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

The Totem Crew

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.

Weekly Video Round-Up

A great clip this week featuring Niall, Mairen, and Siobhan of s/y Totem.

About Totem

Behan is an active blogger whose cruising-with-kids website has a large following around the world. You can read more about the Totem crew here.

The Totem crew pose with our varnisher, Dang

The Totem crew pose with our varnisher, Dang

More young people, this time local children on their way to the market

More young people, this time local children on their way to the market

Cabin Complete

Dang spent most of this week preparing and painting the cabin with its final coats of polyurethane, and it looks good. He’s put enough layers on that the grain has now gone and the veneer feels smooth to the touch, which helps strengthen and protect the surface.

Un and Ton at work down below

Un and Ton at work down below

Yadong In Pick-ups

I’d mentioned in a recent email update that I’ve taken to sitting in the back of a pick-up, drinking Thai whisky. It seems this is a regular occurrence and, if I leave the yard after dark, I hear my name shouted across the car-park where I find some of the workers hanging out drinking by their pick-ups. Sometimes they’re listening to music but most of the time they’re just laughing at my efforts to learn Thai. Without a pen and paper it’s pretty pathetic.

Sitting in the back of a pick-up, talking rubbish

Sitting in the back of a pick-up, talking rubbish

PSS BBQs

Although not strictly related to the refit project, I thought I’d mention the PSS BBQs that happen from time to time. This Saturday’s was the best to date when we were entertained by Un, Jia, Graham of Lorrigray II and Andrew of Utopia II on guitars and the rest of us singing drunkenly out of tune (apart from Lorraine of Lorrigray II who held it together).

Jia and Graham of Lorrigray II

Jia and Graham of Lorrigray II

Andrew and Karen of Utopia II and the crew from Totem

Andrew and Karen of Utopia II and the crew from Totem

For some people, however, it all got a bit too much. Damn Aussies.

Andrew of Utopia II

What’s Next?

With friends visiting for Christmas we now have deadlines, so the pace of work should increase. Possibly.





11 Comments on “Esper Refit 39 – Totem crew take over; life in the boatyard”

    1. Nice to hear from you, m8! Not sure when but it is on our list. Sailing past the Statue of Liberty is high on our list and you can be sure we’ll be knocking on your door for a beer when we hit dry land.

    1. Cheers, Yener. Yes, it’s slowed down somewhat as we knocked off a few workers but this week they’ve been busy with the stainless work, so it’s not all bad. Hope you are well. Best wishes to you and all our Turkish friends.

    1. The pleasure was all mine. Perhaps we can do a ‘Liz Meets The Totem Crew’ exclusive when she returns 😉

  1. A big hand for your 3 new project managers.  They seem to be doing an awesome job with managing all aspects including Jamie!

    As for the cats make sure they don’t take any as they may try and pass one of them off to us in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

  2. Annie and I loved this update!  She very quickly realised that those lovely kids lived on a boat and asked me lets of questions, culminating in “Can we have one of their kittens” ! x

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