor here in Hawaii. The harbor agents insist that the length of t...
Apr 07, 2006 - 12:18 pm - Thats the way that we have read the rules and applied them to our boat. Rule 3 defines length as length overall. Rules 22 and 25 define the lights. We...
Apr 08, 2006 - 03:35 am - My understanding is that length overall refers to the overall length of the boat PROPER, not included appendages such as bowsprit, pulpit, bumkin, pus...
Apr 08, 2006 - 10:47 pm - I spoke to two Coast Guard Aux. that were giving inspections at the sailing club. Both said the CG considers the length of the hull, 32' for us, to be...
Apr 09, 2006 - 02:59 pm - Jim, thanks for looking into this. You have helped confirm my contention that our Westsail 32s are actually 32-foot boats, LOA. However, I am not sure...
Apr 10, 2006 - 08:48 pm - I explained to them were you were and your problem was wtih the state. They suggested you contact the local Coast Guard. The problem is the nav rules ...
Apr 10, 2006 - 11:53 pm - If sundry states want to set different rules then fine, but let them appeal to their own authorities, not to those of the federal government. In the p...
Dec 10, 2006 - 08:34 am - Lawrence and Mayumi,Just weighing in, a little late on the topic, but it looks like to me that in the state of Hawaii a Westsail 32 may be a 40ft vess...
Apr 08, 2007 - 10:52 am - New answer, the way I read the Hawaii Boating and Ocean Recreation statutes, or whatever they call them, at Section 200-23 they define length as lengt...

How Thick Is The Factory Caprail ???   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 03, 2010 - 09:23 pm - Hi,I really need this question answered....How Thick Is The Factory Caprail???Thanks,Chris
Jan 03, 2010 - 10:24 pm - Check the thread "IPE for exterior wood" where you will find the factory thickness at 3/4 inch but with full 1-inch thickness perfectly OK (an...
Jan 04, 2010 - 12:31 am - If you buy the teak rough it is 4/4 (four quarter), you plane it down and it cleans up to 13/16".
Jan 04, 2010 - 11:23 am - 13/16" was the original thickness of most of the teak used in the construction. That is the surfaced-two-sides thickness of 4/4 teak.

How To: Submit Article To Windblown Re Hurricanes?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 08, 2008 - 05:06 pm - Hello all,Would like to submit an article to Windblown regarding hurricane education. What's the proper avenue, if you please.Randy K.
Oct 08, 2008 - 08:40 pm - Email it to <woa_editors@tropicaldreams.net>I usually send stuff in MS Word format, so I know that works.
Oct 09, 2008 - 08:23 pm - Thanks Terry,Will do.Randy

Hull #553, 'Orion', History??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 06, 2006 - 10:55 pm - I am interested in hearing from anyone who knows the early history of my new boat, hull 553, 'Orion', up here in Alaska.I just purchased from Jamie Th...
Nov 14, 2006 - 11:23 pm - You're the only entry we have for that hull number, however you might try posting down in the Ask Bud topic. Bud has an extensive history of most West...

Hull #696   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 12, 2009 - 05:10 pm - I owned Hull#696 during the 1990's and sold it to Smity and Michelle in 1998. I believe they named her Scrimshaw. Then in about 2003 I saw it under a ...
Dec 13, 2009 - 01:13 pm - I will send you an email about the boat.

Hull Integrity   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 23, 2006 - 11:25 am - Hi,I was talking with an owner of an inferior sailing vessel. Through our conversation he mentioned that the Westsails were put together in two molds....
Oct 23, 2006 - 02:01 pm - Good day: Don and MargaretYour information like most of the negative stories is part true and part made up. The hulls were two part molds on the early...
Oct 23, 2006 - 09:42 pm - Ahoy Don, I have been a westsailor from the earliest beginnings and have followed the boats closly. There have been no occurrences of a W-32 splitting...

Hyspeed Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 16, 2007 - 03:21 pm - Hello All,I am wondering if any of the members have a Hyspeed windlasss installed on a W32 with the self tending staysail option and if so would you b...
Jul 16, 2007 - 08:46 pm - I sent you some pictures.
Jul 16, 2007 - 09:15 pm - Thanks Bud
Jul 17, 2007 - 09:36 am - Hi all,Is "Hyspeed" a brand or model of the Simpson & Lawrence brand? I have a S&L windless that, I believe, says "hyspeed" on...
Jul 17, 2007 - 03:23 pm - Aaron,Broken chain is a classic problem with the S&L windlass, inside has many bicycle parts, they are still available. Bud emailed me some pictur...
Jul 17, 2007 - 05:33 pm - Another thing I'll be copying is the support struts on both sides of the bowsprit platform. Pintail's is awkwardly wobbly, despite the fastenings bein...
Jul 18, 2007 - 08:18 am - Aaron,I bought a case of (I think it was Weldwood...red-topped can? picture of an ark under comstruction on the front?) resorcinol glue a couple years...
Jul 19, 2007 - 04:28 pm - Also available through Jamestown Distributors

Hyspeed Windlass Installation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 08, 2007 - 06:15 pm - I am getting ready to attach the wooden bowsprit to our W32. My question is does the Hyspeed windlass get bolted through the deck with backing plates ...
Jul 09, 2007 - 06:29 am - I'm not familiar with the Hyspeed but in general the windlass is through bolted with backing plates in the chain locker.
Jul 10, 2007 - 07:26 pm - The windlass should be bolted through. If you have to offset the windlass so that the chain falls alongside the bowsprit with clearance, then two of t...

I Love My Westsail 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 21, 2008 - 10:01 pm - Three weeks of hard work getting her ready for the trip to Hawaii (I leave for Hilo one week from today)has really paid off. I,m sea trialing now on t...
Jun 22, 2008 - 12:23 pm - David.Best of luck on your sail to Hawaii. I'm leaving for Kauaii from San Francisco in July.Joshua S.Sunquest
Jun 22, 2008 - 01:29 pm - You two might think about planning and heading over together. Big ocean - another boat within 200 miles might be nice.The Pacific scares me though...I...
Jun 22, 2008 - 04:02 pm - A comment to the Hawaii crowdLanding in Hilo is the best spot as all islands will be a deep brod reach (down wind) from HiloAlso we are having a wests...

I.D. Of W32 On Galveston Yacht Club Lawn; Hurr. Alicia '83   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 22, 2009 - 08:44 pm - For the sake of discussion I would like to seek feedback pro or con on the concept that it may have been Satori that landed on the Galveston Yacht Bas...
Jul 23, 2009 - 11:55 am - Randy, Regarding the boats damaged during hurricane Alicia on Clear Lake, that Westsail was #541 Morning Sun, owned then, and still owned, by Herb Jan...
Jul 23, 2009 - 12:03 pm - Bud,Thank you for the history and one heck of a story. Good for you guys on the repair.Yet, the W32 I saw was on the lawn (St. Augustin grass) of the ...
Jul 23, 2009 - 12:53 pm - Randy,I am not familiar with that boat in Galveston, but I did have some customers in the Galveston area with Westsail boats. Possibly it was one of t...
Jul 24, 2009 - 07:11 am - Bud, I'm curious, besides the sprit, the boomkin and the rudder, whas there any damage to the hull?
Jul 24, 2009 - 01:02 pm - Wow! Great story! Nice job on the boat, too! Bud is the Man!
Jul 24, 2009 - 01:26 pm - There was no real damage to the hull, only scratches that were easily repaired, then the boat was repainted. The stanchions needed replacing, the chai...
Jul 24, 2009 - 07:07 pm - Thanks for the photos and story, Bud. Always gratifying to see these repaired.

Icebox Drain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 27, 2004 - 08:24 am - I discovered the 1/2" hose drain to the icebox is clogged.You can't just 'poke a stick' down to clear it as (I presume) it has a trap to prevent c...
Aug 30, 2004 - 11:45 am - Cut an opening on the inboard face of the icebox cabinet, and make a drop door for it. Not only do you gain access to the drain hose, you also have an...
Aug 30, 2004 - 04:21 pm - It was difficult to consider cutting an opening in the icebox just to clear a drain.But now I have the *real* reason behind adding that lil do...

Installing Portholes On A Kendall 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 23, 2009 - 06:57 am - Hello everyone,One of the boats we're currently looking at purchasing is a Kendall 32 (with a nice fibreglass flush deck).Is it possible to install po...
Sep 23, 2009 - 10:53 am - No problem in installing portholes on the hullsides. Just necessary to make sure the sealing surface is flat. That can be accomplished by either grind...
Sep 23, 2009 - 07:06 pm - Thanks Bud. Glad to hear it's not a big safety hazard. Although, I would likely still carry aluminium plugs in case the glass broke somehow. It seems ...
Oct 01, 2009 - 02:05 am - It works for the Pardeys on their Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter. They have two up front that would cop a lot of water when punching into it. Maybe you ...
Oct 01, 2009 - 08:01 am - Fuzzy dice?
Oct 05, 2009 - 08:47 am - I prefer the pom poms, the dice are always a gamble.
Oct 05, 2009 - 08:59 am -
Oct 05, 2009 - 07:41 pm - Crap(s)!

Instument Panel In Cockpit...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 28, 2005 - 11:17 am - I need to replace the instrument panel in the cockpit of my W32 - the black laminate is falling apart and the original splash guard is shot... Looking...
Feb 28, 2005 - 06:45 pm - Fred,Before we bought Synergy, we had been aboard a W32 in the Jupiter area where the owner installed a new set of instruments on the aft side of the ...
Feb 28, 2005 - 06:53 pm - The port light solution was installed on My w32 in the original instrument postion and works well except I do get a bit of fogging when doged down.Als...
Feb 28, 2005 - 08:51 pm - Is there enough room behind a Portlight for all the instruments?Just my tach would fill up a porthole ;)I'm not sure it's a good idea to place the ins...
Mar 01, 2005 - 11:24 am - My instrument panel is on the forward part of the cockpit, below the companionway - If I go w/ the portlight cover it would have to be the largest one...
Mar 01, 2005 - 11:39 am - I guess, I need to add more detail.Imagine uses a rectangular portlite; it holds the following.water temp, oil press, amps, starter switch, aux dc out...

Insulated Backstay Antenna For HF   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 10, 2004 - 01:29 pm - Anyone here a ham radio operator with experience/tips/advice/etc. concerning adding an insulated backstay for HF SSB & PACTOR?
Jul 29, 2004 - 06:42 am - Hi Mike, Yes, to your question about being a ham radio operator with the insulated backstay antenna and Pactor III. Journey my Westsail 32 had the ins...
Jul 29, 2004 - 07:11 am - Bob,How many watts did you usually find necessary for Pactor? I have an Elecraft K2 that puts out about 12w on 20 mtrs.I'm also interested in how many...
Jul 29, 2004 - 09:15 pm - Mike, Most pactor connects were at the 50W level. A few times I connected at 5W when I forgot and left the power at the QRP level. I found that 50w wa...

Insulation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 06, 2007 - 02:00 am - what is most efficient insulation known to westailors?Some day we are planning to go to Antarctica, and looking for good and thin insulation (somethin...

Insurance   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 24, 2004 - 05:46 am - We've just purchased a W32 and are in the process of wading through the tons of details that go with buying a boat. A question for other W32 owners......
Jul 09, 2004 - 09:25 am - I got insurance through BoatUS and they accepted the 32 from Westsail 32 without question. They were also cheaper than other companies, and some compa...
Aug 05, 2004 - 03:36 pm - I found the same thing. While the boat I'm buying is currently insured with Progressive they are no longer writing policies for any hull older than 15...

Interesting Bulletin Board To Check Out   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 08, 2004 - 12:51 pm - Here is a good board to peruse. They actually fashioned it after the older (way older---6 year old) westsail board. It has alot of stuff in common wit...
Oct 08, 2004 - 08:07 pm - Interesting board...I'll tell ya, those Hans Christians are definately pretty boats! Big dollars though.
Jul 26, 2006 - 07:09 pm - Hi Bud,Our boom gallows was damaged in shipping. The teak was bent about aft about 20 degrees and two of the legs were slightly bent. Should the gallo...
Jul 27, 2006 - 10:05 pm - That's funny. When I originally set up this site and this board, the Hans Christian site was using the same board software that we are on now. It offe...
Jul 29, 2006 - 08:38 pm - 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 repaired.
Aug 08, 2006 - 09:20 pm - Well, if the new software has protections against spamming, it would be worth a look. If not, then this software is working well enough with the regis...
Aug 12, 2006 - 03:42 pm - Hey Mike,If we spend the $150 to upgrade to the Pro version of this board, we can let people "self-register." That way, we will keep the spamm...
Aug 13, 2006 - 12:14 pm - Well, I'm sure we could afford the Pro version, so, if you want to go for it, let's do it. I think that the Pro version had some other desireable feat...
Jan 23, 2008 - 10:32 pm - Hi guys,sorry for reviving this old thread, but I was searching for something else and saw that I had missed something.I went and looked at the Hans C...
Jan 24, 2008 - 09:13 am - hehe.. only by a year and a half or so ;-)No worries. I'm not sure that we really need to go through with this. There is not a big crush of people who...

Interesting Story From The Original Builder Of Jasmine   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 05, 2006 - 02:58 pm - I was looking thru my email for something and ran into this. I bought Jasmine from the second owner, who had ripped the interior out. Bud was a great ...

Interior Cushion Material   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 20, 2009 - 02:55 pm - I would like to start a discussion on this topic.... we are finally at the stage where the cushions can be installed! hooray!After varnishing the inte...
Sep 21, 2009 - 01:40 pm - Gary, I'm stumped on the icebox as well, but our boat (#296) was too dark after I reassembled it so I painted it a la' Herreschoff - lots of off white...
Sep 22, 2009 - 09:29 am - Looking good Tom - great progress! I googled "food grade epoxy paint" and got quite a few hits.We like the varnished interior and hope that th...
Sep 22, 2009 - 02:17 pm - Gary, we contemplated new light-colored cushions, but with eight grandchildren and stepping on the transom berth all the time to get into the pilot be...

Interior Layout   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 27, 2006 - 09:30 am - I wanted to solicit opinions on re-arranging our interior. We are preparing to live-aboard and I'll be working as a programmer some of the time on the...
Oct 27, 2006 - 01:57 pm - Not to comment on your suggested moving of the head, I know some boats have taken the forward V berth (not the most comfortable) and turned that area ...
Oct 27, 2006 - 03:11 pm - Martin there is several routs to take.But here is one that you may not have considered.A 1/2 pilot house much like English Fisher offers, using the cu...
Oct 29, 2006 - 06:16 am - I have the same layout on my W32. I have been toying with ideas so I can also work from the boat which is also home. I have decided to convert the din...
Nov 03, 2006 - 12:48 pm - Thanks for the advice. I'll probably just convert the nav station to a sit-down and call it good. I go through this every winter when the shrink-wrap ...
Nov 04, 2006 - 12:23 pm - Rod, I'm interested in your dinette conversion plans. I like the the idea of a fore-aft berth. What exactly do you mean by tri-fold table? I'm pictur...
Nov 05, 2006 - 06:32 am - Hi Jesse & Sarah, I'll post some pictures when I get to the project which should be in about 3 weeks. You are correct about only needing one joint...

Intro: New WestSail 42 KIT Owners   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 08, 2005 - 10:40 am - Greetings all!My wife and I are proud new owners of a WestSail 42 Center Cockpit Ketch KIT #60. Yes, we are the ones that won the auction for this on ...
Apr 09, 2005 - 07:20 am - I am really interested in following your progress!How long do you think it will take to finish her?
Apr 09, 2005 - 10:53 am - We are giving ourselves about 5 years to at least have her in the water. That includes, interiors, engine, mechanical and at least some deck hardware....

Introduction   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 22, 2009 - 10:51 am - Thought I should introduce myself. I'm hoping to retire soon and the Admiral and I want to liveaboard when I do. We'd probably do it now, but we're la...
Jan 22, 2009 - 04:27 pm - Hi Jerry welcome aboard the WOA. You'll find lots of good info on Westsails here, and if you have any technical questions, post them down in the Ask B...
Jan 23, 2009 - 09:39 am - Thanks Mike! We have entertained the idea, but feel more comfortable sailing, even if it does mean less space. Our long term plans involve cruising an...
Jan 23, 2009 - 02:24 pm - Hello Jerry and welcome to the WOA. We have been living aboard our 32 for two years now and we love it! We moved up from a Catalina 27 that we owned f...
Jan 25, 2009 - 03:00 pm - Thanks Andrea,We're trying to think of all the changes needed to move onto a 32 foot boat. We have come to the conclusion not all 32's are equal, at l...
Jan 28, 2009 - 08:39 am - Hi Jerry,Welcome to the club. I did the same thing before committing my hard earned money about one year ago. You will learn so much on these pages th...

Is "boats For Sale" Page Up To Date?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 22, 2009 - 10:31 am - I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the "boats for sale" page is accurate and up to date? It's just that virtually all of the boats are...
Dec 22, 2009 - 11:48 am - There are two different websites where you can find a list of Westsail boats for sale.One is on the Westsail Owners Association bulletin board at www....
Dec 25, 2009 - 07:19 pm - Humm... apparently, my last post on this topic didn't take.Anyway, I wrote the links under the 'Boats for Sale' page. My motivation was to give perspe...
Dec 27, 2009 - 08:49 am - I have noticed a number of boats on various sites, including the ones mentioned above, that have gone a very long time indeed without selling. Is the ...
Dec 27, 2009 - 12:17 pm - It is a strange thing about boats being sold. I have had some advertised on my site sell within a few days, and other be on the list for a year or so,...
Dec 27, 2009 - 04:07 pm - I think that there are many factors involved.Westsail owners know what the quality of their boat is, so, even in a down market, they are not that will...

Is Our Fearless Leader, Bud, On That Wrecked Ocean Liner?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 31, 2007 - 12:57 pm - A Norwegian cruise ship M/S NORDKAPP with 113 U.S. passengers aboard hit the rocks in Antarctica and is limping back towards Cape Horn. Would anyone k...
Jan 31, 2007 - 07:56 pm - Do not worry, I am still in Chile, and will be boarding our ship, the Marco Polo, tomorrow. Since I will probably be helping out in the navigation, yo...

Jackline Advice   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 26, 2005 - 11:10 am - I have some jacklines and I'll be darned if I can figure out how/where I want to rig them.Initially, I was thinking just run em down the cabin sides, ...
May 28, 2005 - 12:48 pm - Mike, I use one continuous piece of 1" webbing tied each end under the boomkin arms to forward under the bowsprit.In calm conditions I clip onto e...
May 28, 2005 - 09:01 pm - I do mine similar to lee and nancy, from the sterm samson post to the forward sampson post on the side decks and clip to the weather side. never much ...
Jun 04, 2005 - 09:02 am - Yea, I've got eye-bolts near the stern sampson posts and the 1" webbing runs forward and under the bowspirit and back.Only rigged it once at the d...
Jun 11, 2005 - 10:34 pm - I ran my jack lines up each side in a manner similar to what you are describing except that I attached a ring about head high to each of the upper shr...
Sep 27, 2005 - 07:49 pm - Something to consider with standard jack lines of 1 inch webbing is that it can have loads that exceed its capacity. Annapolis Performance Saiing does...

James Wiley Of Ave Del Mar   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 08, 2006 - 07:11 pm - Hi all,I'm looking for James Wiley, the owner of the W32 Ave Del Mar in the southwest Florida area. If you are or know Mr. Wiley, please email me at b...
Aug 08, 2006 - 09:08 pm - Hi Aaron, no record in the WOA member database by name or by boat name. You might post to Bud as he keeps pretty good records of Westsail Owners.
Aug 08, 2006 - 10:10 pm - Thanks Michael!
Aug 09, 2006 - 04:02 pm - Aaron,your friend is listed in the Coast Guard registry of documented Vessels; http://www.st.nmfs.gov/st1/commercial/landings/cg_vessel2.htmlscott
Aug 09, 2006 - 07:28 pm - Aaron, I do have the W32 #252 Ave del mar on my owners list, with Jim Wylie of Cape Coral, FL as the owner.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:53 am - Thanks for the site, Scott. I didn't realize there was a searchable database for that.Aaron

Judge Joe Brown   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 23, 2008 - 09:44 pm - My wife has an eye for the Westsail form. We can be sailing along and she'll say, "Hey that's a Westsail over there." Being the know-it-all I ...
Jan 24, 2008 - 09:21 am - Well, he's not in the membership database. Interested to hear what others might say.

Just Joined WOA   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 05, 2004 - 08:28 pm - and thought I'd say hello. Don't have a Westail (yet) but I'm looking hard ;)Mike
Jul 06, 2004 - 04:34 pm - Hello, Mike, and welcome aboard. I once worked with someone named Mike McCoy at AT&T Wireless in Boynton Beach, FL. Would you happen to be the sam...

Just Read The Story By Chris And Mary Liz (Wandering Albatross)   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 27, 2007 - 08:45 am - That was awesome! I was jumping up and cheering!congrats!richSV jasmine
Jul 27, 2007 - 11:52 am - What's about it? where I can read?Thanks
Jul 27, 2007 - 02:23 pm - In the Summer 2007 Windblown, available in the Members' Area of the website

Keeping Portlights Open?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 14, 2008 - 04:24 pm - Has anyone installed some sort of elbow latch to keep the bronze portlights open. Mine has a molded ring at the bottom of the frame which looks like i...
Jul 14, 2008 - 04:56 pm - Mike - I actually just recently reinstalled my latches because for ages I didn't know what they were for - they look just like the door latches. They ...
Jul 14, 2008 - 07:11 pm - By far the simplist, quietist way is to use small bronze chain and open up the last link for a hook. I'll try to take a pic tomorrow on the boat and p...
Jul 15, 2008 - 12:02 am - We also have the "chicken coop" latches and they work great.Andrea
Jul 15, 2008 - 01:02 am - Mike,We have little "chicken coop" latches too.My forward starboard port light wouldn't work with one of these though - I use a loop of seine ...
Jul 15, 2008 - 07:08 am - I've got the bronze chains Dave describes, looks and works great.
Jul 15, 2008 - 09:22 am - Thanks all. Dave, would love to see a pic to compare to the latch option. Looking forward to some fresh air!thanksMike
Jul 15, 2008 - 01:38 pm - Mike,My boat has the chicken coop type latches plus a stay to tie them to the cabintop while the portholes are closed.Randy
Jul 15, 2008 - 06:08 pm - Here is the link to a pic of our setup. We used this too our our 32 and liked it so much we put it on the 42. The nice thing about it is that since th...
Jul 17, 2008 - 09:40 pm - Thanks for the picture, Dave. Simple and elegant - a hard combination to beat.George
Jul 17, 2008 - 11:56 pm - Hmm... I do like the look of that chain, like George said, simple and elegant. UH-OH Brads giveing Me that don't even think about it look! LOL!Andrea
Jul 20, 2008 - 03:36 pm - We use a double jointed latch west marine sold 5 years back. with good sucess. (not in the way ever)
Jul 21, 2008 - 09:15 am - I have a hook setup very similar to the one pictured in the preceding post, and it works just fine. There's an eye in the overhead for the hook to fas...

Keeping Water Out Of The Boat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 27, 2009 - 12:27 pm - My boat is on the hard and under a canvas cover. This winter I am still finding water down below. Most recently right on the sole under the companionw...
Feb 27, 2009 - 02:34 pm - Check your deck scupper drains.
Apr 19, 2009 - 07:51 am - This is an ongoing issue. I believe I have figured out that the bottom of the companionway leak is coming from somewhere above deck aft of the cabin. ...
Apr 19, 2009 - 08:31 am - I had rain water leaking in under the cap rail, then running down to the low point of the cap rail and running into the storage compartments behind th...
Apr 19, 2009 - 10:22 pm - If your mast wires don't dip below the PVC tube and then go back up and down through it water may just be running down the cables.If you can't create ...
Apr 22, 2009 - 01:32 am - From experience I would have to say the best way to track down leaks is to be on board during a thunderstorm. A bit difficult to schedule though.Fortu...
Apr 23, 2009 - 12:32 pm - Good for you George! Satori got some water in her too during that deluge, not too bad, but I have a little more work to do on that front. I've got a l...

Ken And Debra Sold Me Their Beloved Satori   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 13, 2008 - 09:39 pm - With a somewhat heavy heart, and opposing joyful spirit, moderated by a week of extremely intense sweat equity and worry, I would like to report that ...
Mar 13, 2008 - 10:05 pm - ahhh, remember that moment oh so well- it's been 18 months since i bought orion, and i'm still like a kid in a candy store!

Latitude 38 - Westsailor Found Dead   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 27, 2007 - 09:50 pm - Sad news for all concerned.http://www.latitude38.com/LectronicLat/2007/0407/Apr27/Apr27.html#anchor534873Found this on the Lat 38 site tonight.

Lattitudes And Attitudes   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 05, 2008 - 10:35 am - Check out the cover of the November Latts and Atts for a great Westsail shot
Nov 16, 2008 - 10:13 am - In case some (like me) don't subscribe, here's the cover.
Nov 17, 2008 - 08:10 am - Nice picture! As Bob Bitchin would say, "Kewl!" Thanks for posting it Ralph and/or Sandra.-Steve
Nov 18, 2008 - 02:40 pm - Let's see.... a freshly varnished bowsprit, cap rails and hatches,Simpson Lawrence manual windless,SeaFast trunbuckles,Hanked-on head sails,Fiberglass...
Nov 18, 2008 - 05:17 pm - I think that would be a 10 (as in 2010) on the sticker. I don't think the Westsails were being built yet in 1970.It is a nice photo!Jeff
Nov 21, 2008 - 02:15 pm - The picture was taken not long ago of W32 #533 Antares, owned by Charles Scott on the Great Lakes.
Nov 22, 2008 - 01:24 pm - I believe it was sailing on the St. Clair River between Lakes Huron and Erie.
Jan 10, 2009 - 04:26 pm - Hope they aren't dragging their port anchor under the hull
Jan 10, 2009 - 09:34 pm - Something is indeed 'unusual' about this shot, huh...Hmmm... An extra line running over the portside anchor roller and down to the bobstay fitting or ...
Jan 11, 2009 - 06:11 am - My guess is that is a snubber line. Permanenetly attached to the bobstay and then pulled up on deck when undeway. That way he / she can attach it to t...
Feb 02, 2009 - 09:04 pm - And a heads-up: Daemon is going to be feature boat in the April 09 edition. Looks like we are turning it into a defacto Westsail magazine!Cheers,Jill ...

Le Fiell Mast Fittings   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 02, 2006 - 03:24 pm - Hi Gang, Would anyone happen to know whether on a WS 32 I need to consider replacing things like the mast tangs/sheaves/etc... on a Le Fliell mast tha...
Oct 02, 2006 - 09:49 pm - Email Pat Tilson of Shaboom (the one that's for sale). He order a whole new mast, spreaders, tabernacle - everything! Even came prewired and painted.
Oct 03, 2006 - 05:31 pm - LeFiell is still in business, and probably has the replacement parts you may need, although they have made some changes in the fittings. I just ordere...
Jun 30, 2007 - 08:11 am - I am starting the planning phase for the refurbishing/refitting of my W32 mast.I need a contact name/phone number for LeFiell.What is the LeFiell mode...
Jul 01, 2007 - 08:30 am - I replaced Pygmalion's mast and both booms 2 years ago, new wiring, new goose neck, spreaders and lights. The out haul is now internal (nice) and they...
Jul 02, 2007 - 09:59 pm - I have the tabernacle base available, and the pin. It is described in my Westsail Service Manual.

Leaky Comanionway   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 12, 2006 - 12:09 pm - I have been in the process of recomissioning our Westsail 32 "Moondance" and have been absolutely enjoying every minute of it. The vessel has ...
Nov 30, 2006 - 04:01 pm - Debbie and Chris,Did you ever track down that leak? I had a similar situation with Glorious #42. I finally found the problem after almost a year and a...
Dec 01, 2006 - 10:07 am - Gerald and CathyAs of yet I have not tried to pursue this leak any further as I have so many other things to do on our recommissioning. I would love t...
Dec 01, 2006 - 08:47 pm - What are the chances that our leaks could be comming from the same place? I am not sure our hatch areas are even built the same. Anyway, it sounds lik...
Dec 02, 2006 - 09:14 am - Cathy and Gerald,Thank you for taking the time to provide a detailed explanation of what caused your hatch leak. Considering my leak is exactly what y...
Dec 03, 2006 - 03:50 pm - Hey Chris,On Glorious, there are short teak blocks screwed down to the top of the the forward end of the rails. After removeing these, the hatch slide...
Dec 05, 2006 - 08:01 am - C&GOur hatch is a turtle, sounds like this is going to be a major undertaking?Regards,CB
Dec 05, 2006 - 10:32 pm - You should be able to remove the aft trim pieces and remove the hatch by sliding it aft also.
Dec 13, 2006 - 07:32 pm - Tom,Would that be the trim on the turtle or the hatch?CB
Dec 14, 2006 - 08:06 pm - In my case the trim around the companionway which covers the end of the hatch track.

Let's Drink To The Bridgers ! ! I Have Many Times   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 06, 2009 - 10:15 pm - I cannot begin to educate those that are not interested in learning, but..., facts:Jim Bridger is a national treasure and Ken, his great progeny,Funny...

Lewmar 16CST Winches - To Use Or Sell?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 25, 2009 - 01:04 pm - Hello all,I have a set of older but unused Lewmar 16CST winches which I am trying to decide between selling or using. I figure they are worth about $4...
Aug 25, 2009 - 05:50 pm - Nothing beats a self tailing winch. Use them for the Jib sheets, or I even have self tailing on my halyards. Much easier for one person at the mast, e...

