You may have heard I am am working on a new documentary about Westsail boats, the history of the company and those that have sailed the boats to distant shores.
I appreciate any support that you can offer as well as sharing the link with your sailing friends via email or social media and those that might be interested in helping this project come to fruition.
You can find out more details about the project here:
We chose the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.com because it is one of the largest established worldwide crowdsourcing sites that has helped many other projects get off the ground including Films such as this.
All funds will be used to help create the film.
If you are able to pledge, simply choose a donation level from the Indiegogo page and you will receive the corresponding perk for your support.
Additionally let me know if you have any unique archival photos, video, brochures etc that could help paint the picture of the history of Westsail.
Thanks for posting this and adding the video to the home page!
We're off to a great start with the crowd funding so far at just about $1500 in 2 days and we are working to keep the momentum going.
If you can share these links with as many fellow sailors and friends as you can to help spread the word it is truly appreciated!
I just spent about an hour chatting with Larry Kendall today about his beginnings at boat building and creating the Kendall 32, the precursor to the Westsail 32. The Kendall 32 was taken from the Atkins/Thistle design and shrinking down to scale the Colin Archer 47. Really interesting history.
"Archer's designs were adapted to pleasure sailing in the twentieth century. In 1904, he built a boat for the writer Robert Erskine Childers named the Asgard; the boat is now in a museum and considered the "most important yacht in the history of Ireland".In 1928, William Atkin scaled down Archer's 47-foot (14 m) Regis Voyager, a pilot boat, to make the 32-foot (9.8 m) Eric, and in 1934 the 38-foot (12 m) Ingrid . The Eric went on to become very influential in ocean sailing, with boats such as Vito Dumas's Lehg II and Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhaili making notable circumnavigations, the latter becoming the first boat to be sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world. In the 1970s, the design was adapted to glass-reinforced plastic by William Crealock, and became the Westsail 32; this famous cruising boat has, in turn, inspired many imitations, so that the "Archer double-ender" style of boat continues to be popular to the present day."
We are working on setting up some dates later this year to interview Larry. He's 79 and sharp as a tack!
Gee it's good to sse that you're going to interview Larry Kendall. We look forward to a comprehensive interview.
With all respect to everyone concerned, it was Larry Kendall who was the greatest influence in the development of the Westsails. I'm looking forward to seeing how he thought and what he did.
W32 Sea Breeze
Hey Randy , any chance you know where Herb David is ( N/A W28) ? I spoke with him over 20 yrs.ago when we were moored at Avalon , Catalina . Mark .
herb david naval architect, I met him when he worked for Lancer Yachts,in the early 80is. I am not sure if it is him, but there is a herb david naval architect listed on Catella in Orange County Ca.google him.
Hi - If anyone knows how to contact Herb, We'd love to connect with him. Thanks!
I found the below - note the David Herb vs Herb David ...
David Herb Naval Architect
747 W Katella Ave
Orange, CA 92867
Phone : (714) 639-5810
Product & Services:
Engineering & Architectural Services
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