OPERATION “POSTCARDS TO SUPPORTERS” UNDERWAY!

Yes, we’ve hand-written, hand-addressed and hand-stamped what felt like thousands of postcards! These exclusive postcards, designed by Liz, are going all over the world to the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, NZ and even locally to Thailand.

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THE BLOG IS GETTING BIGGER!

Our subscribers have been growing, so thank you to every one of you for joining us here and being part of the followtheboat family. It’s lovely to have you aboard! But it seems that success costs more and more.

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SHOULD WE RE-RIG THE BOAT?

$10,000 to re-rig our boat?! The rigging’s ten years old, so our insurers insist we change it, but what do the professional riggers think?

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DODGER ON A TRAVEL LIFT!

As the haul-out travel lift came lumbering towards us, it was a lesson in hope, guts and teamwork. The rain poured and the wind howled round the yard, swinging our shiny dodger from the haul-out crane a little more than anyone liked…

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WE WENT TO HAT YAI FOR THE DAY!

Because of a perceived threat of terrorism, the FCO (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) advises “…against all but essential travel…to Southern Songkhla province”, which includes Hat Yai.

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THEY NEVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE LUGGAGE PROBLEM…

From a windlass last year (which Liz had to dismantle and put into two suitcases for it to fit within airline maximum baggage regulations) to clips, snaps, shackles and winch handles, we’ve been flying back and forth across the globe carrying boatloads of equipment for 14 years.

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OUR WONDERFUL ELECTRICIAN IS CRITICALLY ILL IN HOSPITAL

Sombat was in Port Takola, a nearby marina, where he had been working on a boat there. When he turned on the engine, the boat blew up. Thankfully, no-one was killed, but Sombat was seriously hurt. They rushed Sombat to hospital where he is still in intensive care.

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WE WENT SHOPPING AND BOUGHT A NEW ANCHOR!

We went on a little shopping trip to Phuket just to demonstrate how easy it is to spend money on a boat with little to show for it. But stumbling across a bargain Fortress anchor was too difficult to resist.

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WOULD YOU BUY AN OLD SAILBOAT AND DO IT UP?

If you’re looking for a boat project and are not shy about boat maintenance, you will enjoy our tour. A “do-er upper”, for sure, which could be the perfect sailboat for someone looking to become a liveaboard cruiser.

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FITTING A RAIN CATCHER & DODGER UPDATE!

Preparations for the passage east to Alaska continue in the yard. This blogging and video channel malarkey is a real two-way street… we took your advice to retro-fit that rain-catcher onto the dodger roof. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us, you are an amazing bunch of supporters!

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4K MAVIC PRO FLY-BY IN THE MANGROVES AT KRABI BOAT LAGOON MARINA

A one-minute experiment in 4K – make sure you view in full 4K mode for all the glorious detail! We would love to hear from anyone with a 4K TV or projector. TBH we should have waited a couple of hours because we’ve just had the most stunning sunset, but it was too late and we were in the swimming pool by then… and the drone’s not waterproof!

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WE’VE EXTENDED THE SHOP DISCOUNT FOR ANOTHER MONTH!

We want to celebrate FTB’s recent growth on YouTube here with you by¬†extending the discount code for another month… Thanks so much for all your support. Without your encouragement we would not be producing regular blogs and videos or be able to continue to push and stretch our imaginations, both in terms of creativity and sailing to new destinations.

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WE’RE GROWING ON YOUTUBE!

This week we hit 30,000 subscribers to our YouTube channel! We were so thrilled to reach such a milestone, and it’s all because of the fantastic support we receive from you guys here, as well as our Patreons, Facebookers and Instagrammers.

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HAULING OUT OUR SAILBOAT IN A THAI HEATWAVE!

Finally, the time has come for us to haul out. But man oh man, was it a hot day!
The hard-standing at Krabi Boat Lagoon is immaculate, comfortable and spacious. And ever mindful of his partner’s needs, Jamie was clever enough to find us a place not too far from the wash rooms…

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