Liberty 28 => Westsail 28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 05, 2008 - 08:41 pm - Hello all,I'm visiting your forum to find out if any of you can give me any information on a Liberty 28 Custom Cutter. The boat I'm in the process of ...
Apr 05, 2008 - 09:11 pm - Steve,I remember looking at a couple Liberty 28s in comparison to the W28. They're similar, but definitely different designs and molds. Aside from gen...
Apr 06, 2008 - 09:38 am - Hi Steve,You should try posting this question down in the Ask Bud section. Bud Taplin was the general manager for Westsail back in the day, and if the...
Apr 06, 2008 - 09:05 pm - Thanks all. I wrote to Bud and he couldn't comment about the Liberty 28 either. Adios.

Lightning Protection???   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 09, 2005 - 04:23 pm - Hey Folks,Julie and I have gone through everyone's input concerning SSB grounding and we've come to the solution of not connecting the copper foil to ...

List Of Famous Westsail Boats   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 20, 2006 - 04:18 pm - How about a list of famous westsail boats?I bring this up as I noticed a boat's history, I believe the history of the 32 Kemancha, who dignified herse...
Sep 21, 2006 - 08:52 pm - I was trying to buy Kitka, a well equiped '74 W32, until Warner Brothers with their deep pockets showed up and bought it out from underneath me and re...
Sep 21, 2006 - 10:56 pm - Steve and Vanessa,Thanks. What a great story. I am thinking I can start the list. Heck, I've done alot of research lately. So, the movie producers bou...
Sep 22, 2006 - 05:30 pm - Steve and Vanessa,I just thought you should know, the movie is based on a famous maritime and true story book by a guy named Junger called The Perfect...
Sep 27, 2006 - 08:33 pm - Not a problem, we found another great westsail that we actually like better.The story of Satori is one that is very well known here amongst many of th...
Sep 29, 2006 - 06:38 pm - Fame aside, lots of these boats have good stories behind them. I have managed to contact ALL the past owners of Amable and I'm writing up a "biogr...
Sep 29, 2006 - 07:16 pm - I could relate some real "horror" stories about Westsail boats and owners I have encountered. I wrote some of them up in past issues of Windbl...
Sep 30, 2006 - 03:25 pm - My thoughts on famous Westsails would beHull # 37 (name unknown), as I understand first Westsail 32SarabandSatoriMistral Ex/Nitka for movieCircumnavig...
Oct 01, 2006 - 01:57 pm - What was the name of Mate's westsail that he chronicaled in his book "From a Bare Hull"?
Oct 01, 2006 - 04:14 pm - I think that was "Warm Rain".
Oct 02, 2006 - 09:47 pm - Last I heard, the current owner of Warm Rain is in Canada somewhere. Lake Ontario, I belive.
Jul 21, 2009 - 05:47 pm - Guess we need to add Walter Cronkite's W42 to the list.Tough ain't it to have so many famous boats around to try to keep up with.And let's not forget ...
Jul 22, 2009 - 02:42 pm - I own Hull #36. Its original name was "Blade of Grass". It certainly was not a factory finished boat. From what Bud tells me this was hauled o...
Jul 22, 2009 - 05:28 pm - My, Randy, how far you have come. From you wanting to own one to one owning you! Ken
Jul 22, 2009 - 06:58 pm - Thanks Ken,I am cleaning up the galley to move aboard and go sailing. Thanks for trusting that I would. One shroud away.Randy
Jul 22, 2009 - 07:08 pm - Oh, BTW Ken,Just read the bottom of the ship's library you and Deb graciously left me, it was the Lin Pardey Care and Feeding of Crew title. Excellent...
Jul 23, 2009 - 12:41 am - Kia Ora,Our Westsail #425 Kabuki, is not a famous Westsail like some. But to us she is pretty darn special. We bought Kabuki here in New Zealand from ...
Aug 02, 2009 - 12:42 pm - I just read a book called 'The Race'. It was about the The Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race of '84 (held every 4 years) they did from the UK ...
Aug 02, 2009 - 05:49 pm - Damn!Great fleet.
Aug 02, 2009 - 06:06 pm - Voyage of Kabuki.The Race about OSTRA '84 UK to US, JTS Hubbard, W32 Johan Lloyd.Sounds like two great sea stories I would very much like to read, Wen...
Aug 02, 2009 - 10:03 pm - Please post info on where to find these books for all!Thnx~
Aug 02, 2009 - 10:40 pm - Notable W43's from past issues of Windblown and internet archives.Joe Osterman's #23 "Giuseppe" (Windblown VOL 10 #1 PG. 6)Bob Moran's #34 ...
Aug 02, 2009 - 10:54 pm - Also Eric Forsyth's well travelled W42 "Fiona"YachtFiona.com
Aug 03, 2009 - 03:13 am - Kia Ora, the "Voyage of Kabuki" is available on Amazon. The Author is David Walkup. I think this is a self published book, and is a refreshing...
Aug 11, 2009 - 04:07 pm - A gentleman stopped by our boat and gave me a CD with photos he had taken when he passed us in his motorboat in Nippigon Strait. He said he had alway...
Aug 11, 2009 - 06:10 pm - He does still own the boat, and I helped him with an engine replacement in New Hampshire a few years back. The first book paid for the boat. Another o...
Aug 11, 2009 - 07:15 pm - "Zen" was a required read in a graduate-level class I took years ago in Louisiana! When I saw it on the list at the beginning of the term I th...
Aug 18, 2009 - 05:06 pm - A little off-topic but that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance book, read it once, and it changed my life. I suddenly became a mechanic (mental...
Sep 06, 2009 - 05:57 am - As these boats are getting closer to 40 years old most of them have really interesting history. Not all of them may be chronicled but mine has been ac...
Sep 30, 2009 - 08:25 am - Rod lives! Good to see you. (a name change?)
Oct 03, 2009 - 10:56 pm - They are all famous boats. Just ask their owner.
Oct 04, 2009 - 12:23 pm - Rod, hows the dog? Been checking for updates but you seem to have stopped. I enjoy reading about your adventures. Ken (formerly on Satori)

Looking 4 WS 43 Hiatus   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 29, 2006 - 07:33 pm - Any know where Hiatus is? Or the owner. If memory serves me correctly he has an Autoprop and I need to get the size from him. For anyone w/ any info, ...

Looking For Charts For The Trent-Severn Waterway   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 27, 2007 - 06:18 pm - Anyone have charts of the Trent-Severn waterway they would like to sell?

Looking For Midship Cleat Ideas   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 24, 2009 - 08:41 am - I am looking for ideas for putting midship cleats on Jasmine. Are there any ideas that don't stub or break toes or foul sheets?Photos appreciated!than...
Aug 24, 2009 - 09:05 am - Rich,my boat has some very handly cleats just a foot or so forward of the mid-ship hawse-holes. They are probably 3" in length and are mounted to ...
Aug 24, 2009 - 10:49 am - Rich,Do you have a hawse pipe mid-ship? If so, you can use a wooden rod with a line hitched around it instead of a cleat. This way, when you're not do...
Aug 24, 2009 - 07:56 pm - Hey Aaron, that idea is really good! I have always wanted a mid-ship spring line but never wanted that ankle biter of a cleat. Thanks, Mark S/V Patric...
Aug 26, 2009 - 09:14 am - I have a track running down the side deck that the jib sheet blocks slide in. I found some cleats that fit the track, so, I can move them around if I ...
Aug 26, 2009 - 01:16 pm - Great idea Aaron,Think I'll keep my little cleat and use your wood rod approach at the dock.Randy
Aug 26, 2009 - 01:32 pm - Michael, Those cleats on the track are good for a line load coming down the track, such as from a genoa sheet. If the load is from the side, such as a...
Aug 26, 2009 - 02:13 pm - We,ve used the idea Aaron talks about for years. Works great. Instead of dowels we use 24" (more or less) scraps of 1" stainless tubing. Put t...
Aug 26, 2009 - 04:38 pm - I think the little cleats I inherited are a great set up for just a few bucks. They have never been the least bit in my way.However, thanks for the ti...
Aug 27, 2009 - 12:56 pm - Bud, thanks for the tip. I don't use the cleats for dock lines, and will be sure not to in the future. I usually use them for either a jib sheet, or t...
Aug 31, 2009 - 08:12 pm - I recently mounted cleats amidships just prior to leaving for a cruise. I was never at a dock but they were used many times in many different ways. Wh...
Sep 02, 2009 - 04:39 pm - I have a set of the rough bronze cleats that I think were original to the boat. I don't want them on the caprail because I don't want to foul a sheet ...
Sep 02, 2009 - 04:48 pm - Rich,Something like this would surely work, but I'd probably want to through-bolt it to the outside of the bulwark.Pop-up CleatsBest!Aaron

Looking For Star Chief   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2004 - 07:43 pm - I am trying to locate Michelle or Smitty Smith. They bought my Westsail 32 in 1998. I heard that it was damaged in the hurricane in Pensacola. It is n...
Jan 03, 2005 - 10:45 am - Hey Will... I was just over at Bud T.'s website and saw a listing for Scrimshaw... not sure if it's the same one... looks like it has been sold recent...
Jan 03, 2005 - 11:05 am - Star Chief was/is in Pensacola Fl. I saw it there a month or so before Ivan. The harbor it was in was seriously damaged.
Jan 04, 2005 - 04:09 pm - Try this link...http://www.everyboat.com/c/s/1977-westsail-32-cutter_1998.htm
Jan 04, 2005 - 07:42 pm - Thanks for the tip. That add is for my old boat. What marina was it in when you saw it? I sent a response to the add for Star Chief. Maybe they will g...
Jan 05, 2005 - 07:17 am - Sorry but I dont know the name of the harbor I just know how to get there. After Ivan came thru the local newspaper took aerial photos of the damage a...
Jan 06, 2005 - 12:26 pm - I saw Star Chief in early December in a boatyard in Pensacola on the waterfront. She was pretty badly damaged, but the local I talked to there did not...

Loosefooted Staysail Winch Size..?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 21, 2009 - 01:14 pm - What are people using?Thanks for any help
Feb 21, 2009 - 06:17 pm - I don't even use a winch on my loose-footed staysail --it';s a small sail, and doesn't take much strength to trim.
Feb 21, 2009 - 11:10 pm - Gary,I have a set of Lewmar 10's - little winky guys. You don't need much. Actually, I'm not sure I've ever used a handle with my stays'l sheet winche...
Feb 22, 2009 - 01:21 pm - I have Arco #10 winches available at a great price. Contact me directly.
Feb 22, 2009 - 02:29 pm - Thanks all
Mar 23, 2009 - 06:33 pm - I guess a better question would be: what is the load generated by a standard w32 staysail in say 35 knots..
Mar 24, 2009 - 12:09 am - Ahoy Gary,I made an attempt to answer that question on October 15th, 2006. Under "Sails" and then under "pressure on sheets".Good luck...
Mar 24, 2009 - 03:12 pm - Thanks Dave

M Dougan's Gaff Rig Underway At Youtube.com   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 23, 2007 - 11:25 am - Just found Michael Dougan's W32 gaff rigged in a video underway from Fl to NY. Great video. Thanks, Michael. Also, there's a great video of Fiona on h...
Aug 17, 2007 - 03:29 pm - Oh, I hadn't seen this post. Great, you caught the vid. I also have a slightly higher res version on the boat's website at http://www.greatsoftware.ne...
Aug 17, 2007 - 06:05 pm - This is not so much a question of "Gear for the Boat" as "Gear for the Boat for the Boat". Folks with outboard motors for their dingy,...
Oct 14, 2007 - 08:36 am - Hi, sorry, didn't see your post, hope you're still out there. I have a stern pulpit on my boat and I have a board that is shackled to the pulpit that ...

Mast Boot   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 12, 2008 - 02:15 pm - Anybody use them?
May 12, 2008 - 05:21 pm - The factory boats and the majority of the kit boats have deck stepped masts. Is your mast keel stepped?
May 12, 2008 - 05:56 pm - No, but I seem to have a leak. The PO confirmed he would get a little water and had contemplated a boot. Sounds like a ride up the stick is in order.
May 12, 2008 - 08:12 pm - Balance,There is a PVC pipe running through the deck directly under your mast through which the mast wiring runs. It's possible this has cracked and a...
May 14, 2008 - 09:27 am - Be sure to drill a hole in the side wall of the mast just above the base to drain any rainwater that has entered the mast. Also stick a stiff wire int...

Mast Tabernacle   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 16, 2004 - 09:24 pm - We've ended our Great Lakes run and tomorrow we will enter the Erie Canal to cross NY state.Thought I'd take a moment to brag. Vanessa and I we able t...
Sep 17, 2004 - 06:49 pm - Hey Steve, be sure to let me know when you're nearing NYC. Dinner in the City somewhere will be on me!
Sep 17, 2004 - 08:16 pm - Excellent!We'll take you up on it. Give us ten days or so. We don't feel like rushing too much like we did getting out of the Great Lakes.See you then...
Sep 18, 2004 - 07:44 am - For those interested in the process of lowering the mast here's a website of interest. It's not a Westsail but the principle is essentially the same.W...

Meeting Other Westsailors   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 18, 2005 - 10:24 pm - I'm new to the world of Westsail, and I'd love to meet some other Westsailors in the Los Angeles area. My boat, Inalla, is berthed in Wilmington.

Membership Survey   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 18, 2009 - 06:45 pm - From time to time we get requests from folks to get a logon and password so they can access the message board. There are two schools of thought on thi...
Dec 18, 2009 - 07:18 pm - People can always access the message board to read. They should pay the cheap dues for privileges to participate in the discussions by posting.Call me...
Dec 18, 2009 - 08:13 pm - Well said Randy. Mark, S/V Patricia A.
Dec 18, 2009 - 09:00 pm - Agree with Randy and Mark.
Dec 18, 2009 - 11:25 pm - Nothing is lost by allowing anyone at all to read the Message Board. But to post - now that should be a membership privilege.Equally hard hearted...
Dec 19, 2009 - 07:33 am - Are we experiencing a cash flow problem?It seems to me that participation in the board is pretty low with maybe 10 - 15 regular posters and perhaps an...
Dec 19, 2009 - 09:35 am - Anyone should be able to post on the message board; the problem is that people don't realize the board is free There isn't a "join" button on ...
Dec 19, 2009 - 11:32 am - I for one do not want 1000 people on this site. I say let them stay on the Cruiser Form. This site is for the WESTSAIL OWNERS ASSOCIATION. Mark S/V Pa...
Dec 19, 2009 - 01:56 pm - I think the draw should be else where on the Westsail site for member value/added services.Isn't a forum to exchange information. There are many model...
Dec 19, 2009 - 06:50 pm - I agree with Christian. The more the merrier IF things are moderated.pretty slow here otherwise.
Dec 19, 2009 - 06:54 pm - Cruiser's Forum (and others ) is supported by lots of advertising. The WOA site is not - it is supported solely by membership fees. That said, if WOA ...
Dec 19, 2009 - 07:42 pm - Personally I agree with the "let them read but pay to post" school of thought. While it's true that Cruisers' Forum, SSCA, etc. have lots of p...
Dec 19, 2009 - 07:43 pm - It is not OK to open up the WESTSIAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION to unpaid posters, I feel they can look but not post. Every time I go to a round up I get some...
Dec 19, 2009 - 07:54 pm - Hey Steve, as always you have nailed it. Mark.
Dec 19, 2009 - 10:30 pm - Mark,The forum has always been free for the public to post in, however one has to have a message board account created by one of the admins; you can't...
Dec 20, 2009 - 06:34 pm - I also agree with Steve's response. I have quit visiting many sites due to the self proclaimed "experts" who rail on about things that they do...
Dec 20, 2009 - 06:49 pm - A compromise might be that in order to post, one must register, and wait for confirmation from the webmaster. If they post any spam, or get obnoxious,...
Dec 20, 2009 - 10:42 pm - It would lock me out. I had to sell my boat so I could not justify re-joining just to post. If there was a problem I could see putting a lock on post...
Dec 21, 2009 - 07:33 am - All,The current system is set up such that anyone can register and post, but everyone must register via the administrators. Does anyone have a problem...
Dec 21, 2009 - 07:58 am - I don't think it's so much a problem with message content as it is financially supporting the whole show. The cost to join is petty small -- $19.95 fo...
Dec 21, 2009 - 11:04 am - I didn't realize that WOA membership was not currently required to post. The current system is working great as far as I'm concerned. And I wouldn't w...
Dec 21, 2009 - 12:10 pm - As a general rule, only members can post, but we've had a few (as in probably a dozen or fewer) folks ask for posting privileges without joining. It d...
Dec 21, 2009 - 12:40 pm - Aaron, I say that we leave it the same as it is right now. It seems to work just fine.
Dec 23, 2009 - 10:26 am - I second that. The way it is right now works just fine.
Dec 23, 2009 - 07:51 pm - OK, just for a little historical perspective (jeeze, have I been around here long enough to have an historical perspective?!). As far as I know, the m...
Dec 24, 2009 - 07:16 am - Michael, I agree. For anyone who owns a boat, membership should not break them;-) I too remember when spam brought the board to it's knees.Cheers,Mike...
Dec 25, 2009 - 10:40 am - I've had several very positive experiences with other groups' message boards, and each time I wanted to participate or contact a regular member I had ...
Dec 25, 2009 - 06:58 pm - No, the point (at least from my perspective) is that I don't have to delete posts about Sam's 12 inch long hotdog. The people doing this stuff are mos...
Dec 27, 2009 - 08:57 pm - Michael,As long as finances are not a problem and setting up new registered users does not take too much of your time, then I would vote to leave the ...

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 25, 2008 - 10:26 am - Good morning all,The Westsail Owner's Association wants to wish all of its members, and everyone else a very safe and merry Christmas, as well as a ha...

Miami   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 30, 2006 - 09:36 pm - Hi all,A post about dinghies just reminded me to make this post! I'm not currently an owner, but am interested in 32' and 28' Westsails as possible fu...

Miami Boat Show: Westsail Owner Meet-n-Greet   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 11, 2009 - 10:02 am - Hey all,Who all is planning to attend the Miami boat show some time during its open period, this Thurs to Monday (12th-16th)? If you are, post here an...
Feb 12, 2009 - 10:33 am - Aaron,You might want to go by the Gulf Coast Filter booth at the show. They are offering free shipping during the show. I just bought a F-1 Jr. filter...
Feb 12, 2009 - 09:19 pm - we will be there Sat. Lats & Atts party Sat. nite. as G. Bush Sr. said I will be in deep doo doo if my wife can't see Eric Stone, besides free bee...
Feb 13, 2009 - 01:40 am - Ed,I wish I could meet up with you all Saturday evening. Unfortunately, I have matinee and night concerts on the west coast of FL.Have fun with the fr...

Modifying Lazerette Hatch   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 12, 2007 - 12:45 am - Hi all,Our new W32, #482, has a removable, surface mount laz hatch. I've noticed on pictures of late-model W32s that a flush-mount hatch was molded in...
Jul 13, 2007 - 06:08 pm - Aaron, That idea will not work, as the fiberglass landing on the aft deck is completely different. Westsail made a fiberglass lazarette hatch that wou...
Jul 13, 2007 - 10:28 pm - Bud,I'd like to see a picture of the boat with the lexan hatch. The lazerette hatch just awkwardly in the way and oversized.Thanks for your help!Aaron...

Mold, Mildew, Rot, Fungus   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 03, 2009 - 09:26 pm - Just venting here!!These storms the past few days have uncovered leaks I have apparently been oblivious too. I noticed a drip under my forward hatch a...
Apr 04, 2009 - 08:45 am - We have had good luck in holding mildew growth down by adding zinc oxide powder to the paint just before application. We have used this inside of lock...
Apr 21, 2009 - 12:02 pm - Paul, my heart goes out to you, I'm in the same boat! tee hee
Apr 21, 2009 - 01:40 pm - Paul:Clorox clean up works great on the cleanup (Remember it has bleach in it)Fight Mold and fungus with (sealed boat (no leaks), airflow (Fans) rainp...
Apr 22, 2009 - 08:08 am - Work is progressing but slow. I definitely need to work on the ventilation aspect and air flow. The one solar vent is not enough. Has anyone used one ...
Apr 22, 2009 - 09:51 am - I have those portlight rain covers available now. Contact me by email if you are interested.

Mooring Set Up And Or Anchoring With All Chain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 11, 2008 - 01:00 pm - My boat is kept in a mooring field where once a year somebody breaks free and it aint pretty.My ground tackle is overkill, on purpose. The struts from...
Jun 12, 2008 - 02:15 am - I am looking for a similar solution to this as well. I have laid two stout anchors connected by chain to a swivel and nylon riser. However, I am now t...
Jun 12, 2008 - 12:19 pm - My boat is on a mooring with a double bridle setup. I have just made chafing gear at the point in the bridle where it touches the wire. So far so good...
Jun 16, 2008 - 01:14 pm - As Bud would say, "it's in the manual"What is not clear to me is how it is best to attach the line coming from the stem to the line(s) coming ...
Jun 16, 2008 - 01:16 pm - To clarify. In Bud's scenario the only time the line from the stem comes up through the roller and is cleated down is when it is not in use.
Jun 16, 2008 - 05:06 pm - Hi,I would love if there was a picture of this from your setup. I am currently using two, one inch thick nylon mooring lines to connect to the nylon r...
Jun 16, 2008 - 07:58 pm - There was a thread somewhere on this site about anchoring and how to keep the rode from chafing on the bobstay. The bobstay tang idea would solve the ...
Jun 17, 2008 - 07:35 am - I have been corresponding with Rod in Oz about this. For anchoring, he just snubs. (He is all chain). Remember he is a liveaboard and never at a dock ...
Jul 17, 2008 - 06:05 pm - We leave our boat on a mooring in the BVI all hurricane season. HEre is how I leave it.6 sand screws into the bottom, in two sets of three. Each set o...

Moving Aboard A 32: Tips?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 21, 2009 - 06:03 pm - Reality just visited me: when one goes cruising one really does have to live aboard the vessel. So, I would like to practice by moving aboard ASAP. It...
Apr 21, 2009 - 07:29 pm - All,Dito this question. I'll be moving aboard Asia Marie at the beginning of August, and will live aboard for at least six months while I finish under...
Apr 21, 2009 - 07:36 pm - Lots of caframo 12vdc fans, Home Depot (about $22) Mount using SS screws through the rubber suction fitting and no vibration. We have seven on our W32...
Apr 21, 2009 - 08:16 pm - Key comfort factor (don't shower below) in the slip or away from shore. Keep the H2O out of the boat.I had lived abord in Alameda CA for 3+ years....
Apr 21, 2009 - 08:20 pm - abord is the less exciting version of aboard OPPs
Apr 21, 2009 - 09:54 pm - Very interesting comments from Norm. Personally I've never lived aboard at dock or on a mooring long term. Under sail, you're king of the world, but m...
Apr 21, 2009 - 10:04 pm - We have lived aboard for about 18 months and have never felt like 3rd class citizen. I don't think it is the Norm (no pun intended) I do pass a six pa...
Apr 21, 2009 - 11:10 pm - All,FWIW, I'll be living aboard on a mooring.Thanks!~A
Apr 21, 2009 - 11:32 pm - Randy,I was very new to owning a sailboat when I decided to move aboard. I started out spending the weekends and then a full week. In my case I'm stil...
Apr 22, 2009 - 02:09 am - Don Thanks for the smile:I think the 3rd class thing is somewhat dependant on the length of the wait list for live aboard at your marina. The longer l...
Apr 22, 2009 - 09:29 am - Norm,Can't disagree with you about adjusting other peoples dock lines. In my case just about everyone on my dock has asked me to do that or to take ca...
Apr 22, 2009 - 12:37 pm - Jeff:Wow: That is tough, and I see your point but I still hate! water in the boat.I did not know how good We had it. my wife had complained about the ...
Apr 22, 2009 - 01:00 pm - OH I forgotThe best investment during my Live aboard time was the work trailer. Stored (Used) in the dry storage area with power (Sub a gen-set if not...
Apr 22, 2009 - 08:37 pm - Just do it! Debra and I lived on Satori quite a bit. In Texas in the summer, use the shore showers. Living aboard while working is tough. Clothes and...
Apr 23, 2009 - 05:53 am - Ken,Sounds like the two marinas I lived at while stationed at Eglin AFB a year ago. We had 2 Mikes, 2 Larrys, and 2 Roberts, and I was they guy living...
Apr 23, 2009 - 12:29 pm - Wow,That's alot of great feedback. Thanks for all. Think the original plan of showering on shore (not too far from boat) and sun showers will be the w...
Apr 23, 2009 - 02:10 pm - Hey Randy - it would be great to see some pictures of all the work you have done on Satori.
Apr 23, 2009 - 09:08 pm - I'll be working on some digital photos sooner or later. Sort of been putting it off, upgrading from my film to digital, not my idea of a good time. Us...
Apr 27, 2009 - 08:37 am - Don & Lana,you wrote: "Lots of caframo 12vdc fans, Home Depot (about $22)"I searched the Home Depot website and can't find anything like t...
Apr 27, 2009 - 01:11 pm - The Pardeys have a tip about living aboard when you have a real job (and a car, suits, dry cleaner, etc.)Get a membership in a gym that rents good-siz...
Apr 27, 2009 - 08:22 pm - Hi Steve,The Model Number is 747. The Bar Code on the package is 0 62503 74743 1. I bought mine at the local Home Depot in St Peersburg, FL.Hope this ...
Apr 28, 2009 - 08:31 am - Thanks, Don. I'll give that a try.-Steve
Apr 28, 2009 - 08:58 am - Hi Randy,One of the huge problems is finding a place for all the stuff you will bring on board. After you acccomplish that, you now have to know where...
Apr 29, 2009 - 08:48 pm - Dana and I lived aboard a CT 42 back in the early 80's for a couple of years. We were in Ventura CA. The marina was new and at first when there was em...
May 11, 2009 - 09:18 am - There's some excellent advice here. I'm impressed with those that can live on a 28 footer. I'm not living aboard right now, I don't even have a boat, ...

My Friend, Joe, Died   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 31, 2009 - 11:19 pm - Joe provided me ice in Hurricane Ike. He ran a convenience store nearby, and he died a few days ago. I just found out today. I guess he was about 62 y...
Sep 01, 2009 - 03:45 pm - Sorry to hear, Randy.Just take her out and sail her. Very little chance you'll hurt her, though most of us have run aground, or made some other blunde...
Sep 01, 2009 - 06:20 pm - Randy:Sorry to hear about your friend untimely passing.I second Michael's notion - just take her out and start building your experience.
Sep 01, 2009 - 08:16 pm - Randy,I know that first-sail-on-the-new-boat feeling all too well. We migrated from a Soling (26', 2000 lb, 3-man racer - no deck) to a Westsail about...
Sep 01, 2009 - 11:07 pm - Hey Mates and BudI've almost bought Solings and Cal 40s and such, both of which have sunk (on best info and belief in the Houston Ship Channel or ther...
Sep 02, 2009 - 10:26 am - ^^^^^^^^^^^^Well put, Randy!
Sep 02, 2009 - 09:51 pm - Thanks, Fred, but here's another one.Joe turns out to have been my junior by a couple of years, poor guy. He's not the only example of folks that I re...
Sep 04, 2009 - 08:29 am - Randy, I know just what you're feeling. Retirement two years ago was a huge mental adjustment - I'd seen my father-in-law retire and sit on his butt a...
Sep 04, 2009 - 08:43 am - What a great message to wake up to Tom. I always envy those of you with Navy experience. You know you have serious training. Yet, I read the same thin...
Sep 04, 2009 - 10:55 am - I hope you all go soon. Don't be like me. I ran out of time just as I was ready to go. After three heart attacks I only have about 40% of my heart le...
Sep 04, 2009 - 11:26 am - I don't think that there is any such thing as 'retiring on a boat'. hehe, you're just trading one endless job for another one that you'll probably lik...
Sep 04, 2009 - 01:09 pm - Randy, Just pick up and go for it. We have cruised "agape" for 2 summers now, with 2 small "non-sailing" kids and "non sailing wif...
Sep 06, 2009 - 08:00 am - Wow,Sounds like it's gonna be fun. Thanks for all the positive advice. I'm busting tail trying to finish up enough to at least get a good a sea trip u...

My New Boat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 14, 2005 - 09:25 am - Hello allWell, in the end Jayne and I decided to buy a different boat to the W32. We would like to thank you all for the information though.If anyone ...
Mar 14, 2005 - 07:07 pm - Well, I'm sorry you didn't join the Westsail family but that is a VERY nice looking boat Joe!I wish you and Jane only fair winds and following seas!Ma...
Mar 15, 2005 - 02:08 am - Would be super to meet up Mike, and yes, certainly will say Hi to all WS owners. We would like to be in the Caribbean either Xmas this year, or more p...
Mar 19, 2005 - 07:42 pm - Hi Joe and Jayne... opps, when you mentioned you'd found your new home, I naturally assumed it was a Westsail home ;) However, you can still send us t...
Mar 20, 2005 - 01:51 am - Hi MichaealOk, here goes.Details as follows.Make / Model - Seastream Yachts 34 Pilothouse KetchYear - 1978Name - RuddlesReg Port - Isles of Scilly UKT...

