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Aloha Discussion / Re: A32 - dodger options and pictures
« Last post by Julie M on Yesterday at 02:17:44 PM »
A little late coming to the party but, if you're still looking for input, here's my 2 cents.

The attached picture was taken after we brought the boat home, in May 2019.  First summer we sailed with the dodger and bimini up.  It was great for escaping the brutal sun but not so great going forward or down into the cabin.  It has a strut between the dodger and bimini and hard pipe to the deck, which makes the frames very solid. 

But, because of the narrow space between the dodger and bimini frames, boarding the boat was difficult.  The top of the dodger is right at my eye level and it drove me nuts.  I either had to stoop or stand on tip toes to see forward.  Going below required paying close attention to the dodger framing.

Because the bimini has a solar panel on it, we couldn't sew in a window to see the shape of the main.  Personal preference, I suppose, but I like to see the sails.  Under the bimini there was plenty of headroom. 

With the hard pipe connecting dodger and bimini and both to the decking, you can't fold them back when you want them out of the way.  On our return trip we had some pretty good blows and everything held up well.  But we're most likely going to get rid of the hard pipe and replace it with polyester straps.  Then make some covers for the dodger and bimini.     

When Dorian was threatening last year, we removed all the canvas and tied back the framing.  It's been that way ever since. 
Aloha Discussion / Re: Last race of the season at VYC
« Last post by Bill Hutton on October 20, 2020, 11:34:22 AM »

Ugh, that sucks.  It has been such a disappointing, crazy year.... may as well add this to the pile.

However.... we are still able to post here about our boats and hope and plan for better race days next season. Life could be worse i suppose.
Aloha Discussion / Last race of the season at VYC
« Last post by Sawlty Dawg on October 18, 2020, 12:58:10 PM »
This is it for another year and the weather is perfect, light rain and showers, 3 deg C, wind 2 km/h

Aloha Discussion / Re: A30 Keel Question
« Last post by scottj on October 15, 2020, 11:00:42 AM »
Thanks Bruce. Appreciate your help.

Aloha Discussion / Re: Westerbeke 21 zinc
« Last post by Jackrabbit on October 06, 2020, 05:30:43 PM »
Thanks.  Will do.
Aloha Discussion / Re: Westerbeke 21 zinc
« Last post by Bruce on October 06, 2020, 11:05:01 AM »
I don't know the dimensions but you can order one from Marine Outfitters in Kingston, ON  (  Search Westerbeke, zinc and it pops up with a price of $13.99.  Bruce
Aloha Discussion / Westerbeke 21 zinc
« Last post by Jackrabbit on October 04, 2020, 09:25:06 PM »
Anybody know the dimensions for the zinc pencil for the heat exchanger?
Aloha Discussion / Re: Winter storage questions
« Last post by Sawlty Dawg on October 01, 2020, 04:09:35 PM »
I would be thinking seriously about replacing the cockpit drain hoses if they are the originals, the hose is cheap and a leaking hose can let an enormous amount of water into your boat.

Aloha Discussion / Re: A30 Keel Question
« Last post by Bruce on October 01, 2020, 10:54:41 AM »
My A32 has a lead "Sheel "keel, (shoal draft), new from the factory, I had the boat barrier coated with VC Tar, including the lead keel, and then VC17. I am having a problem with the barrier coating beginning to wear thin in places.  However, VC Tar epoxy barrier coating is no longer made.  The preferred epoxy coating now in Interprotect 2000e, which can be applied to the VC Tar after abrading it with 120 grit paper.  I suspect yours may have had the same treatment since mine was applied by the factory, with their recommendation.  Their is a product called VC Tar2 which I felt may be more suitable but it is only available in the UK, for some reason.
Aloha Discussion / Re: Westerbeke diesel oil
« Last post by Jackrabbit on September 30, 2020, 01:52:27 PM »
Found Rotella SAE30 heavy diesel oil.   Thanks folks.

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