Total sailboat refit revisited: Part 1 (of 4)

We revisit our massive sailboat refit project in a new four part series. Why? Because five years later viewers are still asking us about it! And now we’re in lockdown we finally have the opportunity to edit it properly…

With over 2,000 video clips across 51 episodes over 13 months, our refit playlist is a big commitment to wade through, so in this 4-part series we separate out and talk about each job from beginning to end.

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Topics covered in this episode:

  • Planning – from choosing the right yard, to the nitty-gritty of budgets and job lists
  • Why we chose to do the work at PSS Boat Yard, Satun, Thailand
  • Haul-out method
  • Un-stepping masts – Esper has two and lots of rigging!
  • Removing deck fittings – literally hundreds on Esper
  • Stripping the interior – including taking down walls
  • Erecting tent – essential for the work we had planned
  • Teak deck removal – glued and screwed meant a lot of hard work
  • Osmosis treatment – it was bad, very bad
  • Rudder – examining shaft, making repairs and more osmosis treatment
  • Stainless – the work was so good in the yard we kept adding jobs!
  • Swim platform – replacing the old one and using our Windpilot to support it

Click for the original Total Refit Playlist, a week by week video diary

Where possible we break down costs for each job. In Pt 4 we will go through the full budget and discuss the mistakes and successes five years on.

Our refit was undertaken at PSS Boat Yard in Satun, southern Thailand. If you’re in the area and need to do quality work on your boat, we can recommend PSS as the place to do it. Tell Julie that Jamie and Liz sent you.

Watch the full video:

As always, thanks for supporting us and allowing us to share our adventure with you.

Peace, fair winds and stay safe

Liz, Jamie and Millie xxx


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