Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tarwathie For Sale : UPDATE SOLD>

Reluctantly, we are offering Tarwathie for sale.  She's priced to sell at $25K, half the price of comparable W32s here in Florida.  Email me dickandlibbymills@gmail.com


Basic Specifications

More pictures HERE.

W32 1975 Factory finished boat
LOA 32'
LWL 27'-6”
Beam 11'-6”
Draft 5'
Diaplacement 20,000 lbs.
Fiberglass Hull
Ballast 7,000 lbs.
Sail Area 663 ft^2
Cutter Rig
Engine: Beta Marine 1308
HP: 37.5
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 gals
Water Tank Capacity: 75 gals


In 2005, I retired with the intention of cruising. My wife said that she would do it only if we had a boat safe enough to survive a hurricane Ivan. My research led me to the Westsail 32. I found 14 of them for sale on the east coast. We looked at all 14, but the instant we went aboard Tarwathie, we both knew “this is the one.” Tarwathie was (and is) in marvelous sail-away condition. The interior is light, bright and cheery. None of the other 13 W32s came close to Tarwathie's interior comfort.

We cruised full time on Tarwathie for 11 years, 2005-2016, doing about 60K nm in the USA East Coast, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, and 9 summers on Lake Champlain in Vermont. The previous owner cruised full time for 11 years, also doing 60K nm and raising two kids on board. That's equivalent to 4 circumnavigations. Tarwathie stands ready for a couple of more circumnavigations, but alas her crew (me and my wife) are not.
Tarwathie's adventures, including maintenance and boat projects, are documented in detail (2700 blog posts!) on dickandlibby.blogspot.com.


  • The Westsail 32 is the safest, most rugged, and one of the most famous sailboats in modern history. Hundreds of circumnavigations. Multiple winners of the Annapolis-Bermuda race and the SF-Hawaii Transpac Single Hnnded Race. Passers by often remark on her beauty and lines.
  • Supported by the active Westsail Owners Association (westsail.org) and new parts still available from Bud Taplin (westsail.com).
  • Blue water design: duoble-ended, fore/aft scuppers, small cockpit well, solid glass min 1” thick below water line, molded in full keel, skeg rudder, bulwarks, external chain plates.
  • Factory finish, with 6'-6” headroom. Wood headliner. Teak&Holly sole, Mahogany paneling with beautiful rubbed effect varnish finish. Ceiling and most surfaces pained white.
  • Rear facing navigator's table and bench in the place where most W32s have obsolete chart drawers. Unusual factory option.
  • Fold up table has three positions, up, down seats two without blocking passageway, down seats four. Goes up and down in seconds. Much superior to other Westsail table/seating options.
  • Settees port and starboard, can seat 8, or allow 2 people to lay back and lounge in the main salon. Many other W232s require the V-berth for 2 people to lay down and relax.
  • Two 2' square lexan hatches, one in the main salon and one in the V-Berth. Lots of light.
  • 205 watts of solar panels, adequate for all electrical use when at anchor 29-days out of 30.


  • Fiberglass deck. All non-skid areas refinished in 2013 with a unique gelcoat-epoxy-netting surface.
  • Hull insulation.
  • Teak handrails
  • 10 opening ports
  • Forward hatch with solar exhaust fan
  • Midship hatch
  • Deck box before the mast.
  • Teak chocks to hold the dinghy under the boom.
  • Teak chocks to hold 4 water/fuel jugs.
  • 2 dorade boxes and vents
  • Genoa tracks for staysail instead of staysail boom.
  • Quick disconnect staysail stay.
  • SS and teak boom gallows
  • Stern Lazarette, sealed and drained for propane storage
  • Two 20 pound propane tanks
  • 2x Lewmar #44 two-speed self tailing sheet winches
  • 2x Lewmar #30 two-speed self tailing sheet winches
  • 1x Lewmar #30 two-speed self tailing reefing winch
  • 2x Lewmar #??? two-speed self tailing halyard winches
  • 1x Brass halyard winch
  • New tiller 2015
  • Some lifelines replacd with Dyneema.
  • Boom Gallows
  • Cockpit Floor liftable for engine access.
  • Custom Fitted Canvas Shade Tarps, one forward, one aft.
  • 3 winch handles
  • Bomar Aluminum Hatch in cockpit floor for visual inspecttion
  • 2x 1 cubic meter lazarette storage bins under bench (unique to Tarwathie)
  • Furlex Roller Furler
  • Custom fit cockpit cushions, with washable covers.
  • Running Backstays
  • Bimini
  • Full width dodger
  • Radar Reflector
  • Fenders
  • Fender-step for boarding.
  • Spreader Lights
  • Separate mast tracks for mainsail and trysail
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Masthead: VHF, Static dissipator, auto anchor light, (inop) wind speed & direction
  • 50 watt solar panel mounted in stern.
  • 2x80 watt solar panels stowed under the dinghy, with quick-connect plugs, to be brought out when in harbor

Ground Tackle

  • Primary 35# CQR with 225' of 5/16 chain.
  • Secondary 25# Danforth with 50' 5/15 chain and 225' of 5/8 nylon rode
  • Storm anchor 80# Luke, comes apart in three pieces and stows in the lazarette.
  • Manual windlass, copy of the Sea Tiger but 100% bronze, avoids steel-aluminum contact.


