'Mialee' (formerly 'Wyntje'), a Westsail 42 Sailboat for Sale

by Stanton Parks
(St Martin, West Indies)

<i>'Wyntje',</i> owned and skippered by veteran newsman Walter Cronkite, dashes for the line of the 1979 Marion-Bermuda Race

'Wyntje', owned and skippered by veteran newsman Walter Cronkite, dashes for the line of the 1979 Marion-Bermuda Race

'Mialee', a Westsail 42, is for sale.
'Mialee' is the former 'Wyntje' owned by the former newsman Walter Cronkite. He had the boat custom-built and it shows throughout. Recently, the boat has been completely restored with new Awlgrip, renewed deck coatings, varnish and interior painting.

The equipment is very good and updated. New tanks with 300 gallons of water, engine replaced with 75 hp Yanmar, engine room re-engineered, new bomar hatches, chainplates, rigging, sails.

The boat has a very hefty autopilot, proven by the previous owner solo sailor who voyaged from Florida to Newfoundland and on to Portugal, Argentina and the Caribbean. Perhaps the best testament of the Westsaol 42's ability was proven by 85 year old Eric Forsythe who logged 250,000 miles in his boat boat 'Fiona' including the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn.

Recently, 'Mialee's mast tube - now schedule 80 pipe - was replaced together with the mast step.

'Mialee' has a new bottom painting, and new batteries will be included in the sale. The present owner is a licenced Captain for over 40 years and is available for delivery if need be.

The equipment updates also include new holding tank, a Force Ten Stove, Waeco fridge freezer, LED lights throughout, Revere Offshore 6 man life raft, some new self-tailing winches and a new anchor windlass.

A walk through of the boat, starting aft:

  • Large aft cabin with double or fore and aft sleeping.

  • The engine room entry (a real room!) is thru a door in the aft cabin with a small work bench.

  • Going forward in the passageway is the nav table with a fold out seat, followed by the galley/ dining area with wonderful big bronze opening ports for eye level views.

  • Then, the main salon with fore and aft seats and potential for upper berths....after, a full width head followed by double/or storage in forecastle. Storage space is huge in this boat.

Published Specification for the Westsail 42:
Hull Type: Long keel
Rigging Type: Cutter
Length Overall: 42'11" / 13.1m
Waterline Length: 3'4" / 10.2m
Beam: 13'0" / 4.0m
Draft: 5'8" / 1.7m
Displacement: 31,500 lb / 14,288 kg
Ballast: 12,000 lb / 5,443 kg
Construction: GRP (Fiberglass)
First Built: 1974
Number Built: 119
Builder: Westsail Corporation (USA)
Designer: Bill Crealock

Published Design Ratios for the Westsail 42:
Sail Area/Displacement: 15.3
Ballast/Displacement: 38.1
Displacement/Length: 380
Comfort Ratio: 44.2
Capsize Screening Formula: 1.65

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Westsail 42  for sale
Steering Quadrant & AutoPilot

Westsail 42  for sale

Westsail 42  for sale

Westsail 42  for sale

Westsail 42  for sale

Westsail 42  for sale
Cockpit looking Aft

Westsail 42  for sale

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