Mystery Boat??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 29, 2007 - 10:04 am - ok, so there is this boat, 'arctic autumn' sitting here in seward, alaska... she's either a '32 or '28, stripped down i find it hard to tell... all ne...
Jun 30, 2007 - 11:34 pm - I saw the Artic Autumn today on my stroll through the small boat harbor. The boat is a 32 footer. But that is all I know. It has roller furling boom. ...
Jul 01, 2007 - 12:50 am - Hello there, yep, Orion's me- Are you a past, present or future Westsailer??bgs
Jul 02, 2007 - 05:43 pm - I am a present Westsailer. My boat is currently in Long Beach. I am working in Seward for the summer. If you would like to get together let me know. I...
Jul 02, 2007 - 09:56 pm - W32 #586 is Arctic Autumn, owned by Joe McLin of Wasilla, AK.
Jul 03, 2007 - 12:11 am - thanks bud- appreciate that. and hello henry! ahhh, seward... i do occasionally actually get down to seward and my boat~! 'someday'......

Natural Oil In Teak   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 04, 2007 - 08:16 am - Okay, we got all the teak except the decks sanded and re-oiled (using Watco Teak Oil as was used originally) and it all looks really good. Hadn't plan...
Sep 04, 2007 - 09:04 am - It is generally exposed that just below the grey "oxidized" surface about 1000th of an inch fresh oil remains. See link http://www.yandina.com...
Sep 05, 2007 - 08:06 am - Thanks, Chris. You say that you are using tung oil "cut initially with...". Does that mean that you are no longer cutting it but are now using...
Sep 05, 2007 - 09:28 am - I have found that because of the natural oil in the teak about three coats of the tung cut 50% with the citrosolve seems about right. If you would lik...
Sep 06, 2007 - 06:26 am - P.S. We have pics of before and after of the wood refinising project if any of the members would like to see them.CB
Sep 06, 2007 - 10:30 pm - Chris,I'd enjoy seeing some photos.Shady quarters,Aaron N.
Sep 07, 2007 - 10:07 pm - I would like to see photos of your project as well. We all face the same challenges with our Westsails and it is informative to see how others address...
Sep 08, 2007 - 05:58 am - Why not send the pictures to the Windblown editors so that they can publish them in the fall edition?
Sep 08, 2007 - 07:30 am - That sounds like a good idea, is there a way to post pics to this thread?
Sep 08, 2007 - 03:37 pm - To post pics to the msg. board, click on "Help/Instructions" at the bottom of this page and go to "formatting" - the instructions for ...
Mar 15, 2008 - 11:20 am - I have a similar issue with my '74 W32 Devon's Whisper (hull # 128). The teak needs to be thoroughly cleaned and brightened. I was considering sealing...
Mar 15, 2008 - 05:07 pm - The prblem with most sealers is they contain petroleum distillates. These will soften the polysulphide seam caulk. Best bet on teak decks is to clean ...
Mar 15, 2008 - 05:44 pm - This 3 year sealant by Thompson is a little different than the regular 1 year stuff I use at home on my decking. It is much more viscous, is lightly p...

Nautical Star??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 01, 2004 - 03:27 am - I have searched high and low on purchasing a bronze nautical star for our Westie's bowsprit. Does anyone have any leads as to where I might be able to...
Apr 01, 2004 - 10:36 am - try this site for your star.http://www.woodenboat.org/store/folder.asp?f=162
Apr 01, 2004 - 03:14 pm - RschengThank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!! You definitely put a smile on my face today!Vanessa
Apr 01, 2004 - 03:48 pm - Dont smile till you see if it fits. If it does then please post it on here I want one for mine too.
Apr 01, 2004 - 09:55 pm - They fit. I have one. Same source. But you need a bronze taper head bolt to affix them and a tapped hole in the front-piece-thingy-that-I'm-sure-has-a...
Apr 04, 2004 - 11:25 pm - Well I ordered mine the other day. My husband said that the bowsprit end-cap width is 4 inches and the star is 3, so we should be perfect. Thanks agai...
Apr 05, 2004 - 01:57 pm - I ordered mine too. Since my endcap is currently laying on a pallet underneath my boat installation of the star should be a breeze.Jeff
Apr 05, 2004 - 04:42 pm - I can't believe that thing is simply called a bowsprit endcap! Entirely too logical. Even I could have come up with that! Are you sure it isn't a "...
Apr 06, 2004 - 02:46 am - To clarify this endcap issue, I said, "the 'eyeband' at the end of the bowsprit is 4 inches." Vanessa misquoted me here. I just need to set th...
Apr 06, 2004 - 08:42 am - my star arrived in the mail the other day and it appears lopsided. Oh well. Mounted way out on the endcap/eyeband/bludgeon sny locker who will be able...
Apr 13, 2004 - 01:49 pm - Is this what you're talking about? ;)http://www.greatsoftware.net/Sannyasin/images/Sannyasin13.jpg
Apr 13, 2004 - 07:58 pm - Tha's the right thing, but it's in the wrong place. It goes on the bludgeon sny locker! Talked to Bud at the West Coast (FLA division) Roundup and he ...
Apr 13, 2004 - 11:18 pm - It goes on the eye band!Steve
Apr 13, 2004 - 11:22 pm - Well my "smarty" husband can keep calling it an "Eye Band"!! I'm sticking with "End-Cap"!! Makes more sense to me ;-) Besides,...
Apr 14, 2004 - 10:40 am - Well, there's my wife for you - form before function.After all, who cares if the eyeband/endcap/bludgeonsnylocker holds up the mast, as long as it loo...
Apr 18, 2004 - 09:30 am - So, the star belongs here?http://www.greatsoftware.net/Sannyasin/images/Sannyasin17.jpgI'm with Vanessa, I never would have figured out what you're ta...
Jul 15, 2004 - 10:57 am - Correct!
Jul 16, 2004 - 07:36 pm - Is there some tradition behind having a nautical star on the bowspit?
Jul 17, 2004 - 07:07 pm - From what I have heard, some of the first sailors of the ocean considered it good luck to have the North Star in clear view during night time sailing ...
Jul 18, 2004 - 05:11 pm - ARrrr.. Ye say it to be a North Star for the ship eh? Aye, then so it shall be! Good luck is always welcome onboard!
Jul 28, 2004 - 08:31 am - FYI, I ran across a bronze nautical star on eBay:http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2485441354Kinda small (1 3/4" p...
May 26, 2005 - 11:22 pm - just for the record, the bowsprite end cap is a "cranze iron"cheers
Oct 16, 2008 - 07:22 pm - Port Townsend Foundry has bronze stars. The 3"star fit on the end of the cranze iron on my W32.http://www.porttownsendfoundry.com/jewelry.htm

Nav Lights: WS V. Rowboat: Difference? Revelation Pequeno   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 07, 2007 - 09:15 pm - So, here I am, a year into research and back to Chapman's from 25 years ago. I have had a revelation to share with the group. It was a recurring theme...
Mar 07, 2007 - 09:25 pm - Randy,I'm not entirely sure what you mean here. According to the US nav rules, sailboats must show sidelights and a stern light, or, if under <20m...
Mar 08, 2007 - 09:33 am - The Word:http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/fedreqs/equ_nav.htm
Mar 09, 2007 - 08:20 am - Thanks guys, I especially like the graphics, Mike.Mike's graphics/comments make my point. It says flat out that oar boats should carry the same lights...
Mar 09, 2007 - 09:38 am - Randy,As someone who has been at sea, I can honestly say that I've never looked out at a set of nav lights and thought "Hmm, that's gotta be an oa...

Navico Equipment   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 14, 2006 - 09:46 am - I have some New Navico equipment, Knot meter,depth gauge, tiller pilot that came with our vessel when purchased. Does anyone have experience with this...

Navigation Lights   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2009 - 08:13 am - At the boat this weekend, I started checking out the nav lights. Things got confusing fast. First off, the breaker panel is a stock 1977 W28 panel. So...
Mar 09, 2009 - 09:38 am - Steve,yeah, mine are equally confusing although completely different. I have read in the rule book that "red over green" is allowed for a cert...
Mar 09, 2009 - 09:45 am - I believe that some of your wires were simply not connected to the correct switches.I do know that the red over green lights on the mast are no longer...
Mar 09, 2009 - 02:12 pm - Thanks for your insight, Bud. I'm definitely going to change everything to LED. I also think that, after straightening out which wire goes where, I'll...
Mar 09, 2009 - 04:10 pm - Just my two cents - I was also going to do away with the red over green as being obsolete, but then checked with my brother who is a Lt. Commmander in...
Mar 09, 2009 - 09:58 pm - "Red over green" on the mast are recognized and legal. Who says so is the Collision Regulations (Colregs), which are definitive. I have the 20...
Mar 10, 2009 - 07:35 am - Hmmm.... more food for thought. The only issue I have with the quote from Colregs is that they call for "two all around lights...". Mine are d...
Mar 11, 2009 - 08:24 am - I'd vote for the masthead lights... One of my scariest moments in a boat was sailing at night on a rough, dark, and misty night on LI Sound. Only 4' s...
Mar 17, 2009 - 02:49 pm - LED technology is developing faster than any other electronic componet during this energy crunch. There are regular base screw in lights now available...
Mar 22, 2009 - 08:50 pm - > You should check out this website www.Ledlight.com.That looks like a good site.My boat is all LED. I get them from http://www.autolumination.com...
Mar 22, 2009 - 09:42 pm - Not to change the subject too much - is anyone aware of a sternlight in the series 25 range that has botton instead of rear cable entry?The aqua signa...

Need A Favor If Possible   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 19, 2006 - 04:56 pm - I've removed my fuel tanks for cleaning and as I re-install them I'd like to replace the SS fastners someone previously used for the bronze deck fills...
Sep 19, 2006 - 06:30 pm - Mike,I'd be more than happy to help you if it become necessary. I did find a source www.boltdepot.com that offers individual silicone bronze bolts and...
Sep 20, 2006 - 09:01 am - Thanks for the pointer to Bolt Depot... check your email.For what it's worth, I discovered you can remove the fuel tanks (both original & Bud's re...
Sep 20, 2006 - 02:16 pm - Mike, I have some of the bolts and nuts you are looking for. Let me know where to send them. No charge.

Need Help Moving A W32 On The Erie Canal, June 17   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 02, 2007 - 12:01 pm - Anyone interested in helping transit the Erie canal on a W32 from Halmoon, NY (near Albany) to Oswego, NY (on Lake Ontario) starting on June 17th? Sho...
Jun 02, 2007 - 06:06 pm - I can make those dates. You can e-mail me off-site at whealy2 at cox dot net if you still need help and want to talk more about it.Bill Healy
Jun 18, 2007 - 03:39 pm - I plan to make the same transit but thte oposite way. Toronto to Albany in the fall. I am interested to learn the best way to store the mast on the de...
Aug 31, 2007 - 03:15 pm - Terence, We lowered and raised the mast using the Westsail "do-it-yourself" method described in the westsail manual. The hardest part was movi...
Aug 31, 2007 - 05:08 pm - In case you need it, I have a video of the procedure used in lowering the mast. Contact me directly if you want a copy.

Needed For The Spring 2007 Windblown   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 18, 2007 - 03:43 pm - The Spring Windblown is starting to take shape. It will hit the streets on March 20th?the First Day of Spring. We are starting to receive surveys back...

New Guidebook   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 27, 2008 - 10:37 am - There is a new Cruisers guidebook out called "Sea of Cortez -A Cruisers Guidebook" and has become a favorite to cruisers in the sea. It would ...
Jan 18, 2009 - 11:11 am - Thanks for the kind words about our new guide. If anyone would like more information about "Sea of Cortez - A Cruiser's Guidebook", you can ch...

New Ham Operator Seeking Elmer   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 13, 2008 - 09:34 am - I inherited a Kenwood HF transceiver that appears to be good condition with antenna and insulators and connectors onboard. Took the Technician amatere...
Apr 16, 2008 - 12:57 am - Just recevied fcc call sign KE5TZG. That would be Kilo Echo 5 Tango Zulu Golf.I think that's right and ready to transmit.Randy

New To Us   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 30, 2006 - 10:19 pm - Tomorrow, the papers will be signed and we will be the new sailers of El Gitano moored in Anacortes WA, hope to carry on the tradition and sail her to...
Jan 31, 2006 - 08:34 am - congrats!hope you have fairwinds and following seas.(those help on our wetsnails)richSVJasmine
Feb 01, 2006 - 06:55 pm - Congratulations! We've been watching that boat, she's a beauty. Let us know if you cruise down via central CA, we'd love to meet up and swap tips.Chri...
Feb 04, 2006 - 02:11 am - Congratulations! Looks like a pretty W32 (I checked it out on Yachtworld). Hope to see you at September's Westsail RDVU!David MosbachW32 Dovehttp://th...
Feb 06, 2006 - 08:00 pm - Thanks for all the kind words, we do plan on attending the September's RDVU. We will be moving El Gitano down to the Swantown marina in Olympia someti...

New User Introduction   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 12, 2008 - 11:19 am - Hi, my name is Chris I'm a welder from Covington Louisiana which is about 35 miles north of New Orleans. I came across this site from another site cal...
Dec 12, 2008 - 01:00 pm - Hello Chris and welcome to the Woa! you will meet some wonderful people here and get lots of great info and advice.Have fun looking looking for your W...
Dec 12, 2008 - 01:31 pm - Chris,Willkommen!The Westsail 32 is likely a better bang for your buck than the Southern Crosses. The SCs scare me though as many have foam-cored hull...
Dec 12, 2008 - 10:46 pm - ChrisI had a SC31 which I sailed to the Bahamas. Nice boat but it does have some problems. Nearly lost a rudder because of electrolysis - they only ha...
Dec 12, 2008 - 11:56 pm - Thanks John yes seems like I read some where that the two attachment points for the rudder should be replaced with bronze on teh SC31. I'm sure the we...
Dec 13, 2008 - 06:15 am - Always get a kick out of peoples concerns over boat speed. Boat is goes 6.78 kts and Boat B goes 6.73 kts. Well boat B is slower. LOLIHMO boat speed i...
Dec 13, 2008 - 12:40 pm - yeah Dave it's weird I see some boat for the specs they say top speed is like 5 knots then somewhere you will read with these sails and this much wind...
Dec 13, 2008 - 04:20 pm - Chris,Westsails sail as well as most other boats in their class when sailed well.Cheers,Aaron
Dec 14, 2008 - 02:59 pm - Chris:Dave has it correct: for ref. We (with a clean bottom, Ok sailor, and a old set of sails) can average 120Kt/day. in good conditions (deep broad ...
Dec 17, 2008 - 06:39 pm - Two other things that can help a bottom, a feathering prop and flush through hull fittings. Years ago Michigan wheels told me that the difference betw...
Dec 18, 2008 - 04:24 am - yeah I've seen those folding props and all but if I wanted one of them I'd just buy a racer type of boat i guess lol but yeah why not a two blade if i...
Dec 18, 2008 - 06:32 am - Michigan Wheel told me that at speed there was no difference in a two / three blade prop provided they were correct for the engine and boat. However a...
Dec 18, 2008 - 05:54 pm - Problem with a two blade prop on these boats is that every half revolution both blades are out of the waterstream behind the aft end of the keel. More...

New W43 Owner In NZ Just Joined   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 12, 2007 - 04:43 am - Hi Everyone, Just wanted to say that we just bought "Nerissa", W43 #37, here in New Zealand. We plan to keep it in Auckland where we will do s...
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:43 am - Welcome Rich and Emily,Congratulations on your new purchase. I hope "Nerissa" brings you many adventures and memories of a lifetime.I have bee...
Apr 01, 2007 - 05:29 pm - Hi Rich & Emily,Welcome! Hey, do you guys want to have a rendezvous (sp??) in Auckland in the next couple of weeks? We are in Westhaven until 17 A...
Apr 11, 2007 - 02:52 am - Hi Jill and Bruce,I'm afraid we may have missed you as we just brought the boat around from Tauranga to Auckland over the Easter Weekend. Before that ...

New Westsail Site   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 26, 2008 - 05:40 am - I've broken down and started to put info up about our boat and the restoration. So, if anyone is bored and nothing better to do here she be: http://sv...
Mar 27, 2008 - 07:43 pm - Dave,She looks absolutely gorgeous
Mar 30, 2008 - 01:33 am - Ahoy Dave,Both efforts look Great. Thanks. And when you get through Panama just turn NW for about 5000 miles and stop and raft up for a Latte.Dave
Mar 30, 2008 - 01:59 pm - Hey Dave,Looks great! Congratulations. Hope you get to enjoy all your hard work now.

Next Rendevous?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 08, 2005 - 02:41 pm - Hi all, when is the next Westsail rendevous and where please?. It would be great to meet owners and members and look over some great boats.Thanks all....
Feb 12, 2005 - 08:55 am - Well, we're going to be talking to all the usual Rendezvous hosts later this month, and hopefully get the site updated soon. As a general rule of thum...

Offshore Experience   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 16, 2008 - 05:19 pm - I'm thinking about going for my coast guard license and need sea time. I'm wondering if there is a website where people who need crew meet up with cre...
Sep 16, 2008 - 07:00 pm - You could try http://www.cruisersforum.com/ as I have seen crew wanted and boats wanted on there from time to time. There is also a web site dedicated...
Sep 16, 2008 - 07:25 pm - www.7knots.com
Sep 16, 2008 - 09:28 pm - Knew I'd find it eventually: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f30/
Sep 17, 2008 - 07:50 am - Cruiser's forum, Sailnet and Cruiser Log all have areas for this.
Sep 17, 2008 - 08:17 am - John -I believe all of these sites have suggestions on how to post to improve your chances. It's a good idea to read and heed. As you will see from re...
Sep 17, 2008 - 02:59 pm - Fantastic... I'll check out all these resources. Thanks!
Sep 17, 2008 - 06:27 pm - John,You don't necessarily need "offshore" time to get a captains license, but you do need "sea" time. It depends on which license you...
Sep 21, 2008 - 09:15 pm - I've been sailing since I was a kid, but always in the big pond called Long Island Sound. You can always learn something on a sailboat, but at this po...
Sep 27, 2008 - 01:38 am - John, when I bought my Cape Dory 26 5 years ago I hired a licensed captain to deliver it here (Galveston Bay in TX) from New Orleans with me as crew. ...
Sep 30, 2008 - 08:20 am - John, in the upcoming Windblown newsletter, there is a member who is looking to bring his new (to him) Westsail down from Maine to VA (I think) and ev...

Old Issues Of "Windbag" Available   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 29, 2008 - 09:46 am - I pulled nine issues of the old "Windbag" magazine out of my boat when I bought it and if anyone is interested in them I'll pass them on for t...
Sep 29, 2008 - 11:08 am - Tom,Seems like something that'd be nice to digitize and have available to all members.Colleen, if the association will pay the shipping of these to me...
Sep 29, 2008 - 11:34 am - Hey, Aaron, if the WOA won't pay the shipping, I will. I'd love to see these things. Especially the article about the new W28. Thanks for offering to ...
Sep 29, 2008 - 12:29 pm - Steve,Thanks for the offer. I'll let you know. I would pay, but I have about $50 to my name; definitely a poor college student!Cheers!Aaron N.
Sep 29, 2008 - 07:17 pm - Please, just make sure you digitize them at a high resolution so people can enlarge them and look at the detail.
Sep 29, 2008 - 07:46 pm - WOA will cover shipping cost -- just send me a receipt and I'll send you a check.Terry ShoupWOA Treasurer
Sep 30, 2008 - 05:19 pm - OK, I'm just glad that someone else is interested in these - I couldn't bear to just toss them away. Aaron, I'll send them to you in a couple of days ...
Oct 02, 2008 - 10:36 pm - Tom, thank you for making these available.Aaron, thank you for willingness to digitize them and put them on the WOA.Terry, thank you for the WOA's pay...
Oct 02, 2008 - 10:48 pm - I have a photocopy of the original W28 brochure dated 2/76. It shows the originally estimated displacement of 9500 lbs rather than 13,500. Two pages o...
Oct 02, 2008 - 11:39 pm - Aloha Group, If you want to expand on this I can contirbute the Summer of 74 Spring and Winter of 75 and three of the issues from 1973. David.
Oct 03, 2008 - 09:55 am - George,I'd love a copy of the W28 brochure. The best deal would be if you could scan it at high resolution and then put a copy in the files section of...
Oct 03, 2008 - 05:01 pm - I have the Westsail Cruising Letters from August '75 through December of '76. I think these are different than the items you are referring to. I will ...
Oct 04, 2008 - 12:28 am - Anyone with interesting westsail sail data can send it to me. I'll make it available in the Member's Area when I can.Click my name on the left to emai...
Oct 15, 2008 - 06:12 pm - Tom Koehl,I received the issues of windbag today. Thank you so much for sending them - they're great. I'm excited to make them available to members; t...
Oct 15, 2008 - 06:54 pm - Aaron -I have some old Windblowns, too. As soon as you get the others up I'll send you any that I have that you don't. That will give me time to find ...
Oct 21, 2008 - 05:46 pm - I was just reading through the Windbag's today (Thank-you Aaron and Tom). Great stuff! Did you know that Robin Knox-Johnson was a Westsail Representat...
Oct 21, 2008 - 07:24 pm - I have a copy of the video, and have transfered it to DVD, and have shown it at many of the rendezvous. If any one wants a copy, contact me directly.
Oct 22, 2008 - 08:16 am - Wait! Does this mean the Windbags have been posted somewhere and are now available for download? Or did Michael just get a sneak preview?-Steve
Oct 22, 2008 - 08:59 am - All,The nine copies of Windbag Tom Koehl sent me are available for downloading the Member's Area.- Click the "Member's Area" link in the main ...
Oct 22, 2008 - 03:13 pm - Nice! The 70's sure look like fun! I almost forgot. Should have gone sailing to Tahiti, instead of going to college :-)
Oct 22, 2008 - 05:24 pm - Aaron,I think I have some you need. I haveIII, 4IV, 1,2,3,4V, 1,2VI, 1,2,3,4Let me know which you need and where to ship them.Ken SchatzEllipsis
Oct 22, 2008 - 06:11 pm - Ken,I would appreciate your sending:III #4IV #2V#1If you have access to a good scanner, an electric, .pdf scan of them would be easiest. If not, feel ...
Oct 22, 2008 - 09:01 pm - I also have some back issues of Windbag. Let me know which ones you need.
Oct 22, 2008 - 09:47 pm - Bud,All of V1, V2, V3 #1-3, V5 #4, V7 and beyond.Cheers!Aaron N.
Nov 10, 2008 - 01:43 pm - Aaron,I have V2#2, V3#1,#4, V4#1,#2,#3,#4, V5#1,#2,#3,#4, and V6#1,#2. I also have the "Westsail the World" seven page brochure, a number of 8...
Nov 13, 2008 - 09:05 am - Ken,I just got your magazines from the address you sent them to. I'm sailing from St. Augustine to Miami tomorrow, so I'll try to make them available ...
Nov 21, 2008 - 04:32 pm - Hey all,Just added the three issues of Windbag Ken sent:V3, No. 4V4, No. 2V5, No. 1Check them out in the member's area!Cheers,Aaron N.
Nov 21, 2008 - 07:59 pm - Thanks Aaron...really enjoying these!
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:00 am - Thanks Aaron. I can't wait to get to work (wait, did I just say that??) to download them. Takes over an hour per issue on my dial-up at home but just ...
Jan 26, 2009 - 05:57 pm - Hey all,I just added two more volumes of Windbag to the Member's Area. Bud provided me with V3, No. 1 and V5, No. 4. Have a look when you can!Thanks B...
Jan 29, 2009 - 08:14 am - Thanks Aaron and Bud. I drop everything else to read each new issue as it's posted. I love those old magazines. They remind me of all the things I can...

Painted Plywood Floors   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 29, 2006 - 06:43 pm - Hi all -We have the original painted plywood floors in Amable - anxiously awaiting the day & small fortune required to upgrade to a real boat sole...
Sep 29, 2006 - 06:56 pm - Even though it is temporary I would stick with a marine paint. Either Interlux Bilgekote or Premium Yacht Enamel witha bit of interdeck or play sand s...
Sep 29, 2006 - 07:13 pm - Get some pool and deck paint from Home Depot. It is nonskid and water resistent.
Oct 01, 2006 - 08:30 am - I second Bud's suggestion. Many of the new epoxy/latex garage/deck paints will suit your purpose until you can upgrade. They are also inexpensive.

Painting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 17, 2009 - 07:14 pm - Hey all,Does anyone know of or have a high quality painting, drawing, or sketch of a W32? Many other boats have nice artwork, so I'd be curious if our...
Jan 18, 2009 - 10:44 pm - I'm planning on doing a painting of my W32, depicted either sailing or at anchor in some beautiful, tropical setting with palm trees, turquoise water,...
Jan 19, 2009 - 01:47 pm - Fred Beautiful!! We have been kicking around the idea of getting some artwork done of the boat for our salon as well, can't wait to see what you come ...
Jan 19, 2009 - 04:45 pm - I have seen some of Fred's work and I would love to see the westsail painting.Maybe Fred could paint from some member's photos we could send them to h...
Jan 19, 2009 - 07:21 pm - Fred and WOA staff,If you do wind up creating a painting of our boats, it might be nice to offer prints on the "WOA Gear" page I'm going to ma...
Jan 22, 2009 - 09:47 am - I have a couple of good photos of the Westsail Zoe under sail on the Hudson River... a good artist could probably subsitute some Hawaiian islands for ...
Jan 22, 2009 - 09:50 am - By the way, has anyone ever constructed a 3D model of a Westsail 32 using Maya or Autocad or other 3D modeling tool?

Pay Attention, Boat Values Post! Change.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 02, 2008 - 10:25 pm - Well, WOA members,Thanks to the Grand Architect we all have our boats. Bottom line: After 5-- I.E. five years-- of fighting a huge eminent domain, suc...

Philosophy Of Sailing Vs. Cost: Of Outfitting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 02, 2008 - 10:50 pm - So, there you go. I wanted to say that one could not reasonably expect that with haulout, surveyors fees, and oh yes, taxes, that one could expect to ...
Feb 08, 2009 - 07:57 pm - I thought I would post to this thread rather than start a new one for the sake of simplicity. I just wanted to share my recent thoughts on the philoso...
Feb 08, 2009 - 08:49 pm - Well, gee Frank,Your option, as I see it, is essentially to purchase a new Pacific Seacraft for 1/4 million+ $, and then invest time and money to ...
Feb 09, 2009 - 09:48 am - Randy,My post is by no means a criticism of yours or what you were talking about regarding getting your boat ready to cruise. I guess I should have ju...
Feb 12, 2009 - 09:52 am - Thanks, Frank,Certainly no offense taken, believe me. I'm just wrestling with my new old boat acquisition like I suppose everyone must do. I am just t...

Photos Of Bud   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 30, 2009 - 02:26 pm - Does anyone have good, high-resolution digital photographs of Bud Taplin that could be used with the profile I've written of him for Soundings Magazin...
Feb 01, 2009 - 04:29 pm - I have some from the last couple of SoCal rendezvous, but I don't know how much cropping they'll need. I can send them to you and you can determine yo...

Pilot House Westsail In MD   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 15, 2009 - 11:24 am - Hi Westsailors -Is there any chance any westsailor can get by the West River, particularly Galesville, MD to take me a few photos of the pilot house o...

Port Screens   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 25, 2006 - 08:31 am - I have a later model W32 with the oval (oblong)heavy bronze ports. I heard these were used on the early 80's pacific seacraft 34's. I called PS and th...
Feb 25, 2006 - 10:08 am - DonI have these same ports. Are the screen rings still inside your ports? When I redid my ports (sandblasted and new lexan) the screens were in such b...
Feb 26, 2006 - 07:49 am - Hi Jeff,No there are no rings and looks like there has never been anything inside the openings. I was hoping to find some screens with rubber flexible...
Feb 26, 2006 - 09:14 am - Check your dimmensions against the ports/ screens sold by new found metals. newfoundmetals.com
Feb 26, 2006 - 04:22 pm - Hi TomI wrote to them today based on your suggestion. I did not see any obvious solutions on their stock items. My ports (inside dimention) are13 1/8&...
Apr 25, 2006 - 04:18 am - Don and Margaret, you might check the Cape Dory website chandlery at http://www.capedory.org/stuff.html#moreCDstuffCape Dorys have 13-1/2" bronze ...
May 02, 2006 - 01:31 pm - Hi George,I did go on that site and sent an email to Screens of Schooner Bay. I'm not sure if he will make screens to fit my larger (taller) ports. Th...
May 02, 2006 - 02:23 pm - Hello All,I did write to Screens of Schooner Bay and I immediately got an email back from the owner John Danicic. He can be reached at john@johndanici...

Pound For Pound The W32 Is By Far Best Value On Market   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 02, 2008 - 10:32 pm - As of 2006 -2008 the W32 was in my humble opinion (and in my opinion remains) the best deal on the market. As a great mentor once told me, "Randy,...

Prop Options With Perkins 4-107   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 13, 2004 - 10:57 pm - Would like to find out about folding/feathering prop options on a 32.

