One detail I have noted owning a Westsail is that we are a tight group of people. We have beers & food
together. We share our affection for the boat and sailing and help out each other in many ways. We actually sail our boats and meet together and have 3 day party on them. You meet others in person. The association is wonderful in many ways.
Owning a Westsail puts you in a "special class" due to its history
and that in turn brings the good/bad spirit out of people, so be warned.
Our Westsail sails wonderfully to windward and all other points for that matter. For us she makes us better sailors because of her forgiving nature. She is so strongly built that if my wife or I make a mistake she wont scare the crap out of us to badly. She also is a wonderful home for our family
, larger inside room than many 38 foot boats (I know because I shopped around for 2 years thinking 38 was going to be what I needed).
She is the strongest boat in our marina except for the steel
boat in slip F-30 but that boat is a million + dollars. Westsails have been tortured over the years - grounded up on rocks, dragged up cliffs with tractors, survived the perfect storm, and yet they remain floating about eager to serve.
People always stop when walking buy our boat "Harbinger" - they ALWAYS stop and speak to us about her, even in her old flaking paint
moments. Its not that she is special but its that she IS special and people see it. They can see through the cheap
production boats with fake wood and undersized fittings. In fact i have a difficult time getting work done because of the walker buys.
Even 37 years later we can still order parts
for her, not so with many other boats. If that's not successful then what is? She will be a boat that's always mentioned in magazines and books
no matter if you hate or love them.
I say if your looking for a Westsail come by and ill show you mine in person. They are truly solid, safe, fast and graceful boats. pound for pound no better deal can be had period.
Its one of the finest boats one can buy in my opinion!