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18" Max-Prop Classic 3-blade Feathering Prop, Factory Recond.   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 26, 2009 - 11:39 pm - In case anyone is looking for a Max-Prop, I just listed one on eBay. It's an 18", and too big for the W32, but should be a good fit for the 42 or ...
Sep 27, 2009 - 09:57 am - The W42/43 takes a 20" diameter prop so that the blades will be out in the waterstream, consequently the 18" one would probably not work too w...
Sep 27, 2009 - 10:27 am - Thank you for the clarification, Bud. I didn't really know what they needed, but figured the owners probably would. The 20" blades will fit on thi...
Sep 27, 2009 - 12:04 pm - Get a prop shop to trim the blades back to 17" or 16"? Easy for them.Sea Breeze has a 17 X 11 fixed blade (3 blades) sailboat prop and it seem...
Sep 27, 2009 - 02:08 pm - Since the 18" Maxprop is designed for an 1-1/4" shaft, to use it on a Westsail 32 it would require changing the shaft, coupling, shaft log, be...

5   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 04, 2007 - 08:45 am - Hi all,I recently came across this company in Fort Lauderdale selling Columbus McKinnon G4 windlasschains for very good prices.5/16 G4" = $2.00/ft...

ABI Bronze Manual Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 15, 2009 - 04:10 am - Kia Ora, We were wondering if any one know's how to get the main shaft out of an ABI Bronze manual windlass, for servicing and re-greasing?CheersPaul
Sep 15, 2009 - 09:35 am - I have an exploded view of all of the parts for the ABI single speed windlass if that would do you any good. I do not have the same thing for the two ...
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:00 am - Thanks Bud, we have the exploded view as well, but it does not explain how to get the main shaft out.Cheers Paul
Sep 16, 2009 - 08:54 am - Wendy,Check out this thread from the Sam L. Morse forum. Someone else was having this issue.http://www.samlmorse.com/forum/read.php?5,6268I have one o...
Sep 22, 2009 - 11:11 am - Wendy,I got my windlass and have taken it apart. I'm going to write a little tutorial that'll include pictures on how to tear down the ABI windlass. S...
Dec 31, 2009 - 11:12 am - Aaron, I am in the process of trying to disassemble an RC Plath manual windlass which as I understand it ABI cloned. With PB Blaster, heat and wedges ...
Dec 31, 2009 - 11:32 am - I believe that RC Plath is still in business in Oregon. Why not contact them?
Jan 02, 2010 - 09:38 pm - Tom and Wendy,I was able to get the ABI apart although NOT easily. I wound up having to heat the gears with a torch to encourage expansions while tapp...
Jan 05, 2010 - 05:06 pm - I just spoke with Ron Sears the owner of RC Plath. He was very helpful. He thinks the rope capstan may be stuck on the shaft due to a small burr cause...

Advise On The Main Switch Panel   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 25, 2007 - 07:52 pm - I am looking to replace the existing DC switch panel and looking at the Blue Sea PN 8084, AC and DC panel. I will check the fit this weekend but I wou...
Jan 25, 2007 - 08:55 pm - Jay, this is the project I've just finished. I don't remember the part number but I used the Blue Seas panel with 22 breaker, main breaker, anolog vol...
Jan 25, 2007 - 11:52 pm - Ahoy Jay, Another option is to have a panel custom made, IF you live near a business that has the capability to produce one. Saraband's panel is custo...
Jan 26, 2007 - 01:55 pm - Thanks for the replies. The more I read Calders book the more work there is to do!!I like the idea to have seperate fused switches for the nav lights ...
Jan 27, 2007 - 03:54 pm - Jay, Dave has a good point. I couldn't find anyone in our area, but Paneltronics builds custom panels. I was lucky and Blue Seas had exactly what I ne...
Apr 23, 2007 - 07:33 pm - The panel is finished and no smoke yet!!http://www.geocities.com/jay_bietz@sbcglobal.net/pyggie/refit05.htmMiddle of the page for photo's.Thanks for t...

Anchor Chain   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 16, 2009 - 06:09 pm - I am thinking about replaceing my 3/8 BBB with 5/16 HT, would be able to carry more chain with the same weight. I know the 5/16 HT is stonger but is t...
Feb 16, 2009 - 07:43 pm - Doug,I think the consensus with 5/16"HT is that it is as good as 3/8"BBB. Possible downsides include thee chain not being as heavy, and thus n...
Feb 16, 2009 - 08:05 pm - 3/8" BBB working load is 2750# and weighs 164# per 100' 5/16"G4 (aka HT) working load is 3900# and weighs 110# per 100'. If you have a windlas...
Feb 17, 2009 - 12:02 pm - If you have an S-L Hyspeed manual windlass (as I do), you do not need a new gypsy, it works! Every now and then, you get a break.
Feb 17, 2009 - 09:09 pm - Thanks to everyone for there input. I have the SL 555 with the B74 Gipsy, so maybe I am limited to the 3/8 BBB chain. I have 100ft 3/8 BBB now and was...
Feb 18, 2009 - 10:47 am - 5/16 HT is worth it to not have anymore weight forward of the mast than necessary. Especially if you can?t pull the chain back to the mast but have to...
Feb 18, 2009 - 10:54 am - Doug, The key to having the correct gypsy is not the size of the chain, it is the number of links per foot that counts. You need to check the number o...
Feb 18, 2009 - 11:54 am - I have an old S/L reference guide lists the B74 as an all chain gypsy for 3/8BBB or 9.5mm European.Pitch (the inside length of the link)is the key dim...
Feb 18, 2009 - 01:28 pm - Doug,I didn't mean to say that catenary and rust are reason enough not to switch to 5/16" HT. Used asked for cons and those are the onlý things I ...
Feb 19, 2009 - 06:11 am - Just keep in mind that the lower weight will mandate a good stretchable snubber. With the lower weight you'll end up pulling the chain taught more oft...

Anchor Chain For W28   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 06, 2010 - 03:06 pm - I need to replace some very rusty anchor chain on my W28. I believe the chain is 5/16 proof coil (~40 ft). Is this the recommended chain for the boat?...
Jan 06, 2010 - 09:28 pm - 5/16 HT (akaG40) has a working load of 3900 lbs, 5/16 PC and BBB have a working loads of 1950 lbs.5/16HT has a pitch of 26.0mm5/16PC has no specific p...

Anchor Choices On W 32 Bowspirt   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 13, 2007 - 05:07 pm - Besides the CQR, Delta, and Bruce anchors, what other anchors have Westsailors been able to stow on the rollers on their bowspirit?
Jun 14, 2007 - 07:47 pm - When we had our 32 we carried a CQR 45# and a 22H Danforth. The Danforth we pulled up against our bobstay. It all worked well. Someitmes I put the pla...
Jun 14, 2007 - 09:53 pm - Dave, perhaps if one wanted to use a Rocna (an anchor that I believe would not fit on the rollers), one could "pull" it up against the bobstay...
Jun 15, 2007 - 08:43 pm - You maybe could. The Ronca is heavier but I never carried mine really tight.

Anchor Remodel   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 14, 2009 - 12:26 pm - At the last haul out - I noticed that the anchor was suffering from rust... So I had it sand blasted, re-galvinized and then powder coated White.
Mar 14, 2009 - 04:52 pm - Schweeeet! How much and where?Thanks for sharing.
Mar 14, 2009 - 07:19 pm - Well --- The cost was about $80.00 for the sand blasting and re-galv. The powder coat and transportation of the anchor was a freebe from our regular p...

Anchors For W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 16, 2008 - 03:07 pm - Looking for advice on anchors for our boat. What are people using ....?We are on the Oregon coast.Thanks for any input
Jul 16, 2008 - 05:05 pm - Gary,I have experience with the CQR, Delta, danforth-style, fisherman and the new Rocna. We currently have a 45lb CQR as our working anchor, but inten...
Jul 16, 2008 - 06:00 pm - As an FYI, when we had our 32 we carried the Danforth 22ht tight against the bobstay. Never a problem.I found the 45 CQR much more reliable than the 3...
Jul 16, 2008 - 08:10 pm - Hi ya'll, Just got back from a 3 week sailing trip to the Bahamas on a 35' cat - had alot of squally weather, (up to maybe 40k at times at anchor) but...
Jul 17, 2008 - 08:44 am - Thanks for all the input - keep it coming!
Jul 17, 2008 - 08:46 am - What size Deltas are people using?
Jul 17, 2008 - 02:53 pm - Primary: 44# BruceSecondary: A100 Spade (20#)In the bag below deck: FX-23 FortressAaron, If you don't mind I'd like to see a picture of the Ronca unde...
Aug 13, 2008 - 09:34 am - My two cents worth is the 33lb Bruce anchor that came with our W-32. It was our primary anchor of choice for most of our winter cruising last year. Th...
Aug 16, 2008 - 12:59 pm - 45 delta and 3/8ths hi test chain. Works great in the bahamas.. I was able to watch our 45 cqr drag and drag when I dove on it.When I switched to the ...
Sep 30, 2008 - 11:24 pm - I've used a 45lb CQR and a 35lb Bruce. After using both and doing some research I gave the Bruce away. The Bruce anchor's design origins are from oil ...
Oct 01, 2008 - 08:01 am - I became a believer in the Bruce anchor for some bottoms while cruising Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The bottom is kind of roc...
Oct 01, 2008 - 09:52 pm - On Satori we used a CQR 45lbs. and Bruce 15Kg. We used the Bruce and 5/16 chain rode nearly all the time. If I used proper scope and backed down to se...
Oct 02, 2008 - 03:08 pm - I have a 45lb CQR as my primary anchor, and that is all I've ever used on my boat, but anchoring in mud works out just fine with it. I have an all cha...

Any Recommendations On Foulies   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 13, 2008 - 12:49 am - What are recommendations for foul weather gear. There's a lot of opinions out there. Buy the best, generally Musto, always Gore-Tex, as its worth what...
Aug 13, 2008 - 08:01 am - I have the Explorer stuff from West Marine, and while it's fine for the coastal stuff I do here in Southern California, I'd want something better for ...
Aug 13, 2008 - 10:19 am - West's Ocean Explorer and extreme explorer series are good. I like them as much as my old Musto gear.Used them yesterday, actually...went from smooth ...
Aug 13, 2008 - 08:51 pm - Aaron,Is that West or West Marine Ocean Explorer and Extreme Explorer. I couldn't find anything from a google search.scott
Aug 13, 2008 - 09:15 pm - Just another point of ref.I have not any luck with items LABLED west marine! They ware out in less than one season this is not to say west marine does...
Aug 13, 2008 - 10:24 pm - Scott,Mine are manufactured for West Marine and labeled "West Marine". My father is somewhat satisfied with his 3rd Reef line, but I feel my &...
Aug 13, 2008 - 10:31 pm - After further research, I found them.They have two lines:Coastal ExplorerAnd the discontinued Offshore Explorer line.I currently have a set of offshor...
Aug 20, 2008 - 07:47 am - For those of us who are former Navy types and gravitate towards such items, I found that the Royal Navy foul weather jackets are nice and you can scor...
Aug 21, 2008 - 09:43 am - I've got Gill and it is the most comfortable jacket I could imagine... breathes well, has a fleece collar, ample protection around the wrists, good po...
Aug 23, 2008 - 12:05 am - As with many things, it is cheaper to buy quality the first time around. A few years ago I decided on Gill OS5 Key West jacket and more recently the b...
Sep 10, 2008 - 03:49 am - My buddy just picked up a new set of Musto on ebay for 180. They're sold frequently by Naval students who picked them while studying at Annapolis. I, ...

Anyone Use A Rocna Or Manson Anchor On A Westsail Bowsprit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 09, 2007 - 07:54 am - I would be interested in anyone who has played around with one of these rollbar anchors. I just can't see it fitting.thanks for any ideas.
Aug 17, 2007 - 07:00 pm - Still curious about responses to this - We received three anchors with our Asia Marie; a 45lb CQR, 40 lb Danforth, and a 100 lb fluke style storm anch...
Sep 20, 2007 - 01:48 pm - We have been using a Rocna, aboard the 64' Ketch on which we are crew, for the last two years and absolutely love it. I can't see how we'd get one to...
Sep 20, 2007 - 03:27 pm - J and Jenny,I can't say enough good things about Bud's Tubular stainless bowsprit. It's a great platform to work off of and opens up the foredeck, esp...
Sep 20, 2007 - 05:59 pm - Jeff,I'd like to see a picture or two of your setup if you have it handy. I've not seen one of Bud's bosprits installed on a boat and don't know the d...
Sep 21, 2007 - 08:13 am - Aaron,I'll post a picture in a few weeks. I've finally been working on replacing the caprail this summer and am working on the bow section now. Needed...
Sep 21, 2007 - 07:10 pm - Why couldn't users of this type of anchor have some chocks made for the deck to secure the Rocna and simply lead the rode, chain etc., through the rol...
Jan 22, 2008 - 05:04 pm - Aaron,Sorry it took so long, I finally put the anchors back on last weekend. Can't wait to go anchor out again in a couple of weeks!!!Here are a coupl...
Jan 22, 2008 - 05:14 pm - Forgot to mention that I've cut a 1/8" thick stainless plate for each side to protect the caprail. Just need to take them to a metal shop to get b...
Jan 22, 2008 - 07:02 pm - Wow! Did you get the extension on the LIghthouse to make that distance?
Jan 22, 2008 - 09:45 pm - Jeff,That looks great! I didn't realize Bud had a bowsprit available that bolted outboard to the hull like his boomkin. I really like the "flat en...
Jan 23, 2008 - 06:14 am - Aaron,When I replace my caprails I am planning on using ipe. Similar durability to teak, a bit heavier though. The cost is substantially less.
Jan 23, 2008 - 09:32 am - Dave,Lighthouse has got great customer support. When I initially installed it I didn't have the caprail on and had the windlass mounted on a 1-1/2"...

