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

What do you do when you find a cobra in your workshop? Our rigger isn’t fazed by it…

Yes, it is the season for cobras: big ones, little ones and all scary. We’ve seen a few around the marina this week, and Jai found one in his office. Well, it’s a rigger’s work space, so just imagine those lovely ropes, lines and pieces of equipment in there, all providing a great space for a cobra to hide. Jamie talked to Jai about how to inspect your rigging, while keeping a careful eye out for any slithery movements!

Don’t make any sudden movements. Jamie talks rigging to Jai

In this week’s episode on our sailing channel we show the first part of the conversation, but we think it was so interesting we have released the full interview on Patreon. It includes a discussion about using Dyneema for standing rigging, a subject covered in depth by our YouTube viewers in the comments after last week’s episode, Should We Re-rig The Boat?

Liz was away in the UK, so Millie supervised while Jamie got on with lots of boat repairs and maintenance above and below decks, including a second fuel leak.

Millie keeps an eye on Jamie’s work…

Wit and Lek’s stainless team got to grips with various jobs around SY Esper. Lek fine tuning and strengthening the davits, while Wit shaped the new Torlon log bearing, and he showed us the best way to take out that temporary cutlass bearing from the pea bracket we added back in Pangkor. Clue: it doesn’t involve a big hammer!

Lek welding stainless steel in the workshop

Finished pieces for the davits

Wit cuts the torlon down to the right size

We will be anchoring in many new places, in all kinds of conditions, so having good ground tackle you can rely on is important. We made the decision to buy new anchor chain and connectors. The old one would probably have been OK for a while longer, but with our plans for sailing to Alaska ahead of us, we thought it was sensible to renew it now.

NEW SHINY CHAIN!

We’ve had quite a few visitors here in Krabi Boat Lagoon from all over the world. If you’re in the area, come and find us, we’d love to meet you. One new friend arrived while Jamie was on his own with a rotten cold, and returned an hour later with mangoes and rambutans to help him through the pain. It did the trick. Thanks, David!

Jamie goes down with the lurgi

As always, thanks for reading our blog.

Peace and fair winds!

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