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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

Hi All,

Just thought I'd share a scary maintenance issue I discovered before we all start launching for the new season. I noticed my rudder had dropped about 1/2 an inch when I walked by my I32 on the hard the other day. That didn't look right to me so I made space in the port-side lazerette and crawled under the fuel pipe to see what was going on. I was greeted by the following sight which sent a cold shiver down my spine. I had been out in some pretty rough weather like this before I hauled her for the winter last year. Hanging on by one thread is no way to go through life, son. I'd suggest you do a quick check yourselves to see if you are still held on by four strong nuts (size 5/16 btw). Happy 2012 sailing season!

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capt Scotty and SailXLY 32,

Been away fr awhile but I found out that I have Mk II, tall rig and shoal draft. The previous owner gave me some photos of it out of the water and I snorkeled under it to check for damage and zincs.

I found a website somewhere that gave detailed descriptions of each model but alas, I had a hard drive crash awhile back and all my bookmarks went away. I did have everything backed up but my bookmarks didn't copy over somehow.

After working almost all winter and into spring I finally pushed the starter button and voila, t started. Yee Haa. I found parts at Hansen Marine I also found a raw water pump replacement by calling Johnson pumps and talking on the phone with them. I had to replace the complete exhaust system and a mixing elbow from an ONAN. fit right in.

I relocated the sea strainer and racor and replaced all the rubber hoses everywhere. (hosectomy). I drained all the old fuel that has probably been in there for 8 years and used an outboard gas priming squeeze ball to prime the whole system. worked great. I just kept squeezing until I heard fuel drip into the tank from the return line. I also replaced the thermostat with one from the local auto parts store. Fit right in. I only put 2.5 gallons of new fuel in the tank so that the filters could clean out the remaining fuel and gunk. I will run that several times and keep changing the filter until I'm happy that it is scrubbed the best I can.

We are presently in North Alabama on the Tenn river and plan to spend the summer here again finishing out the rest of the boat and maybe go all the way up to Knoxville, Tenn. Then down the Tenn-Tom waterway to Mobile bay and points further.....forever.

Already looking for a different boat though. This one is just fine but we think we might like a motorsailor since we are seniors and should start restricting our sun time.

Good luck all.

Harry and Barbara
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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

Hello Aquaman.

Found a place in England where the prices for Westerbeke L25's are about one sixth the price. Havn't found out the cost of shipping though? Stephenson Marine in Devon. Just thought I'd share that with you...Good Luck!
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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

We are just finishing our first season aboard our 1977 Islander 32 MKii Kalena Kolika (formerly Bumboo from Oconto, WI), shoal draft 13hp Volvo and love our new boat! Have it in Menominee Marina MI and been sailing the bay of Green Bay and Door County WI nearly every weekend. Would like to hear from other Islander owners. John and Karen
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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

Hi to the Group. I own a 1977 Islander 32 named "For Pete's Sake". Hope port is East Greenwich Rhode Island, but my wife and I spend our summers aboard cruising the coast of Maine.

Awesome boat. It's what is usually referred to as the MK II version, but of those there are still some variations. Sail plans seem to be the biggest difference. My sail dimensions match the Islander 32-3 version.

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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

We just bought a 32 MKII. Don't know much about her, but she needs work.
Hull #2964. Atomic 4 (rebuilt about 2 yrs. ago) runs good. Has GPS, radar, autopilot. Would like to communicate with anyone working on one.

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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

Greetings Tommy hull #2964,

I have done extensive work to the boat itself. It was pretty well abandoned for over 8 years when I got it and hadn't been hauled between 8 and 12 years. The bottom was a mess but not too many blisters.

I have a 1979 boat, tall rig and the westerbeke L25. REALLY hard to get parts for but it is still running. It got me down the Tenn Tom waterway from N Alabama to Mobile last fall and I have been in Mobile ever since. Getting ready to go back up the waterway to Demopolis next week for the hurricane season and then back down to spend next winter in the Bahamas.

If you have any specific questions shoot me another message. I will be out of touch for awhile the first week of Aug or so while we go up the river 200+ miles.

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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

Hi all! I bought my 78 MII TR last Sept. #3341 "Brilliant Sea" I re-named her(I did the ceremonies). She wore "Kismet", "Lady Blue" and "Le Reve" in the past. Great boat and had been very well cared for. Green Identifier, shoal draft, wheel steering.

320hrs on a Yanmar 3gm,
original headliner(looks new),
new cushions,
new dodger and bimini,
Furuno radar,
Standard Horizon gps,
Raymarine auto pilot,
oiled teak still looks new,
fresh bottom job last August,
new dripless and zincs,
155%, 130% headsails

And gobs of other stuff came with her. I've only sailed her three months and can't wait till this horrid winter gets done so I can get her out again. I ripped the main when I sailed up from VA(had it repaired), ordered a North Sails radial full batten(was delivered in Jan.) she will sail sweet!

I'd love to meet and talk with you all about our Bob Perry's wonderful design! I feel she points well but gets some wicked lee helm when over powered, when I have the sails trimmed right she is very well balanced on the wheel. Weather helm is unnoticeable.

She's a right stiff boat for a shoal draft. I have it in my head to circumnav and am thinking of adding about 700lbs to the keel. Marskeel in Canada makes lead torpedoes that attach to the sides of the keel. I want to do the Horn so a little more stability would be nice.

I'm in the Barnegat Bay if any of you come around this summer let me know. I will be in and out of the Chesapeake as well so I'll look for some of you as well!

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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

I don't have it any more (sold it to a friend) but I used to have a 1977 32 Islander Mark II. Mine had the four foot draft.

It's a great sailor and a really stiff boat. It has one of the neatest looking salons you will ever see on a 32 foot boat and we loved the hide away table.

I routinely got it over 8 knots under per GPS on numerous occasions. It was a well balanced rig, too. A couple of times I would be really whizzing along, and try to steer over a few degrees and find out I had completely overpowered the rudder and it wasn't really doing anything.

If I had to do it over again, I would have kept it. But, it had a worn out Atomic 4 in it, and I just didn't feel like going through a re-power at the time.
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Re: Islander 32 Mkii

She is my first boat, looked for two years. Almost bought a 30' Dufour and a 30' Pearson but really didn't like the layout of either and really wanted a 32'. When I found this one I just fell in love. The hide away table is so sweet! The Islander 36 has them too. When it's put away there is room to dance! My exhaust comes out the bottom of the champagne glass stern so no issues there. The only thing I've had to replace was the water system pump and a couple of fittings. I'm going to rebuild the old one for a spare.

The cubby bins behind each settee hold massive amounts of stuff and they stay put when heeling. She has a 27 gallon tank and I have found room under the starboard side lazarette that I'm going to add another 20gl tank. There are 25gl water tanks under each settee so 50gl is plenty for my needs. When I was exploring up in the bow area I opened up a cover and found that one of the previous owners put two bags of concrete. I have noticed when the fuel tank and the hot water tank is full that she sinks at the stern a bit. Might be a good place for another water tank if I wanted.

I absolutely love this boat and hope to have her till the end, I will keep her ship shape for the next lucky sailor!
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