westsail and tayana
I know this is 2 full months after the fact, but I just had to respond to Peter Ogilvie''s letter. How fortunate you are to have this nice, substantial essay to work from - if you are contemplating a Westsail 32. I too, own a W 32 (hull # 724 - with excellent ''glass lay up). The Owner''s Association is indeed very active, and there is always someone with an answer to your questions and solutions to your problems. I went the route of buying a boat with much "cosmetic" work to do (funny - there is always structural stuff involved with cosmetic restoration - nature of a boat, I guess). We saved lots on the initial cost, will have about enough money in her to have bought one "ready to circumnavigate", but she''ll be exactly what we want - for around $50,000 after the dust settles. I''m happy.
S/V Kibitka, Winchester Bay, OR