Esper Refit 22 – Waldringfield boatyard special; the painter returns

Sanding the old cockpit floor, making it look like new

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?

Weekly Video Round-Up

Liz wants to know if Goy will turn up. Meanwhile I take a wander down to the Waldringfield Boat Yard and go see some old liveaboard friends we met in Turkey. Apologies for the poor quality of video in the first few mins.

The Painter Returns!

Can you believe it? After most of the boat has already been painted, our head painter puts in an appearance! Still, there’s some non-slip to do and he’s taking control once more. Nice to have him back, though we’ll never get to the bottom of why he disappeared. Just one of those things.

Goy, head painter, praying that we'll pay him

Goy, head painter, praying that we’ll pay him

Grey Caulking Complete

The grey caulking in the old cockpit floor and the new rear box lids are now looking fresh. Ton scraped back the excess before running a sander over the top, which brings back that lovely deep, rich teak colour. Our ten year old cockpit floors look like new.

Running a chisel through the excess caulking

Running a chisel through the excess caulking

Sanding the old cockpit floor, making it look like new

Sanding the old cockpit floor, making it look like new

Laying Out The Non-Skid

We mentioned that Goy had returned and he is now taking his time laying out the non-skid areas.

Masking off the non-skid areas

Masking off the non-skid areas

All masked up

All masked up

After the non-skid is applied and the paint has dried, it will be covered in vinyl for protection. Liz was given samples of non-skid with different finishes for her to choose from. She went for the double thickness, which is more non-skiddy.

Sample of non-skid

Sample of non-skid

Navigation All-clear With Customs

One of the big projects Liz has been working on is sourcing and getting shipped our new navigation equipment. We ship this gear into a bonded warehouse, which then has to be checked with customs. Customs don’t play around but we’re happy to say it went smoothly and efficiently. This is aided much by Jia, the shipyard manager, who is able to help produce documentation and liaise with the customs. Thank you, Jia, for making our lives a lot easier!

Customs checks our navigation equipment

Customs checks our navigation equipment

What’s Next?

Not sure, I’m starting to lose track.





3 Comments on “Esper Refit 22 – Waldringfield boatyard special; the painter returns”

  1. Watching your current update brought back memories. You mentioned Aldeburgh which was where my father went to school as a young lad. Not that I was alive at the time but I have visited the area many times in my younger years.

    I was glad to see that Jamie is still having a good time in England while Liz works her butt off. Good on ya mate!!

    1. Of course, Tony. I’m not that stupid 😉 Enjoying your Canada updates but looking forward to catching up again back in Asia somewhere.

  2. Hi, Guys,
    All looks great. I look forward to the finished album!
    We have retired to the open road with a motorhomes. Not quite a Winnebago, until you come to reverse it !
    Bit of cruising to come with young brother next week around Scillies, Land’s End and maybe Ireland.
    Cheers,

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