I own a W32 and have no experience with the CSY33.
I can attest that the W32 sails
well when sailed well
, as can be said about most boats. I've made 175 miles on a beam reach in F4, 135 in F3 on close reach in 3-4' seas. Use the right sails
, trim them well, and the boats move along in a comfortable fashion.
Everything else has been covered, though someone incorrectly said "a few W32s were made as kits". Around 800 hulls were made, with ~400 being factory finished and the rest being "owner" finished. Look around on the net to see pictures to acquaint yourself with the few different layouts. While the factory finished boats are more consistent in quality, many of the kit boats I've seen are more nicely finished.
I do suggest the W32 for what you're looking for. All the numbers; slightly longer waterline, heavier displacement
, yadda yadda, are fine to look at. But outside of racing
, theories are mostly bullshit. What matters is that good sailors get the boats to move like they should. Put a novice
on a W32 against a good sailor on an Allied
32 and the Allied will win and vice versa. I've outsailed a 42' Hunter
and been outsailed by a Nor'sea
Learn to sail well and whatever boat your have will sail well.
I suggest visiting the Westsail Owner's Association website and message forums
to learn more about their quirks and tendencies:
WOA Web Site
Bud Taplin's site:
Best on your hunt,