Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Tiller Rebuild Blog #137

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Rebuilding the tiller was a couple of days worth of work. First I had to deal with the delamination problem, then I sanded it down and gave it a coat of epoxy to protect it from the weather.

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

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 Platform Prep Blog #131

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After leaving everyone hanging in regards to how I expanded the thru-hull hole, I reveal the mystery of how I did it. A simple enough tactic and it worked very well.

The next project is to get the bowsprit platform mounted on the bowsprit. Without the platform, sail management at the front of the boat would be a very scary proposition. So, the platform must be reinstalled. The teak for the platform was in very rough shape when I took it off. Previous episodes show how I repaired & restored the wood. I’m glad I put the effort into restoring it. Teak is beautiful wood and holds up well in the maritime environment.

The first thing I did was to epoxy the G10 brackets I made into place. They are probably a bit redundant as they are an addition to the sprit that wasn’t there when I bought the boat. But considering that the platform is fairly thin compared to what the plans call for, I feel better having them in place. Stronger is better, in this case.

The sail maker came by while I wasn’t here to measure the boat for sails. This may prove to be an issue later on.

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: Stainless cleaning Blog # 110

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Very compelling and exciting stuff this. It’s time to put the rudder cheeks on. However, when I broke out the hardware (nuts & bolts) I’d forgotten how nasty looking they were. So I purchased some stainless polish and got to work. I started out by working away by hand. Then I rememberd (oldtimerz) that I own a dremel tool. So I broke that out and buzzed away with a bronze brush. The brush didn’t last long but it did a very nice job of getting the stainless all sparkly again.

What can I say? Polishing stainless isn’t the same as watching a sailing nymphette prancing around in a bikini, but I don’t have one of those so you’re stuck with this exciting stuff. Sorry `bout that.

No I’m not. 😛

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