C. EXTERIOR HARDWARE
Worldcruiser has heavy cast bronze hawse pipes avail-able to replace the original spun brass
ones used on most of the Westsails. After a number of years, the spun brass ones crack out due
to age and start to leak or cut the ropes passing through them. These cast bronze sets consist of
a pair of castings, one with a long spigot and the other with a short spigot. A piece of hose is
supplied to cover over the joint and, if caulked in place, will form a watertight seal.
SCUPPER DRAIN TUBES
On many of the Westsails the 2" diameter spun brass scupper drain tubes were used for deck
drains. Over the years the brass has cracked on many of them, causing leaks into the boat. We
have a 2" diameter filament wound fiberglass tube that will do the job. It is not too difficult a job
to replace the brass scupper tubes with the fiberglass ones, and because they are made of
fiberglass they can be properly bonded to the hull, and they should last the lifetime of the boat.
PORTLIGHT GLASS, SCREENS AND GASKETS
A description of the method of removing and replacing the glass in the portlights. Round
portlight screens are available, made from stainless steel, with a plastic lip seal around the edge
to seal well. They are available in 4", 6", an 8" diameter. Screens for the oval ports are not
available, but we are trying to have them made up. When we have them available, we will
contact all owners. Square rubber gasket material is available for the portlights. It comes in long
strips, and you cut it, putting the joint on top, and hold it in with some weather-strip adhesive,
available in most auto supply stores. Check the groove to make sure of the size, as it is
available in 1/4", 5/16", and 3/8", depending on the make and size of the portlight.
SPLIT COCKPIT FLOOR MODIFICATION
An easy method of splitting the cockpit floor hatch to gain ready access to the engine
compartment on the Westsail 28 and 32. This entails taking the standard removable cockpit
floor hatch and cutting it in half, and installing a lip on the forward half at the split. Using foam
tape, and carriage bolts, each half then becomes easily removable, eliminating the struggle
normally associated with the large hatch.
COCKPIT FLOOR HATCH
An aluminum hatch can be installed in the floor of the cockpit to gain easy and immediate
access to the engine, transmission, stuffing box, and storage in the back end of the engine room.
A hole is cut in the fiberglass floor of the cockpit, and one of the standard, aluminum frame,
cabin top hatches is bolted in place.
CABIN TOP ALUMINUM HATCHES
The forward and aft hatches have a molded boss on the cabin top, which is flat across the top
surface, that should be 22-1/2" square on the inside, and 25-1/2" square on the outside. On the
standard setup, a teak piece is set around the inside of this opening, and rises up above the
molded boss. The teak hatch goes over this teak piece to form a waterbreak. If you remove the
teak hatch, and shave off the teak trim to be flush with the molded boss, then you can mount an
aluminum hatch with a flat flange directly on top of the boss on the cabintop.
1-1/4" black anodized genoa track is available to install on top of the caprail. It is an extruded
T-track, with built in riser. It has 5/16" diameter countersunk holes every 4" for installation, and
3/8" holes between them for the stop pin on the track block. Black nylon end stops are avail-
able, as well as track blocks for the genoa.
LOOSE FOOTED STAYSAIL TRACK
Instead of the staysail boom, a pair of tracks can be installed on the cabin top to fly the staysail
without the boom. More and more owners are doing this, and it frees up the bow area to not
have the boom to work around. We use 1-1/4" black anodized aluminum T-track for this. Either
stand-up or low profile track blocks are also available.
ANCHOR ROLLERS AND FRAMES
Additional anchor rollers are available for all of the Westsail boats, and the rollers are available
in bronze or hard plastic. For the W-28 and W-32, the stainless steel frame that mounts to the
side of the bowsprit is available, with a piece of allthread to go thru and pick up the roller on the
CHAIN, MOORING PENNANT, WINDLASS
Our experience is that the Westsail 42 & 43 are especially sensitive about adding too much
weight forward. In heavy seas the bow digs in and the stern rises, and she becomes very wet.
The boat can seem to ride level without sails, and this bow-down condition is noticed when
sailing hard on the wind, especially in heavy seas. This condition is aggravated by carrying an
excessive amount of chain for-ward. We would recommend carrying only about 100' of chain in
the forward locker, and the rest nylon rode. Additional chain should be carried in separate
pieces, in sturdy plastic crates, that can be carried to the bow and shackled on if needed to set
an additional anchor.
The spare hole in the bobstay can be used to attach a mooring pennant to keep the pull low,
and eliminate the rubbing of the anchor chain on the bobstay wire.
WESTSAIL SERVICE MANUAL TOPICS
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