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Old 31-12-2012, 09:55   #16
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Re: Opinions on the Westsail 42 Ketch

westsails are good boats. the 42 and 43 make great cruisers, according to neighbors who sailed each.... good choice in cruisers.
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Old 31-12-2012, 10:43   #17
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First sailboat a 42 ketch? You get to college by finishing HS, after you finish JH. Droping straight away into a 35,000 pound sailboat is not the typical way it is done.
Yes, great advice indeed. I recently went from a 22' to a 28'. that challange in docking was very, very evident. Then I got to thinking how badly I'm gonna scuff the finish when I dock a 36' for the first time. So, go small first
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Old 31-12-2012, 14:40   #18
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Yes, great advice indeed. I recently went from a 22' to a 28'. that challange in docking was very, very evident. Then I got to thinking how badly I'm gonna scuff the finish when I dock a 36' for the first time. So, go small first
I went from 25 fall of 2011 to 32 spring of 2012. You do get the feeling sometimes, you wish things were as they were when it was easier. I would like a larger engine room, would like to stand straight up everywhere. I would like to walk around the beds rather than over them. I doubt I will ever go bigger, because at 32, this boat is a big enough hole in the water.
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Old 31-12-2012, 15:04   #19
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take a look at the 43 .. a real classic and tough to find nowdays.
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Hello

I'm new to this forum and here is my first post.

I intend to buy 40' - 50' Bluewater Cruiser in the near future to begin a new chapter in my life.

I have much experience on the ocean however none of this is in sail boats. I intend to learn to sail over the next year or so while becoming familiar with whatever boat I buy through maintenance / upgrading and short jaunts in the Gulf of St Lawrence - Labrador coast. Within a couple of years I would like to go south and beyond.

I want a strong hull that is seaworthy in frigid waters yet capable to carry me around the world when my sailing skills allow.

I have been considering the Westsail 42 Ketch as a capable boat and likely candidate.

I have read much on the Westsail 32' version and taken note of a love / hate reputation this model holds yet there is little said about the Westsail 42 other than she is heavy and a good ocean cruiser.

I have a hundred questions about autopilots, communication options etc but first I have to settle on a boat.

I would very much appreciate some input from experienced sailors / boat owners on how they perceive the Westsail 42.

Kind Regards & Happy Sailing

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Here is one rigged and ready:

1974 Westsail 42 Totally World Cruise Ready Sail Boat For Sale -

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The hull is 32 feet, but the overall length is closer to 40 ft. When you go into a marina, many times we were charged for length overall. Something to consider.
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I met Walter Cronkite once when he brought his W 42 into the dock in Annapolis 30-some years ago. He had a wood captain's chair installed in the cockpit where he sat during docking maneuvers. Walter was just as uptight while tying up in a crosswind as any other owner.

The first boat that I bought was a slip down from Walter Cronkites boat,he said the boat that I was looking at was a "beautiful use of wood and canves" I wish he had not said that,because I bought it based on that statment,3 days later she was burned to the water line and I was out $1800.00...
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Hi, I own a Westsail 42 ketch. We have a tall rig so our mast is the same height as the tall rig cutter. This gives her great lighter air performance when on the wind and better than single stick performance off the wind (except very far off the wind where both rigs are about equal). We have sailed in company with a W42 cutter and have been consistently faster on passages because we have more sail area. In stronger winds this advantage goes away, but our tall rig allows us to stay with the cutter upwind in heavier air, so if long distance cruising in a wide variety of conditions is anticipated, then you have probably focused on a very good boat and the right rig.
I don't agree that starting out cruising with a ketch would be any more difficult than with any other rig really. After having spent years cruising on many different rigs including sloops, cutters, ketches as well as schooners and a brigantine, I can say that after a few months you will very likely get a feel for what works and what doesn't with regards to balance, handling and performance and if having a boat that works well for shorthanded our double handed sailing is important to you it might lead you to an all in mast furling ketch like we have. I know MANY people who sail all over the world with in mast furling and of course many Oysters, most Amels and many other custom and production yachts are crossing oceans regularly with these spars. Makes shortening or adding on sail a cinch in even the worst conditions. But of course some off the wind performance is sacrificed by the hollow leach...
Be sure to watch the youtube video of Fiona's circumnavigation BTW to get an idea of the motion of a W42 in a seaway. They are quite extraordinary little vessels! Don't expect to 'steal' a good one though and fixing up an ordinary or less than perfect one might be quite expensive.
Good luck on your search!
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Re: Opinions on the Westsail 42 Ketch

When it was time to go world cruising, we were deciding between a Westsail 42/43 and a Privilege 39 catamaran.

I would have been happy in either yacht, but my wife cast the deciding vote in favor of level sailing. We ended up with the catamaran.

I would still love to have the Westsail. It's an awesome bluewater yacht.
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The first boat that I bought was a slip down from Walter Cronkites boat,he said the boat that I was looking at was a "beautiful use of wood and canves" I wish he had not said that,because I bought it based on that statment,3 days later she was burned to the water line and I was out $1800.00...
I did not know WC did survey's? Lol

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If you can get your hands on the November/December (2012) issue of "Good Old Boat" magazine, they published a four page article about Westsail boats...
Here ➥ http://www.goodoldboat.com/promo_pdfs/Nov12_Promo.pdf
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I did not know WC did survey's? Lol

(Sorry about the money, karma will make life all even out)
Yea that Karma thing is alright,a fellow comissioned me to make him an antique heartpine floor for his new game room a few months back...Four weeks in and several thousand dollars spent he "changed his mind" but made it appear as if it was my fault he did so..A few weeks later his business partner told me he had bought a floor made from "Red Gum"( we call them "gum ball "trees because of those hard balls that they put off..I could not belive it, This is the worse wood in the world for making floors or furniture,it shrinks and twist after about 2 weeks of being indoors under heat cycles,I smile every time I think about this fool and his "Bad Karma"...
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he owns a W42....
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he owns a W42....

And he has owned several W32's in the past.
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Great advise here.
Thanks for this, I am listening.
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