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

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

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: Finishing thru-hulls & helping a neighbour Blog #86

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Today was day five of the intensive refit. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I’d wanted to, but that’s ok. Sometimes you have to put your projects on hold for others.

In this vid you’ll notice that I turn in the through hulls with a tool & a long (about 3` bar) for leverage.  I emailed Groco to ask how much torque these fittings can take and they said “a lot”.  I have seen on other channels that you don’t want to put too much pressure on them but Groco says “a lot” so “a lot” is what they got. The threads didn’t strip and I”m quite confident that those bad boys are in there nice `n snug.

As far as my neighbour goes, well I felt bad for him as he was all stoked to go sailing and then discovered a major problem with his boat. I won’t go into the details here because I basically explain what happened in the video. But rest assured you wouldn’t want this to happen to your boat. I know I wouldn’t want it to happen to mine.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Day 3 Blog #84

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Today we take a side trip to a local shop where we get our G-10 cut. I took a little time to show how a waterjet cutter works. Unfortunately, the sound quality kind of sucks. My blue tooth headset has background noise suppression which works really well. It also cuts out voice that isn’t close. But I think you can get the idea of how this works. I was impressed. It takes a 40hp motor to get the water up to 50k psi through a diamond tip.

I take the freshly cut plates back to the boat and get them epoxied in place.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Removing old backing plates Blog #73

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The time has come to get down and dirty inside the bowels of the boat. The seacocks are gone but the old backing plates are not. The old seacocks were through-bolted with bronze bolts with a backing plate being sandwiched between the seacock and the inside of the hull. I could have taken the easy way and reused the original plates but I’m glad I took the harder route.

The reason I’m glad I took the harder route is because when I went to pry up the old plates most of them came off with one tug leaving a layer of veneer behind! They were well past their prime.

Join Dread Pirate Biff & crew …

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Thru Hull recessing Blog #67

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The long awaited task of getting the through hulls recessed has begun. I’ve been procrastinating on this job because it’s a bit intimidating. I am NOT a craftsman of any sort and I’m particularly bad with numbers. So, figuring out how to drill, expand, and make great big holes in the bottom of my boat is more than a little intimidating. But it’s not going to get done if I don’t do it, so it’s time to pirate up and get `er done! Aaarrrrrr.

I could have gone with a beveled flush mount through hull but considering there’s nothing physically wrong with the old ones and the cost of these babies makes black beard look like Santa Claus, I thought I’d invest a bit of armstrong and reuse them by recessing them. I used a ‘rabet bit’ on my router. The dimension of the bit is about 1/8″ too small but I got around that by removing the bearing on the bit and letting the spindle run against the inside of the hole. Yes, it got a bit hot but didn’t burn anything and I was able to squeeze out the extra 1/8″ I needed.

I will epoxy the raw glass and when I fit the new seacocks / through hulls I’ll epoxy / fair in the now flush through hulls. Before you ask, yes I’m going to put a 1/2″ fiberglass backing plate inside to make up for what I lost by routering out the glass to recess the through hulls.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: More Loot! Vlog #65

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Today we get yet more loot… er, hardware. I had the stainless steel pieces polished and now they’re back from the shop all shiny and beautiful.

Why polish? Well using steel or iron tools on stainless contaminates it with non-stainless particulate. Non stainless particulate will quickly rust in a marine environment so it is imperative to have it polished to remove those impurities.

We also get to have a look at the result of applying penetrating epoxy. It seems to have done what I had hoped it would. I was surprised at how dark the teak becomes when the epoxy is applied but it still looks awesome.

Fair winds, following seas, and God  bless.