Originally Posted by cburger;
I won't justify this with a remark: [URL="http://www.westsail.org/satori.html"
SATORI and the Perfect Storm[/URL]
Very interesting reading, and I liked the part where it said the design comes from a boat dated in the late 1800's...
Its interesting how at a time in history
a boat or a car for that matter is concidered "state of the art" and the safest to use..
I read an article awhile back about a 1903 "Brush" built with 6 horse power and a top speed of of around 7 miles per hour and equepted with the newest design tires from firestone and the manufacture claimed the "Brush" was the safest vehicle on the road and there was no need for more horsepower and no need to travel any further than the 30 miles per day.. And it came with an umbrella in case you got caught in the rain..
In its day, it probably was the safest, as was the W32 in its day,
But times change, Electronics
have come to be standard on boats and a boat going blue water
is almost unheard of, as is GPS's..
Sail designs, boat designs, and equeptment have come a long way from the design of the W32 in the late 1800's..
In todays market, it would be concidered unsafe to drive an old car of the early 1900's down the hwy, and the same holds true with the design of the W32.. There is NO need for the heavy built boats as they were designed to withstand anything you threw at them..
In Todays cruising, Its rare to find anyone that has seen over 40 knots of wind
in multi year cruising. and its not due to the weather
changing but instead we are more in tune to weather
conditions, the way the weather travels, Cyclones, and the such..
we have "real Time" information and a good history
of where and when to travel at what times of the year..
Better materials, better designs, improved information, quality charting, and satalite information has done this for us..
If I were living OLD SCHOOL
, and all I planed on using was a sexton, no electronics
, no modern information, and traveled the the routes of the square riggers.. I might concider a W32..
But as times change, all good ideas seem to drift into the past as new overcomes them, and the W32 is no exception..
Its had a good life and served the sailor well for its time, but you have to face the fact, They are not the best option for cruising today.