ok so the most difficult part to find for these boats is SCREWS for the mast track. unable to duplicate and unable to be found at screw stores or wood building stores or other wood oriented and ship oriented areas of planet. impressive isnt it that a boat gets to become a reef for fishies merely due to screw purchase fail. and in a city with many sources for this product. wow. there are none in stainless nor bronze nor aluminum nor other materials. not even plastic.
instructions are not able to be followed despite being basic and simple. is not merely one nationality falling short–is all folks who claim knowledge of boats and boating and repair and invention. i am sooo impressed.
i wish my hands knees hips legs and broken back worked so i could do this my own damned self but noooo i get to watch gunsmoke and pay out money for nothing.
yup chose wrong city for repairing, duh.
my best connection got throat cancer and was failing as i arrived, ruling him out… thankfully he has recovered so perhaps we can use his recommendations.
right now my cats are doing a better job at repairing my boat than those who have said they want a hand in repairing her.
friends ct41 was 90 percent finished for his retirement home use and lightning struck. it. bad. burned in flames. his hull is still intact as are some of topsides. these babies are strong, thankfully. he will rebuild again.
please find it in your heart to help a diabetic one legged retired icu nurse re-rebuild his retirement home. pictures and spiel are in the linky. please read and spread this word.
personification of the phoenix rising.. he essentially rose from flames and recovered to again win championship. despite all odds. excellent example of overcoming that which has been endured. r i p niki lauda….
seems our alleged worker has become entrenched into marina mafia issues and now charging much higher rates than agreed upon in original deal. funny how working within marina mafia controlled companies has changed his outlook. now we need someone who can do these jobs for the agreed upon fees.
the rate of return here is 98 percent, aka 98 percent failure at sea. wow impressive isnt it. and for this the workers demand more than agreed upon and demand no accountability. so. our goal is to repair that which can be repaired fore transiting to another locale for completion of this massive project. yeah i picked wrong city for repairing. this is essentially a border town as shown in their attitude towards people in general–transients donot need to have good works done to their equipment as there is no responsibility factor in the mix.
the best electrician is located in cihuatlan, some 300 miles south of here, as is the injector pump repair man and the good engine builder. i came to mazatlan for the use of yard on south side of town, and for use of reasonable repairing… no longer available here. the flustration is in the creation of a working propulsion system, both sail and machine. sail is in repair shop and masts and booms are being repaired most slowly.
ancillary issues develop as waiting is the only activity in mazatlan.
ships and sailors rot in port.
mechanics here are dime a dozen but skill level is grossly lacking. for example, one year and 4 workers later my mizzenmast is almost ready to re rig. almost. however the mast step is still unfinished and electricals still need to be relocated from area of mizzenmast to a realistic placement of panel. the engine work has been procrastinated due to supporting issues relating to shaft tube and packing gland support issues–yes that again…..some things do not change but morph into other issues ..it is a boat, after all….and my 3 yr refit seems to need 5 more years or more… sad situation for a port with alleged yards and workers. unfortunately the workers are low skill and reflect badly on the area as a result..
yes we still looking for relief and assistance in this project from the other side of town, where working ships are repaired, skillz are better and pricing not so delusional. …
ok so today we checking rig and wires, only to find we would notta made it to next destination with intact mizzen even after repairs..
twing twang pop would a rebroken mizzen. so we changing out ALL the standing rigging of mizzen. cores of cables are rustedy and bustedy this also causes me to stop and think perhaps it is a good idea to step mainmast to repair and maintain so all can be done despite the lacking skill level here…
and so… cleaning rig wires is a grande idea– hopefully my rig is worthy after the repairs, as i do wish to sail more…..
now to find replacement cables…..
and more chainplates forward, gonna be external….
glad friends were not given headaches from their mayhem.. and glad i am inspecting mine before restepping mast
what a wonderful morning!!!!!!
lollygagged until mechanic appeareed, then we went thru this boat — immediate needs involving engine, filters, fuel tank which is fi now and so full of dirty water, which it wasnt until recently.. wow it is bad. no wonder my engine stopped.
so we fixing all.~~ emptying tank and ridding boat if kaka diesel and kaka in da diesel… changing fill hose and making current garbage fuel tank finally go away. gonna build new tanks.placing automaticity for bilge pumps so i donot have to keep manually operating those, and changing out bad nonfunctional pumps and perfectiing the engine and fuel system, then onward to electrics and prepping for mast stepping.. whoot–neeed to step mizzen in winter so no rain into boat. will be a huge hole. will be fixing everything under the forward cockpit deck and the dinette and galley counter. ha ha ha ha adding 2 battery boxes for these 6 v golf cart batteries int he hold, none each side, and creating much needed storage space instead of interior battery boxes taking the space. removing fridge and repairing and strengthening the beam under mizzen and making a step for under mizzen so no one has to do this again, and repairing all this stuff i neeed to fix. and ernesto said he can do it all… whooooot. i love independents with a can and did do attitude. i said–ok so you agree to be my boats “slave” after work for 4 yrs? he sed YES.. wow coool.
