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1976 Westsail Double-Headsail Ketch

Brooklin, Maine

$128,500

The Westail 43, a William Crealock design, is known the world over to be a solid, well built and comfortable blue water cruiser.

Solstice has been professionally maintained. She sails well, is both fast and seakindly. Her heavy construction meets the roughest wind and sea conditions with grace and ease. Her extensive teak woodwork is warm and inviting. She has been fitted out to take her new owners safely and comfortably to the far corners of the globe.

Solstice is equipped for cruising: Monitor self-steering windvane, Perkins 85 hp engine with hydraulic drive, Luke feathering propeller, relatively new Espar cabin heater for keeping dry and warm in northern latitudes, excellent refrigeration in a carefully insulated icebox. A split rig allows her to carry a lot of canvas with relative ease, and provides many combinations for matching sail plan to wind and sea. Rainwater collection, if desired, is made easy because drainage is directed to wells port and starboard before going overboard. Stanchion are bolted into the protective bulwarks, avoiding the deck leaks that sometimes result from through deck bolting.

Coastal cruising is wonderful in Solstice. The incredibly spacious cabin with its full galley has been a welcoming gathering spot for cruising friends to share meals and stories, as well as a place to hole up for a few days without feeling confined when the weather is not on your side. The central heating allows one to sail on those clear and crisp fall days, extending the cruising season when most boats are being laid up for winter.

The owner is a transatlantic sailor and understands the importance of a well-founded vessel with a comfortable motion.

Solstice’s refined and dignified lines frequently inspire admiration from fellow sailors, a testament designer Bill Crealock’s gifted eye. She is a solid, safe and reliable sailing vessel in which the serious sailor can have full confidence.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: SOLSTICE
Make: Westsail
Model: Double-Headsail Ketch
Year: 1976
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: William Crealock
Construction: Fiberglass

Dimensions

Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 42'9 ft
Waterline Length: 33'4 ft
Beam: 13 ft
Max Draft: 5'8 ft
Displacement: 31,500 lb
Ballast: 11,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Perkins
  • Model: 4-236
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 85hp

Other

Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Ketch

Contact

Annie Gray
Gray & Gray Yacht Brokers, Inc.

Office

Gray & Gray Yachts
36 York Street
York, Maine, US, 03909
Tel:207-363-7997


VESSEL DETAILS

Deck and Hull:

Hull: immaculate; newly faired and finished professionally with Awlcraft Ocean Blue (by Brooklin Boatyard, 2019)

Teak deck in excellent condition, having been entirely replaced

Deck fills for water, fuel, waste fill and pumpout

Forward-looking Douglas fir bench for 2 beside mast

Bimini with separate connector to dodger (we removed/stored frame; fabric condition unknown)

Dodger: new in 2020

 

Propulsion:

Engine: Perkins 4-236 HP: 85 Fuel: diesel Hours: 1715

Transmission: Sunstrand 21 hydraulic

Propeller: Luke Feathering 3 blade prop, 22” x 16”, bronze

Shaft: 1-1/4”

 

Tankage:

Fuel: 100 gallons

Water: 300 gallons

Holding: 20 gallons

Heater diesel tank: 25 gallons

 

Electrical system:

Total battery capacity: 950 amp hrs, broken down as follows

House battery bank A: 380 amp hrs

House battery bank B: 380 amp hrs

Starter battery: 190 amp hrs

Battery charger: true charge 20+ amp multi-staged battery charger

Battery monitor: Link 10

Alternator: high capacity

Shore power connection: 30 amp, 50’ long chord

Inverter (AC>DC): high wattage for power tools

Wiring for solar panels is aft of mast, port side

 

Plumbing:

Pressurized hot and cold: galley, head sink and shower, cockpit shower

S/S Hot water tank, Atlantic, with engine heat exchanger and shore power coils

 

Interior:

The spacious interior layout is the standard layout offered by Westsail. The companionway entrance is on the port side from the aft cockpit. Headroom below allows a comfortable standing height of 6’-3”. The cabin has abundant natural light from traditional deck lenses, bronze portlights, and numerous overhead screened hatches. Natural ventilation is excellent and supplemented by well-placed and compact electric fans and dorades. All cushions and mattresses were re-upholstered in 2017. Storage is abundant and easy to access.

There is a single quarter berth to port at the foot of  the companionway stairs, with a locker ahead of it. The master stateroom is to starboard, with doors  to close it off. It has hanging lockers, a mirror cabinet and dresser drawers, as well as both a screened portlight and a screened hatch protected by the dodger. A U-shaped galley is to  port, with a double sink and icebox/freezer powered by a silent and very efficient new Sea Frost unit, which replaces the original engine-driven unit.

A large U shaped dinette is forward of the galley, with a sturdy dinette table with drop leaves. A settee is on the starboard side opposite the dinette, with bookcases hullside behind. A sit-down navigation desk is  on the starboard side opposite the galley.

In the passageway, forward of the main salon is a head compartment to port. Lockers are to starboard. The forward cabin has a large V berth with filler. Storage  lockers are beneath and shelves and cabinets above. There is a divided rope and chain locker in the bow. The engine room is under the  cockpit floor, with access under the companionway stairs, and also through a removable cabinet in  the master stateroom.  

