What can be said about the Westsail 32 that hasn’t
been said a thousand times before? You either love ‘er or your hate ‘er
but I question the motive of anyone who thinks they can find a better
yacht for $55k that will get you to Tahiti and back.
Looking for a few tips on getting the most out of
her? Try these:
Keep the bottom spotless at all times. For most buyers this will
mean taking the bottom all the way down to the glass (probably scraping
away at least 20 coats of previous owners paint-over jobs). If you can
possibly wait – do this in Fiji. If you make it all the way to Vuda
Point Marina ask for Willy.
Don’t worry about getting a folding prop. But ditch the Michigan
prop for a Campbell Sailor.
Keep the rig in tune.
Buy new sails from Hasse in Port Townsend. Yes they are the most
expensive you’ll ever find but the quality is 100% better than
everything else (especially that junk from North Sails).
Keep her light and balanced.
Don’t worry about going roller furling.
Carefully inspect the boomkin before leaving.
Add a zinc to the bobstay fitting.
Use a spinnaker.
Photo By Capt. Fatty Goodlander (2006) in Tanna, Vanuatu - moments like
these make it all worthwhile!