Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Of Holes & Head Blog# 149

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The holes be plugged – yaaaay.  They need some cosmetic sanding, fairing and so on but the holes are plugged. When I get going on the interior refit, the hole near the head will get the proper treatment.

Decision time has come regarding the sanitation system.  At the end of the day I decided to purchase a new Electro Scan unit rather than try repair the old one.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Glass & Bilgey Blog# 146

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Some more lovely liquid joinery. I just love working with epoxy. Oh the wonders of modern chemistry.  It makes all-thumbs schlubs like me able to fix things.

Good thing I have a background in electronics.  It’s been many years since I sat at a workbench and wired things up but that training has served me well here on Little Bear.

I did get the pump & switch installed and gave it a test run. It’s fun to see water shooting out of the boat. Like it has to take a pee or something.

 

 

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

 

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

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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: i70 Unboxing Vlog #120

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And now for something completely different.  In a previous episode (118) I mentioned that I was waiting for a new piece of electronics.  Well, here’s the big reveal:

I admire well engineered and thought out technology and this particular item looks to be the cat’s whiskers.  I have yet to hook it all up but it was fun to unbox and get a sneak preview of the device.  I made a mistake in assuming that the blue cable is the one that runs through the mast but I’ll talk about that in another episode.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Mast Refit pt3 Vlog #119

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Now that the mast is painted it’s time to get the hardware ready to put back on.  I used a wonderful little device to clean up the stainless steel and it worked quite well…

With the stainless cooking away in the hypersonic cleaner, I decided to have a crack at cleaning the one and only winch on the mast.  The winch went back together, no problem, and the stainless came out beautifully. So now it’s on to other challenging projects.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Blog #118

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The mast was one of the first things I took off the boat. It is one of the last things for me to refit. I’ve decided to redo all the wireing inside the mast, repaint it, and replace all the lights. That means about 6 pair of wires and the antennae wire.

Here’s how it looked:

 

The first thing I did was to remove all the stainless hardware and the old lights. After the stainless and lights came the inevitable sanding, sanding, and yet more sanding.  A previous owner had used a brush to paint and had left brush marks that looked quite awful, so I spent a bit more time on this trying to get the old brush marks sanded out.

Once the sanding was done it was time to paint.  I started with a spray gun because spray gives a MUCH nicer finish that a brush or roller. However, the paint was too thick and the gun could not handle the paint and basically exploded. So I ended up using a roller.  The roller job doesn’t look too bad and above about 10 feet you can’t see the imperfections anyway.

So up to now the mast is stripped, sanded and painted.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Jacked! Blog #116

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20,000 lbs is a lot of anything. 20,000lbs of boat finely balanced on smallish bits of wood and 6 metal stands is intimidating to work under. Jacking up that 20,000lbs so that it is resting on less than smallish bits of wood and 4 stands is somewhat worrisome. But I did it. It had to be done and no one else was going to do it. So I did it.

I didn’t drop the boat. I didn’t crush my skull or anything else. I jacked it up, I jacked it down. Much ado about nothing.

With the keel blocks moved I took advantage of the dry somewhat sunny weather to paint the unpainted spots. I have managed to get 4 coats of Interprotect on those spots so all that remains is to paint with Coppercoat. But that’s a job for another day.

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