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post #14 of Old 02-23-2006
sailingfool
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"...I have to stick up for the contessa and westsail... You cannot ever say the westsail is not a well built boat, what kinda boat washed up on the beach perfectly intact during the storm of the century?"

Thomas,
The kinda of boat (Westsail) apparently is a boat with such poor seakeeping behavior that the crew would risk their lives to get off of it even though it were in no danger of sinking...

If by "well built" you mean "solidly constructed" then Westsail may fit your definition, but that may only be a good definition for picking your barrel for Niagra Falls it leaves a lot out as far as ocean cruising or pleasure sailing goes. Examples IMHO would be that Westsails are painfully slow, with very limited space below, and poor seakeeping characteritics due to excessive displacement. Not to mention that many were home finished so the quality of the boat can vary from OK production to total trash. Old looking and fat don't make for a better boat...

Just my ten cents...
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