Re: westsail 32, that bad?
its usually people who have no experience whatsoever in full keeled and heavy displacement boats that bash them...or that buy a new catalina cause thats what tey were told to do.
I love your comment about acceleration...this is exactly true...another flip side comment to this is that once you have acheiveed max speed on boats like the westsail 32 its like you are on rails...stiff and on track...
this was how my heavy as hell 28 foot h28 behaved it weighed twice what normal 26-28footers weighed but I could do 8knots steady on a broad reach with all sails up(no spinnaker)
again what helped was that it was a stubby ketch....with heavily stayed masts, and twin backstays...so the ability to carry bigger sail plan longer is exactly what makes them efficient heavy weather sailors...not to mention a long full keel that makes tracking straight AND motion at sea much nicer...
its all about learning to sail your boat how the designer intended to..
good comments guys!