A complete sail boat refit.
This was a massive undertaking that saw up to fifteen people working on her at any one time. We documented the entire process, including weekly youtube video updates.
The project was undertaken at PSS Boatyard, Chebilang, in the southern Thai province of Satun. The list of jobs was exhaustive and the ones listed to the right merely scratch the surface.
Removal of teak deck
After months of deliberation we removed the teak deck. Watch the refit videos to find out why.
Redesign of interior
Stripping away the yellowed ash interior to make way for a lighter, more contemporary look
Hull osmosis treatment
Extensive osmosis had to be dealt with
From masts to deck to topsides
Updating entire electronic system
Rewired with a new navigation system
Sailing Today, recently bought out by Chelsea Publishing, has repositioned itself towards the cruiser market. Unlike some of its stuffier rivals, ST is modern, fun, informative and relevant. We have been writing for ST for four years documenting our adventures as we travel east. The article will look at specifics like why we decided to remove our teak deck, and what it’s like working with local labourers. We will be profiling each and every update aboard Esper, from navigation systems to remodelling the interior.
Oyster News is the glossy quarterly, published by one of the most successful custom luxury yacht manufacturers. They too have documented our adventures and, despite its world-wide distribution, it’s free. You may download the latest edition here.
New for 2017
The six articles for the above-mentioned sailing magazines are reproduced here and include new, unseen photographs.
Sailboat Refit Pt 1: Introduction
Remaining on a pontoon in India for two years, despite basic servicing and upkeep, had led to some general deterioration of our boat. But for SY Esper to stand a chance of completing a passage to South Africa, she needed to be in the best possible shape. So we spent a full season planning, servicing and preparing.
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Real-time Esper Refit Blog Posts
Videos, pictures, commentary, links… we uploaded all of this and more every single week throughout the refit.
Esper Refit 53-55 – Esper Launches!March 1, 2015
Esper Refit 50-52 – one year in the yard! Portabote improvements; interior carpentryFebruary 8, 2015
Esper Refit 47-49 – festivities; rudder design; more carpentryJanuary 11, 2015
Esper Refit 46 – Christmas SpecialDecember 22, 2014
Esper Refit 45 – tent down, masts up, davits onDecember 14, 2014
Esper Refit 43-44 – Totem’s fund raiser; bow roller installedDecember 9, 2014
Esper Refit 41-42 – welding rodents; bow roller; Millie in hospitalNovember 25, 2014
Esper Refit 40 – pushpit extension; buat ordination; loi kathrongNovember 14, 2014
Esper Refit 39 – Totem crew take over; life in the boatyardNovember 6, 2014
Esper Refit 38 – swim platform brackets; installing the rudderOctober 26, 2014
Esper Refit 37 – how to bed a genoa track with butyl tape; rudder doesn’t fitOctober 23, 2014
Esper Refit 36 – basic boat wiring schematic; Maxprop grease nipple; torlon cutlass bearingOctober 12, 2014
Esper Refit 35 – PSS Dripless Seal; LED DimmerOctober 5, 2014
Esper Refit 34 – bedding deck fittings with butyl tapeOctober 2, 2014
Esper Refit 33 – boat catches fire; redrilling deck fittings;September 21, 2014
Esper Refit 32 – welding and polishing swim platformSeptember 14, 2014
Esper Refit 31 – shaft crevice corrosionSeptember 7, 2014
Esper Refit 30 – boat led lightsAugust 31, 2014
Esper Refit 6 Month Round-upAugust 25, 2014
Esper Refit 25 – teak toe rail; rubbing strakeAugust 10, 2014
Esper Refit 24 – saloon table with incorporated coffee tableAugust 2, 2014
Esper Refit 23 – carpenters finish trim; teak-lid deck boxesJuly 23, 2014
Esper Refit 22 – Waldringfield boatyard special; the painter returnsJuly 20, 2014
Esper Refit 21 – Awlcraft ‘Snow White’ painted on the deckJuly 9, 2014
Esper Refit 20 – West System 410 Microlight for osmosisJune 24, 2014
Esper Refit 19 – painting topside with Awlgrip’s AwlcraftJune 18, 2014
Esper Refit 18 – osmosis treatment with biaxial fibreglassJune 8, 2014
Esper Refit 17 – stainless companionway ladderJune 1, 2014
Esper Refit 16 – teak cockpit with grey caulkingMay 24, 2014
Esper Refit 15 – varnishing teak floorboards with polyurethaneMay 18, 2014
Esper Refit 14 – Awlgrip 545; faring complete; Wilson Art laminateMay 15, 2014
Esper Refit 13 – epoxy mixed with microballoon; Thea launchMay 10, 2014
Esper Refit 12 – engine respray; bending teak toe rail; faring the deckApril 27, 2014
Esper Refit 10-11 – polishing deck fittings; answering questions in Ko LantaApril 20, 2014
Esper Refit 9 – painting with Awlgrip primer; reforming the cabinApril 5, 2014
Esper Refit 8 – holes in deck; galley is tomato orangeMarch 30, 2014
Esper Refit 7 – the E Team; first coat of primerMarch 23, 2014
Esper Refit 6 – removing a dorade vent; white vine veneerMarch 16, 2014
Esper Refit 4 – tent up; filling in a portlightMarch 2, 2014
Esper Refit 3 – removing deck fittings; interior mood boardsFebruary 23, 2014
Esper Refit 2 – removing the mizzen and main mastsFebruary 16, 2014
Esper Refit 1 – an introduction to our boat refitFebruary 9, 2014
The Refit Video Series
One year in a boatyard. An Oyster 435 refurbished from inside to out, top to bottom. Use the icon in the top-left of the playlist to display a pull-out menu of every video episode.