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    S/V Drifter - a Westsail 32 Cutter
    Specifications & Equipment


    • Design & Build Specs
      • Builder: Westsail
      • Hull Material: Fiberglass
      • Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel
      • YW# 1891-1524861
    • Engine Specifications
      • Engine Manuf: Perkins
      • Engine Model: 4-108M
      • Horsepower: 50 HP
      • Engine Hrs: 2,200
    • Dimensions
      • LOA: 43' 6"
      • LOD: 32' 0"
      • LWL: 27' 6"
      • Beam: 11' 0"
      • Draft: 5' 6"
      • Bridge Clearance: 48' 0"
      • Displacement: 19,500 lbs
      • Ballast: 7,000 lbs
    • Tankage
      • Fuel: 70 gal
      • Water: 60 gal
      • Holding: Raritan Lectrasans

    • Deck Config & Gear
      • Hull fiberglass 1-inch thick below the waterline (ballast is encapsulated)
      • Hull barrier coated with Vinylester resin (1998, no history of blistering)
      • Stainless Steel Bowsprit, riser and Boomkin (replaced the wooden spars 2000)
      • Stainless Steel bow pulpit and new aft pushpit - extra long (2000)
      • New custom twin bitts forward, white oak
      • Decks painted and non-skid renewed (no teak decks)
      • Forward 8-inch bronze cleats moved off of deck and onto bulwurks
      • Cockpit sole comes out with removal of 4 bolts for easy engine access
      • Aluminum & teak companionway seahood (2001)
      • Companionway Dodger
      • Cockpit sailing awning
      • Full two-piece boat awning for use at anchor
      • Magma Propane Gas Grill
      • Stainless Steel folding boarding ladder admidship

    • Ground Tackle
      • Canadian Lunch Hook: 45 lb CQR mounted on bow platform pulling 300 ft 3/8 inch chain and 300 ft 3/4 inch nylon
      • Bahamian Backup: 45 lb CQR mounted on bow platform pulling 30 ft 3/8 chain and 500 ft 3/4 inch braid (for use when deploying the Paranchor)
      • Chesapeake Storm Anchor: 25 lb Danforth mounted on cockpit railing pulling 12 ft 3/8 inch chain and 100 ft 3/8 inch nylon
      • Simpson-Lawrence 555 manual windlass
      • ParaAnchor parachute drag device
      • Twin Bitts new two years ago

    • Steering
      • Tillerpilot
      • Cape Horn Windvane (New 2000)

    • Below Decks
      • Ventilation/Cooling/Heating
        • Hull insulated above waterline
        • Marine Air air conditioning
        • Force 10 propane cabin heater
        • Two 27-inch aluminum framed Bomar hatches (one forward, one in saloon 2001)
        • Three 8-inch and two 4-inch bronze opening ports per side (10 total, rebedded 1999)
      • Interior lighting & electrical
        • 9 overhead incandescent fixtures (including 1 red light over chart table)
        • 1 temporary incandescent rigged in galley
        • 4 halogen gooseneck reading lights in main cabin
        • 1 aircraft style AquaSignal chart & reading light
        • two mounted kerosene lanterns
        • Wired for telephone with waterproof deck plug
      • Galley
        • Saltwater foot pump in galley
        • Fynspray bronze freshwater pump in galley
        • Single SS sink
        • Shipmate 2-burner propane stove with oven
        • Two 10 gallon propane tanks with electric shut off in galley (tanks & valves new in 2001) in sealed and vented compartment in lazerette
        • Propane alarm
        • Adler Barbor ColdMachine refrigeration (2002)
      • Dining/Seating/Sleeping
        • Dinette makes down into twin sized bunk
        • Starboard seatee is real matress
        • Starboard seatee is also rigged with lee cloth for sleeping underway
        • Forward berth fills to make large berth (needs a king-sized sheet at head of berth)
      • Head & Shower
        • top of the line Lavac Head
        • Lectrasans waste treatment
        • Sink & foot pump in head
        • Shower pan
        • Raritan Lectrasans
      • Storage
        • Hanging wet locker
        • Hanging dry locker quick converts to breathable shelf storage
        • Ample storage for a family of four to cross an ocean
        • Stand-up chart table with 4 drawers to port across from galley

    • Safety & Miscellaneous
      • Lifelines replaced (2001)
      • Two adult size SOSPenders
      • West Marine 8 ft roll-up inflatable (new 2001)
      • 5hp outboard in good condition
      • Avon 4 man liferaft in valise (new 2001)
      • Extensive paper charts.
      • Two SOSPenders - adult size.
      • GPS/EPIRB
      • PUR hand operated watermaker, new in box never used
      • 4 dry powder fire extinguishers

