The really exciting thing has been to watch our sailing channel grow, and to read the increasingly informed and entertaining comments. We have a fantastic community of subscribers and followers on Youtube and social media, and the most generous group of individuals who support us on PATREON and through the RUM FUND.
The dodger will be made from stainless steel plate overlaid with honeycomb and fiberglass. We will use hard strataglass in the front and as a frame around the softer vinyl side windows. Both sides will roll right up, and the front will have a central zipped window flap.
While we lingered in the tranquil peace of Tioman the storms clouds gathered. And continued to grow as we made our way to the safe haven of Johor. In this episode we show you what it’s like sailing through squalls and anchoring in lightning storms. Hey ho, that’s the end of the beautiful weather then for a while!
Eagles circled over anchorages while beneath us the clearest water imaginable revealed tropical, cartoon colours. We were overwhelmed by the hospitality the local people offered us each time we set foot in a community.
Thinking of buying a boat, or becoming a liveaboard cruiser? Here we take you through the 5 reasons why you SHOULD buy a boat. There are lots of videos telling us how wonderful and liberating the liveaboard cruising life is. AND IT IS! But we also know that it has its downsides…
We learned how best to tackle reef and bommie-strewn shallow waters in the Red Sea, then again in the Maldives and more recently in SE Asia. Charts just won’t hack it in this kind of scenario, you need all your wits about you and senses on full alert to avoid a disaster…
Wow, can’t believe that last December our friends and supporters began to suggest Pacific Northwest via Japan as a destination, and now we’re going there. We looked into it, did some research and a bit more research, and realised it could be quite an adventure… So it’s goodbye to shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, and hello to foul weather gear, jumpers and boots!
Reefs, rocks, shelves, shallows! Anambas doesn’t make it easy…and we wonder if we can get through this crazy area!
Apart from new hats, we’ve got classic followtheboat t-shirts, smug mugs and gorgeous prints! And the best thing of all? If you are a subscriber to our mailing list, we will send a secret DISCOUNT CODE to you on Sunday 25th February. The discount will last till end March, so you will have plenty of time to decide what tickles your fancy.
We share our adventures every week on YouTube: the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Sometimes we sail to idyllic tropical islands no-one has ever heard of like the Anambas. Sometimes we get stuck in a marina waiting for a new engine. Once we stayed in a boatyard in Thailand for over a year rebuilding our sailboat.
Jamie gets almost to the top of the Temburan waterfall and shoots some drone’s-eye view of the whole thing, while Liz slips around in the shadows beneath. Then he goes looking for bats and gets quite a shock in a little islet just off Siantan, the main island of the Anambas. And Millie falls in love…with Jamie’s shorts.
Sometimes boat life is not what it’s cracked up to be. We have met many sailors who liked the idea of the dream, but were brought down to earth by the reality of living aboard 24/7. Even if it’s only a weekend boat, or for spending a few months a year on, boats will gnaw away at your patience.
The kids had never seen a sailboat before and were overjoyed to show us their home. They taught us about the crops they grow, and what a clove tree plantation looks like.
This is Pulau Pedjaul, another dream island group within the Anambas. White sandy beaches stretch along the shores, blue lagoons just beg to be explored and the coral stretches to the horizon.
SY Esper’s B&G system uses Navionics, and we have the app versions on our phones. But in the Anambas we used Navionics only for the broader picture, and when we were clear of the islands. This is because it is out longitudinally by a few hundred meters meaning east to west is dangerously wrong.
This is why people become world cruisers. We saw turtles swimming and tracks of new hatchlings in the sand. We stayed for four days, but could have stayed for four weeks or four months. We hope you enjoy this, our most relaxing video…ever!
The Anambas islands are incredible. And the best thing about them right now is that, because you can only get there by boat, hardly anyone goes there. A few hardy yachties have made the trek over from Nonsga Point, Indonesia, in the past. But in December 2016 they opened their own port of entry, which meant in 2017 we were able to sail there from Pulau Tioman, Malaysia…
“Jamie slammed SY Esper into reverse. We were on our own in the middle of the uninhabited Penjalin group of islands in the north-eastern corner of the Anambas archipelago. We couldn’t afford to make a mistake…” Our six page article for YM is out now!
Quick heads up in case you missed it. We’re going live today (Sunday for most people, Monday morning for us) and it’s an open forum! You can ask us anything about us, Millie, Esper, what it’s like as a liveaboard, our trip to the Anambas… live link here: https://www.youtube.com/c/spannerheadz-followtheboat/live (times are in the post). We look forward to catching up with you soon!
A big welcome to our new subscribers! As most of you know we promised you a Christmas gift, so here it is…