Aries Parts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 20, 2008 - 06:24 pm - Hi All- I am getting ready to mount the Aries that I picked up and realized that I have no chain or tiller chain clamp. Has anyone come up with an alt...
Aug 21, 2008 - 05:59 am - I never used my chain setup that Aires had. I mounted a small 3/4" T track on the bottom of the tiller. Then put a sliding bail on the track. Aft ...
Aug 21, 2008 - 09:36 am - I've always been envious of Dave's setup, but have never tried to duplicate it. I have the chain and chain clamp for mine and it works out well, excep...
Sep 24, 2008 - 11:02 am - Dave, do you have any pics of your setup????
Sep 24, 2008 - 09:10 pm - Don,When you come by in the next day or so I'll look for some pics. I'm sure I have some and then I can discuss them w/ you on how we did it.Fair Wind...

Aries Rudder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 30, 2008 - 11:01 am - Hi All- what do y'all do to hold up the rudder in the up position on an older Aries- I have it tied up right now to the shaft right above the rudder b...
Aug 31, 2008 - 09:07 am - I don't think there is much else you can do. I have a velcro band that goes around the rudder and the shaft. Keeps it nice and snug and don't have to ...
Aug 31, 2008 - 09:35 am - John,Bungy?My Monitor has a hole in the lower, after edge of the rudder. I have a line on the frame with a small carabiner I clip through the hole to ...

Auto-pilots??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 29, 2007 - 09:16 am - what auto pilots are people using effectively with the W32?this ancient 'tiller master' that came with the boat is just about on its last legs.. think...
Jul 01, 2007 - 07:15 pm - I tried a "tiller tamer" on Inalla, my 32 -- that's the one with a nylon line and a little pulley system on the tiller, right? Wasn't worth a ...
Jul 01, 2007 - 08:15 pm - thanks terry- just back from westmarine with tiller tamer plus a couple of cam cleats, assorted SS screws, etc- will try it out, what the heck- the pr...
Jul 02, 2007 - 08:08 am - Brian - We just finished a trip down the Washington coast and part of the Oregon coast in our new-to-us W28. We had good success with our Autohelm 800...
Jul 02, 2007 - 10:56 am - thanks s steve- this is what i also do- maybe i just need a heavier piece of shock-cord...
Jul 02, 2007 - 06:52 pm - My vessel has an older autohelm 4000. For most situations, it can do the job. It struggles going to wind when it's blowing over 20 and the sails have ...
Jul 02, 2007 - 10:06 pm - Brian:If all you are looking for is way to steer while at the mast base look under the Yahoo group (files/improvements/mast based steering) sp+/- ...
Jul 02, 2007 - 10:10 pm - Check out my Westsail Service Manual for installation location for the Simrad TP32 tillerpilot. It does work well in this location.
Jul 29, 2007 - 06:41 pm - Steve and Lu Ann - "part way down the Oregon coast" is that your 28 moored in Newport? I haven't gotten over to read the name yet. Glorious, o...
Jul 30, 2007 - 08:24 am - Jerry & Cathy: Yes, the W28 (Siempre Sabado) tied up on E dock is ours. We've wandered over and checked out Glorious a couple times. Just got back...
Jul 30, 2007 - 09:55 am - tillerpilot photos: this is a photo of where bud suggests.
Aug 02, 2007 - 05:13 pm - I have the Simrad the Bud mentioned and as a single-hander, I would never be without it. I do have both solar panels and a KISS wind generator, so pow...
Aug 09, 2007 - 08:41 pm - Regarding the Simrad TP32: Simrad website mentions the TP32 uses Simrad's proprietary 'Simnet.' Does anyone know if the TP32 will interface with a han...
Aug 10, 2007 - 02:52 pm - The instructions on my TP32 say that it is NMEA compatible, so, I believe that they will interface just fine. I haven't wired the plug for the handhel...
Aug 13, 2007 - 11:51 am - Our TP32 worked well with Garmin 45/48
Aug 14, 2007 - 12:53 am - Thank you for the info.
Oct 23, 2007 - 05:34 pm - OK, ready to jump in here and buy the TP32- Suggestions on a reliable and decent (priced) source? Understand I also need a 5" - 6" drive rod e...
Oct 23, 2007 - 10:00 pm - Brianyou might just wait for the posted sales event from?West Marin, Pyacht, defender, etc etc.So you know, I have not had as much luck with mine as B...
Oct 28, 2007 - 02:43 pm - BrianCheck out Puget Sound Instrument in Washington State. At the time I purchased our TP-32 (3 months ago)they were very competitive. They are on the...
Jul 20, 2008 - 03:31 pm - I was asked about the mounting of the fixed end of the simmerad tiller pilot Below I will attempt to attach a picture of it.
Jul 21, 2008 - 11:36 am - Tiller Master OperationI just purchased my W 32 #605 and was trying out the Tiller Master auto pilot. I can get the autopilot to steer using the remot...
Jul 27, 2008 - 09:56 am - I'm looking for belt for my Raytheon ST 2000+ autopilot. If someone knows where I could buy one online please let me know.Thank you.

Battery Maintenance   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 05, 2007 - 10:29 pm - A useful tool for deep cycle Batteries is a desulator. This reverses the sulfation that occurs from incomplete charging. Usually these units are expen...
Mar 07, 2007 - 09:59 am - Here is an off the shelf product that is also available. Highly recommended. Somewhat more expensive, but passes all test for noise interference, etc....
Mar 08, 2007 - 09:37 am - I have an 'equalizing' mode on my Xantrex Truecharge 40. Doesn't equalization do the same thing...?

Best Depth Transducer For W-32??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 27, 2006 - 11:13 pm - I seem to have two old and non-functioning depth transducers on ORION- one an actual through hull fittingjust above and starboard of the water tanks u...
Nov 28, 2006 - 03:23 pm - I don't thinK the brand is that important, but I would stick to a major one. We used the Raymarine ST-60. We hauled and filled the existing hole and m...

Boarding Ladder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 08, 2007 - 03:07 pm - It's not easy to get from the water to the boat on a W-32. The high bulwarks add to the complexity. My boat came with a rope ladder with steps and pla...
Apr 08, 2007 - 03:18 pm - Don,I've made a few all-rope ladders that seem to work well. I work aboard tallships as mate often and these arrangements work well even with freeboar...
Jul 09, 2007 - 01:14 am - I also would be curious to know what types of boarding ladders people are using with our boat- and placement?I'm a singlehander, and this is one syste...
Jul 10, 2007 - 07:30 pm - There are some commercially made stainless ladders that attach to the genoa track on the caprail.The ladder I make attaches to the midrail of the ster...
Jul 11, 2007 - 03:01 pm - Bud,could your fabricator design a ladder for the genoa track? I've looked around for one and all I've seen is inferior products. Seems like your guy ...
Jul 12, 2007 - 07:54 am - Don,I bought a folding ladder for the genoa track at the Annapolis Boat Show last fall. You can find it at http://www.mysticstainless.com/page2.html I...
Jul 12, 2007 - 11:37 am - Hey Jeff,Thanks for the weblink. Looks like a very good system. Ouch, they do want over $600 for the 48" and over $700 for the longer ladder. Whic...
Jul 12, 2007 - 04:30 pm - Hi Don,I went with the 70". Also got a second set of mounts so that it would be easier to move it from one side of the boat to the other. The boat...
Jul 05, 2008 - 09:45 am - What kind of steps are on Bud's ladder? Does anyone have one installed? I am concerned that it may not extend enough under water to make boarding easy...
Jul 05, 2008 - 03:26 pm - On the subject of rope ladders, I have a narrow, all rope one, steps are only big enough for one foot. I've used it as an emergency re-bording ladder,...
Jul 05, 2008 - 03:38 pm - Michael,I like the idea of an emergency reboarding ladder of some sort --- essential if sailing solo. But I wonder if a better place for it might be h...
Jul 06, 2008 - 10:04 am - I tied my narrow one to the stern pulpit, but up closer to where the boom gallows is. Maybe further aft but I didn't want to be too close to the prop....
Jul 26, 2008 - 11:03 am - Pat and I are both over 65 and climbing up rope ladders is no longer something we look forward to. I have acquired and mounted a SS boarding ladder as...

Bronze Admiralty Anchor..Help?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 08, 2007 - 06:19 am - I just acquired a solid cast bronze admiralty anchor (70lb) for my westsail 32. It has the marking "CLH" and "1953" and is professiona...

Cape Horn On Bud's Stainless Boomkin   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 18, 2008 - 09:11 pm - Hey all,We are participating in the CH group buy. We intend to replace our wooden boomkin with one of Bud's stainless ones and I would like to know ho...
Jul 19, 2008 - 07:26 am - Add me to the photo list! Maybe even post some shots here for all of us to see.
Jul 20, 2008 - 03:27 pm - I have pictures of a Cape Horn mounted on one of my SS boomkins.
Jul 21, 2008 - 01:01 pm - Hey all,Here are two pictures Eric at Cape Horn sent along of an installation on one of Bud's boomkins:Fair leads,Aaron N.
Jul 21, 2008 - 01:03 pm - Oh, his message may be of us, too:quote:The tower of the unit will be 65" high. With around 20" underneath the boomkin, it will leave around 4...
Jul 21, 2008 - 06:30 pm - In the second photo, it looks like the boomkin has the tabs for thew Monitor wind vane, but the supports for the Cape Horn don't fasten to them. Do I ...
Jul 21, 2008 - 08:30 pm - Terry, I always have the tabs installed on all SS boomkins. Never know what kind of windvane will wind up on the boat. Evidently Eric agrees with usin...

Caprail Chafe Guards   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 30, 2009 - 06:31 pm - Does anyone have these? I'd love to find some in bronze...
Dec 31, 2009 - 11:36 am - I know where they are available in stainless in 6", 8", and 12" long.
Dec 31, 2009 - 11:34 pm - If I understand what you are looking for, two sources are Hamilton Marine (www.hamiltonmarine.com) - search for half round - and Jamestown Distributor...

Captjeffmoore   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 05, 2007 - 12:19 pm - I have a W42 and would like to install davits on the stern. Has anyone seen, or used, a commercially made, off-the-shelf brand that works?

Cockpit Awning   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 05, 2009 - 12:33 pm - If you do have a cockpit awning what are you using? Can you sail with the awning up, or do you have to take it down? I just saw what I think is a T ty...
Feb 05, 2009 - 01:56 pm - Hey Jerry,Satori's set up is a bimini that extends from the aft edge of the dodger to a rail on the boom gallows. Seems to work fine under sail based ...
Feb 05, 2009 - 09:14 pm - Thanks for the reply. Just "looking" I thought a bimini would work while sailing. I'm just thinking ahead a little on what can be done. I don'...
Feb 06, 2009 - 09:44 am - Hi Jerry,Sannyasin has a dodger that snaps to the front of the turtle hatch cover, and has a SS frame built up over the companion way. Sunbrella with ...
Feb 06, 2009 - 10:28 am - What a pretty boat! I'd love to see some closeup photos of the turtle hatch and dodger arrangement...
Feb 06, 2009 - 10:08 pm - I agree with Fred that is a gorgeous boat, of course I'm a little biased. How long have you had the dodger, or rather the isenglas (sp?) up and in the...
Feb 07, 2009 - 10:41 am - Thanks Fred and Jerry,Jerry, the PO had created a cover that is draped over the windows on the dodger when not out sailing. I think it is the sun that...
Feb 08, 2009 - 10:22 pm - The covers sound like a good idea given the time and available funds. They could also add a little to the privacy factor for cockpit lounging.Thanks f...
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:10 pm - Found one with the covers on....
Feb 12, 2009 - 01:52 pm - Jerry, the side panels are made of Phiffertex material and are for shade at anchor. They could be up while sailing but I also like to see all around ...
Feb 12, 2009 - 07:09 pm - HI Michael, Sannyasin really looks good. Are those wood spars? If so did you make them? Mark, S/V W28 Patricia A.
Feb 18, 2009 - 09:39 am - Hi Mark and Patti,Thanks, they are wood spars. I didn't make them but the boats previous (and original) owner did.More pics available at:http://www.gr...

Compass Ideas For W32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 18, 2009 - 11:34 am - May have lost the old Danforth bulkhead mounted compass and lovely bronze ring, during an extended boatyard stay. It may have been a Danforth Saturn. ...
Jul 18, 2009 - 11:58 am - Randy, Check out the Plastimo Contest 101 compass. It can be mounted on an angled bulkhead, but the major advantage is that it can be read from the in...
Jul 19, 2009 - 07:14 pm - Whoo, cool! Will do and right away. Seemed like such a waste to have the box over the interior space of the old Danforth, anyway.Bud, you're fab!Randy
Jul 19, 2009 - 07:39 pm - Bud,I like that compass, but I wonder which card to get.I suppose black with black dial is most uv resistant and hardest to read.Randy
Jul 20, 2009 - 10:39 am - Get a compass card that is easy to read. Also use an exterior cover over the compass to protect it from the sunlight.

