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 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|

When Family Portraits Go Wrong

Tariq and Emma were holidaying with their toddler, Spike. Unfortunately the batteries for their camera had run out so I insisted on an informal family portrait on the beach, making the most of a rather splendid sunset. The problem was it was so dark I couldn't really see what I was doing and ended up with this effort...
April 13th, 2014|log|10 Comments|

Esper Refit Week 9

It was all about the painters this week as they raced against the ensuing storms to spray the first couple of layers of Awlgrip 545 primer. The painters weren't the only ones getting messy, Mey managed to paint most of her face as she tackled the various deck lockers.
April 5th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|5 Comments|

Esper Refit Week 8

This week we get to play with a new toy whilst the painters cover the topsides with a high build paint. Frustratingly we discover a rather unpleasant hole in the deck but at least the galley's now covered in tomato and aluminium.
March 30th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|2 Comments|

Esper Refit Week 7

Esper has changed colour and the first non-white Formica is up in the galley too. Check out our favourite video clip of the project so far, but do it soon before it gets taken down. I've just received notification of a copyright infringement! Meet The A Team, now called The E Team...
March 23rd, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|25 Comments|

Launching Maggie Drum – Thai Style!

In this little clip we get to see a boat launched Thai style: in the cradle and with rather loud bangers to ward off evil spirits. It was sad to see our friends leave, but we were happy for them to be hitting the seas once more. We were even more delighted to see our neighbours, Sharm and Rumi, join 'Maggie Drum' for their first ever venture on the waves. An obvious but classic choice of sound track...
March 17th, 2014|log|7 Comments|

Esper Refit Week 6

Liz was doing the payroll the other week and as she went through the carpenters' names, Pong, Ton and Tui, she giggled to herself. Isn't that a cartoon dog that does kung fu? Here's our video dedication to our hard-working family of wood-workers...
March 16th, 2014|esper-refit-2014, log|6 Comments|