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As soon as spring comes I intend to have a survey made on an aloha 34 I plan to buy, I will be sailing on lake Ontario, and St-lawrence river. I plan to buy this boat because as soon as get the opportunity I wish to cross the pond and and cruise the mediteraneen. It might be in 6 or 7 years, who knows? And I beleive that the aloha 34 is well suited for that purpose, and in a mean time its not a slug, so its also a good choice for Lake Ontario. My mind is pretty much made for the aloha, but I am just curious to know what Jeff H thinks about it , and of course all other inputs are welcome! and if you have any suggestions for other boats in the same price range/category, just in case the deal does not conclude.

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A similar boat, in fact they look the same, is the Hinterheoller 35. I think you will find it is much more suitable for a trip across the pond, I believe the design and build quality is much better.
I do not know this for sure but have heard from different sources that the quality of construction on the Alohas varied a fair bit.

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As soon as spring comes I intend to have a survey made on an aloha 34 I plan to buy, I will be sailing on lake Ontario, and St-lawrence river. I plan to buy this boat because as soon as get the opportunity I wish to cross the pond and and cruise the mediteraneen. It might be in 6 or 7 years, who knows? And I beleive that the aloha 34 is well suited for that purpose, and in a mean time its not a slug, so its also a good choice for Lake Ontario. My mind is pretty much made for the aloha, but I am just curious to know what Jeff H thinks about it , and of course all other inputs are welcome! and if you have any suggestions for other boats in the same price range/category, just in case the deal does not conclude.

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I jumped when the price was dropped to what I was going to offer and they were a feature boat at the Annapolis Boat Show. I was within 60 days of departing for the search and was going to bring whatever boat I found to Hampton, Va anyway. This saved me a search, a complete refit, and a trip around Florida. (I say that about the trip because I know I would have bought something in Texas.)


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She's a Ted Brewer design, roomy and comfortable and well behaved as his work usually is.

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More fin keel than Brewer's usual longish keel/Brewer bite style of hull but that likely explains it's non-slug status.

Not aware of any serious quality issues with Aloha, expect they would be on par with other local builders of that era.

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Worked on a few of these in Port Credit in the 80's installing refrigeration, instruments, pilots, seasonal in/out. Can't comment on performance or design, but compared to Niagara 35's of similar vintage boat lacked finesse in build/assembly quality. QC at Hinterhoeller was at a higher level. On the other hand, the Niagara 35 has reputation for deck delaminiation/soft spots, again, a QC problem. None of them are perfect, but most of them are fun!
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Re: Aloha 34

Does the Aloha 34 have a deck stepped or keel stepped mast? I haven't seen a mast in interior photos, but perhaps it is hidden behind some wood work?

(Just a practical matter knowing there are low bridges in my future.)
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Re: Aloha 34

I don't think that it matters very much if it is keel or deck-stepped - the mast is much too big to make it convenient for dropping to go under bridges. If this is an absolute must you need to look at boats with purpose-built tabernacles. I think there are some Dutch boats like that.

Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Ainia is back in North America for the first time since 2010. Currently in Long Island Sound.
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