Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern Chesapeake Bay
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Forgot to mention there should be a hull ID on the starboard side of the transom. If memory serves, the first two letteres will be WM for Westerly Marine. The next two designate the model and yard it was built in. Then 4 numbers that are the hull/sail number, and then 4 more numbers that designate month and year of construction.
When I hear statements of slowness, I think, compared to what and under what conditions? Certainly on a near calm surface with 6 knots of wind it will be passed by many lighter craft. But given substantial chop and 15 knots and gusting it will carry itself forward with stability and comfort lacking on it's lighter company which are knocked about by the seas and heeling sharply with each gust. In my day we would readily take on Tartan 27's, a similar vintage and size. And I'd choose a Westerly over a Cape Dory any day for strength and storage capacity.