32 Westsail 1975
w/Central Heat/Air, Roller Furling, 1988 Yanmar Diesel 3HM35
Lots of New Renovations and Additions by Current Owner
"Westsail boats are legendary for their solid construction, seaworthiness, seakindly motion, and resistance to osmotic blistering. With her numerous upgrades, Karen Faye has is safe, comfortable, and equally at home, whether sailing on a freshwater lake or cruising offshore. Since 1974, Westsail owners have been supported worldwide by Bud Taplin, the company’s first general manager. Bud continues today to provide parts, technical assistance and advice to owners through Westsail Parts Company at WestsailParts.com."
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Ann Koch 770-450-9796
Sid Hall 470-885-4825
Located on Beautiful Lake Lanier, NE of Atlanta GA
The chain locker, containing rodes for two anchors, is located in the forepeak. The original V-berth, constructed according to Westsail kit plans for this boat, provided voluminous storage below. However, it was cramped and difficult to climb into and out of. The current owners lowered the V-berth approximately 16 inches and installed new teak battens on the walls to make the area more spacious and inviting (3/14 – 7/14). Even lowered, storage area beneath is generous. The V-berth measures 8’ wide at its widest x 6’2” deep; the new cushion (installed 11/14) features 6” foam bonded to 2” of memory foam.
The head/wardrobe compartment is located aft of the V-berth, with an enclosed head, cabinet and sink to port and a hanging locker and a six-drawer wardrobe to starboard. A bulkhead separates this compartment from the main salon, which features facing port and starboard settees. The starboard settee pulls out to provide a generous single berth, while a drop-leaf dining table lowers from the bulkhead to port. Lockers and bookshelves are located outboard of and beneath these settees on both sides. The main salon originally included a pilot berth to starboard; however this was removed to provide additional storage.
The galley (details below) is located to port at rear of main cabin. The nav station, communications equipment, breaker panels, and a wet locker are opposite. The engine compartment occupies the aft portion of the boat below deck, containing the engine, fuel tank, batteries, engine heater, and portions of the HVAC system. The cockpit is located topside above the engine compartment. Finally, a lazarette, containing the HF antenna coupler and additional storage, is located astern topside.
Cabin headroom is 6’2” throughout. Cabin sole and joinery are of solid teak; overhead is cypress and naugahyde; cabin walls are teak and cypress. Due to the boat’s 11’ beam carried well forward and aft and displacement hull, there is plentiful storage everywhere. Not even a cubic inch of space is wasted.
Karen Faye is a 1975 Westsail 32 cutter-rigged sailboat with many upgrades and newer equipment. Built in Wilmington, NC, by Westsail Corporation as a kit boat in July, 1975, her interior was finished by Robert L. Yunaska, a Master Carpenter in Wilmington.
Originally christened as Halcyon and later (1988) as Vikara, she was re-christened in 2000 as Karen Faye. In 1992, she competed in the Norfolk (VA) – Bermuda - Tortola (BVI) Caribbean 1500. Karen Faye was purchased in Tortola by her current owners in September, 1999. She sailed to the Southeastern U.S. mainland on the millennial New Year’s Eve, 1999, and to Oriental, NC, in 2000. In 2010, Karen Faye was delivered (by truck) to Lake Lanier, GA, where she was re-commissioned. She has been continuously berthed on Lake Lanier since 2010.
Beginning with the founding of Westsail Corporation in 1972 until the company ceased production at its plants in both Costa Mesa, CA, and Wilmington, NC, in 1980, 794 Westsail 32 boats (#32 to #825) were produced. This boat, #437, was built in July, 1975, and is a well-maintained example of the Westsail 32. Since 1999, Karen Faye has undergone extensive upgrades to her engine, plumbing, electrical system, deck hardware, rigging, HVAC, and interior accommodations.
A special note: Currently, Karen Faye is free of all topside leaks which can be detected. In early 2019, her topsides were systematically inspected and painstakingly re-caulked, with particular attention to thru-deck hardware. In January, 2019, her brightwork was also revitalized with TeakGuard (non-abrasive, non-acidic) cleaner and three applications of TeakGuard finish. (The manufacturer guarantees this finish for one year; it can be re-applied easily as needed to renew or repair the exiting finish without removing the underlying finish. For details, refer to www.AllGuardProducts.com.)
Receipts for all parts and services incurred for this boat, dating from its purchase in September, 1999, have been retained by the current owners and are available for review.
The galley features a gimbaled three-burner Force 10 propane Gourmet Galley Range and large thermostatically-controlled oven, installed in 2000. (A cast aluminum propane tank is mounted on the caprail astern to port, and a panel-mounted gas regulator is located at the nav station.) A stainless sink with pressure hot and cold water, manual foot pump and canister filtration is located to left of range; storage under counter and in cabinets outboard of range. New laminated countertops were installed 11/14 - 4/15.
Original engine was replaced in 1988 with a new 35 hp Yanmar 3HM35 raw-water cooled three-cylinder diesel engine (#00678) and Aqua Meter instruments. A 38-gal (22 gauge s/s) fuel tank is located in engine compartment, port side. Currently (4/24/19), 1907.8 hours are on the engine clock. In 2004, with 1690 hours on the engine clock, the engine exhaust mixing elbow developed a pinhole leak due to corrosion, flooding the engine with salt water. The engine was removed (8/04) by Deaton Yacht Service in Oriental, NC, and was shipped to Mack Boring and Parts Co. (Yanmar dealer and rebuilding facility) in Wilmington, NC, for complete overhaul. Meanwhile, engine compartment was cleaned and repainted. Aluminum engine bed rails were installed, and engine stringers were replaced. Prop shaft, coupling and stern tube were replaced. Engine wiring was upgraded, and a Racor fuel filter/water separator was installed. The rebuilt engine (warranted by Mack Boring) was re-installed by Deaton’s in early 2005. In 6/05, Deaton’s installed a new Yanmar alternator, relocated the engine head temp sender and replaced temperature gauge to monitor temperature of exhaust water at 90-100F. The prop was removed, re-pitched by Bull Prop in Morehead City, NC, to Yanmar specs for optimal performance and engine life, and re-installed by Deaton’s. An upgraded ARG raw water strainer was installed 5/07.
Two 38-gallon, 22-gauge s/s fresh water tanks are located beneath cabin sole, and a Whale Gusher Mk III manual bilge pump in engine room, port side. A new Whale Tiptoe pump was installed in galley, 8/02. A Rule submersible electric bilge pump with automatic float switch was installed, 8/02. A pressure cold water system was installed in galley and head w/ March 893 centrifugal pump, 4/03. A Raritan PHE-II 12-volt electric toilet, Jabsco self-priming macerator pump and Y-valve were installed in head, 4/03. (Note: Macerator pump was disconnected and Y-valve was removed before Karen Faye was re-commissioned on Lake Lanier in 2010.) A 6-gallon pressure hot water system was Installed in the galley and head, and the existing holding tank and hoses were replaced with new hoses and a fiberglass 6-gallon tank, 11/14 – 4/15.