Computer Navigation Charts   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 27, 2007 - 01:00 pm - I bought a pile of used charts on Ebay. Several were Maptech chart kits with CDs. Anyone know what software program is needed to run the CDs? I can't ...
Jan 27, 2007 - 01:07 pm - I think offshore navigator will work with those.Or try Max sea.Art
Apr 21, 2007 - 11:18 pm - Some free software that is extremely capable is SeaClear. You can find it here: http://www.sping.com/seaclear/It can also use free raster charts downl...
Mar 19, 2008 - 08:30 pm - Seaclear is excellent and only cost $9.00! I am still learning to use its various features but I do not find it complicated. I certainly recommend it.
Mar 23, 2008 - 05:54 pm - Anyone know of a software package that will run on a Mac?
Mar 24, 2008 - 09:57 am - www.gpsnavx.comCheers!Aaron N.

Delrin Cylindrical Bearings   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 01, 2008 - 01:58 pm - Anyone know of a source for delrin cylindrical roller bearings, 3/16 diameter by 7/16 length? I'm replacing the sheaves on my Monitor windvane and tho...
Sep 01, 2008 - 07:15 pm - Try McMasterCar http://www.mcmaster.com/ Look up Delrin Bearings
Sep 23, 2008 - 06:16 am - you could also check out Zephyrwerks Sheave Factory ( zephyrwerks.com ) for the very best sheaves available to cruising boats today. (and good for hig...

Digital Library For Onboard References   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 12, 2009 - 12:49 pm - (This probably isn't the most appropriate place to start this thread, but I can't find anything that seems to be a better fit. So, lacking the ability...
Jun 12, 2009 - 02:00 pm - What about the kindle? Seems like it would do what you are describing.
Jun 12, 2009 - 02:28 pm - Amazon's Kindle application is a good suggestion, Gary, and certainly a good augmentation to what I do in my own application.http://www.amazon.com/Kin...
Jun 12, 2009 - 02:32 pm - Hey Jack, is that your boat with the title "safe and stable under any sea" under photographs of "S/V Drifter" and her captain?Looks a ...
Jun 12, 2009 - 03:05 pm - Good eye! That photo is indeed not "Drifter", though I don't recall where I got the photo. When I originally built that site, I only had a few...
Jun 12, 2009 - 08:10 pm - Jack,For my few cents worth, I haven't really approached the question of how to carry all of my books, movies, manuals, etc, as I know it is impractic...

Dinghies   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 25, 2006 - 08:24 am - HELP!I am in the process of purchasing a used Fatty Knees dinghy here in Maine. It is the 8' model and comes with the sail rig. Many of you are famili...
Aug 25, 2006 - 09:18 pm - There are places in the bahamas that the anchorage is nearly a mile from the landing area (Big Majors Spot anchorage to Staniel Cay for example). Even...
Aug 26, 2006 - 10:42 am - I agree with what you were told as we have both. We use our Fatty Knees for quick deployment and very short distances in calm water with a 2 hp Honda....
Aug 27, 2006 - 05:10 pm - Thanks for your replies. I also spoke with my friend Wayne of the vessel JURA. He has had a Fatty Knees for three seasons in the Bahamas. He admits be...
Aug 27, 2006 - 07:54 pm - It takes up some room on the foredeck. The stern is aft near the mast and the bow near the Knight heads without chocks. I preferred it when it fit bet...
Aug 27, 2006 - 08:17 pm - Why not move the traveler?Aaron
Aug 29, 2006 - 10:35 pm - The traveler can't go back any further because of the dodger and all other solutions seem to be more work than it's worth. Taking the Fatty Knees with...
Aug 31, 2006 - 12:56 am - They're just so darn cute though. I had the pleasure of restoring a friend's, during which time I grew to be a bit...attached. So I can't help but cri...
Sep 01, 2006 - 06:59 am - I have to agree a fatty knees is certainly 'shippy' looking.In my travels around the W Caribbean I've seen VERY few hard dinghys in actual use. Not su...
Sep 01, 2006 - 07:41 pm - Mike,If you don't mind my pestering, how did you come to pick out the 10' Apex? I'd bet you researched quite a on all of the options, so I'd really li...
Sep 03, 2006 - 09:03 am - Hello All,Well I did go and try the fatty knees on the forward deck and found that it fits the boat well. There is still sufficient room to walk aroun...
Sep 30, 2006 - 12:47 pm - Aaron,Sorry to take so long to respond... I somehow overlooked your questions.Why did I buy an APEX? A fellow boater decided to buy a larger double fl...
Sep 30, 2006 - 09:14 pm - Mike,Thanks for the insight. I had though as much about the dual floored inflatables. It seems silly to have a hollow deck area to take up more space ...
Oct 01, 2006 - 09:36 am - I have a ab 8 foot dual floor dink. Although it is built very well, it is too heavy. My 9.8 will not plane the thing with two people in it. It does no...
Mar 12, 2008 - 10:40 am - Just built a nesting dinghy and am currently figuring out how to fit its 4'8" x 4'9" between the mast and dodger. I need to determine if the t...
Mar 12, 2008 - 04:58 pm - When we cruised w/ our 32 we had for a year a hard dinghy carried aft of the mast (no dodger) and a 12' Achilles. I just bought another for this boat....

Dinghy Davits   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 07, 2007 - 02:05 pm - I have a Westsail 42 and would like to install davits for a 10', 150# dinghy on the stern.Has anyone done this, or seen it done? Are there any off-the...

Dinghy Oars Extraordinaire   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 17, 2007 - 08:43 pm - Hi guys and gals,I just had a great experience ordering a custom made set of oars, locks and leathers from old-line oarmaker in Nova Scotia. Van Fancy...

Dodger And Main Sheet Traveler   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 10, 2007 - 10:20 pm - I have a Westsail 28 with the main sheet traveler on the bridge deck. I'm looking into installing a dodger, but it seems like it might interfere with ...
Dec 11, 2007 - 08:52 am - Josh,I installed a mail-order dodger on my W28 which also has the bridge-deck traveler. Not sure whether or not it will interfere since we haven't bee...
Dec 12, 2007 - 04:12 pm - Steve,It will be a few months before I do anything about a dodger on my W28, but definitely plan to have one. I would be interested in knowing where y...
Dec 12, 2007 - 11:02 pm - Josh,We have a dodger and bridge deck main sheet traveler. Ours is a 32' however. It would be nice if the dodger came a bit more aft but we love it. A...
Jan 07, 2008 - 10:56 am - Josh,Here are some pictures of the dodger I put on our W28, Siempre Sabado. I ordered the dodger from JSI (Johnson Sails, Inc.), http://www.newjsi.com...
Jan 07, 2008 - 10:58 am - Josh,Here are some pictures of the dodger I put on our W28, Siempre Sabado. I ordered the dodger from JSI (Johnson Sails, Inc.), http://www.newjsi.com...
Jan 07, 2008 - 11:01 am - Obviously, my images didn't post. Let's try again:\image\image\image
Jan 07, 2008 - 11:02 am - Not sure what I'm doing wrong since I have posted photos before. Buy right now my wife needs the phone and since I'm on a dial-up....I'll try to post ...
Jan 07, 2008 - 03:05 pm - if at first you don't succeed...
Jan 07, 2008 - 10:09 pm - Thanks for posting your pictures, Steve. That looks like a nice dodger... but you're right that it looks like it will interfere with the main sheet. W...
Jan 08, 2008 - 02:02 pm - Steve- Thanks for the pics, we're looking for a dodger as well and will check out the website. Also - I'm curious my 28-footer doesn't have those winc...
Jan 08, 2008 - 02:26 pm - Hi, Colleeen..Yes, those are reefing winches. The starboard one could also be used for the outhaul and the port one for the topping lift if necessary....
Jan 08, 2008 - 02:30 pm - Josh,I'm thinking about moving the traveler aft, to the end of the boom. The boom will be controlled by blocks port and starbpard as I've seen on a bu...
Jan 08, 2008 - 09:09 pm - My main is sheeted to the end of the boom, and I don't have a traveler. Down side is I can't set the main flat and then move it off to leeward; plus s...
Jan 14, 2008 - 06:44 pm - I also have the mainsheet at the end of my boom. A dodger would definently be in the way with a traveler. I think the best option for flattening the m...
Mar 04, 2008 - 10:32 pm - Steve, thank you for posting the pictures of your dodger. I will need to get one before the winter and appreciate seeing how your's fits. I have a tra...
Mar 06, 2008 - 01:39 pm - For a good vang placement, I recommend using a 1/2" D shackle on the aft lower chainplates to attach the turnbuckle. This gives you a loop facing ...

Electric Windlass   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 02, 2007 - 04:47 pm - Has anyone replaced their manual windlass with an electic one? I'm getting too old to do it by hand anymore, and I found the Lofrans Tigres would be t...
Aug 09, 2007 - 11:43 am - Make up a saddle to go over the bowsprit and bolt through the sides of the bowsprit. The top of the saddle should have the footprint of your new windl...

Engine Control Protection Device   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 06, 2009 - 09:35 am - Ahoy Mates,Steve and Ken asked me to try to get some pics of what they told me was an engine control protection device installed on my boat. After som...
Sep 06, 2009 - 10:50 am - Thanks for the photo Randy. I'll have to make my handhold a bit deeper since my control lever is a Teleflex SL-3 which has a wider, probably more "...
Sep 06, 2009 - 11:49 am - You'll love it, I'm sure, especially if you spend any time down in the engine room.Good luck,Randy

EPIRBS & LIFE RAFTS??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 24, 2007 - 11:42 pm - looking for recommendations on blue water EPIRBS and life rafts... what are people using?? (or hopefully NOT using as the case may be!)

Flying Flag From The Backstay   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 23, 2008 - 12:22 am - Been a long time since I read the specs on flying a flag from the backstay but seem to remember it is something like 2/3 of the way up to the masthead...
Aug 26, 2008 - 02:10 pm - Can't comment on flying from the backstay, however on gaff-rigged boats, they fly a flag from the leach of the main sail, just below the gaff. Or, the...
Jan 27, 2009 - 10:04 pm - I just finished helping with the power squadron booth at a boat show, and it was kind of slow, so I sat there and read some of the booklets at the boo...
Jan 28, 2009 - 04:59 am - I just lashed a small 1/8" swivel block to the backstay using a wire tie. I then attached one of those universal cleats that you can clamp on wire...
Jan 29, 2009 - 08:12 pm - Hey all,I have two flag halyards on my port shrouds; one upper, one lower, as well as one on my backstay. I wrap a bit of self-amalgamating parcel aro...
Jan 30, 2009 - 08:11 am - Aaron,By "self-amalgamating parcel" are you referring to something like that tape they sell at boat shows that fuses to itself?-Steve
Jan 30, 2009 - 09:59 pm - Steve,Not exactly - you're thinking of the plasticized rigger's tape, which is good stuff for some things. It would probably work for this even - the ...
Jan 31, 2009 - 06:16 pm - Aaron,I would like to see a pic of your setup.Frank
Feb 01, 2009 - 11:38 pm - Frank,OK, I'll take some when I'm home next weekend.Cheers,Aaron N.
Feb 02, 2009 - 11:00 am - Thanks Aaron. I've been procrastinating reinstalling the pinrails on my shrouds. I took them off to refinish them and, at that time, it seemed like th...
Feb 02, 2009 - 02:12 pm - Steve,Take a look at http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=2351&c=503 for a very professional way to attach ratlines to shrouds. I ...
Feb 02, 2009 - 06:54 pm - Ralph and Steve,That photo is the right idea. However, it is a relatively poor example of a seizing. The 1" gap between the upper and lower seizin...
Feb 02, 2009 - 09:49 pm - Aaron,Thanks for the feedback. I wondered about the single strand of seizing connecting top and bottom in the photograph - talk about a weak link. Doi...
Feb 03, 2009 - 08:24 am - Thanks Aaron and Ralph. I'll take a look at the link as soon as I get all caught up on my WOA message board reading. And, I just happen to already hav...
Feb 04, 2009 - 08:07 am - Aaron,I went back and read Hervey Smith's pieces on parcelling and serving shrouds, Now I'm inspired to give it a go. Besides the practical aspect, it...
Feb 08, 2009 - 11:06 am - Frank and others,Here are the photos. Sorry they're so dark; I forgot to shoot the photos until after dark. I tried to modify to brightness/contrast t...
Feb 08, 2009 - 07:35 pm - Aaron,Thanks for the pics. Since you obviously know a lot about rigging such things, do you know what the traditional method of rigging a flag that ha...
Feb 08, 2009 - 11:37 pm - Frank,I'm not familiar with flags with luff ropes. Is that to say that, rather than having grommets, you have two bits of line coming off the top and ...
Feb 15, 2009 - 02:49 am - Frank,Here are two pictures of the way I setup to fly my US flag from the backstay. I used self-almagating rigging tape (only sticks to itself, no tar...
Feb 16, 2009 - 01:06 pm - George,I assume that your wished placement of the eyestrap has to do with the way that the halyard tends to hang, presumably down. That got me to thin...
Feb 16, 2009 - 10:07 pm - Frank,My now preferred placement of the block has to do with the fact that raising and lower the flag halyard is more convenient from the boat-side of...

Free Full Boat Cover For WS 32   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 22, 2008 - 12:05 pm - Boat cover is in good shape, Takes up to much room to come with me. Must be picked up at the Berkeley Marina no later then Friday evening the 27th of ...
Jun 23, 2008 - 09:26 am - The cover found a home.Thanks, David B.

Free Whisker Pole   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 04, 2009 - 07:36 am - Someone is offering me one. How do I find out what size is appropriate for a Westsail? Length and diameter?
May 04, 2009 - 11:22 am - The current May issue of SAIL magazine has a good article on whisker poles.

