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post #55 of Old 11-20-2013
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Re: westsail 32, that bad?

One more thought: The Westsail-32 is, of course, not the only boat abused by “hearsay” The DownEast 38 was recently mentioned around here in a derogatory way. It being just one other example.
I delivered a DownEast 38 from Okinawa, Japan to Astoria Oregon in 39 days. Shortly thereafter, I delivered a Baltic 43 from Osaka, Japan to Port Angeles, Washington in 31 days. The Baltic delivery was 800 miles shorter. The math shows a 128.2 mile per day average for the DownEast 38 and a 135.5 mile per day average for the Baltic 43. That is approximately a 1/4k difference. The real difference was caused by the extra crew member that the Baltic required. The DownEast 38 was BY FAR the more comfortable and easier to sail boat. The Baltic was a poor excuse for a cruising boat IMO. Boats like that should be labeled as “coastal cruiser” or “inland cruiser”
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