We did SoCal and SoPac in a W32 that we built from a bare hull
. They aren't as slow as people like to say unless going to Weather
in light air. Still won't win any races in the typical wind
patterns you'll see in Alaska in the summer or the inside passage
. Would want a Code Zero or Asym. Chute for offhand work
in light air or at least a Perkins
4-107/8 or equivalent diesel
. Boats will sail quickly and comfortably in tradewind conditions. Did a number of 170nm days and a few near single
digits with a 118nm day average for over 10,000 miles with almost no engine
usage. For a solo sailor, the Aries
vane steered the boat if it would sail which made open ocean sailing a breeze. They are not fun boats to sail. The heavy displacement
makes them react slowly but also makes them comfortable to live on under sail.
The boats are roomy, will store a couple tons of goods, have plenty of water
tankage and fuel
capacity. We lived aboard and cruised for 4 years and were very comfortable. A little short on storage
for large bulky items like bicycles but plenty of nooks and crannies for almost everything else.
and boom kin chain plates from the factory were undersized with punched holes that are prone to developing cracks and should be replaced with beefier fittings. There are also rot
issues with the bowsprit
and boomkin that need to be looked out for. Original fuel tanks
and water tanks
stainless in the bilge
. Both would develop pinhole corrosion
over time so look at them closely. Factory went to plastic water tanks later which should be long lasting. Changing the fuel involves pulling the engine
. Fortunately, that's a relatively painless operation as the cockpit
sole is removable and the engine a pull straight up.
Good luck in your search for a boat.