Thursday, October 20, 2011

Too Good To Be True?

Carolina Beach State Park
34 03.03 N 077 55.14 W

Last year, one of our friends sold their W32 for $70,000.   It was a very nice boat, but in our (unbiased) opinion, not as nice as Tarwathie.  Today, I got word of another nice W32 that sounds very good but for only $4,000.  There must be a reason, but I admit to being puzzled.  The details follow.

Note I have no interest in that boat, or the broker, nor do I recommend anything. I'm posting it because it is curious. From here.


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  • Year: 1977
  • Current Price: US$ 54,000
  • Located in Deltaville, VA
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 6944-2287099

Other photos: Westsail 32 - SalonWestsail 32 - GalleyWestsail 32 - Custome galley storageWestsail 32 - Chart TableWestsail 32 - QuarterberthWestsail 32 - Salon, starboardWestsail 32 - Salon, portWestsail 32 - Port Bulkhead in SalonWestsail 32 - Pullman berthWestsail 32 - HeadWestsail 32 - Storage in forepeakWestsail 32 - Looking aftWestsail 32 - EngineWestsail 32 - Deck LayoutWestsail 32 - Cockpit with awnings overWestsail 32 - Deck from bowspritWestsail 32 - Granny bars & staysail track,Westsail 32 - Stern platform w/ equipmentWestsail 32 - On the hard, stern view

"Reliant" has had two owners. The first owner bought the boat as a hull, deck and bulkheads (#694) and crafted the interior. He was a master woodworker and used the highest quality materials, including Atkins and Hoyle bronze hatches. He fabricated every door, drawer & trim piece out of a variety of woods such as Canadian White Pine, Ebony, Teak, Black Walnut & Goncales Alves for the cabin sole. He even fabricated some of the hinges. The interior bulkheads are finished in white which makes the boat light down below and offsets the beautiful wood of the cabinet doors, headliner and cabin soles. This makes a nice change from the dark wood look that characterises many Westsail interiors. The boat has travelled down the East Coast of the USA to the Bahamas, but has spent most of her life in the fresh water of the Great Lakes. The current owners acquired the boat in 2000. They have continued to upgrade ‘Reliant’, installing more modern electronics, replacing the stove, head & cushion covers as well as purchasing North tanbark sails, installing a Cape Horn wind vane and installing a new Yanmar engine in 2004 (currently showing 601 hrs). They built a removable cockpit floor to give easy access to the engine compartment – what a bonus! The systems are simple and the boat is in superb condition, no expense has been spared to keep her looking good. She is ready to go South or just to go sailing. If you are looking for a classic Westsail 32 in Bristol condition, come and take a look at Reliant: she is gorgeous.The owner is a motivated seller because he believes the right place for aboat is on the water, being used, and he currently does not have the time to use "Reliant".

Hi, I am Jonathan Hutchings, the listing broker for this yacht. I am a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and take pride in listing quality yachts. I inspect all the boats I list, where possible take all the photos and represent the boats as accurately as possible. I am an experienced cruiser and racer who has crossed the Atlantic several times and who understands boat buyer's needs. Feel free to call me at any time to discuss this listing. I look forward to hearing from you. Call my cell (804)436 4484.

Jonathan Hutchings (CPYB) 
Annapolis Yacht Sales South in Deltaville, VA
(804) 776 7575 
(804) 436 4484


  1. thanks, Dick - I was hoping this would stay under the radar until I was able to get it!
    (smiley faced emoticon here)


  2. That has got to be a typo. Unless it sank at the dock the day before! I'll bet someone just missed the "5" part. Ken

  3. Don in Deltaville said that he saw Reliance in the boatyard. The sign on the boat said For Sale $59,000. That sounds more believable.

    Could someone sue the broker to make him stand behind the $4,000 advertised price?? I heard of a CT car dealer who offered cars for 100 bananas and who was forced by a courte to honor it.

  4. I looked her up on and she shows still for sale with a price reduction to 54K. My wife lusted after her. She is missing our Westsail more than me. Someone got a really good deal. Ken


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