- 32 (ft.)
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This Westsail 32 is hull number 433, built in Wrightsville Beach Yard in 1975. It is a very customized model. More solidly built than her sisterships and having the advantages of extremely high-end woodworking and joinerwork, both in the interior and the exterior, and now, being expensively upgraded within the last year. (2012 -2013)
SPARROW is a very low mileage boat in excellent condition, located in Rhode Island. Sparrow is an exceptionally well-built boat and significantly better in most all points of detail than the factory completed boats. Original owner had completed the boat over a period of eight years; his credentials include: a degree in Ocean Engineering, and experience in Naval Architecture.
Boat was sold in 2012 having been stored indoors for most of its life. The boat was launched, sailed and significantly upgraded in 2012 - 2013 and is now back on the market due to a change in the current owner's plans. (In the water - 7 years; stored indoors - 31 yrs. )
Sparrow is an exceptionally low mileage cream puff, whose value is apparent; Westsail buffs will appreciate this unique boat. Approximately $50,000 was spent within the last year on important upgrades.. During the 2012- 2013 commissioning and use, the upgrades to this boat included a NEW Beta 38 diesel engine (approx. 35hrs.); NEW holding tank; NEW fuel tank; NEW cushions; NEW electronics; and many other expensive and advantageous enhancements, making this boat a very easy vessel to own & operate.
New Engine comes with extensive warranties.
PRICE REDUCTION: Good time to buy and take advantage of autumn deals.
- This Westsail 32 is hull number 433, built in Wrightsville Beach Yard in 1975. It is a very customized model. More solidly built than her sisterships and having the advantages of extremely high-end woodworking and joinerwork, both in the interior and the exterior, and now being expensively upgraded within the last year. (2012 -2013) SPARROW is a very low mileage boat in excellent condition, located in Rhode Island. Sparrow is an exceptionally well-built boat and significantly better in most all points of detail than the factory completed boats. Original owner had completed the boat over a period of eight years; his credentials include a degree in Ocean Engineering and experience in Naval Architecture. After cruising off the east coast in the early 80's, the boat was then stored in the fall until 1989. The boat sailed for several summers off Nantucket Island and was then again stored inside in 1995 until 2012. Boat was sold in 2012 having been stored indoors for most of its life. The boat was launched, sailed and significantly upgraded in 2012 - 2013 and is now back on the market due to a change in the current owner's plans. (In the water - 7 years; stored indoors - 31 yrs. ) Sparrow is an exceptionally low mileage cream puff, whose value is apparent; Westsail buffs will appreciate this unique boat. Approximately $50,000 was spent within the last year on important upgrades.. During the 2012- 2013 commissioning and use, the upgrades to this boat included a NEW Beta 38 diesel engine (approx. 35hrs.) - conveyed with full warranties; NEW holding tank; NEW fuel tank; NEW cushions; NEW electronics; and many other expensive and advantageous enhancements, making this boat a very easy vessel to own & operate.
- Below deck Sparrow has the standard Westsail 32 arrangement but is finished out in better detail. All the wood below is solid teak, or ribbon stripe mahogany or birch plywood. It is all varnished which makes for a brighter, dryer, and easier to clean interior. All exposed hull surfaces are lined with 3/8-inch thick teak tongue and groove planking, as are the cabin topsides. The sole also is solid varnished teak planking. All locker doors and drawer faces are 3/4-inch solid teak and the locker doors are louvered for aesthetics and ventilation. All cabinet hardware is solid brass. All bulkheads and furniture below are the ribbon stripe mahogany; the drawer interiors are 1/2-inch birch plywood, also varnished. Forward most is the anchor rope and chain locker. Sparrow is equipped with 300 ft of 3/8 inch galvanized chain, which of course is very heavy. However, a chain pipe was installed so that the majority of the chain can be fed back and stored low in the bilge at the base of the mast to keep the weight out of the bow. The chain however is still always ready to be let out in case of storm conditions. The V-berth can be configured in the V shape, or a filler board installed to convert the forward cabin into one very large "king" bed. This berth has brand NEW cushions installed in 2013. The forward hatch is just above for light and ventilation. The head is between the main and forward bulkheads, and is to port. To starboard is a hanging locker and drawers. In the doorways in both the main and forward bulkheads I installed very nice laminated teak arch topped doorframes similar to the Nautor Swan Yachts of the time. In the main cabin there is a U shaped dinette to port, also with a curved laminated teak rail. The dinette table is strongly mounted on a custom stainless steel pedestal and the tabletop is varnished birch with teak trim and an inlaid teak butterfly to symbolize new beginnings. Opposite to starboard are upper and lower sea berths. The upper berth has NEW cushions in 2013, and a high teak leeboard with handholds across the top. This strong rail makes for a good berth at sea and for a good storage area in port. Opposite to starboard is another hanging locker and large chart table with drawers below and a bookshelf above with a brass retaining rail to hold in the books. There are two large stereo speakers built in below, one forward between the V-berths, and one aft behind the engine room bulkhead. All the bronze portholes open for ventilation and have 1/2-inch thick heat-treated glass. Centered on the main salon is the opening butterfly skylight, which has Lexan "glass" and bronze bars.
