INFINI IS FOR SALE Hello there: Michael and Susan here. Our blog readers know that we cast off the dock lines and departed New Port Richey, Florida April, 2007. We completed our 10 year circumnavigation in June, 2017; details at HISTORY & DESCRIPTION 1. INFINI is a Westsail 43, designed by Bill Crealock, hull number 49 (of the 65 43’s built), factory built in 1979. Basics: LOA 42’11’ LOD 33’4” BEAM 13.0’ DRAFT 5.8’; ballast 11000 lbs lead; disp 31000lbs.; The W-43’s are the aft cockpit configuration of the W-42’s. The basic hull of the 43 and the 42 is the same, but the deck, cockpit and interior layout are completely different. Sturdily built, those of you interested in specifics can reference the Westsail Owners Association website ( for more information. These 43’s sail well, are comfortable, forgiving, and as I’ve said, solidly built. We purchased her in Annapolis, Md. in 1998, and brought her down to Florida via the ICW. She had just completed a four year circumnavigation by her previous owners. Her original owner owned her for 16 years; so we are the third owners of this vessel. Infini has the standard V-berth configuration forward, followed by a head/shower to port, and bins and large hanging locker to starboard. In the salon, a large Refleks diesel heater is found, and both port and starboard settees allow double berth accommodations. The drop-leaf salon table seats six easily. Further aft to starboard is a custom navigation station including large chart table and electronics. To port is the U-shaped galley, with custom cabinets for glassware and dishes overhead and a large pantry nearby. The four burner propane stove and oven is to port and a large double sink with 12V hot/cold FW mixer as well as separate foot pumps for FW and SW . Spanning this is the custom 5 cu ft freezer as well as 5 cu ft refrigerator. A wet locker and quarter berth are to port aft. The master stateroom with closets and lockers is to starboard aft. The engine room is aft behind the companionway steps, and the lazarette is aft of the cockpit. Voluminous storage is found throughout as well as under the floorboards. SYSTEMS: we’ve extensively modified and rebuilt INFINI. Details are as follows: 1. HULL AND DECK: peeled and vinylester resin followed by Interlux 2000 epoxy bottom system applied 2/04; epoxy reapplied 2013 and 2014; new hull and deck Awlgrip primer and paint 2013; new backing plates on deck cleats; totally rebuilt hatches (2 gabled and 2 flat) from individual teak pieces; hull entirely insulated with polyurethane foam; all new flush bronze thru hulls and Apollo bronze seacocks; new portlight glass; new hatch plexiglass; new teak rubrail; new hatch turtle. New antifouling applied Nov. 2016 along with Prop Speed on the MaxProp propeller. 2. COCKPIT: glassed in the old, leaky winch handle lockers, rebuilt steering system; hard dodger of honeycomb core composite with attached canvas 3. ARCH: love ‘em or hate ‘em, the radar arch is utilitarian and integrates into the hard bimini well. Four 175W Solarworld solar panels (total 700 Watts, 2/11), cockpit lights, stern light, 2 GPS antennas, wifi extender antenna, Vesper AIS Watchmate receiver/transmitter, VHF and GPS antennas; Lifesling MOB system, MOB buoy, intruder alarm/strobe light, two fishing rod holders. The expanded PVC hard bimini on an anodized aluminum frame attaches aft to the existing arch and forward to the boom horse, holds our weight when we want to get to the end of the boom or the lower SSB insulator on the backstay. 