Basic Boat Info
Engines / Speed
- Make: Yanmar
- Model: 3HM35
- Fuel: Diesel
- Engine Power: 35hp
- Type: Inboard
- Year: 1988
- Engine Location: Center
3017 McEver Road
Buford, Georgia, US, 30518
"Karen Fay" is an exceptionally well designed, solidly built, seaworthy and sea kindly boat with classic good looks capable of taking a couple anywhere in safety and comfort. While not designed for around the buoys racing, she also sails well. Sailor and author Ferenc Mate writes in "Best Boats to Build or Buy" that in fair winds the Westsail 32 can sail at 7 knots for days on end. He also writes that " in light ghosting airs she is a joy". Despite her large wetted surface and long keel, her high displacement actually creates momentum that enables her to coast through the lulls and makes maximum use of the puffs, unlike lighter boats that stall in lulls and have to make a standing start in puffs. He ought to know as the Westsail 32 was his personal boat for may years and many miles This light air capability is a great quality given the abundance of light air on Lake Lanier and the east coast in general. She is also an easy boat to sail single handed.
The chain locker, containing rodes for two anchors, is located in the forepeak. The original V-berth, constructed according to Westsail kit plans for this boat, provided voluminous storage below. However, it was cramped and difficult to climb into and out of. The current owners lowered the V-berth approximately 16 inches and installed new teak battens on the walls to make the area more spacious and inviting (3/14 – 7/14). Even lowered, storage area beneath is generous. The V-berth measures 8’ wide at its widest x 6’2” deep; the new cushion (installed 11/14) features 6” foam bonded to 2” of memory foam.
The head/wardrobe compartment is located aft of the V-berth, with an enclosed head, cabinet and sink to port and a hanging locker and a six-drawer wardrobe to starboard. A bulkhead separates this compartment from the main salon, which features facing port and starboard settees. The starboard settee pulls out to provide a generous single berth, while a drop-leaf dining table lowers from the bulkhead to port. Lockers and bookshelves are located outboard of and beneath these settees on both sides. The main salon originally included a pilot berth to starboard; however this was removed to provide additional storage.
The galley (details below) is located to port at rear of main cabin. The nav station, communications equipment, breaker panels, and a wet locker are opposite. The engine compartment occupies the aft portion of the boat below deck, containing the engine, fuel tank, batteries, engine heater, and portions of the HVAC system. The cockpit is located topside above the engine compartment. Finally, a lazarette, containing the HF antenna coupler and additional storage, is located astern topside.
Cabin headroom is 6’2” throughout. Cabin sole and joinery are of solid teak; overhead is cypress and naugahyde; cabin walls are teak and cypress. Due to the boat’s 11’ beam carried well forward and aft and displacement hull, there is plentiful storage everywhere. Not even a cubic inch of space is wasted.
Karen Faye is a 1975 Westsail 32 cutter-rigged sailboat with many upgrades and newer equipment. Built in Wilmington, NC, by Westsail Corporation as a kit boat in July, 1975, her interior was finished by Robert L. Yunaska, a Master Carpenter in Wilmington.
Originally christened as Halcyon and later (1988) as Vikara, she was re-christened in 2000 as Karen Faye. In 1992, she competed in the Norfolk (VA) – Bermuda - Tortola (BVI) Caribbean 1500. Karen Faye was purchased in Tortola by her current owners in September, 1999. She sailed to the Southeastern U.S. mainland on the millennial New Year’s Eve, 1999, and to Oriental, NC, in 2000. In 2010, Karen Faye was delivered (by truck) to Lake Lanier, GA, where she was re-commissioned. She has been continuously berthed on Lake Lanier since 2010.
Beginning with the founding of Westsail Corporation in 1972 until the company ceased production at its plants in both Costa Mesa, CA, and Wilmington, NC, in 1980, 794 Westsail 32 boats (#32 to #825) were produced. This boat, #437, was built in July, 1975, and is a well-maintained example of the Westsail 32. Since 1999, Karen Faye has undergone extensive upgrades to her engine, plumbing, electrical system, deck hardware, rigging, HVAC, and interior accommodations.