Fuel Cells   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 14, 2008 - 10:12 am - I have read several posts about inexpensive generator set-ups and solar panels, but I wonder if any of our members have any experience or inside info ...
Mar 15, 2008 - 08:07 am - I've looked at them off-an-on. Certainly interesting, but I suspect they are very pricy. I've never seen any firm price listing other than references ...

Galley Sink Size   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 24, 2009 - 04:28 pm - While I was working on W32 last year, I removed the sinks when I replaced the Formica on all the countertops. I found a new sink for the head, but cou...
Sep 24, 2009 - 06:32 pm - Jack - is your boat from the 1st second or 3rd mould? There is a Factory W32 from the 3rd mould that is berthed in our marina and I could measure it f...
Sep 24, 2009 - 07:16 pm - That would be very kind of you Gary (or Charlotte)... thank you. I'm 2,500 miles from her at the moment. Any idea how might I figure out which mold sh...
Sep 24, 2009 - 07:24 pm - Gary:My hull number is 438. My guess is that this was the second mold. Does this really make a difference in the galley cabinets? I can probably scrou...
Sep 24, 2009 - 07:25 pm - One way of telling is that the last mold had "pockets" molded into the deck bulwark for stanchions. The first mold had tiny little scuppers......
Sep 24, 2009 - 07:28 pm - Looks like we posted at the same timeAgree on the 2nd mold
Sep 24, 2009 - 10:03 pm - Gary:I found an old photo of my galley sink and determined that the maximum depth of the counter is probably not much more than 14". So, I guess t...
Sep 24, 2009 - 11:55 pm - Jack,I seem to remember my galley counter being 17.5" deep. My father will probably be out there tomorrow and can measure it for you. Alternativel...
Sep 25, 2009 - 12:47 am - Thanks, Aaron.It sure would be easier, if my boat wasn't so far away. Actually, I just made the big step and quit my job. I've put this off for too lo...
Sep 25, 2009 - 09:09 am - Jack,I also sent you an email. For anyone else, our old sink was, lip to lip, 16"x27". I remember that the sink went almost all the way to the...
Sep 26, 2009 - 11:37 am - Jack,Hull 221 is factory finished with galley sink dimensions of 11 1/2" X 15 3/4" X 5". Of particular note, the drain is offset toward th...

GPS + PPC Suggestions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 05, 2006 - 06:16 pm - I have just started using a Verizon wireless Pocket PC model VX6700 which is running Windows Mobile 5 and would like to purchase the software and hard...
Mar 19, 2006 - 09:04 am - Update to the first message:I purchased the BT-338 GPS antenna and Memory-Map Navigator - a software package that contains Memory Map Navigator for th...
Mar 25, 2006 - 08:36 am - While I didn't get to sail with the unit this week -- rain storm through the SF Bay area -- I have used it in the car as I drove through the SF bay ar...
May 25, 2007 - 05:17 pm - I tried to use my BT-338 (Blue Tooth GPS) as I started sailing this spring but the power adapter/charger circuits have died -- ie the charging light j...
May 25, 2007 - 10:57 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...

GROCO VALVES   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 04, 2008 - 06:12 pm - I am looking for a Groco SV 750 seacock body. I have all of the other parts but the neck of the valve had been broken off.Thanks
May 09, 2008 - 07:07 am - Greg, is that the smaller seacock? I have a spare one of the smaller ones for water inlet (can't recall the size and I'm out of town now).Tom Koehl
May 09, 2008 - 12:17 pm - Tom--Yes it is, in fact it's the same seacock.Thanks for the reply. Give me a call when you canGreg
May 14, 2008 - 09:36 am - I have a number of bodies of both the 3/4" and 1-1/2" available, but without the rubber cones.

GROUP BUY: AIS Receivers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 06, 2006 - 03:57 pm - Hi - we're the owners of SY Mico Verde (W32). Here's some info on a group buy we've put together with some friends.This deal will be open for about an...

Handheld VHF Suggestions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 10, 2009 - 07:58 pm - Anyone have and recommendations of handheld VHF radios to buy or stay away from for cruising? Is it worth the extra money to get one with GPS, extra f...
Jan 11, 2009 - 06:16 am - Stay away from the little Cobras. They're about equal to a toy. We have two aboard and were thinking they would be a good one for the dinghys. NOT. Wi...
Jan 15, 2009 - 10:53 am - I have a Standard Horizon HX260S and I love it. Great battery life, well made, supposedly submersible (I'm not going to test that theory voluntarily)....
Jan 15, 2009 - 11:46 pm - I have a West Marine VHF 200 that I bought on sale several years ago. It seems to fit my needs, and if I could ever figure out where I put the instruc...
Feb 15, 2009 - 07:57 am - I have an ICOM I bought in 1987. I wrapped it in bubble wrap and put it in storage after several years of trouble free service in 1994. It remained in...

Hard Dodger   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 25, 2009 - 02:49 am - I'm looking for a source for a hard dodger for my W43...any good suggestions?thanks FlipW43 Katura
Jul 26, 2009 - 02:39 pm - Where are you at? I've just added one on our 42.You can check my blog at: http://svelysium.net/blog/I had to go to Annapolis to get it. But I know he'...
Jul 28, 2009 - 08:16 pm - Thanks for the headsup...I'm located in Michigan,,I wonder if he can help us out..I'll give him a call.Would you be willing to share the cost? I have ...
Jul 29, 2009 - 06:22 am - Not sure what cost you're talking about. I just purchased and had one installed. I don't think he's done a 42 and do know that if he doesn't have a pa...
Jul 29, 2009 - 11:34 pm - Thanks Dave,Sorry about the confusion...I was asking if you would share how much the dodger cost you.I'll shoot Dan a call.thanks again
Aug 01, 2009 - 07:40 pm - It' in a PM.

Help   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 06, 2009 - 11:54 am - It is clear to me that the Norseman fittings on my boat are matured so to speak. My friend, Bob, showed me some newer/less mature edition of the Norse...
Sep 06, 2009 - 01:06 pm - Randy,Staloks are very easy to install yourself - they definitely don't need a pro! Get rid of the Norsemans you think are shot (or replace them all) ...
Sep 06, 2009 - 03:24 pm - Greetings to you, Aaron,I think you told me this once before.So, for your further info, Aaron, I inherited a white spare parts bag of about 10 fitting...
Sep 08, 2009 - 02:25 am - Randy:If you are reusing the norseman fittings (A good rout to use in the reinstall with new cones) is to soak the old fittings and nuts without the c...
Sep 08, 2009 - 02:36 am - OH remember the old addage of acid into water like it autoodon't add water to the acid as it is exothermic (GETS REAL HOT!) a very bad thing (Just thi...
Sep 08, 2009 - 09:40 pm - Just a few more words of caution. Nitric acid is a VERY strong oxidizer, and like sulfuric, mixing it with water is VERY exothermic. (1) Never handle ...
Sep 09, 2009 - 03:48 pm - I strongly second all of Ralph's comments!2 liters was a small amount for my purposes 0.75 liter would be way more than enough for the norseman fittin...
Sep 29, 2009 - 10:55 am - It never occurred to me that the boat could have a combination of old non-resuable Norsemans, newer reusable Norsemans, and reusable Stalocks. That ap...

High Water Bilge Alarm Tips Sought   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 30, 2009 - 06:39 pm - Just a note to say all my contacts have strongly advised me to install a high water bilge alarm on my W32. Sounds like a necessity to me. Any ideas wo...
Jul 30, 2009 - 07:39 pm - Hi Randy,Not sure if this is what you are looking for but this is how we handled it.We installed two bilge pumps. The primary is a 2000 GPH and is the...
Jul 30, 2009 - 10:57 pm - Don and Lana,Wow! And thank you very much. Certainly you have thought through and engineered through the project much more than I have even considered...
Jul 31, 2009 - 05:08 pm - Randy,We live aboard as well as planning to cut dock lines this January for an extended cruise with no return date scheduled. The lithmus test for our...
Jul 31, 2009 - 11:46 pm - Don,Thank you for the good desription of your approach to the potential problem. You obviously have given it a lot of thought. Draining the batteries ...
Nov 09, 2009 - 05:48 pm - Quick report:You're welcome, George. I liked your input alot, especially since I already have small and large electric bilge pumps set up.Bought a Rul...
Nov 22, 2009 - 11:09 pm - Ouch! had to make a third engineering effort to get this right. On further reflection the Radio Shack siren alarm and red light were not going to work...
Nov 23, 2009 - 10:24 pm - Went to the merchant that sold the horn. It only draws 3 amps. So, no problem there. System is AOK, and I am very pleased with it. Seems to be the onl...
Nov 25, 2009 - 06:27 am - 16 AWG is the minimum for wiring runs. You can still have smaller wires connected to the load you just use step down butt connectors between the heavi...

HP IPAQ?? (with GPS   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 27, 2007 - 12:22 am - anybody out there using a pocket pc- such as the hp ipaqhw 6945- for downloading blue charts (i.e to a handheldgarmen gps) OR even as a standalone dev...

Hydraulic Wheel Steering   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 26, 2008 - 10:37 am - We are getting too old to handle the tiller in heavy winds. What information is there about installing hydraulic wheel steering. What problems are the...

I Just Saw Something Pretty Nice   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 14, 2006 - 08:59 pm - A couple boats down from me is a custom '47 Tayana. Nice boat but what caught my eye was a small, *portable* ice machine they had as a backup ...
Nov 16, 2006 - 02:29 pm - 480 amps at 12 volts with inverter loss would be 5 or 600 amps a day of 12 volts. Thats alot if you aren't tied to a dock.Rich

In-hull Depth Finder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 08, 2007 - 11:01 am - anybody have experience with a norcross 'hawkeye' in-hull depth finder?? this old boat has enough 'holes' in her- for $110 this little baby will give ...
Mar 02, 2008 - 10:59 am - OK, trying ot revive this thread here... Anybody sailing with a 'shoot through the hull' type depth finder/transducer system? Any recommendations, tho...
Mar 02, 2008 - 03:57 pm - Brian:I installed the Navman 3100 kit that includes the masthead sensors and digital gauge, knot meter, depth sounder.I tested out the transducer unde...
Mar 02, 2008 - 04:44 pm - Hey Jay, thanks for the info- sounds like yours works well enough... Where did you buy?
Mar 04, 2008 - 10:10 pm - Brian, 2+ years ago I installed a Navman depth finder with a thru hull transducer in my Cape Dory 26. However, Navman's instructions said it could...
Mar 05, 2008 - 10:05 am - Thanks George- How thick is the glass layup at that point on a Cape Dory? One of my chief concerns with this type of transducer is its ability to shoo...
Mar 05, 2008 - 06:53 pm - Brian:Navman is hard to find now -- not happy about that -- Navman did replace the display when a character failed.I believe that Navman was purchased...
Mar 24, 2008 - 10:03 pm - I have had some amazing results with an in hull transducer installation. I bought one of the larger Lowrance plotter/sonars and used the inexpensive t...
Mar 30, 2008 - 09:45 pm - The inside transducer works well if the hull is solid fiberglass. Do not try it if the hull is cored with some other material. Fortunately the Westsai...
Mar 30, 2008 - 10:16 pm - amen~!
Apr 06, 2008 - 11:12 am - Brian-I've got no direct experience with the Hawkeye (the price does sound great) but if there are any other deals or if you prefer another model don'...
Apr 18, 2008 - 11:00 pm - Brian,Cape Dory's are well constructed boat, but the hull would certainly not be as thick at that of a Westsail. There are generally two methods for i...
Apr 22, 2008 - 12:00 pm - Question for the group:If you want depths measured in thousands of feet, as well as 200 ft. and less, is it best/necessary to go with thru hull trnsdu...
May 24, 2008 - 03:18 pm - Airmar make most transducers, the P79 is a deep water in hull transducer, It was certainly used by Navman, and from what I have been told can be used ...
Jun 01, 2008 - 05:05 pm - Thanks Ivan,I'm still in the market for that transducer and depthfinder. And the boat is on the hard.Randy
Jul 15, 2008 - 08:06 pm - For those of you who have used in hull transducers, did you use a certain angle (deadrise) or flat pucks? I ended up getting a flat one thru mailorder...
Jul 20, 2008 - 03:42 pm - You do need to install the transducer with the face parallel with the waterline. You can achieve this by installing a fiberglass tube vertically insid...

Interior Upholstery   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 31, 2008 - 05:43 pm - Hey all,I just finished sewing new interior upholstery for the boat. You can view photos at the following link: Asia Marie's UpholsteryWe're going to ...
Dec 31, 2008 - 06:48 pm - Aaron is that a shower you have installed in the hall way of your boat??Chris
Dec 31, 2008 - 11:51 pm - Chris,No, that isn't a shower, although I do have the shower pan plumbed to drain into a small bilge sump with its own pump. We removed the two wooden...

Internet Service   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 20, 2008 - 12:25 am - Looking for a way to have internet on boat while cruising,does anyone have good and cheap method. This would be for outside the states.
Nov 25, 2008 - 10:52 am - Hi, what type of service are you looking for? Do you want to simply be able to send/receive e-mail, or are you talking about browsing web pages?There ...

Just FYI   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 21, 2008 - 05:22 pm - We have been in St Petersburg for the past 9 months refitting and upgrading before we set off on our long term voyage. We feel very fortunate to have ...