Propane Oven   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 26, 2005 - 12:47 pm - I need to buy a new (or used) propane stove for my W32 - from what I've seen it's gonna be hard to find one that fits - What brands/models are ya'll ...
Feb 27, 2005 - 08:37 am - I'm still using our Seaward Princess 3-burner propane stove with oven that the previous owners installed back in the 80's. It is big, but we like to c...
Feb 27, 2005 - 09:12 am - Steve, I agree with that statement about everything tastes better. I lived on a 38' ketch for three years back in the 90s and I never ate or slept bet...
Mar 01, 2005 - 12:55 pm - We are in the process of ordering a Broadwater from Australia. They are all stainless and propane. We saw our first one one W/S Tortuga.
Mar 02, 2005 - 07:50 am - I have a gimbaled Force 10 SS 2 burner/oven propane stove in my W32. Fits perfect.When I bought my boat 'just in case' I contacted Force 10 about part...
Mar 02, 2005 - 02:22 pm - I will throw my 2 cents in on this one.If you can afford it, get the Broadwater. (it is the best stove and oven ) I have ever used; easy cleanup even ...
Mar 03, 2005 - 12:34 am - On Daemon we have a 2 burner Broadwater with oven - I think the model is Schooner. We aren't live-aboard (yet) and have found it fine. It took a bit o...
Mar 03, 2005 - 12:07 pm - Thak you all for your input - I just checked on the Broadwater 2 burner elec. start (2399.99 not including shipping from Down Under - ouch!) I'm leani...
Mar 03, 2005 - 06:15 pm - We just placed an order for a two burner Cuttter model from the Maxco, the manufactur. Total cost was $2150.00 including shipping. If you can get seve...
Mar 03, 2005 - 07:10 pm - I'm almost 99.44% positive it's the European compact model. I remember wondering how the boat ended up with a 'European stove'.I looked on my laptop b...
Mar 04, 2005 - 07:39 am - Fred,I installed a Force 10 three burner. North American Standard model 63351. Defender has it listed at $1220. It has thermostat control. I hang a th...
Mar 04, 2005 - 11:02 am - If you arent in a hurry you can watch ebay for one to come up. I got a brand new 2 burner force 10 for $500. I havent installed it yet but I have used...
Mar 14, 2005 - 09:21 pm - Sorry I took so long. Getting my condo ready for sale took longer than I planned. Good news is it's done and in the hands of the Realtor (Woo Hoo!).Th...

Proper Anchor For Reef And Rocks, Have Danforth Already   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 09, 2008 - 08:01 pm - What is the best anchor for the Bahamas and Caribbean reef. I have a danforth but looking for second type. What ya think?
Oct 10, 2008 - 12:00 am - Ian,Lets say "rock" so as to not offend my marine science side. That's to say, NEVER DROP THE HOOK ON A REEF!!!!!That said, fisherman anchors ...
Nov 02, 2008 - 03:24 pm - Ever tried a spade Aaron? They are also the "new generation" type anchor that look a lot like a Rocnas but should fit on the W32 bowsprit...I ...

Putting The Name On The Boat   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 20, 2008 - 10:52 am - I am making 'transom boards' or name plates or whatever you call them. Mahogony boards (one for each side), with the name carved out, gold leaf etc......
Aug 20, 2008 - 12:52 pm - Nanette,First off, is your boat documented? If so, your transom board letters must be 4" high! Also, if it's documented, is it documented as a com...

Quarterberth In W32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 18, 2008 - 10:02 am - Has anyone got a quaterberth in a westsail?I can figure it out I suppose, but why reinvent the wheel if ones already rolling?Thanks !
Jul 18, 2008 - 07:58 pm - One of WS's last config was a quarterberth. My guess is Bud has the drawings.Fair Winds
Jul 19, 2008 - 08:41 am - Thats what my dad had said too, but I didn't see that in the service manual that bud sells, or on any of the listings online.I guess i'll go to the 'a...
Jul 19, 2008 - 09:00 am - I was on a W32 once that had a QB on the stbd side. If I remember right, it was up kind of high, like maybe you had to climb over the chart table to g...
Jul 19, 2008 - 10:30 am - Most W32s have a battery tray and fuel tank where a quarter birth would be. And for as large as the engine bay is, it's surprisingly constricted!Fair ...
Jul 19, 2008 - 06:27 pm - My Westsail 32 has a quarter berth on the starboard side. It s totally accesable from in front of the chart table. I only use it for storage s the vee...
Jul 19, 2008 - 10:50 pm - Terence:I would love to see a picture of this, so if you already have one, or can take one easily, please post it for all to see. What effect does the...
Jul 20, 2008 - 08:44 am - I have a kit boat too, and it is fitted with an aft facing sit down chart table on the starboard side. we are thinkin of removing or rotating this tab...
Jul 20, 2008 - 04:01 pm - Brian, What happened to the engine on Fleetwood Sun? I remember the boat used to have the engine under a table in the main salon. Great to easily work...
Jul 20, 2008 - 04:08 pm - Westsail did install a quarterberth on some of the last boats. The quarterberth extended back into the engine room, with a shallow 17 gallon fuel tank...
Jul 20, 2008 - 07:41 pm - Hey Bud !Yeah, the yard at Nanny Cay ended up seizing the boat from Eva, and that was after they had yanked the engine for rebuild.I bought the boat l...
Jul 21, 2008 - 08:04 am - Son-of-a-gun if the QB that Bud described doesn't sound exactly like the factory set-up on the W28, except ours is on the port side. Don't have the re...
Jul 21, 2008 - 04:39 pm - A buddy here has a W28. I guess what I am really after is trying to plan out exactly what will fit into a w32 so I can ship parts to Tortola before my...
Jul 21, 2008 - 05:44 pm - oh, what height (perhaps from below deck or relative to cockpit sole) is the Qberth normally at on W32?Brian Duffyacht riggerwww.southboundcruising.co...

Question For Dave Kall Re: Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 27, 2007 - 02:01 pm - Hi Dave.Just received my SL Hyspeed from my ebay seller. As the weather has turned cold in NY I started breaking it down to clean and refurbish. The c...
Jan 27, 2007 - 04:08 pm - I'll look around and see if I have something with an old instruction manual.As you discovered the insides is basically bicycle parts; thus the 600 lb ...
Jan 27, 2007 - 05:18 pm - just a note to you guys. I was able to find stainless chain for my rebuild of my Famet furler at a bearing supply store. Just ask for "Stainless r...
Jan 27, 2007 - 07:02 pm - RichI am not sure you want to go SS on the chain unless you had corrosion issues. The ss only has about three quaters of the stength of carbon steel. ...
Jan 27, 2007 - 07:10 pm - Dave,My thoughts exactly, just wanted to confirm. No question about rebuilding the great old equipment and making it like new again, very rewarding. P...
Jan 27, 2007 - 07:13 pm - Dave,I should have mentionted that I used a gear puller to remove the gypsy, came right off.CB
Jan 28, 2007 - 01:51 pm - its not so much for the strength as that it is made more to industrial standards. Very well made and expensive. Most bicycle chain is very cheap chine...
Jan 28, 2007 - 03:57 pm - Problem I see Rich in switching to another chain is to make sure in the windlass the teath length is the same as the bicycle gog. Also what Norm said ...
Feb 01, 2007 - 07:20 pm - Did you guys say you are in New York somewhere? Moondance isn't that beautiful black hulled W32 I can see out of my window is it?
Feb 01, 2007 - 09:47 pm - Hi Mike,No our vessel is on the hard in Stony Point, starting our third year of a refit. We have spoke before your moored in the Liberty Landing corre...
Feb 22, 2007 - 06:21 pm - Just thought I would let you know I recently received this email from England. A source for repairs and replacement parts for Simpson Lawrence windlas...
Feb 23, 2007 - 07:32 am - Thanks Bud
Oct 14, 2008 - 12:51 pm - The Sailnet forum had a line of discussion about parts and service manuals for SL 555. They recommended going to Lewmar.com for a download of the S-L ...
Oct 14, 2008 - 09:19 pm - You can download a copy of the S/L 510 Hyspeed manual from the Lewmar web site. It is in the Product Lit. section.You can also order replacement parts...

R.I.P. Walter Cronkite - Fellow Westsailor...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 18, 2009 - 03:54 pm - For those who didn't already know this - Walter Cronkite was "an accomplished yachtsman and a member of the Edgartown, Massachusetts Yacht Club. H...
Jul 18, 2009 - 05:13 pm - He was also chased away from Norman's Cay in that westsail by the Lehder drug gang.Fairwinds and following seas, Walter. I wish there were folks like ...
Jul 18, 2009 - 06:24 pm - That's interesting about Norman's Cay - is there a written account of that incident? Sounds like a good read...
Jul 18, 2009 - 06:28 pm - It has been for sale in Ft. Lauderdale for years. they are using Cronkite's name to sell it for a premium price. I heard it's in poor shape
Jul 19, 2009 - 12:21 am - Ditto the 'Wish there were folks on the news like Water C' today sentiment. Didn't know he had been a Westsailor... All the more reason to celebrate t...
Jul 19, 2009 - 02:23 pm - just noticed on yachtworld that it's listed now for 88,950. after 5 years plus they must be getting desperate.
Jul 19, 2009 - 07:13 pm - Please correct, but did he also sail a Cape Dory?
Jul 20, 2009 - 08:35 am - I read somewhere that his last boat was a custom built 64' Hinckley...
Jul 20, 2009 - 05:24 pm - Now they're getting close to the correct price. The boat will take some work to bring her back to the glory days.Fair Winds
Jul 21, 2009 - 11:08 am - Apparently, Walter owned a few boats he named Wyntje (after his mother, if I remember correctly). The W42, a custom 48 foot Sunward which he donated t...
Jul 21, 2009 - 04:08 pm - It sure makes a person proud to know that one as great as Walter Cronkite went before us and chose our boat (albeit a bigger one than most of us).By t...

Re-commisioning Water Tanks?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 15, 2007 - 08:17 pm - Two stainless steel water tanks, system drained by thePO last fall- good (real good) local water- What, at a minumum, should I do to flush and clean s...

Really Nice Find!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 19, 2006 - 11:30 pm - Hello,For anyone who likes a very traditional looking product and top quality equipment, I found really beautiful, new CAST bronze nav. lights with re...

Redesigned Medicine Cabinet For Head   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 30, 2009 - 08:37 am - I have the urge to totally redesign the medicine cabinet in the head and need some feedback on large vs. small. At and OD of 13 x 18 inches, and with ...
Apr 30, 2009 - 09:59 am - Tom & Barb,I would opt for keeping at least part of the medicine cabinet fairly shallow (like only as deep as a large aspirin bottle). When you're...

Refrigeration   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 03, 2005 - 05:19 pm - For those with marine refrigeration units in their boat (not ice), what unit do you have and what's your opinion of it?
Apr 03, 2005 - 08:03 pm - We are now in the process of installing refrigeration. We choose to go with Glacier Bay and a vacuum panel box. The box is installed and we are waitin...
Apr 04, 2005 - 07:51 am - Perfect timing for this question. My Adler Barbour just gave up the ghost. The AB tech can't find any leaks but after recharging the freon it quit coo...
Apr 04, 2005 - 12:07 pm - Hey Mike,Ok, great. Which evaporator do (or will) you use with your AB unit? The big vertical one (model 152, I believe)? Where is it located in the b...
Apr 04, 2005 - 02:19 pm - On my last boat I installed an Adler Barbour unit and was quite satisfied with it.This time around I decided to try a Frigoboat with the Keel Cooler. ...
Apr 04, 2005 - 06:39 pm - We have the frigoboat with the keel cooler and couldn't be happier. We use about 30-35 amps per day even in the bahamas. We always take a bunch of fro...
Apr 04, 2005 - 07:08 pm - Mike,We had to cut our box out in six pieces due to the way it was installed. The flanges were set into the box framing. On our box the cavity was ful...
Apr 04, 2005 - 09:32 pm - SteveYou might give tropikool a look. Maybe even be the "westsail guinea pig" for a tropikool system. I will be upgrading my icebox to a full ...
Apr 04, 2005 - 09:55 pm - Well I guess I should chime in on this one.For the ultimate freezer (not yet tested) preliminary tests will be run at the end of April.unit 1, will be...
Apr 05, 2005 - 05:03 pm - I am (was) really happy with the A/B coolmachine. My icebox is divided in two sections with two lids. I had the small horiz (VD-151) evaporator instal...
Apr 05, 2005 - 07:10 pm - Mike,Sounds like your one the right track. It's what I would do. But I would Like to add a couple of things.I'm well aware of the negative posting. It...
Apr 05, 2005 - 07:47 pm - Although I liked GB's stuff initially I didn't go with them because 1) I had to many people (about 3 and 1 boat refer person) tell me their customer s...
Apr 07, 2005 - 07:51 am - Since I'm 'starting from scratch' is there any advantage/disadvantage to using a holding plate vs. a 'rolled box' evaporator?
Apr 07, 2005 - 07:12 pm - Advantage: rolled box, lower countious current demand, maybe more even box cooling, and requires less room in box; disadvantage, more / day amp hours ...
Apr 12, 2005 - 07:05 pm - I just ripped out my old A/B compressor that died on me.It was located on a SS shelf attached to the ledge just aft of the port side battery in the en...
Apr 12, 2005 - 07:40 pm - Mike, you didn't say if it was going to be water cooled or air cooled.
Apr 13, 2005 - 07:21 am - As you know, the Supercoldmachine is either air or water cooled. However, I read a performance test/review that showed minimal (if any) performance ad...
Apr 13, 2005 - 09:00 am - MikeHave you considered the space directly under and outboard of the galley sink. I have no idea if the A/B unit will fit under there...I presently ha...
Apr 13, 2005 - 12:14 pm - Most units I've seen in Westsails are in the port settee lockers right next to the refrigeration box. We are planning to try to install ours in the na...
Apr 14, 2005 - 07:10 am - I can't remember/find the performance testing article I read that stated there was marginal performance difference between the air & water cooled ...
Apr 17, 2005 - 08:27 pm - This is where talking refrigeration gets tricky. You have to talk apples/apples not apples/oranges. It's true what Kollman says about smaller units. C...
Apr 17, 2005 - 08:58 pm - So, I've also decided to go w/ the A/B supercoldmachine unit, as I can get a pretty good deal on one (in my post-cruising life, I've taken a part-time...
Apr 21, 2005 - 10:12 am - The advantage of freshwater is that conndenser cleaning will be not be needed very often if ever. You would need to keep the tanks mostly full of wate...

Reinstalling Galley & Head Sinks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 11, 2008 - 09:46 am - I've salvaged the old SS sinks, but they have screw posts for attaching undercounter clamps that are heavily corroded. If I cut them off and use a hea...
Oct 11, 2008 - 10:29 am - Tom,Silicon will work, especially when you get the drains attached. But sinks are cheap - a new 16 gauge stainless sink would be under $100 and wouldn...
Oct 11, 2008 - 10:26 pm - Tom,Silicon does not have much adhesive strength. I would probably use 3M 4200 which has good adhesion and should eliminate the need for clamps.George
Oct 12, 2008 - 09:52 am - Of course that new sink will have mild steel clamps which will begin corroding immediately. So either way you'll probably want to secure with the caul...

Remove Bowsprit?? W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 02, 2007 - 01:30 am - Hi all,I received an email from a yard in New Caledonia.A W42 owner wants to remove his bowsprit and attach the forestay directly to the bow. He is wo...

Remove Bowsprit?? W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 02, 2007 - 01:34 am - Hi all,I received an email from a yard in New Caledonia.A W42 owner wants to remove his bowsprit and attach the forestay directly to the bow. He is wo...

Remove Bowsprit?? W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 02, 2007 - 02:57 am - Hi all,I received an email from a yard in New Caledonia.A W42 owner wants to remove his bowsprit and attach the forestay directly to the bow. He is wo...

Replacement "Nuts" For Cockpit Sole Holddown Bolts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 29, 2008 - 12:34 am - Anybody know where I can find replacement nuts for the cockpit sole holddown bolts. The four on our boat have a round bottom flange and appear to be c...

Replacement Engine   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 05, 2004 - 05:49 pm - The Perkins 4-108 in Robin, our 1976 W-32, has done great service for her prior owners, but it appears the time has come to replace. Both the surveyor...
Aug 05, 2004 - 08:49 pm - Seems to me for the $$$ it's going to cost to repower anyway, trying saving a few $$$ now (at the cost of hp) might be regretted in the future. Alas, ...
Aug 06, 2004 - 01:32 pm - hi,i just replaced my volvo md 17c with a beta. bud helped with the installation. it runs great so far and will push the boat @ 7 knts in flat water a...
Sep 13, 2004 - 10:12 pm - Check out... http://www.tadiesels.com/cu-B3.3M.htmlIf and when I repower this would be my first choice.
Oct 28, 2004 - 07:01 pm - We took Randy Leasure's advice, brought Bud aboard and installed a Beta 37.5 hp engine in September. So far, so good, and the experience of working wi...

Replacement Hatches   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 21, 2006 - 05:27 pm - I'm replacing the original fwd and lazarette hatches with aftermarket hatches. Lewmar makes one that's a nice fit for the fwd hatch opening (with the ...
Oct 22, 2006 - 05:19 pm - Tom, Get hatches that are flat on the mounting surface, rather than those that have a spigot going down. Much easier to install. Add a flat piece of t...
Oct 26, 2006 - 05:30 am - Hi Tom, I have had some trouble sending you emails. Could you confirm you got the 4 emails with the drawings of the companionway hatch? Also did you s...
Oct 27, 2006 - 05:13 pm - Rod, Yes, I got the photos and the hatches are MUCH nicer than the aftermarket types. I sent you an email concerning Colin Archer's yachts but didn't ...
Oct 27, 2006 - 05:39 pm - Hey Rod,I've tried to find info on your forward hatch on your website to no avail. Could you send me the info?Tom
Oct 29, 2006 - 06:04 am - Tom (Crank) there are a couple of close up photos in the journal for August 12 2006. It's basically just a smaller version of the main hatch. Tom (Koe...
Oct 29, 2006 - 11:03 am - Thanks Rod! That is indead a beautiful hatch. I just got a great deal on some teak shorts ($5 a bf). I think you've given me a good use for them.
Oct 29, 2006 - 11:57 am - Well hells bells, I was just looking at the drawings for the butterfly hatch and it calls for 5/4 teak. Is your new hatch 5/4 or 3/4? Sorry I don't kn...
Nov 01, 2006 - 07:54 pm - Rod, we're definitely having comm problems. I didn't get your reply to the Colin Archer email. Bud emailed me the drawings for the butterfly hatch and...
Nov 02, 2006 - 09:05 am - the bar mounts are attached with screws from the underside. the screws holding the wooden mounts go through the ledge which holds the glass, then the ...
Nov 02, 2006 - 07:09 pm - Jeff, The screws go through the glass?? I never would have thought that - it doesn't show on the drawings, although the mounts obviously overlap the t...
Nov 02, 2006 - 08:43 pm - Yep..the screws in mine went through the glass. I used DOW Betaseal U-418HV ... it was recommended by the guy at the glass company for lexan. I think ...
Nov 03, 2006 - 07:32 am - Hi Tom, don't know what is happening with the emails. Sorry. When I originally got my boat the main hatch did have plexi glass with screws through the...
Nov 20, 2006 - 05:30 pm - Rod, I've studied the drawings that Bud sent me, but I'd feel better if I could see some close-up photos with some detail, inside and out. Would it be...

Replacing Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 12, 2007 - 12:39 am - Hey all,We just brought our new owner home from Pensacola, FL. W32 #482, currently named "Pintail". It was a fantastic trip, having made nearl...
Jul 12, 2007 - 10:51 am - When we replaced our boomkins, we found a nice piece of kiln dried, fine-grained (no knots), Douglas Fir, at a specialty wood business. We then used o...
Jul 13, 2007 - 05:55 pm - A 2 x 4 is only 1-5/8" x 3-3/4", so it is too small. You need to get a piece of 3" lumber by 10" wide, and cut it down in width to wor...
Jul 13, 2007 - 07:14 pm - Aaron,I have been spending the last three years re-comissioning a W32. I repaired the origional 30 year old boomkins with epoxy. 1.Get a Dremel tool w...
Jul 13, 2007 - 10:32 pm - Chris,We have experience with Rot Doctor - great stuff! I haven't actually pulled the boomkin, or even started to dig into the cracks to decide whethe...
Jul 16, 2007 - 12:08 pm - Aaron,As I don't know how to post to the westsail site, if you send an email address I would be most happy to send you pictures.CB

Report: Fuel Tank Project From A Flipper   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 18, 2008 - 11:42 am - Just got both the fuel tanks off my W32 yesterday, 1974 hull, wooden shelves port and starboard. Took engine out last week. Started with the stbd tank...
Jun 18, 2008 - 03:47 pm - I hope your new tanks are lined up with the deck fill so that you can just drop a dowel to monitor fuel usage. (assuming you are not doing it electron...
Jun 19, 2008 - 05:25 pm - I thought that there was a post a couple of years ago about original fuel tanks that can still be purchased Fla Marine Tanks 305-620-9030 at that time...

Requesting Info On This W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 24, 2009 - 03:34 pm - Hello! Brief intro- We are looking at purchasing a W32 sometime this winter. We currently liveaboard our powerboat in Boston and are making the switch...
Sep 24, 2009 - 05:00 pm - Kelli,I saw Ave Del Mar on the hard at Charlotte County Boat Storage in South Gulf Cove, FL about a year and a half ago. It was up for sale by James a...
Sep 25, 2009 - 11:10 am - My records show Jim Wylie as the first owner, and Marcy Babcox as the second owner, purchasing the boat in 2008. I do not have a record of selling par...
Sep 25, 2009 - 03:09 pm - Thank you Aaron and Bud, any little bit of info helps. I think we'll try to set up a second appointment to see it so I can check it out as well. We'll...
Sep 25, 2009 - 03:45 pm - Hi Aaron, Do you remember which side of the boat had a cracked chainplate? And how noticeable was it? I looked at them when I was down there the other...
Sep 25, 2009 - 09:01 pm - It takes a very careful eye and possibly a magnifying glass to discover cracks starting in chainplates. But that should not be a dealbreaker, as new c...
Sep 25, 2009 - 10:10 pm - Jon,I think it was the starboard upper's chainplate. If the current owner bought tangs and things from Bud, it seams reasonable she had them replaced ...
Sep 25, 2009 - 10:50 pm - Marcy doesn't know a lot about boats we tried to call her tonite but got her voicemail She replaced whisker stays because of an incident in the lake l...
Sep 26, 2009 - 10:44 am - I did not sell her any chainplates, so the one Aaron observed must still be on the boat. If she has not sailed the boat, then the chainplate has not h...
Sep 26, 2009 - 09:31 pm - Thanks again for all the help. Edward and Susan, her number or email address may be handy for us to have if she doesn't mind us having it.

Retro Meets Vintage 32 At The Annapolis Show   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 05, 2009 - 05:53 am - Gary bought Chris Chadwicks boat in Fl (I think I have the history correct). He's been refitting it in Annapolis and it will be all synthetic rigging ...

Riding It Out On The Hook...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 01, 2006 - 08:59 am - It?s that time of the year again, when the dust from the Sahara Desert rains havoc on the east coast in the form of tropical storms. Every few years o...
Aug 02, 2006 - 06:40 pm - Ed:I have very little experience so I can only repeat what I heard at a Sail Only show (in the SF Bay area). The presenter gave a description of using...
Aug 08, 2006 - 09:15 pm - My 2 cents, you'd be putting a lot of faith in a single long nylon rode. I'd have an all chain rode leading up through a bow roller to the sampson pos...

Rubbing Strake For Caprail Edge?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 10, 2009 - 12:22 pm - As the title suggests I'm looking for something to protect the edge from fender lines....anybody care to share what has worked for them?Thanks
Jun 10, 2009 - 01:50 pm - Most owners put on a SS half oval strip on the outside of the teak rubrail.
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:04 pm - What about the caprail Bud?
Jun 10, 2009 - 07:01 pm - You can buy short lengths of the half oval SS strips that have tapered ends on them. They make excellent rub strips. West Marine calls them "rub s...
Jun 15, 2009 - 10:08 pm - I just put on 3/4" half round-hollow back ss strips on my cap rail to protect it from the jib blocks which run on a track on the cap rail. It come...
Jun 16, 2009 - 02:49 pm - I have SS "rub strakes" for my W32, though I have not yet installed them. Ironically, I was lucky enough to get them for free, as they had bee...
Jun 16, 2009 - 02:52 pm - I have SS "rub strakes" for my W32, though I have not yet installed them. Ironically, I was lucky enough to get them for free, as they had bee...
Jul 05, 2009 - 08:36 pm - Thanks all

Rudder Friction And Windvane Steering, Light Winds   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 28, 2008 - 10:45 pm - Have been reading the Pardeys books again. They say that for good light air performance your rudder should be free enough to swing in the breeze while...
Jul 29, 2008 - 01:39 am - Randy,Delrin bushings will help a lot, but I think the "swing in a breeze" thing is optimistic. Rudders are heavy and expecting them to move s...
Jul 29, 2008 - 06:22 am - Rudders balance different in the water and out. Don't fall into the trap of comparing the two.If you're making 2-3 kts through the water you're wind v...
Jul 29, 2008 - 10:17 pm - Randy:I have three points for you.1.) On the hard the 150#+ rudder is hanging down from the three bearings. Not the same as a buoyant rudder in th...
Jul 31, 2008 - 08:25 am - Gee, thanks to all!Sounds like this issue is well resolved thanks to all of you.Since my time is the yard has already been extended far beyond my expe...

Rudder Weight   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 07, 2007 - 01:26 pm - Hi all,As you may know, we recently purchased W32 #482 and have been loving owning her. I've managed to work through a lot of little things so far, bu...
Aug 07, 2007 - 09:58 pm - Good day Aaron:Sorry but you have it a little backward. Your issue is not a flooded rudder, but a boyant well sealed rudder. Remember the rudder on th...
Aug 08, 2007 - 12:04 am - Thanks Norm.Aaron N.

Running Backstays   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 15, 2007 - 03:28 pm - Does anyone have the running backstays installed to help support the mast while using the staysail? I've never seen a westsail that had them set up bu...
Feb 15, 2007 - 06:22 pm - I have them on Inalla, but have yet to use them.
Feb 15, 2007 - 08:53 pm - Good day Paul:The running backs do support the mast and yes they do triangulate the stay sail stay.The standard set Bud offers works well. I have them...
Feb 19, 2007 - 10:20 am - We have them and use them often. Before Sila tightened the shrouds you could actually see the difference in the mast. Now that the shrouds are tighter...
Feb 22, 2007 - 06:13 am - I really didn't think they were really that important but they sure came in handy crossing the Yucatan Channel in 30+ kn winds & 12-15 ft seas...

Running Rigging   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 19, 2008 - 03:26 pm - Can someone give me an accurate estimate of how many feet of 9/16ths double braided line I need to replace the running rigging (halyards, sheets, and ...
Mar 21, 2008 - 12:00 am - Ahoy Tom,An accurate estimate of 9/16th double braided line for your running rigging is "0".7/16th inch is more than sufficient for the runnin...
Mar 21, 2008 - 01:00 am - Dave/Tom,I found a 90' jib/main halyard to be too short on my boat; when the bitter end was at the water, I barely had enough line to put a wrap on a ...
Mar 21, 2008 - 12:01 pm - When I make up a set of running rigging I use 100' of 7/16" for the halyards to the top of the mast, and 70' for the staysail halyard. The mainshe...
Mar 21, 2008 - 03:32 pm - I realize 9/16ths is a bit large but I got a great price on a clearance sail at West Marine for $.62 a foot! I bought 500 feet so I guessed about righ...
Mar 21, 2008 - 11:17 pm - Tom,I don't think the sheaves in your masthead will house the 9/16th line properly. It will probably fit through, but when it comes under tension, the...
Mar 23, 2008 - 12:29 pm - Aaron, yeah, I will need to check that out before proceeding. Worst case scenario, I have to unload some 9/16ths line cheap on eBay LOL.
Mar 30, 2008 - 09:41 pm - You probably will not be able to get the 9/16" line to run freely through your deck blocks. 7/16" will easily run through, and has all the str...
Apr 01, 2008 - 09:08 am - Yeah, that's true. The story has a happy ending though...Westmarine reneged on the purchase saying they ran out of the line even though I had a printe...
Apr 24, 2008 - 03:22 am - About a year ago BoatUS had New England Ropes' 7/16" Sta-Set X listed for $.24/ft so I ordered 600 ft. They honored my order but soon after change...

Running Wires...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 11, 2005 - 12:11 pm - I'm wanting to install a fan & 12 v. outlet on my port side, on the forward side of the ceiling hung locker/dish 'organizer' (over the icebox).I h...
Apr 11, 2005 - 01:12 pm - Mike, I believe that I have my fan mounted exactly where you are talking about... since I just replaced the old fan with a new one last season, I had ...
Apr 14, 2005 - 08:33 am - Thanks Mike. Although my switch panel is by the companionway on the stbd side I ended up doing just what you suggested.It initially seemed like it wou...

S-L Windlass Handle??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 14, 2007 - 03:20 pm - Any leads on where to find a back-up/spare handle for the simpson-lawrence windlass?? (hate to lose this item overboard and be stuck at any point in t...
Apr 14, 2007 - 04:16 pm - I have two galvanized steel handles in my supply of left over boatbuilding parts that may be SL handles. They are 3/8" x 1-1/2" x 24". Let...
Apr 14, 2007 - 04:25 pm - Boy Bud, that sure sounds right... I'm back down to the boat Wednesday- let me check those dimensions, but please slap a ''bgs/orion" post-it on o...

Sail Boat Surfing Under Golden Gate Bridge   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 10, 2005 - 11:10 pm - Ran across this picture of a sailboat catching a wave under the Goldeb Gate. Have sailed under the Gate inumerable times...always avoided the South To...

