Kendalls were designed as flush deck boats. The decks were conventionally framed with fiberglass
over deck beams. Depending on the arch in the beams, headroom
could be effected as the beams were about 2 1/4" thick. Still headroom seemed more than adequate in the three Kendalls that I was in but then I find headroom over 5'7" is wasted space. The Kendalls were cavernous inside with the flush deck. Tremendous amounts of additional storage space because the cabinetry could extend all the way to the deck beams.
AFAIK, the hulls of the early W32 and the Kendall are identical. Westsail used the Kendall mold
that they bought at the IRS auction
for the first 100 or so boats. They added a mahogany sheer clamp to make the hull
to deck joint for the FRP trunk cabin
deck that they went with. Later W32 hulls were identical in shape with the slight modification of a glass shelf for a better hull to deck joint.
There was a deck mold
for the early Westsails that had a noticably greater curvature/sag in the middle. Made for a better looking boat but had a couple of inches less headroom. Our boat, #163, had this 'feature'. Also, some W32s had deck beams added, more as an aesthetic addition, that would affect headroom.
We had the MD2 Volvo
in our boat and had no problems. It would push the boat to 6 knots at full throttle in no wind
conditions and sipped fuel
. Cruised for more than a year before we had to fill the tanks
. I think of an engine
as an auxillary to get in and out of the slip and make some time at 5 knots when the wind
dies, however. Delivered two boats with the larger Perkins
4-108 and MD3 and they were more responsive if you were willing to use the extra horsepower. The boat with the Perkins
was owned by a know it all doctor with no boating
experience. He stopped the boat dead with full working sails
in a Santa Ana wind in Newport
Harbor by throwing the Perkins into reverse and going to full power. He'd taken the boat out solo with no self steering
and came back into the harbor without taking the sails
down. He was charging
along on a beam reach at 6+ knots when he realized the concrete bulkhead at the end of the dead end finger he was in wasn't going to get out of his way. Impressive though very stupid.