Category Archives: A Sailor’s Life

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: SAILS! Blog #138

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. 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 … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Tiller project Blog #136

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. The tiller on board Little Bear is a beautiful piece of wood. Unfortunately, time & weather have taken their toll. The tiller has actually delaminated. It would not do to go to sea with a … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Sail Loft Blog #130

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. This episode is the documentation of a trip to the sail loft. Some months ago I contacted about three different lofts asking for quotes for the boat. I asked a high-end loft, North Sails, and … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Copper Coat Sanding Blog #135

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. Months and months ago I decided on using coppercoat to treat the bottom of Little Bear. The keel is relatively deep at 5′ and long. Cleaning that much underwater real-estate doesn’t really turn my crank … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Boom Install Blog #127

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. Putting the boom back in place should be a simple and straightforward little chore. Not so. Once again, my ingenuity has been challenged and my DIY skills have been tested. The issue with this project … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Le Boom! Vlog #126

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. The mast is up but it has no boom! Fortunately the boom is a much smaller bit of hardware, one which can be easily handled by one old pirate. I started by stripping it, cleaning … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: The Stick goes up! Vlog #125

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. Today is the long anticipated day – the mast goes back up today. What a huge milestone. There was much stokage, and much excitement on this day; let me tell you! Steve Wight Rigging was … Continue reading

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