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…
We’re excited to announce our second live-stream! Please come and join in, and send us a question beforehand. WHEN? This Sunday/Monday 27/28 Aug 2017 These are some local times: Sunday 27th: LA 3pm New York 6pm London 11pm Monday 28th: Sydney 8am Perth 6am KL 6am WHERE? On our YouTube channel. HOW? Subscribe to our youtube sailing channel and you’ll … Read More
We’ll be going live on Tuesday and we’ve scheduled the broadcast on YouTube, which means we now have a link. When you click it you’ll see a ‘Live in X Hours’ and a ‘Set Reminder’ button. Click this to be reminded when we go live! The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgMJB61agtg
We are going live this coming Tuesday 22nd August at 14:00 on youtube and we’re looking for YOUR questions. The theme of the broadcast is “The pros and cons of being a liveaboard”. If you’d like a better chance of us answering your question then either reply to this email, post your questions in the comments on this blog-post, or email Jamie or Liz directly. You’ll need to subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to get a live notification. More details in this blog post link…
Does living on a boat get old? What’s it like as a western woman travelling in Muslim countries? These are just two of the questions put to us by you that we are answering in a new series of Q&A sessions. Each week, Liz and Jamie will take it in turns to answer two questions related to living on a boat, from technical to sailing tips to travel and culture. If YOU have a question you’d like us to answer, get in touch or leave a comment. We’ve included the two videos in this post.
Six new videos just published cover off more daily questions put to us by our Patreons and youtubers, including pets on board, quitting the liveaboard life, cheap items for your boat and the truth about refitting in Thailand, all contained in one easy-to-view playlist.
A new word for an age-old problem: people who anchor right next to you in a bay three miles wide. No excuse for it, it comes down to lack of etiquette and politeness.
Wanderlust article: Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong are celebrating a decade on the high seas. Liz reveals the highs and the lows and why she hopes their sailing adventure never ends
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll no doubt have heard that we lost Millie overboard. In our latest vlog we cover off the story. We’ve changed things around a bit on the video front. The editing is faster and we’re trying to engage more with our viewers by answering questions and covering off topics that you might find interesting. If you have any questions about being a cruiser, or about anything else for that matter, please do send us a message and we’ll try our best to answer it in a future episode.
How/when/why did we end up living this alternative, slightly crazy life? It will be 10 years in December. Blimey!
With stealth-like cunning and Lulu’s voice still ringing in our ears above the sound of our outboard motor, we were up before the sun. As we sped towards Khao Phing Kan, we just lacked black wetsuits and Walther PPKs to make the Bond-esque picture complete. Ten minutes later, we had our reward for missing out on breakfast and coffee: we dragged our dinghy up an empty beach.
Just as we left Langkawi Liz had a call from her brother to say their mum, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons ten years ago, wasn’t doing very well. So Liz helped Jamie take SY Esper a couple of hundred miles north to Ao Chalong before jumping on a plane back to the UK. This could be our last sail together for a long time, so we needed to make it count.
We undertook a complete refit of SY Esper in 2014. We were told it would take three months, BUT we knew it would probably be six months. Pretty soon nine months seemed optimistic, then as we kept adding new jobs we reached a year! In February 2015 we left PSS Shipyard with what was almost a brand new boat. Here’s the whole refit squished down to a couple of minutes.
It took nine months to line up an interview with Steve and Brandy of The Sailing Rode but we got there in the end, and it was great fun chatting on Skype.
The Sailing Rode is a great series of podcasts put together by two cruisers, Steve and Brandy, aboard their boat S/V Wiki Honu. They document their sailing adventures but also broadcast interviews with other yachties, and this week it was our turn.
Wanderlust article: After a few months stuck on land, sailor Liz Cleere hits the water again and heads for the legendary hongs of Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay.
SY Esper sailed herself, and felt steady as a rock. An over-nighter in the shadow of mighty Ko Phetra had us gently rolling, but at anchor next to Ko Tarutao the next afternoon even Millie-the-cat turned green from the relentless swell.
‘Phuket’ conjures different images to different folks. To some it’s a luxurious holiday destination of palm-tree-white-sand clichés. Those with a different perspective might think of ping-pong girls, seedy ex-pats and Patong’s Bangla Road. To yachties it’s a useful destination, a great base from which to start a season sailing around the islands, or to begin the long voyage westwards across the Indian Ocean.