- Aft is the galley to port with a propane Shipmate stainless steel stove mounted on reinforced gimbals. A unique feature of this stove is that it has a custom stainless steel stove pipe thru the deck which allows the oven to be used as an oven and/or a cabin heater with the propane fumes vented safely to the outside. Two aluminum propane tanks are mounted in the lazarette locker, which is vapor-tight from the rest of the boat. The s/s galley sink is extra deep for added utility. The icebox has the standard deep Westsail fiberglass box, but a vapor barrier was built in and extra foam insulation was injected to completely fill the area surrounding the icebox. A big block of ice will last a week. There are cabinets to hold provisions and galley utinsiles.
- Westsails are known for being strongly built boats having a solid hand laid fiberglass hull a half-inch thick at the rail and one-inch thick at the turn of the bilge. However, this boat was reinforced even more with a 55 gallon drum of resin and rolls of extra fiberglass mat and cloth. The main structural bulkheads are bonded to the hull with probably five times the factory spec of cloth and resin. It is cleanly done and tapered out for about eight inches to maximize strength and load distribution. The mast support beam on the main bulkhead, which carries the mast compression load to the keel, is heavier solid teak and braced solidly onto the keel. There is also a large deck beam just forward of the galley, which has two heavy teak posts to support the deck down to the hull. The bridge deck at the companionway entrance is supported by two heavy 3" wide plywood knees bolted to the deck and engine room bulkhead. All of the interior cabinetry is also bonded in with heavier and tapered mat & cloth to reinforce the hull over the entire length of the boat. The interior hull from waterline to rail is also insulated with 3/4 inch fire retardent foam, which is glued-in and sealed over with fiberglass mat.
- Statement about Construction, as written by the original builder: As you can see from the dockside photo, taken by Ona Vanderwall, a well known yachting photographer who gave me the print free because he said Sparrow was the sweetest boat in all of the Nantucket Boat Basin, I did a lot of work above decks to make Sparrow safer, more comfortable, and easier to sail. Sparrow's tiller has added bronze cheek plates where it fits to the rudder to avoid chafing the wood and to allow the tiller to be raised and kept at any comfortable position for steering standing or sitting. There is a custom, stronger, better looking s/s boomkin fitting to hold the main backstay and boomkin stays. Also note the custom running backstay chain plates next to the bronze hawse pipes. Sparrows boom gallows is also custom and much better than stock. The heavy painted aluminum pipes are thru bolted to the rail and the cast bronze gallows ends hold the very nice laminated arched and varnished teak gallows. Teak ratlines are hand lashed to the shrouds. The cockpit coamings are a unique feature. Along with the attached dodger they keep the cockpit a drier and cozier place. Integrated into the cockpit coamings are very strong welded half inch 6061 aluminum plate winch mounts bolted thru the bulwark, which has been solidly blocked in that area. This, along with the big Barient self tailing sheet winches, make points strong enough to help winch Sparrow off a sandbar. The entire mainsheet traveler and main hatch is of improved design and construction. The sliding hatch itself is much stronger but lighter than the factory hatch, which makes it much easier to open and close, and the integrated hatch turtle keeps the ocean from running under the forward edge of the hatch and into the boat. The dodger slides with a boltrope into the laminated curved dodger coaming to make a clean and watertight attachment. This is much better than attaching the dodger in the typical way with