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Aloha Discussion / Re: Cockpit wood
« Last post by Bill Hutton on April 22, 2020, 09:57:01 PM »
Great work Liam.  Looking good.  Bill
Aloha Discussion / Re: A34 rigging tension
« Last post by Bill Hutton on April 22, 2020, 09:46:24 PM »
I'd have to get back to you Bob as my gage is on the boat.  And they won't let me into the yard until May 13th (which will probably get pushed out).
Aloha Discussion / Tachometer
« Last post by lloyd on April 21, 2020, 06:19:34 PM »
Hello Fellow Aloha Owners

I expect my actual question is where do I get a new tachometer? I have a 1981 A28. The tach is not functioning the way I would expect. When I turn the power o the needle jumps to 1500 when I start the engine the needle jumps to about 2500 rpm. It settles at nearly 4000 when engaged at 3 kn. My guess is the tach which is probably the original needs to be replaced. I would love hear this is a known problem with a simple fix or where I can buy a new tach for a 2 cylinder diesel.

Aloha Discussion / 8.2 - cracks under a genoa winch
« Last post by Mordax on April 20, 2020, 09:13:36 PM »
Hey guys. I was doing some spring cleaning on my Aloha 8.2 this weekend and discovered some cracking underneath my starboard genoa winch. The cracks aren't visible on top of the deck; only from below.

I'm pretty new to fibreglass/deck repair, so I was wondering if you guys had some advice of how to fix this.

I've attached a picture. Hopefully it works.

Stuff For Sale / Aloha 8.2 #100 for sale
« Last post by quentincloud on April 17, 2020, 10:23:06 AM »
Hello Guys,
Just giving you a heads-up. I'll be selling my aloha27 this summer when the lockdown is over. she is in Toronto (Scarborough Bluffs).
She has been kept in a very a good condition, and will have a brand new Bimini with frame from Genco and the existing dodger is being rejuvenated by Genco with windows changed and preventive fix where needed. Her yanmar engine works like a charm. Sails are original but works fine for me.. I'm not racing

If need more detail please send me a private message, I can send videos/photos from last season.

I'll be looking at bigger boat more adapted for my plans of cruising with family and friends.


Heaven's wind
A27 #100
I don't know how to do pics but the last post deleted one of the pics so here is 002
We pulled the old deck fill (it fought us madly) and cleaned up the opening.  The original fitting was the threaded type and was 2" OD.  The opening in the deck is 2-3/8".  The new deck fill fitting is 1-3/4" OD.  And is held in place by screws.  The screw holes were half in and half out of the existing opening. 

We had some work to do.

Another thing we found when we pulled the old fitting was balsa core.  It was as fresh as the day it was laid (thankfully) but it had to be cleaned out for the new fill.  It's a testament to the builders that for 34 years no water penetrated into the core.  WOW!

I took a Dremel with a saw blade attachment and cleared out the balsa.  (see 002 image)

Then came the process of filling in the void to accept the smaller diameter fitting. 

I cut up some circles of woven roving fiberglass.  Some sized to the deck penetration OD and some to fill the void created by the balsa core clearing. (see image 003)

The process of filling it in was challenging, mostly because I was kneeling on the side deck while the wind was trying to blow everything off the deck.  We have been blessed with a break from the oppressive 90 degree heat that is so unusual for Florida in April.  Today it's 75.  :D

I used West Systems epoxy and gingerly laid in layer after layer of woven roving, making sure to tuck it into the void between the deck and underside skins.  I felt like a boat surgeon.  8)

For the last 1/4" I mixed up some chopped strands in epoxy used that to fill up to the deck level.  I capped it off with a wafer thin piece of G10. 

Tomorrow we get to see how it turned out.
Aloha Discussion / Re: Cockpit wood
« Last post by Sawlty Dawg on April 12, 2020, 08:10:51 PM »
Varnish finished and curing.
Aloha Discussion / Re: New A32 project added - air conditioning...
« Last post by Holdech on April 11, 2020, 10:46:13 AM »
Not sure about the striped hose but I see someone has been replaced some of it with rigid PVC pipe.

I'm in the process of replacing as much of my flex hose as possible with PVC  - it never permeates and smells like the flex stuff.

Just have to use flex whenever there might be movement.
Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha 32
« Last post by Holdech on April 11, 2020, 10:41:20 AM »
Condition and upgrades are everything.
If one boat needs sails, canvas, cushions, electronics etc. it may be less expensive but generally not the $10K - $15K that you'll be spending almost immediately.
I've seen two A32's this past year in the $30K range that needed more than that. Plumbing was shot, holding tank eaten through, thru-hulls needing replacement, little or ancient electronics, canvas shot, original sails, frightening electrics, and the list goes on.
Take your time buying...
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