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1973 Viking 33
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Rehoboth Ma
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Re: Ontario Yachts Viking 33 advice
Just updating here...
So the yard bent my shaft and broke my strut and told me the stut broke from a stress fracture after they hauled it out. Yea right!
Anyway, I had them fix and the billed me...
I also had them do the bottom job above.
So last week of may I get launched, they left my boat a Fk'n mess with the sandblast material and footprints. i complained and made them wash it.
I go to take it off the dock and to my mooring and she is vibrating so horribly the dock kid saw the rig shaking. I couldn;t even keep her in gear because the friction was boggong the A4 down to almost a stall.
Than they say "its your prop" I say "really? I think you guys bent the shaft and broke my strut at haul out." He says. "I'll stake my 46 years in the business that it is your prop. I say "okay then," I put my money where my mouth is and order the Indigo Prop and say, "put this on" They do and guess what, still vibrating.... Then FINALLY they say, "we have to haul it and remove the shaft it is the only true and fair way to assess the issue and check that shaft" I say "great, lets go"
Sure enough the shaft was bent, the Yard has owned the responsibility and we were re-launched last friday.
I was having idling issues with the A4 so i had installed a rebuilt Carb and she idles great, like never before. I kept the Idigo prop and I have to say, she has never ran so well. I've gone from the slowest under power of 5 knots to under 3 knots and a cruse speed of 5 knots with very little effort and probably could get up over 6.
We took her out for her first sail of the year on Sunday and it was spectacular! we had 15 knots and a couple of guest. I rolled out the head sail and let run go. It was just daysailing. She was hitting 7 knots thru the water with just the head sail at 100%. So, I was happy with the easy sailing and just kept at that and we were all very happy!
This boat is truly amazing! I can't wait to get back out there. She is finally mechanically sound! New engine, cutlass bearing, stuffing, shaft and prop. New standing rigging, new sails and she is a dream to sail! It was really a great day! I sailed home wanting to stay out I think for the first time ever. All our journeys seem to have been plagued with issues and lots of stress for me. But, I think she is really good order now!
Now, we did change her name while on the hard before her first launch in many years (our first launch). However, we never christened her with champagne. So, before we went anywhere on her to motor around and move out the mooring on Saturday, we picked up a couple of bottles of bubbly. I cracked one over the bow fitting and said "I christen thee the Lolita, God Bless Lolita!" I then popped the other one and poured some across the bow and all around her into the water! A little on the late side but, I'm hoping I appeased the sea Gods! LOL It was actually a fun little ceremony! If the weekend on the boat was any indication, I'd say our bases are covered!
1973 Viking 33
South Coast, MA