Esper Refit 13 – epoxy mixed with microballoon; Thea launch

Workers operating the cable and cradle system

After two years in the yard Thea launched this week. It’s incentive for us to get on with Esper’s refit, knowing that the project will come to an end one day. It’s always great watching boat owners’ smiles as they drop back into the water and cast the lines!

Weekly Summary Video

Another quick one this week, starting with us seeing off Thea.

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Thea Launch

Thea launch, PSS Boatyard, Chebilang

All staff on board Thea have been busy putting the finishing touches to this 90ft motor boat. Of course not everything was ready by launch date and even after she splashed down the next few days have been spent aligning engines and configuring hydraulic systems.

Workers in the yard stop to photograph Thea before her launch

Workers in the yard stop to photograph Thea before her launch

Workers operating the cable and cradle system

Workers operating the cable and cradle system

Bad Weather

It rained a couple of times this week and let me tell you, when it rains, it really rains. It rained so hard that Peter, our next door neighbour, returned to the yard to find his tent had taken a battering. Fortunately it didn’t scrape his newly painted hull but it set him back a day or two, and he’s on a tight schedule.

A canvas shed gets a hammering in the monsoon rains

A canvas shed gets a hammering in the monsoon rains

Fair Enough

The painters continue to fare the deck, with up to five working at any one time.

Painters faring the deck

Painters faring the deck

Microballoons are mixed into the epoxy, which is used as a filler. This is then fared back.

Microbaloon-filled epoxy is fared back

Microbaloon-filled epoxy is fared back

Floor is Almost Complete!

Very exciting to see the whole saloon floor now laid. Pong has completed around the chart table and is starting in the forepeak.

Teak floor almost complete

Teak floor almost complete

Interior looking down the galley

Interior looking down the galley

Reforming The Boxes

Liz decided that the deck boxes, made from honeycomb and fibreglass, were not in keeping with the rest of the lockers at the back of the boat, so Lek and Moo set to with an angle-grinder and reformed the boxes. This involved fibreglassing back the old lid and rebuilding it with epoxy, microballoons and fibreglass. That’s the beauty with these materials, they’re quite manageable and can be formed into pretty much anything.

Reforming the boxes

What’s Next?

We’ve been told the carpenters have at least another month of work. Pong estimated another ten days to finish the floor, and then he has other jobs like the toerail and the galley to do, so you won’t see many changes in the next week. You’ll not see much change on the deck either as the painters continue to fare. What you will see, however, is some colour appearing…





12 Comments on “Esper Refit 13 – epoxy mixed with microballoon; Thea launch”

  1. Absolutely fascinating to watch, really enjoying the posts & can’t wait to see the finished boat. It’s like Grand Designs for boats!

  2. It’s looking lovely. So smooth. Loving those clean lines. Very much looking forward to seeing the finished article. Hope you’re both really well and not too stressed with all this (doesn’t sound like it from the tone of your posts).

  3. Anthony Bourdain you’re not but I actually enjoy your videos more! The only problem is I can’t eat fiberglass and you know how much I like to eat.

    One other point. Where’s Millie in all this. I haven’t seen her featured in one of your weekly updates. Has she had a confrontation with a python or has she met her soul mate and abandoned her role in the project?

  4. The yard looks like organised chaos but the quality of the works looks amazing. I am really enjoying seeing Esper being rebuilt and how the work is done. Thanks for sharing.

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