Sail-omat Self Steering   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 04, 2009 - 10:37 am - Does anyone know anything about sail-omat self steering gear?
Jun 10, 2009 - 01:53 pm - Does anyone have experience or knowledge concerning the sail-omat self steering gear?
Jun 23, 2009 - 03:33 pm - Sorry Danny, I wasn't watching. We have the Sailomat on our 42 and it is a SWEET helm steerer.You can allways PM me about any specifics. I don't konw ...
Jun 29, 2009 - 10:36 am - Anything in lieu of a windvane or an electonic tiller pilot would be a great addition, if it works!Dave, your 42 is a wheel?
Jun 29, 2009 - 10:38 am - oops, sorry, didn't realize it was, in fact, a vane.
Jul 29, 2009 - 04:54 pm - Yes, the 42 is wheel steering. Don't know of any 42's or 43's for that matter that aren't.Fair Winds

Sailing School For   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 26, 2009 - 11:49 am - I'm looking for sailing classes (enough to get from basic to cruise-ready) for women only; any positive experiences out there?
Mar 26, 2009 - 12:38 pm - Yes! The best are given Karen Priealue (sp?) and her folks at the Orange Coast College Sailing Center in Newport Beach, CA.They offer some women-only ...
Mar 26, 2009 - 02:51 pm - Thanks, Colleen. I looked at their website, and it looks like classes meet weekly, and I live in the Bay Area, so...I guess that's not an option for m...

San Fran. To Hilo In 22 Days.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 23, 2008 - 02:07 am - Ok so it was not a fast trip, it was pretty comfortable. The boat felt safe at all times and I had no break downs. All in all it was a great shake dow...
Jul 23, 2008 - 02:09 am - That was suppose to be a happy face.David B. S/V Asylum
Jul 23, 2008 - 12:20 pm - David,Congratulations to you and Asylum on a great accomplishment. It must be nice to get out in the trade winds and open ocean.How are they treating ...
Jul 23, 2008 - 02:42 pm - David - So fantastic that you cut the lines and got going- wish you'd fill us in on some of the details of the trip. Maybe an article for the Windblow...
Jul 24, 2008 - 12:27 am - Thanks Randy and ColleenAs I have said I am very happy with Asylum and the trip. We had lite winds for the first week and they either wanted me to go ...
Jul 24, 2008 - 02:49 pm - Aloha David,Thanks for the report. That Asylum seems to be a fine boat. I cannot believe you were able to go through her so quickly. I am five months ...
Jul 24, 2008 - 08:11 pm - Aloha Randy, As far as I know there are no live aboards permited on the big Island unless you are in Radio Bay. There is a time limit on your stay the...
Jul 25, 2008 - 10:15 pm - Hey David and all... I am likewise interested/concerned, looking ahead at a future trip- No liveaboards? Even on a mooring?? How about the other islan...
Jul 26, 2008 - 12:24 am - Aloha Brian,You might check with some of the other members who live on Oahu. There may be some on the other Island. David B.
Jul 27, 2008 - 08:31 am - I hear you can anchor up in Kailua Bay (?) on the garden island, Kaui, but I never thought that you could anchor up/moor up and not spend the night ab...

SATORI - Current Link To The True Story   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 07, 2006 - 03:10 am - Like many of you I had read the true account of what happened regarding Satori, a Westsail 32 that went through the perfect storm in 1991, on a websit...

Satori Video   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 17, 2009 - 08:31 pm - Randy - have you seen this video of Satori?http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=3995201
Sep 17, 2009 - 09:05 pm - The first 13 seconds are fine, the rest is a bunch of links to individual's myspace addresses. But sure would like to see the video.Ralph
Sep 17, 2009 - 09:23 pm - Try this link...you will have to scroll down almost to the bottom.http://www.christianallaire.com/
Sep 18, 2009 - 10:33 pm - Really weird. After 13 seconds, the film snaps to the end and asks if you want to Replay. I'll try it on my wife's computer at her work. Maybe there's...
Sep 19, 2009 - 10:50 am - You can find it by using Google. Type in "perfect storm" and refine search or search within "Satori". I talked with a aircraft crewma...
Sep 19, 2009 - 01:01 pm - I guess it's the satellite connection. First link works fine with DSL. Interesting film, although from what I understand, by no means all facets are t...
Sep 19, 2009 - 02:03 pm - It was not officialdom that got the Coast Guard out there to rescue the people off of Satori. It was the two crewmwmbers who were scared, and convince...
Sep 19, 2009 - 09:34 pm - Ray told me the crew called the CG when he was up on deck. They told the CG Satori was taking on water. Ray said he pumped less than 1 gallon. Less t...
Sep 20, 2009 - 08:17 pm - I'm well aware of those details but my understanding from commentary on the video is the the CG has the vessel declared in imminent danger (or some su...
Sep 21, 2009 - 01:50 pm - I had to chuckle at the narrator's comment that Satori was 'foundering in monster waves and wind'. Looked like she was perfectly heaved-to with a back...
Sep 22, 2009 - 11:53 am - Ray dropped a backpack on the stb. side deck with his camera and personal items. When the boat washed up on the beach the backpack was there and all ...

Satori Went Sailing Again   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 26, 2009 - 09:59 am - After so much help from all on the site, plus huge amounts from Bud, thank you all, Satori went on a 300 mile/4 day shake down cruise into the fishing...
Sep 26, 2009 - 10:41 am - Randy,There is another sail on the funny looking tube over your head when you are in the cockpit. Try putting that one up also.
Sep 26, 2009 - 11:40 am - I have been waiting for this sight. Thanks Randy
Sep 26, 2009 - 01:50 pm - Looking great, Randy! I'm envious.
Sep 27, 2009 - 10:36 am - You are most welcome, Ken. And thanks to all for all your compliments and input. You can imagine how happy I am. My boy and I voted it one of our grea...
Sep 27, 2009 - 02:10 pm - Congrats! Randy!You look Fabulous out there! Good to see this special boat back on the water! Enjoy!Fair WindsAndrea

Sayes Rig   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 03, 2006 - 06:59 pm - I am the owner of a Westsail 32 it came with a Sayes rig for self steering. I have seen a lot of negative stories regarding the Sayes for the 32 regar...
Apr 10, 2006 - 06:42 pm - Not familiar with the Sayes rig, however, as you've mentioned, heard a lot of positive things about the Monitor. I've got an old Aries on mine that's ...
Apr 12, 2006 - 04:52 pm - The Sayes rig is still being made and sold by Scanmar Marine in Point Richmond, CA. Best to contact them as to how to make the windvane work properly....

Scot Free In Trouble Off NZ   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 13, 2005 - 04:24 pm - Scot Free has been abandoned in a storm off NZ. The crew seem to be OK (link to story here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10...
Jun 16, 2005 - 04:09 pm - More news here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10331166
Jun 16, 2005 - 05:49 pm - thanks for the news, it is always a tough decision to leave your boat to the elements. Hopefully, the Westsail will be recovered and the owners can re...
Jun 17, 2005 - 02:57 pm - This just reported from the June 17th Latitude 38...First Attempt at Sewing Is on Husband's Skull Before Abandoning Westsail 32 in StormJune 17 - Auck...

SCOTTFREE   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 05, 2005 - 08:43 pm - I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE KNOWS THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THE WESTSAIL 32 "SCOTTFREE" THAT WAS ABANDONEDBY HER CREW SOMEWHERE NEAR AUSTRALIA?CB
Sep 07, 2005 - 04:20 am - Hi, Our next-door neighbour has just sailed up to Vanuatu from NZ a few weeks ago & said reports of her position were still being given on SSB, bu...
Sep 08, 2005 - 07:50 am - Hello Jill,I am a new owner of W32 that my partner and I are currently refurbishing. My interest in "SCOTTFREE"is from a seamanship and constr...
Sep 12, 2005 - 07:02 pm - Hi Chris,Good luck with the refurbishing - we are about 2/3 of the way through doing ours, with the plan of heading off next cruising season (April/Ma...

Self Steering A Westsail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 22, 2007 - 06:27 am - I was wondering if any of the members have built or utilized a "Trim Tab" type of self steering setup on the W32? Hal Roth, amongst others ind...
Jul 23, 2007 - 09:03 am - I've never heard of it - please elaborate...Thanks!
Jul 24, 2007 - 08:06 am - Check out www.sailsarana.com for a pretty in-depth discussion of the author's research into trim tab steering and his subsequent building of a trim ta...
Jul 24, 2007 - 06:36 pm - I have all the information from this site and read at length. I am interested in finding out if any of the members have this type of self steering equ...
Jul 30, 2007 - 12:25 am - Hi CB, a useful book if you can get hold of a copy is "Self Steering for Sailing Craft" by John S. Letcher. Jr. He describes in great detail a...

Self Tending Staysail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 04, 2007 - 06:41 pm - I removed the old travelerassem oday for our W32's self tending staysail. Bedding had worked after 30yrs and water was getting into boats interior. A ...
Sep 05, 2007 - 07:45 pm - Chris, I have a kit to replace the staysail boom with a pair of tracks on the cabintop. Most owners that have done this conversion have told me they s...
Sep 06, 2007 - 05:56 am - As always Bud Thanks for the info, has there been any discussion about a loss of sailing performance?
Sep 06, 2007 - 06:00 pm - Not really. It actually lets you set the staysail to a better angle to help clear the air passing by the lee side of the luff of the main. You can als...

Several New Blog Posts   (Active)   Show Entire Thread

May 28, 2011 - 08:02 am - Check out www.captainmontgomery.com for the latest blog posts. Fair Winds Don and Lana

Shipmate Kerosene Stove Burners   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 22, 2004 - 11:08 am - Hi all -We love the old shipmate kerosene stove on our new W32 but need replacement burners. I'm having difficulty finding appropriate kerosene burner...
Nov 23, 2004 - 04:20 pm - The burners should be the same as the current kerosene burners on the Force 10 stove.

Shipmate Stove Conversion   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 02, 2008 - 10:05 am - After about ten applications of PB Blaster to the screws holding down the burner covers on my old Shipmate three-burner stove I finally got the burner...
Apr 02, 2008 - 10:28 am - Tom, The conversion will work, as I know a number of other owners have done it. It was not my idea, but originally described to me by one of the owner...
Apr 02, 2008 - 02:02 pm - Does anyone know the dimensions of the old Shipmate two burner stoves - I'm having to replace mine but don't have it to measure - the closest match si...
Apr 06, 2008 - 03:25 pm - Here's what I found when I measured mine: width = 20", height = 14.5" (not counting fiddles to keep pots in place), and depth (front to back) ...
Apr 07, 2008 - 09:36 am - Thanks, Terry, I appreciate the help - The Force 10 I mentioned does seem like the closest match: width 20", height 19.5", and depth 14.5"...
Apr 07, 2008 - 08:58 pm - Fred, No problem. I found an eBay auction for a guy in FL who sells propane conversion parts for the Shipmate stoves. Has anyone had any experience wi...
Apr 13, 2008 - 09:18 am - Well, I called the eBay guy and got a price from him to supply all the conversion parts - $700! For that I think I'll just kick in another $300 and go...
Apr 17, 2008 - 07:35 am - I have a Shipmate propane stove in very good condition I will be selling if anyone is interested. It is 20"x14"x14.5". I have enough room ...
Apr 20, 2008 - 04:09 pm - Tom , please email me at tkoehl2769@comcast,net. I'd like to discuss your propane Shipmate. Thanks, Tom Koehl
May 18, 2008 - 10:01 am - Tom, I sent you an email and some photos. The photos are not great as they were taken for purposes of other measurements and not to display the stove ...
May 18, 2008 - 03:08 pm - Hey Tom, Just curious - which model Force 10 3-burner will fit in the same cutout space as the Shipmate 2 burner?Thanks, Fred
May 22, 2008 - 12:35 pm - Fred, I have a kit built boat with a little different galley configuration. The stove cutout is quit large and the galley is L shaped. I am putting in...

Shipping To Europe   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 24, 2004 - 02:53 pm - Hi, I have just joined with a view to buying a 28. I am based in Europe with I guess little chance of finding one over here. I am way to short of expe...
Oct 26, 2004 - 10:19 am - Hi George,Don't know about shipping for your 28 but I would consider sailing it over if you were interested. I sail a W32 and have made two crossings ...
Jan 22, 2007 - 08:58 pm - Hi, I've got a question somewhat related - looking to buy a W32 in the US and sail it back to Australia (same problem as George's with the availabilit...
Jan 23, 2007 - 12:50 pm - There is no export duty here. There is sales tax due in most states in the US if the boat is purchased and kept here, no matter where the buyer reside...
Jan 29, 2007 - 12:12 pm - George,Good luck with your project. I recently joined the organization and am researching WS 32 models best suited for me. I got lucky on geography. T...

Shore Power 110 V 220   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 01, 2008 - 04:46 am - I've got a W32 and the shore power connection has "110V" stamped on it. Problem is that I'm in Thailand where they use 220. Can I plug in my b...
Jan 01, 2008 - 08:53 am - A transformer would be required to reduce the voltage. You will also need to check the frequency of the AC current I assume Thailand is 50 hz like Eur...

Sigmar 120 Cabin Heater   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 03, 2009 - 12:26 pm - One of these came with my boat - it has never been used, but is probably 10 or 15 years old.I aim to install it and would like to use the main diesel ...
Jan 03, 2010 - 10:55 pm - We have a Fab All 120 diesel heater, built by Sig Marine of Port Coquitlam B.C. Canada, which I'm pretty sure is the same as the one you have. On our ...
Jan 06, 2010 - 12:20 am - Gary,I have the Sigmar 180 and use a gravity feed tank. The bottom of the tank needs to be a minimum of 12" above the metering valve.You can downl...
Jan 06, 2010 - 08:33 am - Thanks Fred/Patti and Jeff. Looks like I will not be able to avoid putting in a day tank or a pump.Fred - was your boat at the PNW rendezvous? I remem...
Jan 06, 2010 - 09:03 pm - Hi GaryYes, we were at the PWN rendezvous with our boat "Chinook" and yes we have the balanced draft system. I guess that is what I meant by t...

Signet Wind Direction Indicator - Not Working   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 13, 2005 - 09:21 am - My Signet wind direction indicator while turning into the wind, doesn't also change the instrument in the cockpit. (The wind speed seems to work just ...

Simpson Lawrence Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 11, 2007 - 08:26 pm - We purchased a nice Simpson Lawrence Hyspeed windlass on ebay for $275.00. I am wondering if anyone has experience with this model on a W32 and if thi...
Jan 12, 2007 - 06:10 pm - Is that the two speed or single speed? I've experience w/ both but don't know the numbers. The did I think have a thrid one that I never did anything ...
Jan 13, 2007 - 01:19 pm - Good price if the windlass is operable. The single speed Model 510 or 9510 was called the Highspeed. The Model 555 or 9555 was the two speed. I do hav...
Jan 13, 2007 - 09:05 pm - I had taken the 510 apart. Do yourself a favor, take it apart, clean everything, get some spare parts at a bicycle shop. There is a chain gear system ...
Jan 15, 2007 - 07:53 pm - Thanks Dave and Bud, I will take you up on the offer of the parts breakdown as soon as I know exactly what model I purchased. Can you please comment o...
Jan 16, 2007 - 07:21 am - I used ours on the 32 for 15 years. Worked great. Never put any tremondous loads on it. When pulling the anchor in any kind of chop I would pull it in...
Jan 16, 2007 - 07:45 am - Thanks again Dave very encouraging

Single Hand Disconnect   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 01, 2008 - 04:48 pm - It seems pretty trivial to disconnect the autohelm by dragging a float line which is a start but I was wondering what others have done to kill the eng...

Single Handers Area   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 28, 2009 - 06:49 pm - I wonder if a area could be made for single hand sailing tips and discussion. I know several that single hand and it can be very difficult. Could thi...
May 28, 2009 - 07:25 pm - I don't know why not -- Aaron, this one's up your alley, isn't it?
May 28, 2009 - 09:26 pm - count me in! i almost always go out singlehanded! (well, actually i use TWO hands; one for myself, one for the ship~)
May 30, 2009 - 08:47 am - Count me in too! 75% of all my sailing for the past 15 years is in this category.Bob
May 30, 2009 - 10:13 am - Done, look for it under the Westsailing the World category.
May 30, 2009 - 11:16 am - Thanks Michael! (See everyone there~)
May 30, 2009 - 04:21 pm - I have thought alot about Randy. He will be singlehanding Satori most of the time. Reading Christian's blog has me thinking about it also. Ken
May 31, 2009 - 12:20 pm - Hey all,Sorry for my slacking! I'm back in Miami for a friends wedding and without my computer, so I wasn't able to get the section made. Yay Mike!Bes...

Single-handed Anchoring   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 15, 2006 - 07:16 pm - Anyone have any tips or tricks to pass along regarding anchoring and recovering the anchor when single-handing a boat? Getting it down isn't much of a...
Aug 15, 2006 - 09:40 pm - Assuming you have a Westsail and thus tiller, find a way to lash it to the boom with the main up and hauled tight amidships. Motor forward at a slow i...
Aug 16, 2006 - 07:33 pm - I don't go to so much troubleHere in the W Caribbean I usually anchor in no more than 8-10' depth if I can at all help it. Still, I use a 45 lb CQR an...
Aug 20, 2006 - 07:32 am - I second Mikes way. Once you get the boat over the anchor (the engine is one or the staysail up and slack. Let the boat pull it out. slowly motor or s...

Sky Blue Sunbrella   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 18, 2009 - 12:08 pm - Does anyone have picures of skyblue sunbrella sailcovers and/or dodger covers on their boat?Choosing colors does my brain in
May 23, 2009 - 10:52 pm - Our W32 Chaika has skyblue sailcovers and we are quite fond of the color:http://web.mac.com/svchaika/iWeb/MillerWebsite/Boat.html
May 26, 2009 - 08:54 am - Thank you! It does look good.

Spreader Lift WARNING!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 01, 2009 - 10:07 am - Most all WS's have spreader lifts. They can cause problems. Our upper spreader lift let go 300 miles off shore and ended up creating a hangup in the g...
Dec 08, 2009 - 08:57 pm - Dave,I am glad this mishap did not cause any more serious problems. I looked back at pictures I took of the mast on my W28 before I stripped it down t...
Dec 10, 2009 - 12:09 pm - It's not the tang on the mast; it's the tang on the end of the spreaders.My mast looks the same.Fair Winds
Dec 11, 2009 - 01:12 am - Now I understand. I am not sure this was standard on the 28's or not. The original owner, Sid Nethery, whom I bought my boat from did a lot of things ...
Jan 01, 2010 - 05:21 pm - I recently had a little accident when I got entangled in the davits of my neighbors boat while trying to back into a slip in a crosswind(bad idea). Th...

Spreader Lift Wires   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 18, 2009 - 10:37 pm - I don't know what they're called. They are wires that extend from about 3/4ths up the mast to attach to the outside of the spreaders.What are they? Wh...
Aug 19, 2009 - 12:30 am - Kenny,In short, they're to hold the spreaders up while someone stands on them.More info can be found in this thread.Best!Aaron

SSB Ground Plane Installation In A 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 06, 2005 - 07:37 am - how has anyone done this? we are installing an icom 802 and don't know where to start.tentative plan is to run a pretty heavy copper strap 4" wide...
Feb 06, 2005 - 11:08 am - Hi RichCheck out this PDF file as one source fo advice.http://www.farallon.us/ssb.pdfSSB Grounding is a field where many differing opinions abound :-)...
Feb 07, 2005 - 11:21 pm - Ahoy Rich, This is my experience on this subject. I always recommend the removal of the Dynaplate. I fully understand their operation in theory. In re...
Feb 08, 2005 - 07:53 am - Rich, I'm still looking for the article that confirms what Dave says about the Dynaplate. If you think about it in a 'common sense' way it should be c...
Feb 08, 2005 - 11:50 am - Hi All, I recently installed an old Icom 735 with a SGC 237 auto tuner aboard Belle Fiore #561..I used two -2" copper straps to each steel fuel t...
Feb 08, 2005 - 02:31 pm - Hi Guys, regarding through hull connections for radio grounding. Absolutely agree with the Dave and Mark.. there is simply no need for a through hull ...
Feb 08, 2005 - 02:32 pm - (and the other mike lol - I missed a reply)Joe.
Feb 08, 2005 - 02:36 pm - Mike (K5PU).Must slightly disagree re capacitive linking. It is certainly better than any direct dc path connection and is guaranteed to NOT cause ele...
Feb 08, 2005 - 06:51 pm - the dynaplate is already there. nothing is hooked to it, so I figured "what the hell".has anybody used lifelines? I think I read that somewher...
Feb 08, 2005 - 08:51 pm - A couple of years ago we took the ham license course with Gordon West. He also told the class that the Dyna Plate was unnecessary. His contention was ...
Feb 08, 2005 - 10:37 pm - Rich - it certainly won't hurt to tie into the Dynaplate ( except for the slight possibility it might explode ;)re: lifelines. Here's an interesting a...
Feb 09, 2005 - 04:27 am - Hello MikeThere are several reasons why using the whole rig can be a problem (or major parts of it even). For example, it is theoretically possible to...
Feb 09, 2005 - 08:21 am - I haven't actually tried it (yet) so I can't debate but to lend credence the person promoting this approach is Don Melcher, a highly respected marine ...
Feb 09, 2005 - 01:44 pm - Yep, Mike :-) .. the box is open.. however,,,The antenna is still directional, or, a lump. ie- a transmitting lump with interaction from adjacent stru...
Feb 09, 2005 - 01:54 pm - I thought I might mention the reason a loop will work,,, .. or, a long length of wire connected by the antenna matcher.. simple.. you get a peak curre...
Feb 11, 2005 - 12:16 pm - I have not gotten this far yet so don't have the experiance yet ... but I have been reading up on the subject quite a bit so will throw out a couple o...
Feb 11, 2005 - 05:23 pm - Actually, the antenna I (and Don Melcher) was mentioning really was more of a loop antenna than a dipole. Loops are connected (RF & ground) to eit...
Feb 11, 2005 - 08:21 pm - Here is a site I found with excellent information and a much better plate than the Dyna Plate. I actually bought two, one for the lightening ground an...
Feb 11, 2005 - 11:11 pm - Hi Dave, would you not worry slightly buying or accepting something from a company that quotes dB gain for an inverted v wire antenna lol :-) ... seri...
Feb 12, 2005 - 12:35 am - I kinda have to agree with Joe.Some good info on the site and I'm sure they have quality products but they also do seem to make some ummm... 'dubious'...
Feb 12, 2005 - 01:08 pm - Hi Mike, yes, absolutely.If you need a 'wire' antenna, ANY wire will do (depending on your aversion to corrosion :-)).. it's no point making it any pa...
Apr 09, 2005 - 09:27 pm - We have a dynaplate on our 28 sloop. And the SSB has always worked great. We have checked into the Pacific Maritime Mobile Net a few times with no pro...
Apr 15, 2005 - 05:25 pm - I agree about the problems with the dynaplate. I would think that the issue would be that as soon as it is fouled it would not have the surface area t...
Apr 16, 2005 - 09:18 pm - A few years ago at Don Melcher's suggestion I installed a single insulator low on the backstay, connected the SGC tuner antenna connection above the i...
Apr 17, 2005 - 09:15 am - Well, as with many things boating, there can be an infinite number of solutions. Amatuer radio people are *still* designing good antenna syste...

SSB Groundplane   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 27, 2008 - 05:20 pm - I'll be ready soon to rebuild my engine room - it's bare now and I'm intending to put down 3 inch copper foil on the inside of the ER hull for a groun...
Apr 27, 2008 - 08:32 pm - Gordon West has a good article on the web about grounding using a thru hull. A brief summary was it's as good as a ground plate. May be on the west si...
Apr 28, 2008 - 08:10 am - Dave, thanks for the lead. The site had good info and discussion about installing the SSB. My only concern was the possibility of electrolytic deterio...
Apr 28, 2008 - 01:58 pm - You shouldn't have any real problem with that if you install a capacitor in the ribbon. Think it' in the book I have at home. Will try to get to it to...
Apr 28, 2008 - 10:32 pm - Ahoy Tom,Before I installed my engine in 1993, I lined the entire engine room with copper foil and glassed it in. I left a tab exposed near the lazare...

SSB Question   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 01, 2005 - 07:49 pm - Can anyone tell me how you get a license to operate an SSB? I have bought a used one and I'm unclear on the next step. Thanks!!
Nov 10, 2005 - 09:53 am - I went to the FCC website and found that there is, in fact, no limit to how confusing a government entity can make itself! There HAS to be an easier w...
Nov 11, 2005 - 07:36 am - I haven't gotten to that yet but last year my neighbor contacted a local ham club to take his test. Doing a google search for Amateur Radio Society in...
Nov 11, 2005 - 12:34 pm - You do not need a Ham license. You still need an Fcc license for the vessel and an operators permit for you. Check the following website.http://www.hf...
Nov 12, 2005 - 08:13 am - there is a company "docksideradio.com" that will do the fcc paperwork for you.for those who don't want to do it themselves
Nov 17, 2005 - 08:26 am - Thanks everyone for all the info. I wound up doinng it online with the fcc (fcc.gov). It was simple. Just go to the e-file and go through the steps. Y...

SSB Resgistration   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 23, 2005 - 12:22 pm - I have purchased a used SSB. What do I need to do to register it and get call letters, etc? Any info would be helpful. The FCC web site is very confus...

Storage Of Certain Items ? What Do YOU Do ?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 16, 2005 - 04:57 am - Hello allOne thing we are curious about with the westsail 32 is where you guys store items like fenders, warps, spare anchors, dinghy (presuming a rol...
Jan 16, 2005 - 06:23 pm - In regard to anchors, I have a 45lb CQR and a 35 Bruce anchor sitting on the rollers. I know some owners have had problems with weight up front, but I...
Jan 20, 2005 - 08:59 pm - When we cruised on our 32 the only fenders we carried were two big ones and a fender board. The fenders could be stowed below in one of the forward lo...
Jan 21, 2005 - 06:24 pm - I agree with dave. When we left for our cruise, we just threw everything from our house we took with us into the salon, where it grew into a huge moun...
Jan 21, 2005 - 08:34 pm - No problem finding places to store stuff here either. In fact I'm still looking for some bow netting I stashed somewhere last month. I swear it's onbo...
Jan 22, 2005 - 10:44 am - We tie our 4 large fender horizontally inboard of the shrouds. Never have they been in the way there. they don't look as bad there as other places we ...
Jan 25, 2005 - 04:14 pm - I just have two regular sized fenders that I store between the davits used to store my hard dinghy on deck between the mast and the main hatch. Dinghy...

Story Of The Westsail Wanti #258 In July   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 21, 2009 - 04:19 pm - Neil Malik, who I posted some info for in the Group Buys section let me know that the July/August issue of Ocean Navigator is going to publish the sto...
Jul 30, 2009 - 11:47 am - Amazing story! Just read it. Sounded like he ended up high on a beach in a surf zone. He said at one point in the article the boat was in 3' of water....

Stowing Larger Outboard   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 05, 2005 - 06:00 am - I'm picking up a larger (8 hp Yamaha) outboard for my dinghy. While my lil 2hp 4 stroke Honda stows easy, is reliable, lightweight & economical it...
Dec 06, 2005 - 01:29 pm - Good day Mike: I think the best place to stow an outboard engine is in the engine room (Hence the name for the room)I stow my 15 hp merk in the engine...
Dec 07, 2005 - 12:11 am - I have seen a number of westsailors who mount an outboard on the stainless support posts on either side of the mast. These are an optional extra in Bu...
Dec 07, 2005 - 05:57 am - Mike, on our 32 I had stowed it in the lazarette while offshore. I cut an opening in the lazarette floor and put a hatch board in there. Then I then p...
Dec 08, 2005 - 08:46 pm - We store our 15 h.p. Honda on the stern rail. We use the Garhaur motor crane to lower it to the dingy. It may need an additional support, at the base ...
Dec 09, 2005 - 05:46 am - Thanks for the ideas. I was hoping to avoid stowing it aft as I feel I have too much mass/weight forward (two CQRs + chains) and aft (a big bruce ...

Strength Of Tapped Bolts Versus Piloted Sheet Metal Screws   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 30, 2009 - 10:12 pm - OK for all you machinist/engineering types out there here is a question:Is a drilled and tapped hole into fiberglass more resistant to pullout than a ...
Jan 30, 2009 - 11:52 pm - HI Gary, Mark Miller here. First I will get you the info on the dodger I just don't have it right now, however the co.(Habor Custom Canvas In Californ...
Jan 31, 2009 - 09:06 pm - HI, Gary. please see my post under looking to buy. Mark.W28 Patricia A.

Strong Hand Hold When Going Forward Around The Dodger?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 27, 2009 - 09:10 am - What solutions have you found? During the times sailing aboard my W32, I have found that when going forward from the cockpit I feel that a very strong...
Jul 27, 2009 - 01:16 pm - Hi Bob, We solved this problem with sturdy SS dorade guards on the aft cabin and solid 1" hard handrail stem to stern except for the gates. Photos...
Jul 30, 2009 - 07:50 am - Don and Lana, Thank you for your very helpful reply to my hand hold problem question. What a great web site you have made available. I think that mayb...
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:33 am - Lin and Larry pardey use a larger diameter line from the arch to a forward shroud at just below shoulder height. It's on their DVDs on storm tactics ...
Jul 30, 2009 - 11:19 am - Bob,I have not done this on my Westsail, but on another boat we owned I moved our boom gallows forward and mounted it to the cabin sides. We positione...
Aug 02, 2009 - 09:39 am - I have a very sturdy SS dodger frame, through-bolted through the coach roof, that sits flush with the companion way entrance. There are hand-holds wel...

Tank Replacement   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 23, 2008 - 08:40 am - We have a WS42 that has 2 s/s water tanks under the cabin sole that are leaking. Can anyone give some insight into their replacements? I have the info...
Mar 23, 2008 - 10:50 am - Bud knows all the tricks... He's The Man~ I'm about to rip out my ancient and rusty SS tanks and buy one of Bud's polyeurethene tanks. $200 (including...