Knife   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 07, 2008 - 10:31 pm - HI,out there. Myerchin has a new knife called the p300. I like it, I want to buy it. The only thing I don't like is it has a pointed / serrated blade....
Oct 07, 2008 - 11:18 pm - Mark,I do not like serrated blades. Whenever cutting line, I try to use a board and mallet to get a very clean cut; that doesn't work with serrations....
Oct 08, 2008 - 05:09 pm - My opinion,Have all the blades you need with as many associated knives as necessary. One in the pocket, one in the holster, one around the neck. Be su...
Oct 08, 2008 - 09:55 pm - Hi guys,All good stuff you say.Aaron I don't know what do you mean bend or chip please explain plus what tall ship was that anyway? Randy, you and I t...
Oct 09, 2008 - 12:11 am - Mark,Don't think I ONLY have the Myerchin. That's just my official "rigging" knife. I wore that whenever I was on deck on the tallships. I wor...
Oct 09, 2008 - 03:08 pm - Aaron, I would'nt think that you only have one. So what ya got? OK so now I see what you mean by bend & chip, I read too much into that. Mark.
Oct 09, 2008 - 08:36 pm - Hey7Mark,Glad you liked the idea I got from Sailor magazine about some sailboat lost in a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Long story short, the last ...
Oct 10, 2008 - 07:58 pm - Nice story Randy, thanks.Mark.

Lee Cloths   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 16, 2007 - 01:17 pm - Hello All, Does anyone have the dimensions for lee cloths used aboard the Westsail32? Also a digital picture would be wonderful. Thanks!ChristianW32 C...

Line Cutter Installation   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 05, 2009 - 09:56 am - If anyone has an interest, I just reinstalled a Spur's Marine line cutter on my W32 and have some details about the project on the Ask Bud section. It...
Feb 05, 2009 - 11:39 am - Holy shlamoley that was quite a lot of custom fitting. If you would have started from scratch, with nothing previously installed do you think it would...
Feb 05, 2009 - 01:51 pm - Hi Jerry,Thanks for the feedback. Yes it was a lot of cusom work, but mostly not for me. No, I was VERY glad the customization was brought so far forw...

Lubrication Tip: White Lithium Grease   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 31, 2009 - 06:56 pm - Astounding success on the lubrication and re-installtion of the old Aries windvane.First, get away from the water so you can lubricate properly withou...
Aug 31, 2009 - 07:12 pm - Randy,Thanks for the tip. I'd like to mention to everyone though that WD-40 will displace grease, so if you choose to use it in the the process of uns...
Aug 31, 2009 - 10:41 pm - Thanks, Aaron,That's a great idea to rinse out the WD40 while it's easy. And yes PB Blaster is much better than my suggestion, and even better perhaps...

Lwmar 30s 2 Speed Winches On EBay   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 15, 2009 - 04:41 pm - Non-self tailing Chrome Plated Bronze new with 5 for sale Buy it Now price $185. This is a good deal! There are 6 total for sale but some yahoo made a...

Mast Stantions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 28, 2008 - 07:06 am - We have manufactured these from Buds drawings in his W32 Manual which I purchased some time ago. Sure adds to the feeling of security when up there at...

Micro Electronic Fuel Pump Questions   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 16, 2009 - 10:51 am - Anybody have experience with something called a micro electronic fuel pump? Mine is built by Mr. Gasket Group. I inherited it with my W32. I understan...
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:21 am - So far I have not installed the pump that came with the boat. I did, however, mount it on a small board and install a few feet of fuel line on each en...
Nov 12, 2009 - 09:00 pm - Randy, that pump was for use on a Ford pickup. Being a diesel it should work just fine on the Perkins. I like the idea of a bulb hand pump but being ...
Nov 13, 2009 - 03:50 am - In some fuel injected gasoline cars the electric fuel pump is the high pressure pump. In that case they have to be able to hold between 30 to 60 psi. ...
Nov 13, 2009 - 01:30 pm - Ken:I had a hand bulb. It failed (cracked and about 3 gal went down to the engine pan) I was on the hard at the time, so no problem (if you use a hand...
Nov 13, 2009 - 07:50 pm - Norm, I had to sell Satori to Randy due to heart disease and now vascular dementia. At least I think I did........ so now its out of my hands. He is ...

Need A Boom   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 16, 2009 - 01:57 pm - Need a boom for older Westsail 32. please call Gerald at 541-556-1113
May 17, 2009 - 03:34 pm - Gerald, I can get a boom tube blank if yours was made by LeFiell. You can then transfer all of your existing hardware over to it.
May 27, 2009 - 12:22 am - No the broken one is a Seldain (spelling?). An old roller ferling one altered to slab reefing with a sliding gooseneck. What would it take to refit? A...
May 27, 2009 - 09:01 am - Gerald - if it is a Selden boom there are parts available here:http://www.seldenmast.com/frameset.cfm?id=5564&randnum=105083988
May 27, 2009 - 10:18 am - To refit to use another manufacturers boom you would only have to be able to adapt the gooseneck that to have to fit on the new boom. That way it woul...
May 29, 2009 - 05:35 pm - Thanks all for the info. Bud, as Selden is out of business I believe, I probably will be going with LeFiell. Don't most new booms have a plate that ri...
May 30, 2009 - 12:30 pm - Gerald:You may give these guys a call if you are coming to oahu and see if they have anything on hand +/-? they are a marina just east of the airp...
May 30, 2009 - 07:54 pm - Gerald, Most booms have a front end cap that has a hole in it. A rod is in the hole, with a cotter pin at the insode end to keep it from coming out, a...
Jun 02, 2009 - 03:48 pm - Thanks Norm, I must be close to them as I am in Ala Wai. I will contact them. Bud, that photo of the gooseneck looks much like mine. The big diff. I s...
Jun 04, 2009 - 07:40 pm - Gerald:I am also at the Ala Wai, over in front.where do they have you docked?We have fireworks every friday just to the east of the marina around 7:30...
Jun 15, 2009 - 12:49 am - Well it's happened again. The Westsail Owners Association has proven it is indispensable for those of us with "The Boat". I now have a straigh...
Sep 03, 2009 - 02:16 pm - Guess you made it back to the mainland GeraldTaken in Neah bay last Friday
Sep 03, 2009 - 02:34 pm - Gerald - were there other parts available from the less fortunate Westsail?

Netting For Bowsprit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 18, 2009 - 03:07 pm - Do most of you have this? Not the kind underneath but the kind between the sprit and the pulpit and lifelines.Mine is falling apart, one becomes kind ...
Aug 18, 2009 - 03:49 pm - Nanette,You can either make it or buy it. I don't have it, but would if I intended to keep this bowsprit. The only stuff I have found that looks up to...
Aug 18, 2009 - 05:13 pm - My friend Pete wanted new netting there for his dog's safety on a Tay. 37. We located him a beat up shrimp net for $25. He had all the net he wanted a...
Aug 30, 2009 - 08:52 pm - Wouldn't trust one as a people catcher, but sure would be nice to prevent headsails from slipping over the side during a change.
Aug 31, 2009 - 09:36 pm - Maybe have a look at the catalog at Memphis Net & Twine... http://www.memphisnet.net/

New Airhead Composting Toilet   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 13, 2008 - 09:08 am - Hello all,We just ordered our Airhead composting toilet to be installed in our W32.www.airheadtoilet.comIt'll be here next week. I'll document the pro...
Nov 13, 2008 - 10:41 am - Golly Aaron,sounds like the same set up I've been hearing about. Seems you just need a fan and it ventilates into compost. Is that the one?Yes, please...
Nov 13, 2008 - 03:43 pm - On the member site, Bill Shaw on Galena is using this. He has a good description and use. Randy, how is the boat coming along? I saw the paint thread...
Nov 14, 2008 - 10:38 am - Aaron,We also have an Airhead which I haven't installed yet. Bit more of a challenge fitting one into the head on a W28. I assume you've already read ...
Nov 14, 2008 - 09:14 pm - I met a couple that sailed all summer with a "Nature's Head" composting toilet. They were very happy with it. Claimed there was no odor, excep...
Nov 17, 2008 - 08:22 am - David,When I got ready to buy my composter a year ago, I e-mailed Geoff at Airhead to ask about the differences between the Nature's Head and the AirH...
Nov 17, 2008 - 08:32 pm - Aaron:Did you ever take photos and document the installation. I'd love to see same to get a better idea of what's involved. Looks like the answer to m...
Nov 18, 2008 - 07:09 am - All,The Airhead will be here Wednesday (Nov. 19th) and we'll try to get it installed this weekend. I'll post a little write-up when we get it finished...
Nov 27, 2008 - 06:16 pm - Aaron:As I smell the goose cooking (bought 2 of them frozen last January at a huge discount), for some strange reason my thoughts turned to a composti...
Nov 27, 2008 - 11:29 pm - Ralph,I'm interested in the cap you mentioned for your chimney. I'm currently using the previous owners design, a tethered budweiser can. Although it ...
Nov 29, 2008 - 07:15 am - Just a note to composting pioneers and wannabees.Practical Sailor magazine, Vol. 28 no. 22 Nov. 15, 2002, has a front page article comparing the Air H...
Nov 29, 2008 - 01:23 pm - Scott:This kind of device is a Charlie Noble. They can be pretty and expensive or less expensive and just as functional. I use one from West Marine (s...
Nov 30, 2008 - 12:21 pm - Or even prettier and expensiver at: http://www.marinestove.com/Accessories.htm
Dec 31, 2008 - 05:26 pm - Hey all,We finally have the head installed. I was going to make comments, but it's a very straight-forward process. We expanded the old "vent"...

New Vinyl Lettering For Mary Rose   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 11, 2009 - 07:23 pm - We just completed application of new vinyl lettering for our SV Mary Rose V.Pics are on our website.http://www.captainmontgomery.com/
Mar 12, 2009 - 02:51 pm - The graphics look great! What was the name of the font you used?
Mar 12, 2009 - 03:08 pm - looks like 'Black Chancery' which is exaclty the font I selected for "Marianne".http://www.westsail.org/discus/messages/3/2218.html#POST9219sc...
Mar 12, 2009 - 05:52 pm - Scott,What a coincidence! I laid tiled the both pics of each boot and it appears that the font is exactly the same. I did not get the font from the su...
Mar 12, 2009 - 06:03 pm - Let's try this again.What a coincidence! I tiled both pics of each boat and it appears that the font is exactly the same on both boats. I did not get ...
Mar 18, 2009 - 02:18 pm - I put this question somewhere else, perhaps it should be here...Does anyone have or has anyone seen wood 'name boards' on a Westsail?

Norcross Depth Finder   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 01, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Anybody out there successfully installed and using a Norcross Hawkeye in-hull type depth finder? Mine just arrived and I need to find an optimal place...
May 03, 2009 - 04:50 pm - Brian,I tried the hawkeye DF1000D but exchanged it for Northstar's D210. I wanted red illumination and the hawkeye was green. Also the Max depth on th...
May 03, 2009 - 09:57 pm - Gee Scott, sounds like you know my boat? Were you in the market when Jamie was selling? (2006) Or was it Dennis (2001) before??Yes, PO Jamie had insta...
May 03, 2009 - 10:51 pm - really just nosey with alot of time on my hands.your hookup sounds a bit more involved than mine but it seems like it will work. I'm guessing the Nexu...
May 03, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Thanks again, Scott- will indeed keep you posted!
May 04, 2009 - 09:57 pm - Brian,Odds are that the transducer was made by Airmar. Many companies use their transducers and it may just be that the plug is different. You can fin...

Older Aries Vane   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 17, 2008 - 07:47 am - Hi Y'all- I have an older Aries that I am planning on mounting soon on a 32. I need to rebuild the vane, and although I found the source for parts, I ...
Jan 17, 2008 - 10:41 am - John,Check this link: Aries Windvane diagramThat will take you to an exploded diagram of an Aries vane. Nothing major has changed about them through t...
Jan 19, 2008 - 11:39 am - All I had was a paper copy of that same diagram. I was able to replace the bushings (parts 26-30 or so) just by looking at the diagram and talking wit...
May 09, 2008 - 09:58 am - i also had an old aires that needed parts (everything UV eaten) and i could NEVER get a hold of her. why they still don't have someone stateside to re...
May 09, 2008 - 10:31 am - you have to call mary. She is very helpful.email it working now, but if you don't get thru, call her.rich
Aug 30, 2009 - 07:30 pm - Hi,Just spent the morning online researchingAries and etc..., plus more time reading the monitor manual.A great for me as the Aries was apparently AOK...
Aug 30, 2009 - 07:58 pm - A few hours ago, I posted a message that I probably could rebuild the old windvane.Then I ate.Now, after dinner, and letting the old WD40 hit it all a...
Sep 06, 2009 - 12:46 pm - It looks like the old Aries has come through paying dividends. I've checked around the marina, but not many windvanes in these waters. Still, there we...
Sep 06, 2009 - 02:23 pm - We have had both. When leaving two years ago we discovered the lower fittings cracked on the Aris. We returned to SF and installed a new monitor. It h...
Sep 06, 2009 - 03:14 pm - Randy you have the "lift up" model Aries. I also have one that I bought from another WOA member..... I have not installed mine yet.Anyone else...
Sep 09, 2009 - 10:39 am - I have the lift-up model and it performs very well. In light wind, it doesn't work as well, as it needs air over the vane paddle to keep the vane cent...
Sep 10, 2009 - 07:04 pm - Thanks for the reply Mike

Outboard Motors   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 18, 2007 - 12:52 pm - Where do 32 owners secure that outboard for the dingy when underway?
Aug 19, 2007 - 06:52 pm - Put a board across the legs of the boom gallows.
Aug 21, 2007 - 05:57 am - On our 32 we had ( with the newer deck mold. I cut a hole in the bottom of the lazarette and built a small 2 x 6 x 8" engine mount and attached it...
Aug 29, 2007 - 08:26 am - Thanks for the tips. Glorious is one of the older deck molds so we go with the boom gallows. Besides it just sounds right to say that the motor is han...