just a few cheap snaps. The coamings, traditional teak opening butterfly skylight, Dorade boxes, all varnished, and bronze ventilators are all major improvements over a factory boat. Note also the twelve large Rostand cast bronze opening portholes, which give light and ventilation below. Sparrow's stanchions are also all custom with attractive and functional cast top eyes. Their bases are wider and stronger than stock and thru bolted to the bulwark with marine plywood backing plates. Last but not least is the custom rubrail detail that the Builder installed on Sparrow. The typical factory boat has a pretty much non functional 3/4 inch teak "rubrail" and a cap rail that overhangs the bulwark so much that it is the first thing to hit a piling and break. On Sparrow the cap rail is trimmed back to a consistent 3/8" overhang and then edged with a piece of bronze quarter round to protect it. The rub rail itself on Sparrow is extra wide, composed of three laminated pieces of teak, tapered out at its ends. This rub rail is capped with a heavy piece of 1-1/4 inch bronze quarter round and actually protects the topsides and cap rail while docking the boat. It is very useful to be able to pivot and rub the boat on pilings while docking without the need of a fender and without the fear of damage. NEW Forespar Bow/Deck Lights ML - 2 12V 2012 NEW Spreader LIghts 2012
- A NEW Beta 38 diesel engine was installed in 2012, driving a three bladed feathering MaxProp. The installation included a new cutlass bearing and new shaft. Installation was overseen by Bud Taplan. Also installed was a new engine panel, new controls, new wiring and new muffler system with proper siphon break. The Beta 38 is the preferred engine of choice for the Westsail 32. The engine is a 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, propulsion engine developing 38 bhp at 3,600 rpm's. Matched with a Max-prop, the boat can power through the rougher situations. The twin s/s fuel tanks, each have their own independent Racor filters NEW three-way bronze fuel valve with tank returns were also installed, 2012. The starboard tank was REPLACED and the port tank was flushed and both are good to go. WARRANTY on the NEW engine installation includes: Main Engine Components 2 Years Parts and Labor, Three Years on Parts Gearbox/Transmission: 1 Year Parts and labor, Two years Parts Drive Member: One Year parts and labor Flexible Mounts: One part and labor Alternator (High Output): One year parts and labor, 2 year Parts Cooling system: 2 years parts and labor
- All thru hull fittings are Wilcox Crittenden best quality bronze, thru bolted to the hull, on marine plywood pads. Hoses are wire reinforced and stainless steel clamped. All thru-hulls were completely serviced in the summer of 2012. Galley and head sinks have dual faucets to supply water from the water tanks by foot pumps or under pressure from dockside. The twin water tanks are custom 316 stainless steel with large inspection ports for cleaning, and these tanks are very strongly secured on the centerline, in the bilge. The NEW Raritan head was installed in 2012. A NEW holding tank of 18 gallons was installed in 2013, with proper, highest rated sanitation hosing and "Y" diverter valve and 2 vents for proper ventilation.
- Sparrow has additional new wiring due to the installation of a new Beta 38 diesel. 2 NEW panels and the engine was installed complete with NEW alternator, engine control panel, exhaust, and NEW controls. All electric wiring is tinned copper for best corrosion resistance. NEW electrical panels & circuit breakers are proper marine type panels. There is NEW heavy-duty 12-volt starting battery with an isolator switch. Also (2) NEW 6V batteries and cables for house bank. There are 10 brass cabin lights mounted on the overhead for interior lighting. and an Aqua Signal tri-color masthead light, in addition to deck level running lights. Built-in stereo speakers installed.
