-Westsail 39-

Basic Specifications
1981 Factory Finished Boat #39 - Hull# WSSF 0005 1079
USCG Document #987 177

LOA 38'-8"
LWL 32'-10"
Beam 11'- 10"
Draft 5'-10"
Displacement 21,200 lbs.
Fiberglass Hull
Ballast 8,400 lbs.
Sail Area: 745 Sq. Ft.
Cutter Rig
Engine: Yanmar 3JH3ME Diesel
Engine: 40 HP
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity:
40 gallons
Water Tank Capacity:
120 gallons


Robert Perry design, heavily built but moderate displacement performance cruiser. This is one of the original eleven Westsail 39's built on the west coast of the United States, before production assets were sold to an overseas shipyard. She is a beautiful and roomy boat below decks, strong and efficient under the water, and safe and comfortable topsides. She is an attractively designed yacht fully capable of extended world cruising, as well as being an excellent liveaboard. This hull shape has relatively low wetted surface with lead ballast low, allowing a tall rig for exceptional sailing qualities. Near new engine, upholstery, and refrigeration.

Accommodations & layout:

"Annie" will sleep total of four comfortably with potential for five, with slight modification to the salon table. Headroom in the main cabin is 6 ft. 6 in. and there is a bright and spacious feeling throughout. Numerous opening hatches and several opening ports, plus Dorade vents provide good ventilation while large fixed windows along the cabin sides provides excellent light inside. Extensive use of teak and ash, finished light, with satin varnish. From the head forward has been redone with Le Tonkinois varnish-oil. Cabin sole is heavy teak and holly. Ceilings and overhead are ash planking. Cabin counters are white laminate. Upholstery was professional redone, using a beautiful Sunbrella exterior grade tapestry fabric, and is in excellent condition.

Forward most is a very spacious v-berth with filler and access to chain locker. Tremendous storage below, as well as cabinets outboard above the berth. Large cedar lined hanging locker to starboard. Just aft to port is a large head compartment with separate shower stall with sit down bench for safe showering under way. Separate shower sump and electric pump out. Also used as a great hanging locker. Head storage includes ventilated linen cabinet and laundry hamper. The main salon consists of straight settee to starboard, and an L-shaped settee to port. There is excellent storage behind and above the settees. A starboard shelf top makes a great TV platform. The salon table is adjustable and can be made into another berth. There is a Hi-Seas M-100 diesel cabin heater mounted amidships on the galley bulkhead. The heater is low for effective heating and oscillating fans help provide even heat distribution. The keel-stepped mast is next to the forward bulkhead and totally out of the way.

Next aft to starboard is the forward facing sit-down navigational station with swivel seat, large chart table and extensive electronics display. Behind the nav seat the original quarter berth has been thoughtfully converted into an additional hanging locker and storage area.


Opposite to port is a very functional U-shaped galley with double deep stainless steel sinks, hot and cold pressure water, plus manual fresh water hand pump, abundant storage and counter space. Refrigeration is provided in a double compartment system with 12-V DC Cool Blue cold plate, which allows one compartment to be used as a freezer if desired, while the second compartment can be maintained as a frig. Cooking is on a Shipmate stainless steel propane 3-burner stove with thermostat controlled oven. Xintex S-2 solenoid switch control gas sensor. There are 2 LPG tanks in port aft sealed locker vented overboard. Two opening ports and overhead hatch in the galley area provide extra ventilation. The 7-gallon water heater is either 110-V AC or engine heat exchange.

Electronics and navigation equipment:
  • Signet sailing instruments mounted on bulkhead: depth, knotmeter/log, wind speed.
  • MFJ antenna tuner for SSB (1993). Insulated backstay.
  • Kenwood VHF radio (1993).
  • West Marine portable hand held VHF with charging stand.
  • Furuno 1750 radar (1993), on custom arch at stern.
  • Magellan 5200 GPS (1993).
  • Lowrance LMS 337cdf, mounted on binnacle.
  • Ritchie SP5 compass mounted at binnacle.
  • Alpha 3000 below deck autopilot (1993).
  • Radio CD player.
Electrical system:

Accepts up to four heavy duty marine batteries, one currently installed. Lewco automatic battery charger. Electrical panel with 24 breakers. 4-position battery selector switch. 110-V shore power with cords.

