Our Westsail 32 is hull number #565 and was first launched in April 1976. It was bought by Tom Barrett, a Lt. Col. in the United States Air Force assigned to the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The boat was kept at Newport Beach, CA and sailed by Tom and his family as well as being used as a demonstration boat for the Westsail line. The original name was ‘Wants-N-Tides’ to match the name of a poem published by Tom. Upon retirement in 1980, Tom moved to the Kwajalein Republic of Marshall Islands and brought the boat with him. Tom has graciously provided some photos of the original launch and time spent sailing in Newport and the Kwajalein Atoll.

Launch of Wants-N-Tides

Launch Day April 1976


Brand new teak!

Sailing Newport Beach, CA - July 1976

Sailing in Newport Beach, CA – July 1976


Sailing Newport Beach, CA – July 1976


Sailing Newport Beach, CA – July 1976

In the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) 1983.

In the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) 1983.

Tom and Lynn's kids

Tom and Lynn’s kids having fun!

In the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) 1983.

In the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) 1983.


In the late 80’s the boat was sold to Steve and Bettye Hill, who completely re-fitted the boat. After four years the boat was reborn in 1993 as ‘Makroro’ (Kwajaleinese for ‘fair winds’), and in 1996 the Hills set out for Australia. Shortly after arriving down under, the boat was sold and the Hills moved back to the States to spend time with their family.

More to come…

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3 thoughts on “History

  1. A few more interesting facts.

    Sailing Locations were 1976 – 1978 Newport Beach CA, 1978 – 1980 Gig Harbor Washington State, 1980 – 1989 Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

    I replaced the main hatch and forepeak hatch while in the Marshall Islands. Both original hatches were saved and are currently stored in our garage. My intention was (is) to make them into coffee tables for each of our children.

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