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: [email protected].

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
Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 50 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at