Teak Cleaning   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 05, 2006 - 08:22 pm - I just pulled my ratty looking, never-seen-varnish-in-a-decade, grabrails. There wasn't a lick of finish left on them and my wife decided to sand them...
Oct 05, 2006 - 08:43 pm - Tom,It all depends on how gnarly they really are, but I'd say have another go at them with 180 and see if you can get them smooth and the wood closed....
Oct 06, 2006 - 06:01 am - Try Signature Finishes. They have the best record in the Tropical sun. Two part and expensive, but not as expensive as putting all the time in normal ...

Teak Decks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 20, 2005 - 12:58 pm - Has anyone gone through the pains of removing their teak decking from a W32. I am contemplating removal instead of refurbishing my deck and would like...
Jan 20, 2005 - 04:56 pm - I should have an article comming out in the next Windblown on how I removed, refurbishied and reinstalled our teak deck. The outcome was beautiful but...
Jan 20, 2005 - 08:32 pm - Ahoy Jeff, I have completely removed the teak decks from 5 W-32's and 2 similar boats. Jim was right about the time. It takes about 2 1/2 weeks (100 h...
Jan 24, 2005 - 09:03 pm - DaveWhat is the purpose of laying the extra glass?Jeff
Jan 25, 2005 - 12:30 am - JeffAny time a hole is plugged the new, fill, material is different in age and make-up from the area surrounding the hole. Frequently, but not always,...
Mar 21, 2005 - 03:42 pm - DaveWhat is the fiberglass deck like under the teak decking? Are there areas of molded nonskid like the cabin top? If there are then do you grind it a...
Mar 23, 2005 - 02:01 am - Jeff,Yes there is nonskid under the teak decks, although I am not sure about that on the very earliest Westsails. I grind off the nonskid by about 80%...

Teak Wood Source In Houston, TX   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 27, 2008 - 08:45 pm - I may be shooting myself in the foot, but Clark's Hardwood Lumber Company here in the Houston Heights has great rough cut teak at $25.00 per board foo...

Thank You, Bud. Satori's Up   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 23, 2009 - 10:39 pm - Hello Westsailors.Thank you, Bud. My man.Satori's back up after some hard years.What can I say. Just left her tonight. Very close to perfect.Not sure ...

Thanks For The New Windblown.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 13, 2008 - 04:16 pm - Aloha, Jeff and Wendy.Thanks a lot for the new Windblown. It's Great.David B. S/V Asylum.
Apr 13, 2008 - 10:45 pm - Seconded! Great read, as usual. Someday I'll contribute!Cheers,Aaron N.

Thanks Louis   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 06, 2004 - 07:00 pm - Thanks for updating the WOA financials. Any member now knows that their hard earned dollars go 100% to the WOA. Great Job.
Dec 08, 2004 - 10:13 pm - Thanks, Dave, I appreciate the kind words. We have a great group of members at WOA. I look forward to serving you over the next several years as I hop...
Dec 10, 2004 - 07:59 am - This was long overdue.Thanks to micheal for putting the newest postings first in this board.Thank you Louis!Rich
Dec 10, 2004 - 01:41 pm - I sure don't want it to sound/be 'generic' because it's definately sincere butA great big THANK YOU to *everyone* involved with WOA. While I'v...
Dec 11, 2004 - 03:23 pm - this feels like a group hug. Kinda gives me the willies.;-)

The Cruising Life   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 25, 2009 - 10:07 pm - Reading the old Windbags, I noticed that a video was made called the "The Crusing Life". I was curious if it was still available and if it cou...
Aug 26, 2009 - 08:28 am - Christian and all,I haven't heard of this video. However, if someone has it in digital format, I'd be happy to add it to the site!Best,Aaron
Aug 26, 2009 - 01:36 pm - "The Cruising Life" is the Westsail promo video, of which I have a copy. I have shown it at many of the rendezvous. I can make a DVD copy if a...
Aug 26, 2009 - 06:08 pm - Maybe with our new bandwidth it maybe viewed on the WOA site.Thanks Bud,
Aug 26, 2009 - 06:34 pm - Bud -- I'd like a copy of "The Cruising Life" DVD. What do you figure the cost to be for a copy?
Aug 31, 2009 - 11:04 am - I have wondered about the possibility of making a new Westsail documentary feature. If the members of the WOA were to pool video of their boats and cr...
Aug 31, 2009 - 01:32 pm - It would be something special, but would require tremendous time and dedication of someone to pull it all together and get it done.
Aug 31, 2009 - 09:58 pm - We have the software to do it. My partner Jennifer does it for a living. And would volunteer her time if people provided the media clips.
Aug 31, 2009 - 11:16 pm - Frank, I think a new Westsail documentary is a great idea!Christian and Jennifer, thank you for offers your expertise.It could be a real draw for West...
Aug 31, 2009 - 11:32 pm - All,I'll do whatever I can, if that's only putting stuff on the website, or going down and shooting videos.For something like this to work we will nee...
Sep 01, 2009 - 11:44 am - I'll be happy to help if I can.
Sep 01, 2009 - 03:38 pm - Most of you have probably already watched one of the YouTubes I've done. I'm sure I have the original AVI (before shrinking for YouTube) if there is a...

Things To Look Out For   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 17, 2007 - 10:59 am - I know these boats are bomb-proof and that's why I want one. But can someone please give me a quick and dirty rundown of potential problem areas that ...
Dec 18, 2007 - 05:20 pm - Kenny,My Westsail Service Manual should give you the most complete answers to your concerns.I also have a free mini-survey form available by email.Con...
Dec 24, 2007 - 10:55 am - Recently joined WOA and proud owners of 74 W42Merry Xmas to all
Jan 01, 2008 - 10:38 pm - Ivan, Merry Christmas to you and Jane. Happy New Year, too. Congratulations on your new W42! Tell us about her. And we would love to see a picture (re...
Jan 01, 2008 - 11:00 pm - Kenny,I am little more than a novice, but based on my experience restoring a W28 (doing the work myself) and about 10 hours with two surveyors I can t...

Time To Sell The Perkins   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2007 - 07:17 pm - Can anyone tell me what my used Perkins and Velvet Drive gear should be worth? Motor has been completly bead blasted and has been broken down for a pr...

TOAST FOR 2010   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 01, 2010 - 01:23 am - May the best of 2009 be the worst of 2010!!!Happy New Year!
Jan 01, 2010 - 01:24 pm - Man! That'd be pretty darn good cuz 2009 is the year I retired and moved on to the boat. Thanks for the NY wishes, Christopher.-Steve
Jan 01, 2010 - 01:55 pm - Wishing all our fellow Westsailors health..happiness..and lots of great sailing in the new year!Happy New Year!Brad and Andrea

Tool(s) For Adjusting Rigging   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 29, 2007 - 09:20 am - ok, so, 'no dumb questions, right? on my old ericson 25 a screwdriver and pair of needle-nose pliers worked fine for adjusting the rig- with the 1/2&#...
Jul 02, 2007 - 10:02 pm - Depending on which model of turnbuckles you have, use two large screwdrivers, or a crescent wrench and one large screwdriver. Also lots of WD40.
Jul 03, 2007 - 12:13 am - OK! gosh, nice to know that some things are still cheap and 'easy'... (i'm amazed nobody has invented a special, handy dandy and quite expensive - rea...
Jul 03, 2007 - 02:09 pm - well, there is the really nice Koos tension guage that you should, of course, own ;-)
Oct 16, 2007 - 04:53 pm - What is the proper procedure for adjusting the rigging on a Westsail? Will be raising the mast in a month or so. I have the Loos guage, but bowsprit, ...
Oct 21, 2007 - 06:53 pm - George, There is a procedure written up on Page A-1 of my Westsail Service Manual. I will send the page by email to you.
Nov 24, 2007 - 01:04 am - Thanks, Bud. I bought your manual last year, but did not think to look there.My mast is not up yet. I have scraped, sanded, primed, and painted the ma...
Nov 24, 2007 - 09:39 am - "Maybe remove and inspect the chainplates."Have fun with that! A couple days on its own.Best of luck,Aaron N.
Nov 24, 2007 - 05:55 pm - do the chainplate thing though. I have had 3 go very bad. All on the same side of the boat.rich
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:22 am - Rich:Having just replaced 3 on the shady side of Pygmalion -- were yours in the shade also? ie she's docked east west and the north side is shady -- a...
Nov 25, 2007 - 12:05 pm - Don't think the shade had anything to do with it. Stainless can corrode if air cannot get to the surface. Best to install the chainplates with only a ...
Nov 25, 2007 - 12:32 pm - actually, during the 4 year refit, the only side of the boat that didn't get any sun was the side with the bad chainplates. It was 5 feet from a build...
Dec 12, 2007 - 12:44 pm - Well, I did remove all 3 chainplates on the starboard side. All three are in great shape. After I cleaned and repassivated they look almost new. Acces...

Total Height Of A W32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 15, 2005 - 01:11 pm - Hello all this is my first post, I'm buying a W32 and having it shipped and the conditions are such that i can't go out and measure it because it is 1...
Nov 16, 2005 - 01:46 am - I'm not sure of the height, but we've had our Westsail trucked several times by Dudley Yacht transport - they should know: 800-863-5103David MosbachDo...
Nov 16, 2005 - 12:32 pm - A Westsail 32, loaded slightly bow down, is 12'-3" from bottom of keel to the top of the bow pulpit. The keel to the top of the bowsprit is 11'-5&...

Traditional Sidelight Boxes   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 20, 2009 - 09:04 am - If anyone out there has the traditional oil/electric sidelights mounted in teak boxes I have a question about mounting them. The builder's manual show...
Oct 21, 2009 - 06:44 am - Mike, I checked on the older thread about lamp sources. Your photos of Sannyasin are good, but no close ups of the mounting details. When you have tim...
Oct 21, 2009 - 03:15 pm - I'm sending a separate e-mail with the photos. They are large and I don't want to take up room here, but for anyone else interested:So, this is what I...
Oct 21, 2009 - 05:40 pm - Could it be at all possible to have a picture of this, since it is worth a 1000 words. thanks for your help
Oct 21, 2009 - 07:12 pm - Jean, I forwarded Mike Dougan's email and photos. If you come up with a different solution, please let us know!
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:17 pm - Me too, please. This is the sort of thing we should keep track of for our future gallery, too!Thanks!Aaron
Oct 22, 2009 - 05:50 pm - Okay, Aaron, it's on it's way. Perhaps you can post Mike's photos for everyone to see.

True Value Of A W32 ?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 29, 2009 - 09:00 pm - Hi, some of you have seen me post on this message board before and may have heard me talk about buying a boat this spring or summer. That hasn?t chang...
Dec 29, 2009 - 10:40 pm - Eric - a boat is worth what someone will pay for it. Educate yourself well beforehand and you will find a great deal eventually. You seem to have the ...
Dec 30, 2009 - 09:01 am - There you go, Eric, you got it!Welcome to the club.Just remember, if it were easy, everyone would do it.Just FYI before I purchased my boat, I had a m...
Dec 30, 2009 - 01:44 pm - Eric,People price boats in funny ways. We had some friends who bought a Morris Yachts Frances a number of years ago. He had lusted after this boat sin...
Dec 30, 2009 - 02:04 pm - Eric:some comments, Look until you find the right boat, do the survey yourself (Surveyers have no liability!) that said: Bud will do an above average ...
Dec 30, 2009 - 10:33 pm - Eric,Lots of good advise in the messages above. I would add just one additional thought based on my experience. The more boats you look at/inspect, th...
Jan 01, 2010 - 01:51 pm - The other cost factors are (a) finding the right boat and (b) getting it to you. If you look at boats in California, PNW, Florida and New England you ...
Jan 04, 2010 - 08:05 pm - For what it's worth, I've seen a couple of the "for sale" boats up close and personal and can vouch for the quality of "JURA" (most be...
Jan 07, 2010 - 01:09 pm - I just love this question.Something we all had to face on admission to the club so to speak. You gotta give Bud credit, and I paraphrase, "If you'...
Jan 07, 2010 - 08:11 pm - On Tuesday I recently had a survey done on the Sea Dreamer II, Jack Gifford's boat.The surveyor put the value in the ballpark Jack was asking for, but...

Turtle Hatch Supports   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 06, 2008 - 11:49 am - Hi all,How do you support your midship "turtle" hatch in the open position? I've been looking around for adjustable lift arms/struts, but am h...
Jul 30, 2008 - 04:23 pm - Any thoughts?Thanks!Aaron N.
Jul 30, 2008 - 08:43 pm - Aaron, try www.sailboatowners.com I did a quick search and found these. Place the adjustment device in the center, so no matter which way you open, th...
Jul 31, 2008 - 11:30 am - Here are a couple of pictures of the supports on Terry's boat, Inalla. Really simple, just a piece of teak cut with a notch that fits over the lip of ...
Jul 31, 2008 - 11:32 am - Sorry! I have yet to figure out how to shrink pictures before uploading them!

Two Anchors Down   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 26, 2007 - 11:08 am - Hello sailors, I have never put down two anchors streamed off the bow before. I've read extensively on the topic but still have reservations. I would ...
Jul 26, 2007 - 12:11 pm - There is a lot in your qst there and I don't know if you're talking about two anchors in tantam or as a Bahamian moor. Since I've only use the Bahamia...

Under Body Design Changes   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 21, 2006 - 10:35 pm - Good day all: I have completed a couple of underbody changes, with very good sucess.1.) Similar to Dave Kings mod fairing the rudder in.2.) The skate ...
Sep 24, 2006 - 06:31 pm - put a black plastic garbage bag over the prop and cinch it closed.No hard growth.
Sep 24, 2006 - 08:19 pm - Don't use plastic ! God forbid it plugs up your raw water intake or even someone elses or ends up floatin in the enviorment.Try stitching an old 100% ...
Sep 27, 2006 - 08:36 pm - I will Let every one know how the fiber glass prop muffs work out in 6 or so months, (I want to retreve or place them on from the dock using a boat ho...

Using A Preventer   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 11, 2009 - 02:25 pm - Does anyone jury rig this happily? The only way I can see this being done is a line to a spare block or slide on the genoa track. Anyone find it to be...
Jun 11, 2009 - 03:15 pm - The boom vang described on Page A-17 in my Westsail Service Manual will also act as a preventer.
Jun 12, 2009 - 12:56 am - Nanette,Here is an old discussion that covers a few good options for setting up a boom vang on W32s.For future reference, check out the "Search&#...
Jun 12, 2009 - 08:14 am - We use a boom brake which also fuctions as a vang. It will not completely stop an accidental jibe but the boom moves in slowwwwwwwwwww motion an inch ...
Jun 14, 2009 - 07:58 am - Aaron, sorry about that, I see there is much discussion of this already, thanks - will err to the search function first from here on in, I promise!
Jun 15, 2009 - 05:24 pm - I don't know if other boats have them, but my gaff-rigged W32 has running backstays on both sides. There is a wooden block and tackle shackled to a ch...

Using A Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 07, 2009 - 01:47 pm - I'm probably kind of thick, but that combined with my total lack of experience with windlass use leads me to ask you all some questions. I ask here be...
Sep 07, 2009 - 04:29 pm - My first question would be: Where do you cruise and what is the general depth of the water where you anchor?You really shouldn't use the windlass to p...
Sep 07, 2009 - 08:49 pm - Stephen,I finally fixed your link in the Member's Site area...Your problems are NOT to be ashamed of. Windlasses are kinda confusing, so don't feel li...
Sep 07, 2009 - 09:01 pm - Steve,Rich brings up some good points. I'll try to add to what he has said.The drum is keyed to the mainshaft on the 555 and it always turns with the ...
Sep 08, 2009 - 09:47 am - Honestly I found myself just having Debra idle slowly up until the rode was vertical, snub it off until the anchor broke loose and then, with the boa...
Sep 08, 2009 - 10:44 am - Thank you all for your replies and help. I think I'm beginning to get the picture. The overriding thing I see that I have to learn is that I can't ask...
Sep 08, 2009 - 03:33 pm - Stephen:One tip you can use on the drum side.Use a small rope trip line with a float "old man over board float without the flag" (just don't p...
Sep 08, 2009 - 07:30 pm - My reading of the 555 manual indicated to me that the port drum was a warping drum, and the stbd. gypsy was a combined chain/3 strand line combo packa...

V-Berth Mattress   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 22, 2006 - 05:44 pm - For those of you who use your v-berth bunk, what is the thickness of your mattress and it's material. I am considering 2-3" of memory foam over 2 ...
Nov 22, 2006 - 07:14 pm - Did that on my owner's cabin berth, 43#44. I had my interior guy bind it all up so it looks like a one piece deal, not layer cake.It's about the most ...
Nov 30, 2006 - 03:53 pm - Speaking of v-birth foam, do you guys do anything special to stop the condensation from forming under the foam? Glorious was purchased with all the pa...
Dec 03, 2006 - 02:31 pm - I've been thinking about that memory foam too and would be interested in hearing other's experiences with it. My biggest concern is that I've heard pe...
Dec 09, 2006 - 10:25 am - Michael, On my boat (admittedly, not a very well detailed original kit W32) the old cushions are nothing more than 4" thick upholstery foam of the...
Dec 09, 2006 - 05:58 pm - Memory foam is open cell. On the cost side my local Sam's club has a 3" queen topper for $149. I figured I would cut it too shape and apply over 2...
Dec 10, 2006 - 09:06 pm - We just replaced the pad on Satori. Three inches of medium with 2 inches of memory. It is far and away better than plain foam it replaced. We covered ...
Dec 13, 2006 - 04:50 pm - We purchased memory foam from overstock.com 3" double for $100.00

Venting Heaters   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 16, 2008 - 02:22 pm - I'm re-installing our Ratelco Cole 1655 solid fuel heater which was removed when the boat went from LA to Florida via Panama. I seem to have all the o...
Sep 17, 2008 - 08:05 am - When we had a woodstove on our previous boat we used small cut-offs from my shop (mostly fir and pine) and pieces cut from fallen limbs off the alder ...

Very Sad News...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 02, 2008 - 09:41 am - Christopher W. ChadwickCHRISTOPHER CHADWICK PALM BAY Christopher W. Chadwick, born October 31, 1942, died on Thursday, December 27, 2007, while aboard...
Jan 02, 2008 - 09:49 am - http://www.legacy.com/floridatoday/Obituaries.asp?Page=Notice&PersonID=100367906
Jan 02, 2008 - 09:54 am -
Jan 02, 2008 - 06:01 pm - Damn, so sorry to hear.Fair Winds to Chris, may all his sailing be down wind with great sunsets.

Very Sad News...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 25, 2008 - 08:28 am - Christian Dutton, of W32 Nepenth found near his boat, apparently drowned...Here is a link to the newspaper article...http://www.floridatoday.com/artic...
Nov 27, 2008 - 09:33 pm - Very sad indeed, thanks for sharing, Fred. Every day, every moment- every breath precious...

Volara Foam Icebox Liner   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 30, 2005 - 08:56 am - I'm currently replacing my A/B compressor & evaporator. In the process I'm also wanting to 're-furb' my icebox insulation as I'm sure the original...
Apr 30, 2005 - 05:09 pm - Go to Glacier Bays site and there they have a calculator for ice boxes with size and insulation. You can then calculate with the smaller size and the ...

W 32 Boat Speed   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 06, 2008 - 02:27 pm - I'm a new W-32 owner #605. Oceana is sloop rigged (I think I have a super Yankee)and I sail on SF Bay where its windy. I'm very impressed by her boat ...
Aug 06, 2008 - 02:45 pm - Theoretical max hull speed for our water line is supposed to be about 7.2kts If you have some current going with you, you can easily hit 8.4 I think I...
Aug 06, 2008 - 02:53 pm - It is the recal thing.Above 7.2 - 7.5 Knots the weather helm will start building as you lose the stern support (reatachment of the stern wave to suppo...
Aug 06, 2008 - 03:06 pm - Norm, where do you keep your W32..I sail out of Alameda.
Aug 06, 2008 - 03:32 pm - Dfharris:I use to be out of Grand Marina but I sailed over here to Honolulu Hawaii, and I just can't seam to bring myself to sail back. (but I do miss...
Aug 06, 2008 - 05:53 pm - We have seen speedo speeds of 8+ but thats in over 35 true running on the bay with double reef in the main, and full super yankee(?), where waves ...
Aug 06, 2008 - 07:52 pm - Dfharris:Pygmalion #567 is in Alameda Marina #209 -- I try to sail once a month or so but hard to get crew.There is another WS just down the dock 4 sl...
Aug 07, 2008 - 07:26 am - My Westsail has always impressed me on her speed capabilities, especially given her "reputation". My best sail was leaving Sandy Hook on our w...
Aug 07, 2008 - 11:20 am - "My best sail was leaving Sandy Hook on our way down to Cape May. We had a strong Westerly wind and were on a reach along the NJ coast with Tom an...
Aug 10, 2008 - 11:09 pm - Way to go, Don and Bill and Tom! Always nice when someone proves folks wrong about Westsails being slow boats.George
Aug 13, 2008 - 03:14 pm - I've had several experiences with my w32 where we have sailed in 20-30kt winds, averaging 7-8kts boat speed measured by paddlewheel type knot meter. W...
Aug 13, 2008 - 08:59 pm - DRwiencke:You ask how the knot logs can be off a small bit.On most units they have some calibration screws (or knobs for adjusting out these small err...
Aug 13, 2008 - 10:33 pm - So Norm,If the knot meter agrees with the gps while motoring at a steady speed in flat water on a lake, would that mean the knot meter is calibrated c...
Aug 13, 2008 - 11:31 pm - Dave:You could have more confidence in you knot log if you motored along at say 2.5knots GPS on lake for 1/4mile checking the reading on the knot log ...
Aug 22, 2008 - 01:00 am - how far are your boats heeling at these speeds? I'm thinking about building a salon table, gimballed along the centerline and was wondering how many d...
Aug 22, 2008 - 09:05 am - 30 degrees to each side ought to do it. Any more than 30 degrees heeling and you probably won't be slurping soup in the salon.:-D
Aug 22, 2008 - 01:51 pm - My sweet spot is at 18 deg. I slow after 25 deg.and once I had seen 90 deg (my boat was real slow on that heel angle however)Not sure on the gimballed...

W28 Hull Speed   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 23, 2004 - 11:20 am - can anyone tell me the hull speed for a w 28?
Nov 23, 2004 - 11:37 am - Hi Syd,I input the LWL, LOA, ballast, etc into this site http://www.gosail.com/rateboat.html and it calculated it for me. I used the values for the W2...
Jan 22, 2005 - 09:14 pm - Ratings for boat: WestsailTheoretical hull speed: 7.03 kts.Displacement-to-length ratio: 419.0SA/D ratio: 13.94Ballast-to-displacement ratio: 35.9Caps...
Jan 23, 2005 - 07:43 am - HiFor any displacment hull you can calculate the theoretical hull speed simply.It is the Square root of the length waterline multiplyed by 1.34ie, for...
Jan 23, 2005 - 07:49 am - Sorry, I cant type today - the LWL of the 28 is 23.6 - NOT 27.6the result is correct at 6.5, I just typed a 7 instead of a 3 doh ! :-)Joe.

W28 Maiden Sail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 04, 2009 - 09:12 pm - I bought my W28 from the original owner 2+ years ago and have been slowly (very slowly) restoring her. This was the first sail she has been on in ...
Jan 04, 2009 - 09:18 pm - Congratulations George! Must be a good feeling
Jan 04, 2009 - 11:19 pm - Congrats George she's a beaut
Jan 05, 2009 - 12:04 am - ahhh, so that's what open, warm water looks like... we've got single digits (F) and 6" of ice in the harbor here in homer, alaska... thanks for t...
Jan 05, 2009 - 04:25 am - Briansmith, Please send some cooler air down here it's getting a little to warm for me now
Jan 05, 2009 - 08:01 pm - George: Looks great -- nice to see her in good condition and on the water...
Jan 05, 2009 - 09:19 pm - Good going George! With both you and Randy on the water it will be time for a raft up at Redfish Island this spring. Maybe a bunch of Westsails ancho...
Jan 05, 2009 - 09:27 pm - There is still a lot of work ahead, but at least I can take her sailing. The caprail is the only exterior teak I have varnished so far, so there is a ...
Jan 08, 2009 - 10:35 pm - Hellow, George&Rayna. You should be very proud of your accomplishment, what you have done was exspensive and time consuming. A labor of Love. Not ...
Jan 09, 2009 - 06:16 pm - The comment about the working head cracked me up. I detest our "wet" head and am resisting using it - pumping out is a pain and just one more ...
Jan 09, 2009 - 10:16 pm - Ralph,I recently converted to an Airhead; there is a thread in "Gear for the Boat" about it. We sold out Wilcox Crittenden Skipper toilet on e...
Jan 10, 2009 - 08:32 pm - Aaron,Thanks. I looked at the photos you posted a few days ago. They'll be useful. Photos posted at http://sv-galena.livejournal.com/30660.html will h...

W32 "Soya" ???   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 28, 2005 - 05:20 pm - Can anyone tell me about this yacht? I have tried locating it, without success.
Feb 28, 2005 - 08:38 pm - It's a WS32 (Hull WSSK 05820476), hailing from Ventura Ca. Owner of record is:ROGER C EVANS9469 KENNEBEC STVENTURA, CA 93004
Mar 01, 2005 - 11:55 pm - thanks Mike.

W32 - Hull #453   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 06, 2009 - 11:29 am - Hi,I used to own hull #453 back in the 1980's through early '90s, and was curious if anyone knows the whereabouts or status of her?Thanks in advance,N...
Jun 09, 2009 - 07:02 pm - Nate,My records show W32 #453 went through a series of owners in Texas. She is currently owned by Rob Peirce in Oxford, MD, and named Kolonahe.

W32 Anchor Rode Downpipe & Location   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 22, 2007 - 10:52 pm - George,I too like this idea.I'm curious if any W32 owners have done this - I have room under my forward most bin in the vee birth and am able to feel ...
Oct 23, 2007 - 04:20 pm - The construction manual actually details this process with a chain pipe down from the deck pipe and through the bulkhead just below the top of the v b...
Oct 28, 2007 - 09:47 am - On our 32 I had put in a large 4-6" pvc pipe going from the Chain locker into the bilge. Worked great with the chain sliding down the pvc easily. ...
Jun 15, 2009 - 11:29 am - Let me first say that I have used the search function to see if there are any answers out there and this is as close as I have gotten.I am having a pr...
Jun 15, 2009 - 06:54 pm - One comment Balance:Your issue seems to be that the chain is falling over on it self. I.e. if you change your feed to the center of the chain pile you...
Jun 16, 2009 - 04:23 am - My 32 has a partition in the chain locker which seems to work very well with on all chain rode and another nylon and a bit of chain (3/8" G4). The...
Jun 16, 2009 - 11:57 am - The key to storing lots of chain on a boat is to get the weight as far back from the bow as possible. Under the V berth would be ok, but closer to the...
Jun 17, 2009 - 10:56 am - Thanks Bud,Wonderful information. It never occurred to me that the long chain would be more or less seldom used. So, down and back makes a lot more se...
Jul 28, 2009 - 11:44 am - I plan to install a pvc pipe that will run from the deck pipe at the bowsprit down along the bilge to the bilge area behind the mast.I was wondering i...
Jul 28, 2009 - 01:48 pm - One bit of infoif the pipe ID is 10% smaller than the shortest (length of a link), it will have less chance of bridging. Or if bigger than 2x that dim...
Jul 28, 2009 - 03:16 pm - Use a length of long sweep electrical PVC pipe to make the transition from down the locker to along the bilge to the final resting place for the ancho...
Jul 29, 2009 - 10:48 am - Thanks for the help. Norm - your idea about using a pipe with a small ID is interesting.....is this what you use?I measured my 5/16" link - they a...
Jul 29, 2009 - 02:16 pm - GaryIn the stern, I use 1-1/2" with a 1 1/4" ID hose lead from a haser down through the stern locker to a space just over the prop cutout. Ver...
Jul 29, 2009 - 02:37 pm - Gary:Sorry to add a second message bit, but you noted you were going to locate the chain aft of the mast. There is a bit of fall between the keel unde...
Jul 29, 2009 - 08:50 pm - Norm,What is the length of your stern rod and what is the size of the line and chain? I wouldn't want to overcrowd such a small space.Jean
Jul 29, 2009 - 08:55 pm - Only problem with the shop vac is 110v ac Norm. I dont have a big enough inverter to run one of those..Yes, the run is quite flat fron under the v-ber...
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:39 pm - We installed abs pipe in the anchor locker and have found many times it to be more problem than it's worth. The chain piles up so one person needs to ...
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:55 pm - Jim or Julie - are you saying you are going to store the chain up front under the vberth? I had thought about that but I'm concerned about all the wei...
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:59 pm - Ooops just realised that I was replying without reading your whole message.....I see now what you said about putiing it up front temporarily and then ...
Aug 31, 2009 - 05:11 pm - Bud, you are so right. Around here it's hundreds of miles to any reefs or areas of hazardous anchorage, barring shipwrecks, of course.On further conte...
Aug 31, 2009 - 07:26 pm - This thread was moved from the Westsail 28 Discussion area.
Sep 01, 2009 - 12:09 pm - Randy, Not a good idea to drag the chain out through the forward hatch. You will probably scratch up everything. Cut an opening in the floor of the ch...
Sep 01, 2009 - 06:00 pm - Great thoughts, Bud. I don't want to scratch her up. Will try your idea, and, actually, I think there is already a hole about the right size in the st...
Sep 02, 2009 - 09:45 am - One thing to remember is to wash down the chain before putting it away. That mud sure does stink up the place if you don't and washing up the locker ...
Sep 02, 2009 - 08:13 pm - Ken: I've thought a lot about dragging all the muck into the locker.Can you briefly describe your system for handling the chain and rode AND keeping t...
Sep 03, 2009 - 10:08 am - Install a good 12 volt washdown pump, with a spigot on the foredeck. Hang a short hose next to the roller on the bowsprit platform, and wash down the ...
Sep 03, 2009 - 08:43 pm - Cleaning chain. I just laid it out on deck until I had time to clean. Then just a bucket over the side and splash it good. Also a tip from the Pardey...
Sep 03, 2009 - 11:08 pm - Hey all,This was in Good Old Boat, Issue 57 from Nov/Dec 2007, by Bob Steadman:"Washdown pumps are great when a muddy anchor chain comes aboard, b...
Sep 04, 2009 - 03:23 pm - Terrific idea to do the cleaning off UNDER water where the muck will easily dislodge and simply float away. Thanks for the trick.