All of the interior joinery is solidly constructed, properly bonded to the hull, and built of mahogany plywood, with teak wood corner posts and trim. The cabinet doors are teak paneled. The drawers  all have solid teak faces, with notches to prevent them from sliding out while sailing. The counter  tops are covered with an off-white formica and trimmed with teak sea rails. The  cabin sole is of teak boards, with ash contrast filler strips, over a plywood subfloor. Easy to open access hatches are located in the cabin sole for access to the bilges. The headliner is ash tongue and V-groove paneling.

 

Sleeping Accommodations:

Double: vee berth with hatch, 2 portlights, reading lights, fans

Double: starboard long seat

Double: aft cabin, 2 portlights, hatch, fan, reading light, mirror, table, storage

Single: port quarter berth

All beds comfortable for tall sleepers (smallest is > 6’-3” )

 

Ventilation:

Portlights: 13 heavy bronze, opening, and screened

Hatches: 2 large in galley and salon, 2 medium in vee and aft berths, 1 small in head

 

Galley:

Cooking: Force 10, 3 burner stove, gimballed, with pot restrainers; oven suitable for bread-baking

Refrigeration: large, well-insulated ice box and freezer space with custom teak shelves

Sea Frost BDXP electric cooling unit (virtually silent) with water pre-cool option

Thermostat: ETT SC

 

Navigation equipment:

Windvane: Monitor, stainless steel, mounted on stern

Autopilot: Autohelm ST 4000, wheel mounted

Knotmeter: Standard SL50 with log

Depthfinder: Raymarine with repeater

Compass: Danforth 5” on steering pedestal

Radar: Koden LCD, MDL-7 (needs new cable)

Helm: Yacht Specialities 32” wheel, covered with Elkhide

VHF radio: Icom IC-M402 with repeater

Single sideband radio: Icom M700 Pro SSB

Antenna tuner: Icom, automatic

 

Safety Equipment:

Lifelines in excellent condition, replaced in 2015

Boarding gate on port and starboard

Lifesling: mount on stern rail; recently replaced with new

Man-over-board flag

Life raft: Avon 8 person (certification expired)

Seacocks are double clamped

Tapered wood bungs for emergency seacock closure

Bilge pump: 2 electrics on automatic float switch with override + 1 high capacity electric with float positioned higher + manual bilge pump in cockpit

 

Mooring and anchoring:

Anchor windlass: Lofrans Tigress, electric

Anchors: 66# claw with 150’ chain

60# CQR with 15’ chain + 150’ rode

37# Fortress aluminum anchor, SX-55 with 15’ chain + 180’ rode

Fenders and docklines

Ladder: stainless steel, full-length folding swim ladder mounted on starboard rail

 

Sails and Rigging: Ketch rig: 1081 sq. ft. sail area

Roller furling on genoa: Profurl NC42

Roller fulring on staysail: Profurl NC31 (temporarily removed to allow parking of inner forestay)

Genoa: Tasker 130%

Staysail: Bayview Rigging

Mainsail: Tasker 902 dacron with full upper battens (needs replacement)

Mizzen: Tasker

Standing rigging: 316 ss wire

Masts: aluminum, deck stepped, awlgrip finish

Whisker/spinnaker pole: telescoping

 

COMMENTS: The Westail 43, a William Crealock design, is known the world over to be a solid, well built and comfortable blue water cruiser.

Solstice has been professionally maintained. She sails well, is both fast and seakindly. Her heavy construction meets the roughest wind and sea conditions with grace and ease. Her extensive teak woodwork is warm and inviting. She has been fitted out to take her new owners safely and comfortably to the far corners of the globe.

Solstice is equipped for cruising: Monitor self-steering windvane, Perkins 85 hp engine with hydraulic drive, Luke feathering propeller, relatively new Espar cabin heater for keeping dry and warm in northern latitudes, excellent refrigeration in a carefully insulated icebox. A split rig allows her to carry a lot of canvas with relative ease, and provides many combinations for matching sail plan to wind and sea. Rainwater collection, if desired, is made easy because drainage is directed to wells port and starboard before going overboard. Stanchion are bolted into the protective bulwarks, avoiding the deck leaks that sometimes result from through deck bolting.

Coastal cruising is wonderful in Solstice. The incredibly spacious cabin with its full galley has been a welcoming gathering spot for cruising friends to share meals and stories, as well as a place to hole up for a few days without feeling confined when the weather is not on your side. The central heating allows one to sail on those clear and crisp fall days, extending the cruising season when most boats are being laid up for winter.

The owner is a transatlantic sailor and understands the importance of a well-founded vessel with a comfortable motion.

Solstice’s refined and dignified lines frequently inspire admiration from fellow sailors, a testament designer Bill Crealock’s gifted eye. She is a solid, safe and reliable sailing vessel in which the serious sailor can have full confidence.

 

 

Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice. 

 

Mechanical Disclaimer: Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meter. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise, and major overhauls as well as ALL other representations noted on the listing.

 

DISCLAIMER TO BOARD VESSEL: In the event the Buyer boards the vessel either on land or in the water without a broker or owner, the Buyer(s) agrees and understands he boards at his sole risk and liability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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