A New Series Of Videos
Having set a precedent with our refit video updates, we continue to record our adventures post refit aboard Esper. These new videos will be more entertaining, both for you to watch and for us to make. We’re no longer restricted by the confines of the boatyard so now we’re able to take you on some great adventures and show you both life afloat as a live-aboard and life ashore with local people, warts and all.
In our first post-refit video Millie takes a first look at Esper’s exterior, we go up the mast to inspect the halyard wrap, and then take an entire day just to complete a simple job. And then we miss the tide…
Esper At Anchor
As you can imagine, when we dropped the hook in Bass Harbour, Langkawi, 25 miles away from PSS Shipyard, we did absolutely nothing for a whole week. It was bliss.
It didn’t last long though. The list of post-refit jobs were piling up and there was no avoiding them for any longer.
For the uninitiated, a halyard is a long rope that runs to the top of the mast and holds a sail aloft. One issue we’d developed, however, was the foresail halyard wrapping itself around the forestay (cable). This prevents us from furling and unfurling the drum as the rope turns with the drum (it’s supposed to remain stationery on its swivel).
It didn’t take long to come up with a solution, which was to make a ‘bullseye’ or guide to pull the rope down and away from the cable, but it was a good excuse to get up the mast and take in the surroundings of Bass Harbour.
We’d made the point of going up the mast first thing in the morning, before sunrise, to avoid both the heat and the swell created by the ferries moored up nearby. It was hard work for Liz, not least because Jamie weights *$%?kgs.
Esper’s Rum Fund
Followtheboat has been posting up travel and sailing-related stories, photos and videos since 2003. The content is, and always will be, free. If you like what we’re doing and feel like helping us out, however, we have set up a rum fund. We’re really keen to spend more time and effort on our videos, and to improve the quality and production of them.
Each video takes a whole day to edit, is approx. 1.5Gb in size and cost us £5 in internet connection just to post up on youtube. Other fees include website hosting, music-rights, subscriptions to back-up services and cloud storage. That’s the boring stuff. In order to improve our videos and make them more exciting we’d really like to get hold of an underwater camera (for all those sub-aquatic shots), an external microphone (so we can climb the mast and not get drowned out by the wind), and a drone (for those aerial shots of Esper under sail). These tools would help us take our videos to the next level.
If you don’t wish to donate anything, no worries, our content will remain free forever. If you do, great. It will go towards us improving our content for your viewing pleasure. Over the next few years we plan to visit some weird and wonderful exotic locations which we’d love to share with you. We also promise to show you the tougher side of living on a boat.