We purchased the 1974 Westsail 42 in 2009. It needed alot of work. The first item on the agenda was to change the name to SV Cornelia, named after Barry's mother, who passed away Dec 2018 at 102.5. Both Cornelia and her namesake have an elegance and maturity that only comes with age.
We have wonderful memories sailing SV Cornelia with friends and family. We decided she was getting to young for us and sold her to dear friends in 2020.
Barry takes you through the various stages of repair. From 4 haulouts, a rig replacement, installing a new bowsprit and stern pulpits; engine overhaul; complete interior renovations and electrical rewiring; deck resurfacing, new oiled teak rail caps, new dodger; new foredeck and main area awnings; new mainsail track full batten system; new three tanbark sails - yankee jib, staysil and main in a new stack pack sail bag; new storm jib; new roller furling; new chain plates; new 330 feet of G40 3/8" galvanized chain and a 55 lb Roca anchor....and more.
Have a look at the sections below for pics of the transformation.
Deck & Rails, Awning, Dodger, Engine Room, Interior, Rig
If you have a question for Barry about the Westsail 42, or anything else for that matter, let us know.
SV Cornelia has been getting better and better every year because of the kind love and attention Barry Spanier has been giving her over the eleven years we've had her. We got her in August 2009 and her transformation has been amazing. She just keeps getting more beautiful every year.
Please enjoy the journey in celebration of her 46th year. Commissioned in September 1974, she is number 24 out of 120 plus Westsail 42's that were built.
And age has only made her more comfortable, relaxing to be on and is happy to sail in light or heavy winds, (she prefers the 'magical carpet ride' at 6 - 7 knots downwind). She never gets wet and always looks lovely. She reflects the style, sophistication and pride of being her age....just like the lady she was named after, Cornelia Spanier, who lived a full life to the age of 102.5 years.
CORNELIA SPANIER loved to sail. She sailed on Barry's Seminole, The Sir Francis Drake, many others; and of course on the boat named after her - SV Cornelia.
For her 100th birthday she hired the Trilogy catamaran for her closest 80 friends, from all over the mainland and Hawaii; and she sailed on SV Cornelia till she was 101.
Her motto always - "DON'T THINK OLD"
If you want to know more about SV Cornelia, click HERE!