Originally Posted by reed1v
Old post but thought i would answer for those who are looking at B32s nowadays. First is construction. Two half hulls glued together do not make a strong hull. You really need a hull that is constructed as one piece. Secondly the design is for yacht club racing and not open ocean cruising. Yes you can sail the world on a log but eventually reality will catch up to you. Finally balsa cored decks that are 40 years old are going to be big failure points and lots of money to fix, assuming you live to tell the tail of when the two hull halfs started to buckle and wobble independent of each other. Cheap yes, safe no.
This is about the most misinformed untrue comment that's come along in a while.
Molding boats in two halves and laminating them together is a common construction method and as strong or stronger than a one piece hull. The hull halves are not glued together but laminated together with a laminate schedule that is equal to or better than the hull laminations. Some very strong boats are built this way, Westsails for one. A number of Westsails have come to grief onshore and been reflected and continued sailing without any hull join problems. One tried to get into Oceanside Harbor in bad weather
and mistakenly went on the wrong side of the Jetty at night. The boat pounded on the beach for several days. It had to be trucked off the beach because it had been driven so far inland. After cleaning
the sand out of the interior and fixing the damage caused by getting it off the beach, not the grounding, the boat was relaunched. Satori of Perfect Storm
fame not only survived the storm but ended up on a beach in New Jersey
after being prematurely abandoned because of a mutinous crew. She was also reflected after a short refit
and is out there sailing still. Our old boat has done three trips to SoPac and years of daily sails
as a charter
boat without any sign of hull weakness.
Granted the hull join has to be done right. If the mfg. skimps on the joining laminates, there could be strength consequences. Of course that would be near criminal bad construction. Reputation of the builder
and a survey
should cover any fear of poor construction.
does not make for mushy decks, poor bedding of hardware
and some design problems do. In most instances if parts
are properly installed with quality sealant
, sillycone isn't one of them, water
isn't going to get into the core. Some design issues are also involved. High torque loaded hardware
like life line stanchion shouldn't be fastened through balsa core without special cautions. Fittings that will be subjected to torque caused leaks
should have the balsa core routed out and filled with thickened epoxy
and the fastening holes drilled through the epoxy
boat is approaching 50 years old with no deck core issues despite some PO's shoddy installation
of hardware and no special care taken by the builder
or anyone else.
As far as the B32, interior volume in relation to the overall length is a big factor. In areas like SoCal where slip fees
are astronomical, paying for unused length is something that's given me pause in deciding what and whether I want a boat there. When I was looking for a classic plastic checked out the B32. Love the design aesthetics, they are just pretty boats, but the interior was too cramped for what I wanted. If the purpose was daysailing and/or interior volume and mooring
costs were not an issue, it would be a good boat. I was looking for a long range cruiser and it felt too small. The CCA racing rule
resulted in well rounded designs suitable for long distance, open ocean sailing with some performance issues. The longer overhangs, in relation to the new butt ugly designs, mean a shorter water
line length in relation to overall length. This is not that big a factor in actually sailing conditions, however. As the boats heel, the water line length increases. Unless you are sailing exclusively DDW where the boat will be mostly level, the sailing water line will be longer than the design water line. FWIW, have sailed for relatively long periods of time with the boat exceeding theoretical water line boat speed on a beam reach by a 1/2 knot
or more in my CCA designed boat. This was not downwind surfing conditions but steady state reaching speeds with a calibrated, accurate knot
meter. The boat will never be a light air flyer with the wetted surface penalties in the design, but will still sail just fine and embarrass the newer boats when the wind
pipes up except DDW.
Don't know if it is still up on the web but there was a well written blog on a B32 that was sailed to Ireland
with a crew. Google
search may turn it up.