We undertook a complete refit of SY Esper in 2014. We were told it would take three months, BUT…
…we knew it would probably be six months. Pretty soon nine months seemed optimistic, then as we kept adding new jobs we reached a year! In February 2015 we left PSS Shipyard with what was almost a brand new boat.
People continue to comment and ask questions about the experience, and tell us how useful the videos have been, so we put together this fun round-up to remind new subscribers that there is more to our YouTube channel than the sailing logs.
We filmed all of this as a personal record of what we undertook long before we heard of Patreon. If the series has been useful to you, and you would like to show your appreciation for the hours and days of filming and editing we put into each video, please consider supporting us on Patreon. The link’s in the video, or you can click here.
We have grouped together all the videos from that period–from arriving at the yard to sailing away–in our Esper Refit playlist.
As well as the technical aspects of the refit, we have documented what it’s like to live in rural Thailand. Things happen. Not always good. People get married, babies are born, a military coup forces a curfew, boats burn, we re-mortgage our flat to pay for the work, fall off scooters, go squid fishing and play foster parents to several families of kittens. Millie picks up a life-threatening parasite. But she beat it. What an adventure!
If you have already watched the playlist, thanks! If it’s new to you, please enjoy our work and let us know what you think.
And if you are waiting for a breakdown of the cost of the refit, we will remind you one more time: we promised Sailing Today first dibs at the refit details AND the costs. ST is serialising our story and is available online. Alternatively if you become a Patreon you’ll get access to the 45 minute Patreon-only special in which we give a complete breakdown of work undertaken and the cost of the refit. Becoming a Patreon is cheaper than a magazine subscription 😉
If you want to know about costs because you are thinking of getting work done in Thailand, check out the PSS website where they list the cost of haul-out, hard-standing and labour rates. This will help you budget for your own work. You can email them with specific questions. Remember that most equipment in Thailand is the same price as overseas, and if you import items remember to add Thai taxes which can be high.