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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Tiller Rebuild Blog #137

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. Rebuilding the tiller was a couple of days worth of work. First I had to deal with the delamination problem, then I sanded it down and gave it a coat of epoxy to protect 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: Bowsprit Platform Prep Blog #131

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. After leaving everyone hanging in regards to how I expanded the thru-hull hole, I reveal the mystery of how I did it. A simple enough tactic and it worked very well. The next project is … 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: 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 … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Stainless cleaning Blog # 110

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. 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 … Continue reading

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Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Bowsprit Test Fit Blog #99

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard. This part of the project has been a bit intimidating. If I make a mistake cutting or measuring, a very expensive piece of wood that represents a lot of time invested becomes kindling. Bonfire fuel. … Continue reading

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