C.W. HOOD 32

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The C.W. Hood 32 makes no apolo­gies for be­ing a true day­sailer. With 12 feet of over­hangs and an above-decks de­sign that is all cock­pit and deck with no cabin, this 32-footer is one sharp-look­ing boat. The hull is built us­ing vinylester resin, bi­ax­ial fiber­glass cloth, carbon fiber in high-stress ar­eas and Core­cell foam sand­wich­ing. Her shoal keel draws 4 feet and has just over 1,300 pounds of lead ballast. The spade rud­der is made of carbon fiber, as is the tiller.

The high-as­pect, frac­tional sailplan con­sists of a fully bat­tened main and a self-tack­ing, roller-furl­ing jib that to­tal 285 square feet. The mast is carbon fiber, and there are no winches. Ev­ery­thing can be con­trolled by hand — great news for sin­gle-han­ders. When the wind pipes down, or when ma­neu­ver­ing in close quar­ters, a Torqeedo elec­tric pod drive takes over.

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