Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Sanding the hull Vlog # 44

Arrrr me hearties, welcome aboard. Again.

The weather turned somewhat decent, if a little cool, so I decided to take a bite out of the sand-above-the-waterline project. Tis tedious work, but it needs to be done and when it’s complete .. ahhhh she’ll look lovely won’t she?  The weather closed in after a couple of days so the sanding has come to a grinding halt but I managed to get almost 1/2 the port side done.

I’m using 80 grit paper with my Fein Multimaster.  The work goes quickly (it’s an awesome tool) and gets into those tight corners and places with ease.  Once I’ve gone around the whole boat with 80 grit, I’ll repeat with 100, then 120.  Primer, sand, and then… paint. Glorious, shiny paint. Well, that’s the theory anyway.

I need to figure out what to do with gel-coat blisters. The deck is covered in them. The hull was, but previous owners took care of much of it. The deck.. well that’s a different story. I would like to know what causes the gelcoat blisters and how to prevent them. If you know…  do tell.

In the mean time a tedious vid:


As always, fair winds, following seas, God bless!


2 thoughts on “Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Sanding the hull Vlog # 44

  1. Looks tedious. Are you prepping for paint? In my experience, a six inch D/A goes faster. If fairing, a longboard is the only way, but you have no arms when done ;-).


    • I had a 6″ sanding pad on my Fein, but I had the Fein cranked up too fast and the rubber came away from the steel plate. I need to replace it. Which I’ll do tonight by ordering a new one.


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