Esper Refit 7 – the E Team; first coat of primer

A Thai carpenter's plane

Esper has changed colour and the first non-white Formica is up in the galley too. Check out our favourite video clip of the project so far, but do it soon before it gets taken down. I’ve just received notification of a copyright infringement! Meet The A Team, now called The E Team…

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Launching Maggie Drum – Thai Style!

Jib, office worker at PSS, and one of the yard boys get the crackers ready

In this little clip we get to see a boat launched Thai style: in the cradle and with rather loud bangers to ward off evil spirits. It was sad to see our friends leave, but we were happy for them to be hitting the seas once more. We were even more delighted to see our neighbours, Sharm and Rumi, join ‘Maggie Drum’ for their first ever venture on the waves. An obvious but classic choice of sound track…

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Esper Refit Week 5

Marine etch primer is applied to the main mast

Come into my office. Yes, we have an office, albeit a bit noisy and breezy. It was a frustrating week for some (me) but the rest of the team has been cracking along. Liz’s Study, complete with a new, curved all, is almost complete. Meanwhile the painters have started filling the topsides and have already spraypainted primer on the main mast.

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Esper Refit 4 – tent up; filling in a portlight

The yard workers at PSS Boatyard Satun erect the tent for our boat

Teak decks are being ripped off, toilets have been removed, the top-sides have been spraypainted black and someone is creating so much fibreglass particles and sawdust that even after three showers we’re still itching like hell. The question, therefore, should be: exactly how close are we to a nervous breakdown after a month on the hard here in Thailand? The video clip should put it all in perspective…

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