  • Two burner Princess Stove, new 2012. Gimballed.
  • Seat Belt & Safety Bar.
  • Deep SS sink, with fresh water foot pump, drain foot pump, salt water hand pump.
  • Refrigeration, 12v Cool Blue, energy efficient. Spacious fridge and freezer sections.


  • Sink w foot pump, drains to toilet
  • New Toilet 2015
  • Shower Pan


  • Bottom paint one year old
  • Hull above water line brand new paint 2016
  • Brand new line cutter on prop shaft
  • Dyna plate system ground
  • Dyna plate lightning ground

Ditch Kit

  • ACR EPIRB, serviced 2014.
  • Battery powered GPS
  • Battery powered VHF
  • Survival gear
  • Flares


  • ICOM 710 SSB
  • Antenna tuner, backstay antenna
  • Pactor Modem
  • VHF with AIS
  • Lowrance GPS Chart Plotter
  • VHF Remote mic with AIS screen
  • ICOM hand held VHF
  • AM/FM radio w remote
  • Tiller master autopilot
  • Depth Sounder
  • Speed/log
  • Link 10 Battery Monitor
  • Hand held depth/temp
  • LPG remote switch


  • Monitor Self Steering
  • Tiller Master self steering
  • Hand Bearing Compass
  • Chart books, Skipper Bob, and cruising guides for USA east and Bahamas.
  • Westsail Owners Manual
  • 5” compass lit
  • Horns, compressed air and manual
  • Old smartphone with Navionics Chart Plotter back up (does not need cell signal)
  • Davis Sextant & Celestial Navigation Books
  • Chapman's Piloting Book

Engine Room

  • Beta Marine 1308, 37.5 HP, 2009
  • Fuel Sight Gauges
  • Blower
  • Shore Power Charger
  • 40A Solar Charge Controller
  • 2 group 31 batteries
  • 2x 20 gallon wing tanks, 40 gallon diesel capacity.
  • Automatic Halon Fire Extinguisher.
  • Shunt for Battery Monitor


  • Folding table
  • Navigators table & bench
  • Two setees allow 2 people to lounge in the salon
  • Fully Gimbaled Oil Lamps
  • Weather Station
  • Pilot berth pulls out to make a double bed.
  • Wet Locker
  • Hanging Locker
  • 5 drawers
  • Original manuals for almost all equipment
  • Extensive spare parts inventory, and critical tools.
  • Rechargeable spot light
  • Removable washable cushion covers
  • Removable companionway ladder, and access to engine compartment.
  • Propane Cabin Heater with chimney

V Berth

    Generous room removable cushion covers Solar Ventilator Fan
  • 15 gallon neoprene bladder holding tank, no smells ever.
  • Chain lockers in forepeak, and under berth.
  • 4 Drawers and 3 lockers


  • Engine hours log
  • Wind speed & Direction
  • Outboard not used past 4 years.
  • Brand new throttle/shifter not installed
  • Washdown pump not connected
  • Brand new Windex not installed


  • 8' Fatty Knees hard dinghy. Excellent for rowing.
  • 7.5 foot oars
  • Dink anchor and rode
  • 2.5 HP Yamaha outboard, new 2013, <100 hours.="" p="">


  • Mainsail& battens
  • Yankee Jib
  • Stay Sail
  • Storm jib
  • Storm trysail


  1. Dick and Libby,

    What a bittersweet moment, when you decide to sell. I will miss thinking you and Tarwathie might tie up at my pier once again. May you both enjoy the freedom and have a great time exploring on solid ground. Hope we can visit as you head north.

  2. When we found your blog the two of you were about 2 years into cruising Tarwathie and I had to start reading it from the beginning. It was a great inspiration to us. You lived a life that many can only dream of, the memories will always be with you to share and reflect on. I wish the two of you many more years of discoveries, adventures and happiness together.

  3. You both have been an absolute inspiration and thanks for the 2700 glimpses into your life. I will always remember you. One door closes, and another one opens. Best wishes. Peter

  4. Dick,
    The first replier, Ken, said exactly what I was thinking as I read your post. What a bittersweet moment this must be for the both of you. For about the last month, each morning as I cross the Dunn Memorial bridge on the way to work I've been looking out over the Hudson, hoping to see you tied up somewhere on your way to Champlain that I might come knock on your companionway and say hello. Reading your blog I have vicariously enjoyed your cruising adventures almost as much as you have living them. Thank you for sharing. My best to you and Libby as you transition to a new phase in your lives.


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