Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: More Mast Fun Vlog #122

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

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.

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Pulling my wire Vlog #121

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I don’t have much experience pulling wire. Legs yes, wire no. But at this time in my life it’s time to pull wire. There was nothing really wrong with the wire but it was a smaller gauge than I wanted and it wasn’t tinned wire. I cut some if it a fair way up from the end and it is quite oxidized – very dark brown inside the insulation. Oxidization means resistance, and resistance means heat, heat could lead to fire, sooooo – new wiring. Hence the pulling of wire.

I also have a crack at installing ‘Helicoil’ thread repair bits. These little fittings are INCREDIBLY useful. Where corroded aluminium rendered old bolt holes useless these Helicoil inserts worked wonders. I don’t know what I would have done without them.

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

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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.

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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.

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Mast Refit pt.1 Blog #117

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Before the mast can be put up on the boat it needs some attention. The first trick was to move it into the shed. The winter weather is here in force – meaning rain, more rain, more rain, interspersed with rain. And then some snow. Needless to say working outside in the rain is a bit of an adrenaline producing activity – and I’m too old for adrenaline. So I had to move the stick inside.

And that is no easy feat for a grumpy old fart such as myself. I managed by getting a bit of ‘armstrong’ help from a buddy and utilizing an seldom used skiff on a hand cart. Worked well. Got the stick in the shed.

Now for the next part – stripping the hardware off and cleaning it up, then the inevitable sanding, sanding, sanding. Rock `n Roll good times. You see, once this particular party is over I’ll have a shiny new looking stick to plop up on the deck. I’m looking forward to that. There is something very satisfying about taking something neglected and shabby looking and making it look gooooood.

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Blog #118

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

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.

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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.

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