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Hi Sailnet Community!

Nik and I are happy as clams to be aboard our 1982 Aloha 32.

Now that she's officially ours, we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work fine tuning some of her maintenance issues.

Does anyone have recommendations for a marine maintenance consultant in the Seattle area?

We're looking for someone to go over some of the repair opportunities with us and talk about our options. We would love to do as much work as possible ourselves.

Here are the areas we'd like to dig into:
-propane system check-up
-head and holding tank examination
-compass servicing
-diesel engine maintenance
-fresh water tank venting
-hot water heater repair or swap out

Just so you know, I recognize the wealth of knowledge found in all the forums. I was visiting the forum before we even had a boat! But we'd like to get someone we can trust onboard to look at our setup and talk with us face to face about our options. Your recommendations are appreciated!

Thanks!
-natalie
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Congratulatioins on your purchase. sorry I dont have anything to add but Ill be watching this to see what information comes your way. Im just a little bit south (Oly) and shopping.
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Congratulations on getting your boat. I too have just (Feb.2013) purchased one of these holes in the water I dump money into- And love it. I got me a 27 Catalina and love her to bits.

I am somewhat North of you and have many of those same things on my list as you. If you can I would recommend a Marine Diesel Engine Course or clinic if one is available in your area. Here in Vancouver I managed to take one and I cannot tell you just how valuable that knowledge has become to me. Things like oil changes, filter changes and cooling system servicing, all can be done yourself saving tons of those "Marine Units" (Large sums of cash).
I am in the middle of a holding tank/plumbing refit- replacing santi pipe clamps and such. I would recommend getting your tank pumped before too long and not to use the head until a leak and hose/tank inspection is complete. Things like odor, moisture, and what might appear to be a "salt" like build up in and around your santi hose and or pumps are in indication of a leak. Lots of info can be found on holding systems on the web.
My compass was in such poor condition, I simply replaced it. Ask your fellow marina friends who they would recommend to "swing" or service your ships compass.

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I just ordered parts from these guys: BWY Team
While they specialize in Macgregor stuff they have been in business so long I imagine they know everyone in town and could probably point you to some good folks in the area. Hope this helps, they were very friendly/helpful.

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Re: Seattle: Maintenance Consultants?

You don't need to find 'professional' consultants. You must be in a marina or a yard; make some friends and introduce yourself around. You'll soon get a sense of who knows their stuff and who may not, both will likely be willing to share their advice and 'expertise' freely. Get two or three opinions until you narrow down to your preferred advisor/friend.

If you are not of the DIY mindset, these same people can advise on which professionals to engage for the jobs you need done.

You show a California location - are you trying to do all this long-distance??

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Thanks for the head tips mtitus. We think a leak is definitely in the works...which makes for a wafty sleeping experience considering the holding tank is below our double berth. That part of the boat's design stinks, Mark Ellis. Literally.

We like your suggestion about a diesel engine maintenance class. We'll look into it.

We'll also give the BWY guys a call. Thanks QuickMick.

As for chatting up the neighbors....yep. We're on it. The Shilshole guest dock is a bit of a ghost town though. Maybe because its kinda pricey?
Maybe Everett will be a better locale for us.

I'll change our profile location. Our homebase is CA, but we're in the PNW for the summer.

Thanks for the tips! Keep em coming!
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Re: Seattle: Maintenance Consultants?

Shilshole is way more active than Everett. The guest dock might not be too busy, but at least on S dock maybe 30% of the boats had people actively working on them last weekend (both days).

Also, if you are paying per-day rates on the guest dock then you should keep an eye on CL, the main office, and the cork boards for sublets. This is about the time of year where a lot of people leave their slips for a couple of months.

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Did you not have the boat surveyed? at this point in time, a surveyor type person may be able to help you figure out what to do per say. That would be my first option for you. Or go to a yard like seaview there at the south end of shilshoal, csr inside the locks.......among two close to you with folks.

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Hi Sailnet Community!

Nik and I are happy as clams to be aboard our 1982 Aloha 32.

Now that she's officially ours, we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work fine tuning some of her maintenance issues.

Does anyone have recommendations for a marine maintenance consultant in the Seattle area?

We're looking for someone to go over some of the repair opportunities with us and talk about our options. We would love to do as much work as possible ourselves.

Here are the areas we'd like to dig into:
-propane system check-up
-head and holding tank examination
-compass servicing
-diesel engine maintenance
-fresh water tank venting
-hot water heater repair or swap out

Just so you know, I recognize the wealth of knowledge found in all the forums. I was visiting the forum before we even had a boat! But we'd like to get someone we can trust onboard to look at our setup and talk with us face to face about our options. Your recommendations are appreciated!

Thanks!
-natalie
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Re: Seattle: Maintenance Consultants?

If you did not get a survey before purchase then perhaps a survey is in order. A good surveyor will go over what needs to be done, and the best way to do it. In the summery they will list safety violations and then go on to list recommendations for maintenance issues. Best thing is that most do not do any work themselves so they can be impartial. They should give recommendations that will bring your boat up to current ABYC standards. If you did get a survey you should already have a document that has the basics, but you should be able to contact them if you have further questions. All the items you list are standard survey items and all of them would fall under the category of "comfort" except for the propane. I think you first concern should be hull, rigging (standing and running), mechanical and electrical. Once those are set then you can concentrate on comfort. Remember safety first!

Agreed, you need to post some photos. And if you post specific questions on this and other forums you will get a variety of answers, some good others not but you will get your moneys worth!(free)
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