Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Wiring the Pulpit Blog # 143

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Ok, let’s get this out-of-the-way first:  In this vid there is some pixellation / editing going on.  Some intrepid viewers have already raised an eyebrow and asked.  So here’s the somewhat embarrassing tale of woe.

The blue coveralls I am wearing are cheap, paper, throw-away coveralls. I like them because they breathe really well so I stay cool. However, they have one MAJOR design flaw. When worn, if the wearer bends over far, or squats the crotch rips out.  In fact it rips out without so much as a “how do you do?”.  At least with fabric the wearer gets the tell-tale ripping sound with these things … nothing.  So I was happily vlogging away completely oblivious to the naughtycal wardrobe malfunction exposing the main junction.

I didn’t realize it till I got home and started to edit the vid. I then took about 5 minutes out of my day to laugh at my  idiotic self.  Once the giggle fit ended I decided not to re-do the vlog but to just edit out with a pixel mask any offensive bits that may or may not have been making a bid for freedom.

Truth be told, while this catastrophe was unfolding I, being a neighbourly type, helped a boat returning to the dock get tied up. All the while oblivious to John Thomas making his début appearance. I did notice the odd looks but they were thankful for the help, so I suppose it’s all good in the end. So to speak.

So that being said, this vid isn’t about old pirates being blissfully oblivious much to the chagrin of the boating public. It is about wiring the pulpit and replacing the pulpit lights.

Enjoy. And don’t laugh.

 

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

 

 

 

I said, don’t laugh.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit Platform on! Blog #132

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This episode is all about getting the platform installed and aligned. There was a bit if a curve-ball I had to deal with but nothing that liquid joinery didn’t take care of! Oh the wonders of modern technology & chemistry.

The one part of this job that I wish I didn’t have to do was to take off the forestay. But the bowsprit pulpit won’t go back on with the forstay / furler in place. So, off it came.

The biggest challenge was to drill the holes for the support blocks and get them aligned. I explain in the video where you can actually see what I’m describing.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit On! Blog # 113

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This time the bowsprit gets put back in place. All the prep work is done, all the finishing and fussing is in the past. It’s now time to put the sprit back where it belongs. It was almost a year ago that the old sprit came off and it is very satisfying to see the new one back on. The boat is starting to look like a boat.

Now that the foundation for rigging is complete, I can call the rigger and get ready to put the stick back up. This is very exciting – the pay off of better than a year’s worth of work.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit Reinstall Preparation Blog # 112

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I had to do a little adjusting of the bowsprit before reinstalling it. I also needed to finish bolting the sampson posts in place. The bowsprit and sampson posts are integral so they need to go in together.

There is a bit of play in the sampson posts but not much room for movement on the bowsprit. So I loosely bolted the posts and when the bowsprit is on I’ll tighten everything up.

I 3M 4200 coated the anchor roller fittings and the teak riser block. Putting 4200 on the riser block will help facilitate installation as it won’t be flopping around it’ll be glued to the sprit. It will also help seal the boat against leakage. The old sprit was so incredibly rotten I want to make sure that the new one has a nice long life without rot being an issue.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Boomkin Reinstall Blog # 111

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At long last … actually everything about the boat refit seems to be ‘at long last’ …. it’s time to put the rudder cheeks back on. They were one of the first pieces of wood I created but they’ve been hiding out on the top shelf of my locker for what seems like ages. Well, today I broke out the 3M 4200 and the nuts `n bolts and put those bad boys back on! The only part of this project that didn’t go as planned was the clean up. Some of the 4200 oozed out from under the cheeks and while wiping the excess off is a snap, getting rid of the remainder that has smeared along the edge is not. However, here’s a tidbit for you DIYers: WD-40. Yep good ol’ WD-40 delivers the goods and helps to clean up after the 4200 job. I wish I’d known that when I put the cheeks on. Oh well, live and learn.

I also did the final fit of the boomkin. It is now firmly installed in it’s permanent home. I hope it likes it there.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit final fitting Blog #100

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The bowsprit has been drilled, filled, and re-drilled. I’ve done a final fitting and now it’s ready to mount. There is more to be done for the installation of the bowsprit, but the sprit itself is ready to go on.

This is such a beautiful piece of wood and it makes the boat look so much more salty. There is a few things to do before it gets permanently mounted but it is ready.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit Test Fit Blog #99

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This part of the project has been a bit intimidating. If I make a mistake cutting or measuring, a very expensive piece of wood that represents a lot of time invested becomes kindling. Bonfire fuel. Yikes! Nevertheless the job must be done so I forge ahead. I encountered a couple of challenges but as usual I found solutions and moved on. I explain more in the video.

Oh, and remember- measure twice or three times, cut once.

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