W32 Ballasting Pre-1975 - Lead? Problems?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 02, 2004 - 07:08 pm - Hi allI'll be looking at a 1973 Westsail 32 this weekend. The current owner had the ballast listed as 7000lbs Pb according to a survey he had done whe...
Aug 03, 2004 - 08:26 am - I asked Bud a similar question via email recently. Unfortunately it appears his reply is on my other computer that I don't have access to right now.I ...
Aug 03, 2004 - 09:46 pm - Thanks Mike! Joining WOA has already been worth it just for the care and consideration that the members take in answering my questions. And yes, Sila ...
Aug 04, 2004 - 07:48 pm - Christie:Check out my message under Ask Bud for the answer to the ballast question.

W32 Build Manual And Perkins Engine Manuals Online   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 01, 2010 - 01:56 am - For anyone who's interested, I just placed three Perkins Engine Manuals online that are available for download. The are as follows...Shop Manual for 4...
Feb 01, 2010 - 11:15 am - Just as a clarification...There is a link on my NavReference website (where these manuals reside) to allow someone to purchase them on a disc. Please ...

W32 Draft   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 28, 2006 - 02:19 pm - Hi folks post from a new member. I need to know the draft of a 32 when set up for cruising,I am planning to go through a canal and it's stated depth i...
Mar 28, 2006 - 03:11 pm - If I'm not mistaken, the stated draft is right around five feet, so it would be a tight fit at best. These boats hold a lot before the sit appreciably...
Mar 28, 2006 - 09:11 pm - Which canal?
Mar 29, 2006 - 08:47 am - I am planning to go thro the Canal Du Midi in France John
Apr 02, 2006 - 10:46 am - I am the owner of a Westsail 32 it came with a Sayes rig for self steering. I have seen a lot of negative stories regarding the Sayes for the 32 regar...
Apr 02, 2006 - 07:28 pm - Paula and I went through the Canal du Midi with Francis Perey on his W32 E. Galois, and he had no trouble on any of the canals from Paris to the Med. ...
Apr 07, 2006 - 10:38 am - Hi Bud I visited that site and it was very good but It was not the Canal Du Midi that you went thro.The canal du midi cuts across France just above th...
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:15 am - We are lightly loaded (compared to future load!) and at our recent haul we estimated 5'4" from keel to top of the mud line on the hull.

W32 Head And Galley Sinks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 03, 2008 - 06:27 pm - My "basket case" W32 came with two SS sinks in it - the head sink was installed but the galley sink was just tossed in the boat ( I think it w...
Oct 03, 2008 - 07:01 pm - Those sound about right. My wife wanted a deeper galley sink. The water sloshed out too easily. ken
Oct 04, 2008 - 02:03 am - Your dim sound about right.I have the Deep Deep sinks about 12" which puts the drain near the waterline +1/2" which has +/- but at 6&#...
Feb 08, 2009 - 10:15 am - When I bought Tarwathie 4 years ago, Al Hatch, the previous owner, had the galley sink draining to the bilge. That's a fairly disgusting practice beca...
Feb 08, 2009 - 10:29 am - Dick,I'm trying to decide what to do here, too. We do not have a particularly deep sink, but would like something deeper. One option I've seen people ...
Feb 08, 2009 - 11:43 am - Install a small sump box in the bilge sump. It is a sealed box, with a small electric pump in it, and a float switch. That way the sink can drain into...
Feb 08, 2009 - 12:18 pm - The sump box pump can be purchased as a ready made unit, Rule #98A. Or you can make one yourself by stealing a container from your home kitchen that h...
Feb 09, 2009 - 07:03 pm - We have run into this same issue on a number of boats we have owned. My solution is to install a foot pump in the sink drain line, it pumps out the si...
Feb 12, 2009 - 12:41 pm - Thank you all, but special thanks to Kevin and Marilyn. That's exactly the kind of common sense practical solution I hoped to find. Your suggestion is...
Feb 12, 2009 - 01:15 pm - Kevin,That is a good idea, however I'm confused about it's use in practice. Does the sink go down to a foot pump that is mounted at foot level, and th...
Feb 13, 2009 - 01:22 am - When we installed the 12" deep galley sink in our K32 we installed a small holding tank on the shelf under the sink for it to drain to. (We actual...
Feb 13, 2009 - 10:39 am - The Pacific Seacraft 37 uses a electric marcerator pump on their sinks. Seems to work well on the ones that I know. Just another option.
Feb 13, 2009 - 12:42 pm - In our boats the sink drain goes directly to the foot pump which is below the waterline and then from the foot pump to the thru hull. With this type o...
Feb 13, 2009 - 02:55 pm - Kevin - I'm trying to reach you by e-mail....are you out of town...?GarySorry for the interruption
Feb 13, 2009 - 03:16 pm - One comment (Pump or nopump with ck valves)You do have to be a little careful of what goes down the sink.My check valve type drain pumps itself out, (...
Feb 13, 2009 - 05:53 pm - Gary and Charlotte, I'm back home I've sent you and Email with my contact phone numbers. The 14th is fine.Kevin
Feb 16, 2009 - 01:42 am - I plan to plumb the drain line from the head sink to the raw water intake for the head. I am also planning to run the drain line from the galley sink ...
Feb 16, 2009 - 02:37 am - George I don't think your plan is good:8' of hose with dips and high spots in it, will not work for for very long as it will vapor lock and, or the so...
Feb 16, 2009 - 11:00 pm - Norm,Thanks for your comments. I posted the question because I was a little iffy on the long galley drain line. There is no seacock for the galley dra...

W32 Manual   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 30, 2009 - 02:58 pm - Hi,I'm an almost W32 owner in Australia and clicked on the User Manual link in the member's area but it comes up with 'file not found'. Can anyone ema...
Mar 30, 2009 - 04:44 pm - Gary,I'll post it on my server and mail you the link. I'm having trouble getting the manual on the westsail.org server, which is why it doesn't work.B...
Mar 31, 2009 - 10:32 am - I tried all the tricks I know too, to get that link working, but so far, no love.
Apr 01, 2009 - 11:57 am - I do have a CD of the Westsail 32 factory construction manual if that is what you want. I do not have the W32 owners manual though.
Apr 08, 2009 - 12:28 am - Hey all,The W32 Manual is now available in the Member's Area.Cheers,Aaron N.ps - Mike, I cheated
Apr 08, 2009 - 04:02 pm - Aaron,I believe you've posted the Factory Construction Manual that Bud mentions above. I may have a very yellowed copy of the Owners Manual, I'll chec...
Apr 08, 2009 - 07:45 pm - Scott,You're right. But boy, I got the link working, so I'm not going to mess with it.If you do have an owner's manual, I'd like to digitize it and ma...

W32 Stability   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 27, 2007 - 08:57 pm - Can anyone tell how stable w32 is compared with other boats of same size?Thanks
Mar 01, 2007 - 06:04 am - Here is one page you can get the data: http://www.sailingusa.info/motion_comfort.htm There is another that will let you compare two boats side by side...

W42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 24, 2005 - 09:09 am - Hello all,Say, we are starting to think about tank and battery placement for our W42 build out. We were wondering where the best place for battery ban...
Apr 24, 2005 - 04:10 pm - R and J, We moved our house batteries just aft of the mast step. Two AGM 235's or something like that. I built a floor under the sole and they sit the...
Apr 27, 2005 - 03:23 pm - Batteries:Mine are located in two places. 4 batteries under the aft most settee seat and 4 more in the walkway joining the aft cabin with the galley. ...
Apr 27, 2005 - 04:10 pm - WS 42 TANKS:I removed and installed all the water and fuel tanks this past winter, what a job!!! The project allows you to see what lies below the tan...
Apr 28, 2005 - 06:46 am - Wow.. what a GREAT idea. If (when) I ever remove my alum fuel tanks for cleaning/inspection I think I will have them Rhino coated.

W42 Owners: How Much Tankage Do You *really* Have?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 10, 2007 - 09:28 am - The original sales lit, dated 1978, says 456 gallons (total fuel & water). Preliminary calculations show about 380 US gallons can be fit underneat...
Mar 10, 2007 - 08:18 pm - My guess is in some of their boats they may have taken the centerline tanks all the way down to the keel. A friend has a 43 and his centerline tanks w...
Mar 11, 2007 - 10:02 am - Thanks Dave, I think you are right. If I run the calculations running the tanks all the way to the keel (about 27 inches in height) I get just under 4...
Mar 13, 2007 - 11:01 am - My WS 42, #111 is a factory finished model. Keel laid in 79, finished in 80. My tankage is: Fuel Port - 40, Fuel Center - 130, Fuel Stbd - 50, Water P...

W42: External Halyards?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 21, 2009 - 02:52 pm - W42 owners, and/or Bud.Were early 42s rigged with external halyards? Turns out both masts that came with our WSSK0060 have no exit at the top for inte...
Jan 22, 2009 - 02:23 pm - Rob,Don't know of any that had internals in the 70's. Know of one boat that added internals to his. He's in Halyard Heaven!Fair Winds
Jan 22, 2009 - 05:28 pm - All the masts were originally set up for external halyards. However, with three sets of two sheeves in line at the masthead, then one of each can be u...

W43 & Force 10 Cozy Cabin Heater   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 09, 2010 - 04:18 am - Does anyone have an owner's manual in PDF and any positive feedback about one?I've never used one before and the crew that will be moving my W43 don't...
Jan 09, 2010 - 08:33 am - A quick check of the Force 10 site only had stoves. Following a few google links it looks like SigMarine may have taken over the Cozy Cabin heater. Th...
Jan 10, 2010 - 03:23 am - Thanks for the try Jeff. I'd found the new propane models made by sigmar, mine is an old (possibly westsail installed) Force 10 CNG model. So far I've...
Jan 20, 2010 - 01:28 pm - Rob:I have had very bad luck (until reaching Hawaii) with this unit.Badly designed! watch for leaks from the connection from the hose to the pot metal...
Jan 25, 2010 - 03:12 pm - Well I looked and looked on the boat, and did not find the manual (must be on the Mainland) I am saving on weight and it has limited use here.Also My ...
Jan 25, 2010 - 06:34 pm - Good news, mine is kerosene. I had my uncle who is watching my boat while I'm in Iraq, check the heater. I've downloaded the online manual. Thanks for...

W43 Photo's   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 02, 2009 - 11:38 pm - I'm attempting to put together a digital photo album of the W43's with the hull numbers, names and current owners. I'm also trying to find out how man...
Aug 03, 2009 - 10:18 am - Robert,If you're successful, I'd be very interested in adding your photo album to the website for other owner's and prospective owners to enjoy.Let us...
Aug 05, 2009 - 11:10 am - Great idea Robert.I own hull number 41Currently sailing in Lake MichiganI will be sending u a pic soonCheersFlip
Aug 05, 2009 - 12:29 pm - Great! I look forward to adding your picture Flip. Btw, what is the boat's name?Aaron, I have a feeling by the time I send this to you I'll have to ma...
Aug 05, 2009 - 04:08 pm - Ok, I guessed wrong on #13. In referencing Windblown Vol. 25 no. 3, pages 4 and 5, Flip was welcomed aboard with his '43 listed as Katura Ann (W43/197...
Aug 05, 2009 - 05:42 pm - Rob, W43 Katura Ann is #41, not #43. W43 Leviathian is #18.
Nov 20, 2009 - 01:06 am - Aloha Rob,My name is Rick Pelton my wife Liisa and I own and live on Pueo our Westsail 43, (hull # WSSF30070376) I'll try to get pic to you when I fig...
Nov 21, 2009 - 05:02 pm - Hi Rob: This looks like a very nice project for 43 owners to participate in. We live aboard and cruise INFINI, W43, #49. Pictures may be viewed at our...

WANDERING ALBATROSS-Antigua-DonScafidi Art   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 28, 2009 - 02:59 pm - It seems our fleet's W32 esteemed WANDERING ALBATROSS won two trophies in the, I think 2007, Antigua Classic yacht race. Yeh, you!It seems to have com...
May 09, 2009 - 06:16 pm - Hey Randy,We're not sure about the artist and do not know if he created a picture of our boat during the race, but we do have some high-definition pho...

Washing Interior Wood   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 28, 2008 - 11:45 am - Our boat is pretty dirty inside. I would like to wash the floors at least but don't know what to use.... the sole has nver been stained or painted. It...
Jun 28, 2008 - 12:22 pm - Gary,I like to use Murphy's Oil Soap on interior woods. It's guaranteed not to hurt it and smells good. Dishwashing detergent could be hard to wash ou...
Jun 28, 2008 - 08:50 pm - Cheers Aaron!

Watch Out Mr. King!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 15, 2005 - 07:15 pm - Dave King, looks like you have some welcomed competition! This month's issue of Southwinds "News & Views for Southern Sailors," reports th...

Water Logged Hull?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 11, 2009 - 09:52 pm - We noticed in the past year that Tarwathie makes less and less speed under power. At 2000 RPM with no wind, no current, we used to do 5.5 knots, then ...
May 12, 2009 - 09:50 am - Dick, Have you noted the amount of "STUFF" you have put aboard over the years. Maybe that is the problem.
May 12, 2009 - 02:45 pm - did you check the accuracy of guage you are using to measure your speed????
May 12, 2009 - 03:27 pm - Dick:I am going with Buds comment. ----- stuff!(3" = about 3X1700#/inch or 5100# + of stuff.or about 93ft^3 of water? allotI myself have sunk ...

Water Tank Distribution   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 21, 2009 - 12:50 am - Hi:The previous owner of Oceana installed two new poly water tanks. They are great but I seem to be able to only draw water from the forward tank. Whe...
Apr 21, 2009 - 08:31 am - Try disconnecting the hoses to the respective tanks and blowing backward. It's possible they're hooked up wrong - this will let you hear which tank is...
Apr 21, 2009 - 10:45 am - Thanks Aaron...is it easy to replace the straw?David
Apr 21, 2009 - 12:08 pm - David,Yeah, assuming these are a set of Bud's tanks, it should be attached to one of the nipples that is screwed into the tank. If it has fallen off, ...
Apr 21, 2009 - 01:25 pm - I use copper tubing as a draw pipe, and stick a short piece of 3/8" ID plastic hose inside the the threaded plastic barb with some PVC cement to g...
Apr 21, 2009 - 01:53 pm - Bud:I have had good luck (when Heeled) with a longer 3/8" plastic hose (16" long) stuck into the hose barb and a short 3" long pc of coppe...

We Are New W32 Owners!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 22, 2007 - 12:32 am - Hello! We just purchased our Westsail 32 Flushdeck #244 from California. We are in the Vancouver area of BC, Canada. We were told our boat was origina...
Oct 22, 2007 - 01:29 pm - Congrats'! As a relatively new owner myself- 'Orion' hull # 553 - up here in Southcentral Alaska... Know what a great feeling it is to finally have TH...

We Did It!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 21, 2007 - 05:51 pm - We are happy to announce that the transfer of ownership of Mary Rose is complete. The previous owner, Captain Larry Sherwood made the transition very ...
Jul 23, 2007 - 09:04 am - Congratulations & welcome aboard!!!

Website Providers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 07, 2005 - 10:34 pm - Well, at last Daemon is looking like her refit will have an end in the next couple of months and we'll be off cruising. Before we go I'd like to set u...
Aug 08, 2005 - 12:20 pm - I am currently using www.simplehost.comYou may ask Steve and Vanessa who they are using there site looked like a very nice upload of information.Best ...
Aug 08, 2005 - 01:06 pm - Hi Jill... there is a good chance that whomever you have your internet service with (xtra.co or whomever) provides you with space for a personal "...
Aug 25, 2005 - 04:47 pm - OK, have it all sorted now, and the prototype Daemon pages are now up & running on www.yachtdaemon.com . Thanks for the hints, guys!Best regards,J...
Sep 21, 2005 - 07:13 am - A word of advice, just don't go near Registerfly as a domain host. They are unreliable and I have nothing but trouble with them. My site and email is ...

Westsail 32 "Moonshadow" Portland Oregon   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 20, 2005 - 09:58 pm - Could anyone provide an email address for the owner of Moonshadow from Portland Oregon. This boat is currently in Brisbane Australia and I would like ...
Apr 20, 2005 - 10:48 pm - Ahoy Rod,There is an Alajuela 38 named Moonshadow, from Portland Oregon, currently in Brisbane Australia. It has green trim and canvas. This boat is a...
Apr 21, 2005 - 10:14 am - RodThere is a W32 named Moonshadow on the WOA member listing...Noel DantonP.O. Box 414Airlie Beach, Whitsunday QLD 4802 AUSTRALIAsilver@wilpat.com.auE...
Apr 21, 2005 - 09:39 pm - Thank you for the replies. To Jeff: I am aware of Moonshadow IV, but this was not that boat and I had previously checked the member listing.Dave: than...

Westsail 32 Bowsprit Extension   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 23, 2005 - 08:52 am - Hello all,I have read with interest the details from Bud and others regarding weather helm on the W32.It is my understanding that the original mainsai...
Jan 25, 2005 - 03:42 pm - Hi Joe and Jayne, you might want to read through Dave King's article on speed optimizations. Mostly he talks about some hull modifications you can mak...
Jan 25, 2005 - 05:44 pm - Hello Michael.We have seen (virtually) and drooled over your super conversion.. well done Sir..I must confess, if I was going to rerrig a westsail32 i...
Jan 28, 2005 - 05:08 pm - Depending on how much rake your stick has you might wish to take a little out. That would decrease your wx helm. When we had our 32 I had the stick al...
Jan 28, 2005 - 07:41 pm - Rake of the mast does have a lot to do with wx.We had excessive wx until we straightened the mast rake. We then added a Kern super Yankee and full bat...
Sep 20, 2006 - 03:26 pm - Why not just try a stout bamboo extension for grins? Like Josh Slocum did on Spray.

Westsail 32 Colours   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 13, 2005 - 04:11 pm - This is certainly not a technical question but something I need to consider immediately. I am changing the colour scheme of my W32 and want to change ...
Jan 13, 2005 - 07:33 pm - RodTry www.yachtworld.com and search for westsails for sale or you can go to Bud's site and look at the boats for sale. There are alot of pictures in ...
Jan 13, 2005 - 09:47 pm - Our boat has the whale stripe painted the same color as the hull. The difference is imperceptible unless viewed up close due to the separation provide...
Jan 15, 2005 - 02:08 am - Thanks Louis, that is definitely my preference, so I might try to match it as closely as possible, especially since there is the timber rub rail to br...
Jan 25, 2005 - 04:22 pm - There is a new Member Site in the list that shows a picture of a Westsail with kind of a yellow/mustard color there that is interesting... check it ou...
Jan 25, 2005 - 08:17 pm - Rod,We are considering changing our bulwark stripe as well, so I made an Adobe Illustrator drawing from the sail plan diagrams on which I can easily a...
Jan 26, 2005 - 06:52 am - Christie,Great Idea, can you export that to Photoshop or a save as .psd?Peter
Jan 26, 2005 - 11:49 pm - Thanks Christie. I'm not any good with illustrator but know someone who can help me out with it. I like your ideas for the colour scheme as I would li...
Feb 01, 2005 - 07:26 pm - PSD format now posted. same address as above,http://www.es.ucsc.edu/~crowe/westsail32
Feb 02, 2005 - 07:44 am - Thanks Christie

Westsail 32 Factory Build Manual - NEW And IMPROVED Version!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 24, 2009 - 09:34 am - Some time ago, Bill Shaw (s/v Galena, WS32 #511) scanned the original "Owner's Manual" from his Westsail 32 (the "Build Manual", techn...
Apr 24, 2009 - 10:31 am - Jack,May I make the entire document available via our member's area?Thanks!Aaron
Apr 24, 2009 - 03:23 pm - Fantastic - thanks Jack!
Apr 30, 2009 - 04:18 pm - Aaron,When we spoke last week, I agreed to allow you to place my manual on the westsail.org site. I realize you must be busy with school... but when y...
Jun 11, 2009 - 01:27 pm - What is the status of this being available on the member's site
Jun 11, 2009 - 05:48 pm - I made my original offer to provide this reference to the membership almost two months ago. Nothing's really happened since. At this point, I've prett...
Jun 12, 2009 - 12:34 am - Jack,We all appreciate your efforts to provide this reference to the Westsail community. If you can upload the manual to a server so that I may downlo...
Jun 15, 2009 - 07:14 am - I have an ftp site that we could upload this to. If this would work, let me know
Jun 15, 2009 - 05:08 pm - We've been trying to migrate the WOA website to a new server with much increased bandwidth for a couple of months now, but our host is taking a looooo...
Jun 15, 2009 - 11:29 pm - I thank you for your offer, Rich... very considerate of you. I could easily have hosted it myself, however, as I personally mantain a little over 40 d...
Jun 16, 2009 - 02:31 pm - I would like to thank ALL of the volunteers for the work they do to maintain this site and help the WOA. The WOA support is one of the reasons we sett...
Jul 23, 2009 - 10:24 pm - I would also like to say thanks to the people who run this site....its often a thankless task! (as witnessed above)Jack was it allways your plan to ch...
Jul 24, 2009 - 07:03 pm - Aaron I do have a request.based upon the above comment above.can we attach and issue a GPL type statement for all doc's and e files on the site.i.e. s...
Jul 25, 2009 - 01:19 am - I may be wrong, but it looks to me like Jack provides the ability to download the Build Manual as a zip file at no cost. Near the bottom of the webpag...
Jul 25, 2009 - 02:53 am - George is right. I just finished downloading the manual for free. It took about 7 minutes (108 MB). I was kind of put off by Jack's apparent attitude ...
Jul 26, 2009 - 02:34 pm - Correct me if I'm wrong; but I don't think Jack has ever intended to "make money" on the manual. Time is worth something. Many of the build pa...
Jul 26, 2009 - 02:47 pm - Dave - care to refund me the time it took for me to go to my boat and take pictures of my tack hook for you?It seems that you have an axe to grind wit...
Jul 26, 2009 - 05:20 pm - When I first began looking for a 32 several years ago the WOA and the bulletin board in particular was nearly defunct due largely to squabbles on the ...
Jul 26, 2009 - 06:21 pm - I think it is a bargan at $15. I downloaded the free version. I would be happy to pay for it but just don't want the paper. You are spot on Capn Tom. ...
Jul 27, 2009 - 08:32 am - You are right Tom - sorry I brought this up.
Jul 28, 2009 - 07:40 am - The new version of the build manual is priceless.The opinions and experience of Jack are invaluable.The time and effort put into the current board and...
Jul 28, 2009 - 02:58 pm - Gary, I PM'ed you with more info.What my post was about was using the same yard stick for everyone here. I felt like with Norms post (I can't see wher...
Jul 28, 2009 - 06:34 pm - Dave:I have two comments.one (Dave you should never look into Linux as a op system, it does not fit with your above stated values) This is not intende...
Jul 28, 2009 - 06:57 pm - All,We have pleaded for members to come forth with suggestions and ideas for improving services the WOA offers. There are no qualms on the WOA "st...
Jul 28, 2009 - 09:12 pm - Phew! I sure hope this little tempest stays in the teapot and gets dumped out with the leaves. I for one get a hell of a lot more value out of this si...
Jul 29, 2009 - 09:39 am - Admin - you raise a good point.One of the attractive things in owning a Westsail is the westsail "community". What I understand by this is tha...
Jul 29, 2009 - 09:47 pm - Well, I guess it's been a while since I logged on. It looks like my last post was June 16th. Had known how irritating the membership would find my fre...
Jul 29, 2009 - 10:17 pm - Jack,Do you mind if I post your improved version of the WOM on in the Member's Area?Thanks!Aaron N.
Jul 30, 2009 - 05:08 pm - Somebody call the Whaaaahambulance for Jack... Just kidding, I'm know we all appreciate any and ALL contibutions to this board (I know I do!!!) and as...
Sep 19, 2009 - 06:57 am - What happened to the manual? I went to the website (navreference.com) and it says it's no longer available.

WESTSAIL 32 HULL #01660374   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 24, 2010 - 11:41 am - I CURRENTLY OWN AND AM REFITTING A 1974 WESTSAIL 32 NAMED SERENDIPITY AND PREVIOUSLY NAMED STEADFAST??? THE HULL # IS 01660374. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW M...
Jan 24, 2010 - 05:31 pm - Ennis, My records show that the first owner was George Davis of VA, but I do not have a boat name. The next owner was Gary Bennett of VA, and the boat...
Jan 25, 2010 - 07:30 am - Bud,Thanks for the update on the owners of Serendipity/Steadfast. Thus far, I have not been able to locate the owners prior to Alan Ford. I still own ...

Westsail 32 Or 42?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 31, 2008 - 06:20 am - Hello all,I am a very new member and don't have a Westsail yet. I currently have a Mariner 32' ketch (#108 on their site). My wife and I haven't had i...
Jul 31, 2008 - 07:18 am - Craig,I've owned both. Currently a 42. Love the boat; but, it is a BIG boat and yes all 42's are center cockpits and while the 43 has the same hull it...
Jul 31, 2008 - 09:43 am - Thanks Dave for such a fast response. I'm stuck in Iraq until early October so nothing but online searching/dreaming for now. Absolutely gorgeous vess...
Jul 31, 2008 - 01:05 pm - Craig,Look for: Newer stanchions - the new ones are tappered- I believe that is the newest mold, then the center skylight and the aft lazerette and th...
Jul 31, 2008 - 04:30 pm - Craig,Email me (click my name) and I can forward a link to a .zip file I have with about 200 photos of W32s for you to look at. I'm a collectorDave,Do...
Aug 01, 2008 - 05:16 pm - She's a hair over 5' and slightly over 100 lbs.
Aug 01, 2008 - 10:16 pm - Dave,OK, I get it. I was reading as in "have difficult getting around due to low headroom". Just didn't follow the line of thought. After rere...

Westsail 32 Overland Transporting Questions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2007 - 08:56 am - Thinking of bringing S/V Journey, my W32, to my inland property for a long term re-fit. Once had a small sailboat transported using a hydraulic traile...
Dec 27, 2007 - 03:01 pm - Bob - I just went through this scanerio. I ended up building a steel cradle and using the travel lift at the port to load the boat onto the cradle whi...
Dec 27, 2007 - 04:19 pm - Bob,I'm on Kerr Lake for now on the NC/VA boarder. Almost all of the boat hauling for our lake is done by Paul Wells of Triton Yachts out of Oriental,...
Dec 27, 2007 - 06:53 pm - If a cradle isn't in play, here is an alternative.I moved hull #730 from Connecticut to South carolina. The marina used thier lift to load it on the m...
Dec 27, 2007 - 07:32 pm - Jeff, I will call Paul Wells of Triton Yachts and see what his quote is. If the price is reasonable this sounds like the easier way to go.Gary, Good a...
Dec 27, 2007 - 08:01 pm - The crane people provided everything. They used two nylon lifting straps with spreader bars. Spreader bars probably 10 or 12 feet. You will need them....
Dec 27, 2007 - 10:00 pm - Or you will need a new boatBest of luck on your adventure,Aaron N.
Dec 31, 2007 - 04:00 am - Thanks for all the help here. I just talked with Paul Wells of Triton Yachts out of Oriental, NC. www.tritonyachts.com 252-249-2001, recommended by Je...
May 21, 2008 - 01:39 am - I know this may be way too late for Robert, however, we used Can-Am Marine Transport (800) 363-6656, in Montreal. They do USA and Canada, they are won...

Westsail 32 Owners Manual   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 14, 2006 - 11:37 am - I have an owners manual from about 1975. It has drawings of most of the parts for a Westsail 32.This is NOT Bud Taplin's Service Manual. Rather it is ...
Dec 14, 2006 - 02:27 pm - hey guys, thanks for the link- as the proud new owner of hull # 553 (kit/contractor finished), currrently sitting out the long alaskan winter.. it's g...

Westsail 32 Puddle-jumpers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 11, 2010 - 04:10 pm - There's a paragraph about a couple with a Westsail 32 preparing for the Pacific Puddle Jump on the most recent Latitude 38http://www.latitude38.com/le...
Jan 11, 2010 - 04:23 pm - They just couldn't resist the dig in the photo caption!
Jan 11, 2010 - 04:36 pm - Here they are in Neah bay last August:
Jan 12, 2010 - 02:56 pm - I suspect the comment is to stir up controversy, hoping someone will bite and respond. This makes for good sales (circulation in this case). I know Ri...
Jan 12, 2010 - 11:02 pm - Nice couple - nice boat. I was anchored along side them in Neah Bay in August. I believe they purchased Tar Baby II in Port Townsend not California. ...
Jan 13, 2010 - 12:33 pm - Agg!! I can't wait to follow them!

