Using lines that literally came from the wooden boats of the 1800’s, the Westsail 32 was designed and built as a small sailboat that could safely circumnavigate the world. A boat that could meet any weather that might be encountered and survive. The success of the Westsail was inspiring to a few designers who succeeded in resurrecting the ‘double ender’ lines in other modern vessels.
The Westsail 32 was as much a movement as it was a sailboat. In the early 70’s, the dream of long distance cruising unfettered by rising oil prices, brought this vessel from concept to success. Due to the massively overbuilt construction, many Westsail 32’s survive today and are sought after by people who still share the dream that launched the original design in the late 60’s.
There are a variety of models that are similar to the Westsail 32.
- Southern Cross 31
- Kendell 32
- Dreadnought 32
- Tahiti Ketch
As many vessels were sold in in complete ‘kit’ form, the engine type and size can vary widely. Anywhere from 25 to 40 hp has been used. Volvo and Perkins were common.
The Beta 38 is the preferred engine replacement for the Westsail 32 . It produces all the power required for excellent motoring. The aperture prevents more than a 16” diameter propeller from being used. The lower gear reduction and a prop with a bit more pitch than usual works very well. With plenty of room in the engine compartment, the Beta 38 is easy to access and maintain.
Things to Know
- Beta has special rear mounts available.
- Use a low gear reduction for best results.
- 38 hp is the maximum power that can be efficiently used in this vessel.
The Westsail 32 is a common boat repowered with Beta Marine diesel engines. We have experience with engine replacement on the Westail 32 and we have pictures, drawings and measurements for reference as well. Contact us to discuss your boat in more detail, or add to our forum discussion on this specific boat model through the link below.