Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: More Glass! Blog# 148

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Glass glass wonderful glass.  So satisfying to work with. Quick, easy, and forgiving.  If you make a mistake with glass work, you have easy options to deal with it. Great stuff.

Today’s project is to get the backing plates (fiberglass) in place so that the plugs can go back in. There’s one by the head, and one on the deck. Not a ton of work but both need to be done.  The one on the deck for obvious reasons – if it rains I’ll have an 8″ hole letting rain in. 😦  Gotta get that one covered.



Well there we are.  Once little step further along.

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

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

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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

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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

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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: The Dreaded Bilge Hose # 144

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A quick update on the various projects I have on the go. The main focus of this episode is to get the bilge pump working.  The issue with the pump is … it doesn’t work. I suspect that the impeller of the pump has been sitting in diesel fuel for a while and has bloated to the point that it no longer turns. Ergo – no pumpage. I bought a new pump for the boat but the hose barb on the new pump is larger than the old one. I tried to find a step down coupling but no luck there.  I opted to replace the hose. Not a particularly difficult operation except that where the hose connects to the outboard through-hull is hidden behind the fuel tank. !!



Cutting through the deck turned out to be unnecessary.  This video was recorded in the fall. During the winter cold the one ‘good’ tank started to leak. So I had to remove it. Once removed the access to the fitting became quite easy. Oh well. Lessons learned.  The tank removal vid comes later on.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Wiring the Pulpit Blog # 143

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Ok, let’s get this out-of-the-way first:  In this vid there is some pixellation / editing going on.  Some intrepid viewers have already raised an eyebrow and asked.  So here’s the somewhat embarrassing tale of woe.

The blue coveralls I am wearing are cheap, paper, throw-away coveralls. I like them because they breathe really well so I stay cool. However, they have one MAJOR design flaw. When worn, if the wearer bends over far, or squats the crotch rips out.  In fact it rips out without so much as a “how do you do?”.  At least with fabric the wearer gets the tell-tale ripping sound with these things … nothing.  So I was happily vlogging away completely oblivious to the naughtycal wardrobe malfunction exposing the main junction.

I didn’t realize it till I got home and started to edit the vid. I then took about 5 minutes out of my day to laugh at my  idiotic self.  Once the giggle fit ended I decided not to re-do the vlog but to just edit out with a pixel mask any offensive bits that may or may not have been making a bid for freedom.

Truth be told, while this catastrophe was unfolding I, being a neighbourly type, helped a boat returning to the dock get tied up. All the while oblivious to John Thomas making his début appearance. I did notice the odd looks but they were thankful for the help, so I suppose it’s all good in the end. So to speak.

So that being said, this vid isn’t about old pirates being blissfully oblivious much to the chagrin of the boating public. It is about wiring the pulpit and replacing the pulpit lights.

Enjoy. And don’t laugh.


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




I said, don’t laugh.

Little Bear Westsail 32 goes for a sail! Blog # 142

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I enjoy working on Little Bear. Really, I do. But after two years I’m really itching to get out there on the water.  So, even though the boat isn’t really ready, although there are tools and parts scattered all over, although the head doesn’t work, although the lights are only half working – I decided to get out for a sail. Sail meaning ‘motor’.

July first; Canada’s 150th birthday seemed like as good an occasion to get out and go for a trip down the river and around the bend. So that’s what we did. Dread Pirate Admiral & a friend took Little Bear out to see the fireworks in White Rock…


Of course, seeing fireworks means that we’d be out in the dark. The Admiral said that without a head there was no way we’d be anchoring out so we had to navigate back to the dock in the dark. Fortunately the tide was right and we managed to get her back to her slip without mishap.  Although it was a bit of a white knuckle ride up the river.

Special thanks go out to all the power boats with their 5′ wakes blasting past us to create the atmosphere of a hurricane in full fettle.  So kind and thoughtful of you. Blessings.

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