Category «Bow Thruster»

Bow Thruster Tube Installation Part II

We had dry weather with moderate temperatures this past weekend. It was just the right conditions to glass in the bow thruster tube on the Westsail. Floors and bulkheads in the forward section were waiting on this step as a bulkhead is to be located just inches forward of the thruster tube. Installing it wouldhave …

Stormy Super Bowl Weekend

High winds knocked out power locally on Saturday morning. It stayed out till about 8pm that evening. Started reconfiguring the dust collection as best as I could with cordless power tools and the amount of light available. Moved the main dust collector outside with plans for ducting to go up into the boat, and through …

Bow Thruster Tube Installation, Part I

This weeks work on the WestSail saw a couple things… Cut the holes for the bow thruster tube. Cutting big holes in the side of a boat always feels a bit surreal. Took a sawzall with a fiberglass/ceramic cutting blade and did a rough cut. Trimmed the holes with the sawzall and grinder until the …

Rudder Blade and Bow Thruster Tube

Some of the more recent activities… Pretty much finalized the drawings for the rudder blade. According to Bud, Westsail guru, the original blades were cut from a sheet of mild steel welded to SS schedule 80 pipe. Also, it appears that the size of the rudder may have changed at some point during production as …