Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bye Bye Rust Bucket Blog# 155

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In this episode, I have to tackle a chore that I wasn’t expecting to have to tackle for a couple of years – the fuel tanks. When I bought the boat I knew the starboard side take was kaput.  The PO told me as much.  The starboard tank is divided by a baffle that sections off one part of the tanks for use by the diesel heater.  However it is rusty both top and bottom.  I didn’t realize how bad till I got it out. It was really really bad.

The port side take was ok, at least I thought it was, until the cold snap this winter. I suspect that the old steel could no longer handle the shrinking or expanding due to temperature changes and a seam somewhere started to seep. Not a huge leak but I ended up with a couple of gallons in the bilge. 😦   Not good.

So, both tanks need to come out. Both.

 

I think that the boat was built around the tanks they’re a weird trapeziodal shape designed to follow the shape of the hull.  The old shop manager who built Westsail boats back in the day is still around and sells parts for these old boats. He reckons that the only way to get the tanks out is to remove the engine.  Well from what I saw when I removed the tanks, removing the engine would not have made one whit of difference.  I had to cut them up to get them out.

Needless to say the new ones going back in will not be the same size. They have to be able to be juggled around a bit in order to fit them in. Fun fun fun.  I suppose that unless you purchase a new boat, becoming a boat wright is part of the journey. And that’s not a bad thing. I like learning new skills and learning about my boat and how it’s constructed.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Raymarine i70s Blog# 154

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I do apologize for the quality of this video. I primarily use a GoPro to record all my videos.  In this video the result is that all the light sources show up really brightly. So when I show the display of the i70 it just shows as white light. 😦  sorry about that.

 

 

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: What’s a ‘Hockle’? Blog# 153

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What is a hockle? I didn’t know until I saw it and discovered that there’s a technical name for it.  It’s basically a situation where three strand braided rope starts to unbraid and twist.

Time to route the wiring for the Raymarine multi-function device.

 

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Of Holes & Head Blog# 149

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The holes be plugged – yaaaay.  They need some cosmetic sanding, fairing and so on but the holes are plugged. When I get going on the interior refit, the hole near the head will get the proper treatment.

Decision time has come regarding the sanitation system.  At the end of the day I decided to purchase a new Electro Scan unit rather than try repair the old one.

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

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 & 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.