Waterline determines ultimate speed. Longer waterline will generally result in more miles covered in a day. The Baba will probably sail to windward a bit better than the W32 but in the real world of long distance cruising, windward ability is seldom an issue.
We built W32 hull
#163 from a power away kit, lived on it and cruised SoCal then to French Polynesia
and back to Hawaii
. Subsequent owner took the boat twice to SoPac and sailed through a named storm off of Fiji
. Neither one of us complained about lack of speed. We averaged 118nm per day for nearly 5 figure miles with less than 500 hours of engine
time, most of that for battery charging
. Sailed twice through the ITCZ with less than 24 hours engine
time so boat will move in light air. It's a full keel
boat with lots of wetted surface so most fin keelers will beat it handily in those conditions. Give her a cup of wind
and ease the sheets
a bit and they will walk away from supposedly faster modern boats and do it in comfort. A w32 absolutely will not go to weather
in light air and choppy seas. Do not pinch them up, fall off a little and keep the speed up.
We spent 4 years on our W32. Found it to be a very comfortable boat for a couple and able to swallow all that we brought on board. Wouldn't really ask for more space except to add toys. We had no roller furling
and found the cutter
rig to be the best solution for hanked on sails
. Cruised with a boomless maximum sized staysail, yankee jib
, reacher/drifter off a Morgan
35 and main. If I was doing it now would add roller furling
to the Forestay and fly a 100% jib
off that that could be furled for varying wind
conditions and an Asym spinnaker
, Should get you by about 95% of the conditions that you will see.
PM me if you have more questions about the Westsail.