SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 2: INTERIOR

This is the second in our series of articles about SY Esper’s complete refit in Thailand for Sailing Today magazine. The interior of SY Esper, our Oyster 435, took a beating when the saloon hatch broke open during a storm in the Indian Ocean, but the veneer had been steadily deteriorating for some time before that.

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CAN YOU WORK OUT WHERE WE’VE BEEN SHOPPING?

What do you do when the painters are spraying the top coat in the cockpit? Get off the boat, of course! For the duration of our time hauled out, we are staying on SY Esper. Uncomfortable at the best of times, it can become downright impossible sometimes.

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“WHAT ABOUT THE BIRD POO”? – DODGER Q&A 2

What will you do with the bird shit? Who cares what you call it, why not a “Boaty Brolly?” We answer your questions…
What does a job like this cost in Thailand? And how long did it take? Where do you put your removable dodger? Will we have windows, and if so where should they go? Why is the helmsman still not under cover?

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RABIES – PIRATES – DODGER Pt 3

RABIES! A word guaranteed to strike terror into the hearts of everyone. So when Millie got bitten and fell ill, and in turn bit Jamie, we let the full horror of the situation sink in, then shot off to the hospital…

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DISCOUNT CODE FOR FOLLOWTHEBOAT SHOP!

So, if you fancy yourself in an FTB t-shirt, or like the idea of drinking a cuppa tea from an FTB mug, head over to the store and use this code…We love coming up with new ideas for products, so if you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see in our shop, drop them in the commentsa below.

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BUILDING A HARD DODGER – Q&A 1

Should we raise the boom to get more space in the cockpit? Will we add hand rails? How about lighting? How removable is our removable dodger? And where is Liz going to put the glitter ball…

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BUILDING A HARD DODGER Pt 2

BUILDING A HARD DODGER FROM SCRATCH Pt 2: All was going well until ‘Big Boss’ decided the design looked skewiff. So off with the forward struts and back to the drawing board. It’s going to be a long process!

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FOLLOWTHEBOAT IN YACHTING MONTHLY

FOLLOWTHEBOAT IN YACHTING MONTHLY! If you weren’t able to pick up a copy of Yachting Monthly earlier this year, you probably missed our article all about the astonishing Anamabas…

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BUILDING A HARD DODGER Pt 1

Building a hard dodger from scratch is no easy task, but finally crunch day arrived and we had to get started on our mini boat refit. So, after a few false starts, we began working on a template with our carpenters.

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SO THIS IS WHERE WE WERE… AND WHY WE WERE THERE!

The image was taken from the KLCC park, next to the Petronas Towers. If you’ve been there, you’ll know how beautiful the gardens are and how well they are maintained. We loved walking through them. But the biggest surprise for us was just how gleaming and spectacular the tower are, much more beautiful than most of the over-saturated pics we’d seen on postcards and the web.

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