    • Mast and Rigging
      • Masthead Cutter Rigged
      • Bridge deck traveller
      • Lefeil aluminum mast and spars
      • Staysail track on deck, with two winches under dodger
      • Mast & boom pulled, stripped and repainted 2001
      • Mast Steps to spreaders (2001)
      • Forespar Rigid Boomvang (2001)
      • Running backstays
      • New Ancor marine grade mast wiring all around, (2001)
      • New Forespar TriColor-Anchor, Steaming & deck lights (2001)
      • New Ancor marine grade coax and Shakespeare vhf radio antennea (2001)
      • Telescoping reaching / spinnaker pole on sliding track on front of mast (rigged like the Pardey's) (2001)
      • 100 % standing rigging replacement w/proper toggles and Staloc terminals plus back stay insulated for HF radio (2001)
      • All halyards replace (main, stay, jib and spinnaker) extra long to allow hoisting from water level (2001)
      • Mainsail, jib and staysail sheets replaced (2002/3)
      • 8 Winches
        • 2 large bronze in cockpit
        • 1 small in cockpit for furler
        • 2 large on mast for halyards (fed by rope clutches)
        • 2 small on cabintop for staysail
        • 1 small on boom for reefing (fed by rope clutches)

    • Sail Inventory
      • Working sail area 753 sq. ft. (all working sails extra heavy cloth for NE sailing)
      • All sails by Kern Sails
      • Main needs repair, 303 sq. ft. double reef points and battenless, foot shortened to improve weather helm and pointing
      • Staysail 149 sq. ft.
      • Yankee 301 sq. ft.
      • Profurl furling on headsail (New 1999)
      • Staysail hanked on for quick change to storm sail
      • Cruising spinnaker
      • Storm sails

    • Electrical
      • 12 Volt System
        • Four 6v golf cart batteries (house bank--new 2004)
        • Two series 35 12v starting batteries (new 2003)
        • One series 24 real emergency starting battery, completely isolated, just in case
        • Balmar Max Charge Digital Regulator
        • ZapStop regulator protection
        • Balmar Series 91 70 amp alternator (wired direct to house)
        • Echo Charge battery combiner (charges starting off of house, then isolates starting)
        • Starting bank completely isolated from house bank
        • two Blue Seas on/off switches instead of 1-2-both-off switch
        • Two Seimans 55 watt solar panels
        • PV7D Flex Charge Solar regulator
        • Prowatt 600 inverter
        • Link 2000 electronic two-bank battery monitor
      • 110 Volt System
        • 40 watt Prowatt Battery Charger
        • Four outlets wired for 110 volt outlets with water tight deck plugs and shore power
        • AC Switch Panel w/shore power polarity tester
        • Four Winds II generator with optional towing cable and hardware for hoisting in the rigging and separate voltage regulator.

    • Electronics
      • Kenwood TS 440-AT Ham radio
      • SGC Automatic SmartTuner antenna tuner in lazerette, feeds insulated backstay
      • Furuno Radar
      • Trimble GPS
      • Polaris Hailer/Fog Horn
      • Standard VHF
      • Standard wind, speed, depth instruments (new 2001)
      • Paines-Wessox 406 Satellite GPS/EPIRB Emergency Beacon

    • Mechanical & Tankage
      • Engine: Perkins 4-108M diesel (50 hp., fixed 3-blade prop)
      • Water pump new 2004.
      • Baha Fuel Filter.
      • Automatic Halon Fire Extinguisher in engine room
      • Mechanical oil change pump built onto engine
      • High Pressure fuel pump and injectors rebuilt (2001)
      • 2 Racor diesel filters (one for port tank, one for starboard, plus engine filter)
      • Fuel: 70 gallons, US (two aluminum diesel tanks in engine room)
      • Water: 60 gallons US (two rotomold tanks under cabin sole)
      • Electric & manual bilge pump
      • Transmission rebuilt with new clutch plate, seals, bearings, fluid (2003)
      • New shaft log (2003)
      • Prop polished, balanced, repitched (2003)
      • Prop polished, balanced (2004)
      • New prop shaft (2005)
      • New cutlass bearing (2003)
      • New engine mounts (2003)
      • PSS Dripless stuffing box

    • Sailing Statistics
      • Ballast to Displacement Ratio: 36% (28%-40% optimum, relates to both ride and load carrying capacity)
      • Displacement to LWL Ratio: 419 (heavy)
      • Sail Area to Displacement Ratio: 16.26% (15-17 optimum)
      • Capsize Risk: 1.58 (numbers less that 2 are good)
      • Comfort Factor: 42.8 (25-50 range, 40 optimum. This estimates a boat's motion in a seaway.)
      • In A Nutshell: The Westsails hold their own with more modern boats when it comes to performance--particularly when price, accommodations, load carrying ability and safety are factored in.
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