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

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

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 refit: The Dreaded Bilge Hose # 144

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A quick update on the various projects I have on the go. The main focus of this episode is to get the bilge pump working.  The issue with the pump is … it doesn’t work. I suspect that the impeller of the pump has been sitting in diesel fuel for a while and has bloated to the point that it no longer turns. Ergo – no pumpage. I bought a new pump for the boat but the hose barb on the new pump is larger than the old one. I tried to find a step down coupling but no luck there.  I opted to replace the hose. Not a particularly difficult operation except that where the hose connects to the outboard through-hull is hidden behind the fuel tank. !!



Cutting through the deck turned out to be unnecessary.  This video was recorded in the fall. During the winter cold the one ‘good’ tank started to leak. So I had to remove it. Once removed the access to the fitting became quite easy. Oh well. Lessons learned.  The tank removal vid comes later on.

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: Paint Prep Blog #94

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A paint job on a car or boat is going to look awful if the prep for paint is not done with dilligence. I have filled all the scratches and divots with glazing putty and then sanded the putty. This is a critical part of the job. It pays in dividends to do a good job and be really really fussy with preparation.

The weather was a bit dicey while I was doing this so it took longer than I had hoped, but I was able to catch up on other odd jobs that needed to be done around the boat. But at the end of it, we had the above-the-waterline part of the hull sanded, smoothed, primed, and ready for paint.

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

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Removing old backing plates Blog #92

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It is day 11 of the refit intensive.

There isn’t much that’s interesting about sanding, priming, sanding, masking, sanding, and paint prep work. However, if you like fast motion work – this one will do it for you!

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

Vlog #3 Dread Pirate Biff goes to Vancouver International Boat Show

Well me hearties, Dread Pirate Biff here – welcome aboard.

Me swashbuckling crew and I decided to see what there was to see in the way of booty and loot at the Vancouver International Boat Show.  The 24th of Jan was as wet a day as they come on the ‘wet coast’.  It was bucketing down. That didn’t soggify the spirits of Dread Pirate Biff & crew! No indeed. Off we went, rain or no rain we meant to see what booty lay in the depths of the stadium.

We took the Sky Train down-town and I even videoed that part of our adventure. I commandeered the very front on the train and put me cam up on the window to catch and record a fun little trip. However, the villainous scum that run the Sky Train saw fit to keep the wind shield wiper off. Or maybe it was broken either way the resulting video looked … like a wall-eyed git had gobbed a loogie on the lens and smeared it all over.  Or maybe my scummy crew did that. Don’t know wither way I didn’t see fit to post it here.

The Stadium floor was covered with power boats. Some of which would be good pirate craft. However, I didn’t see any Somali’s there so they missed a good deal.

We saw a lovely selection of inflatables, and tons of very cool flotsam and jetsam that would please any craven black-hearted scallywag.

The only thing we purchased was a small pizza and beer – it’s thirsty work rubbing shoulders with would-be sailors all day long.  At any rate, here’s the video, enjoy!