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1975 Aloha 34 - First Production Hull Restored

First, I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum, I could not find any sections about projects, restorations or specific brand. Please mods feel free to move this post if this is in the wrong section.

I thought this perhaps could be of interest to people with interest in Canadian boats or the Aloha brand in general.


We found and successfully restored the first production Aloha 34 (1975 Hull 101), that was originally exposed at the Toronto boat show in 1975. The boat has been renamed Serenity, but was originally named "Kamotik", after an inuit word.

Although there's still a lot of upgrades and work to do, like a new hull paint, a 150 genoa, radar etc, she sailed 2 regattas in Mexico so far and she sails like a beauty and everyone like the boat. We managed to finish in the middle of the pack with a blown out, 35 years old original main sail. She was rated with a PHRF of 165 with the various regata comites around here. We believe the engine is the original one, it's very old. It's a 2 cylinder Yanmar, it also has been restored and is in good working condition, although it's a little tired and feel a little underpowered with the 2 blades prop.

Regarding the main sail, we're looking to buy a used one in good condition. Let me know please if anyone has one for sale.

Upgrades and work received:

- Restored interior (remove rotten wood, replace, sand everything, tint, varnish)
- Galvanized original stove
- Repaired rudder leak
- All hoses changed
- New water pressure and bilge pumps
- Auxiliary bilge pump
- New manual pump
- New shower sink, faucets and shower phone.
- New deck and anti-slid paint
- New bottom paint
- New rigging heavy duty rigging salvaged from a fairly recent 40 footer that didn't survive hurricane wilma.
- New chain plates going through the hull reinforced with fiber
- Furlex roller on headsail
- New Bimini
- Dhingy and Dhingy holder poles
- 38" Wheel
- New compass
- New icom VHF and outside remote
- Raymarine A65 Chart Plotter
- Depth Meter
- Gas Stainless BBQ
- Pioneer stereo unit with 5 way 6x9 inside
- Pioneer Marine 6 inches 2-ways in cockpit
- XM Satellite Radio
- And various other fixes
- Rebuilt teak grab rails
- Rebuilt Companion way panels
- Replaced hatch
- Custom wood back seat
- New cockpit cushions
- New interior cushions
- New counter tops
- Bathroom wood recovered with white laminated
- Various holding handle
- New VHF Antenna
- New mast lights
- New chain plates, reincorced with fiber
- Battery Charger when connecting 110 from dock
- 4 New 850 Amps marine batteries
- Norcold ICebox to fridge conversion
- AC/DC Converter
- Restiching all panels of the 35 year old main sail
- New prop shaft
- New Canadian Flag
- Engine restoration including multiple new parts
- New alternator
- Auto-helm 4000 in cockpit and nav station remote
- 2 new delco battery switchers

Planned upgraded / repairs / Looking to buy:
- New teak floor (Floor on backorder in Cancun)
- Dodger
- New life lines
- New hull paint
- Second Anchor
- Used good condition main sail
- 150 Genoa
- Dhingy Outboard (2-4 HP)
- Raymarine chart plotter that can interface with depthmeter, WSI, WDI, Radar
- Radar Deflector
- Possibly new or good condition used Diesel Engine (27 HP 3 cylinders)
- 20 Inches 12 volt LCD with dvd built-in
- 12 volts fans
- Solar Panel on top of Dhingy poles
- Wind Power Generator
- New electric panels (switch panels)

Here's the state she was found in:

Some pictures of work in progress:

Interior almost finished:

Bottom job progress and shaft replacement:

Sea Trial:

Here are some pictures from the regattas:

Here's a video when she was hauled out for a new (much needed) bottom paint and shaft replacement:

YouTube - Serenity (Kamotik) - Aloha 34 - Hull #101

She currently sit quietly at Marina Paraiso in Yucalpeten, Yucatan, Mexico. We don't want to miss the summer season and all the regattas so we're awaiting for September for the new hull paint.

We really are in love with the way this boat sail. It's fast, smooth, forgiving, stable and it's deep draft of 5"6 really give her great sailing characteristics.

We're also happy to join what appear to be a great community.

PS: Sorry for my english, 2nd language!

Guero - Enjoy the little things!
Current boat: Hunter 410 2002 (Illusion) - Current Location: Marina Paraiso, Yucalpeten, Mexico.
Sold: 1975 Aloha 34 (Serenity)
Sold: 1982 Catalina 25 (Polaris)
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WOW, my hat's off to you, your boat is quite a testimonial to perseverance and hard work, and I bet a big dose of $$$. She seems like a boat worth the effort...you have a lot of joy to come...
But when you are ALL done, watch out for the creeping sense that it must be time to move up...

PS - my opinion, run your reefing line and leave them in, but dump the ties. If you find yourself sailing for a while with a reef in, dig out the ties to neaten it up...

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