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Happy New Year

Yes, things have been a little quiet here on the blog. Typical reasons are the holidays. But, I have also suffered a bit of technology failure. My primary workstation I use at home, which I have been carefully keeping alive since the early days of the Westsail project, gave up the ghost on Christmas morning. …

New (Temporary) Companionway Slide

The previous temporary companionway hatch was made from scrap plywood and painted to help resist weather. It was weather stripped to keep rain water out. The plywood ultimately delaminated and has been falling apart. I have created a new companionway slide from aluminum and lexan. Using 80/20 framing, the aluminum frame is thru-bolted to the …

Aft Bilge Pumps Dryfit

A dry bilge is a happy bilge. On the Westsail 42, the lowest point in the bilge is in the far aft near the shaft log. The floor of the bilge slopes downward to this point, where there is a small sump. There are some challenges for placing a pump here. This sump is quite …

Online Community Resources: What Do You Read?

Here are a few that I browse… BoatDesign.net – Anything and everything related to boat design and construction, professional and amateur Panbo – The scoop on marine electronics Cruisers Forum – Mostly about cruising but some content on maintenance and DIY Wooden Boat Forum – Wooden boat building and maintenance Readers, please post a comment and share any sites you …

Autumn Cometh

Fall is here. Maybe not “officially” (when that is I am not sure), but it is here. You can tell by the angle of the sun in the late afternoon, the sky is getting darker earlier, and there is that familiar “smell” of autumn. The year so far has been a tough one. Lots of …

Freshly Painted? I Wish!

“Wow, did you just paint that? It looks nice!” That was the exclamation from our very nice (and patient) neighbors this week. They were not at home during ‘Pressure Washer Weekend’ and, after they returned, thought I had just painted the boat. My response was: “Its amazing what a little washing up can do!”

Freshwater Tank Design

Wrapped up the details of the freshwater tank designs. Probably obsessed about the details a little too much. No matter. Tried to maximize utilized space in the compartments without complicating tank fabrication. Capacities are approximately 55, 55 and 35 US gallons. Total 145 gallons.