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.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Removing old backing plates Blog #93

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Paint! At long last I get to put some colour on the hull! It’s so satisfying to see the boat starting to look like someone cares about her. The first step is 4 coats if Interlux Interprotect. The product is a 2 part epoxy style application. It was fairly warm out so I started at the stern on the starboard side. By the time I got to the stern on the port side the product was already cured enough for another coat. I had to really hustle as the pot life was quite short – about 30 minutes in the pan before it started to glob up and leave lumps on the surface.

So that was day 12 of the refit intensive. I find that I’m tired a bit worn out but I have the satisfaction of a job well done.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Removing old backing plates Blog #92

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It is day 11 of the refit intensive.

There isn’t much that’s interesting about sanding, priming, sanding, masking, sanding, and paint prep work. However, if you like fast motion work – this one will do it for you!

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Removing old backing plates Blog #89

The rain is bucketing down on the refit intensive day 8 so I shift my work focus to inside and get some wood projects out of the way.

I also show the end result of the repair done on ‘Amazing Grace’ keel.

Cheers!