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.

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: 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: Cap Rail ReInstall Blog # 109

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Oh, the trials and tribulations of a wanna-be boat-wright. A lot of trial-and-error could be avoided with a bit of know-how and experience. Two ingredients that you can’t buy down at WestMarine. Can’t get it on Google either. Too bad. It would make life a lot easier. But then it wouldn’t be as satisfying either, would it?

Ok, so.. I have two jobs to do = the cap-rail ‘S’ pieces and the rudder cheeks. The days are getting much shorter so I’m faced with fall / winter daylight which is kinda limiting. I did manage to get the cap-rails on but the rudder cheeks will have to wait for another day.

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