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12-05-2013 09:58 AM
Blue Eagle
Re: douglas 32?

Hi, i know this thread is probably cold, but i also own one of these boats - built in hong kong by cape yachts in 1976: when i bought her the engine - a volvo md11c - was frozen solid, but a few solid thumps with a #1 persuder (4lb hammer) freed off the seized piston. I’ve recently re-wired the engine and switch panel and am about to set-to again on the exterior brightwork (the executive version had wood up the wazoo, a real pita). As for the important stuff, her action on the salty stuff, i can only reiterate what other owners have said: an absolute joy in a stink, not bad in a zephyr with fully-battened and extended-roach main and 130% genny - better than my friend’s beneslow anyway! She’s weatherly, points well within 30 degrees of apparent, and even downwind, with the tri-radial spinny up she can clock over hull speed. We race under the PYN rule and regularly feature on the podium in those races. Round the cans we dont bother as its tedious and spills beer! As a cruiser shes not as well kitted-out as some of her north american cousins, but theres plenty of space for six knarly lads and lots of handholds below for when the breeze freshens.
Above all, she has stunning lines with a sea-boats sheer and sweet entry and i wouldnt change her for anything else. No roller-furler and twin fore-and backstays make for a bulletproof yet still single-handable boat. I love her and her sisters!
06-15-2012 06:53 AM
Re: douglas 32?

It has been quite some time since I checked this forum!
It seems your connector system was much like mine, except there is no access port in my mast.
I did find a reasonable rubberized connector, and it is going on tomorrow

The mast wiring has been quite a challenge, as some of the wires in the coachroof have corroded. My autumn plan is to remove the mast base, and rerun the wires back to a new panel. I really don`t like the internal connection at the mast base, and will probably modify it for an external deck connection.

On the Westerbeke beast, I decided to remove the exhaust manifold and heat exchanger. H E was really blocked, but a trip to local engine rebuilder and radiator shop (total of $60) has cleared it nicely. Beats the 1200 replacement cost.....
Difficult to get exhaust manifold gasket from Torresen Marine -2 months wait. I found a company (TTL) in Dartmouth that makes gaskets, and they cut one in 24 hours.
Now to put it all back in; along with the new Racor fuel filter.....
Sounds like a lot of stuff, but as long as there aren`t too many house projects, or too many surprises it should be done this weekend. Scheduled to hit the water week of June 26. Here`s hopin.
Thanks for your feedback on the mast connections.
12-12-2011 12:41 PM
Ocarina II Dear tropical escape,
Congrats on the new boat and your obvious good taste!
'A particularly nice example' you say? Tell me more.
12-12-2011 12:33 PM
Ocarina II hi Chris, my boat had a clunky old steel box shaped multi pin connector inside the mast foot. There is an oval shaped access plate on the side to facillitate connection. It was prone to corrosion and I never liked it. When I re-wired the mast I got a real nice R-V trailer plug from Princess Auto. It is a cylindrical capsule design for heavy wiring and is made from glass reinforced plastic. The female end, which is attached to the boat has an excellent spring load cap that seals it when the mast is unstepped. I looked at what the marine suppliers had and nothing else even came close.
12-12-2011 12:18 PM
Ocarina II
Ballast material

Originally Posted by loup30s View Post
Just purchased Douglas 31 built in Barrie ,on and I'm wondering if anybody may know what they used for balast.
The boat was built in 1976 and launched in 1986
Command Yachts used lead and I would be surprised if anything else could work and still allow her to sit on her designed lines. Try holding a powerful magnet up to the keel or a magnetic compass. No effect=lead.
12-06-2011 08:34 PM
WhiskyJohn Hi Mike, nice to "meet" you. It looks like you're the most experienced Douglas owner here so far. I got mine 3 years ago now. It's a 1973 D32 and I very much love the boat. We're in New Brunswick, with our home port on the Saint John River system, but are fortunate to be able to get down river and our into the Bay of Fundy and down the coast of Maine. I intend to get to the coast of Nova Scotia in the coming summer. I've set up a facebook page and several of the folks here have joined the page. We're posting pictures and trying to help each other out with ideas, and information. If you're on FB and interested in joining up, look for me John McCarthy and we'll do the "friend" thing and you can join the page.
12-04-2011 11:10 AM
Ocarina II
Ratlines and pin rails

Really like the new synthetic manila, Hempex. I am slowly replacing all my yacht braid with traditional looking line. I will probably use the braided simulated manila for the running rigging much as I would prefer the 3 strand.
Teak, bronze, leather and hemp can transform a plastic boat. The Douglas 32 has the classic lines to benefit from traditional (in appearance) ropework.
12-04-2011 10:33 AM
Ocarina II I am a Fellow Douglas owner
Originally Posted by tropicalescape View Post
Hello everyone, Im new to SailNet and would like to know if anyone has any experiance or info about the Ted Brewer designed Douglas 32 by Command Yachts as I have just purchased a very nice example of such a boat...It has very little time on the boat or the engine(yanmar2gm20)the boat was first owned by a U.S. ambassader to the Bahamas who had it prof. maintained but accorden to the log book didnt sail her very much, then by a local business owner who didnt sell her very much either,I have had my eye on her for as many as 15 yrs. and like so many other things in my life i have said for many years that I would own her in due time(attrition... or the patience of a buzzard.. your pick)any way shes mine now and I was wondering if any one has any info. as the owners group no longer exists.Any info would be appreciated as with or without any more info. im going to sail this boat to the Bahamas this coming spring or summer(Aint Scared)! Daryl

Hi fellow Douglas 32 owners,
I've owned mine for about 15 years and am halfway through her refit.
I've done quite a lot to her and would love to connect with other skippers.
11-09-2011 07:21 PM
Originally Posted by loup30s View Post
Just purchased Douglas 31 built in Barrie ,on and I'm wondering if anybody may know what they used for balast.
The boat was built in 1976 and launched in 1986
The specs say it is a lead casting internally encapsulated in fiberglass, connected to an exterior bronze grounding plate.
11-09-2011 07:14 PM
WhiskyJohn Very cool. I understood that some hulls were sold as "kit boats" nice to hear you folks did such a nice job. If you're on Facebook check out:!/groups/180704598614604

I set up a "page on D32s. Feel free to post some pics of your boat... in fact everyone should post some pics of their D32s. Always nice to get some eyecandy now that the cold weather is getting ready to hit us in the north.
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