Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Finishing thru-hulls & helping a neighbour Blog #86

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Today was day five of the intensive refit. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I’d wanted to, but that’s ok. Sometimes you have to put your projects on hold for others.

In this vid you’ll notice that I turn in the through hulls with a tool & a long (about 3` bar) for leverage.  I emailed Groco to ask how much torque these fittings can take and they said “a lot”.  I have seen on other channels that you don’t want to put too much pressure on them but Groco says “a lot” so “a lot” is what they got. The threads didn’t strip and I”m quite confident that those bad boys are in there nice `n snug.

As far as my neighbour goes, well I felt bad for him as he was all stoked to go sailing and then discovered a major problem with his boat. I won’t go into the details here because I basically explain what happened in the video. But rest assured you wouldn’t want this to happen to your boat. I know I wouldn’t want it to happen to mine.

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Backing plate / flange installation Blog #85

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This is day four of a two week intensive push on the refit. Today I get the new backing plates prepped for installing the flanges for the seacocks.  This was a fairly straight forward project that was a bit time-consuming  but satisfying to get done.  This is also the first project that I drew blood on. It shows in the vid.

Two of my backing plates / through hulls didn’t line up like I had planned. Perhaps I was tired when I set the epoxy or when I put the bolts thru the things shifted a bit. Nevertheless I had to use my dremel to open up the holes just a tad so that the through-hulls would sit flat and properly.

 

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Day 3 Blog #84

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Today we take a side trip to a local shop where we get our G-10 cut. I took a little time to show how a waterjet cutter works. Unfortunately, the sound quality kind of sucks. My blue tooth headset has background noise suppression which works really well. It also cuts out voice that isn’t close. But I think you can get the idea of how this works. I was impressed. It takes a 40hp motor to get the water up to 50k psi through a diamond tip.

I take the freshly cut plates back to the boat and get them epoxied in place.

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Day 2 Backing Plate Advenrues Blog #83

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More fun with backing plates. The plates already have holes drilled in them to align with the flanges on the seacocks. But the hull needs to be drilled to accept the bolts that go through the plates and flanges. I drilled through the hull using the plates as a template. Once the drilling was complete I cleaned up the surrounding fiberglass in preparation for mounting the new plates. I used a mixture of epoxy resin and filler to create a paste with which I used to fasten the plates to the hull. I used the through hulls themselves to align everything. It worked out very nicely.

I don’t have all the plates ready but I installed what I had.

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Seacock Prep Pt. 2 Blog #82

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This is Day 1 of what became 2 weeks worth of intensive full-on work. I usually work in the evenings after my day job and on weekends. But I have a load of vacation to burn off and if I can’t go sailing I might as well burn it off getting the boat ready for sailing.

A few other projects can not be undertaken until the seacocks / through hulls are in, so this is the first project that I’ll take in hand. My preparation and planning worked out very well and I managed to get the plates installed easily and acurately. This is one project that I had considered skimping on but didn’t. Boy! I’m glad I didn’t the old plates & thru-hulls were in very bad shape and really needed to be replace. I’ll be able to sail confidently knowing that everything is very skookum (sea-worthy) on the boat.

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Seacock Prep Blog #81

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At this stage of the game I don’t have all the backing plates in hand. The company I bought the G-10 from has kindly supplied me with a piece from which I can cut the remaining plates. However, in the mean time I can do a test fit with what I have. It worked out fairly well.

You might be interested to know that the tool I’m using to screw in the through hulls is custom made. Thanks to my friend Ken. I know you, and by ‘you’ I mean me, can purchase a step-wrench for the purpose, but they’re expensive and I’ll only be using it this one time. So my friend who had some scrap that fit took a couple of minutes to weld up a nice solution.😀

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Anchor Roller Pt. 2 Blog #80

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The drilling process for the anchor rollers proved to be as problematic as drilling the mounting holes for the bowsprit. But I hit upon a solution and I believe the solution will work out as planned. So now my bow sprit is ready to be bolted to the deck, AND it is ready for the anchor roller hardware to be bolted on. Not much left to do on it! There’s two holes left to drill – one through the butt of the sprit where a bolt passes through the sampson posts and sprit, and the second through the sprit for the eybolt that connects the stem fitting and base for the cutter stay.

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

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