Wow! What an impressive range of technical information and opinions. So it is with some trepidation that I offer my tidbit.
I delivered a Westsail 32 some years ago. We picked it up in the Turk & Caicos after the owner decided he had had enough. I remember two things the most about the delivery. First, after leaving St. Thomas and rounding the east end of St. Croix, we didn't touch the self steering wind vane until reaching Margaritta Island, Venezuela four days later. It was a beautiful, trouble free sail.
The second thing I remember and still cringe at today is how wet we got in the cockpit. When the rail dips into the water or a wave slaps the hull and comes onboard, the water flows unimpeded to the cockpit. That made for a wet and uncomfortable sail if you sat on the lee side, which was the best place to spend a watch - usually.
I've looked at other Westsails since and I've never seen this issue addressed.
Last edited by CaptTony; 10-02-2011 at 08:44 PM.
Reason: Add Westsail picture