We did 178-185 mile days on three different W32's Averaged 150nmpd for 6 days on one passage. Our average over 10,000 miles plus was 118nmpd without resorting to the engine
. Had 500 hours on the engine
after 10 years and much of that was battery charging
at anchor. Days runs ranged the gammut from an 18nm day in the dodlrums to 178 mile day in the trades to Hawaii
. The W32 will sail in light air but with all that wetted surface they won't beat a fin keel boat. They will still sail however. From a close to a broad reach with more than 10knots of wind
, we didn't find a boat a boat that could beat us and put one hot **** IOR one tonner over the horizon so fast he had to break out a spinnaker
to keep us in sight.
What the W32 won't do is go to weather
in choppy seas in light air. They will actually sail sideways if pinched up. We found that cracking off a bit and maintaining boat speed was the best tactic to get to wx unless you wanted to motor
sail. Still, we did have enough passage experience hard on the wind to know that the boayt would do it but it's not somthing we cared to do unless absolutely forced to. We did average 5 knots for 4 days hard on the wind to lay Hiva Oa when the South East trades decided to be North West trades.
The W32s are not 'fun' to sail. They are like driving a motor
home compared to a Porsche Speedster. The Porsche may be more fun to drive but on a cross country trip, the motorhome might get there first and in much better shape. If day sailing
is your thing, the W32 is the last boat I'd chose. If you are talking serious ocean passages and living aboard
for a reasonable cost, it would be my first choice. The interior
is emminently livable. In 4 years of living aboard
and cruising, we never lacked for livability room. More bulk storage
for things like a bicycle wouldn't have hurt but but for living room, we never had a complaint. When we finally moved off the boat, the house we moved into couldn't handle all the gear
from the boat. The wide walkways, high bulwarks, and easy motion made the boat a dream out on the ocean. I've dropped more stuff overboard
in a year on my current
boat than the entire 10 years we owned the Snail. The low cabin
and bulwarks kept me and my tools on board.
So the W32 isn't as slow as some people would like you to believe. If you're sailing SoCal or LI sound, you aren't going to win many races, however. If you are making long passages, the W32 will probably get there just as quick, if not quicker than any other boat near her water line length. For coastal cruising and short 2-3 day passages., the Alberg 37 isn't a bad boat. I chose a similar design over buying
back my Westsail for doing just that.
One last thing, the W32 is pushing 42' from the selfsteering vane to the end of the bowsprit
. Don't try and squeeze one into a a 32' slip as the dockmaster will be down on you right quick.