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Originally Posted by Dirtboy View Post
Very cool, we've got a few things in common.
Even a few more things than you mention, as I was born in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale) ;-)

I lived in Westend for three years ('56 to '59) and loved living in Finland.
Merihiisi is berthed in Suvisaaristo, just a stones throw from Westend (if you have a good throwing arm)

We had a '23 wooden sloop, sort of like a Folkboat but smaller. I learned to sail in Newport, RI but really got the "hands on" in Finland with that little boat. Sailed just about every day in the summer.


Also owned a Westerly Padgent for 10 years here in Florida. We always felt comfortable in that boat, no matter what the weather. We've got a 28' Morgan now but inside she's got less room than the Westerly.
One of the things I was repeatedly impressed with, and quite happy about, as I went about the refit was the construction. These 70-80's era Westerlies are built like tanks. New boats just can't compare, at least not without becoming horrendously expensive. Robust, to say the least.
My short stay in Finland changed my life. I learned about Sisu, Sauna and Women in Finland. I also caught a disease, I call it the Motorcycle Disease. It started with a scooter .............

Very impressive re-fit, that boat's ready for just about anything. Enjoy your "new" boat and the comming Finnish summer. Do they still use that basket on a stick system of channel markers? Never could figure them out ......
Fortunately, buoyage is now standardized, so no baskets on sticks.

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Cruising the Baltic in 'Merihiisi', a 1979 Westerly Berwick Ketch
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