Re: westsail 32, that bad?
now thats a beautiful boat!
I would of loved to have a westsail 32...but every time I searched they were a bit overpriced for me, sometimes just out of reputation(it happens on many boats, think contessa 26, flicka 20, hinckley 40, etc...) and sometimes they were so outfitted for cruising with new stuff by onwers that in the end changed plans and never actually went cruising and wanted too much money just for the gear package
the ones that were in my range 10k-20k had some major issues, rot, or they were unfinished interriors OR they had no masts or were basically incomplete or even just the bare hull...
I also was on a couple when cruising and they were only slow going to weather...on a reach and in trade sailing they were fine in my book...
something to take notice of is that most cruisers sail with drastically reduced sail plan, sometimes as much as 50%, and a boat like a westsail can tolerate using more sail and reef later...simply by being heavier and being able to tolerate more abuse(not in all manners)