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Aloha Discussion / Aloha 8.2 rudder with tiller
« Last post by marc on May 09, 2022, 10:49:17 AM »
I am having an issue with my rudder that is moving up and down which creates vibration when steering.

I am not sure how to fix it. It seems to be holding by the tiller head only. I will try to move up the rudder a little and re-adjust the the tiller tightening bolt, but I am unsure if this is the right solution.

I can't find a picture of how it is suppose to be set-up.

Anybody ever experience that issue?

Any observations or questions about further details are welcome.

Thank you,


Aloha Discussion / Re: Replacing Aloha Fixed Ports
« Last post by KnotFaster on May 06, 2022, 08:47:57 PM »
Thanks Jesse,

The project was well worth the effort and expense.

We smoothed out but didn't change the shape or size of the cutout in the cabinhouse.

We played with the plexi panel's shape as much as possible (limited by 8' length) to recreate Ron Holland's shape vs. Aloha's squared-off and inelegant interpretation of the original design.

You'll also notice Aloha moved the opening forward about 1' from the original design drawings, presumably to prevent the port being bisected by the aft bulkhead.

To my eye the change in Knot Faster's appearance is much better than the original.

Image #1:  Original Ron Holland line drawing
Image #2:  Aloha's interpretation of the port exagrerated the slab sides of the cabin house
Image #3:  Our reshaped port returned to the original intent as much as possible

ex A30 "Knot Faster" #7

Aloha Discussion / Re: Replacing Aloha Fixed Ports
« Last post by jesse on May 06, 2022, 04:40:28 PM »
Thanks for posting this... It's nice to have an idea of what I'm getting into before starting such a project. Those are indeed some pretty rough looking cutouts. Final result really does look great though!
Stuff For Sale / 1978 Aloha 28 for sale
« Last post by jimbo on April 28, 2022, 04:37:28 PM »
The boat will be sailing in the Midland/Penetangushene area this summer.
If anyone is interested please reply to the message board.
Stuff For Sale / Aloha 32 coming up for sale, St Catharines ON
« Last post by alanc on April 18, 2022, 03:05:51 PM »
Hello, unfortunately I'm starting the process of getting "Alexa" (hull #8 1983, non V-berth layout below ) ready for sale.  I don't have the time to use her as much these days so it's time to pass her on.  She's on the hard in Jordan Harbour Marina, going in the water May 14th.  Limited pics right now will post more soon with more details, just starting to spread the word.  Not sure yet what I'll be asking for her, I have a survey scheduled for insurance May 5th, she's in good overall condition, last survey for insurance back in 2017 had a fair market value of $29500. 

Alan Christie
905 9285353
Aloha Discussion / Re: MD5A
« Last post by Bill Hutton on April 17, 2022, 04:20:54 PM »
I don't think I will be of any help,,,, but my thought is to drain out the old oil and put in fresh oil to the exact amount the engine manual specifies. Then make a note of the location the oil level reaches on the mismatched dipstick (maybe add a scratch at that location).
For my diesels I've always used a synthetic oil (Shell Rotella) and it is usually 15-40... but I've had Volvos.

Bill Hutton,  sv Alohalani

Site & Forum Support / Re: Aloha 8.5 Boat Cover
« Last post by KnotFaster on April 14, 2022, 08:28:02 AM »
Forgot about two more possible providers in Toronto:

Hurricane Canvas:
Island Canvas: (no website anymore?)


ex Aloha 30 "Knot Faster"
Site & Forum Support / Re: Aloha 8.5 Boat Cover
« Last post by KnotFaster on April 13, 2022, 08:11:46 PM »
Several choices around Lake Ontario:

Bennett Canvas:
Genco Marine:
Top Shop / Quinte Canvas:
Triton Sails:

The "biggy" for winter cover in the US is Fairclough Sailmakers:

ex Aloha 30 #7 "Knot Faster"

Site & Forum Support / Aloha 8.5 Boat Cover
« Last post by robertw on April 12, 2022, 06:31:33 PM »
Does anyone know a maker of boat covers that can make one for an Aloha 8.5 (28)? I tire of fitting unfitted tarps in winter with incomplete coverage and mixed success. All I find is power boat cover makers. Boat is stored mast up, so cover must account for going around mast.
Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha 32 Bow Light
« Last post by Alexa on April 10, 2022, 02:10:44 PM »
Hilarious but not. Related. I have the new bow light and will be returning it. Have you ever heard of an exterior solar battery that could be attached to the pulpit and run the light? I'd have to go with an LED. Just wondering.
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