Perkins 4-108 And Other Equipment Manuals Online   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 12, 2007 - 09:52 am - While looking for info on a Wilcox Crittenden Head-Mate I found this site with Perkins and many other equipment manuals online that may interest some ...

PORT SCREENS   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 02, 2007 - 05:09 pm - Hello All,I just received a box of new bronze/copper port screens for my W-32. They were hand made by The Screens of Schooner Bay by the owner John Da...
Jun 02, 2007 - 08:13 pm - Looks like he also builds a nice nesting dinghy.
Jun 16, 2007 - 09:37 am - I have been in contact with John, and he now has the oval screens for the Westsail portlights available. Check out http://www.johndanicic.com/screens-...

Primary Winch Size - WS42   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 09, 2007 - 10:16 pm - We are refitting a cutter rigged WS42 that came with no primary winches. I understand that oversizing is the way to go, but I still need to know where...
Aug 10, 2007 - 01:31 pm - Get the largest ones you can afford.
Aug 10, 2007 - 06:13 pm - Does that mean 50s, 60s maybe 70s? There goes my first born (just joking); anyway do you know what the boat had originally?
Aug 11, 2007 - 08:22 am - Originally, the buyers decided how much they wanted to spend on winches, because the standard ones were always too small and not self-tailing. Besides...
Aug 12, 2007 - 04:28 pm - I have seen some 45s and some 48s on some of the W42sthat I have been aboard.I would probably shoot for 48 or above, 2 speed self tailing.Mabe find so...
Aug 15, 2007 - 11:28 pm - Good information! I guess I'll be monitoring e-bay, again.Thanks

Propane Cook Stove For WS 32   (Active)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 09, 2011 - 10:10 pm - I have a Shipmate cook stove that has been converted from kerosene to propane. The former owner did the conversion and said he could only get the oven...
Mar 10, 2011 - 04:25 am - Steve Waterman wrote:<snip> What two burner plus over propane gimballed stoves are out there. I notice Dickinson only makes diesel cook stoves. ...
Mar 10, 2011 - 11:47 am - Thanks a lot. I am looking at a Force 10, but not sure it will fit in the former Shipmate slot. Steve
Mar 10, 2011 - 12:29 pm - Hi, We upgraded to a Force 10 stove two years ago and as liveaboards we could not be happier with our stove. The part # is frc 60351. This is a 2 bur...
Mar 10, 2011 - 03:42 pm - Steve, We have a Force 10 three-burner + oven that works splendidly and fills the space nicely. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/x6EKtmWrsFYBN6...
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:46 am - Bob Meade wrote: Hi, We upgraded to a Force 10 stove two years ago and as liveaboards we could not be happier with our stove. The part # is frc 60351...
Mar 11, 2011 - 10:48 am - Aaron Norlund wrote: Steve, We have a Force 10 three-burner + oven that works splendidly and fills the space nicely. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh...
Mar 11, 2011 - 12:53 pm - Steve, If you can get the 3 burner, I suggest doing so. It gives more options, more backup, more space for a large pot. It fits for us - but good luc...
Mar 11, 2011 - 01:02 pm - Hi Steve, We are the 4th owners of Treasure. She is a Ca. boat and the story goes like this- The original owner ordered a factory finished boat from ...
Mar 11, 2011 - 11:39 pm - Aaron Norlund wrote: Steve, If you can get the 3 burner, I suggest doing so. It gives more options, more backup, more space for a large pot. It fits ...

Propane Tanks   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 28, 2008 - 11:22 am - Hey All-I have lockers built ahead of the companionway that are sized just right for an 11lb tank- that is also where the propane line goes from the s...
Aug 28, 2008 - 01:04 pm - I believe that the only difference between a vertical and horizontal mounted tank should be the location of the inside of the pickup tube. However I m...
Feb 09, 2009 - 09:37 am - John go to:http://suremarine.com/click on the link to Propane Tanks and download the pdf file. Page 31 has listed all sorts of aluminum and steel mari...
Feb 16, 2009 - 07:01 am - I have also heard that if you shop in the RV arena you can find much variety and much cheaper than 'marine' grade. Their tanks are fiberglass and they...

Propane Vs. Alcohol And Kerosene Stove   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 05, 2008 - 08:40 am - I will start this chain by admitting, up front, that I am a coward when it comes to gas. My W-32 has a propane stove and heater in it. The propane tan...
Oct 05, 2008 - 01:45 pm - I have a box on the foredeck, and in addition to the valves on the tank, there is a cut-off solenoid (open when energized) with a switch on the cabine...
Oct 05, 2008 - 02:32 pm - We have mounted the propane tanks on all our boats to the stern pulpit. On some we have mounted a shelf across the aft end of the stern pulpit, on ano...
Oct 05, 2008 - 07:24 pm - I recently bought a westsail which had a new kerosone stove. Never had any experience other than propane, which is plenty safe if you take the right p...
Oct 05, 2008 - 10:06 pm - Bob dislikes the propane tank installation in the lazarette. Whether that's really a good installation or not depends on that compartment. If it's com...
Oct 25, 2008 - 04:45 pm - Mike,Tell me more about your kerosene stove please. My W28 came with a Dickinson Bering stove with small oven. The previous owner used kerosene. I hav...
Oct 28, 2008 - 09:58 am - George:The procedure is pretty simple. You fill a cup below the burner with clear alcohol. It preheats the kerosene burner. If the burner is not heate...
Oct 28, 2008 - 12:18 pm - One way to mount the propane bottle is in the cockpit - ONLY if your cockpit drains are above the waterline. The way I have seen it done on Dave Kings...
Oct 28, 2008 - 12:47 pm - An option for the Propane tank location is on the coach roof under a raised platform see. http://www.imagine.ws/Graphics/imagine2006.jpgLook in front ...
Oct 28, 2008 - 02:37 pm - I beleive the cockpit is small enough as it is, and I am adding hinges/dog latch to give me qucik access to the engine. If I were to go propane, the a...
Oct 28, 2008 - 03:46 pm - Hi:I have an old Shipmate Kerosene stove on Oceana. The first few attempts were a disaster..flames from alcohol and billowing smoke from the kerosene....
Oct 29, 2008 - 08:08 am - If I may... If you're using alcohol from the drugstore to preheat your kero burners, be sure to buy the stronger stuff. It's 90% alcohol or higher. Ru...
Oct 29, 2008 - 09:35 am - I bought it by the gallon from ACE hardware. Beleive I paid 5 bucks a gallon in a prepackaged metal can. Worked like a charm.
Oct 29, 2008 - 01:25 pm - Any ideas on where to purchase new burners?
Oct 29, 2008 - 07:15 pm - In Maine, many gas stations sell Kerosene out of a pump just like gas or diesel. Price is typically slightly more than diesel. I don't know about othe...
Oct 29, 2008 - 07:18 pm - As for burners, I purchased a burner for my kerosene Taylor's stove at Defender.com.
Dec 20, 2008 - 03:40 pm - In looking at pictures of other people's stern pulpits, I noticed one had a seat, just a board going across, it looked nice. I'm wondering how a stron...
Jan 15, 2009 - 12:08 pm - a polite bump. Anyone have any feedback regarding the plumbing?
Jan 16, 2009 - 12:28 am - Nanette,A propane box out on the boomkin could work, bit I think it would be awkward as you'd have to build something to keep it above the rudder chee...
Jan 18, 2009 - 09:42 am - Nanette:Here is a link to how the propane is mounted on my boat.http://picasaweb.google.com/jaybietz/PygmalionAndFriendsOnTheSFBay#5260466496499 17110...
Feb 06, 2009 - 04:42 pm - I have two 2.5 gallon aluminum propane tanks mounted on gimbals from my stern pulpit. One goes to the stove and Force 10 heater with a solenoid on off...
Feb 06, 2009 - 05:24 pm - Bob,here is a picture of Devon's Whisper showing the propane tank installation. The Gimbals were fashioned from gudgeons and pintals for a small saili...
Feb 16, 2009 - 06:58 am - I appreciate all these ideas. I am really trying to avoid having the tanks visible. Although I have yet to install my new stern pushpit, I think I've ...
Feb 16, 2009 - 10:28 am - Freinds of mine on an Islander 36 and a Freya 39 bought two of the tall/narrow tanks each, 2.5 lbs I think. They installed them in the hard plastic co...

Push Rod Extension   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 17, 2008 - 05:01 pm - Has anyone tried to purchased a pushrod extension for a SIMRAD tiller pilot lately? If you were successfull please tell us where. I understand that a...
Jul 20, 2008 - 03:30 pm - They are readily available from Simrad, or from one of their dealers, for about $25.00. Model PRE-150. I have a dealer here in Newport Beach that I ca...
Jul 24, 2008 - 10:34 am - And it works great!
Jul 26, 2008 - 05:19 pm - Only problem is that none of the Simrad dealers stock them, and it is too small an order to get by itself from the factory. It has to be ordered along...

Radar Detectors   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 18, 2008 - 12:49 pm - I am looking for info on a radar detector. I am not even sure if they exist. I think radar draws way to many amps and is really expensive anyway. Does...
Apr 18, 2008 - 01:53 pm - Yes, it is called card (collision avoidance radar detector) works great as long as the big ship has it's radar on which is not always the case far fro...
Apr 19, 2008 - 11:38 am - Thanks, checked it out 535$ seems like a cheap peace of mind when I'm out on the blue. here is the lik for anyone else interested http://www.survivals...
Apr 19, 2008 - 11:55 am - there was one on Ebay couple weeks ago. brand new for 430$
Jan 28, 2009 - 05:31 am - I had/used a C.A.R.D. for a while. Maybe it was just mine but I experienced way too many false 'hits' and/or errors wrt which way the signal was comin...
Jan 28, 2009 - 06:56 pm - Mike, did you talk with the company about your problems? I would have no faith in an instrument with such poor performance. Has anyone else had experi...
Jan 28, 2009 - 11:40 pm - Danny,I know a few people with the system. None are happy with the performance. I've seen it installed on a handful of other boats, and about half had...
Jan 29, 2009 - 09:07 am - Get into the 21st century with an AIS unit.

Refrigerator Options For 2009   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Nov 11, 2009 - 11:32 am - My boat has an old Seafrost engine driven refridgerator/freezer. It don't work. I think the zinc replacement got overlooked.Am thinking of ripping it ...
Nov 11, 2009 - 12:06 pm - Randy,We installed a Frigoboat keel-cooled reefer in the icebox on our W28. We would never go back to ice. The reefer essentially doubled the icebox v...
Nov 11, 2009 - 02:51 pm - We went with Glacier Bay which was the best system Ive seen so far. But unfortunately they priced themselves out of the market. In Mexico we were usin...
Nov 12, 2009 - 08:15 am - Thanks for the info and tips.Just for the record Seafrost's rep did call back and very politely lead me through several options since they still suppo...
Nov 12, 2009 - 10:04 am - Randy, you have (or had before your refit) a keel cooler on Satori. Look under the galley sink and the copper looking tube going through hull. The ke...
Nov 12, 2009 - 10:24 am - Hi Ken,Thanks for the input. For better or worse, the keel cooler and port transducer are now in the bed of my pickup. Repairing those holes properly ...
Nov 12, 2009 - 12:58 pm - Randy,These guys can explain it way better than I can: http://www.frigoboat.com/home.html . Explore the entire site, there's a wealth of good informat...
Nov 12, 2009 - 12:59 pm - Oh, the other down side of a keel-cooled system is that you can't use it when hauled out. But that's when we'd revert to icebox mode.-Steve
Nov 12, 2009 - 07:55 pm - Randy, The original boxes just didn't have enough insulation. You need R-20/R-30 which is about 4-6" of insulation. They work ok in northeren clim...
Nov 12, 2009 - 08:53 pm - As above but also the foam will absorb moisture over time and just generally deteriorate. The box rebuild should not cost you that much but a new sys...
Jan 07, 2010 - 09:44 pm - Having good insulation is key. That said, the last mod I did was to pull the refer system out of my boat and replace it with a new 12volt Adler/Barbou...

Roller Reefing   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 17, 2009 - 01:24 pm - Has there ever been a group buy for a Roller Reefing system for the Yankee? What are the systems that work best in your opinion and why? I'll soon be ...
Sep 17, 2009 - 06:59 pm - I purchased a Furlex system from Kern and installed it my self -- I'm happy with the unit after 4 years or so - though I'm not a heavy duty sailor.Jay
Sep 20, 2009 - 08:32 pm - You might get off with less expense if you used roller furling rather than roller reefing as I doubt there's ever a need to reef the yankee (I don't t...

