Also new Westsail owner and new sailor.

  • April 29, 2016 11:41 AM
    Message # 3994857
    Deleted user

    Bought my W32 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on 03/21/2016.  And I too, have many questions.  Like:

    How do you back up?  Steering backwards is not exactly user friendly.

    My Hull number is WSSK1274, but I asked Coastguard when registering, and they said the "1" may actually be an "I", which at the time the hull was built, the letter "I" denoted, April.  Does anybody have any info pertaining to this?

    Also, any info about good auto pilots for a W32 would be greatly appreciated.

    And, I am thinking about changing my stove from an alcohol two burner top to a propane full three burner with oven, but I am concerned where to put the propane tank so that it won't detract from the classic look of the boat.

    Oh, and one more thing, Congrats, Matt, on your new purchase!

  • April 29, 2016 1:49 PM
    Reply # 3994994 on 3994857
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Welcome aboard and congrats on the new to you Westsail... 

    Ahh backwards... can be tough - depends alot on the prop - and the wind and the velocity and and and... 

    Practice in a calm area to start -  with enough sternway to manuver but not enough to overload the rudder/tiller  - the loads can be very high. 

    Backing has been very useful for me when leaving a slip with the wind on the beam.  I find it hard (without lines to the dock) to turn the bow into the wind if I need to go upwind.  I've found backing out easier in these conditions. 

    Not sure if this helps but here is a link to video of turning circles after the hull fairing.  

    About 1 min in the reverse circles. 


    Last modified: April 29, 2016 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • April 30, 2016 7:01 PM
    Reply # 3996479 on 3994857

    Way to go Kevin,

    I won't be giving much advice as I too am a new owner. Good luck and enjoy. 


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