4. SAILS: 1281 sq. feet sail area; cutter rigged; new mainsail (Premium Dacron) and Yankee 105% jib (radial cut laminate) made by Doyle Sails, Aukland, NZ (2012); slab reefing; fully battened (battens new 2014) mainsail; North full battened staysail (2011); storm trysail (Kern); drifter/reacher by Hood Sails; Profurl NC-42 system for Yankee jib; Tides track system with cars for the mainsail; ATN spinnaker sleeve; new mainsail cover 2012. All sails inspected and serviced 2015; lazy jack system; 5. WINCHES: 6 Barient winches, 2 of which are self-tailing; 6 Lewmar self-tailing primaries, secondaries and staysail winches placed in the cockpit area 6. MAST AND RIGGING: Lefiell tall mast; 19’ boom; new 1 X 19 SS 3/8” standing rigging 2012 and 2014; Hayn Hi-mod terminals thruout; new chainplates 2012; SSB insulators on the backstay; new running rigging; new mast wiring; new lifelines; Forespar lightning arrestor; Forespar NC-42 Furler and stay completely rebuilt 2012 in NZ. 7. ANCHORS AND WINDLASS: 88 # Delta FastSet primary; 65 # CQR; 45 # Danforth (needs galvanizing); 65 lb SS Peckney; 300’ 3/8” hi-test G4 BBB chain; 300’ ½” 3 strand nylon; Maxwell HC 3500 series 12V windlass; windlass platform; dual directional windlass solenoid with remote hand held control and waterproof deck socket; SW washdown outlet on foredeck 8. ELECTRICAL: entirely redone with all existing wire replaced. Two Lifeline 8D house batteries (new 2/16); 1 series 29 starting battery (new 11/16); Blue Sea battery selector switches; Blue Sea Mega fuse system; Balmar 612 3 stage regulator; Balmar Duocharge; Paneltronics panels, gauges and breakers; BEP Matrix battery monitoring system. LED spreader lights; LED navigation lights 9. PLUMBING AND WATER: 200G diesel and 200G fresh water (tanks fabricated 2010); new hoses, pumps and accumulator tanks; WEMA water and fuel tank sensor units; custom two membrane 40 GPH (160L/hr; 960 GPD) watermaker (2011); 6G Isotherm hot water heater 10. NAVIGATION: 2 RayNav 300 GPS units; Raytheon Radar RL70C series; Raynav Series 60 sailing instruments (speed, depth, log, wind, helm repeater); Eagle Cuda fishfinder; LED tricolor/strobe/anchor masthead unit (4/15); LED nav lights throughout; Night Watchman photosensor LED anchor light switch; Vesper Marine Watchmate AIS Transceiver (2012) 11. GALLEY: HilleRange 3 burner propane stove; 2 20# horizontal propane bottles on deck; Trident propane monitoring system with regulator and sniffer; GE Spacemaker II microwave; deep SS double sink; manual and 12V fresh water systems; SW pump/faucet at galley sink 12. REFRIGERATION/FREEZER: Refrigerant is 134a; 5 cu ft freezer with evaporator and Frigoboat system compressor with keel cooler; 5 cu ft refrigerator with evaporator and air cooled Cool Blue compressor 13. ACCOMODATIONS: v-berth forward, settee berths port and starboard convert to doubles; port quarter berth aft; aft starboard owners stateroom with queen bunk; ultrasuede upholstery throughout; upholstery covers 2013 14. HEAD AND SHOWER: Jabsco Model 29090-3000 Manual Compact toilet (2/16) ; stall shower with Raritan bilge pump; Vetus holding tank 15. ENGINE AND PROPELLER: 4 cylinder Perkins 4-236 (85 HP); Borg Warner V-drive, 2.9:1 reduction; R & D flex coupling; Aquamet 1¼” shaft; Vernalift muffler with 2 3/8” Trident hose throughout entire system from engine to thruhull; 20” 3 blade Max-Prop Classic propeller; 2 Racor 500 filters; large Racor 1000 fuel polishing filtration system; 2 electric fuel pumps; new engine mounts; complete engine instrumentation; engine starter rebuilt; Balmar 165A Dual Delta Stator large case alternator; Balmar 612 Regulator; Balmar Digital Duo Charge; new AquaAlarm engine alert system for low water flow 2012; 16. STORAGE: voluminous 17. COMFORT ITEMS: stereo, complete fore and aft boat awnings and canvas; screens; fans throughout; compass in master stateroom; electronic barometer in master stateroom; Weems & Plath clock and barometer at chart tablel 18. SAFETY EQUIPMENT: 6 man Switlick SAR 6 liferaft (needs recertification 6/17); category 2 ORC safety gear; Lifesling; MOB throw line; 2 manual bilge pumps; 3 12 VDC bilge pumps, 2 of which are automatic, one of which is a manual breaker-controlled “on” 3000 GPH pump; jacklines (2) 19. SPARES: