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

Welding rodents

The good news is Liz has returned to the boatyard. Hoorah! Unfortunately as she recovers from jet-lag I’ve barely had time to do any recording or take photographs, so I’ve combined the last two weeks.

Weekly Video Round-Up

Despite it being only a short video, I did manage to capture one of the yard worker appearing to weld rodents. You have to watch the video to see what I mean…

Millie in cat hospital

Whilst not strictly boat refit news, our cat Millie is still one of Esper’s crew so those who know her may be interested to know that she contracted hepatitis recently. She went off her food, stopped drinking, lost half her body weight and hid under the bed. Not even Dreamies would move her. Something was wrong so I took her in to our local vet’s whereupon she was immediately put on a drip.

Millie the cat with hepatitis

We think she may have been scratched by another cat carrying the disease (she had a cut on her head which may have been the cause) and went down hill rapidly.

Millie the cat on a drip

She’s been recuperating for the last week and we hope to have her back on Wednesday. We’re happy to report that on our last visit yesterday Millie showed signs of improving. She’s still jaundiced and not eating solids, but she’s no longer vomiting and was more animated than she has been for weeks. Fingers crossed.

Bow roller for our Rocna

One of the many pieces of stainless we’re getting fabricated is a bow-roller, designed specifically for our Rocna anchor.

Bow roller

We’re using the same deck fitting and the same bronze rollers, which have been machined down to fit a new system that should have us weighing anchor without any more problems. The problem with the Rocna (and other modern anchor designs) is that the shank is straight. Angles are not as curved so the angle that the anchor was being hauled up over the old roller was almost 90 degrees to the deck. It’s a common problem and we hope that the design you see above should rectify the issue.

Metal inserts in cupboard doors

Ton’s started inserting metal rings in the cupboard doors, which helps prevent wear and also looks pretty cool.

Metal inserts in cupboard doors

Quick Windlass installed

I really dislike my windlass. I find the through-hull design a PITA, specifically because it encourages water ingress and eventually clogs up the motor. To service it you have to remove the seal and circlips, and the only way to get them off is to destroy them. Anyway, offering it up and fixing it to it’s new teak base was a job I’d successfully avoided undertaking, but I’m happy to say it’s on. Dunno if it works but it’s on 😉

Quick windlass installed

Chebilang’s Thursday morning market

The little village of Chebiland has a market on Thursdays. Behan of s/y Totem and I wandered down, tooks some pics and bought some veg.

Behan buying whole roast chicken - ideal when your galley is in pieces and you can't cook anything

Behan buying whole roast chicken – ideal when your galley is in pieces and you can’t cook anything

One thing you’ll notice is the talc that the locals wear as a sunblock.

Local Muslim child with talc as a sunblock on his face

What’s Next?

Remember I mentioned our upholstery and how we were supposed to have it by now? No chance. It’s getting beyond a joke as each week we are promised our completed cushions that the upholsterer has had for nine months. Remind me to tell Jia not to promote his services to other yacht-owners. Some people aren’t as patient as me.





5 Comments on “Esper Refit 41-42 – welding rodents; bow roller; Millie in hospital”

    1. Jamie

      She’s back but it’s a bit touch and go at the moment. We’re feeding her via syringe and occasionally she can’t hold it down, which is disconcerting. She’s getting a lot of love and attention though.

  1. Neil & Kath

    Hope Millie’s on the road to recovery now. Glad to see you’re cracking on with Esper – finding your blog very interesting for provoking ideas for our 406.

    1. Jamie

      Hey guys, glad we’re able to offer you some ideas for your wonderful boat (hope you can learn from our mistakes too).

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