Westsail 39 Molds Found!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 29, 2006 - 05:20 am - I was fortunate enough to see a W39 in Australia recently and then on the internet tonight I was doing a search and came across the original(? maybe B...
May 29, 2006 - 05:28 pm - Rod - I checked out the website, and that is the W39 mold that Ed Parker shipped over to Taiwan. Problem with accessing that website is that it tried ...
May 31, 2006 - 12:38 am - Hi Bud, I had no problem with it trying to load in chinese and it loads perfectly in English on my machine, I'm using firefox as my browser though. I ...
May 31, 2006 - 04:15 pm - You gotta be kidding. Someone would be crazy to try to put any boat into production these days, with all the restrictions.I use Microsoft Internet Exp...

Westsail Childrens Story   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 06, 2009 - 07:25 pm - Brave Little SatoriOnce upon a time there was a kind old man named Bud. Bud made beautiful boats.He made big strong motor boats. He made fast boats. B...
Nov 06, 2009 - 08:06 pm - Just add pics and publish.Great tale.
Nov 06, 2009 - 10:30 pm - Eric and Leslie,What a great story! I agree with Randy, you should publish it.
Nov 07, 2009 - 07:49 am - I agree as well! Charming story - sorta like "Little Toot" for the sailing crowd, only better.
Nov 07, 2009 - 10:49 am - Who is this "Bud" character?
Nov 07, 2009 - 10:05 pm - Haven't had the pleasure of meeting this "Bud" character yet, but I hear he's a quite popular fella.Eric Olander
Nov 21, 2009 - 06:29 am - I've never met you in person Bud, but do you really have "an old weathered face"?
Nov 21, 2009 - 09:37 am - That's what my wife complained about in the story. Since I wear glasses and am nearsighted, I don't really know.

Westsail Discussion On Cruiser's Forum...   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 04, 2009 - 08:42 am - Does Anyone Know Westsail Sailboats?http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f74/does-anyone-know-westsail-sailboats-3265 7.html" id="post_referrerid=5433
Nov 05, 2009 - 02:08 am - The first thing that came to mind was: "guess this guy has never heard of Google".

Westsail Font?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 01, 2008 - 04:56 pm - What font do they use for the Westsail name that's on many of the boats (and in the title/graphic of this site)?
Oct 02, 2008 - 09:06 am - The font is Ariosto Regular (True Type). However the T is modified on many of the logos. I have sent you the info by email.

Westsail In The News   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 27, 2005 - 02:22 pm - Despite just a casual reference to our boats, I thought I would post this nice article which appeared today in the Sioux City Journal.Regards,Louishtt...
Feb 28, 2005 - 12:06 pm - Looks like you have to subscribe to read it...
Feb 28, 2005 - 02:17 pm - roger that; maybe someone will scan and .pdf
Feb 28, 2005 - 06:34 pm - I can't seem to get in either. I guess they only allow free access to the material the same day it is published. Well, I WOULDN'T recommend paying fiv...

Westsail Nostalgia   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 30, 2008 - 06:41 pm - http://picasaweb.google.com/west42builder/WestsailCorpSalesBrochureEnjoy
Sep 06, 2008 - 12:02 pm - Thanks! That was a lot of fun.
Sep 08, 2008 - 06:56 am - is there anyway to download those images in hi res?thanksrich
Sep 08, 2008 - 08:30 am - I tried to download the images so I could blow them up large enough for me to be able to read them. But, by the time I increased their size, they were...
Sep 08, 2008 - 10:40 am - If you run the slide-show, you get a slightly larger version. I put the show on pause and would right-click and choose "save image as".

Westsail On Ebay   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 19, 2009 - 06:42 pm - I think the guy uses a contractors tape measure but there's a '34 Westsail' with slight Ike damage' for sale on ebay. I'm sure someone here will want ...
Jan 20, 2009 - 01:54 pm - From reading the name on the stern, the boat is Storm Cloud, hull #478. WSSK 0478 0975. A kit boat, built in Texas by the first owner.

Westsail Service Manual F   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 15, 2007 - 11:42 am - Just saw this - 1 day 10 hrs. left in the auction - bid is up to $5.75 @ 12:37PM on 2/15...here's the link...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISA...
Feb 22, 2007 - 06:13 pm - Just thought I would let you know that I have completely updated the manual this year, with additional pictures and current costs.If he had to sell my...
Feb 23, 2007 - 11:59 am - But aren't the original ones collector's items by now? ;)

Westsail Sites Have Been Translated To Spanish   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 12, 2009 - 06:31 pm - Check this out!http://66.196.80.202/babelfish/translate_url_content?.intl=ar&lp=en_es&trurl=htt p%3a%2f%2fwww.westsail.org%2fSites.html

Westsail V Lyle Hess Boats (i.e. BCC)   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 24, 2008 - 09:03 am - Not too far off topic, I hope...Helena and I have recently fallen under the spell of the Pardeys (not sure how I missed reading their books all these ...
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:12 am - John,First off, good job finding the Pardey's books. They're all great reads and a wealth of information.For information on the BCCs, check out these ...
Nov 24, 2008 - 12:21 pm - Aaron,Thanks for your detailed response. We can't afford a Morse BCC, either, but I am talking to Michael Hess, Lyle's son. He's a boat builder on the...
Nov 24, 2008 - 02:29 pm - John,Have you seen the unfinished BCC on Yachtworld?It's "pending", but who knows if it'll work. I think I know who's buying her, too: Unfinis...
Nov 24, 2008 - 05:10 pm - Yes, I have been eying that hull, and noticed that it went pending today.And we walked through the 26' this weekend. Lovely hull and rig, and a fairly...
Nov 24, 2008 - 09:26 pm - John,That hull was more than just a hull. Engine, all exterior wood trim, tiller, gallows, bullwarks, etc. That boat was a good price (relative to BCC...
Nov 24, 2008 - 10:05 pm - sometimes little BCC gems come up on the market for a reasonable price... i waited 3 yrs for mine. some of those BCC's on yachtworld have been there f...
Nov 25, 2008 - 08:15 am - John,Somewhere in all my stuff I have a few pages comparing a W28 to several other boats, including a BCC if I remember right. This is a comparison of...
Nov 25, 2008 - 10:41 am - John, the allure of having a boat without an engine is great, I have to agree. But even a 28 foot boat like the BCC would probably be dangerous in the...
Nov 27, 2008 - 10:47 am - Happy Thanksgiving from Florida... Helena and I came down here to visit my mother so have been off line for a few days.Lots of great comments and idea...
Nov 27, 2008 - 12:18 pm - John,I believe an engineless boat is safe if you are confident you can sail in any situation. I worked as a sailing instructor for two years, sailing ...
Nov 27, 2008 - 12:45 pm - Aaron,I think you put your finger on it... Not having a schedule. I guess we would feel differently if we had to get back to a job, but at the moment,...

Westsail World Cruiser   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 20, 2005 - 10:56 am - Hi guys,I am calculating the power requirements of a W32 at sea and at anchor.. no marina use intended or shore hookup.I have put together a spreadshe...
Jan 21, 2005 - 11:33 am - Very nice. I'm also trying to define/establish my power requirements. I'd just combined usage to a 'total per day' vs delinating between 'at anchor' &...
Jan 21, 2005 - 01:53 pm - Thanks Mike, I need to do some work on the sheet and will tidy it up a wee bit. The reefer IS a mistake, the total is correct, but yes, around 4 or 6 ...
Jan 21, 2005 - 08:01 pm - No question wiring gauge is important. I just got around to getting my Alder Barbour serviced (it needed Freon) that I mentioned earlier.While cleanin...

Westsail32 In The UK   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 06, 2008 - 05:39 am - are their any owners and boats in the UK. I would love to take a close look at one pleaswe before I head stateside to buy one
Jun 06, 2008 - 07:45 am - I show four in the database. Go to the Members Area and you should be able to access the membership list, which is sorted by country, so all four shou...
Jun 09, 2008 - 04:06 am - Thanks I dont currently have access as I am not a memeber yet
Jun 09, 2008 - 09:56 am - Hi Mark,I checked and of the four that Terry mentioned, none of them list the boat's port as being in the UK. We had one person who filled out the Joi...
Jun 10, 2008 - 12:36 pm - Mark,I had a surveyor friend visit a boat for me in another state when I was in your position (had not seen a boat locally, yet). His reply, "that...

What Kind Of Wood For A New Bowsprit?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 20, 2007 - 02:18 pm - I am planning on making a new wooden bowsprit for our W32. I have the origional construction plans stating high quality fir (preferrable) or mahogany(...
Jan 20, 2007 - 04:24 pm - Laminated will be less prone to twisting. Almost all wood will rot. An old timer once told me Nothern woods will rot easier in Southern climates and v...
Jan 20, 2007 - 05:39 pm - Hi Dave,I am trying to save a couple of bucks by making it myself as well as the traditional look of the wood. As far as the treating of the wood, tha...
Jan 20, 2007 - 08:27 pm - Yeah saturating the wood with epoxy would be good too. Although epoxy was just begining when I did mine that's why the cupronol. Still might think of ...
Jan 20, 2007 - 10:16 pm - I made a new one from fir. I was also told that teak is not a good wood for this. Fir is more flexible and less prone to cracking.so "what Dave sa...
Jan 21, 2007 - 07:55 am - If you use fir make sure that it is straight grain. I wonder how sitka spruce would do. It's used for masts so it would seem it has the right charecte...
Jan 21, 2007 - 09:57 am - I have made several spars from the Sitka Spruce also owned a gaffer with all spruce spars. The old timers liked it because of a high strength to weigh...
Jan 22, 2007 - 09:37 am - Stainless doesn't rot, it only tarnishes. You can always glue on a thin veneer of wood to hide the stainless.Signed, "Stainless Steel Bud".
Jan 22, 2007 - 10:53 am - When I replace my bowsprit, it will be "SSB"...
Jan 27, 2007 - 10:57 pm - Okay, I guess there are some traditionalists amongst us. Having carpentry experience in the background, I did a workup on a bowsprit replacement on WS...
Jan 28, 2007 - 08:02 am - Straight vs. vertical grain.Seems like for some reason when I did my analysis and discussed it with my local lumber specialist, I was going to use lam...
Jan 28, 2007 - 10:25 am - Some info on White OAk:OAK, WHITE47 lbs. per cubic foot, 3.83 lbs. per board footWhite oak is a domestic Eastern wood often used in boat building. The...
Jan 31, 2007 - 04:30 pm - Gentleman,I wish to thank you all for the insights that you have contributed here. I think I have finally decided on fabricating the sprit out of one ...
Feb 01, 2007 - 07:15 pm - If I remember correctly, Joshua Slocum felled a White Oak tree for the stem of Spray, and look how that worked out.
Feb 02, 2007 - 12:32 am - Ahoy Chris,I would like to suggest that you reconsider the decision to use oak for a bowsprit. The following, of course, is only one persons thought o...
Feb 02, 2007 - 05:56 pm - Hi -- for anyone looking at doug fir, here's a lumber source who ships all over and has some nice wood. They also do custom milling.http://www.bearcre...
Feb 04, 2007 - 10:03 am - Help, Now Dave King has me really confused/interested.I agree with the weight forward analysis. I have been wondering why one would not get better per...
Feb 07, 2007 - 11:31 pm - Ahoy Randy,Sorry you had to wait so long for an answer. I was hoping someone with some data would show themselves. I know they are reading this messag...
Feb 09, 2007 - 09:16 am - Dave,I really appreciate your thoughts. My nature is to try what's on the boat a good while after I get it before making any changes of substance. I'l...
Feb 15, 2007 - 04:15 pm - Hello All'I want to thank everyone for their contribution to this thread. After much thought I went to the local lumber yard and sorted through a pile...
Feb 15, 2007 - 05:17 pm - Good job. That's where we picked up our fir when we first made the sprit for our 32 ( a lumber yard).
Feb 16, 2007 - 10:53 am - Hi Dave,How did it end up turning out, did it last a long time?
Feb 16, 2007 - 11:22 pm - Ahoy Chris,I just had another thought. You're lucky, As I only have about one per day.Building a new Bowsprit is a great opportunity. One improvement ...
Feb 17, 2007 - 08:08 am - Hello Dave,It's great to hear your thoughts regarding this. Your exploits in the Transpac Race are legendary among Westsailors and did much to quell t...
Mar 06, 2007 - 07:40 pm - Debbie and Chris,Please keep the group posted on what you learn and how your project progresses. This is obviously a topic of interest. Thanks.
Mar 07, 2007 - 10:43 am - Hello All,The bowsprit project is nearing the final stages and we couldn't be happier with the results. The decision to use locally available Doug Fir...
Mar 07, 2007 - 09:07 pm - Thank you. I'm looking for a boat and would not mind rebuilding or customizing a bowsprit, if necessary. I've got a few years of carpentry experience ...

What Does It Cost?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 25, 2009 - 09:01 pm - As Bud said, I think, talk Westsail, talk $50,000.Very good years ago.Now, more.And rightfully so. A great boat, a great value, and a real asset.My ex...

What Happened To "Fluid Motion"?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 16, 2008 - 09:50 pm - Really enjoyed reading the logs and refit stuff...but the site has not been updated for about a year. Anybody know if they are still cruising?Another ...
Apr 22, 2009 - 11:50 am - The other day I fired off an e-mail to "Fluid Motion" asking if they were OK. This morning I got a response from Kevin saying that all is OK. ...

Where Is Your Propane Locker?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 24, 2008 - 08:06 pm - Are you happy with the placement? What size tank does it house?Mine is in the one and only cockpit lazarette bolted to the bulkhead. In order to fill ...
Apr 24, 2008 - 08:28 pm - box just fore of the mast- i'm happy, two full-size tanks and the plus of being able to get an extra two feet of height which is sometimes helpful in ...
Apr 25, 2008 - 06:11 am - Hi Briansmith, is your hose then running through the back of the compartments behind the portside settee? Where does it enter the boat?
Apr 25, 2008 - 09:09 am - Mounting a propane tank on the port side, attached to the legs of the boom gallows works well. You can enclose it in a piece of large diameter PVC pip...
Apr 25, 2008 - 11:47 am - Bud's call probably better.. In my case hose runs down through dorad by base of mast, down bulkhead in head, into bilge and back up by (converted) Shi...
Apr 25, 2008 - 03:19 pm - Teak box on the foredeck just ahead of the cabin. Line runs along the side of the house (outside) and enters through a fitting in the port side scuppe...
Apr 25, 2008 - 04:37 pm - Here is another way to mount the tanks.http://picasaweb.google.com/jaybietz/PygmalionSailCoversAndMiscPhotosThe tanks are small and probably out of pr...
Apr 29, 2008 - 07:30 pm - Thanks for all the responses. I'm still not sure which way to go. I like the idea of it being boxed on deck in teak. I definitely want it out of the l...
Apr 30, 2008 - 10:05 am - my box is teak and just in front of the companionway. Actually it is just sides and a hinged lid. The sides are cut out to create "feet" at th...
May 01, 2008 - 07:10 am - Jay, did you have the lockers custom made? If so, I would love the name. Where does your hose enter the boat? I would keep the locker in the lazarette...
May 01, 2008 - 09:53 am - here is my locker. the dodger is off of it in this photo. I have a hole in the deck that the line goes thru. There is a solenoid in the locker.\image
May 01, 2008 - 09:55 am - try again

Who Has The Worlds Best Dodger For A W32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 27, 2004 - 04:01 pm - I need any input.Thanks
Aug 23, 2004 - 08:15 pm - this is discouraging
Aug 23, 2004 - 09:05 pm - Indeed... I guess/hope the inactivity here is because all the members are cruising (and not due to a general lack of interest in participating on the ...
Aug 24, 2004 - 11:18 pm - You're right Mike. I'm out cruising - well sort of, anyway - so I have an excuse for not posting much.I just had a new dodger made of Sunbrella from a...

Why Not A Running Bowsprit On A 32?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 12, 2007 - 09:42 pm - Okay, 9 months into my boat acquisition project and one question remains unanswered after all.Why not a running ("extendable") bowsprit for a ...
Feb 13, 2007 - 01:28 am - Any chance you are thinking of a spinaker pole.If so, you could run it through the box section of a ss Bowsprit (just have to do the hold down and pul...
Feb 13, 2007 - 04:24 pm - Randy,Running bowsprits were used on small fishing vessels a while back, primarily for reefing, not windward performance. When the wind started to pic...
Feb 13, 2007 - 05:06 pm - Thanks guys. I appreciate the input. First, a running bowsprit is one that allows you to extend the sprit for an additional headsail. The old barque E...
Mar 08, 2007 - 12:01 pm - To me the big advantage of a movable bow sprit is you can bring it in to save on marina and storage fees. 5' less feet can really add up to some savin...
Mar 08, 2007 - 12:59 pm - I did make a stainless box bowsprit for one customer that hinged up just ahead of the staysail eyebolt because he had to get into a slip that did not ...
Mar 09, 2007 - 08:26 am - Thanks for the help. That's great that you made a folding sprit from SS, Bud. Very good work. It must not have been easy. Yes, that would be a great t...
Jun 06, 2007 - 09:29 pm - Hi Randy, I have seen that type of sprit you speak of.Only with no platform on it, so my question to you is. On a calm down wind run with drifter set,...
Aug 30, 2007 - 05:46 pm - Mark,The ladies hang in the dolphin netting or jib net, however you call it, the stuff that keeps you from going in the water when you misstep on the ...
Oct 14, 2007 - 08:30 am - I have those, but I thought someone told me they were called "Widow Makers". Definitely not enough room for ladies to frolic in.http://www.gre...

Wind Generator Pics?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 07, 2004 - 01:26 pm - anyone have pictures of a wind generator mounted on a westsail 32? i'm thinking about where the best place to mount it is and was hoping for some feed...
Oct 26, 2004 - 09:04 am - Christian,I will did some out of my archieve and email them to you. Just responded to an earlier question you posted in case you didn't notice it. Hav...
Dec 21, 2004 - 03:31 pm - We only flew our generator when at anchor. I always felt it was to dangerous to have one up offshore. Sure enough, a friend of our lost the end of his...

Wind Generator, Aries And Bud's Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 02, 2007 - 06:46 am - Hi Y'all- I am getting ready to put one of Bud's boomkins, with the pulpit, on my boat- I am also planning on running an AirMarine generator on a pole...
Jul 02, 2007 - 01:06 pm - I have that setup on our boat, the wind generator is on one side and a Gauhaur radar pole is on the other. We replaced the Air Marine with a Kiss as w...
Jul 03, 2007 - 02:19 pm - I have a different set of gallows, positioned slightly forward of where Bud's installtion goes. But I do have a stern pulpit and an Aries vane. The on...
Jul 09, 2007 - 07:34 pm - JP, We were at the Maine RDVU last week and "Jura" has a really nicely done arched SS tube frame added to the original SS boomkin. I took seve...

Windbag Personalities   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 28, 2008 - 08:21 am - Looking through these back issues of Windbag is so much fun. In an article about buyers of kit boats, besides Ferenc Mate (White Rain), I saw the name...
Dec 31, 2008 - 09:06 pm - Steve,I wonder about what happened to these people as well. One of the emotional attachments I have with my boat is that it ties me back to the '70's....
Jan 19, 2010 - 03:28 pm - Steve,According to the members roster, the Vicks are still members of the WOA. I did try the email address, which does not seem to be valid. I did not...

Windlass Parts & Repair   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 27, 2005 - 09:19 am - I just bought a 32, and there appears to be an oil leak emanating from the windlass (Simpson Lawrence 5500) -- any ideas on where to begin and what pa...
Oct 27, 2005 - 11:44 am - Hi TerryDid you mean a Simpson Lawrence 555? If so I have one of those that I opened up...removed the bottom cover and gasket. The inside is full of a...
Nov 01, 2005 - 10:52 am - Does anyone have a service bulletin or repair manual for the S/L 555? If so, want to share?Terry
Nov 01, 2005 - 02:43 pm - There is a breakdown of that windlass in nigel calder's "boat owner's mechanical and electrical" book.here is the parts breakdown/manual on th...

Windspeed Indicator Manual   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 19, 2008 - 08:13 am - I uploaded a copy of the 4-page installation/maintenance manual for the EMS (Signet) wind speed indicator (ca. 1975) to the files section of the Wests...
Sep 19, 2008 - 05:56 pm - ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm what files section?Don
Sep 19, 2008 - 06:42 pm - Don and all,There is a Westsail Owner's Group on Yahoo.WO's GroupIn order to view the files, you must have a Yahoo account and be a member of the WO G...
Sep 20, 2008 - 12:50 pm - I just finished uploading the Swoffer knotmeter manual and the Simpson Lawrence Seatiger windlass manual to the yahoo site. I also sent copies to Bud....

Windvane To Tiller   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 03, 2009 - 05:51 pm - wonder what arrangements other westsailors have to connect windvane to the tiller? pictures worth a thousand words ;)Thank you.w32 OKEANOS
May 04, 2009 - 12:10 pm - Check the Scannmar web site they have hundreds of pictures and many of Westsails.
May 04, 2009 - 01:33 pm - Art:I believe that would be "Scanmar" with one "n". Their web site is http://www.selfsteer.com and the specific link relative to Wests...
May 04, 2009 - 06:06 pm - Here is a picture I have of an autopilot attached to an Aires windvane.
Nov 13, 2009 - 09:17 pm - This is the limited edition "Cormorant" self steerer.
Nov 14, 2009 - 07:21 am - I had to try to figure out an Airies. I used an online copy of the Monitor Windvane owners manual and George to help me out. Pretty easy, but I crosse...
Nov 14, 2009 - 09:13 am - Gary, that photo is priceless, thanks!Randy (and others), sorry, don't think I have a picture, but for the Aries, there are two control lines that com...
Nov 14, 2009 - 09:55 am - there is a little hook on the bottom of my tiller. A short length of chain is attached to the windvane control lines there.here is a photo.
Nov 14, 2009 - 11:20 am - Randy, Autopilot on windvane. The autopilot maintains the compass course, the windvane does the turning of the boat to keep it on the compass course t...
Nov 14, 2009 - 12:23 pm - Great tips, everybody.Thank you so much.I guess I had it about right (sort of the only configuration that worked with the blocks already in place), wi...
Nov 14, 2009 - 04:27 pm - This picture was taken on the way up to the PNW rendezvous on Patience, Lee and Nancy Perrys' W32 on 8/24/09. I was just along for the ride.Lee built ...
Nov 14, 2009 - 04:35 pm - Or is it a sooty tern?
Nov 16, 2009 - 12:56 pm - OK - dont know why I typed "tern" - I was thinking shearwater, but its not that either.
Nov 16, 2009 - 01:06 pm - Probably Brandts comorant. OK I'll stop posting now
Nov 21, 2009 - 11:16 pm - The reason the windvane in the picture Gary posted with the inscription "the limited edition "Cormorant" self steerer" works without c...

Winter Windblown Deadline   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 16, 2009 - 02:24 pm - We are putting the finishing touches on the Winter Windblown. Anyone wishing to send in a write up on a boat project or adventure, item for sale, or r...
Dec 16, 2009 - 11:44 pm - Thank you, Jeff and Wendy, for the first-class job that you do in producing Windblown. It is a great benefit of being a WOA member.

Winterize Teak??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 14, 2007 - 12:21 pm - ok, so, for a guy who works 70 hours a week- plus takes care of an aging and infirm parent, i.e. has VERY limited time to sail, perform boat maintenan...
Aug 14, 2007 - 01:22 pm - Use Armada finish. Available at Boaters World Stores.

Winterizing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 16, 2008 - 02:09 pm - We are situated on an inland fresh water lake (Lake Texoma). The boat will be staying in the water and we will be sailing through the winter. I will b...
Sep 16, 2008 - 06:15 pm - Ralph and Sandra,I'm also on an inland lake and I winterize the lake side whenever I'm out of town in the winter. I'm a live aboard so I'm normally on...
Sep 17, 2008 - 01:30 pm - With the water temps below surface remaining warmer (above freezing) I would not think you need to do anything on Texoma. Ice if it forms is usually v...
Sep 17, 2008 - 08:53 pm - You're probably right Ken & Debra and I'm just looking for something to worry about. Our worst winter was a week without power during which I was ...

Wish Us Lusk   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 04, 2007 - 08:01 am - Our offer was accepted on a W28 (#20) this weekend. Can't get the survey and haulout done until the 18th. Good thing we have a major distraction betwe...
Apr 04, 2007 - 08:42 am - Steve,I can understand your going nuts! We've laid a contract on W32 "Pintail", but aren't able to pick her up until late June! It's nerve wra...
Apr 04, 2007 - 12:45 pm - Thanks Aaron. Hopefully we'll have better "lusk" with the survey than I do with spelling.-Steve
Apr 07, 2007 - 12:24 pm - Stephen and Lu Ann,Good lust.
May 21, 2007 - 10:23 pm - Couldn't someone put a spell-chuck feature on this site?

Wood, Coal Burning Stove   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 11, 2008 - 07:09 pm - All you high latitude westsailors that have woodburning stoves for drying out and warming up, what make of stoves do you have?I can find only three ch...
Jun 13, 2008 - 01:20 pm - Another smaller, more seasonal use heater is the Dickinson solid fuel heater. My family's 30ft boat had one (actually an older & slightly smaller ...
Jun 13, 2008 - 04:23 pm - are the diesel burners inadequate for the really cold days. I was counting on my dickinson chesapeake to keep me toasty.
Jun 14, 2008 - 12:31 am - I have a Toyo kerosene heater- plenty warm and kerosene very efficent fuel. Thing puts out like 10,000 BTU's- only problem is fairly heavy battery dra...
Jun 14, 2008 - 12:32 am - BTW, southcentral Alaska here- where it gets plenty cold in winter! (Last year we had 8" of ice in the harbor for 2 months)
Jun 14, 2008 - 11:32 am - Thanks Brian, I can leave Antarctica on the dream list for now. How about condensation on the interior, big problem, or are you insulated.scott
Jun 14, 2008 - 11:33 am - We're going with a Sigmar (17,000 BTU) diesel heater for our 42. Finding a workable gravity day tank to fit in our cabinet is holding us up right now....
Jun 14, 2008 - 01:12 pm - We're debating what type of heater to go with for our reconstruction. We'll be in the Great Lakes for a year or so, then out to the Carolinas. Obvious...
Jun 14, 2008 - 10:59 pm - Years ago, I used to sail on a friends 36' wooden sloop in Maine. He had a small soapstone and brass wood burning stove, (looked like a Luke stove) ab...
Jun 14, 2008 - 11:41 pm - ahh, that sounds lovely... indeed like a work of art, and very efficient/cheap! to answer your question, scott- the previous owner lived aboard here i...
Jun 15, 2008 - 08:12 pm - drwiencke, I have a cast iron Shipmate "skippy" on board Patience. Nice dry heat. They are no longer made but may be a few around in the used ...
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:30 pm - Nice stove! Thanks for the photo. Looks like new. Looks like you were in the process of installing the heat sheilding.I'm looking for a smaller stove....
Jun 18, 2008 - 08:29 pm - DavidOn a WS32 when on earth are you going to put it? I doubt it will mount on a wall and the only other place I can think of is to remove the stove f...
Jun 18, 2008 - 11:36 pm - Ralph,I beleive it will fit just forward of the centerline table, between the support post and the bulkhead, on a shelf level with the bunk, with stor...
Jun 19, 2008 - 05:24 pm - J&J,I have a Sigmar 180 that I'll install whenever I finally finish off the main cabin. I couldn't find a small gravity feed tank so I designed on...
Jun 22, 2008 - 06:45 pm - I've seen a couple of different ways of insulating the bulkhead, such as a reflective metal panel (brass or stainless) with an air space behind it, as...
Jun 22, 2008 - 08:06 pm - I will say that the Dickenson solid fuel stove is sufficent for heating the main cabin, but not the whole boat. Plus the chamber is so small it needs ...
Jun 24, 2008 - 05:31 pm - Brian I love these stoves and the Little Cod would be great on a W32 up your way. They are a little pricey but beautifully constructed with enamel fin...
Jul 03, 2008 - 01:04 am - I previously had a hi-seas diesel heater onboard El Viajero, but replaced it recently with a Dickinson Alaska which burns diesel. I love the look of t...

WoodenBoat, Double-ender Crazy   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 07, 2010 - 12:55 pm - In the Nov/Dec 2009 issue #211 of woodenBoat magazine there was a nice article and photos of the Colin Archer rescue boat "Stavanger", to whic...

Woods Used Cabin Sole?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 29, 2006 - 06:37 pm - My cabin sole is 1/2" thick planks/strips over 1/2" plywood. I always 'assumed' the light colored 1/4" wide strips in the cabin sole was h...
Sep 29, 2006 - 06:51 pm - The Construction Manual calls for basswood.
Sep 29, 2006 - 07:14 pm - Basswood was initially used, then Westsail switched over to ash.

WS 42 Dinghy Storage   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 28, 2006 - 08:21 am - Where do you store your dinghy on deck? Any suggestions?I've seen in picks one stored it on the stb by the companionway but a dodger precludes that. I...

Yacht Surveyor In Annapolis Area?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 22, 2006 - 06:54 pm - Can anyone recomend a yacht surveyor in the Annapolis area for a pre-purchase survey?
Sep 25, 2006 - 07:22 am - If you can't schedule a Bud-visit, thenDerek Rymes of Marine Survey & Design Co.1291B Lavall Dr.Davidsonville, MD 21035410 451 8133Derek did Boat-...
Sep 25, 2006 - 04:12 pm - Ed,Any chance of your expounding on that dropping experience? What sort of damages? Who did you kill? Etc, etc...Cheers!Aaron N.

Yahoo! Mail Now Offers 100Mb Storage FREE   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 16, 2004 - 09:24 am - For anyone cruising who needs some additional e-mail storage, I wanted to pass along the news that Yahoo! Mail now offers 100Mb of storage at no addit...
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