Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Glass & Biley wiring Blog# 147

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

More bilge pump wiring, and more liquid joinery.

Some discussion about the price of electronic parts. Quite ridiculous. Obscene even. But it is what it is and if I want to get things done and done nicely, it’s going to cost a bit.



As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Glass & Bilgey Blog# 146

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Some more lovely liquid joinery. I just love working with epoxy. Oh the wonders of modern chemistry.  It makes all-thumbs schlubs like me able to fix things.

Good thing I have a background in electronics.  It’s been many years since I sat at a workbench and wired things up but that training has served me well here on Little Bear.

I did get the pump & switch installed and gave it a test run. It’s fun to see water shooting out of the boat. Like it has to take a pee or something.



As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.


Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Take off! You hoser. Blog# 145

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Pulling hose. What fun. Hideous, wonderful joyful hose pulling. Ha! Nothing a little dish washing detergent won’t fix.  I am now a bona fide hoser. 😀

I explain it in gory detail in the vid:


I hope you enjoyed that (blah blah blah blah blah [inhale] blah blah blah)

And as always,  fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Paint ON! Blog #95

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Time to paint. A bit of last minute puttying and then, at long last, paint. I decided to spray rather than roll because the finish of spray is much nicer than roll & tip. I am using #Interlux #Brightsides. I asked for the whitest white that the shop had and I believe this stuff is called ice blue, or something. Doesn’t really matter but it’s very white.

Disclaimer – In the vid, I’m not wearing a mask or respirator. Don’t do this at home kids. This old coot is a fool and takes stupid chances. My brain still seems to be intact. Somewhat. Well, as far as I can tell.

I got the hull, bulwark, and boot stripe painted and the boat is once again looking like a boat. 😀

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Through-hull removal tool Vlog #43


Ahhhrrrrr me hearties! Spring is in the air. I can smell it. I can feel it. In spite of the onslaught of rain, Spring is coming. And I for one, am looking forward to it.

Work on Little Bear has slowed to a crawl over the winter months, mostly due to inclement weather, but also due to other small things getting in the way. Like moving house. Yeah, we sold, bought, and moved into a new house. We didn’t actually move the house. We left the old one where it was and moved to a new one. A long way too, I might add. A whole 48 seconds by car if you get the one light green.

Anyway, in spite of things slowing down I have been working on the boat.  In this episode I took a break from not working on the boat and went to the Vancouver Boat Show with Dread Pirate Vlad. We both thought it was a bit of a wash.  I don’t think I’ll go again next year.

I also introduce the manufacture of a through-hull removal tool.  Yes, I know that a ‘step-tool’ would do the job just fine. However, they cost in the region of $70.  And I don’t trust them to stand up to the amount of torque that needs to be applied to get the old fittings out.  So as an alternative I spent a whopping $6 on some cold rolled steel rod and a welder friend of mine welded up a pair of tools for me.

Here’s the vid:

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


Cap Rail Removal Pt 2: Refit #16 Vlog #32

Arrrrr me hearties! Welcome aboard.

The learning curve proceeds unabated. As is usual with boaty projects anticipated problems have surfaced. In trying to remove the cap rails, a simple undoing of screws turns into the quest for a tool that will facilitate removal of said screws. Challenge accepted, challenge met.

I now have a bit of a system to get the teak off. And work is progressing nicely. Here’s what it looks like:

Fair winds, following seas, and God’s blessing.


Pirate on the Chain Gang Pt. 2: Vlog #29

Arrrrrrr me hearties! Another day spent in the bowels of Little Bear.

Today I had the company of Dread Pirate Vlad. He helped me remove some of those evil nuts. And then vented his frustration by pounding the plates off the outside of the hull. At the end of the day we accomplished what we’d set out to do. Cleaned the boat up a bit, removing old foam insulation, bits of shredded wood and so on.

We’re getting close to the end of the remove stuff phase of Little Bear’s refit.

Take a look:

Fair winds, following seas, God’ blessings,