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Welcome to my web-site.

Almost all of this site is dedicated to our Islander 32 sailboat and the restoration of her.

Below the whale (that came right at me and then dove under our boat) you will find 'buttons' for;  HOME   BLOG   PAGES   ABOUT ME   VIDEOS

HOME is where you are now.  BLOG is just that, a weB-LOG.  Click on PAGES and this is where you will find the refit cronicles.  ABOUT ME is a little about me (...)  and VIDEOS is where you'll find some, you guessed it, videos.

If you like, click on any picture to enlarge it.  Some are bigger than others but all should enlarge.  Click anywhere but on the picture and you will return to the normal view.  The video's should work too by just clicking 'Play'.

Feel free to browse around, and leave a comment if you  like. Perhaps these pages will inspire some to tackle a project like I did, more folks will find their sanity and just buy a boat so they can go sailing.  But I had fun rebuilding and have even more fun sailing.

I hope you have fun too.


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  1. Gordon Brown wrote:
    Jun 8, 2009 at 7:09 AM
    What a nice boat! I agree with you, building my boat has been as much an adventure as what's to come. I have helped build several large boats but it's different when it is your own.
  2. Kevin Bell wrote:
    Oct 10, 2009 at 9:13 PM
    Wow! That is such a nice restore job. I have a 32-1 made in 1965 that I dearly love. We sail out of Anacortes. Would love to see ours, but it might cost me a lot of money if I get too jealous and begin the demo process on mine! LOL

    Blessings and great sailing!
  3. Walter wrote:
    Oct 29, 2009 at 10:44 PM
    Aloha! I've never owned a boat, but have been looking for a couple years now. I found the same boat(craigslist/honolulu) as yours, same year too! Its never been restored, so Atomic 4, wooded mast,etc. The price is low for a good reason I guess. I was thinking hard on this, and then I found your web site, and now I don't know if I can afford to own a boat like this. I was thinking.. Oh, a little paint here and there, few bucks to get the old motor running again.... I think I'm dreaming. I don't have to have the level of finish you have, I just want to drop ankor in Waikiki on the weekends.
    Anyway, good job, and I'm still thinking.
    Mahalo for sharing with all of us. JWR
  4. Molly wrote:
    May 28, 2011 at 8:22 PM
    I have the same boat! Living on it right now. Love what you did with the companionway doors. I still have the wooden boards, but our boats look similar. Great lines.
  5. David wrote:
    Jul 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM
    What a wonderful lady! It all reminds me of my childhood and learning to sail with my father. Good times... May your family enjoy many special moments together aboard her.
  6. Mark wrote:
    Aug 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM
    Hi! Very nice restoration job, I have the same boat and always use your website for reference when doing projects. Had. Question, do you ever experience weather helm issues? Due to the boats design and how the rudder is position seems like no matter what you do in heavy weather their will be issues? Any feedback or tips would be very helpful, thanks!
  7. Aug 9, 2011 at 1:48 AM
    i think that you have great time with the Islander 32 sailboat...i really love to sail in the water ...
  8. e.logan wrote:
    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    Thank You Henk, your website is a real treasure trove of ideas and demonstrations specifically aimed at the Islander 32. I just recently purchased an Islander 32 and there isn't a lot of information on the web related to this boat. Thanks to you I have a source that gives me ideas on what to do to my boat, which is going to need a lot of work!
  9. John Chiles wrote:
    Oct 23, 2011 at 8:07 PM
    We have a 32 built in 62. My family loves our boat. Her nam e is Adyta. We sail on Lake cahmplain. Live in Vermont.
    Your blog is great. What did you do for the windows?
    All the best,
  10. Henk Hiensch wrote:
    Oct 24, 2011 at 9:15 PM
    Thank you all for the nice comments. I really appreciate them. Mark, yes weather-helm is an issue, just the way the design is. Reef early to balance the rudder is what I do. John, the windows are acrylic (lexan yellows a lot faster than acrylic) and I used self sealing window rubber with mixed results. Hope this helps.
    Happy sailing.
  11. Duffy wrote:
    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:58 AM
    Hello Henk
    Love your site (and Tim's Glissando site as well). Just something to think about re: the oil filter. Fram had some quality issues a few years back (don't know if they are resolved) but one thing to keep in mind when choosing another filter is bypass pressure. They are designed to open at a certain pressure and bypass the filter mechanism, releasing all of that lovely dirt right into your engine oil. If your filter is not matched to your engine, this could be an issue. Here is a link to an article about filters:

  12. TJ wrote:
    May 7, 2012 at 8:27 AM
    Henk, what a wonderful boat! I've been following your blog for some time and am very impressed. I have a 1964 Islander that my father and I restored and I have been sailing on the Wast Coast for a few years now. I've been having some chainplate issues and was hoping to solicit your experiences with them on the Islander.

    All the best,
  13. ben wrote:
    Dec 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM
    Hey beautiful job on your restoration. We are thinking about buying the same boat down south. If you are still checking this please email me back as I will be going to look at the boat tomorrow and would love to know if there is anything specific I should watch out for. Thanks

  14. Peter Burgard wrote:
    Dec 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM
    Henk, in September I purchased the 1963 Islander 32 on the Texas Sailing Web Page. It was in Goergia, has a green hull. I have been following your Blog and have culled a lot of good information as we follow in your footsteps with our restoration. We like the CCA designed hull, the tiller, the raised dinette with the huge windows, etc. Email me when you have a minute. ...Pete
  15. Dec 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM
    I have a 1964 Islander that my father and I restored and I have been sailing on the Wast Coast for a few years now. I've been having some chainplate issues and was hoping to solicit your experiences with them on the Islander.
  16. Jim wrote:
    Jan 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    I too have an Islander 32, built in 1965,hull #127. Have been living on it for 6 years now. Presently in Panama, headed for South America.

    You did a great job restoring your boat. These wonderful boats deserve all the loving care they can muster.

    Best Regards,
  17. Mark wrote:
    Jan 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM
    I saw in your youtube videos that you have a TP 32 Tiller pilot, how do you like it? Thinking about getting one for my I32 also.
  18. Hans wrote:
    Apr 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM
    Hey Guys !
    I found you "surfing" among Islanders! I noticed, your'e not on the list of the The 2013
    Islander rendezvous is at Deer Harbour July 12-13-14.
    Cheers! Hans & Karin SV.PASSAT
  19. C wrote:
    Sep 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM
    BEAUTIFUL REBUILD! I just purchased hull #165, built in 1968. I intend to refurb and set her up for some serious cruising.Any info you guys can share regarding mods,upgrades etc with live aboard in mind would be appreciated.I have already discovered that the v berth is a lot tight for me to use.( I'm 6'@220#) The dinette setup works well for me though.The head is also a little bit of a challenge as well(sizewise). Thanks for setting up the site. Best info I have found on the 32-1 yet!
  20. Guillermo wrote:
    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM
    It's a pity you don't have a donate button! I'd
    definitely donate to this excellent blog! I guess for now i'll
    settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed
    to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this site with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!
  21. Cheryl Williamson wrote:
    Oct 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM
    I saw an islander 32 come into moorage at Johnnies Dock last night in Tacoma. I have no idea of her age etc.
    But what a compact beauty. Can you tell me more about these boats, and when they were constructed. Is this in the same family as the ericsons. We had a catalina 350 which we sold in 2011, so are always looking.

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