Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Jacked! Blog #116

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

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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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Salvage and an update Blog # 115

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It’s not every day you see something like this:

sunk-excavator

That is a high-hoe excavator. It was being used to place large rocks along the dyke.

There is a dam not far upstream that tends to stop the river flowing an the reduction of current is slowly silting up the river. However, someone thought it a good idea to reinforce the dyke to stop any erosion. I don’t know if the excavator slipped or if the bank gave way, or if the rocks slipped but the end result was that the excavator ended up in the water. At high tide. Just deep enough to cover the engine. 😦

Needless to say the excavator needed to be retrieved and taken away. I assume for repair but maybe for scrap, who knows. But it was an interesting process that I thought I would share.

I also give a little update on the state of the refit.

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

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Rigging Pt. 1 Blog # 114

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Steve White Rigging has been awarded the job of getting the rigging done on Little Bear. I could have bought a ‘kit’ from Westsail parts but the difference in the dollar, duty, and shipping costs make it feasible to have the job done locally. I have also decided to use Sta-Lok fittings on all the wire ends. If you’re going to do a job, do it right, right?

I also replaced the ‘ready rod’ that holds the anchor rollers, and bowsprit butt in place. I originally thought about using the original stuff but I’m glad I didn’t as you will see in the video…

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

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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.

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit Reinstall Preparation Blog # 112

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I had to do a little adjusting of the bowsprit before reinstalling it. I also needed to finish bolting the sampson posts in place. The bowsprit and sampson posts are integral so they need to go in together.

There is a bit of play in the sampson posts but not much room for movement on the bowsprit. So I loosely bolted the posts and when the bowsprit is on I’ll tighten everything up.

I 3M 4200 coated the anchor roller fittings and the teak riser block. Putting 4200 on the riser block will help facilitate installation as it won’t be flopping around it’ll be glued to the sprit. It will also help seal the boat against leakage. The old sprit was so incredibly rotten I want to make sure that the new one has a nice long life without rot being an issue.

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

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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.

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Stainless cleaning Blog # 110

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Very compelling and exciting stuff this. It’s time to put the rudder cheeks on. However, when I broke out the hardware (nuts & bolts) I’d forgotten how nasty looking they were. So I purchased some stainless polish and got to work. I started out by working away by hand. Then I rememberd (oldtimerz) that I own a dremel tool. So I broke that out and buzzed away with a bronze brush. The brush didn’t last long but it did a very nice job of getting the stainless all sparkly again.

What can I say? Polishing stainless isn’t the same as watching a sailing nymphette prancing around in a bikini, but I don’t have one of those so you’re stuck with this exciting stuff. Sorry `bout that.

No I’m not. 😛

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

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