By Zuzana Prochazka
C. W. Hood 32: A Classic Daysailer with Modern Advantages
A true daysailer, the eye-catching C. W. Hood 32 is perfect for an afternoon of buoy racing in style.
There has been a resurgence in popularity of small daysailers, and builders are scrambling to bring back the simple joys of small boat sailing with models ranging from the practical Hunter 22, to the versatile Schock Harbor 30. Still others, like the new C.W. Hood 32, are not sacrificing one bit of aesthetics while they strive to build head-turning yachts meant for sunny afternoons of fun on the bay.
Above the waterline, the C. W. Hood 32’s lines are purely classic with long overhangs fore and aft, a graceful sheer, and a completely flush deck. The 32 sports the look of sleek calendar sailboats like the one-design racers of the 1960s, commissioned by Cornelius Shields. But below the water, the 32’s contemporary spade rudder and aft-swept keel with its winged and flattened bulb mean she’s modern, light and fast.
Construction is a vacuum bagged Corecell foam hull and cored deck. The keel stepped mast can be either aluminum or carbon fiber, while the tiller and rudder are all carbon. The fractional rig is supported by wire or rod rigging with a self-tacking jib and fully battened main with lazy jacks. Most of the control lines terminate in cam cleats at the forward end of the cockpit so it’s easy to tend to them without much moving around and it’s an easy boat to single-hand. The nod to clean decks even has the placement of the headsail furler below decks and out of sight.
|Sail Area||285 sq. ft.|
The boat divides into a long foredeck and an enormous cockpit that will seat six comfortably. Because it is a daysailer in the truest definition of the word there is no below decks living space, but there is lot of stowage accessed through the forward hatch and under the cockpit seats.
The Hood 32 is equipped with a Mastervolt PODMaster external electric propulsion system. This self-contained pod, with its minimal footprint, won’t impose on the space in the cockpit. The electric motor adds a blissful silence under way and will push the boat at 5.5 knots on flat water for up to one hour, which is plenty for docking or catching a mooring at the end of the day. The folding prop ensures that sailing performance is not hampered, and the boat draws only four feet.
Old and new mix seamlessly on the C. W. Hood 32, as her beautiful lines combine with state-of-the-art design and build materials. This is a perfect choice for anyone wishing to race or to simply enjoy a classy and responsive boat that will draw comments around the yacht club.
Another Choice: The Tartan Fantail 26 is another stylish daysailer with classy lines and lots of eye-appeal.
For more information, visit C. W. Hood Yachts.
- Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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