Sail Covers And Deck Bags   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 18, 2008 - 11:16 am - Hey all,I'm working on making new deck bags for all of my sails, as well as a stackpack for my main.Do you have any things you've seen that you really...
Dec 18, 2008 - 12:36 pm - Aaron:I have had success with standard chrome plated brass toggles (the quarter turn kind "got them at the local sailmaker Hogan sails in Alameda&...
Dec 19, 2008 - 09:14 am - Aaron,I'll second the toggles instead of zippers.I haven't made new bags yet for the Westsail. But on my previous boat I had a bottom panel of Phifert...
Dec 21, 2008 - 10:01 am - Really interested in seeing your finished stackpack setup. Not that it would help me much, as my gaff-rig setup has completely different dimensions, b...
Dec 22, 2008 - 12:43 am - Mike and all,Thanks for the comments. I've also posted on Cruiser's and SSCA forums, as well as that of SLM and the upholster's discussion group. Ther...
Dec 22, 2008 - 01:55 pm - Aaron:Hope you don't have to sew all night (bad for you eyes : )For the bottom of the bag drain you just need to let out the puddle (I used a grommet)...
Dec 22, 2008 - 06:07 pm - Norm,I have slab reefing (line from gooseneck to a cheekblock at clew end, up through the reef clew and back down to pad eye on opposite side of boom....
Jan 03, 2009 - 12:17 pm - Hey all,I broke the lift bar for my presser foot a couple of days ago and just got it fixed this morning (had to weld a part back on). I'm aiming to h...
Jan 05, 2009 - 09:29 pm - Be careful of the stack pack not draining. A boat on my dock had one and the mildew was really bad. Stained the sail badly. Ken
Jan 16, 2009 - 11:44 am - Hey all,I have my stackpack and foredeck bags finished and installed. I do have yet to make a cover for the luff of my mainsail, to be attached to the...
Feb 07, 2009 - 07:38 am - Aaron try going to www.tendervittles.net/ he just built a stackpack and tells how he did it pretty cheaply

Sailboat Rack System   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 21, 2009 - 05:40 pm - Hi Westsailors!I just launched my new company called Barrington Marine - I have developed a sailboat rack system which adapts to the handholds of any ...

Sayes Rig For Sail   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 12, 2009 - 05:28 pm - We just hauled out Summer Solstice and removed a Complete Sayes Rig. We left the Teak mounting plate on the Vessel. Otherwise a complete Rig. Will ent...
Sep 12, 2009 - 05:32 pm - We will consider trades for items we may use on our vessel which is a 42. Looking for a furler for the staysail. And other items.Have a great weekend.

Sea Tiger Mounting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 15, 2009 - 09:41 am - For a Sea Tiger 555 windlass, the manual says to install it on the boom just ahead of the samson posts.Doesn't this interfere mightily with the fair l...
Sep 15, 2009 - 10:46 am - Joe,No, on my boat the gypsy and wildcat are above the plane on which the chain would run to the samson posts. The chain has to come up to the windlas...
Sep 15, 2009 - 02:30 pm - My bowsprit is mounted between the sampson posts, and through a wooden box that is maybe 6 inches forward of the sampson posts. The windlass is mounte...

Shade Tree Awnings   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 11, 2009 - 11:25 am - Does anyone have experience with the?Shade Tree Awnings? http://www.intheshd.com/They look good but we were wondering if they would stand up to consta...
Jun 11, 2009 - 12:15 pm - Thats what we have, love love love them! best money We ever spent!Andrea
Jun 12, 2009 - 06:22 am - I have 3 Shadetree Awnings that cover Sapphire from stem to stern. They are great. No deterioration after one year in Florida sun. The only downside I...
Jun 12, 2009 - 06:31 pm - Hi:The awnings look interesting... are there photo's of the awings on a WS 32 and maybe some info on the sizes purchased for a WS 32?TIAJay
Jun 12, 2009 - 07:42 pm - If I can figure out how to post pic's on here I'll put some of ours up,as far as sizes go all you have to do is call and tell them you have a westsail...
Jun 13, 2009 - 06:50 am - Andrea: Try a picisa site from Google to share/store photo's - there are others out there also.http://picasa.google.com/http://picasaweb.google.com/ja...
Jun 15, 2009 - 07:21 am - I made shadetree style awnings and they are great!

Sheet To Tiller Steering   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Feb 11, 2007 - 09:36 pm - hello all,anyone here experimented with a sheet to tiller self steering system. i have been reading alot about it on different sites and was wondering...
Feb 14, 2007 - 09:07 pm - I used sheet to tiller for about 300 miles from Alabama to Tarpon Springs Florida. Worked well. Loved the Aires windvane we bought even better. Used i...
Apr 12, 2007 - 07:05 am - Hi Paul, I've recently played around with sheet to tiller steering on my W32. I have some pictures of the setup and sailing with it in some of my log ...

Shipmate Stove Burner   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 27, 2006 - 04:01 pm - My Westsail 32 apperantly has the original turnbuckles on the standing rigging.One has a crack and I'd like to find a replacement for it, but the leng...
Jul 03, 2006 - 12:13 am - Hi McGill,You posted this under the topic for Shipmate Stove Burner... it might not get much attention here. You might try posting in the Ask Bud topi...
Sep 13, 2006 - 09:27 am - Still looking for replacement grates for my stove -- any ideas will be warmly received!
Sep 13, 2006 - 10:25 am - I have a like new Shipmate 3 burner kerosene stove available for a very good price if anyone prefers a kerosene stove. Contact me at btaplin@westsail....
Sep 15, 2006 - 07:27 am - Bud,If you properly filter diesel fuel, can it be used in a Shipmate kero stove? Would it produce too much soot?Don
Sep 16, 2006 - 09:39 am - Don, Diesel fuel will produce soot because of the lubricating properties inherent in diesel fuel. You should be able to buy aviation jet fuel (Jet A) ...
Sep 16, 2006 - 01:57 pm - An RV shop around the corner from our house has a kerosene compatible substitute. Might look around for the same near you.Cheers!Aaron

Solar Panel Mounting   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 29, 2009 - 01:44 am - I have two solar panels to mount utilizing both sides near the stern of my W28. They will pivot outward. I plan to install a stanchion base on top of ...
Jul 29, 2009 - 08:21 am - George,I think the best bet would be to have it welded to the gallows. I've also seen sleeves for connecting tube to tube in a "T" form, but I...
Jul 29, 2009 - 11:51 am - Garhauer Marine makes brackets that mount on 1-1/2" tubing that can be used to connect the 1" tubing.

Solar Panels Anyone??   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 01, 2007 - 02:58 pm - ok, orion's first winter sans shore power here in the frigid north.. any recommendations on a solar panel to keep both house and starters battery topp...
Sep 04, 2007 - 02:48 am - Hi Brian, I have recently replaced my solar panels with 2 x 60watt panels located on the top of the spray dodger. Fairly simple installation but run t...
Sep 07, 2007 - 02:44 pm - We have 2 35/watt panels that are monted permently on articulating arms Which means they can be aimed at the sun which makes a tremendous differance. ...
Sep 09, 2007 - 01:53 pm - Jim and Julie- I am looking for mounting ideas for solar- any pics you would be willing to share? Thanks!John
Sep 09, 2007 - 03:24 pm - WE have four 80 watt panels on our 32, I have to following comments on their behalf.1.) make them movable (I use two rail mounted panels which I found...
Oct 01, 2007 - 12:14 am - I'd put some pictures on the site if I could get it to work. Sorry it took so long. but we have limited internet access as we are making our way down ...
Oct 01, 2007 - 12:48 pm - Jim,30 amps including refrigeration is astounding. Makes me understand the cost of the Glacier Bay equipment for your box/refrigerator!I'd also be int...

SSB Radios   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 08, 2007 - 09:24 am - We have just started looking at SSB radios. Would the membership care to share their experience of pros, cons and favs with us?Thanks in advance!
Oct 08, 2007 - 05:22 pm - Go to the ssca discussion forum you will get a ton of info

SSB Rope Antenna   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 06, 2009 - 09:26 am - Is anyone familiar with the "Rope Antenna?" Here's the link to the website: http://www.ropeantenna.com/I was impressed with the specs and orde...
Mar 06, 2009 - 01:33 pm - Jerry:Sorry to see you got sucked inI love there web site (look at the cat picture) ever heard of inductance? the transmit ability on that unit would ...
Mar 06, 2009 - 08:55 pm - Hey guys,Very interesting discussion for me as I recently secured my ham radio license as a result of acquiring a nice old shortwave radio with the bo...
Mar 07, 2009 - 07:34 pm - The insulators are normally swaged onto the wires, so they have to be replaced when making up a new backstay. That is unless they are Norseman or othe...
Mar 07, 2009 - 10:49 pm - I may have been taken, I don't know. It certainly won't be the first time. Of course, I'm running out of room for anymore hard knocks! I'll have to wa...
Mar 10, 2009 - 08:59 am - Thanks Jerry. I am very excited to be KE5TZG only can't get on the air right now cause my boat is in the yard. Chat with you later.Randy

Stern Pulpit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 02, 2008 - 12:26 pm - Does anyone have a stern pulpit that attaches directly to the gallows? I've seen pictures where there is a gap and they are connected with a little bi...
Jun 02, 2008 - 01:06 pm - Balance (what is your name?)You can get clamps to go around the 1" tubing of the lifeline-style pulpit and around the gallows frame. Put these on ...
Jun 03, 2008 - 10:14 am - Why, Blahman, I am Balance. Or...Nanette
Jun 16, 2008 - 01:06 pm - Still looking for a stern pulpit...
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:45 pm - Or a recommendation for a local (CT) welder?
Jun 19, 2008 - 05:36 pm - doesn't Bud supply these any longer? I got one from him a while back he supplied everything to attach to boom gallows. Except for the lousy trucking c...
Jun 19, 2008 - 08:50 pm - Yes, he does. I was just hoping to keep the cost down by avoiding shipping. In fact, you've just confirmed I'm better off getting it done locally. The...
Jun 20, 2008 - 08:24 pm - I happen to love beer and it shows. When they arrived I took pictures then layed them out and jumped on them with my big fat butt. Low and behold it w...
Jul 28, 2008 - 07:13 am - I had to replace my wooden bowsprit. I had a local welder make one from the measurements in drawings in Bud Taplin's manual and it fit my Dreadnouught...
Jul 28, 2008 - 12:47 pm - The cost of truck shipping for larger items is a real problem now. We try to find a reasonable trucking line, but the rates vary greatly. Depends on t...

Stern Pulpit   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Aug 02, 2009 - 02:43 pm - I'm pricing from Bud a stern pulpit with the ladder on the side.Are you finding the ladder a good investment or should I use it a a red herring and in...
Aug 02, 2009 - 08:10 pm - I have one of Bud's ladders installed on Inalla, and it seems to work just fine -- and I weigh around 240 pounds. One thing I want to add is some sort...
Aug 02, 2009 - 10:01 pm - We added teak treads to make the climb aboard much more comfortable.
Aug 03, 2009 - 09:37 am - Thanks - all good ideas.
Sep 07, 2009 - 09:04 am - Don:Did you through bolt the teak treads... I had Bud add in plastic treads that look and feel very nice but the bolt holes allow sea water into the r...
Sep 07, 2009 - 07:55 pm - I welded tabs onto each rung and used carriage bolts to bolt the teak treads to the ss tabs. I will be posting pics later on our blog.
Sep 07, 2009 - 08:05 pm - Thanks for the reply.I like the welded tabs -- On mine, I'm filling in the holes with a sealent puddle - letting it dry for a few days then will drill...
Sep 12, 2009 - 11:30 pm - Terry: Found at West Marine a folding ladder by Dive N dog that comes with great plastic clips for 1" SS tubing.http://www.divendog.com/Pricelist....
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:54 pm - Terry:Just talked to Kerry at Dive N Dog 941 375 3565 the "Replacemnet Clips" are $9.90 for a pair plus shipping.
Sep 14, 2009 - 06:51 pm - I tried to find a picture of the clips on the web site, but no luck. Am I looking in the wrong place?
Sep 14, 2009 - 06:55 pm - When I get the pair I ordered today, I'll post a good photo - I saw them at WEst Marine on a ladder.
Sep 19, 2009 - 09:02 pm - Terry: Clips are on a 9/22 delivery from UPS.Also I finished up the installation today with just a few things to resolve and in time for the NCal Rend...
Sep 22, 2009 - 07:43 pm - Terry: Well UPS finally came through - here is a photo of the clips. Note that there is a hole through the web for a screw to hold it on the ladder.(M...
Oct 04, 2009 - 08:34 pm - Terry:I installed the clips BUT the web between the clips is to narrow by ~3/8" to bridge the gap between the fixed and folding part of ladder -- ...

Turnbuckle Covers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jul 06, 2009 - 12:38 pm - What are you using and are you please with it.There is the plastic tube and the leather covers that I know of. Since I don't have any covers, I would ...
Jul 06, 2009 - 12:49 pm - Covering your turnbuckles can be present a problem. You need to check them frequently for possible starting of crevice corrosion on the stainless stee...
Jul 07, 2009 - 04:48 pm - Jean,I use 1.5' sections of 1.5" PVC pipe. It works great and can easily be lifted up to inspect or service the turnbuckle.Cheers!Aaron
Jul 10, 2009 - 08:23 am - Thanks Bud, thanks Aaron

USB 'Hocky Puck' GPS Receiver + Laptop   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 25, 2006 - 11:12 am - I just picked up a USB GPS receiver for $38 on eBay.It's about the size of a 50 cent piece and plugs into a USB port on your laptop.It's NMEA 183 comp...
Dec 26, 2006 - 09:42 am - Mike:Do you have a make and model?Does it work with Google Earth?TIA
Dec 27, 2006 - 05:09 am - Mine is a Holux GR-213. Lots of manufs make them, some (garmin, etc.) more expensive than others but they all do the same thing. Do a eBay search for ...
Dec 27, 2006 - 05:49 pm - Thanks Mike:I use a Blue Tooth GPS receiver with my PDA/cell phone. Blue Tooth is just to battery intensive for long use w/o 12v supply.USB would be p...
Dec 31, 2006 - 10:49 am - Google Maps,Jay, I've worked a little with the Google API in javascript. I'd imagine that if you could save the lat/lon in any kind of a text file, th...