Deck & hull:

The hull color is white. Under the waterline, the barrier coat has been redone, under the traditional bottom paint. 35# plow anchor with 50' 3/8" chain and 150 3/4" nylon rode. 33# Bruce anchor with 50' 3/8" chain and 150' 3/4" nylon rode. 25# Danforth anchor at stern with 50' 5/15" chain and 150' nylon rode in stern anchor locker. Heavy duty stainless steel double bow rollers. Deck washdown pump, wired but not plumbed.
  • Fiberglass cockpit dodger with side curtains. Full boat cover (worn but serviceable). Covers for mailsail, wheel and binnacle, winches.
  • Extra high stainless steel bow and stern pulpits and stanchions.
  • Double lifelines with boarding gates, port and starboard.
  • Decks are fiberglass with moulded-in contrasting non-skid pattern.
  • Navigation/running lights.
  • Spreader lights. Mooring lines and fenders.
  • USCG required safety gear including a stern-mounted horseshoe buoy.
  • Additional safety equipment includes Lifesling.
Sails and rigging:

"Annie" is well equipped for local coastal and cruising, and is designed for serious offshore passagemaking. Spars are heavy duty extruded aluminum by Kenyon with LPU paint applied. Rig is double spreader with 1x19 stainless steel wire (oversized) and swaged terminals. Harken furling system with 120% furling genoa. Staysail and storm tri-sail are in excellent condition. Mainsail has 2 reef points and lazy jacks. Working sails are in fair condition. Storm tri-sail track on mast. Whisker pole stored on mast with heel lift system. Heavy duty adjustable main sheet traveler mid-boom in front of the dodger. Boom crutch on top of hard dodger. Running rigging is braided dacron. ARCO winches: 3 ST sheet winches plus 2 halyard winches. Total working sail area 745 square feet. J=16', I=49'6", P=45', E=15'2".

Engine and Mechanical:
  • Newer 40 hp Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel engine is fresh water cooled, with only 146 hours of use (approx.).
  • Two fuel filters.
  • Engine has full instrumentation in the cockpit including tachometer, water and temperature gauges, overheat and low pressure alarms, battery
  • charge indicator.
  • Waterless stuffing box.
  • Raw water strainer.
  • Spare parts: filters.
All the below waterline thru-hull fittings are heavy bronze ball valve seacocks, thru-bolted to the hull. Stainless steel destroyer type wheel on Merriman pedestal with cable steering. Heavy stainless steel pedestal guard. 1 manual bilge pump in the cockpit. 1 auto electric bilge pump (500 gph), plus 1 auto electric high capacity bilge pump (4000 gpm).

Other features:

Very strong construction using the best materials available at the time. Heavily reinforced structural bulkheads. One piece hull, hard laid-up to the highest industry standards. Longitudinal and transverse stringers added to insure total hull stiffness. Massive stainless steel chainplates thru-bolted to double bulkheads. Heavy duty Goiot sliding companionway hatch and overhead hatches. Cast lead ballast is encapsulated and sealed into the keel cavity. Very heavy skeg and rudder assembly. Spars and rigging are all oversized. Cockpit is ergonomically designed for safety and comfort and is quick draining. Visibility forward is good.

A teak folding ladder hooks to outboard of port boarding gate, making for ease of access from tender. On port stern, a removable lift that is rated at 190 pounds (approx.). The sale includes a 10' Avon inflatable dinghy, separately licensed, and a 8 hp Mercury outboard engine which mounts to the dinghy.


The Westsail 39 is not to be confused with the much more traditional Westsail 32 or 43 designs. This is a heavily built but moderate displacement performance cruiser. SA/displacement is approximately 16.7 and displacement/length is approximately 280. This hull shape has relatively low wetted surface with lead ballast low allowing a tall rig for exceptional sailing qualities. The previous owner reports sailing to 30 degrees of apparent wind, 6 knots of boat speed in 10 knots of breeze, and only 10-12 degrees of heel in heavier wind conditions.

She is very stiff and balances well. The Westsail 39's hull underbody and sailing characteristics are probably closer to the designer's Esprit 37 or Nordic 40 than his earlier Valiant 40 and Passport 40.

Of the 11 Westsail 39's built, "Annie" is one of the finest due to the original professional finish work by the manufacturer, as well as extensive upgrades by the current and former owners. This is a beautiful and roomy boat below decks, strong and efficient under the water, and safe and comfortable topsides. She is an attractively designed yacht fully capable of extended world cruising, as well as being an excellent liveaboard.

Location: Port Hadlock Marina, close to Port Townsend, Washington, U.S.A.

Price: $ 59,000

Contact: Charlie and Annie Karl for more information and additional pictures.

Phone: 360-385-0326, cell 360-531-2260

Email: anniekarl@outlook.com

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