formosa owners group (leaky teaky tavern)

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.


via formosa owners group (leaky teaky tavern)

lightning sucks

40088544_1561089037816519_rpecorarofriends 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.


ok so now we seek electrician and a wood worker….

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. …


motivated by shamaness and their misadventures…..or twing twang pop….

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..

ok  ..

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

doesnt make sense

but, then, nothing schizophrenics  do  does…. why would an individual   intrude into a  website not of their own and  make  nasty comments then say i need to leave

preparing for major work, finally!

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 information
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.

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SLOWLY she turns … step by step….inch by inch….

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.

found a resolution to the electrickery box issue…..

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.