Let’s not joke around, our claim to fame is the boat! S/V Small World is Westsail 42 hull #1. The very first W42 ever made! Built in 1974 in Costa Mesa, California, her hull was constructed out of thick fiberglass. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the wonderful So Cal, hippie boatwrights that built her to be a beast! She’s lived a good life ever since she splashed into the great blue sea, and we are honored and humbled to be at the helm of this great boat.
Krystle and I bought Small World in April of 2013 from a couple that had completed a major re-fit of the boat in Florida and then cruised down to the Caribbean. It’s to Todd and Gayle that we owe the credit for the beautiful sky blue hull and the sentiment behind the name of the ship.
“We do truly live on a very small planet where cooperation, compassion and conscientiousness are all part of what may help make this small world a better place.”-Todd Duff
As a side note, we highly recommend buying a boat from an established marine writer. It’s an awesome experience to be perusing the magazine rack while bored in the airport, pick up a copy of Cruising World, and audibly gasp, “holy shit, that’s my boat!” when you land on a story written by the previous owner. (Who doubts the old girl’s fame now?!)
For all you nerdy types boat owner’s out there that are reading this here are some specs on our W42:
|Builder: Westsail Corporation||Designer: W.I.B. Crealock||Year: 1974||Hull #: 1|
|LOA: 42’11” (+bowsprit & davits)||LWL: 33’4”||Beam: 13’0”||Draft: 5” 11”|
|Gross weight: 32,000 lbs||Ballast: 11,000 lbs|
|Engine: Perkins 4.236||HP: 85|
|Diesel: 150 gallons||Water: 150 gallons||Holding: 35 gallons|
|Rig: Ketch||Sail area: 1097 sq. ft.||Clearance: 59’|
4 thoughts on “All About Small World”
Beautiful boat! Mine’s a double ender as well with a thick hull. They’re the best!
Thanks, Rachel! It’s certainly nice to know that the hull is going to take care of us, isn’t it?!
It was a please meeting you both today in Newport Beach at the American Legion – Post 291 dock. As I indicated, I was working at Westsail when they pulled your hull #1 from the mold. Your sailboat was build by a great group of young, enthusiastic, dedicated shipwrights. I too enjoy building Westsail sailboat but soon left to continued my studies a UC Irvine.
Enjoy your many adventures aboard Small World.
Thank you so much for saying hello the other day on the dock, Chris! It was a cool feeling to putter into Newport Harbor knowing this was where it all began for our beloved Westsail. Our adventures are tied to you and all the folks that helped build Small World. Hope you enjoy following along!