The galley features a gimbaled three-burner Force 10 propane Gourmet Galley Range and large thermostatically-controlled oven, installed in 2000. (A cast aluminum propane tank is mounted on the caprail astern to port, and a panel-mounted gas regulator is located at the nav station.) A stainless sink with pressure hot and cold water, manual foot pump and canister filtration is located to left of range; storage under counter and in cabinets outboard of range. New laminated countertops were installed 11/14 - 4/15.
Original engine was replaced in 1988 with a new 35 hp Yanmar 3HM35 raw-water cooled three-cylinder diesel engine (#00678) and Aqua Meter instruments. A 38-gal (22 gauge s/s) fuel tank is located in engine compartment, port side. Currently (4/24/19), 1907.8 hours are on the engine clock. In 2004, with 1690 hours on the engine clock, the engine exhaust mixing elbow developed a pinhole leak due to corrosion, flooding the engine with salt water. The engine was removed (8/04) by Deaton Yacht Service in Oriental, NC, and was shipped to Mack Boring and Parts Co. (Yanmar dealer and rebuilding facility) in Wilmington, NC, for complete overhaul. Meanwhile, engine compartment was cleaned and repainted. Aluminum engine bed rails were installed, and engine stringers were replaced. Prop shaft, coupling and stern tube were replaced. Engine wiring was upgraded, and a Racor fuel filter/water separator was installed. The rebuilt engine (warranted by Mack Boring) was re-installed by Deaton’s in early 2005. In 6/05, Deaton’s installed a new Yanmar alternator, relocated the engine head temp sender and replaced temperature gauge to monitor temperature of exhaust water at 90-100F. The prop was removed, re-pitched by Bull Prop in Morehead City, NC, to Yanmar specs for optimal performance and engine life, and re-installed by Deaton’s. An upgraded ARG raw water strainer was installed 5/07.
Two 38-gallon, 22-gauge s/s fresh water tanks are located beneath cabin sole, and a Whale Gusher Mk III manual bilge pump in engine room, port side. A new Whale Tiptoe pump was installed in galley, 8/02. A Rule submersible electric bilge pump with automatic float switch was installed, 8/02. A pressure cold water system was installed in galley and head w/ March 893 centrifugal pump, 4/03. A Raritan PHE-II 12-volt electric toilet, Jabsco self-priming macerator pump and Y-valve were installed in head, 4/03. (Note: Macerator pump was disconnected and Y-valve was removed before Karen Faye was re-commissioned on Lake Lanier in 2010.) A 6-gallon pressure hot water system was Installed in the galley and head, and the existing holding tank and hoses were replaced with new hoses and a fiberglass 6-gallon tank, 11/14 – 4/15.
- Dynarod Bonding Kit Installed Prior to 1999 to Ground the Boat’s Electrical System, Electronics & Standing Rigging w/Copper Straps That Lead to a Grounding Plate Affixed to Starboard Hull Below Waterline
- New Perko Battery Selector Switch Installed 6/2002
- 4/2003, Fuse Panel Replaced w/Blue Sea Systems DC Breaker Panel w/Dual Voltmeters, New 30-amp AC Main Power Distribution Panel Installed & AC Wiring Replaced
- GFCI Receptacles Installed Throughout Boat
- Engine Room Completely Rewired 2003
- New Stern Light, Combination Deck/Steaming Light, Tricolor Nav Light at Top of Mast & Separate Lower Navigation Lights Mounted on Light Boards on Spreaders) Installed March 2014 plus A TrueCharge2 Series, 20-amp Battery Charger, Remote Panel & Battery
- Temperature Sensor Installed 4/2015
- Number 1 AGM Starting Battery Located in Engine Room Starboard Side
- Number 2 AGM House Battery Located Beneath Companionway Ladder
- In 2015, Interior Lighting Updated in V-berth & Main Cabin in 2015 & 4 Alpenflow Bulkhead Mounted Dimmable LED Lights
- Raytheon Autohelm ST30 Bidata Speed/Depth Instrumentation
- Platismo Contest 100 Magnetic Compass
- Autohelm ST2000 Tiller Pilot.
