Esper Refit 46 – Christmas Special

Muslim girls at a Burmese wedding

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.

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

Esper's tent comes down, the masts go up and the davitts are 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.

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Esper Refit 35 – PSS Dripless Seal; LED Dimmer

where the shaft enters into the boat

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.

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Esper Refit 33 – boat catches fire; redrilling deck fittings;

Fishing boat catches fire at Chebilang, Thailand

This week has probably been the most eventful to date, and I’m not just talking about Esper’s progress. On Wednesday half of Chebilang turned out to watch a fishing boat burn right down to its hull, whilst a ferry bottoms out when being jacked up on a cradle. Other breakages include feet and motorbikes.

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Esper Refit 31 – shaft crevice corrosion

Removing a Maxprop from the shaft Esper

Bad news this week as we inspect our shaft, which has some corrosion. We turn to Vyv Cox of Coxengineering to find out how and why this has happened. Meanwhile we attempt to offer the swimming platform up to the transom, only to find it is a little too big.

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Esper Refit 30 – boat led lights

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.

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Esper Refit 6 Month Round-up

Pong and Liz celebrate six months in the yard

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.

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Esper Refit 25 – teak toe rail; rubbing strake

Pong, head carpenter, and Un, project manager of PSS Boatyard, Satun, Thailand

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.

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