Spare Parts 03/01/98


Renault Parts
Reader Wayne Oastler of New Hartford, New York, wrote to say that he found parts for his Renault RC8D 8-hp. diesel from Renault Marine Diesel, PO Box 5595, San Leon, TX 77539; 281/339-1465; 281/339-1641 fax. He said they are open Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also carry parts for Nanni engines. Wayne, who owns a 1980 Seaforth sloop, said he found the Renault Marine Diesel folks helpful.

Alajuela 33 Owners
Gerald F. Knight asks that Alajuela 33 owners contact him with their name, boat name, address and telephone number for inclusion in a possible future newsletter. Contact Gerald Knight at 3705 Arctic Blvd., Box 612, Anchorage, AK 99503; 907/278-7999.

Allmand 31 Owners
Stephen Witt would like to share information with other Allmand 31 owners. Contact him at 134 Sunrise Ct., Oconto Falls, WI 54154-1261; 920/846-3843. e-mail:

Chris Craft Owners
Robert Pemberton of the Antique Boat Club recently wrote to inform us that his organization is forming a sailboat division to educate the boating community about these boats and bring together those that still sail them. The boats he refers to include the Comanche 42, Apache 37, Cherokee 32, Capri 30 and Caribbean 35 motorsailer, all built during the late 1960s. Pemberton says these boats will be given recognition in the clubs newsletter, The Brass Bell, as well as its own newsletter.

Contact Pemberton at 209 Haynsworth, Sumter, SC 29150; 803/773-2160.

Incidentally, in the August 1, 1993 issue, we published a similar request to hear from owners of the so-called Indian boats, the Apache and Comanche sailboats from Robert Gibbons, Box 637, Marion, MA 02738.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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