- Icom IC-M600 HF Marine Transceiver & AT120 HF Automatic Antenna Tuner
- Icom M59 UHF Transceiver
- Micrologic Explorer Loran C Receiver Installed by Previous Owner 1988-1992, Prior to his Competing in the 1992 Caribbean 1500.
- April, 2003, Original Icebox was Converted to Rrefrigerator/Freezer w/12vdc Adler/Barbour Super Cold Machine w/Air & Water Cooled Condensing Unit Installed Under Port Settee
- Central HVAC Added 4/2015 w/ Webasto 110vac 12,000 btu Reverse-Cycle Heat Pump Model FCF12,000. HVAC Components Located in Starboard Engine Compartment and Beneath Nav Table to Starboard.
- HVAC Flex Ducting Behind Starboard Settee Easy to Remove to Provide Even More Storage
- Cutter Rig w/Single Spreader, Heavy-Wall aluminum mast
- 43’ Bridge Clearance
- 9/32” Standing Rigging & Running Backstays
- Norse Turnbuckles & Sta-Lok Terminals
- Mast Winches Barlow #15, Barient 10P & Barient 10
- Primary Winches are Barlow #22
- Boom Gallows (aft) Providing Means to Secure Boom During Reefing & When Anchored or Docked
- Original Wooden Bowsprit & Boomkin Replaced w/Tubular Stainless Steel & Teak Bowsprit, Bow Pulpit, Boomkin, Stern Pulpit, Boarding Ladder, & Garhauer Mainsheet Traveler & Blocks w/Midboom Sheeting, Purchased from Westsail Parts 12/2000 to 6/2002
- Installed Harken Mk-III Roller Furling (1/2002) & Lewmar #16ST Two-Speed, Self-Tailing Mainsheet Winch (7/2003)
- New Vinyl-Covered Stainless Lifelines & Cockpit Gates installed 2002
- Staysail Boom Replaced w/Tracks on Cabin Roof to Facilitate Movement on Foredeck (12/2004)
- Running Rigging Replaced by Inland Waterway Provision Company in Oriental, NC (10/2002)
- New Laminated Tiller Still in Box and Ready for New Owner 2019
- New Ullman 400 sq. ft. Furling Yankee Cross Cut Sail w/Sunshield & Foam Luff Flattener Installed 10/2003
- Like-New 351 Sq. Ft. Mainsail Purchased From Kern’s Sails in Costa Mesa, CA (10/2003) &Installed (06/2005) w/New Reefing Lines, Cheek Blocks & Cleats
- 7 Additional Sails Included w/Owners’ Purchase of Boat in 1999, Ages Unknown: Spare Hood Mainsail in Fair-Good Condition; Tanbark Staysail, Storm Jib & Storm Trysail in Excellent Condition; Jib & Yankee w/Furling Tape in Good Condition; Drifter w/Wire Luff In Fair Condition
- Manual Bronze Anchor Windlass w/Dual Capstans & Lines Lead to 2 Anchor Rollers on Bowsprit
- Lines Lead to 2 Anchor Rollers on Bowsprit
- 2 New Anchor Rodes Installed 10/2002 Stowed in Anchor Locker, each w/30’ of 3/8” BBB Chain Spliced to 150’ of 5/8” 3-Strand Nylon Line
- New 22kg (50#) Bruce-Type Claw Anchor Installed 6/2003
- LIFESLING Rescue System
- (2) Safety Harnesses
- (3) Type III Non-inflatable PFD’s
- (3) Sospenders inflatable PFD’s with harnesses,
- Force 10 Propane Cabin Heater (Not Installed)
- Origo Alcohol Stove
- Bosun’s Chair
- 7’ Fiberglass Rowing Dinghy
- Galley Utensils
- Teak Boards for Companionway Hatch
- Screens for All Ports
- Lots of Spare Parts
Call cell or text:
Ann Koch 770-450-9796
Sid Hall 470-885-4825
Rich Michel 404-642-3007
Located on Beautiful Lake Lanier, NE of Atlanta GA