i wanna know how is bilge water getting into my crappy fuel tank????? that will be fixed with the dispo-ing of that craap tank..but i bet i will find a leakage somewhere allowing in bilge water, as that is what this crap in my fuel looks like.
we will empty allmy diesel in tank into the 50-60 liter garafones i have carried with me for a while, and recycle it to the fuel station. yuk it is foogly.
so, tuesday, we have mechanic in bringing new fuel pump again and whatever is needed to start this work, and begin fuel readjustment so we can use machina… whoot we gonna fly again..and not bandaid surgery, but fix it right. finally.
rebuilding water pumps–yes i have 3..all 3 not working…
i donated to the what you can use from my boat that i cannot pile 2 racor filters in various bits, some unusable on my boat fuel filters, and some fittings for other style 108 and 107 fuel filters… they donot fit my engine, so , bye bye. mechanix have other engines with issues so parts donot hurt
i am glad i am finally getting with those i need to contact fo r fixing this –i am jazzed we starting this misadventure.
Hardin International Co., Ltd. History 07/01/2001
I am somewhat familiar with the Hardin 45’s, having been an importer for the boats from 1977 until the factory was closed in the mid 1980’s. My wife and I owned a Hardin 45 for about 1 1/2 years in 1980/81 and another for 10 years from 1990 to 2000.
Be cautioned not to believe some of the rumors that fly around about the Taiwan boats and roving Chinese families that built parts of different boats as they wandered from yard to yard. Most of the rumors are circulated by people who have never been to Taiwan or built a boat anywhere. I have had boats built in six different yards in Taiwan and China over the past 29 years and have visited dozens more yards in Taiwan and China. I have never seen that phenomenon. Every yard that I have worked in has had its own full time employees ranging from 75 to 200 workers depending on the size of the yard and the volume demand at the time. Work forces did go up and down with business, much like they do here in the USA in any industry.
I personally knew Bill Hardin and my wife and I had dinner with him at the Hong Kong Yacht Club in 1981, and then visited Hardin 45, Hull #100 which he kept for himself at the club in Hong Kong harbor. He was born in 1926 and studied naval architecture and engineering at Long Beach City College under Prof. Aldenberg (rated in the top 3 in the US at the time). Bill Hardin worked with fiberglass as early as 1948 and in fiberglass boat building in Japan in 1959. He died in the Vancouver, BC area in the 1990’s.
Bill Hardin, Bill Crealock, Ernie Chamberlain and William Garden were the pioneers of Taiwan boat building for the American market. They were the ones who really got the industry rolling in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Bill Hardin started the CT (Ta Chaio) yard with two Chinese partners in the Taipei area (northern Taiwan) with the original Wm. Garden designed Sea Wolf 40, the Sea Sprite, and the original Garden designed Force 50. He left CT soon after, taking his Sea Wolf molds with him. But his Sea Wolf 40 was copied by many yards and sold as CT41, Island Trader 41, Yankee Clipper 41, Sea Tiger 41, Transworld 41, etc., a very popular traditional ketch. The Force 50 molds were taken to Hudson Boat Company in the Taipei area, but the Force 50 was also copied as an Island Trader 51, Formosa 51, etc. This copying problem is why it was nearly impossible to get a set of drawings from a Taiwan builder.
Bill Hardin moved to Kaohsiung, Taiwan (southern end) and built a new factory where labor and overhead costs were lower – around 1970. The company was called Hardin International Co. Ltd. That is where he designed and built the Hardin 45. They built an all fiberglass construction and they were the only builder of the Hardin 45. The boats were imported at first as a Bounty 44. Around 1980, Hardin re-designed the hull from a 6’0″ draft to 5’6″ draft, trimmed down the transom and moved the two aft ports from the hull to the aft cabin trunk, and also extended the boat to 45’2″. Most people do not even notice these changes. To avoid confusion, the Bounty 44’s and Hardin 45’s are all referred to by brokers as Hardin 45’s.
As receved in an E mail from another enthusiast.
