MILLIE DREAMS OF SAILING AWAY

Some days we go backwards and lose our mojo, but then it will all go to plan and we feel great again. Millie is a stoic, sleeping through the chaos and enjoying her view from deck, whether she’s floating next to the pontoon or propped up on the hard.

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PREPARING A BOAT FOR HURRICANE SAILING

While the carpenters and stainless team work on the last details of our hard dodger, we’re busy fitting bolts, hoses and more bilge pumps inside our sailboat in an effort to minimise the damage that will happen if we broach in a typhoon during our passage across the Pacific to Alaska and Canada.

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MILLIE TIME

While we anxiously go through our check list of work here in the marina, Millie’s days are taken up with finding the coolest and most comfortable place on the boat.

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MISS UNIVERSE COMES TO THE MARINA!

While Liz was in the UK, Jamie received a call from our friend Ricardo asking him if he would like a job helping out on a catamaran for the afternoon. Initially skeptical, Jamie’s interest piqued when he heard the phrase “Miss Thailand”.

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HOW TO ANCHOR: SIX STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL ANCHORING

These are our six steps to effective and efficient anchoring, learned through practical experience over the 12 years we have been anchoring in all kinds of conditions from Turkey to Thailand. This guide is aimed at beginners and those wishing to gain confidence in anchoring.

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GALE IN THE BOAT YARD!

Moving a sailboat in a gale, is it dangerous? Millie and Jamie didn’t feel safe as SY Esper swung around in her cradle, the hull shuddering with each gust of wind. Sometimes life on the hard is hard!

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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!

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RIGGING AND COBRAS, ALL IN A DAY’S WORK!

It is the season for cobras: big ones, little ones and all scary. We’ve seen a few around the marina, and Jai found one in his office. Well, it’s a rigger’s work space, so just imagine those lovely lines coiled up like snakes in there…

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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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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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