can’t have too many… 20. RADIOS: Icom IC-M802 SSB radio; Pactor EX-III modem; 2 Standard Horizon VHF radios; Shakespeare masthead antenna; 21. AUTOPILOT AND STEERING: new Simrad (AP24 and AC42) 2013, hydraulic assisted autopilot system; new Teleflex hydraulic pump; SS wire quadrant steering; 22. WINDVANE: Sailomat 601 with spare wind blades 23. AIS: Vesper Marine Watchmate 850 Transponder and Display As you can see from the above, we’ve either repaired or replaced about everything aboard! It’s what I call a “learning experience”…expensive, but I’ve always said that we pay for our education….And, as every sailor knows, the upkeep and vigilance is never over…. OUR SPARE PARTS INVENTORY IS QUITE EXTENSIVE AND APPROPRIATE FOR SERIOUS OFFSHORE SAILING. ANY ERRORS IN DESCRIPTION ARE UNINTENTIONAL AND BEST EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ENSURE ACCURACY. ALL SPARES ARE INCLUDED IN THE LISTING PRICE AND GO WITH THE BOAT. SPARE PARTS LIST: 3 blade props bronze (20 x 24 RH, 20 x 23 RH) Two 50 ft 30 amp shore power cords Westsail service manual Westsail construction manual Alternator belts Water pump pulley belts Extra halyards and lines Magma Newport 2 grill Compass master stateroom Electronic barometer in master stateroom Weems & Plath clock and barometer Jack lines heaving line Danforth 21 pound Hi-Tensile anchor Original Westsail boarding ladder Original Westsail teak companionway slats VHF antennas Spare Sailomat wind blades Spare stanchion MaxProp grease gun and grease Storm shutters Extra port light glass Extra Danfoss 35 compressor Heat exchanger Maxwell motor and gearbox parts Maxwell foot switch Spare Profurl head stay excursions Profurl wrapstop Perkins thermostat spares Spare Perkins parts Autopilot solenoid MaxProp zincs Shaft anodes Spare Perkins fuel rail Perkins injectors (4) spares Groco filter basket Simrad autopilot fuse and parts Balmar alternator temperature sensor Balmar alternator Offshore Rebuild Kit Maxwell anchor windlass solenoid Perkins expansion tank cap Jabsco profile H water pump impeller Shaft prop nuts 1 ¼” Bronze pipe nipple 1/8” for Perkins oil switch Maxwell windless seal kit and split pin Bearings for Perkins FW pump Perkins FW pump keys and washers Electronic 12 volt fuel pump Perkins oil pressure switch Perkins temperature sending unit switch Maxwell windlass breaker Spare roller chain for pedestal steering Hayne Hi-Mod 3/8" turnbuckle 12V/110V hot water heater element SS extension tangs Starter key assembly Starter solenoid Mast tangs and bolts (Lefiell tall mast) Spare bearings, variety Profurl NC-42 furling bearing Simrad autopilot remote compass control arms Perkins heat exchanger Racor filters 500 series gauge pressure kits Perkins SW pump parts, various Various remote alarms, 12V Perkins oil caps K & H air intake on engine Garmin 76 Vs GPS and accessories Icon 802M Mic Frigoboat electronic thermostats Frigoboat manual thermostats Frigoboat Schrader Valve Kit Frigoboat keel cooler zincs E51525 Low-stretch main, spinnaker and staysail halyards Hatch screens Sun awnings, complete boat coverage Cockpit Sun shades Beka LED cockpit light Flagpole Standing rigging covers Shore power cord 220V Various 110V and 220V plug adapters Perkins Top End Overhaul Kit Borg-Warner Velvet Drive Overhaul Kit Raymarine Radar, spare unit Propane tank adapter hose for European fill Inverter 2000W Xantrex Truecharger 2 battery charger Perkins primary oil filters Perkins secondary oil filters Racor 10 micron fuel filters Racor 3 micron 10” fuel filters Water filters Matrix CTO 32-250-125-975 Spare alternators: 100A (2), 65A Perkins starter and solenoid, new spare Table vise Screws to hold down floorboards Joker valve C253 Staysail track turning blocks PRICE: $109,000 USD. PLEASE, SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. CONTACT MICHAEL: Email: svinfini at gmail dot com Cell: 917-722-6125

