Category Archives: Boat Projects

This is where I post all my projects for the “Western Flyer” a 41′ Defever trawler.

Boat Project(s) Life-Cycle

Roads in and around La Paz can easily disorient anyone the first few times they drive around town; possibly as a result of the one-way traffic and four way stop signs.  Mexican rule number one says that stop signs are … Continue reading

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Boat Water System Breakdown

Photo above:  Western Flyer’s water tank.  This is one of two water tanks on board.  This one fits under the main cabin bed.  I am turning this one tank into two that will also provide more water capacity.  This nearly … Continue reading

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A/C Repair project

Problem:  Seawater pump not turning on so, what will happen if I don’t shut it down is that the A/C unit that is cooled by fresh flowing sea water will in a short time overheat, causing further problems. That is … Continue reading

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Emergency Tiller Maintenance Project

Above is what the emergency tiller looks like on our 41 Defever trawler.  Should we lose steering on account of a hydraulic line failure or other debilitating part failure, we open up the lazarette, connect the steering tiller, turn a … Continue reading

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Rediscovering WoodenBoat

On board our trawler is my collection of well over 100 books on anything ranging from “This Old Boat” by (Casey) to “The Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Manual (Calder) to a book simply titled “The Western Flyer” (Bailey) Steinbeck’s … Continue reading

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16 Days to Cruising – Western Flyer

18 17 16 Days to Cruising – Western Flyer Thanks to the First Mate and a senior birthday, we are now sporting a brand new Greco Stand Up Paddleboard board (SUP).  Of course, I found the great listing on Craigslist. … Continue reading

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Visit to a Boat Yard

A Non Descript Boat Yard “There are good ships and there are wood ships, and ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.” – Anonymous The last time he hauled out the … Continue reading

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All She’s Got To Do is Outlast Me

All she (Western Flyer) has got to do is to outlast me. Thoughts streaming through my head while working on this latest of boat project(s) in my engine room.  Cruising is easy, tending to anything below is the hard part. … Continue reading

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Fish hook, Japanese, Rear Main Seal Leak – Not!

This morning I fired up the Western Flyer and drove it in for repairs, to an area previously unknown to many. Known on nautical charts simply as Fish Hook, it is located on Terminal Island, home to thousands of containers … Continue reading

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Boot stripe, sanding cetol, brightwork and more

Boot stripe, Brightwork and more Chris, a local live aboard sailor prefers to use a heat gun over any electric sanding tool that you can throw his way. In the picture below you see him starting to paint the Western … Continue reading

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