- Electronics & Navigation
- Along with the extensive Upgrading in 2012 -13, the entire electronics package was replaced. In all reality, the only remaining items from the original boat are the two cockpit mounted Plath compasses and the brass clock & barometer. NEW Electronics include: Simrad NSS-12 Multifunction Display (12 inch) Simrad Broadband 4G Radar Kit RC42 Rate Compass NAIS-300L Class-B AIS with NMEA 2000 Interface GAM AIS Antenna Sirius marine Satellite Radio Antenna ICOM M424 VHF Radio Sirius Weather Module w/Antenna WM-2 CDA - 9886M Amplified AM/FM antenna Sirius Satellite Radio Plug and Play Interface Shaekeseapr Sirius Antenna Splitter Raymarine ST-60+ DEPTH Display 200 kHz 20 deree Tilt Transducer Blue Sea Breaker Panel, 8- Circuit breaker positions
- Mast, Rigging & Sails
- Standard LeFiell mast and boom in excellent condition. Previously painted with two part polyurethane paint. Stainless steel standing rigging and bronze turnbuckles. Running backstays with custom chainplates. Beaurifully custom crafted boom crutch is installed and creates an even safer feeling while in the cockpit. The mainsheet traveler, (not in the cockpit) which is the full width of the cabin top, allows control of the mainsail even while sailing off the wind. It has a custom welded stainless steel bridge to carry the heavy sheet loads, and has a Harken ball bearing traveler car. Mainsail sheet and traveler lines lead thru the coaming to Barient self-tailing winches under the dodger. Integrated into the cockpit coamings are very strong welded half inch 6061 aluminum plate winch mounts bolted thru the bulwark, which has been solidly blocked in that area. This along with the big Barient self-tailing sheet winches, make points strong enough to help winch Sparrow of a sandbar. The entire mainsheet traveler and main hatch is of improved design and construction. Thru bolted to the caprail are eight-foot lengths of bronze Merriman jib sheet tracks, which allow for great flexibility in spinnaker and headsail trim. Lots of miscellaneous lines, blocks, shackles, vangs etc. NEW Staysail eyebolt installed in 2012. New Stemfitting with brace in 2012. New W32 Bobstay 3/8" stainless ME/ME in 2012. New W32 Boomkin Stays ME/ME7/16 installed in 2012. Sails and Canvas: Mainsail, staysail, working jib, yankee jib, and never used storm jib and trysail. All sails are in good condition and have traditional bronze rings hand stitched to reinforce head tack and clew. All sails have heavy traditional bronze hanks. Custom canvas dodger with beautifully curved stainless steel dodger bows. Full coverage two piece awning, covering from headstay to backstay, to keep off the sun and the rain at anchor. Custom made by Glen Halsey Sailmaker in Annapolis, Maryland. These awnings are beautifully done with all roped edges, rope ridgeline and hand sewn bronze rings and thimbles. NEW 2013 Mainsail cover. Cover for the custom made boom crutch.
- Ground Tackle
- Sparrow has a Simpson Lawrence two speed Model 555 chain and rope windlass strongly mounted over the bowsprit onto heavy shaped mahogany side blocks. This attachment as with the primary sheet winches is strong enough to help pull Sparrow off a sand bar. The Sampson posts have bronze quarter round strips down each edge to prevent chafing. Two 45# CQR anchors. One with 300 feet of 3/8” galvanized BBB chain. This chain can be pulled thru a chainpipe to be stored in the bilge at the base of the mast to keep the weight low and amidships and out of the bow, however this chain is always connected to the anchor and is ready to feed out when needed. The second anchor rode has 20 feet of 3/8” galvanized BBB chain and 300 feet of one inch three strand nylon.
- This Westsail 32 is a unique vessel. It has been lovingly built, stored indoors for a majority of its total lifetime, recently upgraded to great expense ($50,000 in 2012 - 13) and now offered to some savvy, fortunate buyer. Westsail produced over 800 of these stout vessels; some built in-house and some as kits to be completed. SPARROW was overbuilt as a kit and one of the finest of them all.. Another noteable fact: Regarding speed and voyaging "In more recent years the Westsail 32 has turned its slow reputation upside down. In 1988 David King skippered his personally modified** Westsail 32 Saraband to a Trans-Pacific Cup victory, a remarkable feat given the light wind conditions that year. Additionally we hear reports of owners logging week-long consecutive runs of 140 to 160 mile days during trade-wind sailing. Record runs aside, most owners can expect to average around 110 miles per day in the trades". Current owner is offering this boat with all the Upgrades for approximately 50% of what he has invested into this boat. Considering the build quality, the condition, and the current upgrades, this is a true value. We welcome your inspections.
- The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
- Contact Alan Bernard, Cell: 954-415-3565 or Office numbers. Boat can be seen with little advanced notice. To see Luke Brown Yachts boats for sale and HOT DEALS . Click below. BOATS FOR SALE HOT DEALS!