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: 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: Copper Coat Sanding Blog #135

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Months and months ago I decided on using coppercoat to treat the bottom of Little Bear. The keel is relatively deep at 5′ and long. Cleaning that much underwater real-estate doesn’t really turn my crank so the best solution I could come up with was coppercoat.

While coppercoat is expensive up front the long term savings make this choice a sound financial decision.

In this episode I have to sand the coppercoat in order to expose the copper. This is a necessary  step because it’s not the copper that stops marine growth but the oxide that is created when copper reacts with salt water. If the copper isn’t exposed, it won’t react, and it won’t oxide, meaning that it won’t have any repellant properties.

While I consider myself to be a fairly creative chap, I was really at a loss on how to make a sanding-the-bottom video interesting. I also found this project to be physically painful and demanding. The reason being that I had to assume an awkward position with the sander for an extended amount of time. Well, enough whinging, let’s get on with it…

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.