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.

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: Deck Prep Blog #96

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Now that the hull is done it’s time to turn my attention to the deck. Before I can put the boomkin and bowsprit back in place I need to put the cap rails on. Before I can put the cap rails on I need to paint the areas that they’ll cover. So I’m basically painting the fore and aft decks. It was a small and relatively easy job to do. It didn’t take long and the result is satisfactory.

One of the things that doesn’t show in the vid & I don’t’ discuss much, is the issue I had with the spray gun. About 1/2 way through spraying it basically stopped shooting paint. With the cup full of paint, 2 part paint that was curing, I couldn’t troubleshoot what the matter was. I ended up opening the cup, spraying primer all over the place in order to use a brush to finish the job with.

Once I was done and cleaned up I discovered that there was a gob of something in the paint feed part of the gun. I don’t think it was old paint as I’m very careful when cleaning my gear. It may have been introduced via the compressor. The compressor in the club is old and has never been serviced. Whatever the cause, I got the job done and while it didn’t work out the way I had imagined the end result was good. And so we move on…

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

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

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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: Paint Prep Blog #94

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A paint job on a car or boat is going to look awful if the prep for paint is not done with dilligence. I have filled all the scratches and divots with glazing putty and then sanded the putty. This is a critical part of the job. It pays in dividends to do a good job and be really really fussy with preparation.

The weather was a bit dicey while I was doing this so it took longer than I had hoped, but I was able to catch up on other odd jobs that needed to be done around the boat. But at the end of it, we had the above-the-waterline part of the hull sanded, smoothed, primed, and ready for paint.

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