Friday, February 24, 2023

 Boat is now sold and this blog is now locked. Thanks for visiting

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Selling my boat

With a truly heavy heart I have decided to sell Onapua. It was a long time coming but the right thing to do. I have had such a good time with her over the past 10 years, but now I want to pass the joy onto someone else.

Here are the details.

Westsail 32  #  Onapua

1974 Factory Finished Boat 

Hull # WSSF02030774

Coast guard and Florida State Registration # DO617660

LOA 32'

LWL 27'- 6"

Beam 11'- 0"

Draft 5'- 0"

Displacement 20,000 lbs.

Ballast 7,000 lbs.

Sail Area: 663 Sq. Ft.

Engine: Yanmar 

Engine: 38 HP

Fuel Tank Capacity: 76 gallons

Water Tank Capacity: 76 gallons


The factory finished boat was built in Wrightsville Beach in 1974 and circumnavigated shortly afterwards.

I purchased Onapua in 2013 and since then have sailed up and down the east coast as far north as Bar Harbor and as far south as the Dry Tortugas, 

then down to the Carribean as far as Barbados and out to Burmuda and now in the middle of the Great Loop. 

--With regular maintenance, Onapua is a bullet-proof and comfortable boat in all seaways.--

Deck & Hull:

Heavily-constructed fiberglass hull. Stainless steel boomkin and monitor windvane


3-burner gimballed propane stove with oven, refrigeration.


Yanmar 3JH2E 38 HP diesel with 2600 hours. Two fuel tanks hold a total of 70 gallons

Plumbing: manual head with 15 gallon holding tank Foot pumps for galley & head sinks. (2) 40 gallon water tanks end to end under salon floor. 

Bilge pumps include (1) heavy duty submersible & (1) diaphragm electric pump, plus Gusher 10 manual located in cockpit.

Electrical: 120 volt and 12 volt system

LED lighting.


VHS with AIS receiver, AIS Vesper Marine transponder send and receive, handheld VHF, depth-sounder, radio with bluetooth, Raymarine Autopilot, 110-volt AC wired throughout. Second VHF antenna on stern.

Mast and Rigging:

Cutter rig with 2014 New standing and running rigging, self-tailing winches for genoa sheets


3 year old Kern Heavy-gauge mainsail with two traditional reefs, Hank-on Genoa, Lightweight Nylon Drifter, Staysail, storm tri-sail.

Ground tackle:

45 pound Manson Supreme, with 275 feet of chain, and 35-pound CQR and chain with 200 plus feet of rode. Manual windlass.


Hypalon Achilles LEX-88 8’8”  Dinghy with 5hp 2 stroke Tohatsu

Halon fire extinguishing system

Two 135 watt Solar-panel-powered battery charging.

Numerous fenders, dock lines, life jackets, and a huge trove of stainless hardware & spares

Location: HarbourTown Marina, Marinette, Wisconsin 

Price: $25,000

Contact Peter at NineOhFore Area code FiveTooEight NineWonEightWon

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Winter Cover 3 of 3


Today I finished off my winter cover by extending the reinforced plastic back to the stern of the boat. One of the problems that shrink wrapped boats have is with mold so I left a gap in the cockpit and the stem of the boat so that there would be good airflow through the boat. Fresh on my mind was having to clean my new bimini from the trash left by a dove's nest so I filled these gaps with bird netting.

Hopefully the gales of November will treat her kindly.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Winter cover 2 of 3

 I'm still working on my winter cover and today I managed to get the reinforced plastic over the front half of the boat.

Again lots of details here including going around the mast.

If you look closely at the lhs of the next photo, you will see the forward lower stay poking through the plastic. I reinforced the plastic with tape before cutting a hole in it and undoing the stay to send it through the hole. It's sounds complicated but it's easy to do in practice.

Next I plan on running the plastic from the stern of the boat all the way forward to the bow. When I get to the mast I will split the plastic so I will have 2 layers of plastic sheeting forward of the mast.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Winter Cover 1 of 3

Up to this year, I have balked at spending several thousand dollars on inside storage or for shrink wrap instead choosing tarpaulins to keep the snow off the boat.  This year however, I am trying a new tack, using reinforced plastic that is used in the construction industry to protect workers on scaffolding.

I got 20x50 feet for $60. 

So I had to build a frame. I used 30 PVC conduit pipes (schedule 40) that comes in 10 foot lengths for $5 each. I then attached them to a wooden strip along the bulwarks. 

BTW, the photo shows the red bottom paint that I applied last week.

You can see the attachment in better detail here.

Also I haven't shown a photo with the new topside paint, so here it is.

I am slowly getting around to making her shipshape again. I did try to start the engine today without any joy. The batteries are not cooperating. I did do a little bit of trouble shooting and found that the batteries are okay so it appears that a have a connection problem on the starboard side. My diesel looks black inside my racor filter too so that is another issue to deal with. Never a full moment when it comes to boats.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Eating out

 Yes, yes, I know, the coronavirus, but there are a couple of places here that are worth a visit just to sample the local fare.

Pasties are very popular in the UP and here they even have one with a drive through.

I must say that the vegetarian one was very tasty.

They also have a hamburger joint here called Micky Lu that is so famous that the vice president stopped by here last year for a bite to eat.

They have an open fire pit and the wait staff like to chat while you are waiting for your order.

They have a couple of old time jukeboxes that I remember as a kid.


 The conditions up here in the Upper Peninsula are ideal for painting so I have been taking advantage of it. 

The last bottom job I did was a few years ago so I got my monies worth from the micron 66 that I used. This time however I used VC17 which is popular with the locals and has less copper in it to keep away a mild slime that can develop up here in the fresh water.

I am also painting my topsides and after I applied the first coat I didn't like the color so I am redoing it.