About Jamie

Been a liveaboard since 2005, spending first few years living in Turkey. Started sailing a few years before when I joined my father on his retirement present we got for him: a sailing course across the North Sea! Been writing about every single trip, both on sea and on land, since that day. Take photography seriously but miss my decks.

Esper Refit Week 30

Two big projects this week: the removal of a blockage in the mast conduit and the interior lights. The lights are on-going but the removal of the blockage took three days and was only achieved by Moo's brainwave.

August 31st, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|0 Comments

Esper Refit 6 Month Round-up

We've been in the yard for six months now, and this week's round-up, which covers all the work so far, coincides with Jamie's return. The ceiling is going up and the mast is being dressed.

August 25th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|8 Comments

Problems With Marine Anchor Swivels

Whilst galvanising our chain in Penang last year, our neighbour spotted our anchor swivel. "You don't want that on there", he said, and advised getting rid of it after explaining the potential problems it can cause (I.e. loss of your anchor leading to a potentially dangerous situation). Here's why, explained it detail...

August 22nd, 2014|log|0 Comments

Liz’s Revamped Travel Writing Website

For the last few months our followtheboat updates have centred around our refit. This is all very well if you're interested in boats, mechanics, engineering, painting and/or dusty Thai boatyards, but some of you are probably missing our travel stories and photos. Fear not, because Liz has just revamped her travel writing website and, right now, she's getting more hits than followtheboat!

August 16th, 2014|log|0 Comments

Esper Refit Week 25

As usual the busiest man on the Esper refit project is Pong, the head carpenter. He's been assisted by his sons in finishing off the new teak toe rail and the teak rubbing strake down the side of the boat. Sombat, meanwhile, cracks on with the electrics.

August 10th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit Week 24

This week we take a close look at that saloon table that has a coffee table incorporated into it. Amazing to think that in the same week the same man is also doing the rubbing strake.

August 2nd, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit Week 23

With the non-skid down the entire deck is now covered in 70s-pattered vinyl for protection. The remaining areas of Awlcraft have been buffed and polished, which means the painters have almost finished. Meanwhile, down below, three carpenters and two varnishers are cracking on with the cupboards, trim, floorboards and finally, the saloon table, which has a rather cool design feature. The swimming platform has to be sent to Hat Yai in order for it to be bent.

July 23rd, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit Week 22

Sorry we're late. We said we were going to do something a little different this week... see the video clip for an update from both the UK and Thailand. Meanwhile, back in Turkey, guess who's back?

July 20th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|3 Comments

Esper Refit Week 21

The osmosis treatment continues with West System 410 Microlight applied to the hull. Pong, head carpenter, begins the task of shaping the toe rail whilst trying to maintain the bend in the wood!

July 9th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit Week 20

The osmosis treatment continues with West System 410 Microlight applied to the hull. Pong, head carpenter, begins the task of shaping the toe rail whilst trying to maintain the bend in the wood!

June 24th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|6 Comments

Esper Refit Week 19

Week 19 was all about painting the topsides with the final coat of Awlcraft. The question is, what colour did we go for?

June 18th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Esper Refit Week 18

The stainless work is starting to take shape now, with a new companionway ladder being fitted. The floorboards are all up and the lads start preparing the hull for her layer of fibreglass.

June 8th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Esper Refit Week 17

The stainless work is starting to take shape now, with a new companionway ladder being fitted. The floorboards are all up and the lads start preparing the hull for her layer of fibreglass.

June 1st, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|10 Comments

Esper Refit Week 16

In the week that Thailand falls under martial law we have a special news bulletin on how the locals are coping with the threat. Meanwhile, in the boatyard, the top coat is now being applied and the masts look like new. Goy's paint team are working on various lids and covers too, leaving just the topsides and deck to paint. That won't be until the toe-rail 'cuts' have been smoothed and the cockpit box finished though. Meanwhile the cockpit seats are complete and the varnishers are doing a fantastic job on the floor.

May 24th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Esper Refit Week 15

We're still waiting for the top coat to arrive and the painters are almost done faring the deck and boxes. The cockpit box is taking shape too, whilst the varnishers are applying polyurethane in their make-shift, dust-free workshop made of clingfilm.

May 18th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Esper Refit Week 14

It was one of those weeks where progress seems to be accelerating. The decks have been fared and when we left Esper on Saturday lunchtime, she was being masked off for some priming. Meanwhile the carpenters have completed the heads doors, which means we now have one purple door and one green one. They look fantastic!

May 15th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|7 Comments

Esper Refit Week 13

The paint has yet to be delivered but that's not stopping the painters from getting the deck ready. The saloon now has a teak floor and the carpenters continue to veneer the interior. The big news this week, however, was the launch of Thea after two years in the boatyard.

May 10th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|12 Comments

A Magical Birthday Tour Of Ko Lipe

This is tropical Ko Lipe where Liz and I spent her birthday for the last couple of days. It's a rather splendid place and here's a short photo-diary to remind you why Thailand is still a popular tourist destination.

May 6th, 2014|log|9 Comments

Esper Refit Week 12

We're into week 12 and things are starting to take shape. For the first time I walked into the saloon and got a glimpse of what it's all going to look like. The deck fittings and the engine look like new, whilst the teak floor in the saloon looks fantastic. We ended the week with a little farewell party.

April 27th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|9 Comments

Esper Refit Week 10-11

Whilst the local people celebrated Songkran we took a short break in Ko Lanta where we answered some of your questions.

April 20th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|4 Comments