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 on: Yesterday at 04:11:31 PM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by Holdech
Definitely post some pictures. This may be my fall job after haulout.
Where are you located? If you end up with leftover rod let me know.


 on: Yesterday at 12:31:51 PM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by SailorGuy
Bruce, I'll definitely look into grounding all of my chain plates and the mast. I'm surprised it wasn't done at the factory, running a ground wire from the mast to keel is a pretty cheap and beneficial job.

 on: Yesterday at 12:29:32 PM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by SailorGuy
Geoff, thank you for your input! I'm glad to hear you have proven the A32 as a seaworthy boat. Hopefully I will be able to travel as far and wide as you have with it.

 on: Yesterday at 12:27:17 PM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by SailorGuy
Chris, I am well underway with my rudder tube repair and replacement of the upper bushing. Do you need any pictures of the job to help you in your future repair? I ordered a rod of 4'' delrin plastic for the upper bushing and it looks like I may have some left over if you would like it. I can send it up your way via ups.

 on: June 26, 2017, 09:51:42 AM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by Bruce
I have one more area of investigation on your boat before any sustained offshore sailing. 
These boats did not come out of the factory with any lightening grounding unless the purchaser ( like me ) asked them to do it.  I had grounding wires installed from all chainplates to a keel bolt.  Thinking this was sufficient I took possession of the boat.  After several years, I lifted a floor board to inspect the mast step only to find that the mast is not stepped on the keel but on a stringer, bridged over the bilge!  I installed a heavy battery cable from the bottom of the mast to a keel bolt, and also added a lightening deflector to the mast head that supposedly adds a "cone of protection" of about 50 yards,from stray static charges. Irealized that the forestay is attached to the bowsprit and thus is connected to all metal life lines, which will certainly light up with a lightening strike. Dropping the boarding ladder in the water grounds these parts but is not useful while underway, of course.  I also note that all aluminum tankage is vulnerable as well, although I have not grounded these tanks. Having spoken to folks who have experienced a direct strike, they told me all metal parts became charged and the charge went out to water through the most direct way, in there case creating  hundreds of tiny holes in the hull, after frying all electronics.   It is probably not possible to completely protect against a lightening strike but I think it is something to think about.   Brue

 on: June 25, 2017, 09:20:22 PM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by Geoff Ralling
Over my 20 years of owning an Aloha 32 I have sailed her to the Bahamas twice from Prince Edward Island, to Bermuda, to Greenland and many times to Newfoundland.  I think the A32 is pretty capable in blue water if not the most comfortable boat.  But with suitable equipment (3 reefs, windvane) you'll be Ok.  Tankage has never been a problem for me but I do carry a couple of 5 gal cans of diesel (below, not on deck).

Be Faithful 2
Hull #8

 on: June 24, 2017, 09:14:50 PM 
Started by harmony - Last post by Aloha_float
The original portlights in the 8.2 were manufactured in California and had plastic frames.  They really are not really suited to be refurbed as the frames will likely crack and never re-seal so you will continue to have leaking.  I replaced mine (after trying to do what you are proposing) with custom fabricated aluminum framed portlights manufactured by a company in Quebec.  I set them in place with butyl tape (not the foam they provided).

The old ones were easy to remove as they are simply screwed together and compress against the glass of the cabin.

Some of the 8.2's were built a little differently where they cut plexi and screwed it against the exterior of the cabin using a sealant to prevent leaking.

The aluminum frames were easy to install.  I had to template the openings and send the patterns off to the window manufacturer.  I did have some minor grinding away of the openings to get them to fit, but it was easy to do.  I think it cost me $1500-1700 CAD.

former owner of a 1986 Aloha 8.2 "Two Carats"

 on: June 22, 2017, 12:16:15 PM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by Holdech
Hi Chris,

Does your daughter have a blog/site/etc. of her trip? With our potential Bahamas trip only two years off we like to read everything we can that might better prepare us.


 on: June 21, 2017, 01:14:54 PM 
Started by SamG - Last post by Sawlty Dawg
Boat is back in my yard, the chainplate knee replacement is complete and the chainplates are now mounted externally on the knee, no more water issues!

Now I can get busy putting all the interior back together, good job it's not a great sailing season here so far.

I had the work done by High Energy in Vernon B.C. it was not something I though I could handle by myself and based on the number of hours it took I thought correctly. They did a very nice job I am most pleased with the result.


 on: June 21, 2017, 06:06:08 AM 
Started by SailorGuy - Last post by cverra
My daughter just returned from a one year trip to the Bahama's and back to Belleville. She sailed a Hurley 24/70. Along the way she met numerous sailors with lesser vessels that followed her track. One fellow even had a C&C swing keel boat in terrible condition. I cannot say her trip was without incident but no trip ever is. Even though the A32 has its issues, I am assured by comments from our daughter, her friends and other sailors who have crossed oceans, that our boat could make the trip. The question is "can I make the trip". That is another discussion entirely. I would take this boat offshore with some mods. I think I would add a second and a third reef to my new single reef main, invest in a windvane, add a three way valve to the head, get a heavier rig and furler and buy some jerry cans for extra tankage. 

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