Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Raymarine i70s Blog# 154

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I do apologize for the quality of this video. I primarily use a GoPro to record all my videos.  In this video the result is that all the light sources show up really brightly. So when I show the display of the i70 it just shows as white light. 😦  sorry about that.

 

 

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Cabinetry & A new dingy seat Blog# 151

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Time to get busy repairing the dingy seat along with some other little chores.

Chore one: plumb the fresh water intake for the head.  The hose that I had originally installed would have worked but it would have been under stress and we all know how things under stress last when at sea. They don’t. Invariably they break. So solutions are in order.

Chore two: the dingy seat.  After creating a glass sandwich I needed to fill the edges for strength, cosmetics, and comfort.

Chore three: Fabricate the cabinet front for the Electra Scan.

 

 

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Glass & Biley wiring Blog# 147

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More bilge pump wiring, and more liquid joinery.

Some discussion about the price of electronic parts. Quite ridiculous. Obscene even. But it is what it is and if I want to get things done and done nicely, it’s going to cost a bit.

 

 

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 goes for a sail! Blog # 142

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I enjoy working on Little Bear. Really, I do. But after two years I’m really itching to get out there on the water.  So, even though the boat isn’t really ready, although there are tools and parts scattered all over, although the head doesn’t work, although the lights are only half working – I decided to get out for a sail. Sail meaning ‘motor’.

July first; Canada’s 150th birthday seemed like as good an occasion to get out and go for a trip down the river and around the bend. So that’s what we did. Dread Pirate Admiral & a friend took Little Bear out to see the fireworks in White Rock…

 

Of course, seeing fireworks means that we’d be out in the dark. The Admiral said that without a head there was no way we’d be anchoring out so we had to navigate back to the dock in the dark. Fortunately the tide was right and we managed to get her back to her slip without mishap.  Although it was a bit of a white knuckle ride up the river.

Special thanks go out to all the power boats with their 5′ wakes blasting past us to create the atmosphere of a hurricane in full fettle.  So kind and thoughtful of you. Blessings.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Splish Splash! Blog #139

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At long last! A major milestone has been reached. The day I have been looking forward to for a very long time – launch day.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: SAILS! Blog #138

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The suit of sails I inherited with the boat are original equipment. That means that the sails are 41 years old. The genoa had been left to the wind and was tattered and torn. It was the first thing I threw out when I brought the boat home. The main sail has been stuffed in my shop-locker for the last two  years. I have had it out a couple of times to look at and refold, but my impression of it was that it was better suited as material for a sack rather than a mainsail.

In this episode I take delivery of three new sails. My new genoa (130%), stays’l, and main. This is what a suit of new sails from North Sails look like being installed:

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.