While waiting two months for a place in the boatyard, we began to question whether we were making the right decision to replace the wooden deck. No-one we met regretted getting rid of their teak, and the marinas were full of gleaming teak-less yachts. We watched owners make short work of scrubbing their decks without worrying about damaging the grain.
We have a whole lot of work to do before we head to Japan and the PNW. This week we answered some of your comments about the changes we’re making to SY Esper. We’ve received tons of suggestions, questions and advice! If you have a comment please don’t hesitate to write it here on Patreon, Facebook or YouTube.
During the 12 years we’ve been liveaboards we’ve dodged pirates, survived gales and sustained injuries to boat and body. Neither of us had owned any kind of boat before we bought SY Esper, and it was a steep learning curve. The biggest lesson to date was when we tried crossing the equator in the Maldives. The gale that hit us wasn’t predicted, and we hadn’t prepared properly.
This is the story of our eleventh hour escape from Thailand to KL, Malaysia… While the painters continued to make fast work of the hard dodger roof, Liz woke up remembering that it was about time to renew our visas in Thailand. For just 1900 THB we would extend our stay a further 30 days. Sweet.
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.
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.