All About Small World

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.

Hippies on SW

Small World on her maiden voyage.

W42 First Cruise

For real, this is our boat in 1974!

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?!)

Crusing World 09/2014

Hey! That deck looks familiar!

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’

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Our beautiful blue Westsail 42!

Our beautiful blue Westsail 42!


Westsail 42 Interior

Westsail 42 Interior

4 thoughts on “All About Small World

  1. 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.


    1. 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!


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