6-26 Acting the pack mule

Unpacking the boat in 90 degree F weather isn't my idea of fun. It's just amazing the amount of "stuff" the W-43 holds and my lower back will attest to that. I think I read somewhere that for the W-42/43, the figure for 1" of water immersion of the hull is about 1000-1200 pounds; ie it takes about that amount of "stuff" to have the hull lower in the water by 1". I'm not sure how accurate that figure is, but can tell you that our waterline has gone up 3"-4". So, by that calculation, I've taken somewhere about 3000-4000 pounds or so off the boat in the last week. That "stuff" is now spread out all over the house, and Sue's done a great job of trying to keep up with the chaos, indeed, to stay ahead of it. We can now get to every nook and cranny to clean and spruce up without having to trip over ourselves or constantly move something out of the way. What a luxury! I'm pretty sure I see a smile on Infini's face....

6-15 Home in Gulf Harbors

Pos:N28deg13.83min/W082deg45.11min. We've been very fortunate coming up the west coast of Florida. The weather (once again) has been unstable, a very common summer-time occurrence here in Florida. Many thunderstorms and lightning were seen in the distance, but none threatened us and we had an uneventful motorsail to Anclote Island (Tarpon Springs) on a beautiful, clear night, our last for this passage, in 5-8 knots of breeze and smooth water. We have to play the tides going into our channel where we live in Gulf Harbors (New Port Richey) as the water in the channel is just inches under our keel as we transit. At least that's the theory. It's easy to hit bottom around here, but this afternoon there was no drama, and we even had a friend come out in her runabout to accompany us in as a surprise. Thanks, Virginia! There were a group of folks waiting at our dock who graciously took our lines and help tie us up, and the party began.

6-12 Boot Key; Back in the USA!

Pos: N24deg41.19min / W081deg07.40min. Infini is back on US soil after a ten year hiatus! We're anchored in 10' sand at Boot Key (Marathon) after a benign crossing of the Gulf Stream. As we have so often found, the weather predictions and what we experience are two different things. From West End, Bahamas, the forecast was for E-ESE wind 10-15 knots. That didn't happen. We ended up motoring with about 5 knots of wind directly behind us - yuck. Furthermore, the extended forecast wasn't promising at all, which is why we departed when we did. To summarize, the Gulf Stream was relatively OK, but there were many squalls around. During much of this passage the wind forgot to show up and when it did, was about 10 knots from astern, not enough to get us where we wanted to go in any sort of a timely fashion. We did, however, set the pole across the Great Bahama Bank from the NW Channel Light (which, btw, is out) to South Riding Rock, and had a few hours (6) of very nice wing and wing sailing. Eventually, we did our trawler imitation and Mr. Perkins was called upon; we ended up motorsailing most of the way here. As I said, it was either that or wait for who knows how long to get favorable wind conditions. Some passages are like that. Predictions and reality: two different things, especially when it comes to the weather. Lest anyone think this is a weather rant, (OK, so I'm a bit tired...) in spite of all this, Team Infini is happy to be back!

6-10 Update

Pos: N25deg01.5min / W077deg33.9min. Yesterday, we anchored at Norman's Cay in the cut. The current rips thru here so a good anchor set is mandatory. There was lots of construction going on at the entrance; we're not sure what's being planned. This afternoon we've anchored at West Bay towards the outside near Goulding Cay, staging for a midnight departure for the NW Channel Light. From there, our route is to South Riding Rock in the daylight, then across the Gulf Stream to Florida. Depending on the weather, we'll either enter Hawk Channel towards Alligator Reef or go straight to Moser Channel at Marathon. Stay tuned. We haven't gotten off the boat to go exploring for the next few days, so nothing more to report.


Pos: N24deg10.71min / W076deg26.73min. This morning was a very special one for us. In June 2000 we visited Staniel Cay aboard Infini and today we once again anchored east of Thunderball Grotto, effectively completing our circumnavigation. Whodathunk? It's been ten years and two months since we left Florida and started cruising and living aboard full time. We didn't set off with a circumnavigation as our goal. Rather, we took baby steps, stopping to enjoy the people we met and the places we visited along the way, and think that only two factors chased us around the world: visas and weather. Visas of the country we were in dictated our length of stay there, and the prevailing and predicted weather conditions dictated our destinations and anchorages. We feel really blessed to have been able to accomplish what we've done safely and in good health, and give thanks to God and our family and friends for the many privileges that have been bestowed upon us. Of course, having a solid working platform such as Infini, our Westsail 43, was a prerequisite for the type of passage making we've done. She's been more than capable and a steady hand throughout. For any prospective cruisers reading this, we hope our blog has been of benefit in its descriptions and information. It's been lots of fun to write as its evolved, and it's enriched our lives as well as we strive to impart information we feel will be of benefit to others, as well as providing a bit of entertainment. We've had a blast along the way and are glad many others have vicariously come along for the ride. Our thanks to all and we'll continue posting as we travel north to Florida, and will also update our picture albums when we get back. BTW, in case you're wondering, to celebrate we went to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and hoisted a few. We also enjoyed some conch fritters, fish tacos and a mahi sandwich. All good, and big smiles all around.

6-5 Black Point, Great Guana Cay

Pos: N24deg05.92min / W076deg24.20min. We departed at 0615 and motor-sailed the 50+ miles to Black Point, Great Guana Cay. It was either motor or stay in Georgetown another week, as a trough is hanging around for the next 5 days or so suppressing the wind. We were ready to go, so made the best of it and ignored the motor sound. Some days are like that. Tomorrow we'll find the laundromat, reputed to be one of the most reasonably priced ones in the Bahamas. After, we'll head the 8 miles to Staniel Cay to seek protection from the expected west winds coming in when that trough arrives, bringing rain and possibly thunderstorms (we hope not).