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Old 18-02-2019, 10:05   #1
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Ontario 32 Help

Ahoy Sailors,

Looking at Ontario 32 (moving up from Catalina 27). Cannot find any information on the web. Could you please help? What to look at the used one? What are the weak spots? Any happy owner of Ontario 32 out there? Much appreciated!
One thing that worries me is the status of the rudder. Please take a look. Any suggestions?
Second, she has prop on the starboard side (asymmetric) how difficult is handling of such sailboat?
Thank you very much!
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The Ontario 32 was conceived as a quality performance cruising boat incorporating the industry's latest design features (C&C Design).
As a consequence of her offset propeller, the prop’ will cavitate in certain rough conditions, and she is slow to get moving under power. The original Yanmar (15HP) is probably a little undersized.
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Old 21-02-2019, 13:03   #4
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Have had my 1984 Ontario 32 for 2.5 years now. I like the abundance of space both in the cabin and cockpit. Loads of storage in cockpit lockers. Yes, I too have obsessed over the smallish looking rudder. Fast Composites has an MK3 rudder "upgrade" which looks a bit longer. Might change out to this one if mine starts to get loose again. It had been rebuilt once already just before I bought it. New C&C sailboat rudders | Competition Composites Inc.. It seems to handle well enough in what the Chesapeake has thrown at it though I have only put in the first reef so far. There have been reports of trouble maintaining steerage while surfing down big waves which could be due to the rudder. Mine had not been actively maintained for at least 2-3 years so needed some upkeep. Rebedding stanchions, cleats and whatnot. Had my steering fail the second year which took some time to repair. Pin fell out of the wheel cog. Fuel tank full of crud so had to drain it and cut a clean-out hole. The fuel filter would clog every few hours. It's all good now. Yanmar 2GM underpowered but a very solid little engine for a 15hp. Can almost make 6 knots in flat but then again it is an auxillary engine. The original rod rigging probably needs replacing and my mainsail is pretty shot. Genoa not far behind. Stove oven didn't work so had to fix. I can continue but you get the idea. There have been alot of weekends. I enjoy the work so it is not a chore. Originally they sold for about $65000. Would love to get a look at some other O32s if you know of any in the Annapolis area. I brought this one down from Kingston, ON. sv/Behaviour.
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Have had my 1984 Ontario 32 for 2.5 years now. I like the abundance of space both in the cabin and cockpit. Loads of storage in cockpit lockers. Yes, I too have obsessed over the smallish looking rudder. Fast Composites has an MK3 rudder "upgrade" which looks a bit longer. Might change out to this one if mine starts to get loose again. It had been rebuilt once already just before I bought it. New C&C sailboat rudders | Competition Composites Inc.. It seems to handle well enough in what the Chesapeake has thrown at it though I have only put in the first reef so far. There have been reports of trouble maintaining steerage while surfing down big waves which could be due to the rudder. Mine had not been actively maintained for at least 2-3 years so needed some upkeep. Rebedding stanchions, cleats and whatnot. Had my steering fail the second year which took some time to repair. Pin fell out of the wheel cog. Fuel tank full of crud so had to drain it and cut a clean-out hole. The fuel filter would clog every few hours. It's all good now. Yanmar 2GM underpowered but a very solid little engine for a 15hp. Can almost make 6 knots in flat but then again it is an auxillary engine. The original rod rigging probably needs replacing and my mainsail is pretty shot. Genoa not far behind. Stove oven didn't work so had to fix. I can continue but you get the idea. There have been alot of weekends. I enjoy the work so it is not a chore. Originally they sold for about $65000. Would love to get a look at some other O32s if you know of any in the Annapolis area. I brought this one down from Kingston, ON. sv/Behaviour.
I know many Ontario 32s, but do not own one. I do not think they ever came with rod rigging. They are all wire, unless changed. No one reports handling issues, so I think the rudder is okay as designed. It's a well-mannered boat in most conditions. There is enough sail to get you going in very light airs, and in 35+ knots it just sails on (reefed down of course). No bad habits I am aware of. They have been sailed all over, including Greenland, BC to New Zealand, to Alaska, Haida Gwai (formerly the Queen Charlottes. That is a challenging, windy destination), and many times through the Caribbean which as you know can also be very windy. It will take care of you. It's nice to look at, built extremely well, and has a huge interior. I don't know of a better all around boat in the price range.
Also, only the design is by C&C. Ontario yachts asked C&C to design a cruising boat for them.
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Hi Brad
I hadn't heard of someone sailing to Greenland. Would be interested to hear their story. While I love this boat, still not sure if I would be comfortable sailing the north Atlantic route west to east. The capsize ratio is a little high and comfort factor more like a coastal cruiser. No bridge deck nor staysail stay. This all being said, I am still getting to know this boat and what it can take.
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We have an Ontario 32 we purchased from the original owner's estate in July 2018 while it was sitting on the hard. When we got her she was in rough shape and took about 5 weeks of almost every day working on her to get her close to the way we like.

She had not been sailed in 5 or 6 years at least, but put in the water every year. Engine would not run on last haul out, but mechanic who serviced the boat the last 15 years said not to worry. Only big surprise was cone clutch gone on transmission, which added about $2,000 to repair job for the engine. Also put on a brand new furler.

We moved the boat down the lake about 20 kms to our home port where I sailed a Mirage 24 for 18 seasons. It has been a non-stop upgrade project for us since and she is looking mighty fine now. Over last winter we re-did all the back cushions ourselves and had the bottoms done with new sponge at a local shop. My latest project was making some wood floors for the cockpit using molding from RONA cut into strips. I will finish it better over the winter this year.

We get lots of compliments on "Newfoundgal" and one of our senior club members even said to me "yours is one of the nicest good old boats I've seen in a long time". She's worth it, because the original owner kept her up well while he could, sitting on her for the last time in the water at his slip when he was 88 years old. I think he would be proud what we have done with her.
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I would load some photos, but don't know how!
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Ahoy Sailors,

Looking at Ontario 32 (moving up from Catalina 27). Cannot find any information on the web. Could you please help? What to look at the used one? What are the weak spots? Any happy owner of Ontario 32 out there? Much appreciated!
One thing that worries me is the status of the rudder. Please take a look. Any suggestions?
Second, she has prop on the starboard side (asymmetric) how difficult is handling of such sailboat?
Thank you very much!
I’ve owned a 1976 Ontario 32 for 3 years. As with all boats - a series of compromises. The boat handles well a variety of conditions from light to heavy. The construction is solid - everyone that has ever worked on her comments as to the quality of the build. With all that said here is my wish list: less weather helm (solution is to reef the main early), wish it did not have a fiberglass liner to allow easier interior remodeling, don’t like the built in tanks (water and waste). That’s a pretty short list, and all things I can live with. I sail commercially as a delivery and charter captain, so I’ve sailed dozens of boats in a variety of conditions - I’m always glad when I sail mine - I guess that’s a good sign. While there are days when I wish my boat was a bit bigger, I have a hard time imaging that I will ever sell her. Cheers.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Newfoundgal, and Trillium.
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