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Old 05-07-2015, 03:16   #1
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Hello all. I have just joined the forum and am currently refitting a Formosa 41 called Mistress. Mistress was built in 1984 and spent much of her time in Port Vila Vanuata, she is an aft cockpit version.
The previous owner has done most of the hard work including repowering with a new Yanmar, replace wooden main mast with alloy and removing the leaking teak on the deck and fiberglassing the deck.
I am slowly progressing with sanding and painting rewiring etc and hope to be finished by early next year.
I come from a motor boat background but was asked to sail in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart on a Sydney 38 and loved it. The racing was hard work and cold at times but I was hooked on sail. I felt compelled to get a yacht and cruise (not race).
I wonder if anyone has had anything to do with Mistress in the past or can fill me in on her history. I look forward to drawing on your combined experience and wisdom!

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Old 05-07-2015, 04:16   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, formosa aus.

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Old 06-07-2015, 09:26   #3
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Howdy Formosa! Welcome Aboard CF!

Since you are involved in a major refit project (taking off teak decks and putting fiberglass on the deck), I think visitors and members here might enjoy seeing some photos and reading about that project. If you post some photos in a new thread (perhaps in the Maintenance sub forum) then add your account of how many hours of labor etc, I think others will find it helpful and interesting. Why, just last night I came across a "for sale" for an older (1980s) Formosa and wondered: "I wonder how long it would take to strip that teak off and refinish the deck?" So, at least one person here would like to know.

Good luck on your refit projects, and enjoy your future sailing!



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Try asking on this page Most of the old timers have gone but it's worth a shot.
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Another tip: I believe one of the active forum members here on CF, ZEEHAG, has a Formosa 41 (as I recall). She often recommends that new owners of that brand search for and join the "Leaky Teaky" club (an online users group), as it has a lot of information on those boats.

You can see her boat on her CF Profile page and you can contact her through a Private Message there too.

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