I had a Westsail 32 for seven years.
To my knowledge, the factory never made a flush deck
model. All of those were modifications created by the people who finished the kit boats.
Ferenc Mate's book - "From a Bare Hull" shows you how to completely finish out a kit boat with outstanding results.
Bud Taplin at World Cruiser Yachts has been working with Westsail owners for years supplying spare parts
for the Westsail 32. He can get you alot of the original stuff that went into the yacht. Visit his website at: WESTSAIL - WORLD CRUISER YACHT CO.
I personally would not purchase
a flush deck
W32 that was in poor shape requiring a completely new interior
. There are hundreds of them out there that are in good shape, and some of them are reasonably priced. In the long run, I think the money
you put in redoing the boat would be more than what the boat can be sold for on the market.
Kit boats are a problem for many reasons. You don't know where they cut the corners in construction, and in some instances, they made structural modifcations that actually damage the boat. When I was looking at Westsails to buy one, I inspected one that had very low headroom
, and I can't figure out exactly why the ceiling was so low. It was as if the bulkheads were too short. It was weird.
You should also be aware of the fact that the ballast in the W32 is lead in some hulls and steel
puchings in other hulls. My W32 had steel
punchings in the keel
, and I added 1200 lbs of ballast to make the boat stiffer. It would be nice to know what type of ballast was in the keel
Westsail went bankrupt several times. I was told that as their financial fortunes changed, the ballast changed from lead to steel punchings.
I have seen W32s all around the world, and they are awesome tradewind sailing yachts.
If you are looking for a project, if you have thousands of hours of free time, if you have plenty of money
, and if you aren't worried about resale value, then this boat might be what you are looking for.
I personally would invest more money to get a W32 that needed less work. But that's only my preference.
If rebuilding and refitting a W32 is your dream, go for it.