Gee, I love all of you guys...and this forum! You've all been there and done that, probably more than once!
I've corresponded with a couple of you who have looked at the boat specs and given me some good things to think about in this purchase
. I was initially all about getting a Westsail 32; it is more my size and can't beat the safety
of it. But when I read about pointing difficulties, compression
post issues; and poor maneuverability and light air performance, I decided to move on. Oh, not to mention the condition of the sprit which is a problem if it hasn't been reworked.
Randall (I think) you just bought one so I'd be interested in how you settled on your Westy.
I went to see a Tartan 37 last week, so in preparation I went on their site and looked at owner's blogs. One just blew me away...they had major failures during their 6-month cruise
. I've lived on boats and know that's a part of it all, but there were so many that you've got to wonder...is it the boat? Was it their poor maintenance
? Or had the systems just reach the useful end of their cycle. That sort of soured me on Tartans...probably unjustifiably so, so I apologize in advance to all of you.
So, based on the advice of my 'forum gurus' I will keep my perfect boat in my back pocket and spend some time in the next month or two walking the docks here in Florida
and hopefully get on lots of boats and answers to lots of questions.
I'm also going to spend some time pricing out things like canvas
, major electronics
gadgets like SSB
etc, heads, so that I can make a good offer on what's there and what needs to be upgraded.
Too bad I have a LIFE in the meantime! But, I'll be baaack.