Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Plugging holes Blog # 141

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So many projects, such little time. Actually, I have all the time in the world. If I don’t mind spending all my time doing DIY projects on the boat.

I continue working on the wiring making sure that it works while keeping it neat at the same time. Now there’s a challenge.

The time has come to fill the holes in the bulwarks. Due to the foam and ceiling I was unable to access the top nuts on the chain plates when I removed them. So the simplest solution was to cut 1″ holes and access the nuts that way.¬† Well the chain plates have been back on the hull for quite some time and the wasps haven’t made nests in there yet this year, so in a pre-emptive strike against the wasps, I decided to fill those holes.

I made some plugs with some G10 I had left over from doing the backing plates for the through hulls. I then used some thickened epoxy to ‘glue’ them in pace. I’m happy with the result.

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: Tiller project Blog #136

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The tiller on board Little Bear is a beautiful piece of wood. Unfortunately, time & weather have taken their toll. The tiller has actually delaminated.

It would not do to go to sea with a defective tiller, so I take the time to rebuild it and make it strong again.

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: 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: More Mast Fun Vlog #122

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It’s time to run the i70 instrument pack cable through the mast. This proved to be a bit trickier than anticipated due to the bundle of connectors that needed to be run through the conduit.

I also needed to figure out where to mount the mount. The mast head doesn’t have much room for bits `n bobs. I ended up putting it on the forward, port side of the mast head. Close enough to where the wires come out, and out of the way of all the other stuff that lives up there.

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.