Would you build a resort hotel here?

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.

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When the charts don’t work!

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.

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The full Moonrock Bay episode!

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!

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This is why we sail…

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…

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Our Anambas adventure published in Yachting Monthly!

“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!

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We’re going live today (we really are)! Ask us anything…

followtheboat esper sailing indonesia

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!

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We’re going live again!

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

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Here’s the link for the live broadcast

followtheboat going live on youtube

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

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We’re going live!

Followtheboat is going live on youtube

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…

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Does living on a boat get old… and other questions answered

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.

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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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