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.

Leaving Langkawi – Esper’s First Sail + Interior Shots

Of course this isn't Esper's first sail per se, but this is the first time we've shaken out the sails since the refit. There's performing planes, fishing nets... and a before-and-after montage of Esper's interior.

May 10th, 2015|log|6 Comments

How to mount your solar panels on the pushpit

When we mounted our solar panels eight years ago we opted to hang them from the side, off the pushpit, at the back of the boat, as opposed to mounting them on a gantry or davits above head height at the back. The main reason […]

May 1st, 2015|log|3 Comments

Esper – Post Refit First Look

As you can imagine, when we dropped the hook in Bass Harbour, Langkawi, 25 miles away from PSS Shipyard, we did absolutely nothing for a whole week. It was bliss.

March 29th, 2015|log|9 Comments

Esper Refit 53-55 – Esper Launches!

Finally, after one year and one month in the yard, Esper launches!

March 1st, 2015|esper-refit-2014, log|22 Comments

Fishing On A Thai Squid Boat

Fishing on A Thai Squid Boat
It’s important to leave the yard once in a while so we jumped at the chance to go fishing for the evening on a Thai squid fishing boat.

A few of us joined Jia and Julie (of PSS Shipyard) on this […]

February 8th, 2015|log|0 Comments

Esper Refit 50-52 – one year in the yard! Portabote improvements; interior carpentry

Would you believe it? More to the point, would we have believed it? One year in the boatyard calls for a party. Plus there's some much-requested boat updates in the video clip, which also covers a rather strange phenomenon in the yard.

February 8th, 2015|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Can I leave my boat to be refitted in my absence?

We get emailed a lot about our refit and soon I'll be putting together a 'guide to refitting your boat abroad'. In the meantime I wanted to respond to an email I received recently asking whether it's possible to leave the boat in the care of the yard for a complete refit, to be done in the owner's absence.

January 11th, 2015|log|8 Comments

Esper Refit 47-49 – festivities; rudder design; more carpentry

2015 and we're close to hitting a year in the yard. For those of you asking why we don't just leave and finish the jobs at anchor, Liz has her answer in this week's video clip.

January 11th, 2015|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Esper Refit 46 – Christmas Special

As Christmas approaches we are inundated with rain, rain and more rain. It’s just like being back in the UK! We still had fun, attending a Burmese wedding and rehousing some little animals.

December 22nd, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit 45 – tent down, masts up, davits on

Yes, you read that title right. Esper has finally been revealed to the outside world and we witness the first ray of sunshine on that beautiful shiny hull, and we even got the masts up, though not without a headache or two.

December 14th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|6 Comments

Esper Refit 43-44 – Totem’s fund raiser; bow roller installed

We said goodbye to s/y Totem this week but not before Behan pulls off an amazing fund-raiser for the workers kids. We also visit the workers' homes next to the boatyard.

December 9th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|8 Comments

Penang’s Chemical Brother

On Georgetown's most famous road, Chulia Street, resides this UNESCO World Heritage Site's most famous resident. Down one of the covered walkways that are characteristic of Penang's old town, nestled between a workshop refurbishing engine parts and a nick-nac store selling over-priced antiques, sits Liangtraco - 'Chemicals and Apparatus'.

November 29th, 2014|log|9 Comments

Esper Refit 41-42 – welding rodents; bow roller; Millie in hospital

This week's video clip is a cracking one. The younger crew from s/y Totem spend a week project managing Esper's refit, discuss life in the boatyard and adopt, albeit temporarily, three lost kittens.

November 25th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments

Esper Refit 40 – pushpit extension; buat ordination; loi kathrong

It’s been a busy week both in the boatyard and in Satun town. We’ve finally extended our pushpit, and we were invited to the Loi Kathrong full-moon lantern festival and the ordination of a young monk.

November 14th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit 39 – Totem crew take over; life in the boatyard

This week's video clip is a cracking one. The younger crew from s/y Totem spend a week project managing Esper's refit, discuss life in the boatyard and adopt, albeit temporarily, three lost kittens.

November 6th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|11 Comments

Esper Refit 38 – swim platform brackets; installing the rudder

The swimming platform is pushed through the transom and into custom-made brackets, counterpoising it. We clean up the Aquadrive and coupling system and take a look at the veneer that's been varnished with polyurethane.

October 26th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|4 Comments

Esper Refit 37 – how to bed a genoa track with butyl tape; rudder doesn’t fit

In this week's refit video we show you how we bedded down our genoa track with butyl tape. No Sikaflex, no 3M, no polyurethane adhesive, just tape. Also I get to hang out with the locals, now that I'm fully entrenched in my new abode.

October 23rd, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|4 Comments

Esper Refit 36 – basic boat wiring schematic; Maxprop grease nipple; torlon cutlass bearing

It's a short one this week since it was Eid and our workers took most of the week off. All except Nut, that is. He's made real progress with the mains/charging circuit.

October 12th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|4 Comments

Esper Refit 35 – PSS Dripless Seal; LED Dimmer

Dang the varnisher's back, as are the electricians. The sparkies have finally installed the LED dimmer switch and it looks good. Dang is preparing the boat for its last coat of varnishing whilst I remove the old stuffing box in preparation for the new PSS Dripless Seal.

October 5th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments

Esper Refit 34 – bedding deck fittings with butyl tape

Lots of fiddly jobs this week. That's what the project is coming down to now, a collection of odd jobs, all interconnected in some way, and typically all held up by the late arrival of a vital material. This week we also play with butyl tape.

October 2nd, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|6 Comments