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1970 Mariner 32 - Hull#6
Owners: Leo Jankowski - Channel Island Harbor, Ca. - USA
Owners: Tony and Linda West
Tony purchased Oblivion in 1994. Her name was Integrity. It was love at first
sight. There is something about the lines of this beautiful boat that catch
the eye. All of you, who are fortunate enough to own one, know what I mean.
Very little had been done to her since she was new. However, she had been
very well maintained. As a result of the survey, the seller made a major price
adjustment due to serious deck delimitation. This is a problem, which is very
familiar to Mariner owners. The rest of the "needs to be done" list
on the survey, I ignored. I had to have her.
Now, five years later, and many dollars later, she is as good as new. Tony
completely rewired (both 12 volt and shore power). In 1995, Tony replaced
the decks, installed a new head and holding tank, replaced the fuel tank and
water heater, rebuilt the cockpit (saving the teak decking); L.P.’d
the main and mizzen mast, and re-rigged. In 1997, Tony installed radar, and
GPS, and modified and moved my headsail furling back to staysail position,
and installed a new Hood Roller Furler to fit my existing Genoa.
In 1998, Tony hauled her again, and had her completely L.P.’d. At that
time, he also had the rudder checked out and completely fiber glassed. Last
month, out she came again for a new engine. Although the 4.107 still ran reliably,
she was throwing some oil, and seemed quite tired. He installed a Yanmar 3JH3
40hp, 3 cylinder diesel. he launched and had no problems. She runs very quiet,
and recorded 7kts at 2300 rpm on the sea trial. Of course, the installation
was not without its curve balls. I needed a new prop, shaft, complete exhaust
system, and had to add 500 lbs. of ballast due to the lighter weight of the
Tony put tons of love into Oblivion. I first met him in person at the survey.
He was helping out Lori and Dave who had purchased and loved Oblivion a few
years ago from Tony. The survey went well and from the very start I had already
fallen in love with the Mariner. Never have I seen a better designed or more
joyful boat to sail.
We launched from Redondo Beach a very early 0515 and Tony (a true mariner
gentleman) pushed us out for the trip to Channel Island Harbor. We headed
directly up the path of the full moon until the sun finally rose. Joined by
a blue whale the trip was a dream come true.
You can find me most weekends doing boat projects very happy in Oblivion….