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ok so we painted, finally, the mizzen but we only half way done and ran out of paint oopsy.
must wait 2 weeks to afford the 2 part epoxy paint i am using to paint this mast.
we finished painting the mizzen spreaders aka jumper strut. white. still need to place the stainless protectors inside the notches for rigging.
we have wreckage from mizzenstep in bilges to clear out–about 2 hours work to clean bilges after allegedly professional worker hahahahaha. then finish that so we can step the mast after finishing step repair.
created box for placement of panel and breakers and bus bars so no longer on the mast.
and so our continuation of this project, eerr interminable project , moves along…. kinda
our neighbor doggie had a stroke then a fall and we watching. chico da vato talks with goggie and screams when goggie needs something or dogs dad aint home. screaming siamese sounds until humans go nutzzz. he has a way of getting total attention and as soon a s dog dad arrives in his boat, chico is silent. magical.
bubba cannot eat wheat anymore–he pukes horribly when he does. so he gets real meat. raw. wont eat it cooked. no fillers. no grains. critters are interesting to watch communicate.
which is a compromise between having a wet system in rains and a huge dry box.
it has been suggested by a friend who sails a ct 41 that we can make out of re-sourced woods , preferably teakwood, a set up like a box in which my electrickery bus bars and breakers will sit and remain out of path of incoming rainwaters, which seem to be the main cause of breaker failure in my electrics.
all i need is santa claus. ok so this has an unknown investment level. we gonna make the box and trim out of my “not gonna die” planks i placed over my cockpit well so i donot fall in by accident. . can find other planks for that. these are perfect for the electrickery.
this step will make it easier to organize my electrickery when it is time to connect all the wires that others have disconnected and relocated to no function hell. those include all instruments , wind and navigation, radar, otto von pile it, and navigation lights and radio. whoopee.. we can “unchuck” my boat finally. yes the clown from fla who sabo’d my boat did disconnect items he was told not to touch. unfortunately bad work is a long term affair with interminable and semi predictable consequences, each and all involving more work and more outflow of dollars.
and so we work on… at least the idea of this box has lightened my headache developed by the stress of uncertainty.. uncertainty of birds future at sea–cannot sail without specific issues repaired and repaired correctly. as i donot wish flames in my boat, i choose to do this right.
as we repair these long standing issues the load of repair is lighter, but pricing aint cheap. i am trying to utilize my resources as i receive them and during their tenure in this marina. this resource is a transient travelling ct owner who has successfully refit his ct to be a quality voyaging boat. none of us is financially independent, so we pray for santas blessings to assist us in and with this coming work.
ok so as i sit here typoing i am thinking this is not the city in which anyone should dream of finding a boat repair assistant with any semblance of honesty. and her ei thought i had found a rarity–an independent allegedly, worker without sticky fingers. what i found has been a lazy soul with sticky fingers and a split tongue regarding events such as lifting my fiberglass cloth–fine roving–which is required for project completion. ok….
so we are again going to work with an incoming from elsewhere. hoping i am able to get this boat into mobility condition so i can relocate to a less gringo affected location to complete my repairs. in the 4 yrs i have planned for repairing this boat, 2.5 have been totally wasted by waiting on the presence of a fail worker. ok and he took my cloth without a by your leave and ran like stink off a wet dog. ok. this same man was able to rapidly deconstruct my mast step in such fashion as to not remember how to repair, then lost interest in the huge project/ gotta love it. and so much depends on this projects completion, such as stability of prop shaft thru a beam that is semi existent.
the obvious bias of the marina is also a factor in the unusually slow progress of construction, as there is no key for the gate near my boat–funny how there is one when mv mariah appears, but not one for anyone else.
there are laws in mx regarding disabilities and disabled souls, but these are not being followed in this area. there is a marina mafia with obvious bias towards folks with credit cards and huge balances thereon.
these topes have so far been only a moderate delay, however have grown as i have remained here too long. only 2.5 years of a 4 yr refit, of which none has been effected. ok.
so am i flustrated?? hahahahaha
when the worker chosen for the job becomes bored and sticky fingered and refuses to work and declares that the items he took were used on a part of boat requiring care and specific work habits and materials, there is a huge problem. when the worker hahaha alleged worker laughs when work is mentioned there is a problem.
when the worker cannot manage to accomplish even one project correctly there is a huge problem. no work ethic and no conscience–taught by the marina mafia alleged repair gangs present in this city.
NO, mazatlan is NOT a recommended repair location, unless you have unlimited deep pockets and a penchant for thieves. with the completion of the highway from durango to maz, this area is exactly like border towns..poor workmanship and nonexistent work ethic.
so yes flustration.
gggrrrrr…i hope next posting is more positive. sorry for the rant, but this is as it is at present. i came in under my own power and donot have that ability any longer thanks to inept workers and bad work ethic practiced in general in this city.