W28 Windvane Performance   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 04, 2008 - 11:56 am - I am considering a monitor windvane for my w28, I have heard they do not steer well on the w28, I would really like to find out if that is true before...
Jan 04, 2008 - 06:19 pm - I'll let others speak to the performance on a W28, or the performance of the Monitor in particular, however I will add that I've heard great things ab...
Jan 09, 2008 - 05:43 am - Hi, my name is Voytek and I have purchased Namaste from Alex Dorsey. Alex never had a wind vane. He'd been using Raymarine ST4000 autopilots. I have b...
Jan 14, 2008 - 06:34 pm - Yes, He never had a windvane, I wrot ehim an email and he stated that was one thing he wished he had. I have purchased one used and am now getting the...
Jan 14, 2008 - 11:37 pm - Ken and Mano,I have a Monitor on my W32 (which works splendidly). I don't believe there would be an issue on the 28 - it has a more balanced sail plan...
Jan 16, 2008 - 09:38 am - Second the motion on control block placement... my blocks were losely tied in place, and added a lot of slop in the system.If I were you, I would spen...
Jan 16, 2008 - 06:04 pm - I'll chime in here as someone most interested in a group deal on either a Monitor or...??
Mar 04, 2008 - 09:49 pm - Kendall and Mano, my W28 has a Monitor which the original owner (who I bought the boat from) installed. Restoration of the boat is progressing slowly ...
Aug 01, 2008 - 01:06 pm - This has turned out to be the best equiptment on my boat 3 days on one tack, I can not complain.

W32 Primary Winches   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 08, 2008 - 08:15 pm - What is the right size for a primary winch on the w32? My boat has never been outfitted, but has 2 barlow 20s (never installed) which look like they w...
Apr 08, 2008 - 10:06 pm - Mike,Barlow 20's would be good jib/genoa sheet winches. 15 or 16's are more than adequate on the mast.I have Barient 16's on the mast, a 10 on my boom...
Apr 08, 2008 - 11:06 pm - Barlowe 26's here for jibsheet winches, 16's and 20's forward~
Apr 09, 2008 - 06:05 am - Self tailing or non?
Apr 09, 2008 - 06:40 pm - Mike,I have non-self-tailing winches. I don't like self-tailers for halyard winches, but they're handy for sheet winches you find yourself cranking of...
Apr 09, 2008 - 07:19 pm - thanks for the advice. that could work. I will see what I can find out there..Mike

W42 Deck Thickness   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 19, 2007 - 09:57 am - What is the deck thickness of the w42 in the area where a bow anchor windlass would be installed?
Jun 22, 2007 - 06:03 am - We added one and and I'm guessing 1 1/2 inches. Don't remember it being much larger and don't remember it being much thinner. I believe it is two piec...
Jun 24, 2007 - 11:06 pm - Thanks !

Water Maker   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 08, 2007 - 09:27 am - Any leads on where to find water makers that can be operated on dc and also manual?Thanks in advance!
Oct 08, 2007 - 05:30 pm - take a look at the Pur Power Survivor line of water makers
Oct 09, 2007 - 01:41 am - Now they are called Katadyn Power survivor(power survivor 40 have manual and dc options)
Oct 09, 2007 - 05:29 pm - Thanks and fair winds!
Oct 10, 2007 - 07:12 pm - I would reccomend getting a small hand held Pur for emergencies and a full sized engine or DC driven for daily use. We started our Spectra when we arr...

Watermakers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Sep 10, 2008 - 08:25 am - This started out as a 'group buy' discussion but I realized I really didn't have enough info to make a purchase just yet.So, I'm looking for advice an...
Apr 23, 2009 - 11:34 pm - I'm beginning to do my research also. A watermaker is one of the last pieces of equipment I need to make ol' "Nereus" truly self-sufficient. I...
Apr 24, 2009 - 11:01 am - Hi Steve & Vanessa,I ultimately bought the Spectra Ventura. My primary reasons were low amp draw/gallon made and the fact that it was modular and ...
Apr 24, 2009 - 02:43 pm - Some comments from a water maker user1.) Bigger is better (OK mostly) here is why: the first 1.0 gal goes overboard because it is the startup liquid (...
Apr 25, 2009 - 11:29 am - Norm,I just retired after 32 years as a water (and wastewater) treatment plant operator. Or apparently, I only thought I retired . Of course we didn't...
May 04, 2009 - 12:08 pm - We?ve had our Spectra Catalina 300 for three years and have been cruising Mexico full time for two years and it?s a blessing. Here as in many parts of...
May 07, 2009 - 02:28 pm - Where do you put 210 watts of panels on a 32?
May 12, 2009 - 12:33 pm - We have a wind generator pole and a Garhauer radar pole mounted on the stern. Each has a solar mount by Swendsens marine in Alameda Ca. Each bar rotat...
May 12, 2009 - 03:50 pm - Dave:If you want to see the 320Watts (4 x 80 watt panels) mounted. look to http://www.imagine.ws/Graphics/norms32.JPGtwo are on top of the dodger and ...
May 16, 2009 - 11:58 am - We almost never let the water maker go 5 days, usually 2-3 between uses. But in March we had to go home and leave the water maker on 5 day flush for t...
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:31 pm - Is anybody interested in the Katydn type emergency water makers where you pump hard for a gallon or two on an emergency basis?Tbat's what I would like...
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:50 pm - Randy:Is it that you are intereted in purchasing one?Or that you have one for sale?NormYes I have an old pur 35 hand pump as you noted above: (still w...
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:43 pm - Norm,Are you selling it???Don
Jun 11, 2009 - 08:16 am - Do you plan to go down with the ship Norm?
Jun 11, 2009 - 08:36 am - Hi Norm,I suppose I am interested in buying an emergency type. How much does the PUR pump in theory? What would you take for it? Would you be willing ...
Jun 13, 2009 - 04:15 pm - Randy From your comments:My recommendation is to look on Ebay. Your requirements are just not for me. You have the operation issue down though. (Once ...

Westsail 32 In Sail Magazine   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 21, 2009 - 06:33 am - There is a (small) photo of a W 32 in the current, February issue of Sail. It is on page 26. There is a ladder attached to the port side, and I was wo...
Jan 21, 2009 - 06:57 pm - Frank,Mystic Stainless makes a nice boarding ladder. Here are a few photos of one on a BCC:You can find out more at: Mystic StainlessHope this helps!A...
Jan 22, 2009 - 05:47 pm - The ladder on the boat in Sail Magazine is one made by H & L Marine in So Cal. Available in two, three or four step models, which hinge down to fo...
Jan 23, 2009 - 08:59 am - Bud,It is hard to tell from the photo, but does that ladder have a platform at its base? Also, how in your objective opinion does this ladder compare ...
Jan 23, 2009 - 09:45 am - what I like about bud's suggestion is that you can use the ladder when folded up.I used to have one on a Chris Craft years ago and they work well just...
Jan 23, 2009 - 01:44 pm - Frank, The H & L teak ladder does not have any special platform, only steps. One potential problem is the possibility of damaging the ladder if yo...
Jan 24, 2009 - 07:53 am - Bud,What do you sell the H&L Ladder for? Which size is optimal for the W 32?Frank
Jan 27, 2009 - 01:36 pm - Frank,I checked with H & L, and they no longer make the teak ladders.I do not know of another supplier.
Feb 06, 2009 - 04:24 pm - Dog-N-Dive makes a nice telescoping ladder in 3,4,5,& 6 step sizes that pulls up to 15" and can be bungeed to the stern pulpit or amidship to ...
Feb 06, 2009 - 04:33 pm - Frank, I had a teak folding H&L ladder on my first boat a CT 42. It was mounted on the port side of the deck by the companionway when not deployed...
Feb 06, 2009 - 10:07 pm - I have to admit that I like the looks of the wooden ladder, but my preference is also based in part on the feel when getting out of the water, and the...
Feb 09, 2009 - 02:25 pm - Frank, for the aft mounted Dog-n-Dive platform ladder on the boomkin you need the 5 step model(66 inches deployed)to get it about 10-12" below the...
Mar 08, 2009 - 12:34 pm - Well,I bought a used Chris Craft 8 step ladder similar to the H & L ladder, but I suspect lighter, as I believe it is mahogany rather than teak. I...

Whale 10 Manual Bilge Pump Rebuild Supplies?   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Oct 27, 2008 - 01:23 pm - Does anyone have a good line on diaphrams or rebuild kits on these Whale pumps? My best line so far from going to Whale pumps online was a referral to...
Oct 27, 2008 - 11:55 pm - Randy, West Marine has the Service Kit for $52.99 if you are flush with money. I bought mine from Defender Industries. Their price is $35.99 for the s...
Oct 28, 2008 - 02:04 pm - Randy and George, my new E-mail is svsatori at clearwire.net Ken

What Are These   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 23, 2008 - 07:25 pm - Two of these came with my westsail32. They are about 12" high with 12" diameters and made out of 1/32" stainless. What are they? Bait buck...
Apr 23, 2008 - 09:27 pm - maybe boat de-humidifiers??
Apr 23, 2008 - 10:06 pm - could it be alcohol heaters? Looks something like Origo alcohol heater. Perhaps outer shell?Just a quess..
Apr 24, 2008 - 09:35 am - Looks to me like a pot to boil shrimp in.
Apr 24, 2008 - 11:52 am - hah! so there you have it, three equally likely scenarios for your 'mystery cannisters'~ (pick the most appealing)
Apr 24, 2008 - 03:34 pm - It's a penny shakers! I have one, too. You fill it half way with pennies, then lash it to your bowsprit and go out sailing on a beat into heavy oncomi...
Apr 24, 2008 - 03:43 pm - Ask the previous owner
Apr 25, 2008 - 09:14 am - These responses will teach you that when asking questions to this group you never know what the answers will be. Keep smiling.
May 09, 2008 - 09:50 am - oh, please! you've never stuck your head in a bucket and had trouble breathing??

Whisker Pole   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Apr 17, 2009 - 12:43 pm - What does a Westsail require in dimensions? Thanks.

Winch Covers   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Dec 27, 2009 - 09:04 am - I have a question that I have wondered about for a long time, even if it is not of great importance and has not kept me up at night. Is there any real...
Dec 27, 2009 - 12:22 pm - I believe it is more important to keep water out of the winch, as it carries salt, dust, and dirt into the inside workings of the winch. A cover will ...
Dec 28, 2009 - 09:05 am - I will have to retract some of what I said in my last post, after talking with a very knowledgable person regarding winch covers.They will trap moistu...
Dec 28, 2009 - 01:53 pm - What about bronze winches? I sail in fresh water, and it gets pretty hot in Alabama.

Winch Handle Holder On Mast   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jan 16, 2009 - 11:51 am - Hey all,I've been annoyed at not having a secure place to keep a winch handle near the mast. I've seen the store-bought variations, but was dissatisfi...
Mar 27, 2009 - 07:36 am - Dorade works for me.

Windlass Service   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 01, 2009 - 07:51 pm - Is anyone familar with the Simpson Lawrance 555 windlass. I hear it is a good one but mine needs serious service. The manuals show that the 555 is gea...
May 01, 2009 - 11:12 pm - You might have the 510 hyspeed modelThere is a manual available here:http://www.slspares.co.uk/Hyspeed%20510.pdf
May 02, 2009 - 04:39 pm - During the height of the Taiwan boat building days in the 1980's there where some chain driven look-a-likes of the Simpson Lawrence 555 Seatiger windl...
May 02, 2009 - 11:22 pm - Ahoy,Alan and Sue are correct. The Simpson Lawrence 555 was chain driven before it was converted to gear drive a long time ago.I successfully disassem...
May 03, 2009 - 05:47 am - I helped a friend on a 43 years ago that had one. After we disassembled it and discovered the innerworkings we packed it FULL of grease and put a grea...
May 04, 2009 - 02:28 pm - How can anyone with a Westsail not afford all this wisdom for the small price of a membership. Thanks for all the advice. I feel better about hangin o...

Windvanes   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 16, 2006 - 12:43 pm - Hi,My wife and I are researching windvanes. Any information you could give us would be great. We have a w-42, Nomad. Any positives and negatives about...
Sep 14, 2006 - 06:01 am - Brian,We've purchased a sailomat 601. About to launch so haven't used it yet. Center cockpits add some to the requirements of running control lines. B...
Sep 01, 2007 - 03:01 pm - to sort of breathe new life back into this post... i would be very interested in hearing views from users on the aries vs monitor wind vanes with the ...
Sep 02, 2007 - 08:04 am - Brian,I have experience with both Monitor and Cape Horn windvanes (but only Monitor on W32s). I believe they are both pretty much as bulletproof as po...
Sep 02, 2007 - 10:54 am - Thanks much, Aaron! Does anybody have a good sourcefor pricing on Monitor vs Aries? I googled Aries and went to the main website- where you can find o...
Sep 03, 2007 - 09:09 am - Brian,I suggest you email them. Also, purpose a "group-buy discount". In the past, companies have provided discounts of 10-15% to purchases of...
Sep 04, 2007 - 02:46 am - Brian, I'm about to place an order on one of Ken Fleming's new design windvanes. I'm sure if you would like some info Ken is more than happy to talk t...
Sep 04, 2007 - 05:52 am - I'll second Aaron's praise of Scanmar. We purchased a Monitor for our W32 (Namida #645) earlier this year. I just got around to getting it installed a...
Sep 04, 2007 - 02:36 pm - Rod:I am not sure on the overhaul costs, as the kit parts for a complete rebuild, is uder 1K and a local Electro polishing shop could clean all metail...
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