Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Le Boom! Vlog #126

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

The mast is up but it has no boom! Fortunately the boom is a much smaller bit of hardware, one which can be easily handled by one old pirate.

I started by stripping it, cleaning the stainless, sanding, sanding, yet more sanding, priming, painting, and then reinstalling the hardware. I ran into the same stainless / aluminium corrosion issue that I found on the mast. I had to make time to buy bits and pieces so that I was prepared with Helicoils and other requisite stuff. I used Locktite Blue to provide a barrier between the stainless screws & bolts and the aluminum boom. The riggers advised me to use a product called ‘Lanocote’ and I ordered some but it didn’t arrive till after I had everything assembled already.

Experience is a wonderful thing. If I were to refit another boat I would know what tools and products I would likely need so I could order them beforehand. This would make projects MUCH shorter in terms of time. I have wasted a LOT of time waiting for things to be ordered / arrive. I suppose this also explains why taking things apart is so much faster than putting them back together.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Spreader LIghts Vlog #123

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

When I bought Little Bear, the spreader lights had been removed. The wires were still hanging ragged off the spreaders but the lights were long gone. The cost for anything with the word ‘marine’ attached to it makes the thing ridiculously expensive. I priced a pair of LED spreader lights at $300 per. (!!!) I then jumped online and did a quick search. I discovered these 6 LED each lights for $60 per pair. Nice savings and these suckers are BRIGHT. Yep I will be able to see the deck in the darkest and most foul of nights.

I also get to use my new label maker with some heat-shrink tubing. Very cool, very effective.

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