Aires 32, Roughwater 33, Weatherly 32 and Southern Cross 31 are.........
Basically all built on the same hull
design of Thomas Gilmer, naval architect. The design was/is very popular, starting back somewhere in time (have yet to research
The Aires 32 may have been his design name (?) and many were built out of wood with a lower fore cabin
and raised 'dog-house' at least in the early 70's.
It appears to me that almost simultaneously, the Roughwater 33 (RW33) and the Southern Cross 31 were started in fiberglass
. Both models track their production roughly the same; from 1975-mid 80's. Both have a full trunk cabin
I'm more familiar with the RW 33, as that is what I have. The RW's were built by the Chen Hwa Boatyard in Taiwan
, with a heavy, hand laid glass hull
and varying amounts of glass over ply in the cabin, etc. depending on their year of construction. If you've ever heard of a CHB trawler
, it's from the Chen Hwa Boatyard and the trim details match many on the RW sail. My RW33 production number is: RWB330160380. This reads RoughWaterBoat, 33', #16, built March, 1980. It is molded in the aft starboard hull, just aft of the rub rail. I believe there were about 35 or so RW's built through about 1982-83, extrapolating out from my hull number and date.
The Weatherly 32 is very similar to the Roughwater. They got hold of the molds after RW went out and a built for a couple years perhaps. At first glance they look identical. But they have a little finer finish; hawseholes rather than rail mounted cleats
, factory fiberglass
masts (always, I believe), etc. I'm not sure where they were made.
The Southern Cross 31 I know less about. I believe they were built about the same timeframe as the Roughwaters and they have a little different look to them. Same hull-design essentially, but the ones I have seen have a factory glass cockpit
and cabin. They may have been offered as a kit finish, like many of the Westsails, because the couple interiors I've seen looked a bit rough. I really have no idea how many of these were built.
Needless to say, Thomas Gilmer came up with a great design, that has been used by many, from owner builds to factory builds. She continues to be very popular on the US west coast
and I know of a couple that have been sailed overseas; one to Asia
and another to Britian I believe; as well as from Alaska
Keep the stories coming and projects underway!