I owned a Westsail 32 for many years in the Caribbean
, and I always knew that I would arrive at my destination
. I didn't know how long it would take, but I knew that I would get there. I didn't go fast in light winds, but when the trade
winds were blowing, and I was heading downwind, it was just awesome. If I ever disappeared in my Westsail 32, it would have been because I was anchored somewhere in Paradise, and I didn't want to return to civilization.
I would love to know how many Westsail 32 cutters were lost
at sea. There must be some, but I don't know of any. I know that there are instances where people have abandoned the Westsail 32 in a massive storm when ordered off by authorities, but I don't know of any that went down at sea with people on board.
The Westsail 32 has rounded bilges, and if it is dismasted, it will roll from gunnel to gunnel in bad seas. I know of one case where people got off in a storm after they were dismasted, but as far as I know, the boat was not lost
So if someone is overdue on a Westsail 32, and if they are not a singlehander, I will bet that they will show up someday somewhere in distant port.