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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“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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5 Reasons NOT To Start A Sailing YouTube Channel!

“You both seem like a couple of hoity-toity rich people who, if given a million dollars in cash, would complain they weren’t new bills…” Ah the joy of having a sailing channel, it’s money for old rope, isn’t it? And people appreciate all that hard work, don’t they? We explain what it is really like to have a YouTube sailing channel.

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CHARGER FAIL, DIESEL LEAK, GENOA JAM… THAT’S BOATS!

So while we sat in the heat awaiting delivery of a new alternator to battery charger, we got to grips with a few jobs like tackling that diesel leak and picking up a new solar panel. The wait wasn’t too long, and we got on our way within a week. Only to be thwarted by the furling gear for our genoa which chose this moment to get stuck. 

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SIX MORE SAILING QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

Do You Drink And Sail? Eight Essential Cheap Items For Your Boat! Sailing With Pets! When Should You Quit The Liveaboard Cruising Life? The Truth About Boat Refits! Are Liveaboard Cruisers Tourists?

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR BOAT FOR AN OCEAN PASSAGE

We will be heading into a colder climate, so this means making some big purchases and implementing some structural changes aboard Esper. The additional work and new gear is going to cost thousands of dollars, so you are probably wondering how we are going to afford to do all this…

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SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 1: INTRODUCTION

The first in a series of articles on Esper’s complete refit in Thailand, originally written for Sailing Today magazine. We are reproducing the original articles on FTB complete with new photographs… Remaining on a pontoon in India for two years, despite basic servicing and upkeep, had led to some general deterioration of our boat. But for SY Esper to stand a chance of completing a passage to South Africa, she needed to be in the best possible shape. So we spent a full season planning, servicing and preparing.

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Searching for Thailand’s hidden islands

It sometimes feels like there are few islands left in Thailand that haven’t been turned into tourist hotspots. Koh Phayam is still one of them, but development is fast bringing it into line with its more famous rivals. There are still no cars, no post and no hotel blocks. Hot water is a luxury and air conditioning is available in only one bungalow resort.

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